Guest VJ Fred Knittel previews his Tuesday Tune-Out series (kicks off at PhilaMOCA tonight)

Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker

Tonight begins the August edition of PhilaMOCA‘s music-and-film series, Tuesday Tune-Out, with Fred Knittel curating the program for the next four weeks.

Fred is near and dear to our hearts in the XPN universe – he hosts the Sunday afternoon folk music showcase Folkadelphia on XPN2, runs its corresponding studio sessions and curates a concert series around the city. Over the past year, Folkadelphia Presents has featured emerging artists Saintseneca, 200 Years, Spirit and Dust and more. He’s also a massive film buff, and we asked him to put together a guest VJ post previewing the musicians and some of the films he’ll showcase for the next four weeks. All events are at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th Street), start at 7:30pm and are $5.

From Fred:
I have always enjoyed attending concerts that incorporate different kinds of media or crowd involvement, so I strive to make the concerts I put on through Folkadelphia more than just music. Live music interspersed with interviews was the format for the Folkadelphia Concert Series and live radio sessions on xpn2 often are a part of recent concerts, so the chance to combine elements of local folksy music with a film screening was really appealing to me. Thanks to Eric Bressler (of PhilaMOCA and Cinedelphia) for the opportunity!

Here are a few videos to pique your interest for the August run of Tuesday Tune-Out curated by Folkadelphia at PhilaMOCA Continue reading →


Just Announced: Folkadelphia’s Fred Knittel curating the August Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA

Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker
PhilaMOCA‘s music and film series, Tuesday Tune-Out, continues next month with four events curated by Fred Knittel, host of XPN2’s Folkadelphia. The lineup was just announced, and you can check it out below; all shows are all ages and begin at 7:30 with $5 admission at the door.

Aug. 7 – Brandon Morsberger and Avolcano with a screening of “a famous 1980s skateboard movie, MST3K style”
Aug. 14 – Gretchen Lohse of Yellow Humphrey with a screening of The Beast Pageant
Aug. 21 – Hezekiah Jones, film screening TBD
Aug. 28 – Emily Arin, film screening TBD

Check back to The Key later today for a Photo Recap of last night’s Tuesday Tune-Out.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: WXPN welcomes Gillian Welch, TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb w/ Penrose, Black Horse Motel w/ Emily Arin

Happy Thursday everyone! Tonight there are some top notch choices for local shows:

Firstly, WXPN welcomes Tennessee singer/songwriter Gillian Welch to the Grand Opera House at Wilmington. Over the past fifteen years she has come out with five studio albums along with her musical partner, David Rawlings. She also recorded two songs for the O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002. Tickets to the 8 PM show are $39, grab yours here.

At Kung Fu Necktie, TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb, the trio of brothers, Penrose, and Izzy and the Catastrophics perform. The 21+ show starts at 7:30 PM, tickets are $8.

Over at Milkboy Philly, Black Horse Motel and Emily Arin play a 9 PM show. Tickets to this 21+ show are $8-10.


Emily Arin records debut with Philly’s Brian McTear, Greg Weeks, and Dave Hartley

Singer-songwriter Emily Arin is from Montour Falls, New York, but she traveled to Philadelphia in order to record her debut album, Patch Of Land, with a handful of locals. The album was produced by Brian McTear (Weathervane Music/Shaking Through) and Greg Weeks (of Espers) at his Hexham Head studio, and mixed by Jonathan Low at Miner Street Studios. The album also features Dave Hartley (Nightlands, War On Drugs) on bass and drummer Thomas Bendel of Buried Beds.

Though Arin’s debut relies on traditional singer-songwriter conventions, the album is marked by the efficiency of the instrumentation. A song like “When You Knew Me When” (which you can download below) has delicate and sparse guitar playing, complemented by flourishes of mellotron and her plaintive singing.