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.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: 7 Walkers, Rasputin’s Secret Police, Swift Technique, and (film) Hedwig and the Angry Inch

7 Walkers is a collaboration between former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, guitarist/vocalist Papa Mali, legendary New Orleans bass player George Porter Jr., and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard. The band is playing an all ages show downstairs at World Cafe Live tonight. Doors open at 7 P.M. and the show starts at 8 P.M. Ticket prices range from $26 to $36 and are available for purchase here. Watch the jam band perform their self-titled song below.

Local grunge rock band Rasputin’s Secret Police (RSP) is made up of guitarist/vocalist Brandon Ayres and drummer Josh Phillips. The pair grew up on the same block in Drexel Hill where they’ve been neighbors for 13 years, and have been band-mates for ten of those years. Prepare for a crazy show because the band’s live shows have been known to incorporate, “lighting effects, blood (real and fake), robes, talk of chalices, broken everything, smoke, jokes, barf bags and ear plugs.” They are set to play North Star Bar tonight with Killjoy, Shark Tape, Eureka Driver. The 21+ show starts at 8 P.M. Tickets are $5 to $7 and can be purchased here. Listen to/dowload the song “This is My Cave” from their album Lost Rhino below.

Philly funk ensemble Swift Technique are playing The Blockley tonight with Hamburger Hunt and Black Stars. The band played World Cafe Live last week. Watch a video of their set below or download the band’s Key Studio session here.

If you’re in the mood to watch a movie tonight, World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington is offering a free screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The film is a cinematic adaptation of the popular off-Broadway musical about an “internationally ignored” transexual rock singer from Communist Berlin who dreams of making it big in the American music scene. Hedwig features several songs by composer Stephen Trask, who also appears in the film as a member of Hedwig’s band. Check out the trailer below.


The Key Studio Sessions: Swift Technique

Funk: it’s a distinctly American style of music, and it’s great to party to. With this week’s Key Studio Session falling on Independence Day, what better way to celebrate than showcasing some talented local funketeers? Swift Technique are a young six-piece instrumental group with driving rhythms, an energetic flair and precisely one eye-catching plastic red trombone. The guys cut their teeth in the local jam scene before broadening their palette with excursions up and down the east coast and collaborations with prominent Philly MCs – they’ve recorded with Kuf Knotz, and just last night played Dice Raw’s jamhouse at The Legendary Dobbs. This winter, Swift Technique performed live on the air during XPN2 DJ Adam G’s show, showcasing its staple songs (“Newsies” is a popular one among fans) and giving a taste of the album they’re readying for a late summer release. Check out a slideshow of the session above care of The Swollen Fox‘s Kevin Kennedy, download the entire set below and use the tunes to soundtrack your 4th festivities. If you want more, head to Ortlieb’s Lounge tonight at 6, where Swift bassist Jake Leschinsky and guitarist Andy Bree will host an open jam session. Your next chance to catch the full band is Tuesday July 24 when Swift brings the funk to The Blockley.


Hear tracks from the Key Sessions archives by Swift Technique and Lady (playing Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday)

Photos by John Vettese

You’ll hear two musical forces of nature from the Philly scene take to the stage at Johnny Brenda’s tomorrow night: the jam-funk maelstrom of Swift Technique, who are getting pumped for their first full-length release later on this year, and the rainy-day torch song comfort of Lady, still riding high off their Ropeadope Records release You & Me from last fall. Both bands have spent some time at WXPN studios, and you can download two tracks that each recorded for The Key below. Listen to Lady’s entire Key Session here, look for Swift Technique’s later on this summer. Lady and Swift Technique play Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., on Sat. May 5. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10.


Listen to The New School Presents: America’s Next, a new compilation from Dice Raw’s Raw Life label

You might know him as a longtime affiliate of The Legendary Roots Crew, but Dice Raw also has a sharp ear for up-and-coming talent in the city. Today, his label Raw Life released The New Sound Presents: America’s Next, a thirteen-track compilation of rising stars in the city’s pop and hip-hop scene. It features the charismatic Young Gliss, who just released the incredible Glimmer EP; Patty Crash, Philly’s answer to the pop-star badassery of Robyn; melodic-minded rapper Rone; the suave, dancefloor-oriented tones of Mike Taylor; and many more. You preview the compilation in the Soundcloud stream below, or buy yourself a copy over at iTunes.

You can also catch Dice, Gliss and Rone tonight at The Jam House party at The Legendary Dobbs on South Street – they’ll be joined by Swift Technique and City Rain.

Below, check out a video for the compilation’s lead single: “200 Miles to Philadelphia” by Rone.


Philly Local Philes: Swift Technique’s “Newsies”

Photo by John Vettese

Earlier this week, Philadelphia funk-jam sextetSwift Technique took their punchy horns and racing rhythms to the XPN2 airwaves for a live broadcast with Tuesday night host Adam G. The occasion? Swift’s first Philadelphia show of 2012, which happens tonight at Kungfu Necktie. Opening the show are Key faves Lady, and out-of-towners Dr. Ruckus. Look for the entire performance to be released as a Key Studio Session later this year – probably around the time Swift gets ready to drop their full-length debut album – but in the meantime, today’s Philly Local Phile provides a taste to whet your appetite: an ode to South Philadelphia (and a certain Christian Bale musical) called “Newsies.”