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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bigness at Bourbon & Branch, Telepathic at Ortlieb’s, Black Horse Motel at Boot & Saddle and more…

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The Bigness | photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop Photography | http://www.bklphoto.com/

Local four-piece The Bigness are ready to bring their songs to Bourbon & Branch tonight. Led by Kristen Bigness, the indie rock outfit released its latest LP Time Traveler in the fall, a collection of songs steeped in the lineage of acts like Fleetwood Mac and The Breeders. Watch a video for “Run! Run! (Escape Anthem)” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Residuels at Kung Fu Necktie, Agent Moosehead at Ortlieb’s

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Residuels | photo by Liz Bretz | courtesy of the artist

For nearly five years Residuels have been satisfying a craving for brash garage rock. During that time the local outfit released a pair of EPs and couple of singles, but it took until 2017 for the band to complete their debut full-length. Tonight’s show at Kung Fu Necktie will preview many of the songs we’ll eventually hear on that release, including the surprising western-influenced “I Got Mine.” Check that out below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mac Miller at The Fillmore, Rosali at Ortlieb’s, Afroman at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Mac Miller | photo via facebook
Mac Miller | photo via facebook

Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller is making his way through Philadelphia tonight in support of his September 2016 release The Divine Feminine. Come support the Pennsylvania native on the tour for his fourth studio album. Tickets and information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calendar. Check out the video for his Anderson .Paak collab “Dang” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mannequin Pussy at Everybody Hits, Soraia at The TLA, Steady Hands at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Mannequin Pussy | photo by Sam Rudich | courtesy of the band

Digging last week’s Key Studio Session with Mannequin Pussy? Catch the local outfit at Everybody Hits tonight to welcome them home from a long tour and celebrate the release of their stellar new LP Romantic. More information for the all-ages show with Spirit of the Beehive and Beth Israel can be found here. Stream the Key Session here and listen to “Emotional High” below. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council.

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New Year’s Eve is a month away. What concert are you going to?

Kurt Vile at #XPNFest | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

We’re drawing to the close of 2016, and as always, we here at The Key recommend you give 2016 the boot with live music. Spending that special moment that brings us into our annual chance for a new start at a concert with hundreds or even thousands of people who are all on the same page as you — for those few hours, the feeling is exhilarating and even a little magical. Compare this to the cycle of looking at your phone, standing in circles trying to connect with people that you know primarily through Facebook and most times drinking way too much in your quest to achieve that perfect New Year’s Eve moment that movies like When Harry Met Sally have elevated just out of reality’s reach.

Given, I’ve been going the latter route for the majority of my adult life and some of my fondest memories are searching for lost phones or helping my friend figure out the name of the cute guy with the green hat the morning after. BUT I knew that after happening upon a house show on New Year’s Eve a few years back, no party could ever fill me with the same ecstasy as the music and all the people in that basement did in 2013. So, if you’re looking to try something new, check out your Philly-area options for musical New Year’s celebrations. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: MH The Verb at Silk City, Diana at Boot and Saddle and A.M. Mills at Ortlieb’s

MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist
MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia jazz-inspired hip-hop artist MH The Verb plays tonight at Silk City. The rapper recently released a video for his song “Last Dance” commemorating the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut in collaboration with his production collective ArtHouse95. Check out the video for “Last Dance” below and click here for more information and tickets. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lydia Loveless at Milkboy, Jagwar Ma at The Foundry, Hound at Ortlieb’s and more…

Lydia Loveless | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Lydia Loveless | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Recent Free at Noon performer Lydia Loveless is back for show at Milkboy tonight. The Ohio alt-country/rock artist released her fifth studio record Real earlier this year, a collection of songs that further cements her place as a powerhouse songwriter and performer. Watch a video for “Longer” below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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Saccharine Melodies and Punk Snarl: Honeyblood takes on Ortlieb’s

Honeyblood | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Honeyblood | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Glaswegian indie-rock duo Honeyblood got a little attention from NPR’s nationally syndicated Sound Opinions a few weeks back, when co-host Jim Derogatis turned a spotlight on them as a newly recommended “buried treasure” band. The episode featured a clip of their new song “Walking At Midnight,” pulled from their upcoming sophomore LP Babes Never Die, out next week.

The fans who made it out to see them slay a stage at Ortlieb’s on Tuesday night though were treated not only to an opportunity to snag an advanced copy of the record, but to a killer live set of almost every new track, interspersed with fan favorites from their self-titled debut. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mal Devisa at Boot & Saddle, The Baird Sisters at Johnny Brenda’s, Ruby the Hatchet at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Mal Devisa | photo via Facebook

Massachusetts multi-instrumentalist Mal Devisa performs at Boot & Saddle tonight. Touring in support of this year’s Kiid LP, Devisa will share her strikingly poetic and intimate songs alongside headliner Vita and the Woolf and Square Peg Round Hole. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch Devisa do her thing with “Everybody Knows” below.

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Take a messy bike ride through the woods with Pine Barons in their new video for “Alliterate Breed”

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Pine Barons | photo by Caitlin McCann

Keeping with an apparent trend in music videos, New Jersey’s Pine Barons just released a video consisting mostly of lead vocalist Keith Abrams riding a bike through the woods. Nevertheless, the five man band made the fad their own with bizarre details, like Abrams being bombarded with random multicolored substances while riding the bike, brief flashes of what could be resin art or the contents of a petri dish (your call), and a concluding scene that lead to an almost cult like interaction with the remaining band members.
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