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Weekend Picks (NYE Edition): Phonographic Arts bash at The Level Room, Philebrity’s Snowflake Ball at Johnny Brenda’s

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Bleeding Rainbow performs at The Level Room on Dec. 31st

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30th
Gandalf Murphy And The Slambovian Circus of Dreams at World Cafe Live (7:30 p.m., $30–$40); Mock Suns + Music Box Dynamo, Phantasm, Man The Fire at Milkboy Philly (9:30 p.m., 21+, $8–$10); Orbit to Leslie + The Circadian Rhythms, Your Children Is Beautiful (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10); Thursday + mewithoutYou, Screaming Females, Make Do And Mend at Theatre Of Living Arts (6 p.m., SOLD OUT)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31st

Phonographic Arts presents Bleeding Rainbow with Eternal Summers + Creepoid, Arc In Round, Pink Skull, Slutever, Fire In The Hearts And Mind, and Exploding World at 8 p.m. at The Level Room; tickets to the 21+ show are 8 p.m.

Also Playing: Johnny Brenda’s and Philebrity present The Second Annual New Year’s Eve Snowflake Ball featuring DJ sets by Nick Krill (The Spinto Band) + Chris Powell (Man Man), Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), John Barthmus (Sun Airway), Schoolly D at Johnny Brenda’s (8 p.m., 21+, $5); Nico’s Gun + Lady, Greg D, Black Stars at The Fire (9 p.m., 21+, $10); Prowler + Busses, Hott Tubb at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $5)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 1st
Beth Hart + Christine Santelli, Gina Sicilla, Aster Phoenix at The Blockley ($45)

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Photo Recap: The Key Studio Sessions Live with Attia Taylor, Pink Skull and Summer Fiction

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Tonight: XPN Welcomes Summer Fiction, Pink Skull, and Attia Taylor to The Key Studio Sessions Live at Johnny Brenda’s

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We’ve spent the better portion of the the week hyping up tonight’s Key Studio Sessions Live concert at Johnny Brenda’s, running interviews with performing acts Summer Fiction and Attia Taylor as well as a Pink Skull mixtape the band made just for us. Well, the show is finally here, and we couldn’t be more excited. A handful of free tickets are still available, but only if you RSVP here. In the meantime, you can listen to a track from each band below (including Key Studio Session tracks from Attia Taylor and Summer Fiction). See you tonight at the show!

Singer-songwriter Bill Ricchini‘s latest musical project, Summer Fiction, finds the former solo artist collaborating with a handful of other musicians, tying together his self-professed love of late-’60s pop and old movie scores. While recording Summer Fiction’s Key Studio Session, XPN2′s John Vettese described the band’s 2010 self-titled debut as a mix of “stylish arrangements and eclectic sounds, wistful love songs and breezy waltzes”—and it made a strong enough impression to land a spot in his Top 10 Philly Albums Of 2010 list. Below, you can listen to “By The Sea” from Key Studio Session Summer Fiction recorded earlier this year; the full session can be found here.

Pink Skull recently released its third full-length album, Psychic Welfare, via RVNG Intl. The DJ-and-producer duo (composed of Julian Grefe and Justin Geller) mixes elements of ’70s disco, ’80s new wave, and ’00s dance pop. You can listen to the album’s lead track, “Hot Bubblegum” (described as a “a Television-inspired piece of pop perfectly pushes this dichotomy of psychotic playfulness’) below.

Girls Rock Philly alum Attia Taylor has just released her third EP, Wild Forest, which is currently available on a pay-what-you-can basis over at Bandcamp. The EP follows up on last year’s Short Stories And Small Glories EP, which features seven tracks of experimental electronic pop. Below, you can listen to “Did I Look Like Myself” from the Key Studio Session she recorded earlier this year; the full session can be found here.

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Weekend Picks: The War On Drugs at Union Transfer, BITBY Episode Five Premiere with Break It Up at Little Bar

The War On Drugs performs Dec. 17th at Union Transfer

FRIDAY DECEMBER 16th XPN Welcomes The Key Studio Session Live featuring Summer Fiction, Pink Skull, and Attia Taylor at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, FREE with RSVP); Atlas Sound + Balkans, Carnivores at First Unitarian Church (8:30 p.m., all ages, $15); Atomic Square + Ages, Panic Years, Strangled By The Stereo Wire at Highland Gallery (9 p.m., 21+, $5–$10); Cuddle Magic + The Milkman’s Union, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper at First Unitarian Church (all ages, $8); The Wonder Years + Man Overboard, Fireworks, Wheatus, Into It Over It, Moving Mountains at Union Transfer (6 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Wu-Tang Clan + Ground Up, DJ CruCut at The Trocadero (10 p.m., 18+, $45)

