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Read an Urban Outfitters interview with Cold Fronts, listen to “Miss Austin” featuring Lucy Stone

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Cold Fronts | photo courtesy of the artist

Cold Fronts have shared a new single called “Miss Austin” on the Urban Outfitters blog, paired with an interview with frontman Craig Almquist. The track is the first bit of new music we’re hearing from the local outfit since last year’s Sire Records debut Whatever Forever, and it’s showing us a low-key side of the usually energetic band.

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Cold Fronts announce tour, share “Energy Waster” video

Cold Fronts | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly indie rockers Cold Fronts recently released their debut record Forever Whatever last October, and they just shared their tour-centric video for the energetic “Energy Waster.”

The band, fronted by vocalist/guitarist Craig Almquist, is currently down in Austin to play SXSW (which is where Almquist was discovered by Sire Records’ Seymour Stein in 2012). Their fast-paced power pop is highlighted on “Energy Waster” with its harmonized guitars and exuberant lyrics. Continue reading →

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Local bands will face off at Drexel’s Battlefest II

Abi Reimold
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

Cold Fronts, Abi Reimold and Edelweiss will face-off at Mad Dragon Music Group’s Battlefest II, performing round-robin style at the Pearlstein Gallery in Drexel’s URBN Center Annex on Wednesday, February 24th.

Less battle of the bands and more Jools Holland-esque showcase, the local outfits will be set up simultaneously and will perform one song at a time before handing the mic off to the next group. Continue reading →

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Listen to the airy, buoyant new single from Weekender’s new EP Floaty Feeling, Blue

Photo by  Jen Bragan Photography via facebook.com
Photo by Jen Bragan Photography via facebook.com

There may be no band better suited to have an EP named Floaty Feeling, Blue than Philly’s Weekender. Led by songwriter Derek Sheehan, the five-piece gives the kind of distinct blue-sky vibe that has brought bands like Real Estate into the limelight in recent years. Today, the band released the first single, and title track, off of Floaty Feeling, Blue — which you can check out below.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Districts at Electric Factory, Beirut at the Tower, Cold Fronts at Johnny Brenda’s and more

The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber | via http://www.villagevoice.com/music/fucked-up-and-dirty-the-districts-look-back-on-their-big-league-year-7861965
The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber | via http://www.villagevoice.com/music/fucked-up-and-dirty-the-districts-look-back-on-their-big-league-year-7861965

We have been big fans of Philly indie rockers The Districts for some time now. Since their formation in 2009 the band has quickly ascended the ranks of Philly indie rock, rapidly becoming the unequivocal “band to watch”. Recently we here The Key got a chance to talk to the band about this journey, which continues with what is arguably their biggest Philly show to date tonight at the Electric Factory with Lady Lamb and fellow Philadelphians Purples. You can click here to get more information on tonight’s show. Continue reading →

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20 must see shows in November

Jim James | My Morning Jacket | XPoNential Music Festival 2015 | Photo by Rachel DelSordo | http://www.racheldelsordophotography.com/
Jim James | My Morning Jacket | XPoNential Music Festival 2015 | Photo by Rachel DelSordo | http://www.racheldelsordophotography.com/

As we enter November, there’s a month filled with excellent shows coming into Philly. Here’s 20 must see shows that we suggest you choose from to put on your social calendar. Continue reading →

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Load-In to Load-Out: Cruisr goes hard on their home turf

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

“Hey, you look like cool guys,” says the young lady walking past the TLA. “Know where we can get some awesome pulled pork sandwiches?”

Andy States shoots a glance over at Kyle Cook, who grins and shrugs his shoulders. Both are teetering on the verge of hysterical laughter. It’s not like the two guys play in Philly modern rock juggernaut Cruisr or anything; it’s not like they’re unpacking gear from their van to headline their biggest hometown show to date on this breezy September afternoon. Staying true to their nicest-dudes-ever rep, the guys suggest Percy Street BBQ a few blocks away; the culinary tourists are on their way, and Cruisr gets back to work.

For States and his mates, the road to this point has been both steady and sudden. Continue reading →

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Listen to Cold Fronts’ debut LP Forever Whatever, see them at Johnny Brenda’s

Cold Fronts | Photo via facebook.com/ColdFrontsMusic
Cold Fronts | Photo via facebook.com/ColdFrontsMusic

Philadelphia indie-punk band Cold Fronts is currently streaming their new record, Forever Whatever, over at the Wall Street Journal. The album will be available October 23rd via Sire Records. The backstory of Cold Fronts’ introduction to Sire Records is quite the industry anomaly. The band was playing a show outside in the rain during Austin’s SXSW music festival in 2013 when Sire Records’ Seymour Stein walked by and noticed how much the audience resonated with the music and performance. The rest, as they say, is history. Continue reading →