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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dear Nora at Johnny Brenda’s, Public Service Broadcasting at The Foundry, The Afghan Whigs at Union Transfer

Dear Nora | photo via katydavidsonandfriends.com

Katy Davidson has been making music and touring under the name Dear Nora since 2000, and the project makes a stop at Johnny Brenda’s in support of the newly-reissued Mountain Rock LP (listen below). After a several-year hiatus, some of which Davidson spent playing as Key Losers, she recently revived Dear Nora to the thrill of her loyal fanbase (the likes of which include former Philadelphians Girlpool, whose song “Dear Nora” is a tribute to the band). Nicholas Krgovich and Hello Shark will open the 21+ show. Continue reading →

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Dave Rosser, Guitarist for The Afghan Whigs, Dies at 50

The Afghan Whigs | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

After a long battle with inoperable colon cancer, guitarist Dave Rosser of the Afghan Whigs passed away last night at age 50.

Following a 16-year hiatus, the Afghan Whigs reformed in 2014 and released their album Do to the Beast with the new addition of Rosser in the lineup, who stayed with the group through the release of this year’s In Spades and had planned to join them for a few dates on the road during the album’s supporting tour, health permitting. The group is set to bring the tour to Union Transfer in September. Late October, the Whigs announced that Rosser was battling cancer and played two benefit shows in December to help lessen the guitarist’s medical bills. Continue reading →

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Death Song: The Black Angels LIVE, new Girlpool, Big Thief and LCD Soundsystem on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The Black Angels | Photo by Alexandra Valenti, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight with what is by far our spoooookiest live session yet! Listen starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, you know) for a full two-hour show that’ll feature an in-studio performance from Austin psychedelic masters The Black Angels. The group just released a new album, Death Song, and stopped by to play some of the new tracks in a special, semi-acoustic set. It’s a session that’s not to be missed! Also be on the lookout for a spotlight on Powerplant, the second album from the (former) Philly (former) duo Girlpool. And we’ll do a little survey of bands who’ll be coming through town between now and our next show. You’ll just have to listen to hear those! Or you could preview some of them below…

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The Afghan Whigs announce North American tour, hitting Union Transfer in September

The Afghan Whigs | Courtesy of Sub Pop Records

With The Afghan Whigs releasing their new record In Spades this week, it was about damn time for them to get back on the road. Thankfully, we got our wish as the band announced a spanning North American tour in the fall, landing in our fair city for a gig at Union Transfer on September 12th. Support will come from Har Mar Superstar on all dates.

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The Afghan Whigs tease more new material with the boomer “Arabian Heights”

The Afghan Whigs | Courtesy of Sub Pop Records

Alt rock vets The Afghan Whigs are teasing more material from their new record In Spades (out May 5th on Sub Pop), this time with the driven “Arabian Heights.” Frontman Greg Dulli’s fervent vocals are in full force, floating in front of a blasting back section of speedy drum work and jamming guitars. Growing with each bar, the Cincinnati boys express the alternative energy they’ve boasted since debuting in ’91, and found within modern pop bands like Portugal. The Man and Imagine Dragons. I’m sure while some will throw the track on their running playlist, I’ll do my part and put it on my “Best New Tracks of 2017” list. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Demon In Profile” by The Afghan Whigs

The Afghan Whigs | Photo by Chris Cuffaro | Courtesy of Sub Pop Records

Last week, The Afghan Whigs announced they are releasing a new album, In Spades.

The first song from the record, “Demon In Profile,” is classic Whigs. It’s big, bold, rocking and soulful, with a horn section whose sound is “inspired by the lush productions of R&B genius Norman Whitfield for The Temptations and Undisputed Truth” according to the band’s bio. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli cover Sharon Van Etten and catch him live in Philly early next year

Photo courtesy of Amanda Demme via facebook.com
Photo courtesy of Amanda Demme via facebook.com

Ohio-bred guitarist and songwriter Greg Dulli has had a long and successful career in the alt-rock scene, from his days founding the now-reunited Afghan Whigs to his work with The Twilight Singers and a string of solo releases, Dulli has been around the block.

Now he will go around the world as a part of a career-encompassing tour of Europe and North America. Today Dulli announced the specific dates and teamed up with longtime singer-songwriter and icon Ani DiFranco to give fans a taste of what to expect come tour time, with a cover of Sharon Van Etten’s 2010 song, “A Crime.” Continue reading →

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The Key’s Top 15 Albums of 2014

top 15 albums of 2014
This is the music that moved us this year.

Here at The Key, we’ve gone through four year-end best-of seasons since launching in August of 2010 without weighing in on top albums. Why did we change that this year? Simply put: music in 2014 was outstanding. On the local front, on the national front, from pop to rock to experimental and hip-hop, there was a tremendous offering of front-to-back solid records. Annie Clark got mind-bendy on St. Vincent; Tim Showalter got emotional on HEAL; Sylvan Esso caught us by surprise on their self-titled debut; Cayetana blew up in a big way on their debut Nervous Like Me, voted the best record of the year by our staff of contributors. To narrow it down to the top 15 albums of 2014 is to exclude hundreds of other worthy inclusion, so you can read our contributors’ individual top fives here. Then again, there is power in consensus, and these are the albums we collectively agreed were the best. Continue reading →