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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Turning Violet Violet at Boot and Saddle, Communion Club Night featuring Tennis at Underground Arts, Dads at PhilaMOCA and more

Turning Violet Violet |  Photo via www.myspace.com/turningvioletviolet
Turning Violet Violet | Photo via www.myspace.com/turningvioletviolet

Philly pop-rock outfit Turning Violet Violet bids its final farewell tonight at Boot and Saddle. The band released its swan song single “Cherry Blossom” a few weeks ago on Bandcamp hinting that it was calling it a day; this was confirmed by drummer Brandon Gulish, who told us that this will be their last headlining show for the foreseeable future. Stream the song below and get tickets here.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Steve Gunn Trio, W.C. Lindsay, Disclosure and more)

Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

Relive the weekend’s live music with reviews and photos of The National, Father John Misty, Devendra Banhart, The Bailey Hounds and Of Monsters and Men [link]

The Steve Gunn Trio recorded a Key Studio Session while on tour with Kurt Vile [link]

War on Drugs bassist and Nightlands frontman Dave Hartley returns to The Top of The Key with a look at basketball nicknames [link]

New Jersey’s Aspiga premiered a new song called “Direction” from an upcoming 7″ split [link]

Take an in-depth look at Break It Up‘s debut self-titled LP, featured this week on Unlocked [link]

Stream the exclusive premiere of W.C. Lindsay‘s super fun Tree EP [link]

WXPN announced the daily line-up for this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival [link]

We have a Gotta Hear Song from Disclosure and a Gotta Watch Video of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell this week [link and link]

PhilaMOCA announced their second annual ERASERHOOD FOREVER celebration of David Lynch and the venue’s Callowhill neighborhood [link]

Last Good Tooth teamed up with Folkadelphia for this week’s live session [link]

Sigur Ros, Kate Nash and Neko Case announced Philly shows for the fall

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Kate Nash playing Union Transfer on 11/7

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English singer/songwriter Kate Nash will be making a stop in Philly on Thursday, November 7th, for a show at Union Transfer. Nash’s most recent work, her full-length Girl Talk, was self-released back in March, after the London-based singer was able to raise enough money for the album on PledgeMusic. Most classify Nash’s latest effort as “indie rock” or in some cases “garage punk”, a clear departure from some of her earlier, more pop-oriented work. Tickets for her UT show go on sale this Friday, June 14th, at noon, and more info can be found here. Watch the video to the single off Girl Talk, “3AM”, below.

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Kate Nash rocks, riles, and charms Johnny Brenda’s, whether you like it or not (review, photos, setlist)

There was a moment last night at Johnny Brenda’s when British singer Kate Nash laid it all out for the crowd. “I’m living just for me and not for what you might write about my hair and body,” she grunted into the mic, during punchy new number “Oh.” It was a true rock star moment: silver lights rotating around her, her voice permeating a fog of feedback. If you had never heard of Nash before, you would have sworn she was the next Kathleen Hanna, or Karen O.: strong, actualized rockers, with powerful voices and stage presence. And you’d be right.

But for a star in the spotlight as much as Nash, a British pop idol since age 19, when she was discovered by Lily Allen via Myspace and her single “Foundations” landed at number 2 on the British charts—it’s almost impossible to consider anything about Kate without automatically being reminded of the whole history of Kate. But she isn’t letting that stop her, as “Oh” made clear.

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Battling insomnia with Kate Nash in the “3 a.m.” video (playing a sold-out Johnny Brenda’s show in March)

Kate NashKate Nash is having trouble sleeping. And as we see in this new music video, she battles it like many of us – tossing, turning, getting up, pacing, etc. Eventually she just gives in and writes a great pop song. “3 a.m.” is snappy and piano driven, like the best moments of Nash past. But it also shows her growth as an artist since Made of Bricks came out in 2007 and everybody got her confused with Lily Allen because of shared sass and oh-so-similar west-London accents.

Over the course of a bumpy sophomore album (2010′s My Best Friend Is You) and a few years, Nash sounds poised to rebound on Girl Talk, due out on March 5th on her own imprint, Have 10p Records. From this new single, the vibe is that the singer is focusing on songwriting moreso than kitsch (or the shock value of having tracks titled “Dickhead”) – which is great, since good songs were always her strength. (See “Foundations.”) “3 a.m.” is going to sound great when Nash plays a rather sold-out Johnny Brenda’s on March 24. Watch it below.

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Hear a new FIDLAR song featuring Kate Nash (playing the TLA on 11/23)

Last week L.A. rock group FIDLAR started streaming a new track, “AWWWKWAARRRDDD,” from their Tumblr. The song features British singwer/songwriter Kate Nash, and you can listen to it here. Catch Fidlar playing with JEFF the Brotherhood and Delta Spirit at Theatre of the Living Arts November 23rd; ticket information for that show is available here. Below, check out FIDLAR’s video for “No Waves.”

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This Week’s Contests, Part II: Win two tickets to see Kate Nash at TLA Wednesday, 11/17

We’ve got a pair of tickets to see Kate Nash perform at Theater Of Living Arts this Wednesday, November 17th. But we’ve got to move these sweet beauties fast. Want them? Become a fan of The Key on Facebook and leave a comment on our Kate Nash post by 5 p.m. tomorrow. We’ll select the winners at random tomorrow night and notify them via Facebook message; tickets can be picked up at the venue the night of the show.