Tonight’s Concert Picks: Stranger Cat at Johnny Brenda’s, A.A. Bondy at Tin Angel, Surfer Blood at Millworks

Stranger Cat | Photo courtesy of artist's Tumblr
Stranger Cat | Photo courtesy of artist’s Tumblr

Electro-pop duo Stranger Cat perform tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. Fronted by Cat Martino, the project came about in 2012 when Martino left her Brooklyn roots to explore the woods. Out of that experience, Stranger Cat was born, and three years later we have acclaimed debut album In The Wilderness. They open this evening for Athens, Georgia disco group Reptar. Watch music video for “Sirens” below, and get tickets for the 21+ show here. Continue reading →


Magnet Magazine is throwing a birthday bash at The Troc with Guided By Voices, Surfer Blood, Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus | photo by Chris Durbin
Titus Andronicus | photo by Chris Durbin

Indie music magazine Magnet turns 21 this year and it is gearing up to celebrate in a big way.  The locally founded and run publication has invited indie rock veterans Guided By Voices to headline a birthday show at The Trocadero on May 22nd, supported by alt rockers Surfer Blood and Jersey punk rockers Titus Andronicus.  Tickets for the 21+ event will be available here.  Check out videos from the performers below.

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Listen to Pythons with Surfer Blood at Repo Records tomorrow afternoon (playing The Electric Factory tomorrow night)


In anticipation of their upcoming Python LP, Surfer Blood will swing by Repo Records to host a listening / pizza party tomorrow afternoon.  Python is the Floridian indie pop / rock’s second album, coming three years after their breakout debut Astro Coast.  More information for the free event can be found here.  Surfer Blood also has a show at The Electric Factory with Foals tomorrow night; tickets and information can be found here.  Below, stream their new song “Demon Dance.”


Listen to Surfer Blood’s new “Demon Dance” (playing the Electric Factory on 5/4)

The new single from West Palm Beach five-piece Surfer Blood is a little bit of Superchunk crunch, a little bit of Jukebox the Ghost pop, with some autotune (T-Pain?) thrown in for good measure. “Demon Dance” premiered today on NPR’s All Songs Considered; you can listen it to below, and get a free download when you pre-order the band’s new LP Pythons, due out on June 11th on Warner Brothers. The band is on tour with Foals, and swings through Philly on May 4th for a date at The Electric Factory. Tickets and information on that show can be found at the WXPN Concert Calendar.


Tonight’s Picks: Trail Of Dead + Surfer Blood at First Unitarian Church, Echo And The Bunnymen at The Troc

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

Can’t get out of the office tomorrow afternoon to see And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead perform a Free At Noon concert at World Cafe Live? You can see the post-hardcore act tonight (along with one of last year’s critics darlings, Surfer Blood) tonight at First Unitarian Church. Meanwhile, over at The Trocadero, Echo And The Bunnymen will be performing their first two classic albums, Crocodiles and Heaven Up Here. (Didn’t win tickets to the show from our recent contest? Thankfully, the show hasn’t sold out yet.) And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, performs with Surfer Blood, True Widow, and Weekends at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $13-$14. Echo And The Bunnymen perform with Kelley Stoltz at 8 p.m. at The Trocadero; tickets to the all-ages show are $30.

Also playing: J. Roddy Walston And The Business + These United States, TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb at North Star Bar (8 p.m., 21+, $10)


This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Making Time (w/The Drums and Surfer Blood), Phoenix, The Walkmen, Erin McKeown + more

The Drums

The Drums perform 10/22 at Voyeur

Making Time returns to Voyeur, and Dave P is bringing a few friends with him: Brooklyn-based indie-pop quartet The Drums and West Palm Beach, Florida’s Surfer Blood. Meanwhile, local garage-rock quartet The Spooks will perform in the venue’s Ruby Lounge basement with the RockTits DJs. And, to top it off, Dave P will also be putting together a Making Time RADio local-band mix for us over here at The Key. All of which means Philadelphia’s raddest hyper-rad dance party just got significantly more radically radical. Rad! The Drums perform with Surfer Blood at 9 p.m. at Voyeur; tickets to the 21+ show are $15.

Also playing: Guster + Eli “Paperboy” Reed at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., all ages, $28); Rocky Votolato + Ha Ha Tonka, P.J. Bond at M Room (9 p.m., 21+, $12); Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit + Langhorne Slim, Jesse Sykes And Phil Wandscher, Mimicking Birds at North Star Bar (8 p.m., 21+, $18)

How do we feel about Phoenix‘s now-ubiquitous single “1901″ from last year’s critically acclaimed Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix? Well, we love its beautiful, stripped-down simplicity—quite possibly the band’s crowning songwriting achievement to date. (One that took the French quartet 14 years—and three previous albums—to create.) And we always get a kick out of the way that Thomas Mars’ charmingly imperfect voice cracks when he sings “Eighteen fifty-five, nineteen ooHHH-one” halfway through the song. But, more than anything else, it really makes us want to buy a brand-new Cadillac SRX. After all, why listen to Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix on your 1995 Volkswagon Jetta’s crappy tape deck when you could do so in style, driving the world’s only true luxury crossover SUV (modestly priced at $34,155)? Well, other than that whole safety recall thing. Phoenix performs with Jenny And Johnny and Wavves at 8 p.m. at the Tower Theater; tickets are $45.

Also playing: The Walkmen + Japandroids, Blood Feathers at The Trocadero (9 p.m., all ages, $21); The Felice Brothers + Adam Haworth Stephens at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT)

Has it really been 10 years since Erin McKeown released her breakthrough sophomore album, Distillation? It must be, because her performance at World Cafe Live is billed as part of her “Distillation 10th Anniversary Tour.” Still, it seems like it was just yesterday that people were asking, “Hey, who is this kooky folk-rock singer-songwriter that started her own label and isn’t Ani DiFranco?” Erin has, of course, made her own name for herself since then, releasing an additional four studio albums of unpredictable, genre-jumping music—including last year’s Hundreds Of Lions (which came out, coincidentally, on Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records)—while constantly playing on the road. During this performance, she’ll play Distillation in its entirety, followed by a set of more recent material. Erin McKeown performs at 7:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets are $30-$40.

Also playing: Matt And Kim + Donnis at Starlight Ballroom (7:30 p.m., SOLD OUT); Gentleman Jesse And His Men + The Barreracudas, Woman at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., $10)