Tonight’s Concert Picks: Elle King at The Fillmore, Chris Robinson Brotherhood at TLA and Robert Randolph and The Family Band at World Cafe Live

Elle King | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Elle King | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

UArts alum turned pop sensation Elle King returns to Philly tonight for a gig at The Fillmore. King has been on The Key’s radar for quite some time now, and her countrified rock music is hard to forget and even harder not to like. Her song “Ex’s and Oh’s” off her debut album Love Stuff catapulted the LA native into the spotlight last year. Watch the video for the massive hit song and click here for more information on the show. Continue reading →


Modern Baseball will release the new You’re Gonna Miss It All LP on 2/11, tour with The Wonder Years in the spring

Modern Baseball | photo via band's Facebook
Modern Baseball | photo

After releasing Sports last year, Modern Baseball kept the ball rolling in 2013 by signing to Run For Cover Records, touring all this past summer, and releasing a split with The Hundred Acre Woods. Now, Modern Baseball has announced their next album You’re Gonna Miss It All, which is due out February 11 via Run For Cover Records.

Truly a Philadelphia production, the album was produced by Modern Baseball’s own Ian Farmer and Jake Ewald, mixed by Philadelphia’s Jon Low, and mastered by Will Yip at Studio 4. Listen to “Your Graduation,” the first single off the album, below. Like most Modern Baseball material, it is instantly catchy and has a great chorus. Unlike Sports, however, the song is less polished, adding a sense of grittiness that and even a bit of yelling. Keep an eye out for the album, and catch up on Sports below while you wait for the new record.

Catch Modern Baseball at the TLA on 12/30 with Man Overboard, Real Friends, Young Statues, and Fireworks or at The Electric Factory on 4/12 with The Wonder Years, Defeater, Citizen, and Real Friends.


Man Overboard to be featured on Punk Goes Christmas (annual Holiday show at the TLA 12/30)

Man Overboard is getting in the mood for the holidays with the upcoming release of Punk Goes Christmas, a compilation which will feature their take on The Kinks‘ goofy and gritty “Father Christmas.” This album is due out November 5th via Fearless Records and should help punks of all kinds get ready for the season, with christmas songs done by bands like New Found Glory, Yellowcard, All Time Low, and Real Friends to name a few. In addition to being a part of the Christmas album, Man Overboard recently announced that their annual Lost Tape Collective Holiday Show will be held on December 30th at the TLA. Make the first Christmas song of the season a good one, and watch The Kinks’ music video for “Father Christmas” below.

You can buy tickets to Man Overboard’s Holiday show here, and order Punk Goes Christmas on iTunes or Amazon.


Where will you spend Halloween? (Our concert poster guide can help you figure that out.)

Maxwell's On Main - 31stJust because most of us are too old for tick or treating doesn’t mean we have to sit inside waiting to give children candy at their demand. I’m sure we are all still young enough at heart to dress up and embrace the night, or weekend, or week if you know the right places to go. Not sure? Here’s a poster guide to some of the best Halloween Bashes around town featuring numerous top notch artists. Continue reading →


Photo Recap: James Blake played The TLA

All photos by Chris Sikich |

British electronic soul musician James Blake performed for a packed and enthusiastic crowd at The TLA on South Street last night. Blake’s second album, Overgrown, was released a month ago and he’s touring the states with his band in support of it. Check out scenes from last night’s show in the photo gallery above.


The Key Studio VIDEO Sessions: A decade of mewithoutYou

For this month’s Key Studio Video Session, we profiled mewithoutYou, the Upper Darby-bred experimental five-piece that bridges the divide between raw, introspective punk rock and lush, Neutral Milk Hotel-esque indie symphonies. This year, they celebrated ten years as a band, and in the spring they plan to release their as-yet untitled fifth album, recorded over the summer with Daniel Smith of Danielson – it’s their first since 2009’s It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Allright. In our session, the bandmates reflect on their first decade together, discuss the forthcoming album and preview three new songs from it. They also played two favorites from Brother, Sister and Catch For Us the Foxes, which you can stream or download below. Catch the band on Friday Dec. 30 when they play the Theater of Living Arts for a pre-New Years’ co-headlining show with Thursday.

Key Studio Video Session #5 – Me Without You from WXPN FM on Vimeo.