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Unlocked: Download “Evil Eye” from Lantern’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach

LanternPhilly garage-blues act Lantern is about to take a huge leap forward. After a hearty discography of self-releases, limited-run cassette singles and EPs – mostly gritty and defiantly lo-fi in nature – the band is about to release its debut full-length, Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach, on Sophomore Lounge records. While maintaining the volume and grit of the rock and roll underbelly it explores, the album steps aggressively into hi-fi production and arrangements – which includes a tasty baritone sax on the song “Evil Eye.” All week we’re exploring the album on Unlocked, The Key’s regular series on new and significant releases from Philadelphia artists. Later in the week we’ll an album review, a live chronology and an interview with bandmates Emily Robb and Zachary Deveraux Fairbrother. Today, it’s a download of the track we were just talking about, “Evil Eye.” Below, you can download it all week courtesy of the band, and make sure crank your speakers – Robb rules hard on the lead vocals. Check back every day this week for more on Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. The Districts, Mavis Staples, Birdie Busch and more)

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Miles Davis would have celebrated his 87th birthday on Sunday.  Check out some live footage of the legendary trumpet player’s 1970 show at the old Electric Factory [link]

Diplo curated a summer playlist featuring James Blake, Daft Punk, Laura Mvula and more for Vulture [link]

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is Mavis Staples‘ cover of the Funkadelic track “Can You Get to That” [link]

Singer-songwriter / fiddler Sara Watkins recorded a session for Folkadelphia [link]

Birdie Busch will be releasing her recent PledgeMusic-funded album on vinyl and donating proceeds to the IHM Literacy Center in West Philadelphia [link]

Dock Street Beer Run announces the line-up for their June 9th 5k / music festival event, including On the Water, Norwegian Arms and Post Sun Times [link]

Sonja Sofia is profiled in the latest installment of Kettle Pot Tracks’ On the Hill series [link]

Local power rockers Lantern unveiled a new song called “Evil Eye” and the cover art for their upcoming LP Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach [link]

Watch a video of The Districts performing at The Porch at 30th Street Station yesterday for XPN’s Philly Local Busker series [link]

Folk duo Arborea shared a new video for their song “Pale Horse Phantasm”; they’ll be at the Highwire Gallery on June 9th for a Folkadelphia Presents show [link]

The Photon Band is back with a new album and a show at Johnny Brenda’s on July 6th [link]

Newish Philly outfit Divers were the subject of this week’s Key Studio Session [link]

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New Music / Badass Album Art: Lantern’s “Evil Eye” From Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach (playing Johnny Brenda’s 7/5)

lantern.4After a long run of limited-run cassette releases and lo-fi 7″ singles, Philly power trio Lantern is getting ready to release its full-length debut on Sophomore Lounge Records – and it sounds great. Today the band premiered the track “Evil Eye” at Impose Magazine, and the Jeff Zeigler-produced jam makes good on the overdrive-pedal boogie we saw at Underground Arts this winter when the band opened for Pissed Jeans. Bassist-guitarist Emily Robb takes lead vocal, with thundering drums and a horn section, and it carries hints of John Spencer Blues Explosion, Chuck Berry and John Lee Hooker. The album will be called Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach, it’s out this summer, and it features a playful, wildly occult album cover (pictured above) photographed by Alyssa Robb and art-directed by the band. The band celebrates the release of Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach at Johnny Brenda’s on July 5th, tickets and information are available here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lantern at Kung Fu Necktie, Here We Go Magic at Underground Arts, Carsie Blanton at MilkBoy and more

Photo by Kyle Costill
Photo by Kyle Costill

Local rock n’ roll trio Lantern will bring the noise to Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The amount of music the band has is immense, with nine releases available on their Bandcamp; the latest, Dream Mine, was released in May 2012. The band delves into both the psychedelic realm of rock, as well as its ripping and visceral nature with their heavy feedback and raw vocals. Dream Mine even goes as far as exploring the depth and haunting nature of ambient noise, and the crowd will surely be bobbing their heads furiously, as well as discovering a side of rock they may not have heard before. Tickets and information with Adult Content and Split Red can be found here. Below, check out the song “Out Of Our Heads” from Dream Mine.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Amos Lee, SXSW and Purling Hiss)

Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic
Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic

Dave Grohl gave an inspiring and insightful Keynote Speech at last week’s SXSW [link]

Cursive and The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher came to Folkadelphia in his solo acoustic capacity for this week’s live session [link]

Mondays’ My Morning Download featured L.A. five piece The Lonely Wild and their track “Everything You Need” [link]

Florida / NYC duo The Saint Johns were highlighted for XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with their song “Your Head and Your Heart” [link]

Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster announced a date at The Mann for July 18th [link]

Purling Hiss are the focus of Unlocked this week; their major label debut Water On Mars was released on Tuesday through Drag City [link]

Philly bands Vacationer, Grandchildren, Lantern and more invaded Austin for SXSW with an impressive showing of hard work and talent [link]

Appel Farm announced a line-up for the June 1st festival that includes Brandi Carlile, Low Cut Connie and Delta Rae [link]

The Philly Drum Project will celebrate its first anniversary at World Cafe Live on April 23rd [link]

Get an exclusive listen of Amos Lee covering “Some Days Are Diamonds” from The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver [link]

Slingshot Dakota‘s positive, upbeat pop / punk songs shine in this week’s Key Session [link]

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10 bands we loved at SXSW

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Photo by John Vettese
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Photo by John Vettese

Last week at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas, The Key editor, John Vettese, and I saw a collective 58 bands in 3 days. Here are ten that stood out:

Sir Sly – This five piece from Los Angeles have a confident and charismatic front man, grooves and hooks galore.

