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Brian McGee embraces the season of giving with two charitable singles

Brian McGee | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Brian McGee | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

There’s only a few days left in 2016, so it’s always nice to see people putting them to good use while the still can. Brian McGee of Plow United is one of those people, as he recently shared two new charity singles via Punknews. All proceeds go to Save The Children Foundation, which provides aid for kids affected by the conflict in Syria. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Brian McGee

From Southwest Philly to Asbury Park and Asheville, NC, Brian McGee is a rock and roll lifer. Almost twenty years ago, he first connected his songwriting with a rabid audience in the punk power trio Plow United, arguably the most important band in local independent music circa late 90s.

While that band was steeped in quadruple time raucous rhythms (thanks to fierce drummer Sean Rule) and searing vocals (McGee’s own), the songwriting at its core was rooted in traditions of of protest folk, of Woody Guthrie and the music of the people, of speaking up for the downtrodden and using songs as a means of universal self-discovery. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Old Friends and New: Brian McGee, JKutchma, and The Rentiers played Ortlieb’s Lounge

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Photo via facebook| https://www.facebook.com/brianmcgeemusic/photos/a.155713057779849.32910.126431967374625/301763119841508/?type=1&theater

It seems that in Philadelphia there always seems to be the problem of there being too many shows in one night and having to decide among them. And trust me, it is a very good problem to have. Nonetheless, the second I heard about Brian McGee, The Rentiers, and  North Carolina solo act Jkutchma were playing Ortlieb’s, it was obvious what I was doing that night. Continue reading →

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Plow United members Joel Tannenbaum and Brian McGee discuss their current projects

Plow United | Courtesy of Isaac Turner
Plow United | Courtesy of Isaac Turner

The tale is a common one: a couple of teenagers meet in high school, and bored in a suburban working-class town, decide to start a rock band. More than likely, they will play in a few talent shows, maybe record an EP on an older sibling’s gear in their parents’ garage, and eventually dissolve into the ether that is yellowing show fliers and forgotten websites. However, this worn-out story does not hold true to the legend of Plow United. Continue reading →

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Plow United reunion contines with more shows, new album

Plow United at Riot Fest East

This weekend, cult favorites of the late-’90s Wilmington/Philly punk scene Plow United played its first show in 13 years at Riot Fest East. (Check back on The Key later this morning for a full photo recap by Maddie Lesperance.) If you missed the festival, you did not completely miss out, as the Plow reunion is proving to be more than a one-off thing.

When they appeared on The Key Studio Sessions hour on XPN2 last Thursday, singer-guitarist Brian McGee and bassist Joel Tannenbaum told us about a year-end engagement the power trio has on its calendar. On Dec. 31, Plow will ring in 2012 at The Note in West Chester; tickets for this show went on sale yesterday. For scene heads, the lineup is a treat: also playing are Wilmington’s The Crash and Pike Creek’s Jake And The Stiffs (both reuniting for the occasion), along with West Chester studio head and occasional acoustic provocateur Tom Martin performing as Two Days Ago I Turned Punk Rock.

“This is basically a show at The Barn Door in 1996, transposed across state lines, and space and time, to The Note in 2011,” said Tannenbaum.

McGee and Tannenbaum also talked about plans to head into the studio next year for the first time since 1997 to record a new album. “We’ve been writing seperately, but that was always the tradition,” said Tannenbaum. “We’d each come into practice with songs that were 80 percent finished, and the rest of us would polish them off.”

“It’s almost like recording a first album,” Tannenbaum continued. “Because, you know what? We’ve had almost a decade to work on it. It better be good.”

Listen to “The World According To Me” from Plow United’s recent Key Studio Session below.