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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chill Moody at The TLA, Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, QQQ at North Star Bar and more…

Chill Moody
Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist

Chill Moody celebrates his 30th birthday with a headlining slot at The TLA tonight. We’re less than three months into 2015 but the local hip hop artist has wasted no time in getting work done this year. He’s released the first chapter of his new personal documentary Progression, taking fans into his every day life of rehearsals, meetings, dealing with setbacks and letting loose. He also sat down with All Def Digital and Grammy U to talk about his musical life and his adopted role of Philadelphia Ambassador. Check out that interview below and pick up tickets for the celebration here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Self Defense Family at Boot & Saddle, MPrynt at The TLA, David Ford at World Cafe Live and more…

Self Defense Family
Self Defense Family | photo via Run For Cover Records

Self Defense Family headline Boot & Saddle tonight. The band is an international collective of musicians with roots in Philadelphia, London, Los Angeles and Albany. They released an LP in 2013 called Try Me, landing somewhere between the heavy punk of Pissed Jeans and the enlightened punk of Sonic Youth with occasional surprises of indie rock (specifically “Mistress Appears at a Funeral”). The band followed-up that effort with two 7″ splits this year, one with Touche Amore and another with Creative Adult (also playing tonight). Watch their video for “Tithe Pig” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Church Girls at Boot and Saddle, Son Little at MilkBoy, Gang of Four at The TLA and more

Church Girls/ via facebook.com/churchgirlsmusic
Church Girls/ via facebook.com/churchgirlsmusic

A folk-rooted duo with a punk edge, Philly’s Church Girls headlines a show tonight at Boot and Saddle. Primarily the work of singers and songwriters Mariel Beaumont and Evan Anders, the five-piece band celebrated the release of its self-titled debut EP last month at MilkBoy. Tonight they’ll be joined by Sonnder, who are in the midst of their single-a-month project that will culminate in a new LP by December. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Ground Up discuss organic beginnings, songwriting and tour with OCD

Ground Up at Union Transfer | via facebook.com/skilloverswag
Ground Up at Union Transfer | via facebook.com/skilloverswag

Philly’s Ground Up may have jumped into the realm of major exposure in recent years with songs like “Got Damn” and “Daps,” whose video views boast over 200,000 views. But it’s their summer smash “Lets Ride” that has captivated audiences and the those of us at The Key’s office. Bij Lincs, the mastermind and the creator of the group’s sound, is matched perfectly by MCs Malakai and Azar, whose lyrical prowess is both intuitive and witty. The guys are currently on tour but I caught up with them to ask where the inspiration on their newest songs came from and what they’re looking forward to about their upcoming hometown show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Zydeco Party Gras at 7165 Lounge, Upperfields at Johnny Brenda’s, Chris Robinson Brotherhood at The TLA

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Curley Taylor | photo by David Simpson

The weekend’s Mardi Gras celebrations continue tonight with Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble at 7165 Lounge in Germantown. The band helped to kick-off XPN’s Zydeco Crossroads project earlier this year at the Kimmel Center, introducing Philadelphia to the high energy dance music of Southwest Louisiana. Listen back to that performance below and get more information about tonight’s show on the Zydeco Crossroads website here.

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Watch the first installment of Chill Moody’s mini-documentary series

Chill Moody | Photo by Mark Schaffer
Chill Moody | Photo by Mark Schaffer

We feel like we know Chill Moody fairly well. Since the West Philly hip-hop artist dropped his debut album in 2010, he’s performed at The Key Studio Session Live showcase, as well as a video session (not to mention his slots at The Roots Picnic, a slew of collabs and music videos, and even a short documentary of his sold-out TLA show, released in early 2013). Continue reading →

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Hometown Throwdown: Moosh and Twist and Ground Up will tear down The TLA

OCD: Moosh & Twist | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
OCD: Moosh & Twist | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

In three weeks, a pair of Philadelphia hip hop groups will bring their tour back for a hometown blowout. On Friday, February 27th, OCD: Moosh and Twist and Ground Up will tear the house down at the Theater of Living Arts. Moosh & Twist’s enthusiasm blended with Azar & Malakai’s (Ground Up) laid-back demeanor not only gives Philly a great mixture of sounds during the show but it also displays the variety that the Philadelphia hip hop scene has to offer. Continue reading →

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Jazmine Sullivan’s Reality Show tour brings her to The TLA on March 10th

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Following her return from musical hiatus and the release of this year’s excellent Reality Show, Jazmine Sullivan is taking her songs to the fans on nationwide tour this winter. The Reality Show tour kicks off March 1st in New Orleans, conclude on March 29th in Las Vegas and in between stops at The TLA for a hometown show on March 10th.  Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Primal Scream return to The TLA on 5/19

Primal Scream
Primal Scream | Photo by Piper Ferguson

With decades of psych-rock twists and turns behind them, groundbreaking Glasgow natives Primal Scream kept things fresh on their 2013 LP More Light. Pitchfork called it their “most impassioned, holistic and ambitious album since XTRMNTR,” the record that marked a turning point in the band’s career as they began using their voice for more than just party-starting. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Left & Right at The Pharmacy, Ben Kessler at World Cafe Live, The Devil Makes Three at The TLA

Left & Right
Left & Right | photo via www.facebook.com/leftandrightva

Virginia-to-Philly transplants Left & Right hit The Pharmacy tonight with The Cloth, Soul Glo and Combine. The show brings the band’s first tour (as well as the second week) of 2015 to a close, which shows just how road-focused this band is. 2014 saw the released of 5 Year Plan, which was featured in a year-long cassette series curated by Casey Wessbuch of Diarrhea Planet. Watch the video for “Low Expectations” below and get more info on tonight’s show here.

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