Eric Slick (Dr. Dog, Lithuania) has shared a new song, “No,” that is instantly memorable. With a classic pop chord progression and Wall of Sound-style drum beat, the song could have been ripped from classic “Girl Group” song playbook. Continue reading →
In the fall of 2014, Needle Points were approached by Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog with interest to produce their next album. It was to be the neo-psych ’n’ rollers’ second album, following up their six-song LP, Bom Tugangu, that they self-released the year prior. However, the album has yet to see the light of day.
After spending two weeks at Mt. Slippery studio with McMicken, the band spent the next year and a half shopping the end result around to multiple record labels. They received varying levels of interest, as local as Brooklyn and as far away as England. Ultimately the band decided it would be in their best interest to release it on their own. They would utilize it to get their own record label, Needlove Records, off the ground with plans to finally release the new album later this summer.
The startup record label will be run by Needle Points’ lead singer Colin Holloway and drummer Jordan Kaplan. Having already released their own Bom Tugangu debutand through their dealings with other musicians and labels through their work with McMicken, the two definitely have some do-it-yourself experience under their belts.
“Today I’ll be defending the earnest jangle of California’s Counting Crows,” writes Slick, about the band’s incredible 1993, T-Bone Burnett produced debut album, August and Everything After. Continue reading →
Happy Record Store Day everyone! Tonight, San Fran folk rockers Thao and the Get Down Stay Down take on Underground Arts with support from Saintseneca and Little Scream. Thao Nyugen and company are touring to celebrate the release of their recent album A Man Alive. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar.Continue reading →
It’s not often that a band can achieve a certain cult-status in their own lifetime before fading into either cheesiness or obscurity. A road diverged in the woods for Dr. Dog, and instead of falling by the wayside or chalking the whole thing off, they became living Philadelphia legends. Coming up on a decade and a half of jamming hard, the road warriors returned from a long haul and celebrated in style on Thursday night at The Fillmore—one of the few Philly venues they’d left to conquer, by virtue of its youth. Continue reading →
Springtime is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Not having to wear a coat to venues. With a lot of great offerings as the spring concert season ramps up – including our Red Bull Sound Select Gig with Good Old War on March 17th, and Bonnie Raitt at Verizon Hall on March 24th – Here are The Key’s six can’t-miss Philly shows for March, in chronological order. Continue reading →
Dr. Dog is featured on NPR’s First Listen this week with their forthcoming record The Psychedelic Swamp. With an official release date of February 5, you can stream the local rockers’ ninth LP a week early – and get an early look at the World Cafe session they just recorded to showcase the album.
Well dang if it isn’t just a morning of insanely exciting concert announcements. In addition to Explosions in the Sky, Pearl Jam, Houndmouth and Pete Yorn announcing new Philly dates this spring, we’ve got hometown boys Dr. Dog headlining two nights at The Fillmore – one on Thursday, March 17th (with Hop Along opening!) and another on Saturday, April 16th. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, January 22nd at noon. Continue reading →
Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, XPN Program director Bruce Warren recaps ten favorite WXPN videos from VuHaus.
We’ve put together a playlist of some of the best performances on VuHaus, a new music video website featuring videos from public radio stations around the country. Alongside XPN, contributors include WFUV in New York, KCRW in Los Angeles, KUTX in Austin, Oregon Public Radio, Mountain Stage, World Cafe and others.