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Video: Strand Of Oaks’ and A Sunny Day In Glassgow’s Black Cab Sessions performances

The Black Cab SessionsEarlier this month, we posted the trailer for the Black Cab Sessions‘ tour through the USA, which included a stop in Philadelphia and recording sessions with several local acts. The Philly-centric part of the trailer specifically lists performances by Freeway, Spank Rock, Meg Baird, Kyp Malone, Plastic Little, and Reading Rainbow; back when they were here last November, we noted that they had recorded with Grandchildren as well. For now, however, babelgum.com has videos of sessions with Strand Of Oaks and A Sunny Day In Glasgow. You can watch both videos below; more videos of the Black Cab Sessions’ USA tour are available on babelgum.com. (Thanks to The Swollen Fox for posting about the videos earlier today.)

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Listen to a new Reading Rainbow song “Dead End,”

Reading Rainbow have a new song called “Dead End” that you can stream below.

According to the band’s web site:

Listen to our new song “Dead End” that we did for our secret split 7″ with SUPER WILD HORSES for the HoZac Hook up Klub!!
Sadly you can only get copies if you were a Hook up Klub Round 2 member – BUT we should have these for sale on tour in September!

FACTS ABOUT THE SONG “DEAD END”:

- Recorded before Al joined the band, but the guitar feedback in the beginning and end of the song includes Al wailing on guitar. (Al also recorded this song for us)

- Feedback at beginning and end of the track also includes Rob wailing on guitar as well as SARAH* wailing. (*look for more Sarah guitar playing in future)

Reading Rainbow – Dead End by RRPhilly

Reminder: The band are playing a free show this Saturday August 27th as part of the Vitamin Water Uncapped Live show curated by The Raveonettes and also featuring The Homophones and Cat Vet. The show is at 8 p.m. at Sigma Sound Studios. Admission to the 21+ show is free by making a reservation here.

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Vice and Vitamin Water announce a free Reading Rainbow (+ more) show on August 27th

Philly is apparently the place to be for free music this summer. Vice and Vitamin Water have just announced a free show to take place next Saturday, August 27th at Sigma Sound Studios. As part of the Vitamin Water Uncapped Live series, the concert will feature an all-local lineup: Reading Rainbow, Cat Vet, and The Homophones. The evening will be curated by The Raveonettes. The show is 21+ and free with an RSVP, which you can easily fill out here.

A somewhat interesting sponsor/curator/artist partnership, but we’ll take it! Thanks to The Deli Philadelphia for the tip.

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WXPN Welcomes the Philly F/M Fest: shows Sharon Van Etten, Marissa Nadler, Hezekiah Jones and the Philly F/M Festival BBQ

WXPN Welcomes two shows at this year’s Philly F/M (Film & Music) Fest happening September 22-25th. The first show features Sharon Van Etten, Marissa Nadler and Hezekiah Jones on Friday, September 23rd at World Cafe Live. On Sunday, September 25th 15 bands on two stages will be at the Festival BBQ at The Ukie Club starting at 11AM. Some of the bands include Jukebox The Ghost, The Head and The Heart, Reading Rainbow, Birdie Busch, Good Old War, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Toy Soldiers, The Parson Red Heads, Nicos Gun and more. Ticket information for both shows can be found here. Below, some videos of Hezekiah Jones, Reading Rainbow, and Sharon Van Etten from WXPN’s and Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series.

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Photo Recap: Reading Rainbow and Creepoid at the Vox Populi benefit at Johnny Brenda’s

All photos by John Vettese

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Philly Local Philes: Reading Rainbow and Creepoid at Vox Populi benefit

Whether its experimental screenings by local filmmaker Ted Passon or captivating ambient improvisation by national names Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon (performing as Mirror/Dash, back in 2005), you can always count on Chinatown’s Vox Populi Gallery to keep the Philadelphia arts scene fresh, thrilling and alive. But that doesn’t happen on its own. Like most cultural organizations, Vox relies heavily on fundraising, and this Thursday is a tremendous opportunity to give back. A benefit for the gallery is being thrown at Johnny Brenda’s, and it includes performances by today’s Philly Phile artists – Key Studio Sessions alums Reading Rainbow and Creepoid (pictured above). Also on tap is a collaborative appearance by local guitar mindbender Steve Gunn and drummer John Trucsinski, and a DJ set from mega scene supporter Dan Murphy, of the venerable photo-zine Megawords. Information about the Vox Populi benefit this Thursday at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s can be found here. Below, download Key Session tracks from Reading Rainbow and Creepoid.

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The Boston Phoenix discovers what Philly’s been saying for a while: The band Reading Rainbow is pretty awesome

Thanks to local photographer (and occasional The Key contributor) Chris Zakorchemny for giving us the heads up: The Boston Phoenix has just named Philly’s own Reading Rainbow as the best band not just in the city, but in the entire state of Pennsylvania. So sez The Phoenix:

“Everton and Garcia’s music is sweet but not lacking a punk-rock backbone, made clear by the way Reading Rainbow was born: the two were in another band together, when their previous drummer suddenly announced that he couldn’t go on a tour. They improvised and created a new band they could tour with — Sarah took a floor tom and snare and taught herself to play drums. With that stripped-down set-up they’ve created some of the best pop songs we’ve heard this year, including “Always on My Mind,” recorded at Philadelphia’s Miner Street Studios during a session of Weathervane Music’s video series ‘Shaking Through.’”

(Poor Washington, D.C.: Not only do the residents of Our Nation’s Capital still not have the right to vote for representatives in Congress, but the district’s local music scene doesn’t even count in the eyes of alt-weeklies any more. That’s just harsh.)

You can listen to our own Key Studio Session with Reading Rainbow here; our recent interview with the duo-turned-trio (including the new third member, Al Creedon) can be found here.

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