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Load-In to Load-Out: The Menzingers’ Rented World tour takes on Union Transfer

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The Menzingers at Union Transfer | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

Most people think of a concert as those four or so hours you spend standing in crowd, singing along with your favorite band. But have you ever thought about what goes into making that happen? We followed The MenzingersRented World tour for a day as four bands converged on Philly’s Union Transfer to put on a show. The headliners were brought up in the Scranton DIY scene before relocating to Philadelphia – releasing several amazing albums along the way – and this stop on the tour was their biggest headlining show to date in their adopted hometown. Their fourth full-length, Rented World, was released this spring on Epitaph Records, and it’s gotten the band some of its highest-profile attention outside of the punk world – including an enthusiastic review in the New York Times. Even so, the band stayed true to its roots for the tour, bringing along Philly friends Cayetana, up-and-coming Toronto punk four-piece PUP and Buffalo indiepop trio Lemuria. Take a look at how the gang spent their Saturday in pictures. [continue]

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Cayetana wraps up the current season of “Shaking Through” with the aching “Miss Thing”

Photo via Shaking Through
Photo via Shaking Through

By now, I’m sure you’re familiar with Shaking Through, a documentary series from Weathervane Music that follow artists as they record one song in two days, start to finish, at Fishtown’s Miner Street studio. The latest episode features the Philly punk trio Cayetana, and gives you some insight into the personalities of each member, how they got together to form a band and most importantly, how good the music sounds. The song recorded is “Miss Thing,” which frontwoman Augusta Koch wrote about her grandmother (we heard an early version in the band’s Key Studio Session last year). Check out the video and listen to the song below.

Shaking Through: Cayetana from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.

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Cayetana will release its Nervous Like Me LP this summer and we’re freaking pumped

te-136-hiWe’re big fans of Philly power trio Cayetana over here at The Key, so today’s news that their full-length Nervous Like Me is on its way sooner rather than later has us pretty excited. That’s the cover art up there, and you can check out the track listing after the jump. The album is due out on local-ish label Tiny Engines Records this August (exact date TBD) and the band is touring this summer with The Menzingers (they play Union Transfer on May 31st, info at the XPN Concert Calendar).

If you’re not familiar, the band was founded by three punk scene friends – singer-guitarist Augusta Koch, bassist Allegra Anka and drummer Kelly Olsen – in 2012. Their sound is angular and gritty, yet undeniably poppy. Their single “Hot Dad Calendar” is a righteous jam with a super fun music video. Their song “South Philly” is super heartfelt and poignant. They recorded a Key Studio Session for us last year, and did a Shaking Through session this year that we’re looking forward to hearing. Keep your eyes on this band, they’re moving fast.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jessica Lea Mayfield at Johnny Brenda’s, Cayetana at The Fire, Chalk and the Beige Americans at Kung Fu Necktie

Jessica Lea Mayfield | via facebook.com/jessicaleamayfield

Singer / songwriter and guitarist Jessica Lea Mayfield brings her ethereal vocals and creeping, crunching guitar riffs to Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of her recent album release Make My Head Sing…. Sometimes touching on psychedlic shoegazey rock, other times inserting her bluegrass roots (she was in a bluegrass band with her family as a young girl), Mayfield’s sound is unique and all her own. Get tickets and info on the 9:15pm show here.

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Cayetana will live stream its Shaking Through session this weekend

Photo by Mary Ferrigno, courtesy of facebook.com/cayetana
Photo by Mary Ferrigno, via facebook.com/cayetana

This weekend, get a rare look into what goes behind the production of Weathervane Music Organization’s Shaking Through sessions with Philly band Cayetana.

The three-piece, all-female punk rock group is live streaming their Shaking Through session on February 1st and 2nd free to the public – an opportunity otherwise only given to members of Weathervane Music Organization. Shaking Through gives fans the chance to watch an insider’s guide as to what recording is like for some of their favorite bands, or a chance to discover new music, while the bands or musicians get to record in a “professional setting.”

(Read More – Past Shaking Through coverage on The Key)

Weathervane, founded by producer Brian McTear in 2009, strives to promote independent bands in the area with Shaking Through. Cayetana, formed in the fall of 2011, is finally starting to take off, opening for Waxahatchee just last Sunday and releasing a 7″ this winter on Tiny Engines Records. Check out their studio session with The Key here and their video for “Hot Dad Calendar” below.

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Photos: A punked up bill with Waxahatchee, All Dogs and Cayetana at the First Unitarian Church

Waxahatchee | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
Waxahatchee | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield had her biggest headlining Philly show to date last night, playing to a packed crowd at the First Unitarian Church and mixing in songs from last year’s breakout LP Cerulean Salt and 2012′s American Weekend. Opening the show were two very like-minded punk-rooted acts: Columbus Ohio’s All Dogs, featuring Maryn Jones of Saintseneca, and and Philly power trio Cayetana. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Download Cayetana’s new single “Hot Dad Calendar” (playing the First Unitarian Church on 1/26)

Cayetana | photo via www.facebook.com/cayetanaphilly
Cayetana | photo via www.facebook.com/cayetanaphilly

Power pop trio Cayetana have released “Hot Dad Calendar” as a free download in anticipation of their upcoming 7″ release.  The new track will be paired with a remaster of “Ella,” which was included on the local band’s debut demo EP last year.  The 7″ marks Cayetana’s first vinyl record and will be released through Tiny Engines early 2014.  Download the song below and check them out with Waxahatchee, Heavy Bangs and All Dogs at the First Unitarian Church on January 26th.  Tickets and information can be found here.

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