GANG drops some beats on “Little Drummer Boy”

Photo by Oliver Lopena
Philly dancepunk act GANG is hailing the holidays with an energetic interpretation of “Little Drummer Boy.” Singer Amanda Damron’s frenzied vocals soar against spacey scratches and hard beats, giving the classic holiday song an anthemic electronic twist. Stream the song below, and check out some more of GANG’s tracks here.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Morning Jacket w/ Band of Horses at the Mann, Ape School LP release show at Johnny Brenda’s, MilkBoy Anniversary w/ GANG and Chill Moody at Milkboy, and Algeron Cadwallader w/ Kite Party at First Unitarian

Tonight XPN welcomes My Morning Jacket with special guests Band of Horses to the Mann Center for a rockin’ all-ages event. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $29.50 to $48.50 and can be purchased here.

Philly musician Michael Johnson’s solo project, Ape School, is celebrating the release of their new LP, Junior Violence, tonight with a show at Johnny Brenda’s. The 21+ event features performance by Norwegian Arms, Jeff Zeigler & Mary Lattimore, Laser Background, and Adam & Dave of The War on Drugs will be DJing throughout the night. Doors for the 21+ show open at 8PM and the show starts at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available here for $10.

Looking to hear some free music tonight? Head on over to MilkBoy for their One-Year Anniversary Show featuring GANG, Johnny Showcase, The Lawsuits and Chill Moody. Doors for the 21+ show open at 8:30PM and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. Watch the video for GANG’s song “Why Can’t You Just Be” below.

Algernon Cadwallader are playing First Unitarian Church tonight with Joyce Manor, Tigers Jaw, and Kite Party for a night of sweaty pop-punk. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here for $10. Below, check out Algernon Cadwallader’s song “Springing Leaks” from the album Parrot Flies.


Photo Recap: Pissed Jeans, A Place to Bury Strangers and Gang at Morgan’s Pier

Last night’s free show at Morgan’s Pier was a rager, headlined by Philly thrash misanthropes Pissed Jeans, with NYC white noise rockers A Place to Bury Strangers and local new wave dance-punks Gang rounding out the bill. Check out a photo recap in the gallery above.


Download “Only A Dream,” the new single from Gang (playing Kungfu Necktie on Saturday)

Photo by Oliver Lopena

Hot off the presses from Gang is “Only A Dream,” a skewed surfy new-wave single totally reflecting the Philly foursome’s fondness for The B-52s. Download the song below, and catch the band tomorrow night when it plays the Sugar Town party at Kungfu Necktie with Sgt. Sass, Violent Vicky and DJ Nasty Sinatra. Admission to the 21+ show is $8, doors at 9 p.m., Kungfu Necktie is located at 1248 N. Front St.


Tonight’s concert picks: Hank and Cupcake with Gang and Pink Skull at Milkboy, White Birds at Johnny Brenda’s, The Zombies at the Keswick

Tonight’s concert picks:

When it comes to indie-rock bands that are composed of romantically involved couples (Mates Of State, The Rosebuds, Handsome Furs), Hank And Cupcakes offers something slightly off-kilter. For one thing, the married pair hails from Israel; for another, along with their silly adopted monikers, the two sport a cheerfully irreverent sensibility. The video for “Hit” features Hank And Cupcakes cavorting in nothing but body paint. With growing popularity and a new album in the works, Hank And Cupcakes is poised to spread its dance party aesthetic beyond the band’s Brooklyn base. Hank And Cupcakes performs with Gang and Pink Skull at 9 p.m. at Milkboy Philly; tickets to the 21+ show are $10. —Kiley Bense

Also Playing:
Blayer PointDuJour + The National Rifle, Adam And Dave’s Bloodline at The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (8 p.m., $10)
Purples + White Birds, Mike Quinn at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10)
Mutlu + George Stanford at World Cafe Live (Downstairs) (8 p.m., $21–$31)
The Zombies + Acoustic Strawbs at Keswick (8 p.m., $29.50-$48.50)
Ian Axel, Bess Rogers and Allie Moss at World Cafe Live (Upstairs) (7:30 p.m. $10 plus $3 service charge) Download a tour sampler from Axel, Rogers and Moss right below.


This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Teenage Fanclub, Ra Ra Riot, The Vaselines, Rarebirds, Born Ruffians

The Vaselines
The Vaselines (Sunday at First Unitarian Church)

Tonight’s Fun show at World Cafe Live is sold out, but there are plenty of other options for anyone who slept on getting tickets. Local indie-pop ensemble Oh! Pears—which we highlighted earlier this week—performs with Missing Palmer West and Jac at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m./21+/$10); we’re pretty sure there should be some room left for the audience once the band packs all 13 members of its ever-growing lineup into the venue. Meanwhile, anyone willing to drop $42 to see the B-52’s at Electric Factory (8 p.m./all-ages) should get there early enough to see the opening performance by local electronic rock quartet Gang. All of that, of course, assumes that you haven’t already made plans to see Teenage Fanclub at The Trocadero performing as part of Philebrity’s Sixth Anniversary Party (8 p.m./all ages/$21)—which you probably have.

Saturday night’s !!! and Les Savy Fav show at Electric Factory has been postponed (no word on the reschedule date). Which means you’ll have to cry in your beers at either the Ra Ra Riot show at The Trocadero (8 p.m./all ages/$16), the “Automatic Amnesia: New Works By Joe Castro” after-party featuring The Sky Drops at the M Room (9 p.m./21+/$8), or The Clean Equations vinyl-release show at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m./21+/$10).

Make sure to save some energy for Sunday night, because it’s a big one. Scottish indie-pop band The Vaselines are doing the reunion-tour thing, complete with a new record, Sex With An X (released last month by Sub Pop); the band performs with Jeffrey Lewis at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church (all ages/$18). Canadian indie-rock trio Born Ruffians is also touring behind a new album, Say It (released earlier this summer by Warp); the band performs with Winter Gloves and Toy Soldiers at 8 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s (21+/$10-$12). And it’s also your last chance to see local indie-pop band Rarebirds—which we highlighted yesterday—perform before they call it quits; the show begins at 8 p.m at M Room (21+/$8).


Tweet-Level Reporting: Guest lists, bad dreams, and a Chik-fil-A crisis

Here at The Key, we’re every bit as plugged in to the Internet’s never-ending flow of information as the next blogger-cyborg. But, even in today’s fast-paced, 24-minute news cycle, there’s still bound to be a little downtime. When that happens, we turn to Twitter—and present the day’s most hard-hitting stories in 140 characters or less. (Now that’s some top-serious journalism.)

@questlove can’t find a chickfila in manhattan, blows up secret sandwich spots, throws borough into an uproar, has his emotions played with

Gang vocalist @AmandaDamron wakes up from a terrible dream, can’t get it out of her head, bums out, finds no solace in positive thinking

@diplo can’t believe tomorrow night’s major lazer show @avalonhollywood is almost sold out, assures @justinbieber that he’s on the list

Want all of the fame and glory that comes with being mentioned in a Twitter roundup? Follow us on Twitter—we’ll follow you, and keep the rest of Philadelphia up-to-date on your innermost thoughts and mundane experiences.