Tonight’s Concert Picks: Magnet 21st Birthday Party with Guided By Voices at The Trocadero, Ryan Tennis at Boot & Saddle, The Ghost In You at Vinyl Revival and more…

Guided By Voices | photo courtesy of the artist
Guided By Voices | photo courtesy of the artist
To celebrate its 21st birthday, Magnet Magazine is throwing a party at The Trocadero tonight with Guided By Voices, Surfer Blood and Titus Andronicus.  The Philly-based indie music publication has been a mainstay in the music news and interview world since 1993.  Also a mainstay in their world of post punk / indie rock, Guided By Voices have been active again in recent years thanks to a few reunion albums, including Cool Planet, which was just released last week.  Take a listen to “Ticket To Hide” below, read Kate Bracaglia’s overview of 21 GBV essentials here and pick up tickets to the 21+ show here.

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Philadelphia Folk Festival announces lineup featuring Old Crow Medicine Show, Loudon Wainwright III, The Lone Bellow and more

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The Philadelphia Folk Festival announced their lineup today. The 53rd annual festival is August 15-17th at Old Pool Farm in Schwenskville, Pennsylvania. Some of the highlights of this year’s lineup include Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lone Bellow, Sarah Jarosz, Loudon Wainwright III, Janis Ian, Shemekia Copeland and over 25 additional musicians including Natalie MacMaster, Tempest, the Rebirth Brass Band, The Slide Brothers and more. WXPN’s Helen Leicht will host a Philly Local stage with Kwesi K, Ryan Tennis, Mutlu, and Irene Molloy, David Dye will be doing World Cafe sessions with Caroline Rose and Parsonsfield. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, sample a few of the artists who are performing during the weekend.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Brethren at World Cafe Live, Frog Holler at Johnny Brenda’s, Gov’t Mule at The Tower Theater and more

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Photo courtesy of the artist

World Cafe Live welcomes aggressive indie folk outfit Brethren to its stage tonight. The Lancaster, PA natives released their latest single “There’s No Use” at the end of September. The track is just as pretty as it is melancholic but it works. Its harmonies and guitar melodies bring to mind the smooth sounds of the Beach Boys. Stream it below and get tickets here.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 7 (feat. Waxahatchee, Pissed Jeans, Ruby the Hatchet + more)

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The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud!  Check out this year’s in-studio appearances with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 7, including the down-tempo folk stylings of Waxahatchee, the thrashing punk of Pissed Jeans and the all-out rock jams of Ruby the Hatchet.  Thanks to production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Rachel Del Sordo and Kate McCann, and videographers The Angry Mountain, HotBox Studios and Out of Town Films for sharing their work.

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The Week’s Best MP3s, incl. Bad Braids, Les Professionnels, Owen, Fort Frances


Previewing songs from an upcoming album, Mike Kinsella brought his solo project Owen to Folkadelphia recently.  The Chicago native and former member of Cap’n Jazz and American Football performed four intimate songs for the session, including “Love is Not Enough,” which you can stream and download below.  Check out the full session here.

Local remixers Les Professionnels kicked off their inaugural Just Say Yes Party last week with a free download of “Just Say Yes.”  The dance jam features contributions from a number of collaborators including Anna Lunoe and The Dead Rose Music Company.  Stream and download “Just Say Yes” below.

This week on Unlocked, The Key looked at Bad Braids‘ new album Supreme Parallel.  The feature started off on Monday with a free download of “Pennies” from the local project of Megan Biscieglia, a track that shows off the delicate but powerful traits of the multi-instrumentalist’s music.  Take a look back at the ful Unlocked installment here.

South Philly singer-songwriter Ryan Tennis and his nine-piece Clubhouse Band stopped by recently for a Key Studio Session.  Recording four songs that span Tennis’s creative palate, the band worked their numbers to the greatest advantage during the session.  Download “Madeline” below and get the full session here.

Chicago’s Fort Frances were featured on Tuesday’s My Morning Download with their song “I Had Love.”  Melding a rootsy jangle with a singer-songwriter vibe, the new band are instant ear catchers and are now supporting their second studio effort, this week’s Harbour EP.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Bad Braids, Pattern is Movement, Johnny Marr)

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Legendary folk musician Richie Havens is remembered for his soulful voice and historic set at Woodstock [link]

Mike Kinsella of Owen previewed new material in this week’s Folkadelphia session [link]

In celebration of Earth Day, The Key took a look back at Philadelphia’s Earth Week in 1970 [link]

Suzie Brown, Cheers Elephant and more to play the 65th Annual Pastorius Park Free Summer Concert Series in Chestnut Hill [link]

Ryan Tennis brings his nine-piece band to XPN for a Key Studio Session [link]

Make Music Philly brings DIY concerts to the streets on June 21st [link]

Johnny Marr gives advice and talks about his new solo album in an interview with Nikki Volpicelli [link]

Get a look inside Pattern is Movement‘s recording process with an “album screening” at PhilaMOCA [link]

Bad Braids‘ upcoming Supreme Parallel is featured in this week’s Unlocked series [link]

Download “I Had Love” from Chicago’s Fort Frances [link]

Kennett Square’s Friday Nights Under the Stars announces their line-up with New Sweden, Ryan Tennis and more [link]

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ryan Tennis

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I knew as soon as I heard last fall’s Pack Light but Bring Everything that Philly’s Ryan Tennis would be recording in our studio in the not-too-distant future. What I didn’t know was how many folks he’d have in tow. I figured singer-songwriter, plus backing players, would equal what – three people, four tops? As we were swapping emails to coordinate plans, he sorta casually mentioned “Yeah, I’d like to bring in my nine-piece band, hope that’s cool.” NINE players?! Once the surprise wore off, and I got everyone loaded into our studio, I realized how essential the large group was. They’re called the Clubhouse Band, and it’s a testament to the community vibe of their South Philly HQ, the spot they have regular and freewheeling house concert group jams. These folks were riffing full-tilt on a rootsy chord progression with vocal harmonies, trumpet and bongo percussion before I even had all the mics plugged in. In our session we get a few different sides to Tennis’ crew – the quiet-to-exhuberant swell of “Madeline,” the contemplative “Walk On” the cathartic “Fight Song” – with local MC Max MilLionz spitting a verse – and the very introspective, pleading closer “Best for You.” Listen and download the tracks below, and look for more local live music from Tennis and the Clubhouse Band this summer.

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