Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cat Power at Underground Arts, Mo Lowda and the Humble at Ortlieb’s, Crash Course in Science at Boot & Saddle and more


Cat Power brings her solo tour to Underground Arts tonight.  Chan Marshall is currently supporting last year’s Sun LP, a record that once again reinvented the singer-songwriter’s sound in surprising ways.  The last time she was in Philly, Marshall brought her eclectic new style to the Electric Factory with a mixed media backdrop.  This time, it’ll be stripped down and simple.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Nico Turner can be found here.  Watch her video for “Manhattan” below.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5 (feat. The Spinto Band, Turning Violet Violet, Heyward Howkins + more)

The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Dig into the best of what we’ve been doing since May with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5, including some sprightly indie pop from The Spinto Band, driving country-folk from Carsie Blanton, funk jams by Swift Technique and hip-hop from Ground Up. Special thanks to guest engineer Jeff White and production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Kate Bracaglia, Eric Ashleigh, David Kain, Michael Passanante, Kevin Kennedy, Rachel Barrish and Bryan Shreck for sharing their work. Continue reading →


Download Digest: This week’s best free music incl. King Britt, Crash Course in Science, Big K.R.I.T.

Philadelphia's King Britt and his many LPs.


Here at The Key, we toss a fair heaping of free downloads your way, so it’s completely understandable if you miss a few. Here are our top five bits of digital music from the past week:

Iconic Philadelphia DJ King Britt curated the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage’s Noise from the 18th Floor broadcast series. Get a taste with his own composition, “Beyond the Sun,” here.

Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. announced a Sept. 21 appearance at The Blockley. Download a remix of his single “Don’t Miss This Jet” below.

Philly Folk scenesters Dani Mari and Rev. T.J. McGlinchey are curating a concert series at FDR Park. They sat down with The Key’s Lauren Thomas, told her about the event and played her a couple acoustic duets. Download McGlinchey’s “If You See Her” below.

Reunited Philadelphia post-punk / new wave band Crash Course in Science performed at the Vox Populi gallery on Friday night. In advance of the show, they recorded a Key Studio Session that we released on Wednesday; check out the snappy “It Costs to Be Austere” below.

Norwegian songwriter Sondre Lerche announced a tour that brings him to World Cafe Live in September, and the reissue of his first four albums in deluxe editions with unreleased material. Download “Boxing Day,” an outtake from his album Phantom Punch, below:


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Anchorfest ft. The Dead Milkmen and more at Union Transfer, Crash Course in Science and Psychic Teens at Vox Populi Gallery

Dan Krawiec was a musician, a DJ, a writer, and a friend. Music was his life and he was beloved by many in Philadelphia who knew him as “Dan K”, an inspiration and a big piece of the philly punk and indie scene for years. He also worked at Rustica Pizza in Northern Liberties and would be seen there frequently. Every year on his birthday he would throw some type of party, and tonight the tradition lives on with a memorial fest at Union Transfer in his honor. Anchorfest features The Dead Milkmen, Mercury Radio Theater, Blayer Point Dujour and the Rockers Galore, and more. The fest is all ages and starts at 5PM, tickets are only $12. Come out and pay tribute to an awesome dude while listening to some great music.

Vox Populi
is an artist collective that hosts monthly exhibitions of under-represented artists with gallery openings, lectures, talks, and other cultural nuances. Tonight Phonographic Arts Philadelphia curates an event featuring Crash Course in Science, Psychic Teens, Normal Love, and more. We did a Key Studio session with Crash Course earlier this week which you can check out here. This event is all ages and starts at 7PM. Tickets are $8 at the door, check out the facebook event for more info.


The Key Studio Sessions: Crash Course in Science

In the fearless late 70s, Michael Zodorozny attended art school in Philadelphia and founded Crash Course in Science, an experimental three-piece that harnessed home-made synthesizers, toy instruments and noisemakers to create records that were both hard-hitting and alluring, not to mention insanely catchy. Moving in step with the era’s post-punk / pre-New Wave elite, the group echoed the dissonant pulse of England’s Throbbing Gristle and the whip-crack beats of Athens, Ga.’s Pylon. It produced a handful of albums into the early 1980s, played nightclubs and art galleries in New York and Philadelphia, was spun with enthusiasm by DJ Lee Paris on his trendsetting WXPN program YNMT, made a great music video for their single “Carboard Lamb,” and quietly disbanded as the decade wore on. The story could have ended there, and the band could have been lost in the annals of regional musical history. But Zodorozny continued working as a producer and remixer, and in 2009 a resurgence in interest in his old band led German label Vinyl-on-Demand to reissue Crash Course in Science’s entire catalog on LP. Performances followed, with Zodorozny now backed by original CCiS producer John Wicks and new vocalist Andrea Beeman, and new material began to emerge. One of those songs was premiered in the band’s Key Studio Session – the snappy, playful “Pantsed” – along with a selection of career highlights, and the band says we can expect a new EP in the fall. In the meantime, Crash Course in Science is playing a Philadelphia date in the midst of a summer of European festival appearances: this Friday, they’ll perform at Vox Populi Gallery headlining a lineup showcasing some of today’s fearless sonic experimentors, from fuzz rockers Psychic Teens to avant-garde noisemakers Normal Love. Crash Course in Science plays with Normal Love, Psychic Teens, Coqui, Young Leaves and Hurry at Vox Populi’s AUX performance space, 319 N. 11th Street, 3rd Floor, Friday July 27 at 7 p.m. Admission to the all-ages show is $8.