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Get emotionally sucker-punched by Florist’s new track, “What I Wanted To Hold,” see them at Boot and Saddle

Florist | photo via florist.bandcamp.com

You know those songs that just kind of sucker punch you with all of the feels? Indie folk / soft synth outfit Florist’s song “What I Wanted to Hold” is one of them. The NY band just shared the heartbreaking single in anticipation of their upcoming sophomore album If Blue Could Be Happiness, which is out on September 29th.

Opening with floaty acoustic strums and the sounds of a life in rewind, the song immediately conjures an intense nostalgia that rivals the likes of Bon Iver’s “Re: Stacks” or “Towers.” Its gentle, sweet chords grab your heart — piercing it with an ache that was nonexistent just moments ago.

And this is all before frontwoman Emily Sprague even opens her mouth. Continue reading →

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Stream the 2017 XPoNential Music Festival playlist on Spotify

Clockwise from top left; Jeff Tweedy of Wilco | Photo By Noah Silvestry, Pinegrove | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman, Angel Olsen | Photo by Kate McCann

The 2017 XPoNential Music Festival is fast approaching, coming to the Camden Waterfront on July 28-30. To get you as ready and pumped for the festival as we are, we’ve created a Spotify Playlist of all the incredible artists performing at this year’s XPN Fest, with a spotlight on a few players to get you started. Don’t have your tickets yet? 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes are on sale now and XPN Members save up to 50%! Continue reading →

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Required Reading: Half Waif’s Nandi Rose Plunkett on being “the girl in the band”

Nandi Plunkett | photo by Tonje Thilesen via https://www.facebook.com/HalfWaif/

If you haven’t noticed by now, we at The Key are big fans of Pinegrove and Half Waif, two New Jersey bands that share a common denominator in Nandi Rose Plunkett. Both groups find Plunkett as the sole woman, one in a keyboards-backing vocals situation and the other as the founding, writing, and recording frontwoman. In other words, she is a musical force to be reckoned with.

Why, then, in 2017 – especially in an industry that theoretically draws the creatives, the open minds, the dreamers – do we find Plunkett responding to slews of misogynist aggressions against her being simply because that being is female? After originally posting last month on Twitter in response to comments on her part in Pinegrove, Nandi Plunkett has penned an extraordinarily eloquent, insightful, and sharp long-form piece published by Esquire on what it means to be “the girl in the band,” what it feels like to be a woman constantly silenced and disregarded and dismissed as a girl, as a girlfriend, as a pretty face but nothing more. Continue reading →

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Pinegrove returns to Philly at First Unitarian Church in April

Pinegrove | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Pinegrove | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

 

Heck yes, Pinegrove has just announced some new spring tour dates, which includes a glorious, much-needed stop at First Unitarian Church on Friday April 28th with support from Austin duo Hovvdy. As if this news wasn’t beautifully wonderful all on its own, Pinegrove is also donating a portion of ticketing fees to ACLU. My goodness, those little gems. Pre-sale tickets are available now with more details available on the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch Pinegrove’s recent set for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert below. Continue reading →

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Pinegrove releases benefit live album Everywhere for Southern Poverty Law Center

Pinegrove | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Pinegrove | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Just across the river, Montclair beauties Pinegrove have been continuing to use their music as a means to help others who need it. The band’s recent release Everywhere finds eight tracks recorded live during their tour with Kevin Devine, Petal, and Julien Baker, with all proceeds going towards the Southern Poverty Law Center, a “non-profit organization that combats hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation”. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pinegrove at Union Transfer, Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells at The Barbary, The Roddenberries at Ardmore Music Hall

Pinegrove
Pinegrove | photo by Andrew Piccone | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey outfit Pinegrove join Kevin Devine and Petal at Union Transfer tonight. Just off of a Tiny Desk Concert appearance, the almost-hometown show wraps up a month and a half of touring behind this year’s excellent Cardinal LP. Album cut “Then Again” was captured on the roof of PhilaMOCA in June by The Key’s Jeremy Zimmerman; watch that video below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Pinegrove puts their folk foot forward in new Tiny Desk Concert

Pinegrove | still from video
Pinegrove | still from video

There’s always been a strong country and folk influence in Pinegrove‘s music, but in their new Tiny Desk Concert, that influence is more apparent than ever before. From the short, sweet “Angelina” to the cathartic “Old Friends”, this is Pinegrove doing what they do best–bringing the feels. As is often the case with these sessions, the New Jersey sextet ditches the electric guitars and puts the emphasis back on the music’s core elements. Continue reading →

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The Key Presents: Pinegrove

Pinegrove| photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Pinegrove | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

“I’m a happy guy that makes sad music,” jokes Evan Stephens Hall with a smile. Spending time with someone as effervescent as Hall in person, you might never even realize the fact that the songs he writes for Pinegrove bring together packed rooms of yelling, sometimes tearful people. But over the past year, Pinegrove catapulted from their hometown of Montclair, NJ to the big time — signing to Run For Cover Records, selling out almost every date of a massive summer tour of the US and appearing at festivals like Lollapalooza. The reception speaks volumes to the relatability and maturity that Evan brings to the project. These aren’t just sad songs for sad people, or an attempt to jump on the “emo revival” bandwagon. These songs are holistically approached pieces of work, that touch on every emotion under the sun — good and bad. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Pinegrove and Petal will join Kevin Devine at Union Transfer in December

Pinegrove
Pinegrove | photo by Andrew Piccone | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey indie studs Pinegrove and Scranton favs Petal will join Kevin Devine on a November/December tour that ends at Union Transfer on Sunday, December 11. Sheesh. Now that’s an awesome show.

Devine announced the tour Monday in support of his his ninth studio album, Instigator, of which the release date has not yet been revealed. He also put out two live albums in the past year. Matter Of Time was recorded a few years back with The Goddam Band in studio, while Live at St. Pancras Old Church came from the recordings of a few solo performances across the pond. Both are very well done and span Devine’s lengthy discography. Continue reading →