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Interview: The Spinto Band: buoyant, boisterous, but deeply thoughtful pop, coming to Johnny Brenda’s Saturday

The Spinto Band’s new Cool Cocoon is a raucous good time – not unlike their live show. The Wilmington, Delaware natives have long been veterans of the Philadelphia local music scene, and we’re excited to welcome them back this weekend for a show at Johnny Brenda’s. They come fresh off of an international tour, touting Cool Cocoon, which dropped on February 5th. The new album, the music video for the single “What I Love,” and the band’s intense activity lately have sparked positive coverage all over the world, from The New Yorker to international fan tweets. We wanted to know how all of this attention made the guys feel, so we caught up with The Spinto Band’s Nick Krill and Thomas Hughes over e-mail while they were touring Europe. Continue reading →

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The Spinto Band want to make you happy with their new video for “What I Love” (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 2/16)

NPR premiered a new video from The Spinto Band this morning for “What I Love” off of the Delawareans’ brand new album Cool Cocoon.  As close-up shots of a breakfast table unfold, a dancing, cartwheeling and gracefully-parkouring gymnast shows us that things even as small as sugar cubes in a hot cup of coffee are reason enough to express our happiness.  Watch the video below for the euphoric song below and celebrate the new album with The Spinto Band when XPN welcomes them to Johnny Brenda’s on February 16th.  Tickets and more information can be found here.

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The Spinto Band celebrating Cool Cocoon at Johnny Brenda’s on 02/16

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When Delaware rockers The Spinto Band take the stage at Johnny Brenda’s on February 16th, their new full-length will be just shy of two weeks old.  Cool Cocoon, the indie band’s quick follow-up to this year’s Shy Pursuit, will be released on the indie band’s own Spintonic Recordings label on February 5th while they are on tour in France.  Tickets for The Spinto Band’s 21+ show at Johnny Brenda’s will go on sale at noon tomorrow, December 13th; more information can be found here.  Below, stream and download “Shake It Off” from Cool Cocoon.

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Listen to “Shake It Off,” a new song from The Spinto Band

Self-Titled Mag premiered a new song from The Spinto Band today, a deceivingly bouncy track called “Shake It Off.” The Delaware indie outfit is wrapping a European tour right now and will release its Cool Cocoon LP on February 5th through Spintonic Recordings.  Dropping just nine months after this year’s Shy Pursuit, Cool Cocoon is described as “something you’d expect from the Spinto Band: familiar, but also like nothing you’ve ever heard. ere is a keen awareness of their past connected with a look towards the future.  To hear such contrast within a modern pop record is refreshing, and it is even more rewarding when these variations and oppositions work sympathetically with one another.”  Listen to the new song below and learn more about the upcoming album here.

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Check out the most-played tracks from our Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5 Compilation

As we near that time of year when everyone gets into “Best Of…” mode, let’s ease into the list-making with a look at the most-played tracks from Volume 5 of our Key Studio Session compilations.  From quirky indie pop to big-band funk, these tracks have been racking up play counts and, hopefully, inspiring you to become fans of some great local musicians.  Take a look at the list below (with play counts at time of publication) to see if your favorite artist featured in Volume 5 made it, and then listen to the full compilation here.  Check out all of the Key Studio Sessions here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders at 215 Festival, Freelance Whales at Union Transfer, Spirit Family Reunion at The Abbey and more

The fantastic spectacle that is John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders hits Underground Arts tonight in conjunction with the 215 Festival.  Bringing in special guests Dean and Britta, Elizabeth & The Catapult, Doogie Horner, Paul Muldoon, Alec Ounsworth, Carla Rhodes and The Spinto Band, the Cabinet is sure to entertain with its quirky, vaudevillian mix of comedy, music and storytelling.  Tickets are $15 here for the 21+ show; doors will open at 9:00 p.m.  Watch a promo video for the Cabinet of Wonders below.

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Tonight’s Halloween Concert Picks: The Spinto Band at Johnny Brenda’s, The Dead Milkmen at Union Transfer, A Tribute to Halloween at The Fire, Kuf Knotz’s BoomBox Collective at World Cafe Live

Indie poppers The Spinto Band are playing the spooky-scary “Dress Up and Make a Sound” event tonight at Johnny Brenda’s.  The Deleware outfit has promised to scare your face off and give you goosebumps (what else could you ask for?) with the help of Philadelphia rock ‘n’ rollers Toy Soldiers, Pittsburgh’s Delicious Pastries and DJ Langor. Tickets are $10 here; doors will open at 8:00 p.m. for the 21+ show.  Check out The Spinto Band’s video for “Muesli” below.

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215 Festival music lineup includes Dean & Britta, The Spinto Band, Lushlife, Light Heat and more

Literary arts showcase The 215 Festival is making its grand return to Philadelphia this year, and the announcement today reveals an all-around exciting lineup, especially in the musical realm. New Eraserhood venue Underground Arts is ground zero, and The West Philadelphia Orchestra throws a “Ladies Night Balkan Dance Party” on opening night, November 1. The following night, John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders performs – this time featuring members of The Spinto Band, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Dean & Britta. Lushlife and Light Heat play the Bibliodiscotheque Dance Party on Nov. 3, and John Hodgeman closes out the festival on the 4th. No word on whether humorist Hodgeman’s performance will be musical or not, but perhaps one of his TBA guests will bring instruments with them. Check out the entire lineup here.

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My Morning Download: “Muesli” by The Spinto Band (from The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5)

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Today’s My Morning Download comes from Wilmington indie-poppers The Spinto Band, who this spring released a new album called Shy Pursuit and recorded a Key Studio Session with us. This version of their song “Muesli” comes from that session, and can be found on The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5, our latest compilation of performances from Philadelphia-area artists we’ve showcased here at The Key. You can download the album for free here. (And if you’re looking for more, volumes 1 through 4 can be found here.)

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company