SATURDAY DECEMBER 17th
Though The War on Drugs released its debut album three years ago, 2011 has been a breakthrough year for the locally-based band. With the release of its second LP, Slave Ambient, the three-piece gained praise from everyone from Pitchfork to Spin and solidified themselves as Philly’s latest pride and joy. This is partly due to the neo-classic rock group’s nonstop touring this year; after wrapping up a tour with Destroyer last spring, and later a fall tour that lasted through October, the group announced yet another tour to close out the year, which appropriately wraps up in its hometown. Between the band’s choice of finale location and its stop at XPN earlier this year for a Studio Session (which we’ll be re-posting later this morning), it’s safe to stay the group is staying loyal to the place where it all began. The War On Drugs performs with Sun Airway and Ape School at 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $14. —Marielle Mondo

Also Playing: Andrew Lipke And The Prospects With The Azreal Quartet + The Codes, The Heat Run, Claire Wadsworth at North Star Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $10); Bands In The Backyard Episode Five Premiere featuring Break It Up + Psychic Teens, PC Worship, Spirit Animals, Streetwalkers at Little Bar (8 p.m., 21+, $7); American Babies at World Cafe Live (9 p.m., $13)

SUNDAY DECEMBER 18th
Free Range Folk + The Jersey Corn Pickers at Tritone (7:30 p.m., 21+); Shannon Pelcher And The Iron Threads (record-release show) at Tin Angel (7 p.m., 21+, $10)

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Listen to the “Expeighyenmigks” mixtape by Pink Skull (performing at The Key Studio Sessions Live 12/16 at Johnny Brenda’s)

Photo by Shane McCauley

Earlier this week, we interviewed Summer Fiction and Attia Taylor, two of the three acts performing at this Friday night’s Key Studio Sessions Live concert at Johnny Brenda’s. For Pink Skull—the DJ-and-producer duo of Julian Grefe and Justin Geller—however, we decided to do something a little different. Grefe and Geller spend a good amount of time in Pink Skull mixing elements of ’70s disco, ’80s new wave, and ’00s dance pop, so we asked them to put together a mixtape for us. They agreed, and gave us “Expeighyenmigks,” which includes some of the above and a whole lot more.

You can listen to the mix via the XPN Media Player here; you can get the full track listing below. You can also listen to the single “Hot Bubblegum” off Pink Skull’s third full-length album, Psychic Welfare, (released earlier this year on RVNG Intl).

Pink Skull performs with Summer Fiction and Attia Taylor at 9 p.m., Friday, December 16th, at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are FREE with RSVP.

Track list:
Yusef Lateef – Technological Homosapien
Todd Rundgren – International Feel
Sun Ra – Solar Symbols
Can – Sunshine Night and Day
Tangerine Dream – Sequent C
Boards of Canada – Triangles and Rhombuses
Suicide – Cheree (Remix)
Beta Band – Space
This Heat – Cenotaph
Bennie Maupin – Past Present and Future
David Axelrod – Mucho Chupar
John Cale and Terry Riley – Church of Anthrax

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Download “Quiet In The Noise Room” by Attia Taylor


Attia Taylor, along with Summer Fiction and Pink Skull, are performing at The Key Studio Sessions Live concert at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, December 16th. This is our second Key Studio Sessions Live concert and we hope you can join us for this free show with three Philly bands. Registration is required and you can sign up for the show here. Attia recently released a new EP called Wild Forest that you can download for free here. Attia also recorded a Key Studio Session for us last February that you can listen to here.Below, download “Quiet In The Noise Room” from that session.

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The Key Studio Sessions LIVE w/Summer Fiction, Pink Skull, Attia Taylor at Johnny Brenda’s Dec. 16

Pink Skull

WXPN and The Key are happy to announce the second in our Key Studio Sessions LIVE concert series, which will feature Philadelphia’s own Summer Fiction, Pink Skull, and Attia Taylor. The concert will be held at Johnny Brenda’s at 9 p.m. on Friday, December 16th; tickets to the 21+ show are free, but you must RSVP in advance, which you can do here.

Singer-songwriter Bill Ricchini‘s latest musical project, Summer Fiction, finds the former solo artist collaborating with a handful of other musicians, tying together his self-professed love of late-’60s pop and old movie scores. While recording Summer Fiction’s Key Studio Session, XPN2′s John Vettese described the band’s 2010 self-titled debut as a mix of “stylish arrangements and eclectic sounds, wistful love songs and breezy waltzes”—and it made a strong enough impression to land a spot in his Top 10 Philly Albums Of 2010 list. Below, you can listen to “By The Sea” from Key Studio Session Summer Fiction recorded earlier this year; the full session can be found here.

Pink Skull recently released its third full-length album, Psychic Welfare, via RVNG Intl. The DJ-and-producer duo (composed of Julian Grefe and Justin Geller) mixes elements of ’70s disco, ’80s new wave, and ’00s dance pop. You can listen to the album’s lead track, “Hot Bubblegum” (described as a “a Television-inspired piece of pop perfectly pushes this dichotomy of psychotic playfulness’) below.

Girls Rock Philly alum Attia Taylor has just released her third EP, Wild Forest, which is currently available on a pay-what-you-can basis over at Bandcamp. The EP follows up on last year’s Short Stories And Small Glories EP, which features seven tracks of experimental electronic pop. Below, you can listen to “Did I Look Like Myself” from the Key Studio Session she recorded earlier this year; the full session can be found here.

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