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

Photo by Ryan Jay

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.

From Kevin:
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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Foster the People, These United States with Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang

Tonight, Foster the People, the band that won the world over with their single, “Pumped Up Kicks” from their album Torches, is playing at the Mann Center. They have already had stellar success playing with The Beach Boys at the Grammy’s this past year and just finishing up an appearance at Bonnaroo.

Gina Vespa from says about their next album:

The band is piecing together ideas for the follow-up to their 2011 studio release of ‘Torches.’ While they’re still in the beginning stages of planning the new record, they have high and exciting hopes for it. As Foster commented to Billboard, “I think it’s going to take a lot of left turns … It’s going to be really celebratory … I think there’s going to be more grit, and I think it’s gonna be extremely percussive.” He also mentioned that the new music will likely be greatly influenced by what he’s been listening to lately, like the Kinks and the Clash.

Tokyo Police Club and Kimbra open for Foster the People at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts tonight at 7:30 PM, tickets are $29.50-36.50, all ages

Below, check out a video for “Warrior” that lead singer, Foster did with A-trak and Kimbra for the new edition of 3 artists 1 song.


And over at Johnny Brenda’s, The Swollen Fox and R5 present These United States, the alt-country rock band who just released their new self-titled album are playing with Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang. Purchase tickets for the 21+ show here OR, enter The Swollen Fox’s ticket give away here.

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We’re not making this up: Reading Rainbow is now “Bleeding Rainbow”

Thanks to The Swollen Fox for noticing this update via the band’s (new) tumblr:



- We like the name Bleeding Rainbow better.
- It is trippy as shit.
- We didn’t want to get a cease and desist letter from PBS.
- We were sick of being named after a children’s t.v. show.
- We were sick of people fixating on it and making dumb jokes/comments about it. (even though it was our own damn fault.)
- Carrie Brownstein didn’t like the name Reading Rainbow.

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Now On The Key: Tour and show announcements by The Swollen Fox

Over on The Key’s right rail, you’ll see a new widget featuring show announcements by The Swollen Fox. Since the site launched last year, it’s become one of our go-to spots for up-to-the-minute show announcements (including local bands and nationally recognized touring acts) as well as its comprehensive concert calendar. In fact, The Swollen Fox has become such a dependable resource for us (and, by extension, our readers) that we asked the folks involved if they’d be interested in partnering up with our site—and we were absolutely thrilled when they said “yes.”

If there’s a recent show announcement worth knowing about, you’ll find it in our widget; click on the links to get the full details from The Swollen Fox, and make sure to check out the concert calendar while you’re there.



Photo Recap: Popped! Music Festival featuring The Shins, Cage The Elephant, Panda Bear, Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, + more

All photos courtesy of Kevin Kennedy over at The Swollen Fox. From The Swollen Fox’s review of Popped! Music Festival, Day One:

Even before a single band had hit the stage, this year’s Popped! Music Festival was not off to a good start. Just a few days before the festival, organizers had to make the gut-wrenching decision to move the festival indoors due to the forecasted weather. No one can blame them for the move; they can’t control the weather and it’s certainly not their fault FDR Park wouldn’t be able to survive both the rain and thousands of people pounding its grounds. Nevertheless, no one seemed to be all that happy about the unfortunate move.

For the full review of the entire festival (including a ton of additional photos of each performing act), as well as a comprehensive calendar of upcoming shows in Philadelphia, visit The Swollen Fox. (Thanks to Kevin for sharing his photos with us.)

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