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The Districts are headlining Union Transfer on Valentine’s Day, Chameleon Club on 2/13

The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber
The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber

Philly rock faves The Districts just announced their winter tour in support of their their latest full-length, A Flourish And A Spoil, and it has them playing a headlining show at Union Transfer on February 14th. It’s something of an adopted hometown show for them; their O.G. hometown show takes place two days earlier, at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club on February 13th. Tickets for both shows go on sale this Friday, November 21st. Continue reading →

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Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie are repping Philly at 2015′s SXSW Music Festival

Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

The first round of artist announcements for the annual SXSW music festival came out today and Philadelphia is officially on the bill; locally-based outfits Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie will be playing official showcases in Austin. If you’ve never been, the enormous event strives to give independent bands much-needed attention, with last year’s bringing out over 28,000 music industry professionals and supporting over 2,300 acts. For more information on this year’s SXSW music festival, you can visit their official site here. Check out music from Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie after the jump. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Cheers Elephant perform “Airliner” for SoFAR Sounds

Taken from Sofar Sounds' Instagram.
Taken from Sofar Sounds’ Instagram.

So waaaay back in March, former Philly homies Cheers Elephant teamed up with Sofar Sounds‘ Austin crew during SXSW. The result of said pairing is the track “Airliner.” The exclusive performance, which is technically not in a room as most SoFAR (Songs From A Room) sessions are, has the perfect breezy demeanor to balance its laid-back location. Continue reading →

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Residuels share live video of rockin’ new anthem “Hurricane” from SXSW

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

SXSW never really ends. Live footage continues to be released and this week Residuels gift a new live video of “Hurricane” from one of six shows they played during the festival. The song is a full-on-fast-paced punk fest that’s earned a spot on their upcoming debut LP. Watch them shred below and see them live at Connie’s Ric Rac tonight. More details here.

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Watch a clip of Bleeding Rainbow performing at SXSW for BreakThruRadio

20130326-bleedingrainbow-x600-1364310317One of several sets Philly punk band Bleeding Rainbow played during SXSW last month was for BreakThruRadio and the New York-based video producers captured a portion of Yeah RIght single “Pink Ruff” on film.  Sandwiched between “skronk pop” band UUVVWWZ and singer-songwriter Dana Falconberry, the four-piece talked tacos, hotel amenities and roadtrip music with their stage hosts in a short interview.  Watch the recap of BTRtoday’s SXSW Day Party, Part 1 below and check out Bleeding Rainbow’s appearance beginning at 3:42.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Amos Lee, SXSW and Purling Hiss)

Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic
Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic

Dave Grohl gave an inspiring and insightful Keynote Speech at last week’s SXSW [link]

Cursive and The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher came to Folkadelphia in his solo acoustic capacity for this week’s live session [link]

Mondays’ My Morning Download featured L.A. five piece The Lonely Wild and their track “Everything You Need” [link]

Florida / NYC duo The Saint Johns were highlighted for XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with their song “Your Head and Your Heart” [link]

Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster announced a date at The Mann for July 18th [link]

Purling Hiss are the focus of Unlocked this week; their major label debut Water On Mars was released on Tuesday through Drag City [link]

Philly bands Vacationer, Grandchildren, Lantern and more invaded Austin for SXSW with an impressive showing of hard work and talent [link]

Appel Farm announced a line-up for the June 1st festival that includes Brandi Carlile, Low Cut Connie and Delta Rae [link]

The Philly Drum Project will celebrate its first anniversary at World Cafe Live on April 23rd [link]

Get an exclusive listen of Amos Lee covering “Some Days Are Diamonds” from The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver [link]

Slingshot Dakota‘s positive, upbeat pop / punk songs shine in this week’s Key Session [link]

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SXSW Recap: Watch Pickwick perform “Hacienda Motel” and listen to their entire set from the Public Radio Rocks showcase

Pickwick | Photo by John Vettese
Pickwick | Photo by John Vettese

Live on the Public Radio Rocks stage at SXSW last week, up-and-coming Seattle band Pickwick performed “Hacienda Motel” for the crowd gathered for the WXPN-broadcasted daytime event.  Watch the WFUV-produced video below and listen back to audio of Pickwick’s full set here (via the WXPN media player).

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SXSW Recap: Watch Divine Fits perform “Shivers” and listen to their entire set from the Public Radio Rocks showcase

Divine Fits | Photo by Gus Phillipas | WFUV
Divine Fits | Photo by Gus Phillipas | WFUV

Last Friday Divine Fits played the Public Radio Rocks stage at SXSW, presented by WXPN and Triple-A friends WFUV in New York, The Current in Minneapolis / St. Paul, KXT in Dallas, and KUTX in Austin.  Below, watch the supergroup perform “Shivers” off of their self-titled 2012 debut (filmed by WFUV) and listen to the full audio of their set here (via the WXPN media player)..

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SXSW required watching Dispatch: Dave Grohl’s entire keynote speech

Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic via Rolling Stone
Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic
Dave Grohl was this year’s SXSW keynote speaker. Last year, Bruce Springsteen set a new bar for SXSW keynote speeches. Grohl had a tough act to follow, but definitely held his own with some great stories. During his speech he claimed “the musician comes first,” urged artists to find their voice, took a stab at Pitchfork (the music web site), and went on to thank Edgar Winter for being a major influence on his wanting to become a musician. Below, watch the full speech; it’s worth the 48 minute time investment.