February’s edition of Communion Club Night set to include Cruiser, Brave Baby, Oh No Fiasco and more

Communion US Feb 2014 06 PA-3Communion Club Night at Underground Arts continues next month and will feature Cruiser, Brave Baby, Oh No Fiasco, JOHNNYSWIM, Damn Right!, Commonwealth Choir, Modern Inventors, and Caveman. Check out Cruiser’s Key Studio Session and get tickets to the February 6th show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Man Man at Underground Arts, Cold Fronts at Hard Rock Cafe, Everyone Orchestra at the Blockley and more

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Experimental rock outfit Man Man will take the stage at Underground Arts tonight. The band released its most recent album On Oni Pond back in September, mixing quirky yet intelligent lyricism with huge hooks and a wide range of instrumentation. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show here. Watch the video for “Born Tight” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Matthew Sweet with Modern Inventors at World Cafe Live

matthewsweetNineties power popper Matthew Sweet headlines World Cafe Live tonight. The singer-songwriter-guitarist is on a short run of east coast dates between his stint on the LP Tour celebrating 1992′s Girlfriend, and his latest installment of the Under the Covers project with Susanna Hoffs, due in November. Sweet’s most recent album was 2011′s Modern Art. Opening the show is Philly rock and soul group Modern Inventors; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch videos from Sweet and the Inventors below.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 7 (feat. Waxahatchee, Pissed Jeans, Ruby the Hatchet + more)

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The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud!  Check out this year’s in-studio appearances with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 7, including the down-tempo folk stylings of Waxahatchee, the thrashing punk of Pissed Jeans and the all-out rock jams of Ruby the Hatchet.  Thanks to production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Rachel Del Sordo and Kate McCann, and videographers The Angry Mountain, HotBox Studios and Out of Town Films for sharing their work.

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Dante Bucci, Pocket, Modern Inventors

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
Dante Bucci kicked off WXPN’s lunchtime busker series on Wednesday and The Key revisited the local musician’s 2008 effort Reminiscence in advance of his set at The Porch at 30th Street Station.  Bucci will perform at the Tin Angel on May 1st; tickets and information can be found here.  Stream the EP below or download it at Bandcamp.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Patty Griffin, Maitland and Reef The Lost Cauze) )

MIsModern Inventors performed five mostly-unreleased songs for a Key Studio Session, filmed by Out of Town Films [link]

PhilaMOCA programmer Eric Bresler previews Cinedelphia‘s Tuesday Tune-Out series for April [link]

Meet Dante Bucci, the local musician who kicked-off WXPN’s Philly Local Busker Series at The Porch at 30th Street Station this week [link]

Watch local folk duo Maitland perform “Embers” in advance of their Friday, April 5th show at The Trocadero balcony [link]

Mayer Hawthorne‘s new song “Designer Drug” was Tuesday’s My Morning Download [link]

JUMP Magazine shared their recap and photos of Plow United‘s Saturday night show at The Barbary [link]

Stream and download Burn the Wish from local duo Great Red Spots, recorded at West Philly DIY space Sprinkle Kingdom [link]

Reed The Lost Cauze is back with a debut podcast/free download called REEF RADIO, [link]

Unlocked digs into RestorationsLP2 ahead of their record release show this Friday [link]

Take a listen to Wrong World‘s “See These Streets” and see them open for Bleeding Rainbow and The Cave Singers on Thursday [link]

Patty Griffin was spotlighted on XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with “Ohio,” featuring Robert Plant [link]

NPR Music’s First Listen is streaming Kurt Vile‘s Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze before the album’s official release next week [link]

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The Key Studio Sessions: Modern Inventors

ModInvsModern Inventors impressed a broad cross-section of the Philly music scene last year. They naturally had the pedigree to win over the singer-songwriter crowd – singer-guitarist Matt Kass’ old band The Brakes was a known name, after all. But their soulful harmonies drew in listeners from the pop realm, and their skill as players and songwriters attracted indie rock ears. Not too long after a sold-out show at Johnny Brenda’s celebrating the release of Trains and Aeroplanes in December, the band found itself in our studio performing a set of mostly unreleased new songs. The excellent, rambling rhythms of “Goodbye, Northbrook Drive” were the only familiar sounds we heard – they instead took the opportunity to lay down some new cuts that show their sound reaching even broader. “Old Habits,” filmed by the folks at Out of Town Films, is a mellow smash of 70s proportions. “This Sign” is a snappy, country-fied Wilco-style number, while “The Deep End” has a sytlish and expressive Jeff Buckley thing going on. And set-closer “Selfish Generation” would play well on present day pop radio. Download and listen to it all below, and keep an ear out for more from the Inventors this spring.

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Get a sneak peek at Modern Inventors’ Key Session in this Out of Town Films video of “Old Habits”

MIsWe’re very excited for this week’s Key Studio Session with Modern Inventors, the Philly pop-rock five-piece whose debut LP Trains and Aeroplanes wowed an impressive cross-section of Philly music fans last winter. It’s not just the songs they played – even though a generous helping of promising new material shows their band’s range stretching even further – but also the visuals. This session was conducted in collaboration with our friends at Out of Town Films, who decked the studio out in Christmas lights and captured the warmth of the Inventors’ new tune “Old Habits.” Check out the video below, listen to the session in its entirety on WXPN tonight (88.5 FM in Philly, anywhere else) and check back here tomorrow morning to download it.



Modern Inventors’ smooth rock warms up the Free at Noon crowd (photos, audio, setlist)

Philly soul-rock four-piece Modern Inventors played a short set to warm up the Free at Noon crowd today before headliner Ellie Goulding took the stage. Their album Trains and Aeroplanes was released in December. Check out photos of the performance in the gallery above, read the setlist below, and listen to their set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →

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