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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Matt Pond at Fishtown RiverCity Festival, Betty Who at the TLA, Chill Moody, Swift Technique, and others at Bloktoberfest and more…

Matt Pond | Photo by Michelle Montgomery
Matt Pond | Photo by Michelle Montgomery

This weekend is the 7th annual Fishtown RiverCity Festival, held at Penn Treaty Park from noon to 6:00 p.m., offering fun family activities, food, and live entertainment. As part of the entertainment, singer-songwriter and XPNFest alum Matt Pond headlines. Best known for his calming, smooth indie rock sound that he played for 15 years in his band Matt Pond PA, the New York artist released a solo album proper in 2013 called The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hands. Other acts include The Lawsuits, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Ginger Coyle, and more. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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New “Saturday In the Park” concert features PhillyBloco, Swift Technique and more

Photo via facebook.com/PhillyBloco
Photo via facebook.com/PhillyBloco

The former staff of The Blockley have organized a great outdoor concert called “Saturday in the Park.” The concert will take place in Liberty Lands Park at the Northern Liberties on July 19th.  It includes performances by Splintered SunlightPhilly BlocoTJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, and Swift Technique. Proceeds go to support InLiquid, an art nonprofit, and the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association.

Splintered Sunlight, a cornerstone of The Blockely’s bookings, is a Grateful Dead Tribute band. The group consists of Jerry Horan and Tony Gioiaon drums, Butchy Sochorow and Dan Leyden on Guitar and Vocals. Splintered Sunlight has been around for more than 20 years and is known for its great live show. Earlier this year, the band played as a part of of the final run of shows at the Blockley. Below, check out their rendition of “Truckin’” at the Blockley below.

PhillyBloco is a giant 23 piece Brazilian band who play an unique mix of jazz, funk and samba. Named after the street bands common in the Carvinal of Pernambuco in Brazil, the group recently did a Key Studio Session. In an interview with The Key’s Sameer Rao, the band explained that “every section of the band is so pumped…it has this great family atmosphere.” Check out their recording of “Hey Na Na” below.

Another funk collective, Swift Technique, will also be playing. The group did a great Key Studio Session two years ago and released their newest EPs The Kitchen Sessions and You Boys Be Aight earlier this year. There is a full length release up soon. Listen to the great track “Brooklydelphia” below.

The great Americana-rock band TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb will also be performing. Recently, the group did a Porta Session with their label American Diamond Recordings. They also did a great Key Studio Session following the release of their latest EP Kong.  Listen to “Blood in the Bathtub” below.

Other highlights include a Starr Hill brewery beer truck, local food trucks, and 30 craft vendors. Get more information here. Check out performances by the bands below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rabbit Rabbit at The First Unitarian Chapel, Hoser at Connie’s Ric Rac, TJ Kong and more at PhilaMOCA

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The husband-wife duo that is Rabbit Rabbit have played with so many musicians in so many different styles it will make your head spin.  On their own, However; they’ve been creating a unique style of music that mixes rock, electronic and folk, releasing songs one-by-one on their website each month.  Tonight, you can catch them in the side chapel at First Unitarian Church along with the Lattimore/Zeigler Duo.  Click here for ticket info and check out their most recent Rabbit Rabbit Radio video below.

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The Swollen Fox is celebrating its 3-year anniversary at PhilaMOCA on 7/11

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The Swollen Fox has announced a special 3-year anniversary concert at PhilaMOCA on July 11th with TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb, Swift Technique and Shark Tape.  Since its beginnings, the local music blog has diligently and thoroughly covered Philadelphia music scene happenings and now runs the comprehensive XPN Concert Calendar in addition to hosting shows (like July 19th’s collaboration with XPN).  Tickets and information for the birthday show can be found here.  Check out  the bands below and learn more here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheap Dinosaurs at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out, Swift Techniqe at The Blockley, The Gallerist at Kung Fu Necktie

CheapDsContinuing their month of Tuesday Tune-Outs, 8static presents Cheap Dinosaurs tonight at PhilaMOCA.  The local chiptune / rock band will perform a set of their “wall of sound” productions before screening the 1982 independent sci-fi film Liquid Sky.  Like their Tuesday Tune-Out predecessor Chipocrite, Cheap Dinosaurs recently performed at Mag Fest in NYC where they participated in a showcase of chiptune music makers.  Admission for tonight’s all-ages event is a suggested $5 donation at the door; more information can be found here.  Watch a live video of Cheap Dinosaurs performing at PhilaMOCA from April 2011 below.

