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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fight Amp at Kung Fu Necktie, Lushlife at Johnny Brenda’s, Jonathan Monument at Connie’s Ric Rac and more…

Fight Amp | Photo by Freddie Ross | courtesy of the artist
Fight Amp | Photo by Freddie Ross | courtesy of the artist

Self-proclaimed “sludge punk” trio Fight Amp are set to play Kung Fu Necktie tonight for what will be, according to the band’s Facebook page, one of their only Philly dates of the year. Last year, the group released Constantly Off, a new collection of angsty, energetic punk-rock, that was their first new material in over three years. That is all to say that you better catch Fight Amp in person while you have the chance — tickets to the 21+ show are available at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Watch the new video for “Geranimo” from Aphra

Rebecca Way of Aphra | Photo by Megan Matuzak
Rebecca Way of Aphra | Photo by Megan Matuzak

The new music video for “Geranimo,” released today by Aphra, is a like a prism. If you shine light on it at the right angle, it produces a rainbow. But if you’re at the wrong angle, you just have plain white light. Much in the same way, the video begins with a mutating spectrum of colors — yellow morphs to purple then to pink — as the eerie sound of a children’s music box comes to life. Suddenly, the color dissipates, the perfect angle lost.

Throughout the rest of the video — some of which is shot in black and white — color is in short supply. Even when the camera technically is shooting in “color,” there’s little to be seen in the backdrop that consists of a brick wall coated in white paint and tables covered with white cloth. Every once in a while, though, a touch of color darts in front of the camera, a brief moment of warmth in what feels like an otherwise desolate place. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bul Bey at Kung Fu Necktie, Mother Moses at Bourbon & Branch, Settled Arrows at Buckeye Studio and more…

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The Bul Bey recording a Key Studio Session | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Local hip hop artist The Bul Bey performs at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. It’s been about a year since the West Philly native released his latest LP Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies, but we got another nugget of Amir Richardson’s talent on producer Rolled Gold’s debut effort earlier this week.  Check 2014’s “Where I’m From” below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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Mock Suns rejoice and rewind on “Here From Your Rooftop”

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Mock Suns | photo by Chelsea Schryver | courtesy of the artist

Philly stargazers Mock Suns have shared the latest track from their upcoming album Stay True, “Here From Your Rooftop.”

Mock Suns have already shared videos for Stay True tracks “Friday Night” and “Nothing Good Comes About Being Out At This Hour.” Like these songs, “Here From Your Rooftop” continues in the direction of themes such as nostalgia and teenage remembrance.

On “Rooftop”, Mock Suns’ simple instrumentation creates a child-like aura around the music while still presenting psychedelic textures. With slick guitar solos and drifting bass lines, the band carries singer Greg Puglese’s honest and floating vocals while undercover of darkness. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Church Girls at Johnny Brenda’s, Blood Sound at Everybody Hits, Kool Keith at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

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Church Girls | Photo by Charlie Wrzesniewski | courtesy of the artist

Local indie rockers Church Girls are in the middle of a quick DC-Philly-NYC roadtrip and headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band is celebrating the release of its debut full-length Thousand Lives, and to mark this milestone frontwoman Mariel Beaumont reflected on her relationship with music in Philadelphia. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Madalean Gauze and Queen of Jeans can be found here. Check out “Dead” below.

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Listen to Aphra’s introverted new single “Rooms”

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Aphra | photo by Megan Matuzak | courtesy of the artist

The “About” section on Aphra’s Bandcamp page contains a deceptively complex message. “Moving beyond catharsis,” it reads.

This short phrase might be the unifying theme behind all of Aphra’s music. It doesn’t seek to simply express painful emotions. It actually seeks to heal.

“Rooms,” the second single from Aphra’s forthcoming EP Sadness Is a Gesture, fits this mold perfectly. The song is about vocalist Rebecca Way’s suffering following the end of a toxic relationship. “When people fall in love they tend to put each other on such a high pedestal at first (turning another into a Christ figure of sorts),” Way wrote to the Key. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Literature at Kung Fu Necktie, Satellite Hearts at Ortlieb’s, Greensky Bluegrass at Union Transfer

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Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman

This isn’t something we get to say very often: Literature play Kung Fu Necktie tonight before heading out on tour in Japan. The local indie pop outfit released its second full-length record Chorus in 2014, though Japanese label Waterslide Records picked it up for a physical release last year (along with the band’s debut LP Arab Spring). Get your Literature fix while you can; tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here. Check out “The Girl, The Gold Watch and Everything” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen of Jeans at The Foundry, Erik Petersen at Kung Fu Necktie, The Chelsea Kills at The Pharmacy and more…

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Queen of Jeans | photo by Kelly Kurteson | courtesy of the artist

This week’s Key Studio Session artists Queen of Jeans hit The Foundry tonight for the Red Bull Sound Select showcase presented by JUMP Philly. The group will be releasing its debut self-titled LP on Friday through UK label Super Fan 99 (on vinyl!) so tonight’s show with Vacationer and Weekender could be considered a sort of record release show. Tickets and information can be found here; watch their video for “Dance (Get Off Your Ass)” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Julien Baker at Boot & Saddle, Madalean Gauze at Kung Fu Necktie, Torres at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

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Julien Baker | photo by Jake Cunningham | courtesy of the artist

Memphis native Julien Baker brings her debut solo LP to Boot & Saddle tonight. K. Ross Hoffman explored Sprained Ankle for a Key profile last week, noting that that the songs are “harrowing stuff; an impressionistic but unflinching annal of addiction, self-loathing and spiritual crisis…” set up against “unadorned but graceful melodies and simple, minimal acoustic guitar and piano arrangements.” Listen to “Something” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show with Abi Reimold here.

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