Tonight’s Concert Picks: Frank Turner at Electric Factory, Slayer at Susquehanna Bank Center, Penrose at Boot & Saddle, and more

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English folk punk favorite Frank Turner headlines The Electric Factory tonight, with backing band The Sleeping Souls. His newest release, Tape Deck Heart, is evidence to just how cheery and creative he can be. With sweet guitar riffs, simple beats, and upbeat singalong lyrics, Turner’s music will take you out of the cold and back to the warm days of summer for a few hours tonight. This diverse show will also feature sets from Australia’s punks The Smith Street Band and Minnesota’s electro pop band Koo Koo Kanga Roo. Find tickets here.

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What Are YOU Doing New Year’s Eve?

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With 2012 wrapping to a close, there aren’t many more questions that have to be answered this year. One that you should definitely think about, though, is which concert you will be attending on New Year’s Eve. The two-night stand at Johnny Brenda’s from Philly’s The War on Drugs is sold out as of this morning, but we’ve got a round-up of what else is going on. So now all you have to worry about is how many friends will be begging to tag along! Continue reading →


From the desk of The Disco Biscuits: City Bisco preview, part 2

The bright lights and electro-rock vibes of the extended Disco Biscuits family will set up camp at The Mann Center this weekend for the Biscuits’ inaugural City Bisco festival, happening on Friday October 5th and Saturday the 6th. This week, we enlisted the Disco Biscuits as guest contributors to The Key, beginning with a Spotify playlist from keyboard player Aron Magner here. Today, the festival overview continues with bassist Marc Brownstein. And don’t forget – we’re giving away a pair of festival passes, so enter now to win tomorrow.

What’s up Philly, it’s Brownie from the Disco Biscuits. I hope you all caught my bandmate Aron’s City Bisco Preview playlist the other day – if not, you can read and listen right here. Turns out he missed a couple of the 15 acts joining us at the Mann for the next two nights, so I’ve got his back – check out our UPDATED playlist here and read on for some deep thoughts…

Brothers Past are literally like the little brothers we never had. We keep inviting them back to our fests year in, year out for a reason… they’re awesome! Tommy even lives in Magner’s house! That’s how close we all are. I’ve been playing with them in bands for over a decade, and there’s no way we’d ever throw a Philly festival without having our closest friends in the scene right by our side.

Speaking of family, Wyllys (aka Wade Wilby) has been a part of the Disco Biscuits’ fabric for over a decade. When we started hanging out with him, we were surprised just how much he knew about our culture, our band, and our scene. In the ten years that we’ve been friends with him, it’s been a pleasure to watch him go from a total unknown to the leader of the nu-disco scene in the States. If you want to dance tomorrow, make your way up to the Skyline Stage at 4:00 as Wyllys kicks off an evening of nu-disco at the Mann. Wyllys isn’t on Spotify, but check out some tracks at his Soundcloud. Continue reading →


Just Announced: The Disco Biscuits present City Bisco festival at the Mann in October

The Disco Biscuits just announced they are curating a two-day, multi-stage music festival at the Mann Center on Fri. Oct. 5th and Sat. Oct. 6th. The Biscuits will headline City Bisco and the festival line-up will feature special guests Diplo, RJD2, A-Trak, Paper Diamond, Papadosio, Aeroplane, Tipper, Cinnamon Chasers, Ott and the All Seeing (Live Band), Tiger and Woods, Brothers Past, Nadis Warriors, Wyllys and additional artists to be announced soon.

Tickets to the all ages festival go on sale Friday, July 20th at noon. Single day tickets are available for $47.50 and two-day passes are $75 each. Visit the Mann Center website here for tickets and more information.

Check out the Disco Biscuits song “We Like to Party” below.