Indie pop favorite Cat Power headlines The Electric Factory tonight. Singer, songwriter and Georgia native Chan Marshall released her first album of original material since 2006 last year with Sun, following up 2008′s covers record Jukebox and 2006′s The Greatest. Unlike many new releases, Marshall announced the title of Sun back in 2006 when work initially started. Departing from her previously introverted, quiet and often sad sound, Marshall incorporated bright electronic layers and a tougher vocal style on Sun to trumpet her return. Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here. Below, watch the video for “Cherokee.”
Now in its third year, Before the Bridge Festival returns to Collingswood, NJ on Saturday, October 13th for a day full of free music, local food and of course fun. The festival promotes the local music scene in and around Collingswood, NJ – a.k.a. the towns you pass through before crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia. This year’s line-up has reached a record number of performers and includes local musicans JJL (Jay Laughlin’s new project), Sweatheart, Goodnight Lights, Prowler, Heyward Howkins, Belgrade, Monko and She Hates Me. Out-of-town acts include Gunfight! and headliners Illinois. The festival will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. between Haddon Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue. The event is free; go here for more information. Below, watch Heyward Howkins perform “The Hale & the Harty” outdoors in South Jersey and grab a free download of a song from Illinois’ new album Lemonade Stand after the jump.
Indie singer and harpist Gillian Grassie is playing tonight at World Cafe Live with Danielle Ate the Sandwich. Grassie, who performed as part of XPN’s 12 Days of Local Christmas last December, has been touring around the world since the 2007 release of her first full length album, Serpentine. Her show tonight begins at 8 p.m. and ticket start at $10; see more details here. Below, watch Grassie perform “Back to Your Flat” at a concert in Delmenhorst, Germany.
WXPN Welcomes Bonnie Raitt to the Academy Of Music with special guest Mavis Staples. 8PM; tickets are $45.50-$85.50
WXPN Welcomes Keane to the Merriam Theatre with special guests Mystery Jets. 8PM; tickets are $35-$45.00
Birdie Busch with Adam & Dave’s Bloodline at with The Quelle Source and The Bailey Hounds. Doors at 8PM; Show at 9PM; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.
Chill Moody at The Fire. 9PM; tickets to the 21+ show are $10
Toy Soldiers at World Cafe Live. Doors at 7PM; Show at 8PM. Advance tickets are $10 + processing fee in advance; $15 + processing fee at the door.
SUNDAY June 17th
Destroyer at Union Transfer with Sandro Perri. Doors at 8PM; Show at 8:30PM. Tickets are $16-$18
WXPN Welcomes Grace Potter and The Nocturnals to World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware. Tickets are $31 (including processing fee).
Philadelphia indie-rock five-piece Goodnight Lights will sit in as guest DJs on tonight’s installment of the XPN2 Philly Local show. The band is gearing up to release its latest full-length, As Far as the Moon, and will feature selections from the album in its DJ set, as well as a playlist of some of their favorite fellow South Jersey musicmakers like In Grenada and It’s A King Thing. We’ll also get the details on their album release show, happening this Saturday night, June 16, at Johnny Brenda’s.
Listen in at 88.5 HD-2 or XPN2.org during the 8 p.m. hour of tonight’s Philly Local Show to catch Goodnight Lights’ set; you can also tune in early to catch Pet Milk’s Key Studio Session during the 7:00 hour, and stick around for the 9:00 hour, when we’ll showcase new music from Young Gliss, Everyone Everywhere, Curly Castro and the BITBY Tape Club compilation.
Philly indie-rock four-piece The Quelle Source just released a very fun music video for “The French Rapture,” the title track from its most recent EP. Across a bouncy three minutes and change, we follow singer Kevin Ryan on a series of oddball dates with various lady-friends: they wreak havoc on the Franklin Square mini-golf course, race up the Ben Franklin Parkway in Segways, stopping in between for pints at Bridgid’s Pub in the Fairmount section of the city. While we here at The Key do not advocate beer-and-mini-golf meyhem, we do advise you to grab a free download of the song below – it’s got a totally catchy sound reminiscent of The Thermals and Built to Spill. And catch The Quelle Source live this weekend when they open for Goodnight Lights at Johnny Brenda’s.
Goodnight Lights return with a new album, released today, called As Far As The Moon that you can listen to in its entirety below. Goodnight Lights is Michael Schraeger on guitar and vocals, Faith Charlton (keyboards, vocals and percussion) and Ian Charlton (guitar and vocals); and the rhythm section of bassist John Delso and drummer Michael Ziegler. The Collingswood, NJ, based band caught our attention almost two years ago when they released their last album, Electric Spark. As Far As The Moon finds Goodnight Lights in a post-alternative, Aughts influenced musical space that bands like the Airborne Toxic Event and Arcade Fire traverse. On its new album, Goodnight Lights continue to sharpen its musical voice with well crafted songwriting, sparkling harmonies, smart melodies and excellent guitar playing. Goodnight Lights is having a record release party on Saturday, June 16th at Johnny Brenda’s with openers The Quelle Source and The Bailey Hounds. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.