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DANG: The Menzingers and mewithoutYou will co-headline Union Transfer

The Menzingers | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
The Menzingers | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

You might want to brace yourself for this one. Philly punk favorites The Menzingers have just announced a short tour with mewithoutYou. The tour will have a double stop at Union Transfer on October 23rd and 24th before they make their way down to Gainesville for FEST. Tickets will go on sale Friday July 10th at noon here. Continue reading →

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Philadelphia Takes over Florida’s The FEST…again

themenzingersIt seems that everyone is catching onto the fact that Philadelphia’s music scene is not something to overlook. Even though it takes place in Gainesville, Florida, The FEST seems to be overrun with artists from our city. Last year, we talked to a bunch of local artists about why that is, then took a trip down to Gainesville to experience it for ourselves. This year’s lineup was recently announced, and Philly once again represented heavily in the lineup of over 330, we rounded up a list of must-see locals making the trip to FEST. Continue reading →

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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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Watch a new video for The Menzingers’ “Where Your Heartache Exists”

The Menzingers | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
The Menzingers | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Hometown (via Scranton) punk heroes The Menzingers just released a new music video via SPIN.

Apparently shot along the fringes of Philly, the video for “Where Your Heartache Exists” shows the foursome rock (and roam) for the track off of their fourth studio album, Rented World, released last April via Epitaph Records. Continue reading →

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One last Church basement show for The Menzingers, I Am the Avalanche and more

The Menzingers | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
The Menzingers | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Recently, R5 Productions announced that shows First Unitarian Church would be scaling way back this fall. For that reason, it’s an appropriate time to really cherish seeing your favorite bands at the much-adored “Church.” On November 8th, Philadelphia was treated to a show from east coast punk favorites The Menzingers, returning to the basement after months of hard touring behind their 2014 outing Rented World, which had them packing both Golden Tea House and Union Transfer earlier this year. Continue reading →

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Load-In to Load-Out: The Menzingers’ Rented World tour takes on Union Transfer

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The Menzingers at Union Transfer | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

Most people think of a concert as those four or so hours you spend standing in crowd, singing along with your favorite band. But have you ever thought about what goes into making that happen? We followed The MenzingersRented World tour for a day as four bands converged on Philly’s Union Transfer to put on a show. The headliners were brought up in the Scranton DIY scene before relocating to Philadelphia – releasing several amazing albums along the way – and this stop on the tour was their biggest headlining show to date in their adopted hometown. Their fourth full-length, Rented World, was released this spring on Epitaph Records, and it’s gotten the band some of its highest-profile attention outside of the punk world – including an enthusiastic review in the New York Times. Even so, the band stayed true to its roots for the tour, bringing along Philly friends Cayetana, up-and-coming Toronto punk four-piece PUP and Buffalo indiepop trio Lemuria. Take a look at how the gang spent their Saturday in pictures. [continue]

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Peek into “Slow Come On,” the newest single from Tigers Jaw

Photo via facebook.com/tigersjaw

A Tigers Jaw fan is a special kind of person. There’s hardly an in between – you’re either a hardcore devotee, or you’re not a fan at all. So word got around last spring that the Scranton-based might be breaking up, it was devastating to some. The iconic punk image of the slice of pizza on their self-titled record flooded the Internet and Tumblr accounts everywhere, but luckily, the “break up” was a bit of an exaggeration.

Three of the band’s founding members were leaving – the band’s announcement of this, which noted that its U.S. tour would be the “last for the forseeable future” was misconstrued – but the core songwriting duo of Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins remained persevered, and is gearing up to release its fourth LP, Charmers.

Their newest share, “Slow Come On,” is a moody, head-bopping tune heavy on the drums and punctuated by Walsh’s echoey voice. It’s certainly different from the Tigers Jaw we’re used to, but unmistakably Tigers Jaw all the same.

Next month, they’ll play Union Transfer on June 16th; tickets and information on the show can be found here. Charmers is out June 3rd on Run For Cover Records. Preorder the album here and listen to “Slow Come On” below.

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Watch The Menzingers perform acoustic at Wilkes-Barre’s Gallery of Sound

Just two days ago, one of Philadelphia’s biggest punk bands, The Menzingers, released its fourth full-length album, Rented World, via Epitaph Records. Following up a surprise record release show in their current hometown of Philadelphia, the band went back to their roots and played an in-store acoustic show at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre, PA. In order to get into the show, one had to purchase their new record, Rented World on CD or LP and get a wristband for guaranteed entry to see the show and meet the band after their performance.

According to vocalist/guitarist Greg Barnett, this was only the second time that The Menzingers had played an in-store acoustic show. Both nervous and excited, the band put on an excellent performance, playing new songs such as album opener “I Don’t Want to be an Asshole Anymore” as well as old favorites such as “Good Things” and “Ava House”. This was a very special performance for not only the audience, but for the band – for a handful of songs, this was the very first time that these were played acoustic. At the end of the night, Gallery of Sound, with the help of The Menzingers, was kind enough to raffle off copies of Rented World LPs as well as On the Impossible Past cassettes. Check out photos and videos from the performance below.

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Surprise! The Menzingers threw a secret album release party at Golden Tea House

 

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Yesterday, The Menzingers released their fourth full-length album, Rented World. (Read our review here.) The band surprised its hometown fans when it was revealed that they were playing a secret CD release show at the Golden Tea House last night with Nona and Holy Mess opening. With less than a day’s notice, fans flocked to this West Philadelphia venue. Punk rock time was thrown to the side as the show was sold out before doors were scheduled to open. The Menzingers threw a crazy party, and you can check out scenes from the show in the gallery below.