Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sir Sly at Boot and Saddle, Frightened Rabbit at the Electric Factory, Animal Collective at Union Transfer


Alt-pop rockers Sir Sly will electrify the Boot and Saddle stage tonight. The band released its Gold EP back in May. Their sound is poppy and electronic but they contrast it with melancholic lyrics (much like Tegan and Sara’s latest album Heartthrob). Get ticket information here and check out “Ghost” below.

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Sir Sly get suspenseful in the music video for “Gold” (playing Boot and Saddle 10/27)

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L.A. based indie alt/rock/pop trio Sir Sly just released the official music video for “Gold,” the title track off of the band’s highly buzzed about Gold EP. The video, which is as suspenseful and anticipatory as the song itself, was fashioned together by award-winning director Ellis Bahl, who also directed Alt-J’s “Breezeblocks” vid. The “Gold” video is dark and eerie, following a suspenseful narrative that adds a whole new dynamic to the track itself, and the two compliment each other perfectly. Sir Sly are currently on tour supporting the Gold EP with a myriad of stops along the East coast, including Philly’s own Boot & Saddle this Sunday, October 27. For a full list of tour dates click here. Watch the video for “Gold” below.


Download “Miracle” from Sir Sly (playing Boot & Saddle on 10/27)


Indie alt-electronic pop outfit Sir Sly just released a catchy new tune called “Miracle,” and it’s available to download for free from the band’s website. The LA-based trio – whose sound is reminiscent of Imagine Dragons – last released the Gold EP in May. On “Miracle,” nice minimalistic beats hook into a dark-yet-surging melody which in turn backs lush and poppy vocals. Sir Sly are embarking on a tour that will bring them to the Boot and Saddle on October 27. Go here for more information on the show, and stream “Miracle” below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Parquet Courts at PhilaMOCA, Sir Sly at Johnny Brenda’s, Alo Brasil at Underground Arts, Lentil Fest at The Fire and more

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Post-punk quartet Parquet Courts headline an eclectic line-up at PhilaMOCA tonight.  Back in Philadelphia for the third time this year, Parquet Courts continue to tour in support of their debut full-length Light Up Gold, which just got a proper label release through indie label What’s Your Rupture.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Amanda X and Household can be found here.  Watch Parquet Courts perform “Master of My Craft” and “Borrowed Time” live on WNYC below.

One of the stand-out bands at March’s SXSW, Sir Sly make their way to Philadelphia tonight for a show at Johnny Brenda’s.  With an EP plus a few more tracks released, the band has quickly made it clear that they will operate in the realm of expansive, catchy pop hooks.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with JMSN and The Last Royals can be found here.  Watch a new video for “Found You Out” below and download “Gold” here.

Local Brazilian band Alo Brasil plays Underground Arts tonight.  More than just a performing band, Alo Brasil features an interactive live show influenced by African rhythms like samba, maracatu and more.  Though often accompanied by costumed dancers, for their recurring “Underground Sessions” Alo Brasil has a refreshed line-up of musicians.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here, or on the Facebook event page here.  Watch a promo video for Alo Brasil below.

Lentil Fest continues at The Fire tonight, with performances by Kuf Knotz, Nicos Gun, Reef the Lost Cauze, Mike “Slo-Mo’ Brenner, Gedeon Luke and Brady & the Bear.  In support of Lentil the french bulldog (born with a cleft pallate), all proceeds will benefit the French Bulldog Rescue Network, Street Tails Animal Rescue and  Tickets and information can be found here.  Watch Kuf Knotz perform at the 2011 XPoNential Music Festival below.

Also happening: XPN welcomes The Smithereens to The Sellersville Theater; XPN welcomes Free Energy to the North Star Bar.  Tickets and information for both shows can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.


Just Announced: SXSW standout artist Sir Sly playing Johnny Brenda’s on May 4th

SlyLos Angeles three-piece Sir Sly was one of our favorite acts at this year’s South By Southwest festival, between their charismatic frontman Landon Jacobs, their hooks and their massive grooves. So we’re excited to hear they’re coming to Philadelphia this spring for a show at Johnny Brenda’s on May 4th. Ticket onsale information will be announced shortly; in the meantime, download Sir Sly’s single “Gold.”


10 bands we loved at SXSW

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Photo by John Vettese
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Photo by John Vettese

Last week at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas, The Key editor, John Vettese, and I saw a collective 58 bands in 3 days. Here are ten that stood out:

Sir Sly – This five piece from Los Angeles have a confident and charismatic front man, grooves and hooks galore.

Little Green Cars – Dublin’s Little Green Cars charmed us with their gorgeous harmonies and finely honed control of rock and roll dynamics. Lead singers Stevie Appleby and Faye O’Rourke are like the Buckingham/Nicks of Ireland.

PAWS – This three piece from Glasgow play very catchy, garagey, fuzzy, guitar driven pop-rock. Just the way we like it.

Nick Cave kicked off NPR Music’s SXSW shows on Wednesday night at Stubb’s with full force. He plays tonight at the Keswick. Continue reading →