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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Avett Brothers at the Mann, Anyee Wright at Foxtail Fest, Gallant at Electric Factory and more…

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The Avett Brothers | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

The Avett Brothers will headline the Mann Center tonight, previewing their forthcoming record True Sadness. It’s the band’s ninth studio record, so by now the brothers have developed a deep understanding of what makes them tick; Seth Avett detailed their influences, motives and thoughts in a letter earlier this spring, which you can read here. Listen to the title track below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Pusha T takes hip-hop to a brave new future at The Trocadero

Pusha T | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com
Pusha T | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

Pusha T has made a career out of carrying on the spirit of the 90s.  First as a member of The Clipse with his brother, and now as a solo artist and head of Kanye Wests GOOD Music label.

But, while he may be rooted in aesthetics that seem dated in a world taken over by an increasing crop of interesting DIY units, he’s taken hip-hop in to a brave new future.  His flow is classic, but he’s never afraid to alliterate over more adventurous music than most of his peers.  His content is steely and cold, but Pusha himself is an electrifying personality.

For this tour, which stopped at The Trocadero last night, he has chosen to put himself out on stage, alone and exposed, in times when most artists surround themselves with at least one hype-man. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Eagles of Death Metal will play The Trocadero this June

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California rockers Eagles of Death Metal have added dates to their spring U.S. tour, including a show at The Trocadero on June 3rd,  Founded by Jesse Hughes and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, the band released its fourth studio album Zipper Down last year.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: MH the Verb at Milkboy, Ty Segall at The Trocadero, James Hunter Six at Sellersville

MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist
MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist

Local DJ / producer / MC MH the Verb brings his live band to MilkBoy tonight. Verb’s performance is a multi-media experience, pulling together influences from many genres and time periods to create a fusion of art. The band spent 2015 working on a documentary series of their live shows in support of 2014’s The Balloon Guide. Check out “Blistered” below and get tickets and more information for the 21+ show at the WXPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: I Want To Know What Love Is at Boot and Saddle, Little Strike at Johnny Brenda’s, Truck North at The Fire, and more…

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Clique | photo by Sabrina Jacot

Love Is In The Air: Boot and Saddle is presenting “I Want To Know What Love Is,” a Valentine’s showcase featuring art from Jacqui Powell, Jordan Stiff, and Lauren McFadden and performances from many bands such as Clique and Woven In. For more info, go here. Continue reading →

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The Get Up Kids celebrate two decades with a sold out Troc

The Get Up Kids | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com
The Get Up Kids | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com

20 years is a long time in the music industry. Plenty of popular musicians change bands, change styles, or change mediums. For smaller bands that toured pretty constantly, the threat of growing tired of each other constantly looms, and many crack under the pressure until there is a notice put up on a website informing us that they are splitting up. While the latter did plague Missouri emo stalwarts, The Get Up Kids, it was to be short lived, and so we find ourselves celebrating their platinum anniversary, with much deserved fanfare in a fitting venue. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Get Up Kids at The Trocadero, Grace Potter at The Fillmore and more…

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The Get Up Kids | photo via Facebook

Missouri alt-rockers The Get Up Kids bring their 20th anniversary tour to The Trocadero tonight. The “second wave emo” band released five studio LPs over its 20 year career, most notably their 1999 Vagrant Records debut Something to Write Home About. They toured with Weezer and Green Day and count Blink-182, Fall Out Boy and Hellogoodbye as fans. Tickets and information for tonight’s all ages show with Rozwell Kid and Into It. Over It. can be found here. Listen to “I’ll Catch You” from their 1999 record below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hezekiah Jones at Ardmore Music Hall, Wild Child at Union Transfer, Onyx at The Trocadero and more

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Hezekiah Jones | photo by Lisa Schaffer

Raphael Cutrufello, better known by his moniker Hezekiah Jones, has been steadily growing a devout following in the Philly are and beyond in the last decade. Recently, we at The Key were lucky enough to have Jones and his band mates into the studio to play some tracks from their brand new album, In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw. Tonight is the album’s official release party at The Ardmore Music Hall with special guests the West Philadelphia Orchestra and Lauryn Peacock. For more information on the record release show tonight, click here. Continue reading →