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Plastic Plates gives the remix treatment to #xpnfest artist Cheerleader

Plastic Plates | via Facebook.com/plasticplatesmusic
Plastic Plates | via Facebook.com/plasticplatesmusic

As we anxiously await the debut album release from Philly haze-pop quintet Cheerleader, we’ve got our hands on a remix of the album’s title-track, released over on Noisey.

The remix comes from NYC producer Felix Bloxsom, known as Plastic Plates, and it subtracts the original track’s guitars and mellows out the vocals, producing a tasty club-friendly rendition. 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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Cheerleader’s debut LP is coming out on May 19th and we’re psyched

Cheerleader | Via facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Cheerleader | Via facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

Following some recent releases (including their new single “The Sunshine of Your Youth,” a stripped-down version for Paste Magazine and the official video for the track), Philly five-piece Cheerleader has announced their upcoming LP, of the same name, is set for release on May 19 via Bright Antenna Records. Continue reading →

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Watch Cheerleader play “Sunshine of Your Youth” for Paste, see them on tour with The Wombats

Cheerleader | via facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Cheerleader | via facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

With opening lines like “It’s a Hallmark family photo, circa 1995 but you can’t imagine why,” it’s clear that Cheerleader‘s latest single, “Sunshine of Your Youth” is another emotionally-driven, wistfully nostalgic track jangle pop from Philly jangle-pop band. The five-piece power pop group just released this new track last week, and recently recorded a stripped-down version for Paste Magazine. Continue reading →

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A night of seasonal cheer from Cheerleader at Johnny Brenda’s

Cheerleader | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Cheerleader | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

So it wasn’t explicitly a holiday show. We should make that clear from the get-go; it was mostly just a regular Saturday night at Johnny Brenda’s with three like-minded bands playing delightfully danceable indie rock. But Philly’s Cheerleader nevertheless crafted a totally festive vibe for their last show of 2014. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheerleader at Johnny Brenda’s, Kalob Griffin Band at Union Transfer, York Street Hustle at World Cafe Live and more…

Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

Cheerleader headline a night of local music at Johnny Brenda’s. The band just announced that they will be making the journey down to SXSW next March to showcase their new EP On Your Side. Cheerleader has been tightening their hazy dream-pop sound for a couple of years now after founding members and Connecticut natives Joe Haller and Chris Duran pulled together a full band here in Philadelphia.  Listen to their recent single “Tomorrow Always Knows” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show with Dream Safari and Louds here.

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Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie are repping Philly at 2015′s SXSW Music Festival

Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

The first round of artist announcements for the annual SXSW music festival came out today and Philadelphia is officially on the bill; locally-based outfits Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie will be playing official showcases in Austin. If you’ve never been, the enormous event strives to give independent bands much-needed attention, with last year’s bringing out over 28,000 music industry professionals and supporting over 2,300 acts. For more information on this year’s SXSW music festival, you can visit their official site here. Check out music from Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie after the jump. Continue reading →

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Listen to Cheerleader’s deliciously hazy new single “Tomorrow Always Knows”

Cheerleader Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Cheerleader | Photo via facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

Local Philadelphia indie pop quintet Cheerleader has released a new track “Tomorrow Always Knows” off of their upcoming EP On Your Side. We’ve been living in Cheerleader-land for a while now, especially after they stopped by to treat us to a live Key Studio Session, and much like their performance, their new single does not disappoint. It’s upbeat with lyrics “You can dream, dream, dream, dream,” catchy with frequent melodic “ooooos” and tied together with a perfectly hazy tone. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Cheerleader, The Last Bison, Mumblr

Cheerleader
Cheerleader | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

Local indie rockers Cheerleader stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session.  By now we’re familiar with the band’s blend of hazy pop and bright twee, a combination that made them a no-brainer for stand-out summer band status.  In this session, Cheerleader performed a new song called “On Your Side” – check it out below and get the full set here. Continue reading →