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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)

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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.)

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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.