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Listen to Modern Inventors cover The Beatles for XPN’s Like A Version

Modern Inventors | Photo by Eric Schuman
Modern Inventors | Photo by Eric Schuman

Before taking the TLA stage last week, Josh Benus and Matt Kass of Philly’s own Modern Inventors stopped by the XPN studio for our weekly Like A Version segment. The guys’ chat with host Eric Schuman inevitably led into a conversation about The Beatles, and Josh and Matt launched into a rousing take on “All You Need Is Love.” Listen especially for Matt’s cowboy-eqsue guitar twang on the final chord.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Temples at Morgan’s Pier, Kwesi K at Haddon Lake Park, Modern Inventors at the TLA

Temples | photo via www.facebook.com/templesofficial
Temples | photo via www.facebook.com/templesofficial

UK psych pop band Temples will be playing at Morgan’s Pier tonight (and it’s free). The band released its debut album Sun Structures in February. In an interview with the Key’s Nikki Volpicelli, the band tried to explain the spiritual aspect of the band by stating that “Just having a piece of art that’s completely saturated in symbolism and maybe not a direct message there but just the point of… ‘look at this, this is symbolic, isn’t that amazing?’ Not for any particular reason sometimes.” Listen to “Mesmerize” from Sun Structures below. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John Legend at the Mann Center, The Box Tiger at The Fire, Song Dogs at Boot and Saddle

John Legend | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
John Legend | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Philly R&B legend John Legend plays the Mann Center tonight. The nine time Grammy winner played a wonderful show at Verizon Hall earlier this year, in support of Love in the Future. Listen to  the smash hit “All of Me” from Love in the Future below. In May, Legend also gave the stirring, wise commencement address for this year’s University of Pennsylvania’s graduation. Get more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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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.