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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti at Union Transfer, The Dude Hates Cancer! benefit at Johnny Brenda’s, Lotus at FDR Park, River City Extension at The Blockley, Void Vision at Pageant: Soloveev Gallery


Experimental weird-pop visionary Ariel Pink released his sophomore record Mature Themes in August, following up his 2010 4AD breakout Before Today.  Pink has become infamous for his paradoxical anti-pop approach to music, creating mind-bending sounds that have been described as masterful by his peers.  Pink and his Haunted Graffiti band play Union Transfer tonight, along with the Greek mythology-inspired Phèdre.  The event is all ages and doors open at 8:00. Tickets are $18, available here.  Watch Pink’s video for the single “Only in My Dreams” below.

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Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see Lotus at FDR Park on Saturday

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Electronic jam rockers Lotus are playing one of their biggest shows to date this weekend, bringing their energetic instrumental vibes and stunning visual sensibilities to FDR Park on Saturday September 15. This week, we’ve got your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show right here at The Key. Just leave a comment below, and we’ll select a winner at random tomorrow afternoon. To get you even more pumped for the show, grab a free download of this compilation the band released – it’s some of their favorite live cuts from Spring of 2012.

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Today’s Concert Picks: Work Drugs, City Rain, and Cold Fronts at Johnny Brenda’s, Kite Party at Goldilocks Gallery, and Johnny Miles at FDR Park

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It’s Friday and what better way to kick off the weekend than with some good old-fashioned live music. First off, local bands Work Drugs, City Rain, and Cold Fronts are sharing a bill at Johnny Brenda’s for a night of indie vibes. The doors for the 21+ show open at 8 p.m. and the bands start at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 in advance here. Listen to Work Drugs’ song “Pluto” in the player below.

Philly alt rock band Kite Party is playing an all ages show at Goldilocks Gallery tonight with punk band Captain We’re Sinking! and support by Luther and Cayetano. The show starts at 9 p.m. and admission is $5. Visit the event page here. Below, listen to Kite Party’s album “Baseball Season.”

Finally, if you’re looking for some free outdoor music, check out Johnny Miles and Ben Arnold playing at FDR Park tonight. The show is part of the FDR Park Summer Concert Series and also features performances by hosts Dani Mari and Reverend T.J. McGlinchey. Check out an interview the Key did with Dani Mari and Reverend T.J. McGlinchey about the FDR Park Summer Concert Series here.

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Meet the hosts of the FDR Park Summer Concert Series, Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey

UPDATE: The show has been postponed due to the potential rain, rescheduled date TBA.

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Local singer-songwriters Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey have teamed up to host a monthly concert series in a popular South Philly park this summer. The FDR Park Summer Series kicked off on June 8th with performances by Griz and Kevin Killen, as well as sets from the hosts. The next concert in the series is this Friday featuring Toy Soldiers and Thom McCarthy. I sat down with Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey to chat about the FDR Park Summer Series, what they’ve been up to, their new band, Lovers League, and the pair recorded a couple of acoustic songs for us.

McGlinchey and Mari first met about seven years ago through the local open mic scene and  reconnected in 2010 when Mari was the featured artist for Hezekiah Jones‘ open mic at JD Mc Gillicuddy’s in Ardmore. Since then, the pair have collaborated on recordings and performances: McGlinchey had Mari open for his CD release show at World Cafe Live in January. Now, in addition to hosting the FDR Park Summer Series, they are getting ready to record an album for their band, Lovers League.

Mari explains how the FDR Park Summer Series came about when she met Greg Jacovini, a member of the FDR Park Board. “He mentioned that they’re looking to have more live music there. I told him I had hosted a couple of festivals on the roof of Whole Foods a couple years ago. We were talking about it back and forth and finally decided to move forward and try to put something together for the summer.” They decided to put on a show once a month in the park. Mari contacted McGlinchey to co-host the concert series with her and he brought in his connections.

“Both my brothers are audio engineers,” he explained. “So it was easy to get sound. My little brother is doing the sound for it and bringing the PA. And just hanging out in the Philly scene I got to know some of the better musicians and had some connections to use there to get some good headliners.”

When asked about the vibe they were going for, McGlinchey laughed and responded, “Not heavy metal.” Continue reading →