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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: 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 →

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Watch Mo Lowda and The Humble’s trippy music video for “The Way Home”

Mo Lowda & The Humble

The definition of a “dead language” is a linguistic system that has ceased to change; spoken language relies on a shifting structure in which meaning and semantics change based on the contemporary usages of words and phrases. It can be said that music itself is a type of language that communicates emotions and feelings, and if there was a band to prove that Alternative Rock is anything but a dead language, it would be Mo Lowda and The Humble. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dr. Dog at the Mann, Mo Lowda and the Humble at Bourbon and Branch, and Jad Fair and Danielson at Boot and Saddle

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine

Long-time Philadelphia indie-rock favorites Dr. Dog are set to take the stage at the Mann tonight. With over eight albums and a handful of EPs under their belts, the six-piece has a plethora of material to chose from to curate a rockin’ set-list. Their most recent album, B-Room, has a psychedelic flair with tracks like “The Truth” and “Love.” For tickets and more information head over to the XPN Concert Calender. Below, check out the music video for “Shadow People.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Southwork at Johnny Brenda’s, The Sixties at North Star Bar, Mo Lowda and the Humble at MilkBoy and more…

Southwork
Southwork | photo via www.imposemagazine.com

Local indie rockers Southwork will play Johnny Brenda’s tonight, celebrating the release of its latest record Wear Your Heart Out.  The record was recorded in a South Philly row home on a reel-to-reel tape machine owned by frontman Mike Vivas’ cousins.  The recordings are raw and heartfelt, just fuzzy enough to sound like a warp-y dream.  Take a listen to “Tell You a Story” below and pick up tickets for the show with Tutlie and Purples here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Avett Brothers at Musikfest, Anjuli Josephine at The Fire, The Rosebuds at Boot and Saddle

Photo provided courtesy of the artist
Photo provided courtesy of the artist

Folk favorites The Avett Brothers are the headlining performers at Musikfest tonight. Last year, the band released Magpie and the Dandelion and played a phenomenal set at the Mann. Recently, Joe Kwon, the band’s cellist, explored the fusion of Korean and Southern food with Garden and Gun. In an interview with Atlanta Constitution, banjo player, and singer, Scott Avett talked about the various creative avenues he’s pursued from acting to painting, saying “Whether it’s poetry or books or something else, one thing informs the next thing.” Listen to “The Ballad of Love and Hate” from Emotionalism below. Get more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Get a sneak preview of this month’s Philly Tapes Philly mash-up with Roof Doctor and Mo Lowda & The Humble

Philly Tapes Philly vol. 3 | photo by Melissa Roderman
Philly Tapes Philly vol. 3 | photo by Melissa Roderman

Philly Tapes Philly‘s third release show is just around the corner, and they’ve shared some behind-the-scenes footage of last weekend’s recording session with Roof Doctor and Mo Lowda & The Humble.  The local bands recorded and collaborated on two songs, a new one from Roof Doctor called “Two Brothers” and a re-worked version of “Throw Me a Bone” by The Humble.  The songs will be released on limited edition cassettes, given away for free to the first 50 people through the door at next week’s show at Ortlieb’s (also free).  More information can be found on the event page here.  Check out the preview video below, filmed by Bob Sweeney and featuring “Two Brothers,” followed by photos of the session taken by Melissa Roderman.

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Mo Lowda & The Humble, Roof Doctor tapped for this month’s Philly Tapes Philly collaboration

 

Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com
Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com

Local collaboration-curators Philly Tapes Philly have announced the next pairing for their experiment in straight-to-tape recording, this month featuring Mo Lowda & The Humble and Roof Doctor.

The project began in March when members of Commonwealth Choir and Big Tusk recognized an opportunity to cross local genre and scene divides by inviting bands into their home studio, The Gun Shop, for one-off recording sessions.  The resulting tracks, one from each band, are recorded through an entirely analog process onto 50 limited edition cassette tapes that are given away for free at the subsequent release show at Ortlieb’s, which is also free.

This month will see the Bucks County-bred alternative rock of Mo Lowda & The Humble split with the surf / punk-leaning rock of Roof Doctor, two bands that already eschew tight genre definitions in favor of intricate arrangements and jazzy instrumentation.

Nick Cislak of PTP / Commonwealth Choir was excited to get two bands together that move in different circles but share a passion for supporting and expanding the local music community.

“I already knew Mo Lowda, but hadn’t heard Roof Doctor. When Roof Doctor reached out I checked out [their new album Mobile Freedom Home] and loved it. Getting this many great musicians who were this passionate about the project in the same room together was too good of an opportunity to pass up.”

Listen to “Where the Whitetails Go” off of Mo Lowda & The Humble’s recent debut LP Curse the Weather below, followed by “Bulldog” off of Roof Doctor’s new Mobile Freedom Home full-length.  The free release show will take place at Ortlieb’s on May 29th; more information can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Check out the show flyer after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thievery Corporation at the Tower Theater, Shlohmo at Johnny Brenda’s, Art Star Craft Bazaar and more

Thievery Corporation | Photo via facebook.com/thieverycorporation
Thievery Corporation | iPhoto via facebook.com/thieverycorporation

DC-born downbeat electronic duo Thievery Corporation is closing in on two decades of activity, and the scope of their influence is massive. Without the collaboration of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, there would be no Air, no Four Tet and no Pretty Lights. Their ninth album, Saudade, was released in the fall, and the band headlines the Tower Theater tonight with guests Polica and Break Science. Get tickets and more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “Depth of My Soul” from their recent album, Saudade.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Matt Nathanson at Musicians On Call Benefit at World Cafe Live, Teen Men at Boot and Saddle, Mo Lowda and The Humble at the TLA and more

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

With 20 years in the industry under his belt, singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson released his eighth album Last of the Great Pretenders last summer via Vanguard Records. After scoring a platinum hit with 2007’s succulent pop ballad “Come On Get Higher” (and playing the XPoNential Music Festival in 2008), Nathanson’s fanbase expanded greatly. Tonight, the Massachusetts native takes to the World Cafe Live stage for a show benefiting WXPN’s Musicians On Call initiative that brings musicians to the bedsides of hospital patients. Watch “Kinks Shirt” below and get tickets here.

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