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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Square Peg Round Hole at Boot & Saddle, Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benet at The Keswick Theater, and Secret Nudist Friends at MilkBoy

Square Peg Round Hole | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Tonight, Boot & Saddle hosts a gig headed up by Square Peg Round Hole. The percussion-based group is an oddity on its own, choosing slow-building ambiance over everything. The gig is 21+, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Worldtown Soundsystem at Johnny Brenda’s, No Good Sister at Boot & Saddle, Rockers Galore at Milkboy and more…

Worldtown Soundsystem | Photo by Charles Shan Cerrone | courtesy of the artist
Worldtown Soundsystem | Photo by Charles Shan Cerrone | courtesy of the artist

Worldtown Soundsystem celebrate their 6th anniversary at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The world music / electronic outfit will be debuting all new material, following up last year’s self-titled EP with what is sure to be an electrifying collection of beats. Tickets and information for the 21+ dance party can be found here; check out “Testify” below.

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Transport to paradise in The Rockers Galore video for “One Shot”

Rockers Galore | photo courtesy of the artist

You can’t not dance when listening to Blayer Pointdujour’s project, The Rockers Galore. You just can’t. Attempts to remain unfazed when watching the group’s recently released video for “One Shot” will be futile and silly.  This infectious song’s unique blend of funk, hip-hop, hard rock, and Haitian kompa will have you grinnin’ and groovin’ from the first zesty beat to the last. Continue reading →

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Local rockers Desoto Jones reuniting for a benefit show at MilkBoy in June

Desoto Jones | courtesy of the artist
Desoto Jones | courtesy of the artist

Earlier last month, Desoto Jones released their post-breakup EP Orb Weaver, marking an explosive end for the local rockers. Or so we thought.

The band is reuniting for a show on June 30th at MilkBoy to benefit drummer Adam Francois’ chemotherapy treatments, as all proceeds will go to him and his wife. The band promises to perform a career-spanning setlist with support from Sleep In and one unannounced artist. Their brand of bare-knuckled rock and roll is more than welcomed back to the City of Brotherly Love, marking the evening to be one of celebration.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sunwatchers at PhilaMOCA, Agnes Obel at Union Transfer, Jesse Hale Moore at Bourbon and Branch and more

Sunwatchers | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
Sunwatchers | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

New York progressive collective Sunwatchers head to PhilaMOCA for the night with opening sets by Skull Practitioners and Writhing Squares. These free jazz and krautrock inspired musicians define their own genre through jams of epic proportions, making anyone squeezed into Philly’s favorite arthouse freaking lucky. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Also, check out the band’s Studio Sessions when they stopped by last May. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rick Astley at Electric Factory, Soraia at Milkboy, Erykah Badu at Boardwalk Hall and more…

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Rick Astley, circa 1987

Rick Astley rolls into town tonight for a show at the Electric Factory. The 80s popstar is touring in support of 50, his 2016 return to recording and first number-one album since the release of his 1987 debut. The Key’s Maureen Walsh previewed Astley’s visit earlier this week, highlighting a few songs she hope’s the “Never Gonna Give You Up” singer will play. Check that out here, pick up tickets here, and watch “Angels On My Side” from 50 below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shifting the Gaze with Alice Bag at Kelly Writers House, GrandeMarshall at MilkBoy, Kris Kristofferson at the Keswick

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Alice Bag | photo from artist’s website

Los Angeles punk legend Alice Bag leads a reading and conversation at Penn’s Kelly Writers House for the second installment of Shifting the Gaze. The recurring event was formed last year as a venue for continued discussion surrounding women in the music industry. After leading the Bags through the early waves of punk and writing a series of books about her experiences, Bag released her debut solo effort last year via Don Giovanni Records. Listen to her just-released single “Reign of Fear” below and more information about the event here.

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New Year’s Eve is a month away. What concert are you going to?

Kurt Vile at #XPNFest | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

We’re drawing to the close of 2016, and as always, we here at The Key recommend you give 2016 the boot with live music. Spending that special moment that brings us into our annual chance for a new start at a concert with hundreds or even thousands of people who are all on the same page as you — for those few hours, the feeling is exhilarating and even a little magical. Compare this to the cycle of looking at your phone, standing in circles trying to connect with people that you know primarily through Facebook and most times drinking way too much in your quest to achieve that perfect New Year’s Eve moment that movies like When Harry Met Sally have elevated just out of reality’s reach.

Given, I’ve been going the latter route for the majority of my adult life and some of my fondest memories are searching for lost phones or helping my friend figure out the name of the cute guy with the green hat the morning after. BUT I knew that after happening upon a house show on New Year’s Eve a few years back, no party could ever fill me with the same ecstasy as the music and all the people in that basement did in 2013. So, if you’re looking to try something new, check out your Philly-area options for musical New Year’s celebrations. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Kung Fu Necktie, Peter Hook and the Light at The Trocadero, Mother Moses at Milkboy

Creepoid | photo courtesy of the artist
Creepoid | photo courtesy of the artist

After much anticipation, Creepoid celebrate the release of their new Burner EP at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The local grunge-psych outfit are following up last year’s Cemetery Highrise Slum LP with a collection that is notably more restrained than their more recent output. They shared EP cut “Dripping Eyelids” with Brooklyn Vegan earlier this week – check that out here, watch “Dried Out” from last year’s LP below, and pick up tickets for the 21+ release show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lydia Loveless at Milkboy, Jagwar Ma at The Foundry, Hound at Ortlieb’s and more…

Lydia Loveless | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Lydia Loveless | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Recent Free at Noon performer Lydia Loveless is back for show at Milkboy tonight. The Ohio alt-country/rock artist released her fifth studio record Real earlier this year, a collection of songs that further cements her place as a powerhouse songwriter and performer. Watch a video for “Longer” below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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