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Watch Roger Harvey take a bare bones approach to “Halloween” for Static Sessions

 

Roger Harvey
Roger Harvey | photo by Jonathon Minto

Roger Harvey is a Philly-via-Pittsburgh artist who has a definitive and almost instantly likable style, one which many have compared to bands like Bright Eyes, Neutral Milk Hotel and Manchester Orchestra (yeah, not half bad).

Harvey’s debut LP Twelve Houses was a beautifully written and expertly produced output full of intricate arrangements. But for local video series Static Sessions he decided to take one of the album’s more impressive moments, “Halloween,” and strip it down to its core. Continue reading →

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Sun Ra Arkestra transformed Johnny Brenda’s for a Sold Out Halloween show

Josh Pelta-Heller at Johnny Brendas | Photo by: Josh Pelta-Heller
Josh Pelta-Heller at Johnny Brendas | Photo by: Josh Pelta-Heller

“Space is the place” that the Sun Ra Arkestra will take you to, but Johnny Brenda’s was the place that they sold out this Halloween night, as fans leaned in over the balcony, lined the stairway, and pushed up against the walls to be escorted into the unknown by the seminal Philly free jazz collective. Continue reading →

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What band are you going to be for Halloween? A look at covers parties in Philly this weekend

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Let’s face it, the adult Halloween is only really fun if you get to get boozed up, listen to some music and dance while dressed ridiculously. Or is that just me? Regardless there are some rockin’ shows this weekend where all of the aforementioned are encouraged – and pretty much required. Continue reading →

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Enter the Indie Rock HAUNT Parade tonight, if you dare!

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Gather ’round, boils and ghouls, and I’ll tell you a tale that’s sure to give you the Halloween creeps! The Indie Rock Hit Parade transforms into the Indie Rock HAUNT Parade tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! There are several ghoulish delights that are new for this year’s show, plus a few favorites from the crypt. So look alive and dig in tonight!

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Rock, Roll and spooks aplenty at the 6th annual TJ Kong Halloween Murder Show

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | photo via www.facebook.com/tjkongandtheatomicbomb
TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | photo via www.facebook.com/tjkongandtheatomicbomb

Get out your costume and get ready for some creepy, kooky and all around raucous Halloween fun at Underground Arts for the 6th annual TJ Kong Halloween Murder Show. Six Philly bands will be taking over two stages for what promises to be the best rock and roll party this All Hallows’ Eve. Continue reading →

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The Opposite Ends releases spooky Halloween-inspired track “Josephine”

Opposite Ends | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Opposite Ends | Photo courtesy of the artist

There’s nothing like a blend of old school hip-hop and Motown funk to kick off the countdown to Halloween. Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams has been heavily involved in Philly’s hip-hop scene for years, ranging from his work with The Goats in the 90s to his more recent funk-inspired Black Landlord. On Monday, Williams’ newest group, The Opposite Ends, released a brand new song and video for “Josephine,” a quirky little track about an alluring but equally dangerous vampire. Continue reading →

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Preview tonight’s XPN Halloween Spooktacular with these essential musical tricks!

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Tonight is the night, my unconventional conventionists! It’s time once again for the XPN Halloween Spooktacular. As your host, I’ll dig up an evening’s worth of creepy-crawly selections from my personal music crypt starting at 7pm! Plus, new for this year, the 10pm Indie Rock Hit Parade becomes the Indie Rock HAUNT Parade! Don’t miss two additional hours of bone-rattling sounds from the mortal indie realm.

Since you’re no doubt curious as to the nature of tonight’s horrific entertainment, allow me to share a few uncommonly essential tracks that you can add to your own Halloween playlist:
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Halloween Weekend: a spooky poster guide for cover sets, tribute shows and more

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Bands and venues all over the city are dusting off the cobwebs and getting into the Halloween spirit for cover sets, tribute sets and all-out, mischief-inducing fun.  Below (and above) you’ll find a round-up of flyers for some of the weekend’s best holiday offerings, which include appearances by “The Rolling Stones,” “The Cure” and “Hall & Oates.”  Click the posters for more information on each show and for a full line-up of weekend concerts visit the XPN Concert Calendar here.

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Soundtrack your party with The Key’s three-hour, 100% “Monster Mash”-free Halloween Spotify playlist!

With the weekend of Halloween festivities upon us in force, you’ve doubtless got lots to think about. How elaborate should you make your costume, what’s your way-cool jack-o-lantern design going to be, what parties will you attend and how will you squeeze them all in? And if you’re hosting, what music should you play? Thankfully, we here at The Key have  that last item taken care of for you. To your left you’ll find our Halloween-centric Spotify playlist, and we are elated to report that it is 100% “Monster Mash”-free. It collects the stone-cold seasonal pop/rock classics (“Thriller,” “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” “Werewolves of London”), plus some nuggets for the folks who like surprises (R.E.M.’s goofy “I Walked With a Zombie,” the Bonzo Dog Band’s “Look Out, There’s A Monster Coming”).

And to set chilling moods and creepy vibes, we’ve even included a couple expansive pieces -like all 25 minutes of Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells,” later appropriated as the theme from The Exorcist. Listen to it above, use it as the soundtrack to your party, or borrow liberally from it to make your own killer Halloween playlist. And for expanded Halloween music coverage, tune in to WXPN on Halloween night when your host Eric “The Schumanator” Schuman will go even deeper into the soundtrack of the season.