For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Contributing writer Kate Bracaglia opted to weigh in on the visualized music we saw in 2012.
Music videos: they’re so much fun, and sometimes they contain biting social commentary too. This year there were so many amazing vids that making this list was hard—and so quick shout-outs to Passion Pit, “Take a Walk” (filmed in Philly!), Jaill, “Perfect Ten” (colored slime, GG Allin antics), Hot Panda, “Future Markets” (weird masks/futurism), Nicky Romero, “Toulouse” (MORE weird masks, creepy dancing), and The Very Best, “Kondaine” (men visit Kenyan medicine man, get turned into goats), which were so close to making the cut. But in the end there can only be five. Continue reading →
Divine Fits are playing tonight at Union Transfer in support of their debut album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, which was released in August. An indie supergroup of sorts, Divine FIts is spearheaded by Spoon‘s Britt Daniel, New Bomb Turks’ Sam Brow, and Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs. Tickets for the all-ages show are available here. Below, check out the video for “Would That Not Be Nice.”
Seattle post-punk band The Intelligence recently premiered their video for “Hippy Provider” from this year’s album, Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me. The Intelligence is playing with King Tuff and Poor Moon Monday night at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets for the 21+ show are available here. Check out the video for “Hippy Provider” below.
Tonight at World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Ron and Marley Present: A Commemorative Tribute to Levon Helm. A legend and an inspiration to many, Helm is best remembered as the drummer and vocalist for the incomparable rock group, The Band. He was also an actor, a soloist, and a multi-instrumentalist. His southern roots music comes from his upbringing in Arkansas where he was introduced to rock ‘n roll after seeing performances by Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Helm’s bluesy and country influenced rock music has won him Grammy’s for three of his albums including Electric Dirt, Dirt Farmer, and Ramble at the Ryman. In 2008 he was recognized in Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All time and the same year was given “Artist of the Year” by the American Music Association.
At tonight’s 8 PM show, local bands pay tribute to him with performances from various Philadelphia country rock bands such as Toy Soldiers, The Lawsuits, Up the Chain, and many more… A portion of the proceeds will go to The Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY. (Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, all ages)
Also playing tonight is Battles with Work Drugs at the TLA (7 PM, $15, all ages). Below, watch the video for “My Machines” with Battles featuring Gary Numan.
King Tuff recently released his new album on Sub Pop Records. Tonight, Philebrity Presents King Tuff at Johnny Brenda’s (9 PM, $10, 21+). King Tuff (real name: Kyle Thomas) is from Vermont and has been involved with a number of other bands including Happy Birthday, the stoner metal band Witch (with J. Mascis) and the avant-folk band Feathers. King Tuff’s self-titled second album (and first for Sub Pop) is a collection of garage inspired power pop that rocks from start to finish in an unapologetic manner. Opening for King Tuff is Habibi and Slutever.
Below, check out the video for “Bad Thing” and download “Keep On Movin” from King Tuff’s new album right below and