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Watch the video for Sonnder’s “Siren Calling,” catch them at the TLA this weekend

Sonnder | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

It’s been a few months since we’ve heard from Philly modern rock four-piece Sonnder. After a March gig, they said they were headed off the grid to work on a follow up to last year’s Entanglement LP. Good news: we’re told Ryan Weidman and the crew are finalizing some new music that should be on the way to listeners soon. But, in the meantime, Sonnder made some waves last week by dishing out a new video for a Entanglement‘s lead single “Siren Calling.” Give it a look down below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sonnder at The Barbary, Line Leader at Kung Fu Nectie

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Sonnder | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Local outfit Sonnder have plans to record some new material and take a break from playing out this spring, so catch them at The Barbary tonight. The four-piece alt-rockers will be following up last year’s Entanglement LP – stream the title track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Thy Friends Profanely Rage: mewithoutYou celebrates the long homecoming at Underground Arts

mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Thursday marked one year of mewithoutYou’s most recent record, Pale Horses, and what a year it’s been. When I interviewed frontman and songwriter Aaron Weiss last year before the record’s release, I distinctly remember him saying “Every time we finish one, I’m so grateful and I tell myself ‘never put yourself through that again.’” If there was ever a year that he would choose to lay it all down, this would have been it. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: mewithoutYou will headline XPN’s next Red Bull Sound Select show alongside Sonnder and The Yawpers

flyer design by Russell Edling | russelledling.com
flyer design by Russell Edling | russelledling.com

WXPN’s next installment of the Red Bull Sound Select concert series comes to Underground Arts this June, and the lineup is kind of incredible.

Headlining the show is Philly art-punk five-piece mewithoutYou, who released their exceptional sixth LP Pale Horses last year. The band are favorites of us here at The Key, and are incredible live performers who we’ve seen in myriad settings over the years – their set is sure to be fire. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down at Underground Arts, Dr. Dog at The Fillmore, Sonnder at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down | photo by Maria Kanevskaya | courtesy of the artist

Happy Record Store Day everyone! Tonight, San Fran folk rockers Thao and the Get Down Stay Down take on Underground Arts with support from Saintseneca and Little Scream. Thao Nyugen and company are touring to celebrate the release of their recent album A Man Alive. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Sonnder will celebrate the release of Entanglement at Johnny Brenda’s on 4/16

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Sonnder | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

I gotta tell you, it’s a little bit weird not hearing from from Philly modern rock four-piece Sonnder these past couple months.

The band wrapped its monthly singles project in late 2015, and I had gotten so used to updates from Ryan Weidman & co. on the regular that their absence seems like an eternity. So it’s nice to have some new Sonnder news to report – the band will be releasing the full-length album it was working towards this April and celebrating with a gig at Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday, April 16th. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Bruce Warren’s Best of Philly Music 2015

Queen of Jeans
Queen of Jeans | photo by Kelly Kurteson

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, WXPN program director Bruce Warren shares five musicians she found on Spotify in 2015.

This past Thanksgiving The Key’s John Vettese wrote about the 15 Philly songs we’re thankful for. The songs were just a small snapshot of by Philly’s vibrant music scene, represented by the likes of Hop Along, Jazmine Sullivan, Kurt Vile, Agudos Clef, Hemming, Hezekiah Jones, Lithuania, Lushlife, Jill Scott, and others. What stood out to me in Vettese’s article then, and what’s stood out to all of us at The Key for the last several years is how wonderfully diverse, and prolific, the music scene in Philly continues to be. Continue reading →

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Download “Entanglement,” Sonnder’s final single of 2015

Sonnder | Photo by John Vettese
Sonnder | Photo by John Vettese

After celebrating their year-long singles project at World Cafe Live on Saturday night, Philly’s Sonnder released their 12th new song of 2015 today. It will be a free download until New Year’s Eve.

Like their gig-mates Summer Scouts, the seven-minute “Entanglement” blends atmospheric post-rock reminiscent of The Album Leaf with hooky modern rock a la late-era Smashing Pumpkins. Continue reading →

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A Year of Songs: Sonnder reflects on its singles project before headlining World Cafe Live

Sonnder | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com
Sonnder | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com

A year ago today, it was Ryan Weidman’s 25th birthday and his band Sonnder was playing a show at Northern Liberties club Bourbon and Branch. The vibe that night was a bit uncertain; not bad, exactly, but definitely distracted. The local modern rock crew had released its debut EP Thief earlier in the fall, and everybody was about to go their separate ways for the holiday. No firm plan was is place about what they were going to do in 2015.

“It wasn’t like the band was divided, but we just were all super busy,” explains Weidman. Keyboard player Kat Stein was heading out to visit family in California, drummer Mike Liszka was ramping up a production project with Bel Heir. “So I just took the initiative,” Weidman says.

Over the holiday break, Weidman went into the studio with his friend Paul Hocynec of The Captain, The Pilot, The Driver. They recorded the atmospheric “Drifter,” a song notably different in vibe from Thief. “That song was important, it was just about letting go, and that’s how I felt last holidays,” Weidman says. “I just wanted to be free and have the ability to roam wherever I wanted.” Continue reading →