Tonight’s Concert Picks: WXPN welcomes Mike Doughty w/ Griz, Alberta Cross, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, and Lantern

Mike Doughty recently released his new album The Question Jar Show, a two disc collection of 28 live recordings from his Question Jar tour in 2009. Also, earlier this spring he began releasing a song a week for 32 weeks to his fans from his subscription based album, Lo-Fi Lodge. Doughty plays tonight at Haddon Lake Park in Camden with special guest, Griz. The show begins at 7:30 PM and is totally FREE!

R5 Productions presents Alberta Cross tonight at Johnny Brenda’s in support of their new album, Songs of Patience; an album title with literal meaning to the process of its creation. Opening acts include Everest, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Mach 22. Tickets to this 21+ show are $12, show begins at 9PM.

The five-piece group, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister play tonight at World Cafe Live (Upstairs) at 8PM. This band is full of country rock intuition with a surge of fixated pop melodies. Check out their single “Escape Tonight” and download it for free below. Get your tickets to the all ages show here.

Last but not least, Philadelphia rock ‘n rollers, Lantern play tonight with fellow city friends, Dong Johnson and Streetwalkers at Kung Fu Necktie. This 21+ show is $8 and starts at 8PM, you can snag your tickets here.


Support the Little Berlin/BITBY Kickstarter


Little Berlin is a non-profit arts and community organization founded in 2007. A gallery located in the heart of Kensington, it features local artists curated monthly by a different Little Berlin member. This past year, they received a $10,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to fund the Little Berlin Fairgrounds project, transforming a vacant lot across from the gallery into an open community art space and sculpture garden. The fairgrounds will be designed around featuring live performances, film screenings, children’s workshops, musical events, and more.

To help raise the matching money they need for the Knight Foundation grant, BITBY, Bands in the Backyard, is creating a 12″ vinyl, featuring all of the artists from the monthly series over the past year. Some of the proceeds funded by the vinyl will go towards the fairgrounds project. The acts on the album include: Break it Up, Wigwams, Heyward Howkins, Pet Milk, Oh! Pears, Arc in Round, Faux Slang, Psychic Teens, Ports of Call, Summer Fiction, Blayer Pointdujour, and Streetwalkers.

The kickstarter will run until Monday, July 23rd to raise their goal of $5,000. Watch the video for the kickstarter here. Below, you can watch BITBY videos from: Ports of Call and Oh! Pears


Download a new song from Streetwalkers (playing Bands In The Backyard’s SXSW kickoff at Studio 2424 tonight)

Streetwalkers occupies a great space for lovers of late-’80s/early-’90s dream pop: the Philly five-piece can drift all blissfully like Slowdive, and then wail and rumble like they’re lost in Disintegration. Below, you can download the band’s latest single, “Song Eight” (this is one group of musicians that doesn’t overthink its song titles), which was recorded this winter with versatile Philadelphia producer Jeff Zeigler. If its beguiling tones pique your interest, you can catch Streetwalkers in concert tonight—it’s playing an all-ages show at Studio 2424, sponsored by Bands In The Backyard. (BITBY’s Kyle Costill plays keys in the band.) The show is a dual fundraiser, both for the video-blog’s trek to Austin next week for South By Southwest (WXPN and The Key are co-presenting BITBY’s showcase on Thursday, March 15) and for Girls Rock Philly. The bill is jam-packed with favorites of The Key—Oh! Pears, Attia Taylor, Break it Up, The Silence Kit, Heyward Howkins, and more—and the BITBY gang will premier two new videos at the event as well. Streetwalkers plays the BITBY SXSW Kickoff tonight at Studio 2424, located at 2424 East York Street. Admission to the all-ages show is $10 at the door, music begins at 7 p.m.


Streetwalkers host tonight’s XPN2 Philly Local Second Shift, play BITBY party on Saturday

Over here at The Key, we’ve been vocal supporters of the Bands In The Backyard gang. Needless to say, I was pretty psyched when they invited me to DJ at their December party (this Saturday at Little Bar), and thought I’d extend the same courtesy by inviting one of the bands on the bill to guest DJ on XPN2’s Philly Local Second Shift. The group that took me up on it was Streetwalkers, featuring BITBY co-founder Kyle Costill on keyboards, and tonight the fivesome takes to the internet / HD airwaves with a fine selection of Philly freak folk (On The Water), hardcore (No Lessons Learned), indie psych (Arc In Round) and more. Tune in at 8 p.m. on 88.5 HD-2 in Philadelphia, or online at

Streetwalkers perform with Break It Up, Psychic Teens, PC Worship, and Spirit Animals, Sat. Dec. 17 at Little Bar, 736 S. 8th St. Tickets to the 21+ show are $7.