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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Skyes at North Star Bar, Denison Witmer at World Cafe Live, Little Strike at the Sundrop Music Festival and more…

Skyes
Skyes | photo via Facebook

Indie electro pop band Skyes play North Star Bar tonight. The band got its start in Philadelphia before moving to Brooklyn, where they released a debut self-titled EP in 2013. The record jumps from MGMT-esque synth pop with 90s alt singer-songwriter vocals to a blend of industrial rock and pop, keeping listeners on their toes. Check out EP opener “Secondhander” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Album Leaf at World Cafe Live at The Queen, Marah at MilkBoy, QQQ at The Fire and more…

Album Leaf
The Album Leaf | photo via Facebook

The Album Leaf brings a short tour to World Cafe Live at The Queen tonight. Jimmy LaValle began the electronic project in California in the late nineties, collaborating with Conor Oberst and touring Japan before signing with Sub Pop in 2004. His last record was 2010′s A Chorus of Storytellers, though he’s performing new tracks on this current run of dates. Pick up tickets for the show here and watch the video for “Always For You” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rakim at Underground Arts, Bryant Eugene Vazquez at The Fire, Moon Bounce / Truewave at The Dolphin and more

Rakim | photo via facebook.com/rakimallah
Rakim | photo via facebook.com/rakimallah

Hip hop icon Rakim brings the heat to the Eraserhood tonight for a headlining show at Underground Arts. The Long Island MC first gained attention in the 80s as half of the pioneering duo Erik B. and Rakim; their albums Paid in Full and Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em remain classics of the genre – or, really, of any genre. He’s also released four albums as a solo artist, most recently 2009′s The Seventh Seal. We’re expecting a career-spanning set tonight, plus a fierce opening spot by one of our Philly faves, Chill Moody. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tess Emma, Cheerleader and more at Tri-State Indie Music Awards, Koji at The Fire, Davon at Kung Fu Necktie

Tri-State Indie
Tess Emma | photo via Facebook

The 4th Annual Tri-State Indie Music Awards take over World Cafe Live tonight. Performances by local musicians like Tess Emma, Cheerleader, Satellite Hearts and more will accompany the award presentations. Check out a full list of nominated acts here and listen to Tess Emma’s latest EP below. Tickets and information for the event can be found here.

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Philly Music 101: The basics everyone needs to know about the Philadelphia scene right now

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Philadelphia is a city of many wonders: a buzzing food scene, an established craft beer culture, and a parade of historical landmarks. But one aspect of our city that we are particularly passionate about is our magnificent local music community and all that is has to offer. Here at The Key, we often focus on the particulars of our scene – where artists will be playing each night, brand new local releases, etc. - so much so that we can forget how overwhelming it can be for newcomers to get their bearings.

So for those of you having trouble finding where to start, we are introducing this new Philly Music 101 series as your guide through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving members, from artists to venues to studios and more. It’s meant to help new fans navigate the scene as much as emerging musicians looking to break in and behind-the-scenes folks trying to get their start. We hope it will illuminate just what makes it so damn exciting for music lovers to live here. To kick it off, here is a by-no-means-complete overview of the different pieces of the Philadelphia music scene that have come together to make up its sturdy foundation. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DRGN King at Johnny Brenda’s, Seoul Delhi at Bourbon & Branch, Kindred The Family Soul at World Cafe Live and more…

DRGN King
DRGN King | photo by Caitlin McCann | http://caitlinmccannphoto.com/

Local indie rockers DRGN King kick-off a nearly two-month long, cross-country tour at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. They also helped to kick-off the 2015 season of Free at Noons, “skipping their day jobs” to rile up the crowd at World Cafe Live back in January. They performed songs from their recent Baltimore Crush LP (which you can learn more about here), as well as tracks taken from their 2013 debut Paragraph Nights. Listen back to the concert here and check out a live-session video for “Undertow” below. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Field Mouse and Teen Men can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Seoul Delhi at The Fire, The Danger O’s at Ortlieb’s, Preservation Hall Jazz Band at American Music Theatre

Seoul Delhi
Seoul Delhi | photo via Facebook

Seoul Delhi leads a line-up of locals at The Fire for the final night of the Northern Liberties Music Festival. The band is only a couple of years old but has already released its debut LP Everything Must Go and is working on a follow up right now. They blend elements of classic rock and pop song writing, citing Steely Dan, Amy Winehouse and John Mayer as influences. Listen to “Am I Free?” from Everything Must Go below and get more information for tonight’s show with Legs Like Tree Trunks, Sexoffice and Kingfisher here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Northern Arms at Johnny Brenda’s, Halfro at The Fire, Deb Callahan Band at Steel City Coffeehouse

Northern Arms
Northern Arms | photo via facebook.com/thenorthernarms

Northern Arms join their friends in BUSSES at Johnny Brenda’s for the latter’s record release show tonight. The former is currently working on a follow-up to last year’s self-titled debut at Miner Street Recording. The local ten-piece have mastered the art of darkly cinematic songs, taking the best bits of Arcade Fire’s dramatism and pairing it with Angelo Badalementi’s suspense. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ with Tinmouth can be found here. Watch “What You’ve Got On” below.

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