The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. My Morning Jacket, Morrissey, and Jamie Lidell)

TSVG GuysElliott Sharp digs into the history and methods of two local guitar effects pedal companies TSVG and smallsound/bigsound [link]

We kick off a new regular feature XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with “Do Yourself a Favor” from Jamie Lidell – he’s playing Union Transfer on 4/14 [link]

Sera Cahoone stopped by for a Folkadelphia session, highlighting her knock-out 2012 release Deer Creek Canyon [link]

Check out photos and a review of Conor Oberst’s reunited Desaparecidos at Union Transfer [link]

My Morning Jacket cover “Leaving On a Jet Plane” for The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver [link]

Local folk project Psalmships contributes a cover of “Before We Retire” to the Long May You Run, J. Tillman tribute album [link]

Morrissey announces a show at the Tower Theater for 4/6 [link]

We highlight local blues-rock trio Penrose and their Circe LP in this week’s Unlocked feature [link]

Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner released Tripti after returning from India, where he studied Indian slide guitar [link]

The Philly Drum Project begins fundraising for their high school workshop DrumPhil [link]

Waxahatchee goes acoustic in her Key Studio Session ahead of a record release party at Golden Tea House on Friday [link]


At Union Transfer, Desaperacidos rocks out like it was 2002 (photos, review)

It seems as though Philadelphians will take Conor Oberst any way they can get him.

After playing a stripped down and intimate solo show at the Kimmel Center in November, the singer-songwriter and Bright Eyes frontman returned to Philly Saturday to play quite a different batch of his material – that of his incredibly loud, politically fueled and recently reunited hardcore band Desaparecidos. Continue reading →


Listen to two new Desaparecidos tracks (frontman Conor Oberst plays The Kimmel Center in November)

Conor Oberst has always been a musician with a full plate of projects; in the early aughts, he took a brief break from Bright Eyes to front the short-lived post-hardcore band Desaparecidos, which set Obert’s signature howl to crunching, crushing arrangements. Its 2002 album Read Music / Speak Spanish was an exciting mix of incisive, socially-conscious lyrics and loud rock aggression, but short of a couple compilation appearances, that was the last we heard from the band until recently. Desaparecidos reunited for a one-off concert in its home base of Omaha in 2010, with talk of more to come. Today, Alternative Press premiered one new track called “Backsell” – streaming on the magazine’s homepage here – while another, “MariKKKopa,” was posted to YouTube. You can listen to it in the player below, and read a Huffington Post interview with Oberst about the immigration-themed song here. Desaparecidos also announced a fall tour that, right now, is sticking to the west coast; Oberst, however, will play a solo show at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Sunday, Nov. 18. Tickets to the all-ages concert are available now.