Tonight’s Concert Picks: DakhaBrakha at Arden Gild Hall, You Do You at Bourbon and Branch, Ground Up at Union Transfer and more

DakhaBrakha | Photo via
DakhaBrakha | Photo via

After a well-received showing at this summer’s Philadelphia Folk Festival, Ukrainian four-piece DakhaBrakha returns to the area tonight for a headlining gig at Arden Gild Hall. The band calls their sound “ethno-chaos,” but what that really means is they’re a melting pot that transcends easy descriptions. You’ll hear a little bit of Eastern European folk music with sounds from India, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Australia in the mix tonight. To get an idea what that sounds like, check out their Take Away Show below and pick up tickets and more information here. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Damned at The TLA, Will Sparks at District N9ne, Philly Tapes Philly at Ortlieb’s

The Damned
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English rockers The Damned bring their Hallow-East tour to The TLA tonight.  Formed in 1976, the influential punk rock stalwarts are credited with leading the punk crusade by releasing the genre’s first single and LP.  In 2008 The Damned released their most recent effort So, Who’s Paranoid?, a record that plays more towards the band’s 1980s gothic heyday than its 70s punk roots.  Listen to The Damned’s first single, “New Rose,” below and pick up tickets here.

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The ever-evolving Ground Up is making its way to the top

Ground Up | via
Ground Up | via

It’s always interesting to see how an artist grows throughout its career. It’s like following a great television series; every season, you’re watching to see what’s different, hoping your favorite program doesn’t fall off, or worse, get cancelled. Fans of Ground Up haven’t had to worry about that too much. The hip hop group from Philadelphia has done a great job in the past three years with keeping their fans engaged and also generating a buzz that catches new listeners. What’s interesting about MCs Azar and Malakai is their knack for adjusting their sound to fit the state of hip hop in its present form, yet at the same time remaining who they are. Continue reading →


New Ground Up video for “Let’s Ride” features water guns, Bentleys, and a monkey in a Phillies jersey

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Ground Up is back with a new music video for their single “Let’s Ride.”  This song is serious fun and the Philly rap trio made an equally fun video to bring the track to life (hat-tip to The Deli for the heads up earlier today).   Although they are in the middle of the woods, they do it up big driving in Bentley’s filled with girls dancing and drinking champagne.  At around 1:20 a monkey sporting a Phillies jersey shows up to join the party.  Why not?  Soon after a water gun fight breaks out.  What else could possibly happen?  Watch the full video below to find out.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kopecky Family Band at TLA, Jose James at World Cafe Live, Luscious Jackson at Union Transfer, and more

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The Nashville natives of Kopecky Family Band will be headlining the TLA tonight, just one stop on a tour that is taking them around North America for the remainder of the year. Their full indie sound is created with the use of keyboards, horns, and cello in addition to the basic band set up. Their somewhat recent releaseKids Raising Kids, opens with the spunky lyrics “Oh! my wandering eyes / nothing’s gonna take me by surprise!” that are delivered in harmony over bluesy riffs and slowly marching drums. Sure to be an upbeat performance, get out to see Kopecky Family band, especially since they’ll be supported by California-bound locals Cheers Elephant. Find tickets to the show here, and pick up their album here.

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Stream (and download!) Ground Up’s new Promiseland EP (playing Allentown’s Crocodile Rock on Saturday)

Ground Up

Local hip-hop trio Ground Up just released their awesome Promiseland EP today, and it’s all available to stream and download through SoundCloud. It manages to have both a catchy mainstream rap sound with unique hip hop beats; “Reality” (ft Rebecca Perl) is an especially great track. You can check out the EP below, and catch Ground Up live this weekend: they’re playing at the Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown on July 13th with Moosh & Twist.


The Week So Far: 14 must-read stories on The Key

Download B.C. Camplight‘s BBC Radio 6 session featuring two new songs [link]

Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang bring rock and soul to their Key Session [link]

Listen to Free Energy‘s new album Love Sign at Consequence of Sound [link]

Thrash out with a new Surgeon track; they play Kung Fu Necktie next month [link]

The collaboration between Ground Up and The Lawsuits continues in a HotBox session [link]

David Bowie releases a new single for his birthday [link]

Chill Moody releases his latest album, RFM [link]

Get psyched for Zilla Rocca‘s Tuesday Tune-Out with his new Wrecking Crew video [link]

Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 6, our new 17-song compilation [link]

Stream the new album from The Lone Bellow, a Georgia-bred close harmony trio [link]

Stream a new EP from Philly’s Acres of Diamonds, who play PhilaMOCA next week [link]

Plow United announces the details of their all-ages album-release show at The Barbary [link]

Download Anais Mitchell‘s Folkadelphia session [link]

The WXPN Philly Local Show expands to three hours [link]


Watch Ground Up backed by The Lawsuits performing a HotBox Session (The Lawsuits are on the Beck Song Reader bill tonight)

If you caught Philadelphia Weekly‘s Concerts in the Park show with Ground Up backed by The Lawsuits last August, you know the unexpected pairing of a hip-hop duo and roots-informed rockers worked in a big way. Today, we have further evidence for those who could not attend the show (or were unsatiated by the shaky YouTube documentation of the night). The band recorded a HotBox Session at Sigma Sound Entertainment, playing the riffy and rollicking “Late Night Special,” which you can watch in the YouTube video below. Crank your headphones, check the video out and keep your fingers crossed that this pairing plays for the public again soon. In the meantime, The Lawsuits are one of a bazillion awesome Philadelphia acts on the World Cafe Live bill tonight to perform Beck’s Song Reader. Tickets and more information on that show can be found here.


Scope Rare Chandeliers with Action Bronson (performing at The Blockley on 12/28)

On Friday, December 28th, Queens hip-hop artist Action Bronson will be performing at West Philadelphia’s The Blockley. Bronson, a respected chef turned rapper, has released a string of critically acclaimed mixtapes and albums since 2011 and has collaborated with Ghostface Killah (from Wu-Tang fame) and Earl (from the controversial hip-hop collective Odd Future). On his most recent release, a 2012 mixtape called Rare Chandeliers, he was able to work with legendary producer, The Alchemist — who produced tracks featuring the likes of Schoolboy Q and Styles P. Also performing on the bill is Ground Up, Meyhem Lauren, Guy Harrison and Pooda Dappa. For more information and tickets visit the Blockley’s website located here. Bronson’s new mixtape Rare Chandelier can be found here. Below is the video for his latest video “The Symbol.”


Cheif Keef to headline eight artist blowout at TLA tonight

The TLA will host a massive lineup headlined by Chicago rapper Cheif Keef as well as seven other performers tonight. The 17 year old hip-hop artist, who is the CEO and founder of the Chicago label Glory Boys Entertainment, released his highly anticipated debut Finally Rich this past Tuesday through Interscope Records and GBE. Cheif Keef rocketed to fame earlier this year with his viral hit, “I Don’t Like,” and the subsequent remix on G.O.O.D. music’s Cruel Summer. The guest line-up, consisting of exclusively Philadelphia hip-hop artists, includes Blonde Gang (recently featured in JUMP Magazine), Lee Mazin, Ar-AB, Young Savage, Ground Up and Tiana Victoria. For tickets and more information you can visit the event page located here. Below is a video from Keef’s new album for the track “Love Sosa.”