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Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Bloody Valentine at Electric Factory, Dresses at MilkBoy, Taj Mahal Trio at Grand Opera House, and more

My Bloody Valentine

Ethereal alt-rock icons My Bloody Valentine are bringing their elusive melodies and spidery vocals to Electric Factory tonight before they finish up their North American tour in New York. Dropping their anxiously anticipated third full length album mbv in February, Mark Richardson of Pitchfork gave it a 9.1 in his review saying, “mbv is an album of density with very little air or light. But it doesn’t forgo the human touches that have made this band so special.” Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here. Get ready for the show by watching their London performance of “Soon” below.

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Listen to a new Chiddy Bang song, “Breathe” (playing Electric Factory 10/11)

Screen Shot 2013-08-20 at 8.22.32 AM Philly rap outfit Chiddy Bang has a new song, “Breathe,” that you can listen to below. It’s from a forthcoming mixtape, Baggage Claim. Recently, one of the members of the group, Xaphoon Jones, announced he was going to stop touring and focus on production. Chiddy performs at the Electric Factory on Friday, October 11th opening for Timeflies. Below, listen to “Breathe,” produced by Yuri Beats, with it’s Bob Marley and Macklemore & Lewis musical vibe.

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Ten stories from The Key that got you excited in 2012

The Menzingers (Photo by Madeleine Lesperance)

The amount of news that surfaces in a 24 hour period is astronomical anymore; multiplied by 365, that’s an onslaught of information we present you with during the calendar year. But some items always rise above the fold and prove to be something bigger. Here are the ten stories from The Key that drew your collective attention (and eyeballs) in 2012. Continue reading →

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Listen to Icona Pop’s new EP (opening for Marina and the Diamonds on 12/4)

Swedish pop pair Icona Pop released their debut EP Iconic this week, which you can stream now through PrettyMuchAmazing here. The album features guest Charli XCX on the track “I Love It” and the hit “Manners,” which was sampled by Philly rap duo Chiddy Bang. Icona Pop will be opening for Marina and the Diamonds at  Union Transfer December 4th; ticket information for that show can be found here. Below, check out the video for “I Love It.”

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Download a new Cold Graves track, “Svntn”


Cold Graves, the brainchild of former Chiddy Bang member Zach Sewall and Philly alt group Cold Fronts, released a download of their latest single early this morning via SoundCloud. “Svntn” is consistent with the same synthrock elements as previously released tracks, including “Use U” and “Keep It One Hundred.” Cold Fronts will be playing with City Rain at Underground Arts this Friday, opening for Vacationer. Find more information on that show here and download “Svntn” below.

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Looking to hear some live hip hop this weekend? Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Chiddy Bang and more playing the Susquehanna Bank Center this Friday

The Under the Influence of Music Tour is coming to the Susquehanna Bank Center this Friday. The tour features performances by hip-hop artists Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Philadelphia’s own Chiddy Bang, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and Chevy Woods. The show starts at 5:30PM and tickets range from $20 to $65. Click here for tickets and more info.

Get pumped for the show and listen to Wiz Khalifa’s latest album, Work Hard Play Hard, in the player below.

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Listen to new music from Cold Graves, a collaboration with Cold Fronts and Grave Goods

Philly rock band Cold Fronts recently collaborated with Zach Sewall (formerly of Chiddy Bang and No Diavolo) on a new track. Sewall releases music under the name Grave Goods, so when he teamed up with Cold Fronts they decided to call their collaborative project Cold Graves. Their song, “New Face,” combines Cold Fronts usual rock aesthetic and vocals with Sewall’s electronic vibe, which makes for a cool-sounding lo-fi track.

Cold Fronts will be going into the studio in August and plan to release some new songs in September. In the meantime, catch their set on August 9th at PhilaMOCA with City Rain, The Mendles, and comedians Lisa Yost, James Hesky, and Alex Grubard. There is an $8 donation charge at the door and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the organization “To Write Love On Her Arms.” For more information visit the event page here.

Listen to the new Cold Graves track below or download it on their Soundcloud page here.

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Listen to “Mind Your Manners,” the first single from Chiddy Bang’s debut LP

Fresh off a performance at Bonnaroo, Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege and Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin, aka Chiddy Bang, have just released the first single from their upcoming debut full-length Breakfast. Fans of the Philly hip-hop/electro duo got a taste of the track, entitled “Mind Your Manners,” during a live performance following Chiddy’s Guinness World Record-breaking 9+ hour freestyle rap. The new song doesn’t demonstrate a ton of growth, but knowing the duo’s adoring fan base, they’ll be just fine.

“Mind Your Manners” will be made available on July 19th; no word on the album’s release date though. Chiddy Bang is currently gearing up to tour with The Cool Kids this September, and a Philly date is pretty much in the bag. Listen below, via MTV.com.