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Watch The Fleeting Ends’ stick-figured “Elaine” frolic in the band’s new video

Photo via www.thefleetingends.com
Photo via www.thefleetingends.com
Philly’s The Fleeting Ends wasted no time on elaborate animation in their new video for “Elaine (Until Now)”. Featured on their 2013 album Our Eyes Are Peeled and most recently on Showtime’s new primetime series Shameless, the simple stick-figure action amongst magazine cut-outs is simple and sweet in doing justice to the catchy pop tune. Check it out below and get tickets to their show at Ardmore Music Hall on March 7th here.

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Download Root Down in the Shadow’s new #CoverClub compilation

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Local music blog Root Down in the Shadow started a new series last year called #CoverClub, inviting Philadelphia musicians into the studio to record a song by a fellow local band.  To cap off the inaugural installments of the video series, the blog has compiled a selection of #CoverClub tracks for a free download.  The #CoverClub Nomad Recording Studio 1.0 comp features The Rivals covering Birdie Busch, Aaron Brown covering Allison Polans, Ron Gallo covering The Lawsuits and The Fleeting Ends covering Ween.  Take a listen below and grab the download via SoundClound.

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Watch The Fleeting Ends cover Ween’s “Tried and True” for Root Down In The Shadow

Photo via rootdownintheshadow.com
Photo via rootdownintheshadow.com

Philly music blog Root Down in the Shadow continues it’s Cover Club series with The Fleeting Ends tackling “Tried and True,” a single from Ween’s 2003 album Quebec. The band told Root Down’s Dan McGurk that Ween was an influence from early on:

Ween has been with us for so long we can’t remember when it was we got into them.  It was definitely a young age. Goofy songs like ‘Mister, Would You Please Help My Pony?’ and ‘Waving My Dick In The Wind’ immediately caught our attention along with more serious songs like ‘I Don’t Want It’ and ‘The Mollusk’.  Ween expressed freedom in every song and showed no fear.  They are truly original.  We feel privileged to have been able to experience them and their songwriting.

Check out The Fleeting Ends take on “Tried and True” and compare it alongside Ween’s original version.

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Premiere: The Fleeting Ends emerge from the shadows in their new music video for “Operator” (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 10/18)

FleetingEndsOperatorWe’ve still got The Fleeting Ends excellent sophomore album Our Eyes Are Peeled on regular rotation over here at The Key HQ, and are rather amped today to bring you a brand new music video for their single “Operator.” What begins with very shadowy and abstract shots stylized by New York-based director and editor Kyle C Mumford pulls back to show layered clips of the band members playing in a carpet warehouse owned by drummer Matt Amadio’s father – a space the band has used in the past for video and photo shoots. Says Matt:

The day we shot the video was during one of the heat waves we had in July. A couple of days before, I spent a few hours blacking out the 3500 square foot warehouse with old carpet pad (so much fun!). Kyle wanted to work in complete darkness. The concept was to shoot each of us in front of different textures in the complete darkness with only the illumination of a flash light. That’s exactly what happened.

So we spent the day sweating in the darkness of a warehouse with “Operator” blaring over the PA system with flash lights pointed in our faces. You can even see me wiping my face with an old piece of sweatpants in the video. I was in that bathroom for a while.

Check out the video below, and catch The Fleeting Ends’ fall tour, which kicks off this week (dates below). Their next Philly appearance next month at Johnny Brenda’s when they open for The Lawsuits at Johnny Brenda’s on October 18th.

Operator – The Fleeting Ends from The Fleeting Ends on Vimeo. Continue reading →

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Save the date: The Clark Park Music & Arts Festival is September 21st (featuring The Fleeting Ends, The Districts, Black Stars, Thee, Idea Men and more)

Clark_Park_Poster.1 The Clark Park Music & Arts Festival is happening on Saturday, September 21st, starting at Noon. The festival will feature over 40 vendors and 9 bands to celebrate the community supported Clark Park Fall Equinox Festival. Some of the bands performing include The Fleeting Ends, The Districts, Jackie Paper, The Deadeyes, Seismic Thrust, Black Stars, THATAFS, Thee, Idea Men and Southwark. Clark Park is located 43rd and Chester Avenue in West Philadelphia and is all free and all fun. Below, sample some tunes from a few of the bands that will be performing.

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Watch XPoNential Fest artist The Fleeting Ends play “Little People” along the Camden waterfront for Out of Town Films

Local trio The Fleeting Ends recently gave a rousing performance at the first day of this year’s XPoNential Music Festival. After their set, they met up the Out of Town Films gang to do an unplugged cut of their tune “Little People”, off their latest full-length, Our Eyes Are Peeled. Filmed right on the waterfront, and chock full of lovely harmonies and charming mandolin, this acoustic rendition is certainly worth giving a listen. Check it out below, and revisit The Fleeting Ends set at the River Stage here.

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From The Districts to Dr. Dog, local artists shine at XPoNential Fest

Photo by Eric Ashleigh
The Fleeting Ends | Photo by Eric Ashleigh

Despite age, genre and prominence, local acts who played the 2013 XPoNential Music Festival showcased their best for a hometown audience, both on the stage and on the air.

For Aaron Brown, front man for Philadelphia-based rock and soul band Aaron and the Spell, kicking off the festival on Friday night made for an “absolutely fantastic” experience.

“For me and my music, its helping me to find an audience,” Brown said. “It’s really hard to break out there, it’s a lot of bands doing a lot of great work. It’s hard to get out there and get people to even know about you.”

Brown said he hopes playing the festival helped him come away with a few new fans, if not for him personally, than for any members of his talented nine-piece band comprised of all Philly musicians.

“I’m blessed and thankful that new people can find something in me and my band that they appreciate and, hopefully, want to follow, whether it’s the amazing background singers or the amazing horn players or the amazing drummer or guitar player,” he said. “Even if I’m at the bottom of the list, I don’t care.”

Though his soulful voice and sound is sometimes compared favorably to Stevie Wonder, Brown said he doesn’t mind getting constructive criticism from listeners.

“If you see music and you don’t like it and it’s bad, tell the artist,” Brown said. “Don’t be mean, but tell them so artists can get better, some critical thought there that artists can continue to improve. I appreciate that. People do that to me all the time, people tell me I suck non-stop. But you know what, it’s cool and it helps me out.”

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The Districts | Photo by Eric Ashleigh

Lancaster-based bluesy rock band The Districts have had little time between playing Philly house shows and one of its biggest festivals, but didn’t falter during their first set for such a large crowd.

The four-piece band of 18- and 19-year-old musicians agreed that, aside from playing for new people, the best part of the festival was playing alongside some of their favorite national acts on the line-up.

“It’s coolest from like a fanboy stance,” said frontman Rob Grote (even though high-pitched screams from female fans echoed during their own set).

The Districts also cite Philly favorites like Dr. Dog, Man Man and Toy Soldiers as some of their biggest influences, and enjoy playing in the city because of the huge amount of other great acts.

“There are so many people to meet, so many places to go, and the connections between [bands], you find out they’re all connected somehow,” said guitarist Mark Larson. “So once you’re in, word just kind of spreads around. It’s a very music- accepting city.” Continue reading →

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