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New Year’s Eve is a month away. What concert are you going to?

Kurt Vile at #XPNFest | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

We’re drawing to the close of 2016, and as always, we here at The Key recommend you give 2016 the boot with live music. Spending that special moment that brings us into our annual chance for a new start at a concert with hundreds or even thousands of people who are all on the same page as you — for those few hours, the feeling is exhilarating and even a little magical. Compare this to the cycle of looking at your phone, standing in circles trying to connect with people that you know primarily through Facebook and most times drinking way too much in your quest to achieve that perfect New Year’s Eve moment that movies like When Harry Met Sally have elevated just out of reality’s reach.

Given, I’ve been going the latter route for the majority of my adult life and some of my fondest memories are searching for lost phones or helping my friend figure out the name of the cute guy with the green hat the morning after. BUT I knew that after happening upon a house show on New Year’s Eve a few years back, no party could ever fill me with the same ecstasy as the music and all the people in that basement did in 2013. So, if you’re looking to try something new, check out your Philly-area options for musical New Year’s celebrations. Continue reading →

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Seriously: Andrew Bird soars at the Electric Factory

Andrew Bird | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Andrew Bird | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

The title to Andrew Bird‘s newest record is as much a challenge to entry as it is a question — Are You Serious omits the question mark when written in order to ask an even larger question: Are you ready to face the whimsical whistler’s most intensive release yet? On Monday night at the Electric Factory, Bird asked the tough questions of both himself and the assembled audience, and perhaps the answers won’t be easily forthcoming.

Playing a setlist primarily composed of Serious material, he wowed fans one slowly swelling song after another through the night. Bird got the night started in the same way that Serious does—the rollicking, guitar-led noir of “Capsized,” a great introduction to the new cuts. As more of a casual fan, it’s been hard to decypher what of Bird’s discography is necessary listening, but after seeing most of Serious performed before me on Monday night, it’s apparent even to me that these are home runs, instant classics amidst a career already filled with those. Continue reading →

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Man of Constant Sorrows: Shakey Graves Rips at the Electric Factory

Shakey Graves | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Shakey Graves | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

There’s a lot that can be said of Alejandro Rose-Garcia. The man who hits the under the alias Shakey Graves is certainly no stranger to the limelight, having appeared in movies and television such as Friday Night Lights before moving on to music. Even though Saturday night at the Electric Factory was a far cry from his DIY-esque moments at Union Transfer earlier this year, Graves is still a force to be reckoned with and doesn’t lose an ounce of his irrepressible charm in a room that’s double the size. Continue reading →

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Listen to Purples’ easy, breezy new single, “Saving One For You”

via facebook.com/purplesmusic
via facebook.com/purplesmusic

Philly’s Purples have been particularly prolific as of late, and today they released what amounts to their seventh single since May, and the quality has only increased with each new output.

“Saving One For You” is the newest single from the psychedelic rockers and it takes a slower and more bare approach than last month’s “Get Hurt”, with singer Peter MoDavis giving off a lazy Sunday vibe with every stray observation. Continue reading →

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Happy record release day to The Wonder Years! Listen to “Thanks for the Ride.”

Today, Lansdale sons The Wonder Years release No Closer to Heaven, their latest full-length of cathartic punk rock anthems (get it here), and the album finds the band in top form after ten years in the game. Following a series of pre-release teasers – including “Cardinals” and “Cigarettes and Saints” – the band dropped one more yesterday, the sentimental “Thanks for the Ride.” Frontman Dan “Soupy” Campbell told Spin that the song imagines what life would be like if a deceased friend of his were still living. Continue reading →

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Get ready, Kraftwerk are coming to Philly

Photo via Kraftwerk Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/KraftwerkOfficial)
Kraftwerk | photo via facebook.com/KraftwerkOfficial

It’s official: the German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk will be visiting Philadelphia come fall. The Electric Factory will host the influential four-piece for an October 2nd show that is sure to showcase its vibrant and influential personality. Continue reading →

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Drive-By Truckers to play at Electric Factory on October 18

Drive-By Truckers | photo via facebook.com/drivebytruckers
Drive-By Truckers | photo via facebook.com/drivebytruckers

The Electric Factory announced today Drive-By Truckers will play on October 18. The alternative country band is touring in support of its latest album, English Oceans, released back in March. This is the twelfth album for the southern band, and, like its predecessors, highlights the band’s roots rock influence. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, July 11 at noon. For tickets and more information, visit the ticket page here. Below, listen to the band’s recent World Cafe session and watch their live video for “The Part of Him.”

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20 Philadelphia concerts you should go to if you ever invent a time machine

Led Zeppelin onstage at The Spectrum in 1970 | Photo via ledzeppelin.com
Led Zeppelin onstage at The Spectrum in 1970 | Photo via ledzeppelin.com

Every music fan has their own personal list of all-time favorite concerts. But imagine if you were old enough to experience a legendary rock and roll act like Chuck Berry in his prime, while in the same breath catching emerging bands like The Black Keys and Nirvana before they got huge. It’s pretty likely you never got to do either of these things. But there is one hypothetically feasible way to make it happen: invent a time machine. So let’s pretend for a minute this doable – here’s what I’d go back in time to see. Continue reading →

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Modern Baseball will kick off its summer tour at The Barbary in June

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Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

Modern Baseball may have just wrapped up a tour with The Wonder Years, but that doesn’t mean they’re slowing down any time soon. The never-wavering Philly based pop-punk band has announced a stacked summer tour with the likes of post-harcore band Tiny Moving Parts, emo/rock band The Hotelier and pop-punk outfit Sorority Noise. And to top it off, the tour kicks off right here in Philly.

Coming off of the release of their highly acclaimed album You’re Gonna Miss it All, MoBo played a sold out show with The Wonder Years at the E Factory April 13, and if you missed it, the Barbary show on June 1 should be at the top of your list. Tickets go on sale tomorrow via TicketWeb. Get tickets when they become available here, and see the full list of tour stops via MoBo’s facebook page. Check out the studio session Modern Baseball did with The Key here.

“Your Graduation” by Modern Baseball: The Key Studio Sessions from WXPN FM on Vimeo.