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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Civil Twilight at The Fillmore, Myrrias at Ortlieb’s, Grimace Federation at Johnny Brenda’s

Civil Twilight | Firefly 2016 | Photo by John Vettese
Civil Twilight | Firefly 2016 | Photo by John Vettese

We caught them at Firefly, and now Civil Twilight returns to the region to play the Foundry over at The Fillmore. Just this month they put out a live album, following up last year’s Story of an Immigrant. Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, the band last played Philly in November when they stopped by Union Transfer. Check out the title track of Story of an Immigrant and head to the XPN Concert calendar for more info on tonight’s show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Foxing at Union Transfer, Le Butcherettes at Underground Arts, Up The Chain at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

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

St. Louis emo five piece Foxing are back at Union Transfer tonight after tearing it apart back in December. The band is touring to support their 2015 album, Dealer. Opening the show will be Tancred, Lymbic Systym, and ADJY. More information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Watch Myrrias perform a stripped-down cover of Nico’s “60/40” on the Double Decker Music Series

 

Myrrias performing for the Double Decker Music Series
Myrrias performing for the Double Decker Music Series

Local psychadelic-rock group Myrrias recently found themselves in a strange place: playing a concert on top of a moving double-decker bus as it snaked its way through the streets of Philadelphia.

The reason for this was simple — the group performed in the 8th volume of the Double Decker Music Series, a mobile concert that combines live performances on top of a bus with a guided tour of Philadelphia.

Amazingly enough, Myrias, who were performing without drummer Casey Bell and bassist Emilly Robb, actually sounded quite good in their atmospheric cover of Nico’s “60/40.” As the wind shoots through their hair, Mikele Edwards and April Harkansan share a laugh, but manage to keep their composure and put on quite a compelling performance. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Myrrias

Psychedelic rock powerhouse Myrrias is a Philadelphia indie scene supergroup of sorts. Mikele Edwards of Arc in Round (and, going further back, Relay) fronts the band with hypnotic vocals and immersive keyboard lines. On guitar, April Harkanson of The Downtown Club explores atmospheric spaces and gripping leads; on bass, Emily Robb of Louie Louie (and Lantern) adds a rhythmic low end; both add entrancing vocal harmonies to the mix, driven forth by primal drumbeats from Casey Bell of Break it Up.

Their resumes are an undeniable part of the story; were it not for their respective places in the Philadelphia scene, these four musicians may have never connected. But that’s only part of the story, since the music they make together far transcends the whole “featuring members of” thing. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Myrrias at Ortlieb’s, Legs Like Tree Trunks at Kung Fu Necktie, Brianna Cash at Underground Arts and more

Myrrias | Photo via myrrias.bandcamp.com
Myrrias | Photo via myrrias.bandcamp.com

Philly art-rock four piece Myrrias just finished tracking a record with producer Jeff Zeigler and kicks off tour tonight at Ortlieb’s. It’s a significant run for the band – which draws inspiration from Neu!, Broadcast and Electrelane – since it will be its final batch of shows with founding drummer Casey Bell, who moved to Nevada earlier this year. Tickets and more info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; Zeigler and Mary Lattimore open with an ambient set. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Halfro at RiverRink, Myrrias at Johnny Brenda’s, Second Sky at Tellus360

Halfro | Photo via www.facebook.com/HalfroMusic
Halfro | Photo via www.facebook.com/HalfroMusic

Philly hip-hop group Halfro are putting on a free show at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest tonight with The Bul Bey, as part of The Key’s Waterfront Sessions. Halfro are coming off their latest album release Squalor, while The Bul Bey’s 2014 single “Where I’m From” was a lead-in to this year’s awesome LP Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies. He was also in for a Key Studio Session recently. The show, presented by us here at The Key, is free (did we mention that already?), and all ages, so you have no excuse not to be at the RiverRink tonight for this performance. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more info. Continue reading →

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The Morelings are bringing their ethereal sound to Bourbon & Branch

The Morelings | photo by Lizzy Schwartz | via https://www.facebook.com/themorelings
The Morelings | photo by Lizzy Schwartz | via https://www.facebook.com/themorelings

Local dreamgaze outfit The Morelings will play their first Philly show of the summer at the Bourbon & Branch this Sunday, July 12.

The band emerged into the city’s budding shoegaze/dreampop scene at just the right time last year, evoking a style that favors wispy, crawling melodies and gleaming guitar textures. Vocalist/bassist Kedra Caroline’s voice floats with finesse on the surface of The Morelings’ deep, layered tracks. Continue reading →

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Meet Fine Motor: A mysterious pop project from Philadelphia

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Fine Motor | Photo by Daniel Morse

There’s a bit of mystique to Fine Motor, a new Philadelphia duo playing its debut show Boot and Saddle tomorrow night. The only existing photo of the band is the blurred window reflection you see above; their only music released to date is a haunting cover of “In Heaven,” aka the radiator lady song from David Lynch’s Eraserhead, which you can watch a video of below. While it might be fun to chase this elusiveness further into a rabbit hole of “nobody has seen their faces by the light of day” / “they record on guitars strung with the hair of ex-lovers” tall-tale band mythology, in reality Fine Motor is made up of two everyday, well-adjusted musicians from the Philly scene.  Continue reading →