The Key Presents: Radiator Hospital

Sam from Radiator Hospital | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

Radiator Hospital is a band with a lot of moving parts. Both physically and metaphorically, putting the band in one place is an intricate operation, to say the least. With songs that range from adorably tender to shout-along tearjerker ballads, the same thing can be said about the music. But it all revolves around one well of gravity: Songwriter and front-person  Sam Cook-Parrot.

In some sense, an easy way to put Radiator Hospital in one room is to just go ahead and put Sam in the room. So we did exactly that. Before the record release show for this year’s new album Play the Songs You Like happened in the basement of the First Unitarian Church, we got Sam to play a few of the new songs in a different light — in the tiny Side Chapel upstairs, the stars aligned and the pieces fell into place in a way that likely won’t happen again. This is The Key Presents: Radiator Hospital. Continue reading →


Allison Crutchfield and Sam Cook-Parrott cover “Something About What Happens When We Talk” by Lucinda Williams

Allison Crutchfield
Allison Crutchfield and Sam Cook-Parrott | photo via Facebook

In other Crutchfield news, Katie’s sister Allison has teamed up with Radiator Hospital‘s Sam Cook-Parrott for this cover of “Something About What Happens When We Talk” by Lucinda Williams. The Swearin’ frontwoman and RH frontman have worked together before, appearing on each other’s records and co-writing songs. This collaboration is stripped-down and intimate, with the two voices matching perfectly while staying distinct. Listen to the cover below, which was recorded for independent webpaper The Media.

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Guest VJ Maeve Walker of WKDU previews previews this month’s Tuesday Tune-Out (kicks off tonight at PhilaMOCA)

WKDU’s famed vinyl library: 41 years of collecting, one room to house it

For fans of PhilaMOCA‘s music-and-film Tuesday Tune-Out series, any month with five Tuesdays is extra awesome, allowing the curators to stretch out for an additional week and dig that much deeper into their field of expertise. This October, the venue brought on the folks from WKDU, Drexel University’s non-commercial free-form student station, to curate the lineup, and it’s a fantastic cross-section of the city’s DIY music scene. I caught up with program director Maeve Walker over email to get a preview of what’s in store this month. All shows are all ages, begin at 7:30 p.m. and are $5 at the door. For this month, all films are TBA.

From Maeve:
WKDU is the biggest free-format, student-run radio station in Philadelphia. We play literally any kind of music that you don’t hear on regular radio, and we wanted to highlight that through our curation of PhilaMOCA’s Tuesday Tune Out. By choosing up-and-coming bands, currently popular, or old pros, it really shows the variety that we have here on the station. We are excited to show off bands that we regularly play, and let them experiment and shine in this excellent opportunity! Continue reading →