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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rabbit Rabbit at The First Unitarian Chapel, Hoser at Connie’s Ric Rac, TJ Kong and more at PhilaMOCA

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The husband-wife duo that is Rabbit Rabbit have played with so many musicians in so many different styles it will make your head spin.  On their own, However; they’ve been creating a unique style of music that mixes rock, electronic and folk, releasing songs one-by-one on their website each month.  Tonight, you can catch them in the side chapel at First Unitarian Church along with the Lattimore/Zeigler Duo.  Click here for ticket info and check out their most recent Rabbit Rabbit Radio video below.

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The Swollen Fox is celebrating its 3-year anniversary at PhilaMOCA on 7/11

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The Swollen Fox has announced a special 3-year anniversary concert at PhilaMOCA on July 11th with TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb, Swift Technique and Shark Tape.  Since its beginnings, the local music blog has diligently and thoroughly covered Philadelphia music scene happenings and now runs the comprehensive XPN Concert Calendar in addition to hosting shows (like July 19th’s collaboration with XPN).  Tickets and information for the birthday show can be found here.  Check out  the bands below and learn more here.

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The Swollen Fox Presents and WXPN Welcomes a show with Goodnight, Texas and The Districts with Satellite Hearts at World Cafe Live on July 19

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The Swollen Fox music blog (and the man behind the XPN Concert Calendar) has announced an excellent show with Goodnight, Texas, The Districts and Satellite Hearts. The show is on Friday, July 19th at World Cafe Live Upstairs in Philadelphia. Go here for tickets to the show.

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The Swollen Fox Presents: Toy Soldiers with Goodnight, Texas and August John Lutz II (of the Levee Drivers) at Kung Fu Necktie tomorrow evening, 2/15

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Tomorrow evening, Friday, February 15th, music blogger The Swollen Fox presents Toy Soldiers, Goodnight, Texas, and singer-songwriter August John Lutz II (from the Levee Drivers) in concert at Kung Fu Necktie. The show starts at 7:30 pm; you can get tickets and more information here. You may recognize The Swollen Fox’s name if you follow his great music blog, but you may also recognize it from the WXPN Concert Calendar, which he works on for WXPN. The Fox has put together a terrific show with two of our favorite local bands along with Goodnight, Texas, an indie-folk group with roots in San Francisco and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They released an excellent rootsy/rocking/folking record last October called A Long Life Of Living that’s been getting a lot of play WXPN’s Singer Songwriter Radio. Try the record for yourself below.

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Just Announced: The Swollen Fox presents Toy Soldiers with Goodnight, Texas and August John Lutz II at Kung Fu Necktie on 2/15

Our friends at The Swollen Fox just announced their latest showcase concert, which brings Philly roots-blues five piece Toy Soldiers to Kung Fu Necktie on February 15. The band its gearing up to release its Bill Moriarty-produced sophomore album The Maybe Boys in the spring, and plans to showcase a healthy selection of new material in the set. Also on the bill is the gritty North Carolina-based folk duo Goodnight Texas, as well as a solo appearance from August John Lutz II from The Levee Drivers. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; more information is available here. Below, check out a selection of videos from each act. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Kevin Kennedy’s five albums The Swollen Fox can’t wait to hear in 2013

For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, one of our favorite Philly bloggers, Kevin Kennedy of The Swollen Fox, shares his five albums he can’t wait to hear in 2013.

It’s been a great year for music fans, but it’s time to start looking ahead to 2013. While you ponder your new year’s resolutions, take some time to look at upcoming concerts and releases—there’s a lot of stuff to get excited about. Some of my favorite artists are putting out new albums next year, and most have already scheduled Philly shows as well. Here’s a list of the 5 albums I’m most excited to hear in 2013. Continue reading →

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Have you seen XPN’s new concert calendar? Now powered by The Swollen Fox!

Philly music blog The Swollen Fox has long been one of our go-to resources for news on concert announcements and a comprehensive listing of shows coming to town. So we’re excited to announce that WXPN has partnered with Kevin Kennedy, the man behind the Fox, to run our new and improved WXPN Concert Calendar. In addition to highlighting our monthly compliment of XPN Welcomes concerts, the calendar now lists virtually every show happening in the XPN-listening region; from major venues like the Susquehanna Bank Center and The Capitol Theatre in Lancaster to tiny rooms like Kung Fu Necktie and the Burlap and Bean coffeehouse. It also includes prices, ticket links, onsale information, age restrictions and is searchable by Philadelphia area as well as Central Pennsylvania. Dig in to the calendar and plan your next several months of concertgoing here.

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Watch a video for The Bailey Hounds’ “Snakeskin” (playing PhilaMOCA tonight)

While a fair share of tonight’s concerts are either canceled or postponed – keep tabs on XPN’s Concert Calendar for the latest on that – both the band (The Bailey Hounds) and the curator (Kevin Kennedy of The Swollen Fox) have assured us that tonight’s Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA is ON. Which is great, because these guys have plans to do up the gallery / venue Halloween-style and screen a 70s horror classic (have you guessed which one yet?) after their set. It’s also great because it gives us a reason to showcase this new “Unplugged in the Woods” video of Bailey Hounds’ singer Ryan Petrillo singing “Snakeskin” in a forest in New Jersey, directed by Eric Ashleigh, one of The Key’s contributing photographers. Check it out below; the show begins tonight at 7:30, admission is a $5 – $7 donation at the door.

The Bailey Hounds – Snakeskin from The Solitaire on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thom McCarthy and Ron Gallo at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out, Dispatch at The Tower Theater, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at First Unitarian Church

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This month’s Tuesday Tune-Out series at PhilaMOCA is curated by The Swollen Fox’s Kevin Kennedy, so you know each night will feature some stellar local acts (read an interview with Kennedy previewing the series here).  Tonight’s event is a doubleheader with Thom McCarthy and Toy Soldiers’ Ron Gallo each playing a set, followed by a screening of a film that “may not be directed by (and starring) a legendary silent-film era comedic star.” The event is open to all ages; doors are at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. with the movie screening beginning at 9:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 at the door.  Below, watch Thom McCarthy perform his song “Tiempo” at PhilaMOCA from May 2011.

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Guest VJ Kevin Kennedy previews The Swollen Fox’s Tuesday Tune-Out Lineup series (kicks off at PhilaMOCA tonight)

As we ease our way into autumn, another month of Tuesday Tune-Outs at PhilaMOCA begins tonight. October’s curator is our man Kevin Kennedy, the founder and main blogger over at The Swollen Fox.

When it comes to covering Philly’s live music scene, Kevin is a machine – he runs what’s arguably the most comprehensive concert calendar in the city, and when he’s not listing or announcing shows, he’s attending them, keeping meticulous setlists, and generally being a consummate concert-watcher. (He’s also a fun dude to hang with at shows, trade his Bonnaroo stories for my South By Southwest stories, and nerd out over craft brews.) I’m happy to invite Kevin to our corner of the internet to give an overview of what he’s got in store for the five Tuesdays of October. All events are at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th Street), start at 7:30pm and are $5.

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When I first heard about PhilaMOCA’s Tuesday Tune-Out series back in June, I was very excited about the idea. Music and film are a great combination, and I thought it was especially cool that the musicians would be selecting the films. When Eric Besler asked me to curate a month, I was both honored and excited. It was a new and fun experience to put together October’s lineup, and I’m very excited for what’s in store this month. I’m also grateful to John Vettese for asking me to Guest VJ and let The Key’s readers know more about this month’s lineup. So without further ado, here are some videos and thoughts. Continue reading →

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