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Stream a weird, whimsical, wonderful mixtape from Weyes Blood, see her at Johnny Brenda’s

Weyes Blood | via weyesblood.bandcamp.com
Weyes Blood | via weyesblood.bandcamp.com

When New York-based one-woman band Weyes Blood released The Innocents late last year, it sounded like a number of ideas and interests converging. Idyllic British Isles folk, French pop, esoteric electronica, psychedelic rock all blended into a unique whole. But sometimes the best part to understand the whole is to take the pieces apart. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chicano Batman at Underground Arts, Spaceship Aloha at Johnny Brenda’s, Meyhem at Union Transfer and more

Chicano Batman | photo courtesy of the artist
Chicano Batman | photo courtesy of the artist

Drawing on 60s and early 70s bossa, and samba, cumbia, psychedelia, and soul, Los Angeles four-piece Chicano Batman plays Underground Arts tonight. The retro-leaning Latin rockers released Cycles of Existential Rhyme last year, and will be joined by Las Cafeteras at tonight’s show. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Read The Key’s interview with Chicano Batman here, and listen to “She Lives on My Block” below. Continue reading →

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Hop Along, Thin Lips and Roses rang in 2015 in a big way at Johnny Brenda’s

Hop Along | Photo by John Vettese
Hop Along | Photo by John Vettese

To say that Johnny Brenda’s has been crushing its New Year’s Eve game in recent years would be an understatement. After an epic 2012 with War on Drugs and a blazing 2013 with Screaming Females, last night the Fishtown venue had Hop Along bid farewell to 2014 with an explosive performance for a sold-out crowd. There was champagne, a 50s pop cover, an onstage engagement ceremony, the debut of two new songs and a whole lot of cathartic singing along.  Continue reading →

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Home for the Holidays: mewithoutYou throw a winter warmer at Johnny Brenda’s

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

We’ve got a lot of good ways to be festive here in Philly, during the holiday season. Some people prefer Christmas Village or ice-skating at Penn’s Landing, but I humbug those in favor of something a little different. This year and last, I’ve been participating in a new tradition: grabbing a few dear friends and heading over to Johnny Brenda’s, to see local legends mewithoutYou play an annual, intimate holiday show. Continue reading →

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A night of seasonal cheer from Cheerleader at Johnny Brenda’s

Cheerleader | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Cheerleader | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

So it wasn’t explicitly a holiday show. We should make that clear from the get-go; it was mostly just a regular Saturday night at Johnny Brenda’s with three like-minded bands playing delightfully danceable indie rock. But Philly’s Cheerleader nevertheless crafted a totally festive vibe for their last show of 2014. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheerleader at Johnny Brenda’s, Kalob Griffin Band at Union Transfer, York Street Hustle at World Cafe Live and more…

Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

Cheerleader headline a night of local music at Johnny Brenda’s. The band just announced that they will be making the journey down to SXSW next March to showcase their new EP On Your Side. Cheerleader has been tightening their hazy dream-pop sound for a couple of years now after founding members and Connecticut natives Joe Haller and Chris Duran pulled together a full band here in Philadelphia.  Listen to their recent single “Tomorrow Always Knows” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show with Dream Safari and Louds here.

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Music Video: El Malito has some tips for dealing with intolerant jackasses at the holidays

El Malito and 33rd Century
El Malito and 33rd Century

Okay, so we all know the holidays are stressful. Tensions are high, regularly-calm people can easily snap at family, friends and strangers. That’s normal. But then there are people who take it to a whole other level of bigotry. Philly rapper El Malito had a bad experience along those lines last December, and turned it into an empowering anthem this holiday. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Thin Lips

Before Thin Lips, there was Dangerous Ponies. Frontwoman and songwriter Chrissy Tashjian, her brother Mikey on the drums and bassist Kyle Pulley were all part of Philly’s premiere indie rock carnival from 2008 till about 2013. That band was a total blast and a spectacle; glitter, brightly colored costumes, singalong hooks, big arrangements. When that crew split, Tashjian refocused her energy into a more simplified, straightforward punk rock direction. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Robert DeLong at Boot and Saddle, Fhloston Paradigm at Johnny Brenda’s

Robert DeLonge | Photo by John Vettese
Robert DeLonge | Photo by John Vettese

Pacific Northwestern EDM favorite Robert DeLong makes a return to Philly tonight at Boot and Saddle. Crafting a variety of alluring beats and textures, DeLong also makes an engaging frontman. He’s not the sort of DJ to holler at you between bass drops from behind an LED wall, he steps to the front of the stage, works the crowd with a quirky, Spike Jonze-ish persona, and pulls a few unique tricks from up his sleeve – like using old video game controllers to modify and modulate his songs. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Quiet Life at Milkboy, Marco Benevento at Johnny Brenda’s, The Holy Mess at Boot & Saddle

Quiet Life
Quiet Life | photo by E Ryan McMackin

Portland, Oregon’s Quiet Life headline Milkboy tonight.  The folk rockers just released a deluxe edition of their 2013 LP Wild Pack, featuring previously unreleased tracks and following this year’s Housebroken Man EP.  In the coming months Quiet Life will be working with Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken on new full-length.  As busy as they are with recordings, this is a band that lives off of the road.  They’ve toured with Hayes Carll, Dr. Dog and The Lumineers and have lived in New Jersey, Connecticut, California and now Oregon.  Listen to their new song “Big Mistake” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show with The Bailey Hounds and Mike Quinn here.

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