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PREMIERE: Ceramic Animal filters classic pop through a trippy prism on “Mad”

Ceramic Animal | Photo by Sarah McKenna-Mill | courtesy of the artist
Ceramic Animal | Photo by Sarah McKenna-Mill | courtesy of the artist

Psychedelic Philly four-piece Ceramic Animal is gearing up to release its debut record this spring. After hitting the finals of last summer’s Beta Hi Fi competition at World Cafe Live, the band dropped the new single “Against the Wall” last month, with plans to release the record in April. Today we’re psyched (har har) to bring to the premiere of the band’s latest song, “Mad.”  Continue reading →

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Watch Australian punks DMA’s get hazy in video for “Too Soon”

The DMA's | Photo by Mclean Stephenson
The DMA’s | Photo by Mclean Stephenson

Back in January, ex-Grantland music critic and band-beef aficionado Steven Hyden tweeted, “All my favorite bands are from Philadelphia or Australia… DMA’s hail from the latter.”

The Aussie DMA’s channel 90’s brit-pop excellently, but their music has a distinct punk feel that feels at home in Philly as well (the band made their local debut at Free at Noon last summer).

Regardless of Noel Gallagher’s issues with them (he has issues with almost everyone), the band carries on, hammering away with their smashing drums and shoegaze-y guitars. Oasis, for them, seems less like an inspiration and more of a jumping-off point. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mothers at Milkboy, The Bacon Brothers at Union Transfer, Todd Rundgren at Sherman Theater and more…

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Mothers | Photo by Kristin Karch | courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Communion Residency at Milkboy features Athens, GA based outfit Mothers. Performing in the gritty rock and roll vein of Those Darlins’ and Alabama Shakes, Mothers are prepping for the release of their debut LP When You Walk a Long Distance. Listen to their latest single “Copper Mines” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ showcase here.

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Wander with Mothers in their new video “No Crying in Baseball”

Mothers | Photo by Kristin Karch | courtesy of the artist
Mothers | Photo by Kristin Karch | courtesy of the artist

In ancient times, Athens was the pinnacle of Greek society. Athens, Georgia, on the other hand, didn’t have much going on. Fast-forward two-thousand years, and things have change. Having produced a number of influential acts including R.E.M. and Neutral Milk Hotel, Athens has become its own pinnacle of the indie rock world.

Mothers are looking to add their name to the list of excellent bands from Athens, and with their new track and music video, “There’s No Crying in Baseball,” they’re off to a good start. Continue reading →

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Watch Thee, Idea Men’s bring down the Sleepless Sound Red Room in new studio session

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Philadelphia blues rockers Thee, Idea Men stopped by Sleepless Sound to record a session for the studio’s Red Room series.

The band, consisting of Matthew Jurasek (guitar, vocals), Tyler March (drums), Kris Pirnat (bass), and Matt Raspanti (guitar vocals), performed three hard-driving blues-rock numbers, two from 2014’s New Level Shoes and one from 2012’s Getcho Groo Von. Continue reading →

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New year, new song: listen to RFA’s instantly catchy “Indigo”

RFA | Photo by Caitlin McCann
RFA | Photo by Caitlin McCann | via facebook.com/RFAbandphilly

We’ve been watching garage rockers RFA (Really Fast Automobiles) for a little while around here at The Key, but it seems 2016 may be the year they get a well-deserved big break in the Philly music scene. Not only did the guys play a sold-out show earlier this week at Steel City but the also released a video for a brand new track, titled “Indigo.” Continue reading →

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Allan Rayman, Mothers, LOLO and Thee Idea Men on February Communion lineup

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Allan Rayman | photo via Facebook

The folks at Communion Philly are kicking off their 2016 season with a killer show at MilkBoy on February 4th. The monthly showcase, which grew out of the Communion Clubnights at the Notting Hill Arts Club in London, provides a platform for local and touring acts of different genres . February’s line-up features Allan Rayman, Mothers, LOLO and Thee Idea Men.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ron Gallo at Boot and Saddle, Darlingside at MilkBoy and The Arcs at The Fillmore

Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic
Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic

Former Toy Soldiers frontman Ron Gallo is a Philadelphian through and through, and that will not change even as he is set to head south to live in the bustling music town of Nashville, TN. You can say goodbye to the fuzz-rocker tonight at Boot & Saddle alongside old friends and former Toy Soldiers band-mates Matt Kelly and Dom Billet now of Coin Purse. Head to the XPN Concert Calendar for details on the farewell show tonight. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Native Harrow at Steel City, Mo Lowda and the Humble at The Foundry, Humbree at MilkBoy

Native Harrow | Photo via facebook.com/nativeharrow

Indie folk duo Native Harrow plays Steel City in Phoenixville tonight opening for Joseph Robert Knauss. The duo of Devin Tuel and Stephen Harms released their record Ghost in June, and it recalls Laura Marling and Beth Orton in its gripping minimalism. Watch the video for “Poor Beggar,” shot outside of Philadelphia, and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →