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Review and photo recap: All systems were go-go at Analog-A-Go-Go

Talib Kweli | Photo by Joe del Tufo | Moonloop Photography
Talib Kweli | Photo by Joe del Tufo | Moonloop Photography

Dogfish Head’s Analog-A Go-Go music fest took things to a new level in its sixth year, moving the event to Bellevue State Park in Wilmington, DE and taking over the park in with its unique combination of live music, craft beer, vinyl and art. A diverse offering of local and national acts was a bold move for a festival in its first large effort- with headliners Built To Spill (a Dogfish favorite) supported by Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Taleb Kweli, Hop Along, Beach Slang and Fiancé.  Continue reading →

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A near-perfect evening with Built to Spill at Union Transfer

Built to Spill | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com
Built to Spill | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com

“I can’t get that sound you made out of my head” – Built To Spill on “I Would Hurt A Fly”

Not that I’ve been trying to get their sound out of my head, but it’s been nearly 20 years and I consistently find myself humming a Built To Spill tune once or twice a week (and after nearly 20 years, some of the lyrics remain just as cryptic.)  Going to a Built To Spill show was a little bittersweet for me, as it ended a sort of unspoken embargo I had on them.  Perfect From Now On, Keep It Like A Secret, and Ancient Melodies of The Future were (and still are) a holy trinity of albums.  Released in rapid succession they became my intro to the world of what would eventually be called “Indie Rock” (wether lovingly or spitefully).  But, it was 5 long years before the next album, You In Reverse, and for one reason or another, I never got around to it, or There Is No Enemy.

Flash forward to 2015 and I found myself in a unique position to actually go and see them, and so I binged.  I had never stopped listening to those oh-so-special albums, but I looped the new ones for a few days.  It was like catching up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in a decade, only to realize nothing had changed. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Frank Turner at The Fillmore, Madalean Gauze at Boot and Saddle, Built To Spill at Union Transfer

Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo
Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo

In support of his newest album, Positive Songs For Negative People, Frank Turner is embarking on a full US and UK tour, and will be hitting The Fillmore tonight. The British folk-rocker will be performing with his backing band, The Sleeping Souls. Get more information about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and check out the music video for “Get Better” below. Continue reading →

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The Now Age: Prince Rama plays LIVE on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade

Prince Rama | GIF by Julian Bozeman
Prince Rama | GIF by Julian Bozeman

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is ready to make your brain move tonight. Tune in at 11pm ET (or better yet, stay tuned after Making Time RAD-io with Dave P) for a full two-hour mix of brand new tracks and moldy old favorites. We’ve got a special treat direct from parts unknown (Brooklyn): Prince Rama will premiere songs from their in-progress new album, live in our studio!

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Hear Broncho play live, spotlight on of Montreal and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Broncho | Photo by Courtney Lee Yip
Broncho | Photo by Courtney Lee Yip

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns from a brief break tonight at 11pm on XPN! We’ll make up for lost time in a big way, starting off with a new Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session featuring Oklahoma rockers Broncho! We’ll hear live performances of songs from the band’s latest album, Just Enough Hip To Be Woman. We’ll also spotlight the newest album from long-running indie favorites of Montreal, and we’ll hear a few of these new tracks in the mix:

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chet Faker at Union Transfer, Built to Spill at World Cafe Live at The Queen, Chad VanGaalen at Milkboy and more

Chet Faker | photo courtesy of the artist
Chet Faker | photo courtesy of the artist

Australia’s Chet Faker will perform at Union Transfer tonight following his Free at Noon performance at XPN’s Non-COMMvention.  The recent World Cafe artist released his debut LP Built On Glass in April, following up a pair of EPs and his remix of “No Diggity” by Blackstreet that originally put him on the radar.  Take a listen to his soulful, electronic World Cafe session here and download a live version of “1998” below.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Colin Meloy at the Keswick Theatre, XPN Welcomes Matt Nathanson to the Electric Factory, Far Out Fangtooth at Boot & Saddle and more

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Colin Meloy, lead singer of The Decemberists, brings his solo tour to the Keswick Theatre tonight.    The Portland, OR musician will be sharing new songs alongside tracks from his extensive catalog during the tour.  He’s also supporting a new cover EP called Colin Meloy Sings The Kinks, which he discussed in an interview with The Key earlier this week.  Tickets and information for the all-ages solo show can be found here.  Below, listen to Meloy covering “Sister I’m a Poet” from his previous Morrissey cover EP.

XPN welcomes Matt Nathanson to the Electric Factory tonight.  The poppy singer-songwriter is touring in support of a new album called Last of the Great Pretenders, released in July on Vanguard Records.  Tonight, Nathanson will be joined by Joshua Radin.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Below, watch the video for Last of the Great Pretenders‘ first single “Mission Bells.”

Local psychedelic rockers Far-Out Fangtooth celebrate the release of Borrowed Time tonight at Boot & Saddle.  It’s the second full-length LP for the two year old band, put out via legendary cult label Siltbreeze.  In an interview with The Key earlier this week, the band explained the root of their dark and gothy sound, in addition to detailing how Far-Out Fangtooth came together.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Watch their new video for “Beyond Your Bones” below.

Also Playing:

Built to Spill at Union Transfer (8:00 p.m., all ages, $22)

Pink Slip Daddy at Kung Fu Necktie (8:00 p.m., 21+, $10)

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. The Fleeting Ends, Dr. Dog, XPoNential Music Festival)

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine

Philly favorites Dr. Dog announce next LP B-Room, release lyric video for “The Truth” [link]

The Fleeting Ends stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session [link]

Check out this week’s show reviews and photo recaps including The Swirlies and Fun. [link]

Get psyched for this weekend’s XPoNential Music Festival by listening to past fest performances by Dr. Dog, Dawes and more [link]

The Civil Wars‘ track “Dust to Dust” is XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week [link]

Stornoway recorded a stripped down Folkadelphia Session, performing songs from their latest Tales From Terra Firma LP [link]

Wednesday’s My Morning Download featured San Francisco band The Family Crest and their song “Love Don’t Go” [link]

Brighton Sound Sessions went down a new path with their latest recording of jazz/funk trio ill Delta’s “Dark Chocolate” [link]

A slew of Philly dates were announced this week for bands including Animal Collective, Zola Jesus, Built to Spill and more [link]

The Dead Milkmen will headline a free show at Liberty Lands Park in support of music education on August 24th [link]

Instrumental Philly outfit North End will release their Cognoscere EP next month – get a preview with single “Gabardine [link]

Download Hezekiah Jones‘ cover of Damien Jurado’s “Shannon Rhodes” [link]