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Watch Little Green Cars cover Neil Young’s “Philadelphia” at Johnny Brenda’s last night

LGCDubin indie faves Little Green Cars made their second Philadelphia stop of the year last night, headlining to a packed crowd at Johnny Brenda’s. Their live reworkings of the lushly arranged songs from their LP Absolute Zero were great – “River Song” was intense and soaring, “Big Red Dragon” and “The John Wayne” drummed up a full-room singalong, “The Consequences Of Not Sleeping” was performed a cappella and off-mic in the middle of the floor. But the highlight was easily the band’s cover of “Philadelphia” by Neil Young. “We don’t usually play this one,” said lead singer Stevie Appleby. “But since we’re here…” Watch the video below and listen to the crowd scream the first time the city’s name comes up in the lyrics.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Green Cars at Johnny Brenda’s, Atoms for Peace at the Liacouras Center, Josh Rouse at Tin Angel

littlegreencarsWith its confessional, introspective lyrics and powerhouse vocal front, Ireland’s Little Green Cars made a big impression this year with their debut LP Absolute Zero. Its rousing, urgent arrangements call to mind Arcade Fire – but with instrumentation that falls in line with the folk revival. Tonight the band returns to Johnny Brenda’s for its second headlining set at the venue this year; opening the show is Philly roots-overdrive trio Tin Horses. Tickets and more information on the 21+ show can be found here. Below, watch Little Green Cars’ video for “The John Wayne.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Green Cars at Johnny Brenda’s, Lucero/Shovels and Rope at Union Transfer, Owen at First Unitarian Church

LittleGreenCarsIreland’s Little Green Cars arrive to Johnny Brenda’s to provide their indie/fifties influenced style tonight. The band has recently been touring to promote the release of their EP Harper Lee throughout the United States.  Coupling the release of their EP, the band has been hard at work and will be celebrating their forthcoming debut album Absolute Zero.  Set to hit stores and iTunes July 15th, the band will no doubt be playing songs off the record during their set tonight.  The album is already available for pre-order on the band’s website here.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Dan Croll and The Quelle Source can be found here.  As fans await the release of Absolute Zero, enjoy the music video for “Harper Lee”.

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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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Contest: Win tickets to Little Green Cars (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 3/21)

LGCQuickly-rising Dublin group Little Green Cars haven’t yet released their debut record Absolute Zero but the buzz surrounding the five piece has been steadily growing in anticipation.  Drawing comparisons to Arcade Fire, the folk-rockers build harmonies and dynamic beats to transcendent heights on the handful of tracks they have released ahead of the album’s March 26th Glassnote Records release.

Little Green Cars pull into town this Thursday, March 21st for a show at Johnny Brenda’s and The Key has a pair of tickets to the show that you can win.  Leave a comment below with your first and last name and an email address we can reach you at should you win (email address will not be made public).  For tickets and more information on the 21+ show with Dan Croll and The Quelle Source go here.  Watch the video for “The John Wayne” below.

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Watch Little Green Cars perform “Harper Lee” (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 3/21)

Dublin’s Little Green Cars sat down with The Line of Best Fit to film this acoustic take of their new single “Harper Lee” before the official video dropped yesterday. The song is taken from the alt folk / rock outfit’s forthcoming debut LP Absolute Zero (out via Glassnote Records on March 26th).  Stripped of all instrumentation save for an acoustic guitar, a tambourine and a maraca, Little Green Cars channel their energy into a captivating five-piece harmony performance.  Tickets and information for their show with Dan Croll at Johnny Brenda’s can be found here.  Watch the live video of “Harper Lee” below and get a free download of “Maw Maw” here.

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Watch “The John Wayne” from Little Green Cars (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 3/21)

Dublin’s Little Green Cars are coming State-side for SXSW in March and have scheduled surrounding dates for other cities, bringing them through Philadelphia for a show at Johnny Brenda’s on Thursday, March 21st.  The buzzing indie pop five-piece spent the summer recording their debut effort Absolute Zero with producer Markus Dravs (Bjork, Coldplay), set for release via Glassnote on March 26th in North America. On lead single “The John Wayne,” Little Green Cars echo Arcade Fire with a heavy, building beat but keep the mood light with heartfelt and quirky lyrics.  Tickets and information for their 21+ show with Dan Croll can be found here.  Watch the video for “The John Wayne” below.