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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tess Emma, Cheerleader and more at Tri-State Indie Music Awards, Koji at The Fire, Davon at Kung Fu Necktie

Tri-State Indie
Tess Emma | photo via Facebook

The 4th Annual Tri-State Indie Music Awards take over World Cafe Live tonight. Performances by local musicians like Tess Emma, Cheerleader, Satellite Hearts and more will accompany the award presentations. Check out a full list of nominated acts here and listen to Tess Emma’s latest EP below. Tickets and information for the event can be found here.

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Listen to Trails And Ways’ new “Skeleton,” catch them at Kung Fu Necktie in June

Photo via facebook.com/TRAILSANDWAYS
Photo via facebook.com/TRAILSANDWAYS

California dream poppers Trails And Ways recently released their latest single, “Skeletons,” an upbeat track with a quintessential club dance groove that support a good cause. The band is encouraging fans who like this track to donate to the Our Power Campaign, a project to bolster sustainable energy and create eco-friendly jobs. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diarrhea Planet at Underground Arts, Kississippi at Kung Fu Necktie, Cyberbully Mom Club at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Ridiculous band name, awesome band. Diarrhea Planet headlines Underground Arts tonight with their Philly-based tourmates Left & Right in tow. The blistering rock n’ roll six-piece dishes fierce fuzzy riffs and high energy not unlike their Nashville brethren JEFF the Brotherhood; 2013′s I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams is highly recommended listening. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Philly Music 101: The basics everyone needs to know about the Philadelphia scene right now

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Philadelphia is a city of many wonders: a buzzing food scene, an established craft beer culture, and a parade of historical landmarks. But one aspect of our city that we are particularly passionate about is our magnificent local music community and all that is has to offer. Here at The Key, we often focus on the particulars of our scene – where artists will be playing each night, brand new local releases, etc. - so much so that we can forget how overwhelming it can be for newcomers to get their bearings.

So for those of you having trouble finding where to start, we are introducing this new Philly Music 101 series as your guide through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving members, from artists to venues to studios and more. It’s meant to help new fans navigate the scene as much as emerging musicians looking to break in and behind-the-scenes folks trying to get their start. We hope it will illuminate just what makes it so damn exciting for music lovers to live here. To kick it off, here is a by-no-means-complete overview of the different pieces of the Philadelphia music scene that have come together to make up its sturdy foundation. Continue reading →

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The Jawn calls on extra hands for an in-studio video of “Hollywood”

The Jawn | Photo by Reji B. Photography | rejibphotography.com
The Jawn | Photo by Reji B. Photography | rejibphotography.com

There isn’t yet a single word best suited to describe the music Philly band The Jawn makes. In a song you’ll hear hip-hop, blues, pop, soul, funk and more, all blended together. They burst on the scene in 2013 with a fun-loving sound, so much so they won a contest to open a Disco Biscuits New Years Eve after-party in Times Square. Fast forward two years through lineup changes and a hectic recording process, and The Jawn are ready to show the scene just what made them so special in the first place. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Legendary Divorce at Kung Fu Necktie

photo via facebook.com/legendarydivorce
photo via facebook.com/legendarydivorce

If their band name didn’t tip you off, Philly’s Legendary Divorce got together in the first place over a shared love of Nirvana. They actually were a Nirvana tribute band at a 2012 Halloween party, but had such a fun time at it that they started writing their own songs together. Brian Schmutz of The Starting Line is their bassist and Itarya Leo makes a compelling frontwoman. Their EP Make Me came out in August and they headline Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bird Watcher at Johnny Brenda’s, Le Fits at Kung Fu Necktie, Bettye Lavette at World Cafe Live

Bird Watcher

Bird Watcher | photo via Facebook

Local indie rock / folk group Bird Watcher headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Founded by the duo of Jesse Soifer and Julian Booker (the latter also the host of Sleepy Hollow on Sunday mornings), Bird Watcher is now a full band and will be performing new songs taken from an upcoming full-length. Watch their video for “All You Suburban Mothers, I Depart Thee!” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Dylan Jane and Ortolan here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fresh Cut Orchestra at World Cafe Live, Kishi Bashi at Union Transfer, Kool Keith at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

Fresh Cut Orchestra
Fresh Cut Orchestra | photo via Facebook

Local jazz ensemble Fresh Cut Orchestra perform at World Cafe Live tonight. The ten-piece band is celebrating the release of their debut record From the Vine, out on Ropeadope Records yesterday. LP features nine original songs that show just how tightly these musicians vibe together. They move from contemporary jazz to Latin-influenced arrangemetns and abstract hip hop beats. Listen to “Sanguine” from the record below and pick up tickets for tonight’s all-ages show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mumblr at Kung Fu Necktie, Bad Suns at Union Transfer, Albert Lee at Sellersville Theater

Mumblr
Mumblr | photo by Peter Murray Photography | petermurrayphotography.com
Kensington’s Mumblr plays Kung Fu Necktie tonight with fellow locals Brown Rainbow and Fake Boyfriend. The four piece released Full of Snakes last fall, following up 2014′s Bang Bang EP and 2013′s White Jesus/Black God full-length with their most in-sync record to date. Later this week they’ll release a split with their friends in Clique, Loose Tooth and Ghost Gum (keep an eye on Bandcamp for its release). Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here; watch Mumblr perform “Masturbation” for a Space Jam Session below.

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