Little Green Cars – Dublin’s Little Green Cars charmed us with their gorgeous harmonies and finely honed control of rock and roll dynamics. Lead singers Stevie Appleby and Faye O’Rourke are like the Buckingham/Nicks of Ireland.

PAWS – This three piece from Glasgow play very catchy, garagey, fuzzy, guitar driven pop-rock. Just the way we like it.

Nick Cave kicked off NPR Music’s SXSW shows on Wednesday night at Stubb’s with full force. He plays tonight at the Keswick. Continue reading →

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Go H.A.M. or Go Light? Philly favorites take different approaches at SXSW (incl. Grandchildren, Lantern, Free Energy and more)

Free Energy | Photo by John Vettese
Free Energy | Photo by John Vettese

The SXSW PHL showcase wasn’t the only place to see musicians from the Delaware Valley last week. A wide variety of musicians from the region made the trek, with a wide variety of approaches. For instance, Wilmington’s New Sweden took the barn-burning powerhouse approach, not only playing a packed tour on the way down, but jamming in an impressive (and as yet unquantified) number of SXSW showcases into its itinerary between Monday and Saturday. Other artists took it light, by comparison.

Vacationer | Photo by John Vettese
Vacationer | Photo by John Vettese

We caught Kenny Vasoli’s Vacationer in their last show of South By Southwest on Saturday night at the infamous Hype Hotel venue, sponsored by The Hype Machine. It was the breezy electronic pop band’s second of two shows, and the relaxed pace left Vasoli in the most exuberant of exuberant moods during their set.

“This has been the best experience I’ve ever had at South by Southwest,” he reminded the crowd at uber-frequent intervals. Like, seriously, in between every song of their 30-minute set. “It’s been such a great few days, and I’ve got all of you to thank for that.” Back in his old pop-punk band The Starting Line, Vasoli probably got swept awat in the hammering gauntlet that the industry festival can be – hence the easygoing approach this time. He’s not alone. Continue reading →

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Download The Key Studio Sessions’ SXSW PHL sampler featuring Cold Fronts, Lushlife, DRGN King and more

Bleeding Rainbow at SXSW 2012 | Photo by John Vettese
Bleeding Rainbow at SXSW 2012 | Photo by John Vettese

The music portion of the Austin’s annual South by Southwest festival kicks off today, and many of our city’s finest up-and-coming bands have been spent the last week crammed in hatchbacks or vans with amps and instruments, making their trek to Texas. Several have, over the past couple years, recorded Key Sessions in our studio, and today we present you with a downloadable sampler of artists who are repping Philly in in Austin this week.

Beginning with a snappy performance of “Jackie” by Philly pop-rockers Cold Fronts, who won a JanSport competition to be a SXSW featured artist, all the way to the doom-y “Downward Years to Come” from Nothing, it showcases some of the rock (Cheers Elephant), hip-hop (Lushlife) and punk (Lantern) Philly bands on the various bills across Austin. Listen to the set below, download at Soundcloud. And check out some bonus video after the Jump – West Philly’s Waxahatchee performs a ton of shows this week, including an NPR Music showcase with Nick Cave tomorrow, while Bleeding Rainbow is making the rounds as well. See videos of the former playing “Dark Moon” in our studio and the latter tearing up “Get Lost” at Johnny Brenda’s.

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The Week’s Best MP3s, incl. Jamie Lidell, Waxahatchee, Helado Negro

05302012_jamielidellJamie Lidell helped us kick off a new feature called XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with his funky number “Do Yourself a Faver.”  The British electro-soul musician / producer released a self-titled album in mid-February and will be in town on April 14th for a show at Union Transfer with Empress Of and Ludwig Persik.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Download “Do Yourself a Faver” in exchange for your email address below.

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Download a rockabilly rager from Lantern called “Mr. Mars” (playing upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie on 3/28)

Lantern’s Emily Robb on bass and David Fishkin on sax | Photo by Rachel Barrish for The Deli

If you caught Philly’s Lantern at Underground Arts a few weeks back, you might have noticed a distinctly different vibe. The bluesy garage-rock trio was augmented by a fourth player, David Fishkin on saxaphone, and his rambunctious solos and staccato commentary added a lively rockabilly feel to this ever-evolving powerhouse’s sound. You can hear that captured nicely on “Mr. Mars,” a new song the band released today as it prepares to head out on the road for its South by Southwest tour. The song will appear on a 7″ the band will be releasing this summer, a precursor to the full-length they recorded last fall with Jeff Ziegler; the LP will be out this spring on Louisville label Sophomore Lounge. Download “Mr. Mars” below, see the band’s tour dates after the jump. Looks like they’ll be back in town on March 28th for an upstairs show at Kung Fu Necktie.

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