Restless Ones, the fifth album from Cincinnati roots faves Heartless Bastards, just came out yesterday, and it’s a rager. Lead single “Gates of Dawn” gives a great idea of the energy in store tonight when the band hits the TLA tonight with Craig Finn of The Hold Steady opening the show. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
U.K. up-and-comers Drenge will headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of their sophomore release, Undertow. The grunge rock band started as a duo of brothers playing guitar and drums, but they have since incorporated a bass player to create a new dynamic. Tonight’s show will be their second-to-last in the U.S. before they head off to play the European festival circuit. Watch their video for song “Running Wild” below and get tickets for their 21+ show with Made Violent here. Continue reading →
The Burgeoning open up at Bourbon & Branch tonight. The local quartet stopped by for a Key Studio Session recently, treating us to “Lighthouse” from their debut Love Alchemy, Life Algorithm EP, a cover of “Message in a Bottle” by The Police and a pair of new tracks that will appear on their forthcoming effort. Check out “Cave Man” below and get more information about tonight’s 21+ show here.
Philadelphia-born rapper The Last Emperor performs at The Fire tonight. Now based in New York, Jamal Gray released his debut LP Music, Magic, Myth in 2003 on his own label. Since then he’s appeared at festivals in Denmark, London and Norway. Details for the 21+ show can be found here.
Philly summertime jammers Cruisr are having a pretty good year between their recent Go For It single, their upcoming Wells Fargo Center show (!) opening for Imagine Dragons, and tonight’s hometown headlining slot at Johnny Brenda’s. Party on with the guys, as well as the equally-awesome Tutlie and Suburban Living, beginnning at 9 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
San Francisco musician Holly Herndon performs at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The experimental songwriter is touring behind her sophomore LP Platform, a collection of sounds and textures influenced by the warehouse techno scene of Berlin where Herndon grew up. It a dark, sparkling and glitchy LP. Watch the video for “Interference” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Marshall Allen and Chris Powell here.
Cheerbleeders play The Fire tonight. The punk band has been making a name for itself by doing things their own way, leading with rocking music and backing it up with some seriously confident attitude. The band got together at Connie’s Ric Rac in South Philly and is now gearing up to release their second effort, following up last year’s demo. Check out the band performing live below and get more information about tonight’s 21+ show here.
Philly Music 101 is our regular series guiding you through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving participants, from artists to venues to studios and more.
Life as an independent artist in Philadelphia can be rough, especially when it comes to booking shows. When you approach a venue, what exactly are they looking for? Will your music appeal to them or turn them off? Where does social media presence lie on the spectrum? What will get your band a coveted spot on their calendar? Where is the damn instruction manual for booking a show?
We hear it from Philly artists all the time – they want to play out more often, but they haven’t had any luck getting promoters’ attention. Well, The Key is here for you! In an effort to provide some transparency in the live music world, we decided to hit up talent buyers for a handful of venues throughout Philadelphia to get an idea of what they expect, why they expect it, what will wow them and some general pointers on how to book a show. Continue reading →
It’s no secret that Philadelphia experimental rock duo Pattern is Movement is calling it quits. But before they announced their break-up, they promised to go out with a bang – and part of that bang was recording a song for Philadelphia non-profit Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series. Continue reading →
I Think Like Midnight was a project born out of necessity. That is, the necessity for Philadlephia musician Andrew Chalfen to hear another record by Pell Mell, a band that hasn’t released new material since 1997. Instead of waiting for that Portland instrumental outfit to reunite, Chalfen and his collaborator Dean Sabatino hiked up to Ithaca, NY last year and made their own Pell Mell-inspired record, Warm Seclusion Structure.