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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grandchildren at Parks on Tap, Honeytiger at Kung Fu Necktie

Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist
Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist

It seems local indie art-pop outfit Grandchildren have been steadily releasing new material lately (which we’re more than okay with) such as their acoustic video series and the new side project of Baby & Shylow. And now you can catch them live and in person (and free!) at tonight’s Parks on Tap performance. Find info on the event here, and watch their recent acoustic rendition of new track “Okay I’m Waiting” below. Continue reading →

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Hear Honeytiger’s enticingly eerie track, “Warm Drug”

Honeytiger | photo via honeytiger.bandcamp.com

It’s Tangerine time, my good people. Not to be confused with the citrus fruit, it’s something even fresher ‘n cooler — Honeytiger‘s new EP. If you’ve been keeping up, the local rock duo has been releasing a stream of sneak peak singles over the past few weeks in anticipation of today. This included an exclusive garage rock jam sesh at The Key Studio Sessions, where they kindly performed all but one of the new tracks for us.

With the official release today, the last piece of the Tangerine puzzle has been found through ways of the new song,”Warm Drug,” which you can listen to below. This track drips ominous intrigue as it conjures up an essence of a dark-lit movie scene where the character’s walking alone through the city at night, while an atmosphere of otherworldly, electric mystique buzzes about. It’s an enticing, eerie kind of cool that slow builds into a hypnotizing jam fest. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Honeytiger

“If it wasn’t for Liverpool FC,” muses Josh Glauser, “we would never have become a band.”

The drummer of Philly garage duo Honeytiger is setting up in WXPN studios back in June, just before I left on a two-week vacation to England. As such, our conversation moved from UK music to UK sports and Glauser shared how first connected with singer-guitarist Isaac Clark over morning pints at Jose Pistola’s in Center City, watching football (the kind with a round ball) and cheering as “GOAAAAAAL” gifs got retweeted the internet around.

Turns out sports wasn’t their only commonality; Clark and Glauser shared a love of gritty, grungy garage rock in the vein of The Strokes and early Black Keys records. A band was formed (initially called Swimmer, promptly changed to Honeytiger when they realized the plethora of Swim-related acts in the indie rock sphere), a sound was honed, killer gigs at The El Bar were played and the band released the knockout Half Clean LP, one of the fiercest debuts from the Philly scene last year.

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Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Watch Honeytiger’s trippy, zombie-fan-filled video for “Interviewer”

Honeytiger | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | via artist’s Facebook page

Philly indie rock duo Honeytiger recently shared a new song titled, “Interviewer,” along with an accompanying video for the track in anticipation of their upcoming EP — which you can expect later this summer.

Shot at Point Breeze’s, The Pharmacy, the video pulls you into a trippy, sluggish, green-tinted world as member’s Isaac Clark and Josh Glauser chug along in cool Arctic Monkeys fashion. At one point, their danger-tinted, somber rock tune is so strong that it beckons a crowd of zombie-fied fans to make their way to the show and then do a little choreographed zombie number. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Resilient, Honeytiger and The Vernes will inaugurate The Key’s Philly Showcase at MilkBoy

Resiliant | photo by Leeland McCartney
Resiliant | photo by Leeland McCartney | courtesy of the artist

Here at The Key, we love Philly music — that, I hope, is kind of evident. We love going out to see live shows, we love hearing new artists from our community for the first time, and then bringing them to you. Which is kind of the idea behind The Key’s Philly Showcase, a new series of gigs we’re partnering with MilkBoy to present.

Beginning July 26th, we’ll bring some of our favorite new discoveries from the Philly scene to the stage on the final Wednesdays of the month, kicking off with a gig headlined by asskicking hard rock outfit Resilient. Led by singer-guitarist Erin Fox, the band wowed us with their 2016 debut Imagining Things, and their tremendous live energy when we caught them onstage at an International Women’s Day benefit this spring. They’ll be joined by Honeytiger, whose Half Clean LP spanned the blues-driven minimalism of The Black Keys with infectious and poppy modern rock hooks. On the pure pop side is The Vernes, a five piece that put out their self-titled debut in March; they’ll round the bill out with breezy and wistful summertime pop jams. Continue reading →

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Unbreak your heart to Honeytiger’s new video for “As It Will Happen”

Honeytiger | photo via https://honeytiger.bandcamp.com
Honeytiger | photo via https://honeytiger.bandcamp.com

Almost a year after its initial release, Philadelphia indie rock duo Honeytiger has shared a visual for “As It Will Happen”, Half Clean‘s rousing opener. The clip follows a heartbroken man wandering some graffitied ruins, smashing plates, bottles, and a guitar in the process. Breaking things is cathartic, and so is Honeytiger’s music, so if you didn’t kiss anyone on New Year’s, find solace in the video below. Continue reading →

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Listen to a wistful new / old ballad “Hearts” by Honeytiger

Honeytiger | photo via https://honeytiger.bandcamp.com
Honeytiger | photo via https://honeytiger.bandcamp.com

Local two-piece Honeytiger just dropped a wistful ballad called “Hearts.” In it, reverberant vocals mix with the gentle yet enduring notes of an acoustic guitar. Last January, they released their impressive debut Half Clean that mostly inhabited the realms of riff-rock with occasional pit stops in the land of pop. “Hearts” favors a trippy singer-songwriter dynamic that allows listeners a peek at another facet of the duo’s musical capabilities and willingness to explore new genres. Continue reading →

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Philly’s Dear Friend will celebrate their new album at Ortlieb’s on Saturday

Dear Friend | via Bandcamp

Saturday night in Northern Liberties, Philly indie four-piece Dear Friend celebrates its album release at Ortlieb’s. The self-titled album is the band’s first record since 2014, and in the time since, the band has been an active part of the Philly music scene, playing gigs at Philly venues like Boot and Saddle, MilkBoy and Bourbon and Branch. Music from the new album hasn’t made its way online yet, but in the meantime, check out the audio from the band’s 2014 release (also self-titled). Saturday’s show is 21+, tickets start at $10 and can be found here. Continue reading →