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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Old 97’s at Union Transfer, Dylan Jane at Boot & Saddle

Old 97s | courtesy of the artist
Old 97s | courtesy of the artist

Alt-country faves Old 97’s head to Union Transfer tonight with Nicole Atkins. Rhett Miller & co are touring in support of Graveyard Whistling, their 10th studio LP released this past February. Watch the video for “Good With God” (featuring a vocal cameo by Brandi Carlile and a drumming cameo by Fred Armisen) below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Dylan Jane shares electrified video for “What It Seems” off of new EP

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Dylan Jane | photo courtesy of the artist

Our first taste of Dylan Jane‘s latest EP was “What It Seems,” a track we premiered for the Bloomsburg, PA native back in the beginning of October. Two months later Deceiving Yourself and Everyone Else has been released and Dylan, who expanded her acoustic folk sound to encompass a more dynamic range of feelings on the record, has a new video for the single.

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PREMIERE: Dylan Jane debuts new EP with “What It Seems” single

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Dylan Jane | photo courtesy of the artist

Opening the curtain on her forthcoming EP Deceiving Yourself and Everyone Else, Dylan Jane‘s new single “What It Seems” reveals a new side to the Bloomsburg, PA native’s songwriting. Out on October 7th, the record follows 2014’s full-length From An Island with a collection of songs that has Jane breaking out of her strictly-folk mold. We have the premiere of the aforementioned single today, and it’s something you’ll definitely want to get your ears on.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Volume 13 (featuring Bardo Pond, Girlpool, Moosh & Twist and more)

The Key Studio Sessions Volume 13
Photo by Ola Baldych | facebook.com/ola.baldych

I don’t want to gush. But I’d be lying if I said that this latest collection of performances from The Key Studio Sessions wasn’t special to me.

In the past four months, I’ve recorded one of my favorite Philadelphia bands of the past 20 years – shamanistic psychedelic rock masters Bardo Pond, whose performance was a thrill – as well as one of my favorite new Philadelphia bands – the brilliant duo Girlpool, transported locally from LA this winter with a unique sound and an incredible collection of songs in tow. I also recorded a local guitar icon whose work I’ve admired since I first began covering the scene for City Paper 15 years ago, Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner, doing a set of his raga-influenced compositions on the 22-stringed chaturangui. (Brenner also sat in on lap steel with folk outfit Kicking Down Doors.)

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Watch the earthy new music video from Dylan Jane, catch her tonight at Key Fest

Dylan Jane | From the video for "Land and Sea" | Directed by Bob Sweeney
Dylan Jane | From the video for “Land and Sea” | Directed by Bob Sweeney

Back in January we were graced with Dylan Jane’s delicate and sincere sound for a studio session for The Key. We’re happy to hear from her again as part of Friday night’s folksy  /rootsy lineup for the second night of Key Fest.

Her new music video for “Land and Sea” shows how she is a multidimensional musician: Jane started out as a guitarist, and even though her music is gentle, its moving arrangements demand attention. Continue reading →

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Key Fest At-A-Glance, Part Two: A folk / rock ramble with The Lawsuits, Rosu Lup and Dylan Jane

The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

While Thursday night starts out Key Fest with a indie / punk bang, Friday opens it up into something more spacious with a night of expansive, Americana-tinged folk / roots / rock and roll. Continuing our series of preview rundowns for this first-ever Key-curated celebration of local music, today we’ll take a closer look at the three artists joining us for the second night at MilkBoy. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dylan Jane at Bourbon & Branch, Girlpool at West Philly Retirement Home, QQQ at The Fire and more…

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Dylan Jane | Photo by John Vettese

Recent Key Studio Session artist Dylan Jane performs at Bourbon & Branch tonight. The Northeastern PA native released From An Island last October, a collection of original songs that showcase an organic roots sound that both honest and fun. Though she often performs solo live, Jane recorded the LP with a cavalcade of friends, lending to the album a late-night-round-the-fire-pit jam session vibe. Listen to “Land and Sea” below and pick up tickets for the show with Katie Frank & The Pheromones, Matt Romagna and Younger Me here. Listen back to her Key Session here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Dylan Jane

In a way, Northeast Pennsylvania native Dylan Jane is making her second go as a songwriter. She grew up playing guitar and listening to records from a range of eras: Bright Eyes all the way back to Carole King. But then schooling led her to teaching, and her songwriting was temporarily put on the shelf until about 2012. “My guitar was getting dusty,” she explains. And she didn’t like that. First came her debut LP: Paint, Clay and other Mediums, recorded in Dupont, Pennsylvania (a small town between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton). She followed it up in fall of 2013 with Songbook Chapter One. As her music began to make its way out of NEPA and Dylan began performing in both Philadelphia and New York, she released her most polished outing to date, last year’s From an Island. With a captivating voice that’s soft and soulful, and a pen that writes story-songs exploring all realms of the human experience – love, betrayal, death, and more – her music instantly hooks you in. This Key Studio Session she recorded with us in early January will do the same. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Vita and the Woolf at Ortliebs, Dylan Jane at Kung Fu Necktie, Paolo Nutini at The Trocadero

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by John Vettese
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by John Vettese

Philadelphia’s newest electric soul-pop group Vita and the Woolf head to Ortlieb’s tonight for their EP release show. Frontwoman Jen Pague is expected to impress the crowd with her dynamic vocal range on tracks such as the passionate “Mary” and the circus-inspired “Slipping Hills,” both tunes off of their Fang Song EP, released on Tuesday. The eight-track record is result of Prague’s dedicated two years of writing. For tickets and more information head over to the XPN Concert Calender. Below, check out the eerie video for “Mary”, or click here to revisit their incredible Key Studio Session. Continue reading →