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Download Silver Linings Charity Compilation by Punk Talks

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Silver Linings | artwork by Leah Kroger

“You don’t have to be sad to make great music.” This is the slogan for Punk Talks, an organization whose mission is to provide free mental health services to musicians and industry workers. This week, Punk Talks released Silver Linings, a 60-track charity compilation to raise funds for its mission. The compilation features music from some of the best young punk bands today, including Philadelphia’s Steady Hands, Hurry, Mumblr, Broken Beak, (and my band, Plainview). You can purchase a custom t-shirt here to support this cause. Listen to the Silver Linings Charity Compilation below! Continue reading →

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Philly’s Mumblr gets expansive on the new Super! Premium! Deluxe! EP

Mumblr | Photo by Michelle Rose | via mumblr.bandcamp.com
Mumblr | Photo by Michelle Rose | via mumblr.bandcamp.com

Philly punk four-piece Mumblr charges ahead in a few different directions with their latest collection, the Super! Premium! Deluxe! EP, out today. While the band previously sported a raw and hooky post-emo sound, the new collection dabbles in different styles, from early 90s grunge melancholia (“Super!”) to vicious noise pop (“Deluxe!”) and a curious spoken work piece to classic emo interlocking guitar lines (“Premium!”). The EP is bursting with urgency (“We recorded this live in one day thank you thank you” sayeth the Bandcamp liner notes) and is available for a free download here. Give it a listen below, and catch Mumblr when they play Ortlieb’s on September 22nd; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Salad Days screening brings DC Punk to Philly on 5/21

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Government Issue | photo by Jim Saah | http://jimsaah.com/

We celebrate the DIY spirit of Philadelphia’s music scene a lot here at The Key, and now Drexel’s Mad Dragon Music Group has organized an opportunity to learn where that spirit was born with a screening of the new documentary Salad Days on May 21st. The event takes place at the URBN Annex Black Box Theater, followed by a Q&A session with the film’s creators and a live set by locals Mumblr.

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Mitski, Mumblr, Shannen Moser and more will play Daisy Fest to benefit Attic Youth Center

Mitski | Photo by Hundred Waters | via twitter.com/mitski_

(UPDATE: After a couple days of heated conversation on Facebook, Daisy Fest was apparently cancelled Wednesday night. It’s complicated, but in a nutshell, one of the artists on the LGBTQ benefit was called out when a band member made comments on social media that marginalized LGBTQ people. Concerns were raised, but not addressed, so acts began dropping off the bill – including the one whose presence had some upset. Wednesday night, the festival’s event page was abruptly deleted, evidently signaling its cancellation. We’ll keep our eyes out for further updates, but in the mean time, donations can be made to the Attic Youth Center here. -ed.)

Supporting the surrounding community on more than a musical level is a huge (and welcoming) aspect of the Philly scene. The first ever Daisy Fest, just announced today, will host some of the region’s favorite musicians to benefit the Attic Youth Center, a resource center for Philadelphia’s LGBTQ Youth Awareness Center. Continue reading →

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Mumblr’s new video for “Got It” gives a goofy glimpse into their everyday lives

Snapshot from Mumblr's "Got It" music video
Snapshot from Mumblr’s “Got It” music video

Philadelphia punk four-piece Mumblr recently put out a new music video for their song “Got It.” Opening with black-and-white portrait shots of each band member, the video gives us candid and comical glimpses into the puddled, gloomy cityscape of Philly, with snapshots of guitarist Ian Amidon pantsless and bassist Sean Reilly completely eating it on his bike. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mumblr at Kung Fu Necktie, Bad Suns at Union Transfer, Albert Lee at Sellersville Theater

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Mumblr | photo by Peter Murray Photography | petermurrayphotography.com
Kensington’s Mumblr plays Kung Fu Necktie tonight with fellow locals Brown Rainbow and Fake Boyfriend. The four piece released Full of Snakes last fall, following up 2014’s Bang Bang EP and 2013’s White Jesus/Black God full-length with their most in-sync record to date. Later this week they’ll release a split with their friends in Clique, Loose Tooth and Ghost Gum (keep an eye on Bandcamp for its release). Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here; watch Mumblr perform “Masturbation” for a Space Jam Session below.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Mumblr

There’s a distinct feeling of raw energy on Full of Snakes, the debut LP from Philly fuzz-punk four-piece Mumblr. That’s the sound of a band that doesn’t overthink things when it’s recording, that doesn’t get lost in assembling its songs from pieces of pristine takes; it’s the sound of a band that kicks ass live first, makes great records second. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head