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New Philly indie rockers Spelling Reform release their debut single “Together Apart”

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Although new indie rock/pop quartet Spelling Reform only formed less than a month ago, the members of the group are no rookies to the Philly music scene.  It was not until this June that lead singer and songwriter, Dan Wisniewski (formerly of The Quelle Source) decided to gather the group together and immediately start making music. The indie rock group is comprised of members from The Quelle Source, The Chairman Dances, Bird Watcher and Monday Appreciation Society.

This week the band released its debut single, “Together Apart.”  Reminiscent of The Mountain Goats quirky sound, “Together Apart” is a naturally happy tune and shows the quartet’s versatility as a unit.  Stay tuned for an upcoming music video to accompany the single.

“Together Apart” is only a preview for their upcoming debut show tomorrow night, June 27th, at The Rotunda where they will open for Chairman Dances and Vita and Woolf.  Find tickets and info for the show here.

Listen to “Together Apart” below.

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The Chairman Dances covers Joni Mitchell’s “Blonde in the Bleachers” (playing Milkboy on 8/2)

chairman-dances-620x413-1Philly-based group The Chairman Dances, whose latest LP Michael and the Prohetess is available now via their Bandcamp, recently took a break from writing their own music to do a charming cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Blonde in the Bleachers” from her 1972 album For The Roses. Check out the Gregor Knell-directed video for the cover below, as well as the original, and be sure to catch The Chairman Dances this coming Friday, August 2nd, when they’ll be performing at Milkboy Philly. More info can be found here.

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Should bands combine their album release and farewell shows? The Quelle Source (and others) are doing it.

quellesourceI’m going to go on record and say this recent trend of the combination album release party / farewell show is bumming me out. And not just because bands I enjoy are parting ways.

To recap some incidences from the past month, just in Philly’s indie rock sphere – Arrah and the Ferns played their “indefinite hiatus” show on May 24th while simultaneously rolling out their latest LP Make Your Mind. Catnaps said goodbye on June 19th, just a few days after their Forget About It EP showed up on Bandcamp. And now The Quelle Source – who we know from last summer’s very fun music video for “The French Rapture” and eight or so years of gigs and recordings – announced their album release show for the new Send Out the Creatures (August 2nd at MilkBoy) with the caveat that it doubles as their final show.

On the one hand, I can absolutely understand why artists do this. Making a record is a long, labor-intensive (and, depending on what studio you’re using, potentially expensive) process. A lot can change from beginning to end, and sometimes along the way, a band realizes for a variety of reasons that it is no longer able to continue being a band. So what does it do with the music it just invested all this time, money and energy in making: let it disappear unheard into the ether, or make a final push to get it out in the world? So on that level, the trend makes sense. But it also feels alarmingly defeatist. Continue reading →

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Contest: Win tickets to Little Green Cars (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 3/21)

LGCQuickly-rising Dublin group Little Green Cars haven’t yet released their debut record Absolute Zero but the buzz surrounding the five piece has been steadily growing in anticipation.  Drawing comparisons to Arcade Fire, the folk-rockers build harmonies and dynamic beats to transcendent heights on the handful of tracks they have released ahead of the album’s March 26th Glassnote Records release.

Little Green Cars pull into town this Thursday, March 21st for a show at Johnny Brenda’s and The Key has a pair of tickets to the show that you can win.  Leave a comment below with your first and last name and an email address we can reach you at should you win (email address will not be made public).  For tickets and more information on the 21+ show with Dan Croll and The Quelle Source go here.  Watch the video for “The John Wayne” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hilly Eye and Attia Taylor at the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, Vacationer at Underground Arts, Shorty Boy Boy at MilkBoy, Free Energy and Bleeding Rainbow at Arden Gild Hall, Ape School and The Interest Group at Johnny Brenda’s

Titus Andronicus off-shoot Hilly Eye play the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel tonight with Attia Taylor.  Hilly Eye, the new Brooklyn-based duo project of drummer / vocalist Catherine Tung and guitarist / vocalist Amy Klein, have made fast moves in their short time as a band.  They released their first EP in 2010, followed by a 7″ on Don Giovanni last year and this year’s subsequent full-length Reasons to Live.  Pulling from the avant-noise tapestry of Lightning Bolt, Sonic Youth and the 90s “riot grrl” movement, Hilly Eye focus on transcendence both in their message and their sound with breathy vocals set against a backdrop of angular, heavy arrangements.  Tonight they play with Philly-to-Brooklyn transplant Attia Taylor, who just shared a few cuts from her upcoming album Luxurious Corners.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.  Below, watch Hilly Eye perform “Amnesia” at 285 Kent in Brooklyn.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs at The Fire, How To Dress Well at Johnny Brenda’s, The Quelle Source at North Star Bar, Dangerous Ponies opening for Tilly and the Wall at First Unitarian

Catch British/Southern rockabilly darlings Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs at The Fire tonight. The duo, Holly Golightly Smith and Lawyer Dave, released their fifth album, Sunday Run Me Over yesterday. The show tonight begins at 9 p.m., and more information about it can be found here. Below, listen to the pair’s single, “Burn Your Fun.”

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Dig into One Song Rock Festival’s lineup with its Soundcloud playlist (at The Media Theater through Aug. 25)

An experiment in placing emerging local musicians in a historic local landmark, the inaugural One Song Rock Festival kicked off on August 9. Over the course of the month, it will put some 27 regional bands onstage in the 600-seat Media Theater for the Performing Arts (pictured). You can check out the full lineup at the festival’s Facebook Page; one night not to miss is Friday Aug. 24, when The Sparklers, The Tressels and The Quelle Source bring the indie-Americana ruckus to town. Get an overview of the festival lineup in the Soundcloud playlist below.

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Watch the new music video from Philly indie rockers The Quelle Source (playing Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday)

Philly indie-rock four-piece The Quelle Source just released a very fun music video for “The French Rapture,” the title track from its most recent EP. Across a bouncy three minutes and change, we follow singer Kevin Ryan on a series of oddball dates with various lady-friends: they wreak havoc on the Franklin Square mini-golf course, race up the Ben Franklin Parkway in Segways, stopping in between for pints at Bridgid’s Pub in the Fairmount section of the city. While we here at The Key do not advocate beer-and-mini-golf meyhem, we do advise you to grab a free download of the song below – it’s got a totally catchy sound reminiscent of The Thermals and Built to Spill. And catch The Quelle Source live this weekend when they open for Goodnight Lights at Johnny Brenda’s.