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Alright Junior surveys the sands of the aurora borealis in animated “Hold On to My Breath Again” vid

Alright Junior | photo courtesy of the artist
Alright Junior | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly rock outfit Alright Junior released the impressive Inhibition EP last fall, a followup to their 2014 debut Amusia. It’s a punchy, thoughtful set of songs from singer-guitarist Jace Miller, drummer Mike Fraclose and bassist Jamie Victor, and they’re still resurfacing into the world in unique ways — like this new stop motion video for “Hold On To My Breath Again.”

Cast in pointillist stop animation and fine-grain, multi-colored sand (the stuff you might recall from bottle art at summer camp and on the boardwalk), the video takes place on what initially looks like a deep space outpost — the jet black pinhole sky playing no small part in this. But as the footage zooms out and moves around, it appears we are somewhere on the polar extremities of Earth, either Arctic or Antarctic, and as we move around the barren snowscape with an army of penguins and other life forms, the aurora borealis shimmers overhead. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Parks on Tap, Nuevofest at FringeArts, NoHeadliner at The Barbary, and more…

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

UPDATE: Tonight’s Clap Your Hands Say Yeah show at Parks on Tap has been cancelled due to illness. Kicking off Parks on Tap’s Twilight Music Festival tonight are local indie heroes, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Instead of one long day of tunes, this festival is broken up into weekly installments happening Sundays on MLK Drive. Find more info on the 21+ festival here and watch the video for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s recent video for their track, “Down.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mitski at Union Transfer, Cayetana at Skid Row Garage & more

Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist
Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Indie rock goddess Mitski returns to Philadelphia tonight in another round of touring to support her latest album Puberty 2The singer-songwriter has made her way through several local venues from our own World Cafe to First Unitarian Church to PhilaMOCA and more, and this time around she has graduated to headlining Union Transfer. Mitski’s cutting lyrics and powerful voice driven by electric guitar makes for an intimate live performance in both the quiet moments and in the loud no matter the size of the venue. The night will also be a hometown show for Philly-based opener Half Waif who will be on the road with Mitski for the duration of the tour. For more information on the sold out show, click here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bigness at The Barbary, Northern Arms at Boot and Saddle, & More

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The Bigness | photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop Photography | http://www.bklphoto.com/

Philly band The Bigness headlines tonight at The Barbary in Northern Liberties, supported by local bands The Lemats and The Upticks (only bands with “The” in the name are allowed to perform tonight). The Bigness released their debut LP Time Traveler last year to follow 2011’s Surf + Turf, growing into their solid indie rock sound. More information on the 21+ show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tigers Jaw at Union Transfer, Cheerleader at Johnny Brenda’s, Geisha Facade at The Barbary and more…

Tigers Jaw | photo by Jimmy Fontaine | courtesy of the artist
Tigers Jaw | photo by Jimmy Fontaine | courtesy of the artist

Scranton’s Tigers Jaw make their highly anticipated appearance at Union Transfer tonight. Touring in support of this year’s spin, the duo recently filmed a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music; watch that set below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show with Saintseneca and Smidley here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: White Reaper at MilkBoy, ESS SEE at The Barbary, Bell Biv Devoe at The Mann

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White Reaper | photo by Tom Nugent | via band’s Facebook

Louisville, KY act White Reaper are about a quarter of the way through their massive summer tour, which stops at MilkBoy tonight. The quartet is on the road in support of this spring’s The World’s Best American Band – a collection of affected, infectious classic rock revival. Tickets and information can be found here; watch a live clip of “The Stack” below.

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Listen to Post War Dream’s live XPN Folk Show session

Post War Dream | photo by Matt Kelly | via artist’s Facebook page

Local four-piece Post War Dream recently popped by the XPN Folk Show to grace listeners with their earnest, indie-country croons. If you missed the show, don’t fret — you can listen to the live session below.

The band performed three tunes off of their recently released album, We’ll Be Just Fine, including the upbeat “Boots in the Mud,” the raspy, soul-infused “Cold Out There,” and the stripped-down and delicate, “Those Eyes.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Macy Gray at Ardmore Music Hall, Chris Kasper at World Cafe Live, Telyscopes at The Barbary, and more

Macy Gray | via facebook.com/macygrayslife

Macy Gray‘s back, folks. And she’s not slowing down one bit.  After releasing the jazz-infused album, Stripped, back in September, Gray continues to show her endless talents with a recent single “White Man.” While also being an insanely catchy, dance-able tune, the single also serves as a socially-conscious, empowering anthem. Don’t miss Macy Gray perform this and classics alike at The Ardmore Music Hall tonight. Find more info on tickets here, and watch the inspiring video for “White Man” below. Continue reading →

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Check out Camp Candle’s dreamy new electropop EP Light

Camp Candle | photo via campcandle.bandcamp.com

We can’t get enough of Philly-based indie-electro-hip-hop duo Camp Candle over here at The Key. And neither should you, because these two cool cats make some extremely sick tunes.

Following the success of last year’s ERE, Camp Candle recently dropped their new EP titled, Light — blessing us with three new tracks to be swept away in. Previewing the release a few months back, first single “Fogged Glass” had us feeling the XX and Blood Orange vibes, while dreamily-whispered “Forever Light” slows it down a notch with bits of purposeful percussion, and “Before the Night” closes out Light with hazy 80’s synth fusions. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mirah at Boot & Saddle, Sea Offs at The Barbary, Rhiannon Giddens at World Cafe Live

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Mirah | photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia-born musician Mirah returns to her hometown for a show at Boot & Saddle tonight. She brings with her a catalog of effervescent pop jems, like those found on 2014’s Changing Light – her most recent release. Watch “No Direction Home” from that LP below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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