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The Key Studio Sessions: HOUND

HOUND | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
HOUND | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

It’s been a rough week, people. That’s to put it lightly. There’s a lot of aggression in the air, a lot of frustration, and we’re collectively in need of some release. Thankfully HOUND is here to help.

The Philly rock and roll power trio are favorites of ours around here at The Key. Singer-guitarist Perry Shall first caught our ear in the lively surf-punk band Dry Feet, and is a talented visual artist in addition to a badass musician: he has designed t-shirts and album art and gig posters for folks from Modern Baseball to Mannequin Pussy, Hurry and more. Bassist Patrick Hickey hails from the jagged and atmospheric post-punk outfit Shape Breaker. Drummer Chris Wilson is best known for tub thumping in Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, though he’s been touring with Titus Andronicus of late. Basically these are three dudes seasoned in amped up garage / basement catharsis, and the four songs they performed live for us absolutely rage. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lydia Loveless at Milkboy, Jagwar Ma at The Foundry, Hound at Ortlieb’s and more…

Lydia Loveless | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Lydia Loveless | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Recent Free at Noon performer Lydia Loveless is back for show at Milkboy tonight. The Ohio alt-country/rock artist released her fifth studio record Real earlier this year, a collection of songs that further cements her place as a powerhouse songwriter and performer. Watch a video for “Longer” below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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Hound feeds off the Earth in video for “Walkin’ The Fine Line”

HOUND
HOUND | Photo courtesy of the artist

Hard rockers Hound bring us a new music video for their song ‘Walkin’ the Fine Line” off of the band’s record Out Of Space, out now on SRA Records.

Co-directed by vocalist/guitarist Perry Shall (who has collaborated Waxahatchee, Modern Baseball, The Spirit of the Beehive, and more) and BJ Howze, we see Shall take a camping trip, wielding only an ax and his wits to survive the Pennsylvania wilderness. As the perfect setting to further isolate Shall from his problems, he comes to figure out how music will always be apart of that struggle.

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Crash Perry Shall’s bar mitzvah in the new music video from HOUND

HOUND
HOUND | Photo courtesy of the artist

Two things you should know about Philly’s HOUND: they’re loud, thrashy and a hell of a lot of fun…and they love making music videos that convey that.

Case in point: their latest video, “Cold Blooded,” illustrates the song from 2015’s Out Of Space with actual footage from singer-guitarist Perry Shall’s bar mitzvah in 1998. While guitars and drums rage, Shall dances and goofs in a plastic lei and a shimmering vest; suave af. The footage was originally shot by one Joe Grisafi, and was edited together more recently in the goofy supercut you can see below by Mike Simpson. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Party with HOUND, disturbingly, in the “Emotional Collapse” video

HOUND
HOUND | Photo courtesy of the artist

If you’re not already tuned in to rifftastic Philly trio HOUND, here are a few things you should know: they’re incredibly loud. They’re incredibly fun. And they’re unapologetic weirdos. Those three things collide in the best way on the new video for “Emotional Collapse,” a song from their LP Out of Space – released last winter on SRA Records.

The theme is a bright and boisterous birthday party for singer / guitarist / frontman Perry Shall, and a ton of his friends are in attendance: Jake from Golden Tea House, Carolyn Haynes from Ghost Gum, Jarrett Dougherty from Screaming Females, Emily Burtner from Marge. Plus his own bandmates Chris Wilson (drums) and Pat Hickey (bass).

It’s super colorful, everybody’s having a great time and singing along – even when Perry starts opening gifts that run the gamut from a dead fish to a severed hand flipping the bird to used cat litter.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hemming at Steel City, Kurt Cobain Tribute at Tin Angel, Hound at Boot and Saddle, and more…

Hemming
Hemming | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

XPN favorite Hemming (Candice Martello) makes folk music with a rock sensibility. Or is it rock music with a folk sensibility? Either way, the phenomenal singer-songwriter is taking her talents to the suburbs tonight, headlining the first installment of the “Philly in the Burbs” concert series. Hemming will be performing alongside fellow Philly acts Up the Chain and Howlish at the Steel City Cafe in Phoenixville. Ticket information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Palma Violets at Johnny Brenda’s, Hound at Boot and Saddle, Sonnder at Union Transfer

Palma Violets | photo via facebook.com/PalmaViolets
Palma Violets | photo via facebook.com/PalmaViolets
Rowdy Brit rockets Palma Violets return to Philly tonight with a new album in tow. Danger in the Club is raw, yet anthemic, and should translate well to the band’s trademark high-energy live show. Check out the title track below and get information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hound at Long in the Tooth, Method Man / Redman at The TLA, Philly Sings Philly with DRGN King at The Fire

Hound | via wearehound.bandcamp.com
Hound | via wearehound.bandcamp.com
West Philly thrash trio Hound celebrate the vinyl release of their LP Out of Time with a free show tonight at Long in the Tooth. The power trio features singer-guitarist Perry Shall (also a visual artist and show promoter, formerly of surf-punks Dry Feet), drummer Chris Wilson (of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists) and Colin McGinniss on bass; the record is out now and you can rock out to “Mortality Jam” below. Information on the free show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Avett Brothers at Musikfest, Anjuli Josephine at The Fire, The Rosebuds at Boot and Saddle

Photo provided courtesy of the artist
Photo provided courtesy of the artist

Folk favorites The Avett Brothers are the headlining performers at Musikfest tonight. Last year, the band released Magpie and the Dandelion and played a phenomenal set at the Mann. Recently, Joe Kwon, the band’s cellist, explored the fusion of Korean and Southern food with Garden and Gun. In an interview with Atlanta Constitution, banjo player, and singer, Scott Avett talked about the various creative avenues he’s pursued from acting to painting, saying “Whether it’s poetry or books or something else, one thing informs the next thing.” Listen to “The Ballad of Love and Hate” from Emotionalism below. Get more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →