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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Minka at World Cafe Live, Said the Whale at Chameleon Club

Photo by Janine Feeney
Photo by Janine Feeney

Philly alt-electronic five-piece Minka plays World Cafe Live tonight, opening the show for L.A. pop crew 2 a.m. Club. The band’s self-titled EP was released in December of last year, and it deals in big-beat body moving anthems; the stuff of Passion Pit and fun., among others. They’re currently working on their followup release at MilkBoy studio with producer Joe Logic (of Chill Moody fame). In the meantime, check out the music video for their first single “Justice” below and get details on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Kate Bracaglia’s Top 5 Music Videos of 2012

For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Contributing writer Kate Bracaglia opted to weigh in on the visualized music we saw in 2012.

Music videos: they’re so much fun, and sometimes they contain biting social commentary too. This year there were so many amazing vids that making this list was hard—and so quick shout-outs to Passion Pit, “Take a Walk” (filmed in Philly!), Jaill, “Perfect Ten” (colored slime, GG Allin antics), Hot Panda, “Future Markets” (weird masks/futurism), Nicky Romero, “Toulouse” (MORE weird masks, creepy dancing), and The Very Best, “Kondaine” (men visit Kenyan medicine man, get turned into goats), which were so close to making the cut. But in the end there can only be five. Continue reading →

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Download a free sampler from Said the Whale (playing The M Room on 11/16)

Vancouver, BC five-piece Said the Whale released their sparkling indie pop album Little Mountain earlier this year, and they are coming to The M Room on Friday, November 16th.  Led by Ben Worchester and Tyler Bancroft, Said the Whale received the 2011 Juno Award for New Group of the year and earned slots at SXSW and Sasquatch! Music Festival this past summer.  NoiseTrade is now featuring a fall sampler from the the rising indie band with tracks from their three-album discography, along with a demo version of “Big Sky, MT” and a track called “Strong Swimmers” that was previously only available on vinyl.  Stream and download the sampler below; tickets to Said the Whale’s show on Friday are $8.  More information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Video debut: “Safe Harbour” and “Lucky” from Said The Whale


The Vancouver, BC indie rock band Said The Whale released their new album Little Mountain last month. Musically, the album straddles the worlds of rock, indie-pop and indie-folk with confidence, ease, and songs that are heavy on glorious singalong hooks. Said The Whale includes Ben Worcester, Tyler Bancroft, Spencer Schoening, Jaycelyn Brown, and Nathan Shaw. From the opening strummy guitar notes of “We Are 1980″ to the lamenting piano notes of “Seasons,” Little Mountain is a musically diverse collection of songs yet works as a whole, cohesive proper album. The band has created a video series for every song on the record and we’re happy to debut two videos for the songs “Safe Harbour” and the anthemic “Lucky” that you can watch below. Purchase Little Mountain here.

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My Morning Download: “Loveless” by Said The Whale


Said The Whale are a Juno award winning indie-rock band from Vancouver featuring frontmen Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester, drummer Spencer Schoening, keyboardist Jaycelyn Brown and bassist Nathan Shaw. They recently released their new album, Little Mountain. The band formed five years ago and with a few full length albums and a couple of EP’s to their credit, they are beginning to get some well deserved attention outside of Canada. The band has produced a video for every song on the album that you can watch here. You can read an interview with the band on the Dead Journalist music blog here. Below, stream the album in it’s entirety and download the song “Loveless” for free.