Tonight’s Concert Picks: Plow United at The Boneyard, Mock Suns at Johnny Brenda’s, Cheap Girls at North Star Bar and more

Plow United will be playing at Atlantic City venue The Boneyard tonight. After looking like they might never come back to the stage, the thrashcore pop-punk band made an unexpected return and proudly released their new album, Marching Band, last April. Can’t make it tonight? Catch Plow United tomorrow at the Mojo Main in Delaware. For more information and tickets for tonight’s show, click here. Watch a video of the band performing a cover of Siouxie and the Banshees’ “Burn-Up” from this week’s Key Studio Session below.

Plow United “Burn-Up” – WXPN Key Studio Session from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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The Week So Far: 9 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Kurt Vile, Grandchildren, Khari Mateen and Dave Hartley’s Top of The Key)


Grandchildren‘s Golden Age is featured in this week’s Unlocked series [link]

It’s been a big week for show announcements, with The Monkees [link], Patty Griffin [link], Pet Shop Boys [link] and The Olms [link] unveiling Philly dates

Joe Pug played a show at Johnny Brenda’s this week – check out a free download of five tracks from the Chicago singer-songwriter [link]

Khari Mateen will kick-off Brewerytown’s summer jazz concert series on May 15th [link]

Take a listen back to this year’s Key Studio Sessions with Volume 7, featuring Waxahatchee, Pissed Jeans and Ruby the Hatchet [link]

Kurt Vile shares a new video for “Never Run Away” – he’ll be at Union Transfer on May 18th [link]

Dave Hartley presents an overview of the NBA playoffs in a new edition of Top of Key [link]

Mount Moriah highlighted their sophomore album Miracle Temple during this week’s Folkadelphia session [link]

Download a compilation of music from local bands including Cheers Elephant, Roof Doctor and Norwegian Arms c/o Beat the Indie Drum [link]


Just Announced: The Monkees playing The Mann Center on 7/20

The Monkees - Press Photo The Monkees are coming! The Monkees are coming! They are playing The Mann Center on Saturday, July 20th.  By now, the history of The Monkees is the stuff of musical legend.  Beginning as a TV show band in the sixties and recording pop hits like “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer,” the “British” four-piece (Davy Jones was the only actual British band member) experienced the ups and downs of stardom before ultimately folding in 1970.  After a series of partial reunions and side-projects, the band got back together for a 45th anniversary tour in 2011 without Mike Nesmith.  Following the death of Jones last year, Nesmith rejoined Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork for a string of dates in the U.S., which continues this summer.  Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 4th at 10AM.  More information is available here


Hey Hey We’re The Monkees and we’re playing The Tower Theatre (sans Michael Nesmith)

The Monkees are doing a 45th anniversary tour with a stop at the Tower Theatre on Wednesday, August 31st. Though we’re excited that Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Micky Dolenz will be helping us relive the past, we can’t help but express our sadness that Michael Nesmith won’t be on the tour as he turned down being a part of this reunion. Complete ticket information is here. Below, a couple of why we still love The Monkees.