Early on in The Stray Birds‘ Free At Noon set Friday, Oliver Craven took a moment to instruct the audience. “We were told to avoid dead air,” he said. “So keep clapping.” It was a playful moment during a special set for the trio-turned-quartet from Lancaster. Friday marks the release of their newest album Magic Fire, produced by the legendary Larry Campbell, and as Maya de Vitry added after Craven’s remark, the band was having so much fun finally playing some new songs. Continue reading →
Lancaster folk trio The Stray Birds is back with a new tune to follow up its 2014 LP Best Medicine. Except this time around, they’ve upgraded themselves from a trio to a quartet. Enter Shane Leonard, the new drummer for The Stray Birds — an element their music has never featured before. “Shining In The Distance” is a welcome change from what the band has been creating since 2010. Continue reading →
The Stray Birds, Tinsley Ellis, Marah, Wayne Hancock, Selwyn Birchwood, The Innocence Mission, and Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials are just a handful of the over 50 plus artists that have been announced for the Lancaster Roots & Blues festival from February 26th to February 28th in Lancaster, PA. Continue reading →
Folk trio The Stray Birds traveled a long way to make this video. In fact, they spent fifteen hours on a train from South Carolina to New York City in order to bring song “Never For Nothing” to life. Their travels were worth it. The video features Canadian musician Taylor Ashton of the group Fish & Bird as he performs on subway platforms to audiences of children and in fields to the open air. It’s a beautiful song and an equally beautiful video. Continue reading →
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 →
Night Panther are no longer a band, but they’ve got some loose ends still wavering out on the internet. This week surfaced the KISS EP outtake “Our Time Is Fading,” as well as a previously unreleased Key Studio Session from early 2014. Check out “Our Time Is Fading” below and grab the full session here.
Last Thursday, music fans flocked to World Cafe Live to witness the record release show of a very special feather — The Stray Birds. The trio out of Lancaster cracked open their just-released Best Medicine and strutted their Americana for a highly appreciative audience.
Heavy psychedelic foursome Creepoid return to their hometown of Philadelphia to headline Underground Arts tonight. The band made a name for itself after producing a unique blend of psych, grunge-induced sound reminiscent, echoing Bardo Pond and Dinosaur Jr. This year has been a productive one for them: they produced their self-titled second LP in March, followed it up with their EP Wet in April, relocated to Savannah and went on tour with Against Me!, Balance and Composure and more. Welcome them back to town for a headlining slot tonight. You can find more information on tonight’s show here. Check out their video for “Yellow Wallpaper” below. Continue reading →
Philly garage rock outfit Purling Hiss will take on Johnny Brenda’s this evening. The band’s distortion-infused sound has made the group a Philly favorite and they have continued to gain a following around the country thanks to relentless touring. Their recent album Weirdon, released by label Drag City in September, has received enthusiastic reviews, with Consequence of Sound saying that it proves frontman Mike Polizze “to be one of Philadelphia’s best, a tough feat considering the talent bursting out of the city.” For more information on tonight’s show, head over to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →