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NonCOMM Recap: King Tuff transports crowd to the cosmos with a space horn

King Tuff | photo by Senia Lopez for WXPN | www.senialopez.photography

“Anybody know what this is?” asked Kyle Thomas, the colorful frontman of King Tuff, as he raised a peculiar cylinder device in his hand. He looked side to side, faced the crowd, and deadpanned: “It’s called the space horn.”

And with that, the wonderfully strange cosmic flute beamed the last bit of the crowd into Thomas’ zany, trippy, mystical outer space universe as “Neverending Sunshine” began to play. Although, with opening tracks like the saucy video game odyssey, “Raindrop Blue,” the laid-back and sunny daydream, “Thru the Cracks,” and the funky disco jam, “Psycho Star,” the packed upstairs PRX stage audience was already by that point pretty fairly transported to another world. Continue reading →

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Ten summery songs to kick the winter blues

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Cayetana | photo via Facebook

There’s nothing worse than the discerning sense that winter is a timeless black hole and that you will never feel the sun’s warmth again in your life. The best way to pretend that the winter isn’t sucking the life out of you is to channel any summer vibes that you can get your hands on. One way to do that is to listen to some songs that remind you of sunny days and overall happiness. These ten songs are here to remind you that some day (not soon enough) it will be summer again.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bastille at Liacouras Center, Kat Edmonson at World Cafe Live, and King Tuff at First Unitarian Church

Bastille | Photo by John Vettese
Bastille | Photo by John Vettese

Bastille will be performing this evening at the Liacouras Center. The London-based pop-rock collective have had a huge rise to fame over the past year led by the immense success of their hit song “Pompeii”, which reached number 2 in the UK and 5 in the US. The group’s frontman Dan Smith explained in an interview with The Telegraph that they had never imagined becoming so big:

Led by me, we’ve always been a group of pessimists…Our expectations have been incredibly low. I never, ever imagined leaving Great Britain…We’ve been pleasantly surprised.
The humble four-piece outfit is sure to bring down the house at tonight’s performance. Visit the XPN Concert Calendar for more information and check out their latest music video for “Flaws” below. Continue reading →
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Get weird with King Tuff, Aphex Twin and Ariel Pink on tonight’s Compact Indie Rock Hit Parade!

King Tuff | Photo by Dan Monick
King Tuff | Photo by Dan Monick

Seeing as how it’s the Final Friday of September, it must be time for another one-hour ‘Compact’ edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tune in at 11pm (immediately following Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake) for an abbreviated survey of some seriously fresh new releases. We’ll spotlight Black Moon Spell, the new album from garage rocker King Tuff, as well as sample a few of these selections:
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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Eyes of the Muse” by King Tuff

Photo courtesy of the artist.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

King Tuff, the moniker of Kyle Thomas, recently released “Eyes of the Muse” off of his forthcoming album Black Moon Spell out September 23rd (Sub Pop). Last year, King Tuff played a stellar show at the First Unitarian Church. During an interview with the Key’s Nikki Volpicelli, Thomas explained that “There’s just been kind of this cold quality to indie music where there’s a lot of good stuff but not the fun aspect to it,” and that his music attempts to fill in that gap.

Compared to 2012’s self-titled album, “Eyes of the Muse” is more polished and mature. It still contains King Tuff’s signature mix of ridiculous lyrics and catchy guitar hooks. Black Moon Spell also features an appearance by Ty Segall, on drums on the title track. Listen to “Eyes of the Muse” below.

King Tuff plays the First Unitarian Church on Tuesday, October 7th. Get more details at the XPN Concert Calender.

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Listen to King Tuff’s rocking new song “Eyes of the Muse”

Photo courtesy of the artist.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

King Tuff, the moniker of Kyle Thomas, has released his latest song “Eyes of the Muse” off of his latest album Black Moon Spell out Septmeber 23rd via Sub Pop. Last year, King Tuff played a stellar show at the First Unitarian Church. During an interview with the Key’s Nikki Volpicelli, Thomas explained that “There’s just been kind of this cold quality to indie music where there’s a lot of good stuff but not the fun aspect to it,” and that his music attempts to fill in that gap. In most regards, he’s succeeded, making great, comical songs about eating pizza all the time, electric star rays and dreaming in a graveyard.

Compared to 2012’s self-titled album, “Eyes of the Muse” is more polished and mature. Regardless, it still contains King Tuff’s signature mix of ridiculous lyrics and catchy guitar hooks. Black Moon Spell also features an appearance by Ty Segall, on drums on the title track. Listen to “Eyes of the Muse” below, and if you dare, check out thismigraine-inducing gif of the album cover.

King Tuff plays the First Unitarian Church on Tuesday, October 7th. Get more details at the XPN Concert Calender.

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A kinetic blitzkreig from King Tuff, Jacuzzi Boys and Wavves at the First Unitarian Church

King Tuff | Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker | laurajanebrubaker.tumblr.com King Tuff | Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker | laurajanebrubaker.tumblr.com

Wednesday night the basement of First Unitarian transformed into a pit of sweat, punks, and straight-up killer rock. The heat was on from the first fuzzed-out notes of Jacuzzi Boys‘ set through the roiling energy of King Tuff, peaking searingly with WAVVES‘ kinetic blitz. As the mercury rose, kids started thrashing and diving off the stage like atoms following the gas laws. And for some reason there was a merch guy dresses as a Telletubby. Thank the Great Spirit for that.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Angel Olsen at Johnny Brenda’s, Nat Baldwin at the First Unitarian Chapel, King Tuff at the First Unitarian Church

Angel Olsen
Photo by Abi Reimold

Singer / songwriter Angel Olsen plays on all manner of moods and emotions in her music, and she’s an intense live performer to boot. Tonight the Chicago-based musician returns to Philadelphia for her biggest headlining show to date, following a Folkadelphia presents appearance at Studio 34 last fall and an opening slot for Kurt Vile at Union Transfer in May. Her music is infused with a jazz, country and Americana heritage – think Patsy Cline and Nina Simone – and though she often gets perceived as an uber-serious person, she has a playful side too, as we saw in this interview with Elliott Sharp back in the spring. Her album Half Way Home is coming up on a year old, so perhaps we’ll hear some new material at tonight’s 21+ show at Johnny Brenda’s. Tickets an information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, get a free download of Olsen’s Folkadelphia session from last fall.

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