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Check out the most-played tracks from our Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5 Compilation

As we near that time of year when everyone gets into “Best Of…” mode, let’s ease into the list-making with a look at the most-played tracks from Volume 5 of our Key Studio Session compilations.  From quirky indie pop to big-band funk, these tracks have been racking up play counts and, hopefully, inspiring you to become fans of some great local musicians.  Take a look at the list below (with play counts at time of publication) to see if your favorite artist featured in Volume 5 made it, and then listen to the full compilation here.  Check out all of the Key Studio Sessions here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti at Union Transfer, The Dude Hates Cancer! benefit at Johnny Brenda’s, Lotus at FDR Park, River City Extension at The Blockley, Void Vision at Pageant: Soloveev Gallery


Experimental weird-pop visionary Ariel Pink released his sophomore record Mature Themes in August, following up his 2010 4AD breakout Before Today.  Pink has become infamous for his paradoxical anti-pop approach to music, creating mind-bending sounds that have been described as masterful by his peers.  Pink and his Haunted Graffiti band play Union Transfer tonight, along with the Greek mythology-inspired Phèdre.  The event is all ages and doors open at 8:00. Tickets are $18, available here.  Watch Pink’s video for the single “Only in My Dreams” below.

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My Morning Download: “Route One to Route One” by Swift Technique (from The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5)

Photo by Kevin Kennedy | theswollenfox.com

Today’s My Morning Download comes from Philly funk collective Swift Technique. On Saturday night XPN welcomes them to Johnny Brenda’s for the benefit afterparty The Dude Hates Cancer. This version of their song “Route One to Route One” comes from their Key Studio Session, and can be found on our latest compilation, The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5. The free downloadable album collects the best performances from Philadelphia-area artists we’ve showcased here at The Key this summer. You can download the album for free here. (And if you’re looking for more, volumes 1 through 4 can be found here.)

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5 (feat. The Spinto Band, Turning Violet Violet, Heyward Howkins + more)


The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Dig into the best of what we’ve been doing since May with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5, including some sprightly indie pop from The Spinto Band, driving country-folk from Carsie Blanton, funk jams by Swift Technique and hip-hop from Ground Up. Special thanks to guest engineer Jeff White and production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Kate Bracaglia, Eric Ashleigh, David Kain, Michael Passanante, Kevin Kennedy, Rachel Barrish and Bryan Shreck for sharing their work.

Looking for more? Visit WXPN’s Soundcloud page to download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 1 through Vol. 4.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hezekiah Jones at PhilaMOCA’s Tuesday Tune-Out (UPDATE: canceled) and Swift Technique at The Blockley


This past year or so, we here at The Key have become major boosters of the musically proficient troupe, Hezekiah Jones. In that time they have been playing all over Philadelphia; from an appearance at the Key Sessions Live concert at World Cafe Live last September, to a few sets at the Philadelphia Folk Festival this past weekend. This group of folk ‘n beat musicians is a constantly-rotating collaboration of over 30 performers. They will be the featured artist in this week’s Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA curated by Folkadelphia‘s Fred Knittel. Tickets to this all ages show are $5 at the door; the performance starts at 8 p.m. followed by a film screening chosen by Hezekiah Jones frontman Rafe Cutrufello, who is a big sci-fi buff. UPDATE: Hezekiah Jones’ appearance at Tuesday Tune-Out has been cancelled due to illness.

Funky Philadelphia jazz collective, Swift Technique will be playing a show tonight at The Blockley. Their ability to combine old favorites of jazz and funk with a modern R&B curvature makes them a group then everyone can enjoy. They recorded a Key Studio Session with us earlier in July which you can check out here. Also playing at The Blockley are  The Stooges Brass Band, a contemporary brass band that is recognized for their high energy and traditional “N’owlans” sounds. Tickets to this 21+ show are $6-8, the performance kicks off at 8 sharp. Check out a video taken by The Swollen Fox of Swift Technique performing at The Blockley back in December.

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