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The weather has finally started to come around, the trees are in full bloom, which can only mean one thing: it’s finally spring in Philadelphia. And what better way is there to celebrate than by attending an outdoor festival?
The second annual Love On The Streets Festival is set to take place on Saturday, May 14 at Paine’s Park. The festival is a celebration of Philly’s street life, and will feature a skateboarding competition, live art, a beer garden, and most importantly, a ton of live music. Continue reading →
Late last month local fuzz / punk outfit Mumblr quietly released a video component to a song from their 2015 Super! Premium! Deluxe! EP. Where most of their catalog has a Modest Mouse feel to it, “Super!” echoes the darkly hushed power of Smashing Pumpkins. The video is simple enough, but you’ll want to watch through at least twice: once for the video itself (which shows a silhouette moving in front of a color-shifting box) and a second time to read through the pretty meta string of sentences that repeat along the bottom of the screen.
“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 →
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 Calendar. Continue reading →
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.
(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 →
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 →