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The Key’s Six Philly Concerts You Can’t Miss for the month of March

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Eryn Allen Kane | photo by Anthony Trevino | courtesy of the artist

Springtime is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Not having to wear a coat to venues. With a lot of great offerings as the spring concert season ramps up – including our Red Bull Sound Select Gig with Good Old War on March 17th, and Bonnie Raitt at Verizon Hall on March 24th – Here are The Key’s six can’t-miss Philly shows for March, in chronological order. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: MH the Verb at Milkboy, Ty Segall at The Trocadero, James Hunter Six at Sellersville

MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist
MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist

Local DJ / producer / MC MH the Verb brings his live band to MilkBoy tonight. Verb’s performance is a multi-media experience, pulling together influences from many genres and time periods to create a fusion of art. The band spent 2015 working on a documentary series of their live shows in support of 2014’s The Balloon Guide. Check out “Blistered” below and get tickets and more information for the 21+ show at the WXPN Concert Calendar.

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Eleanor Friedberger takes charge at Milkboy on Friday

Eleanor Friedberger Show @ Milkboy, 2/19/16 | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Eleanor Friedberger Show @ Milkboy, 2/19/16 | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

MilkBoy is the kind of venue where if you’re not careful, you might accidentally knock over an opening band’s gear. It’s the kind of place that does apparently soundchecks in real time for a live studio audience.

Eleanor Friedberger’s band grappled with that soundcheck early in their set, as she complained with good reason about the levels, and the random fog machine, while at the same time apologizing for boring the crowd with the details that in the end were never fully resolved. “It should all be show business, I know,” she said, “all just happen magically.” Continue reading →

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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 →