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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kalob Griffin Band at Johnny Brenda’s, Dent May at MilkBoy, The Weeknd at Susquehanna Bank Center, and more

znNa1lSPhiladelphia based Kalob Griffin Band will be bringing their Americana rock n’ roll to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. This band is known for their energetic live shows that are fueled by their love for music and performing. With an enthralling style that utilizes banjo and piano, this band is definitely one to check out. You can listen to their latest album here, download an exclusive new song by clicking here, and expect more new music from them this fall. Tickets for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.

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The Weeknd shares a new video, “Live,” featuring Drake (The Weeknd plays Susquehanna Bank Center on 10/4; Drake at Wells Fargo Center on 10/19)

La Mar C. Taylor/Courtesy of the artist
La Mar C. Taylor/Courtesy of the artist
Canadian R&B artist The Weeknd recently released a new album, Kiss Land and plays the Susquehanna Bank Center on Friday, October 4th. Below, watch the new video for “Live” featuring Drake. Go here for tickets to see the The Weeknd. Drake also will be performing in town on Saturday, October 19th at the Wells Fargo Center.

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Stream Kiss Land, the new album by The Weeknd (playing Susquehanna Bank Center 10/4)

La Mar C. Taylor/Courtesy of the artist
La Mar C. Taylor/Courtesy of the artist
Canadian rapper and singer Abel Tesfaye, who performs as The Weeknd, emerged in a haze of mystery in 2010, and in 2011 released three albums of music for free. Almost immediately The Weeknd captured the attention of music fans and critics with a slow to mid-tempo R&B sound that was a cross between Drake and Massive Attack with sample choices as diverse as Beach House, Portishead, and Siouxie and The Banshees. The first three records were remastered and released as Trilogy in 2012 and he releases his new album, Kiss Land, on September 10th. The Weeknd plays the Susquehanna Bank Center on Friday, October 4th. Go here for tickets and more information.

You can stream Kiss Land in its entirety here via NPR Music, or sample a couple songs below.

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Listen to The Weeknd’s new track “Live For” and his remix of Lorde (playing Susquehanna Bank Center 10/4)

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It’s a busy week for The Weeknd, aka producer / musician Abel Tesfaye. He remixed the track “Royals” by  Australian artist Lorde, an homage to young middle class kids with big dreams facing boredom.  Keeping it simple, Tesfaye takes the original and adds his own subtle touches: a heavier drum beat, a sinister background synth and his own vocals.

Along with the remix of “Royals” he released a song from his upcoming album, Kiss Land.  “Live For” features the same reverb atmosphere full of synths and high-pitched croons from Tesfaye but with one key addition.  The new track features Drake, long-time Weeknd fan and collaborator.  It appears that although Tesfaye decided not to work on Drake’s label, the two remain friends. Check out the new songs below and look for Kiss Land September 10th.  The Weeknd will perform at Susquehanna Bank Center in October.

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Watch a music video to The Weeknd’s eight-minute “Belong to the World” (playing Susquehanna Bank Center 10/4)

The+Weeknd+PNGThe Weeknd, whose sophomore album Kiss Land is due out sometime towards the end of summer, has just released a new video. The nearly 8-minute long, Anthony Mandler directed, video, is for the track “Belong to the World.” A tune that The Weeknd has been previously performed live, and one that samples the Portishead song “Machine Gun” (though, apparently, without Geoff Barrow’s permission). The Weeknd will be going on tour in support of the new release starting this fall, and will be coming to the Susquehanna Bank Center for a show on October 4th. Tickets and info can be found here, and check out the “Belong to the World” video below.

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The Weeknd announces fall tour (playing Susquehanna Bank Center 10/4)

The+Weeknd+PNGAbel Tesfaye, otherwise known by his stage name The Weeknd, has announced plans today for a fall tour, appropriately called “The Fall.” It starts this September, and will be making a stop at the Susquehanna Bank Center on October 4th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 12th, at 10 a.m. The upcoming string of dates will be in support of the Canadian-based alt-R&B songwriter’s soon-to-be-released sophomore full-length, Kiss Land, expected out at the end of this summer. The Weeknd has already given listeners a taste of that record, having released the title-track teaser, “Kiss Land.” Listen below, and find more info on his Susquehanna Bank Center show here.

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Ten stories from The Key that got you excited in 2012

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The amount of news that surfaces in a 24 hour period is astronomical anymore; multiplied by 365, that’s an onslaught of information we present you with during the calendar year. But some items always rise above the fold and prove to be something bigger. Here are the ten stories from The Key that drew your collective attention (and eyeballs) in 2012. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Corin Tucker Band at Johnny Brenda’s, Joe Jackson at The Keswick, Florence and the Machine with The Weeknd at SBC, Market East at Kung Fu Necktie


Get your riot grrrl on for The Corin Tucker Band album release show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight!  Tucker was the vocalist/guitarist in the influential feminist punk band Sleater-Kinney alongside Carrie Brownstein in the nineties, but took a break from recording to start a family after the band’s split.  She has since returned to the studio and releases her solo band’s sophomore album Kill My Blues today.  Also billed are fishtown duo Trophy Wife.  Doors for the 21+ show are at 8:00pm.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the video for “Riley” below, off of The Corin Tucker Band’s 2010 album 1,000 Years.

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New Music Video from Florence & The Machine; playing Susquehanna Bank Center in September

Noisey premiered a new Florence & The Machine video for “Breaking Down” from her sophomore album, Celebrations released last year on Island Records. The British indie pop group is playing at the Susquehanna Bank Center on September 18th, with Canadian R&B artist, The Weeknd opening the show. You can purchase tickets to the performance here.

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My Morning Download: Ellie Goulding covers The Weeknd’s “High For This” (produced by Xaphoon Jones of Chiddy Bang)


British pop musician and singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding recently recorded a cover of “High For This” originally recorded by Toronto R&B & hip-hop musician The Weeknd. The song was produced by Xaphoon Jones of Chiddy Bang. Download the song below.

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