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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Johnny Showcase at Boot & Saddle, Cayetana at Millworks, Christopher Davis-Shannon at Sundrop Music Fest and more…

Johnny Showcase
Johnny Showcase | photo courtesy of the artist

Johnny Showcase and his “absurdist soul” band The Mystic Ticket take over Boot & Saddle tonight. The band is prepping for the release of their new record The Octopus, which will put the steamy, colorful vibes of their live show on vinyl. Check out the title track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Watch Cayetana perform “Madame B” for World Cafe

Augusta Koch (left) and Allegra Anka (right) of Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Augusta Koch (left) and Allegra Anka (right) of Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Cayetana visited the World Cafe this week for Sense of Place Philly, host David Dye’s inside look at the past and mostly present Philly music scene.

During the week on the show, some of Dye’s guests will be The War On Drugs, The Districts, Dr. Dog, Hop Along, STS, Waxahatachee, a special one hour show on The Sound of Philly, and more. You can listen to sessions from the show here. Continue reading →

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Download a three song World Cafe: Next “Live” performance and interview with Cayetana

Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

This week is World Cafe Sense of Place Philly week, where Cafe host David Dye is showcasing the past and current sounds of the Philly music scene. For this week’s World Cafe: Next, the Cafe is featuring one of the most talked about new band in the Philly indie and punk scene: Cayetana. Continue reading →

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Watch Cayetana’s live acoustic performance for Boston’s WZBC

Cayetana | Photo by Jessica Flynn | jflynnphotography.com
Cayetana | Photo by Jessica Flynn | jflynnphotography.com

We’re huge Cayetana fans over at The Key. The punk trio’s latest album, Nervous Like Me, was voted best album of 2014 by our critics, and we were pumped when they recently rocked opening night of the inaugural Key Fest.

Fans might be used to the somewhat louder / rawer sound from Cayetana, but frontwoman Augusta Koch’s recent live acoustic session for Boston’s WZBC shows she can conquer a stripped-down sound, too. Continue reading →

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Key Fest At-A-Glance, Part One: A high-energy indie / punk opening with Cayetana, Commonwealth Choir, Hurry and Slingshot Dakota

Slingshot Dakota | photo by Megan Kelly
Slingshot Dakota | photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

The first-ever Key Fest is nearly upon us, and anticipation around these parts is high. Three nights of music by Philadelphia artists, a spectrum of sounds and styles, and a lot to look forward to. It’s essentially the first time a local venue has turned over three nights of their calendar to us and said “here, have fun” – and we tried to do right by them in curating three unique bills of artists that we felt worked alongside one another and, more importantly, that we’d want to go see.

All this week, leading up to opening night, we’ll bring you night-by-night Key Fest At-A-Glance rundowns, telling you who these artists are we booked and why we’re pumped to have them on the show. To begin at the beginning, let’s look at opening night. Continue reading →

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Philly Music 101: The basics everyone needs to know about the Philadelphia scene right now

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Philadelphia is a city of many wonders: a buzzing food scene, an established craft beer culture, and a parade of historical landmarks. But one aspect of our city that we are particularly passionate about is our magnificent local music community and all that is has to offer. Here at The Key, we often focus on the particulars of our scene – where artists will be playing each night, brand new local releases, etc. - so much so that we can forget how overwhelming it can be for newcomers to get their bearings.

So for those of you having trouble finding where to start, we are introducing this new Philly Music 101 series as your guide through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving members, from artists to venues to studios and more. It’s meant to help new fans navigate the scene as much as emerging musicians looking to break in and behind-the-scenes folks trying to get their start. We hope it will illuminate just what makes it so damn exciting for music lovers to live here. To kick it off, here is a by-no-means-complete overview of the different pieces of the Philadelphia music scene that have come together to make up its sturdy foundation. Continue reading →

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Cayetana release glass-smashing video for “Scott get the Van, I’m Moving”

A still from Cayetana's video for "Scott Get The Van I'm Moving"
A still from Cayetana’s video for “Scott Get The Van I’m Moving”

For the full-throttle punk track “Scott get the Van, I’m Moving,” Philly punk trio Cayetana got to run around an abandoned warehouse smashing glass, vases, or anything they could get their hands on with a baseball bat.

The video, which was directed by Adam Peditto, features tantalizing sunlit reflections on an old-fashioned van and slo-mo shots of the destruction during the chorus. The video is far from missing any symbolic anecdotes like a snapshot of a sign on a brick building that states “The Future is Unwritten.” Dark shadows on the trio are fitting in times of lyrics like “We find solace in the moment.” A strange, dark silhouette at the end leaves the viewer in the unknown and makes this video more than just a recording of the girls rocking out in a basement (which is still pretty cool). Continue reading →

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Philly bands featured on compilation for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

To Show That You're Still Here | Album art by JP Flexner
To Show That You’re Still Here | Album art by JP Flexner

Eighteen bands from the DIY punk scene have come together to create To Show That You’re Still Here, a benefit compilation for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Catch some new and exclusive tracks on the compilation, where a handful of Philly bands are featured, such as Beach Slang, By SurpriseLeaky Soups, Cayetana, free cake for every creature, Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe and No Summer. Continue reading →

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Ten summery songs to kick the winter blues

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Cayetana | photo via Facebook

There’s nothing worse than the discerning sense that winter is a timeless black hole and that you will never feel the sun’s warmth again in your life. The best way to pretend that the winter isn’t sucking the life out of you is to channel any summer vibes that you can get your hands on. One way to do that is to listen to some songs that remind you of sunny days and overall happiness. These ten songs are here to remind you that some day (not soon enough) it will be summer again.

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