After playing a smokin’ set at World Cafe Live upstairs on Election Night, bluesy singer ZZ Ward is returning to Philadelphia on March 6 with WXPN favorites Delta Rae – who were also in town recently, recording a special producer’s session for World Cafe and appearing on the air with Helen Leicht. Tickets are on sale this Friday, November 30, at noon via Live Nation. Below, watch ZZ Ward performing a slick acoustic take on “Charlie Ain’t Home” at World Cafe Live earlier this month, and listen to Delta Rae’s World Cafe session here.
Always good to see #NiceThings happen to good people. Philly rapper Chill Moody, for a few weeks now, has been talking up “big news” and “dreams comes true” that he was getting ready to share with the Twitter and Instagram universes (to the point where dude was making announcements of announcements of announcements). This afternoon spilled the beans in a #chillmoodypressconference on Twitter. On December 28, he is headlining a show at The Theater of Living Arts – the release party for his new album #RFM (he loves hashtags, in case you couldn’t tell) – featuring Mic Stew, Jade Alston, Mont Brown and more surprise guests. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 16 via Ticketmaster.com. Needless to say, we’re stoked for the show. Below, check out Chill and his band in action in the Key Studio Session they recorded for us at MilkBoy Studio back in March.
Blitzen Trapper could have easily fallen prey to the typical rags-to-riches, cool-to-crazy Cinderella story. Though eight years have passed since lead singer Eric Earley ate hotplates in his sleeping bag and recorded songs under the caved-in ceiling of an abandoned warehouse, the Portland-based sextet has continued to create music evocative of the humble struggles associated with American living, combining the grandeur of classic hard rock with the simplicity—and sincerity—of folk songs. Going from homelessness to being mentioned in the pages of major music magazines is a notorious trigger for many musicians’ meltdowns; Earley, however, managed to turn it into the group’s sixth and latest album, Destroyer of the Void. The album carries the maturity of a band that has not only inched its way up to popularity, but is coping with the derailed personal life that comes from such popularity. Even with Beatles-esque vocal harmonies and a rotating selection of Led Zeppelin covers showcased on tour, Blitzen Trapper is still normal in the most eclectic, strangest way possible. Blitzen Trapper performs with Dawes at 7:00 p.m. at the Theatre Of Living Arts; tickets to the all-ages show are $20. —Marielle Mondon
It’s appropriate that the indie/electro-rock duo Phantogram shares a name with an optical illusion. While theirs is more in the audible sense, listening to the Syracuse, NY-based twosome is often an enjoyable trip. It takes place in songs such as “As Far As I Can See,” as vocalist Sarah Barthel sweetly floats through verses layered over glitchy psych beats intricately mixed with samples of her own voice. Other songs from 2010’s Eyelid Movies stand in complimentary contrast, including “You Are The Ocean,” which finds Josh Carter taking lead vocals in a slower and more low-key (yet still trippy and beat-filled) tune. The hypnotizing effects of the songs isn’t limited to the recordings, either: the two bring a drummer on tour with them to ensure their layered sound translates to their live show. Headlining this evening will be L.A. electro/glitch-hop trio The Glitch Mob, who released their most recent EP, We Can Make The World Stop, earlier this month. Phantogram performs with The Glitch Mob at 9 p.m. at Theatre Of Living Arts; tickets to the all-ages show are $23.
We’ve mentioned tonight’s show featuring the indie super-group Middle Brother a couple of times already, so we’re pretty sure it’s obvious that we’re excited about it. So let’s just skip to the chase, shall we? The band—which features Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit—is on tour in support of its recently released self-titled debut on Partisan Records. And, if seeing an much hyped trio featuring members of Dawes and Deer Tick just isn’t enough, well, you also get to see Dawes and Deer Tick in all of their full glory during their opening performances. Middle Brother performs with Dawes and Deer Tick at 8 p.m. at TLA; tickets to the show are $21.
Also playing: Ross Bellenoit + Lake Street Dive, Sisters 3 at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10)
We’ve got a pair of tickets to see Kate Nash perform at Theater Of Living Arts this Wednesday, November 17th. But we’ve got to move these sweet beauties fast. Want them? Become a fan of The Key on Facebook and leave a comment on our Kate Nash post by 5 p.m. tomorrow. We’ll select the winners at random tomorrow night and notify them via Facebook message; tickets can be picked up at the venue the night of the show.