Listen to Madalean Gauze’s cathartically fun FUNeral EP, see them tonight at Boot & Saddle

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Philly rocker Madalean Gauze has a very funny, very true tagline on her Instagram page: “💅🏼 IDC ABT FASHION 💅🏼 .”

This is applicable beyond the jeans-and-t-shirt-and-cat-mask aesthetic of last year’s Cool and Fun EP; it includes “fashion” as far as “what’s cool” or “what the music scene expects you to do.” Like I said earlier this week, Madalean does whatever the heck she wants, she makes art for herself, whether that means launching a stoner doom metal band or releasing an off-the-cuff EP, as she did today with FUNeral. Continue reading →


Madalean Gauze, Queen of Jeans, Louie Louie and Empath team up for Valley Youth House benefit gig

Madalean Gauze | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

If you’re looking to kick off the new year with a gig that also benefits a good cause, look no further than this Boot & Saddle show. A stacked lineup of locals are coming together January 5 for a benefit show to support Valley Youth House’s Pride program, which provides services for LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia. The show will also be an EP release celebration for headliner Madalean Gauze; the Philly singer-songwriter’s new effort FUNeral will be released that day and is the follow-up to last EP Cool and Fun. The bill is rounded out by dream pop outfit Queen of Jeans, retro rockers Louie Louie and West Philly DIY regulars Empath. Continue reading →


Just Released: Listen to Madalean Gauze’s New EP Cool and Fun, Watch “Poison Pill” Music Video

Madalean Gauze | from “Poison Pill” music video

Following 2015’s debut LP Sing, Madalean Gauze‘s next project is here at last. On July 1st the Philadelphia singer-songwriter released her new EP Cool and Fun, and that’s definitely what it is: cool, fun, intense, and all-around awesome. From the beginning everything-goes title track to the beautiful slow burner “Too Hard” to the building, rocking album closer, the indie artist once again realizes a record that was long in the making but worth the wait. Continue reading →


Who the heck is playing the first National Park festival at Bourbon and Branch?

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American Trappist | photo by Brian L. Tice Jr.

“A lot of music, on a smaller scale.” That’s the idea behind the National Park mini-festival, which brings six bands to the stage at Bourbon and Branch next Saturday.

Coordinators of this event recognize the indifference experienced by many concertgoers when forced to sit through long sets of bands they don’t know in addition to long changeover times while waiting for the act that they came to see. National Park intends to remedy this in a way that encourages listeners to pay attention to new acts in hopes that they’ll discover more local music.

National Park will be headlined by blues rock hybrid artist Joe Michelini (formerly of River City Extension), also known as American Trappist and the 60’s psych rock influenced Madalean Gauze. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Moor Mother at ROCKERS, Madalean Gauze and Three Man Cannon at Kung Fu Necktie, Madeleine Peyroux at World Cafe Live and more

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Moor Mother | Photo by Chris Sikich for WXPN |

Philly’s Camae Defstar is the longtime organizer of the ROCKERS series, and also creates aggressive spoken-word sound-art under the name Moor Mother, which just signed to Don Giovanni Records. Tonight, the final ROCKERS happens at Community Futures Lab Everybody Hits, and Moor Mother performs along with The Kominas and Ghetto Songbird. More information can be found at Facebook; listen to “Deadbeat Protest” below.

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Key Fest At-A-Glance, Part Two: A Saturday of indie rock dreamscaping with Kississippi, Shelf Life, Cherry and Madalean Gauze

Kississippi | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN |
Kississippi | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN |

We’re still reeling from a mindblowing opening night of #KeyFest over here at XPN HQ – pictures later today! – but there’s plenty more where that came from. Tonight at MilkBoy, we celebrate the vibrant sounds that come from DIY basements and indie rock bars around the city. Read on for an overview. Continue reading →


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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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Bruce Warren’s Best of Philly Music 2015

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Queen of Jeans | photo by Kelly Kurteson

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, WXPN program director Bruce Warren shares five musicians she found on Spotify in 2015.

This past Thanksgiving The Key’s John Vettese wrote about the 15 Philly songs we’re thankful for. The songs were just a small snapshot of by Philly’s vibrant music scene, represented by the likes of Hop Along, Jazmine Sullivan, Kurt Vile, Agudos Clef, Hemming, Hezekiah Jones, Lithuania, Lushlife, Jill Scott, and others. What stood out to me in Vettese’s article then, and what’s stood out to all of us at The Key for the last several years is how wonderfully diverse, and prolific, the music scene in Philly continues to be. Continue reading →