The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Balance and Composure, The City and Horses, Toy Soldiers)


Get the details of Balance and Composure‘s new The Things We Think We’re Missing LP in this week’s Unlocked feature [link]

Stream new releases from Elvis Costello & The Roots and Sebadoh via NPR Music [link and link]

Check out recaps of the weekend’s best shows, including Laura Marling, James Cotton and Glenn Tilbrook [link]

Save the date: The Clark Park Music & Arts Festival is happening on 9/21 with The Fleeting Ends, The Districts and more [link]

Folkadelphia brings us a moving session with Allysen Callery, available to stream and download [link]

Celebrating the release of The Maybe Boys this week, Toy Soldiers stopped by to record a Key Studio Session [link]

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week features Parquet Courts and their new track “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now” [link]

Download “Ravine Road” from Ben Smith‘s new EP of the same name [link]

Joseph Arthur, kd lang, Shelby Lynne and more contributed songs to the new Sweet Relief III: Pennies from Heaven benefit record [link]

PhilaMOCA will screen The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and Night of the Living Dead (1968) with a live score by the Andrew Alden Ensemble in October [link]

Get to know The City and Horses, playing Kung Fu Necktie on 9/26 [link]

New show announcements from My Bloody Valentine, Mazzy Star and Eric Copeland [link, link, link]


My Morning Download: “State of Mine” by Sebadoh (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 11/2)

Photo by: Bryan Zimmerman
Photo by: Bryan Zimmerman
Indie-rockers Sebadoh release their new album, Defend Yourself next Tuesday, September 17th. It’s the first new album of Sebadoh rock from Lou Barlow, Jason Loewenstein and Bob D’Amico in 14 years. You can stream Defend Yourself in its entirety here and below, download “State of Mine.”

The band plays Jonny Brenda’s on November 2nd. Go here for tickets and information.


Stream the entire new Sebadoh album, Defend Yourself, playing Johnny Brenda’s on 11/2

Photo by: Bryan Zimmerman
Photo by: Bryan Zimmerman

Veteran indie-rockers Sebadoh – Lou Barlow, multi-instrumentalist Jason Loewenstein and drummer Bob D’Amico – return with a new album, Defend Yourself, on September 17th. Listen to the new Sebadoh album in its entirety here.

Stephen Thompson of NPR Music writes:

“In a year packed with unlikely indie-rock reunions — including new material by everyone from to to — it’s a thrill to hear Sebadoh return, sounding as all-over-the-map glorious as ever. Even as Barlow offers up clear-eyed postmortems of a wrecked marriage, Defend Yourself exudes the live-wire energy of a vital band brought back from the brink.”

Sebadoh perform at Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday, November 2nd. Go here for tickets and more information.

Listen to the new Sebadoh album in its entirety here via NPR Music.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Childish Gambino and Chill Moody at Great Plaza, Sebadoh at Union Transfer, The Internet at the Barbary, and Carbon Leaf at Musikfest

Childish Gambino, the stage name of multi-talented rapper/actor/writer/comedian Donald Glover, will be making a stop in Philly on his Camp Tour tonight. The show, which takes place at 7:30PM at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, features a performance by Philly hip-hop artist Chill Moody. Tickets are available for $47.35 here. Watch Childish Gambino’s VMA-nominated music video “Bonfire” in the player below.

Sebadoh, one of the early pioneers of lo-fi indie rock who formed back in 1986, are coming to Union Transfer tonight. After going on hiatus, the band reunited in 2007 and have since been touring and released Secret EP on their Bandcamp page. The EP is available for digital download and physical copies are only available at shows on current tour. Opening up the show will be Sebadoh/Dinosaur Jr.‘s Lou Barlow performing a solo set and two-piece bass and drums duo from members of Sebadoh and the Fiery Furnaces, Circle of Buzzards. Doors open at 8PM and the show starts at 9PM. Tickets are available here for $16. Listen to Sebadoh’s Secret EP in the player below and, if you like what you hear, make sure to snatch up a limited edition physical copy at the show tonight.

