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Feeling the heat with The Appleseed Cast at a sold-out Johnny Brenda’s

The Appleseed Cast | Photo by Joe Lamberti | www.jlamberti.com
The Appleseed Cast | Photo by Joe Lamberti | www.jlamberti.com

The Appleseed Cast took to the stage Wednesday night to a sold out crowd at Johnny Brenda’s. Guitarist Taylor Holenbeck addressed the group a few times, joking about the abundance of body heat in the room; he encouraged everyone to move around, not to dance, but to embrace the heat and raise the temperature further. He then tangled himself up in strands of the venue’s iconic beads, which hang on stage. The quartet went on to play for about an hour, radiating loud, whirring walls of model post-rock sound. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jason Isbell at Electric Factory, Saintseneca at Millworks, The Appleseed Cast at Johnny Brenda’s

Jason Isbell | Photo by Michael Wilson
Jason Isbell | Photo by Michael Wilson

Alternative country musician Jason Isbell will perform at the Electric Factory this evening with Blake Mills. Isbell played Newport Folk Festival this past weekend, performing tracks from his latest release Something More Than Free and from 2013′s Southeastern as well. The set was an upbeat crowd-pleaser, and we’re looking forward to an equally memorable experience tonight! Listen below, and grab tickets here. Continue reading →

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Quick, Furious, Enthralling; R. Ring takes on Johnny Brenda’s

R . Ring | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com
R . Ring | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com

Johnny Brenda’s hosted the glories of R. Ring on Monday night for a small, eager Philadelphia crowd. Kelley Deal of The Breeders and Mike Montgomery of Ampline rocked their way through a brisk 40-plus minute set, with the occasional drumming help of Leo DeLuca for good measure. With songs coming from various EPs, some released, some unreleased, as well as cuts by The Kelley Deal 6000 (“Trixie Delicious”) and Shellac (“Ghosts”), R. Ring engaged with tightknit arrangements. Deal had 10 pedals at her disposal and even played a few songs free of guitars. It was quick, furious and enthralling ear candy. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Halfro at RiverRink, Myrrias at Johnny Brenda’s, Second Sky at Tellus360

Halfro | Photo via www.facebook.com/HalfroMusic
Halfro | Photo via www.facebook.com/HalfroMusic

Philly hip-hop group Halfro are putting on a free show at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest tonight with The Bul Bey, as part of The Key’s Waterfront Sessions. Halfro are coming off their latest album release Squalor, while The Bul Bey’s 2014 single “Where I’m From” was a lead-in to this year’s awesome LP Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies. He was also in for a Key Studio Session recently. The show, presented by us here at The Key, is free (did we mention that already?), and all ages, so you have no excuse not to be at the RiverRink tonight for this performance. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more info. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dave Hause at Union Transfer, Sympathy and the Lion at Johnny Brenda’s, Gaslight Anthem at Chameleon Club

Dave Hause | Photo via Facebook.com/DaveHauseMusic
Dave Hause | Photo via Facebook.com/DaveHauseMusic

Philly native and The Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause brings his solo tour to Union Transfer tonight. With Rocky Votolato in support and Chris Farren manning the undercard, Hause will bring the sounds of his second solo record Devour to life for the hometown crowd. Arguably his best release to date, Devour finds Hause sonically and lyrically creating the perfect bridge between punk and anthemic rock. The show is all ages, doors are at 7:30, show is at 8. You can get tickets and more info on the show here, and you can check out the video for Hause’s “We Could Be Kings” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Deal Casino at North Star Bar, Spelling Reform at Johnny Brenda’s, Verbatum Jones at The Fire and more…

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Deal Casino | photo via Facebook

Deal Casino continue to celebrate the release of Nika at North Star Bar. The Asbury Park, NJ band released the EP last week, following up last year’s Heck with four classic alt-rock songs (think Gaslight Anthem meets Neon Trees). Listen to Nika below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Stranger Cat at Johnny Brenda’s, A.A. Bondy at Tin Angel, Surfer Blood at Millworks

Stranger Cat | Photo courtesy of artist's Tumblr
Stranger Cat | Photo courtesy of artist’s Tumblr

Electro-pop duo Stranger Cat perform tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. Fronted by Cat Martino, the project came about in 2012 when Martino left her Brooklyn roots to explore the woods. Out of that experience, Stranger Cat was born, and three years later we have acclaimed debut album In The Wilderness. They open this evening for Athens, Georgia disco group Reptar. Watch music video for “Sirens” below, and get tickets for the 21+ show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Swirlies at Johnny Brenda’s

 Swirlies | Photo by Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com
Swirlies | Photo by Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com

Iconic Boston dream-pop outfit Swirlies return to Johnny Brenda’s tonight for a headlining gig. They’ve been running on and off for 25 years and have released seven LPs and an array of EPs and 7″ singles in that timespan. Joining them are like-minded locals Suburban Living and Spirit of the Beehive, carrying their sound forward for a new generation. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Johnny Brenda’s, Ground Up at Underground Arts, Olds Sleeper at Re:Create Arts Initiative and more

Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese
Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese

Psychedelic Philly doomsayers Creepoid celebrate the release of their new LP Cemetery Highrise Slum tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The album is heavy and expansive, the strongest distillation to date of the hard-touring band’s live energy. Tickets and more information on the show can be foudn at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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