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Ratatat escape winter storm Jonas inside the Electric Factory

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Ratatat | photo by Morgan Smith for WXPN | www.phobymo.com

There’s something to be said of a band that can pack a venue despite a blizzard dropping ten tons of unplowed Fuck You on every intersection in the city. This past Sunday night, with our hands thawing and eyes adjusting in the Electric Factory’s vestibule, chattering teeth gave way to clenched jaws as the excitement of seeing just such a band ­as Brooklyn’s Ratatat ­hit.

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Courtney Barnett made a playlist for The Guardian, calls Kurt Vile “life-changing”

Courtney Barnett | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Courtney Barnett | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Melbourne rocker Courtney Barnett just shared her five songs of the moment with The Guardian, and it just goes to show that the woman’s got incredible taste in music. In the mix with a buzzsaw jam from Bully and an indie classic from The Vaselines are tunes from fellow Australian singer-songwriter Sarah Mary Chadwick and English rocker Bill Ryder Jones. Oh, and Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile, who Barnett positively gushes about. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Courtney Barnett will headline the Electric Factory in May

Courtney Barnett | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Courtney Barnett | Photo By Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

I think we’re all excited for this one – Melbourne rocker Courtney Barnett and her band The Courtney Barnetts, on another leg of touring in support of last year’s phenomenal Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, will headline the Electric Factory in Philly on Thursday, May 26th. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, January 15th at noon.  Continue reading →

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Load-In to Load-Out: The Districts pack it in for a celebratory Electric Factory gig

Photo by John Vettese
The Districts’ guitar cases line the Electric Factory stage | Photo by John Vettese

It’s a special occasion the first time a Philly artist headlines the cavernous Callowhill venue The Electric Factory. We’ve seen it with Dr. Dog, we’ve seen it with The Wonder Years.

When you step out on that stage, and you know in your head that it’s the same room you crowded into so you could watch your favorite bands as a teenage kid – maybe you took the subway downtown from your neighborhood, perhaps you drove in from the surrounding burbs and grabbed sketchy street parking, nervously hoping that your car would be there when you return, or you waited on Spring Garden Street for your parents to pick you up at the end of the night. It’s that place, only now you’ve got this view you never had before, not of the stage but from it, looking out at an enormous room. And it’s packed. And it occurs to you that these people are there to see you…

I’ve heard it described as humbling. I’ve heard it described as exhilarating. You can call it some serious circle of life stuff. And it’s something that Philadelphia by-way-of Lititz rockers The Districts experienced back in November as they wrapped a year of heavy international touring in support of their acclaimed debut LP A Flourish and a Spoil with their biggest headlining hometown show, and one of their biggest shows ever.    Continue reading →

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Clutch channeled the spirit of Lemmy at The Electric Factory

Clutch | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | deltufophotography.com
Clutch | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | deltufophotography.com

On the night that Lemmy Kilmister died, two members of Clutch stepped on the stage donning Motorhead t-shirts. I like to think they had them packed for the tour. And their set had that feel to it – that at the heart of all of the riffing and spieling and stomping around the stage, the Motorhead DNA was in there beneath it all. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slingshot Dakota and Summer Scouts at Alternative Gallery, Clutch at Electric Factory

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Allentown two-piece Slingshot Dakota is ramping up for a busy 2016. The release of their long-awaited followup to 2012’s Dark Hearts LP is looming on the horizon (hoping to report details on that soon), but the band is also reissuing its 2010 debut EP, Their Dreams Are Dead, But Ours Is The Golden Ghost, on vinyl via Square of Opposition Records. In addition, siger-pianist Carly Commando dropped an instrumental record. Tonight, the band closes out 2015 on a positive note with an all-ages show at Allentown’s Alternative Gallery with recent Key Studio Session stars Summer Scouts, whose post-rock / pop fusion shone on this year’s Deep Breath EP. Listen to music from each below and get more information on the show at its Facebook event page. Continue reading →

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Welcome Home: The Wonder Years tear the roof off The Electric Factory

The Wonder Years | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollackphotography.com
The Wonder Years | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollackphotography.com

“Philadelphia, it’s so fucking good to be home.”

The feeling – expressed from the stage by The Wonder Years‘ frontman Dan “Soupy” Campbell – came for me in waves, each more forceful than the last. I was returning to shoot at one of my favorite venues, wearied from a long semester, a considerable lack of sleep, and most recently the wonderful, unpredictable mess of Philadelphia pre-Thanksgiving traffic. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hezekiah Jones at Ardmore Music Hall, Wild Child at Union Transfer, Onyx at The Trocadero and more

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Hezekiah Jones | photo by Lisa Schaffer

Raphael Cutrufello, better known by his moniker Hezekiah Jones, has been steadily growing a devout following in the Philly are and beyond in the last decade. Recently, we at The Key were lucky enough to have Jones and his band mates into the studio to play some tracks from their brand new album, In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw. Tonight is the album’s official release party at The Ardmore Music Hall with special guests the West Philadelphia Orchestra and Lauryn Peacock. For more information on the record release show tonight, click here. 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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Listen back to The Districts’ guest DJ set on WXPN

The Districts | Photo by Geon Tillinghast | via facebook.com/thedistrictsband
The Districts | Photo by Geon Tillinghast | via facebook.com/thedistrictsband

Philly rockers The Districts have been touring hard in support of their 2015 LP A Flourish and a Spoil and will headline their biggest hometown show to date at The Electric Factory on Friday, November 6th. Leading up to the show, The Districts appeared on the air on WXPN’s Philly Local Show last Tuesday, Octobeer 13th, to guest DJ, perform and chat.

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