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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Primal Scream and Psychic Teens at The TLA

Primal Scream
Primal Scream | Photo by Piper Ferguson

UK psych rock legends Primal Scream return to Philly tonight to headline The TLA. The band released its tenth album, More Light, in 2013 and is stateside this year for a run of club and festival dates, including Levitation Fest in Austin last week. Joining them on the show are the dark and atmospheric Philly power trip Psychic Teens, who are recording their third LP at South Jersey’s Gradwell House Studio. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Primal Scream return to The TLA on 5/19

Primal Scream
Primal Scream | Photo by Piper Ferguson

With decades of psych-rock twists and turns behind them, groundbreaking Glasgow natives Primal Scream kept things fresh on their 2013 LP More Light. Pitchfork called it their “most impassioned, holistic and ambitious album since XTRMNTR,” the record that marked a turning point in the band’s career as they began using their voice for more than just party-starting. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Bruce Warren’s favorite reissues of 2014

The Allman Brothers | Photo by Jim Marshall
The Allman Brothers | Photo by Jim Marshall

Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, XPN Program Director Bruce Warren shares his favorite reissues of the year.

Some of the best “new” music I heard this year was old music. Led Zeppelin, The Velvet Underground, Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Tears For Fears all got the reissue/remaster/bonus track treatment in 2014. Dylan released The Basement Tapes Complete, and Miles Davis completists must put their hands on every second of his 1970 Fillmore concerts. Personally I think 2014 was better in the reissue department than the new music department. Here’s a list of some of the best reissues of 2014. Continue reading →

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Primal Scream playing TLA on 5/9

Photo by Piper Ferguson
Photo by Piper Ferguson
In 1991 the Glasgow band Primal Scream released one of the all time groundbreaking dance-influenced rock records, Screamadelica. It was a breakthrough album for lead singer Bobby Gillespie and company, winning the first ever Mercury Prize in the UK. Combining house music and R&B with the band’s indie rock roots, Screamdelica remains to this day one of the best and most acclaimed albums from the 90s, and on songs like “Come Together,” “Movin’ On Up,” and their cover of Roky Erickson’s “Slip Inside This House,” Screamadelica turned rock and roll inside out. While Screamadelica remains their legacy, Primal Scream has since released an impressive body of work, and their 2013 release More Light is perhaps their best release since Screamdelica. Philly fans will get to see the band in action when they play the TLA on Friday, May 9th. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, watch a BBC documentary on Screamadelica, and listen to “It’s Alright, It’s OK,” from their recent album.