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Modern Baseball, Spraynard, Marietta, and more rock the Church for Strength in Weakness release show

Modern Baseball | Photo by Emily Ivy Scott
Modern Baseball | Photo by Emily Ivy Scott

Eric Osman said “one second” and ran to check if a box of candy left by concertgoers had anything left inside. Unfortunately, the founder of Lame-O Records was disappointed by the lack of chocolate, but stoked by just about everything else – including a huge crowd’s response to his label’s charity split. Continue reading →

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Watch Hurry record a song for a Lame-O Records charity split

Hurry | Photo by Ally Newbold | allynewbold.com
Hurry | Photo by Ally Newbold | allynewbold.com

It’s always great when a handful of Philly bands come together to collaborate. But it’s even greater when this collaboration is fueled for a good cause.

The upcoming Strength in Weakness EP, due out on Lame-O Records, is the product of original tracks from six Philly bands: Spraynard, The Weaks, Modern Baseball, Marietta, Beach Slang and Hurry. Album proceeds will be donated to both the Philadelphia chapter of United Cerebral Palsy as well as the national branch. Continue reading →

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Get to know Slaughter Beach, the solo project of Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald

Slaughter Beach | via slaughterbeach.bandcamp.com
Slaughter Beach | photo by Jessica Flynn | jflynnphotography.com | via slaughterbeach.bandcamp.com

There is more than enough of Jake Ewald hyper-metaphorical lyricism to go around with his new project, Slaughter Beach. The frontman of Modern Baseball released his debut three-track solo EP, Dawg, back in August. His main band can be heard in these songs, for which he plays drums and bass as well. Continue reading →

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Listen to the new Modern Baseball song featured on Lame-O Records charity split

Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

In less than nine hours, the records of the Lame-O Records charity split, Strength In Weakness, completely sold out. All of the proceeds from the split benefit United Cerebral Palsy. As part of the release, Philly’s Modern Baseball released their latest tongue twister of a song, “Alpha Kappa Fall Of Troy The Movie Part Deux.” Continue reading →

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The Key’s Top 15 Albums of 2014

top 15 albums of 2014
This is the music that moved us this year.

Here at The Key, we’ve gone through four year-end best-of seasons since launching in August of 2010 without weighing in on top albums. Why did we change that this year? Simply put: music in 2014 was outstanding. On the local front, on the national front, from pop to rock to experimental and hip-hop, there was a tremendous offering of front-to-back solid records. Annie Clark got mind-bendy on St. Vincent; Tim Showalter got emotional on HEAL; Sylvan Esso caught us by surprise on their self-titled debut; Cayetana blew up in a big way on their debut Nervous Like Me, voted the best record of the year by our staff of contributors. To narrow it down to the top 15 albums of 2014 is to exclude hundreds of other worthy inclusion, so you can read our contributors’ individual top fives here. Then again, there is power in consensus, and these are the albums we collectively agreed were the best. Continue reading →

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Download a Key Studio Session version of “The Weekend” by Modern Baseball

Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | http://www.allynewbold.com/
Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | http://www.allynewbold.com/

Each week The Key presents a new Key Studio Session with a local band recorded in the World Cafe studios at WXPN by John Vettese. Of the many sessions we offered this year, John has culled his 12 Favorite Key Studio Session performances of 2014. One of them was with Modern Baseball. Continue reading →

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All Grown Up: Modern Baseball comes of age at the TLA

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Well, they finally went and did the damn thing. Modern Baseball sold out. Sold out The TLA, that is. On Thursday night, the loveable West Philly punks headlined an absolutely stacked lineup of bands and defended pop punk, hard. The evening was marked with smiles, tears and even some special guests, and the homeboys clearly enjoyed working their largest hometown crowd to date.

The evening kicked off with several quick sets from four up-and-coming bands who share the scene with Modern Baseball, and know how to rock the stage almost as well. First up was Boston’s Somos, whipping through a quick set of tunes from their debut LP Temple of Plenty. While their set was solid, it also didn’t have much in the way of memorable moments, and was quickly overshadowed—for me, at least—by the bands who followed them up on the bill. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marian Hill at Boot and Saddle, Modern Baseball at The TLA, Winterpills at Burlap and Bean and more

Marian Hill | Photo courtesy of the artist
Marian Hill | Photo courtesy of the artist

Electronic pop duo Marian Hill headline Boot and Saddle tonight with a brand new single in tow. The simmering “Got It” is backed by the sexy “Lips,” which the band debuted this past summer during their set at the XPoNential Music Festival. Listen to the studio version of “Lips” below and get tickets and info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Kiley Lotz of Petal and Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball cover Death Cab’s “The New Year” for Space Jam Sessions

Photo via facebook.com/petalPA
Photo via facebook.com/petalPA

Recently, Kiley Lotz, the founding member from Scranton’s Petal and Jacob Ewald, co-frontman of Philly’s Modern Baseball, got together to record a fantastic Space Jam Session. Earlier this year, Modern Baseball did their own Space Jam Session and a great Key Studio Session. Last year, Petal signed onto Run For Cover Records and released its debut EP Scout. Recently, the band played at the Three Man Cannon Record Release at the Golden Tea House. 

For their session, the duo did an acoustic version of “The New Year” by Death Cab for Cutie. Continue reading →