The Internet is an electro hip-hop duo consisting of DJ/singer/producer Syd tha Kyd and producer Matt Martians of OFWGKTA. The show tonight with Kilo Kish was originally scheduled to take place at Johnny Brenda’s, but was recently relocated to The Barbary. The show is now all ages and tickets purchased through Johnny Brenda’s will be honored. Doors open at 7PM and the show starts at 7:30PM. Tickets can be purchased for $13 here.

Finally, indie rock band Carbon Leaf is playing a free show at Musikfest’s The Morning Call Plaza Tropical at Main and Spring Streets in Bethlehem, PA tonight at 6:30PM. For more info on the show, visit the Musikfest event page here. Watch the band’s music video for “Life Less Ordinary” in the player below.


Listen to Sebadoh’s new EP, Secret (playing Union Transfer in August)

Lo-fi pioneer Lou Barlow has revived his groundbreaking project, Sebadoh, for a new EP and a tour that brings them to Philadelphia next month. The trio plays Union Transfer on Tuesday, Aug. 7; frontman Lou Barlow will play an opening set, and Circle of Buzzards opens; tickets to the all ages show are available now. Sebadoh this week released the Secret EP to Bandcamp, and the band makes a good case for you dropping the $5 to grab a digital download:

new songs for 2012 , a taste of our upcoming 2013 album, but, NONE of these songs will be on that album.. i repeat: NONE of these songs will be on our forthcoming/in progress 2013 LP .. this is our first new material in 14 years ( wtf! )… proceeds from this will help us continue working on the LP and remain as independent as possible.. physical copies (CD) only available at shows on our upcoming tour..

You can stream the EP below, and purchase a download at Sebadoh’s Bandcamp.


This Weekend’s Picks: Sebadoh, Cold War Kids, DeVotchKa, Normal Love, Asobi Seksu


Sebadoh peforms March 25th at Johnny Brenda’s

In yesterday’s Philly Local Philes, John Vettese described local no-wave act Normal Love as sounding “something like what Deerhoof did before smoothing their sound out on 2008’s Offend Maggie“; a couple of months before that, I described the band as a less-conventional version of The Stick Men. Which basically means that, if you’re a fan of abrasive, clanging, hyperactive noise-rock, Normal Love will probably become your new favorite band. Otherwise, it’s probably your new nightmare. (Luckily for us, we fall in the first group.) Normal Love performs with Planet Y and Mirror Men at 8:30 p.m. at Highwire Gallery; tickets to the show are $6.

Also playing: Sebadoh + Richard Buckner at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m. 21+, SOLD OUT); DeVotchKa + Mariachi El Bronx, Mischief Brew, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Kruno Spisic at Electric Factory (8 p.m., $26); Cold War Kids + Baths at The Trocadero (8 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); World/Inferno Friendship Society + Mirrors And Wires, Ardmore Assault at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); John Doe + Jill Sobule at Tin Angel (7:30 p.m., 21+, $18)


Asobi Seksu performs with Cults and Warm Ghost at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.

Also playing: The Funeral Pyre + The Secret, Sadgiqacea at Kung Fu Necktie (7 p.m., 21+, $10); Jeffrey Gaines + Tommy Conwell at The Blockley (8 p.m., 21+, $15); Arabrot + Wizard Rifle at JR’s (2 p.m., 21+, $5)

Tin Horses + Bronze Float at The M Room (8 p.m., 21+, $5)


Ring Out Indie Rock Bells: Sebadoh Are Coming! Sebadoh Are Coming!

Indie rock legends Sebadoh are heading to the East Coast on their current tour and are playing Johnny Brenda’s on Friday March 25th. In other news, the band is reissuing their 1994 release Bakesale in the Spring with 1996’s Harmacy to follow in the Summer. Original Sebadoh members Lou Barlow and Jason Loewenstein will be joined by new drummer Bob D’Amico. They’re calling this the “Bakesale/Harmacy Remembering Time Tour” which likely means you’ll be getting a serious set list of Sebadoh classics. Tickets for the show at Johnny Brenda’s are available here.