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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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The Snails’ new “Basement” is the perfect track to get you out of bed on a Monday morning

The Snails | photo by Caity MacLeod | via https://www.facebook.com/thesnailsphilly/
The Snails | photo by Caity MacLeod | via https://www.facebook.com/thesnailsphilly/

The Philly rockers of The Snails just dropped “Basements,” the first official single from their forthcoming album.

We first heard “Basements” during their Key Studio Session, and it features everything we love about this reggae/rock outfit: funky basslines, a perfect coalescence of two seemingly polar opposite genres, and of course the growling vocals of lead singer Todd Fausnacht. This retro rock-hybrid anthem is the perfect track to get you out of bed on a Monday Morning. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Radiator Hospital at PhilaMOCA, Carolyn Thorn at Milkboy, Mac DeMarco at the Electric Factory and more…

Radiator Hospital
Radiator Hospital | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Radiator Hospital return to PhilaMOCA tonight for their first local show since November. The Philly project of Sam Cook-Parrott released its latest LP Wedding Album in February, which features “old songs, new songs, borrowed songs and blue songs” including “Singer’s No Star” below. Pick up tickets for the all-ages show with The Spook School, Bent Shapes and Littler here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Basecamp at MilkBoy, Elison Jackson at Ortlieb’s, Mastodon at the Electric Factory and more…

Basecamp
Basecamp | Photo by Dylan Reyes | courtesy of the artist

Basecamp headline this month’s Communion Residency at MilkBoy. The Nashville electronic trio released their sophomore EP Greater Than last year, leading with the smoothly chopped single “Watch My Back.” Listen to that track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ showcase here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Late Greats at Ortlieb’s, Barns Courtney at Milkboy, Magic Man at Union Transfer and more…

The Late Greats
The Late Greats | photo courtesy of the artist

We met local rockers The Late Greats in a profile last month, and now is your chance to see the band live. They’ll bring their recent Kids You Knew EP to Ortlieb’s tonight, which The Key described as “Weezer covering the Buzzcocks or Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers.” Check out “Lost Highway” below and get more information for the 21+ show here.

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Free at Noon Flashback: Emerging artist Barns Courtney plays World Cafe Live

Barns Courtney
Barns Courtney | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Happy to see the large crowd from the stage of World Cafe Live, London singer-songwriter Barns Courtney said, “Talk about the ‘City of Brotherly and Sisterly love!”

The emerging artist is making a name for himself, touring the states and being featured of the soundtrack for Bradley Cooper and Harvey Weinstein’s movie Burnt.

Playing a solo acoustic set, Courtney showcased new music for World Cafe. He opened with “Hands,” creating his own percussion through the body of his guitar. Courtney possesses a raw, soulful rock and roll sound with a wide vocal range, from a mellow deep sound to belting out powerful notes. Continue reading →