In the aftermath of destruction that Hurricane Harvey wreaked onto the Texan coast — and as Florida grapples with the fallout of Hurricane Irma — Philly’s DIY creatives have been working in full force to support disaster relief by putting Bandcamp’s philanthropic possibilities to test.
From the full-bodied compilations of Good BehaviorRecords and DIY for Houston, to a release from fresh Items Tagged Philadelphia find, Nymphaea, and a new track from The Residuels, there’s a lot of chances for you to support Houston while also supporting the local scene. Continue reading →
We’re drawing to the close of 2016, and as always, we here at The Key recommend you give 2016 the boot with live music. Spending that special moment that brings us into our annual chance for a new start at a concert with hundreds or even thousands of people who are all on the same page as you — for those few hours, the feeling is exhilarating and even a little magical. Compare this to the cycle of looking at your phone, standing in circles trying to connect with people that you know primarily through Facebook and most times drinking way too much in your quest to achieve that perfect New Year’s Eve moment that movies like When Harry Met Sally have elevated just out of reality’s reach.
Given, I’ve been going the latter route for the majority of my adult life and some of my fondest memories are searching for lost phones or helping my friend figure out the name of the cute guy with the green hat the morning after. BUT I knew that after happening upon a house show on New Year’s Eve a few years back, no party could ever fill me with the same ecstasy as the music and all the people in that basement did in 2013. So, if you’re looking to try something new, check out your Philly-area options for musical New Year’s celebrations. Continue reading →
Philly’s TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb have spent the past year keeping busy on the live circuit, and this past summer, they shared a brand new single “She Don’t Keep Time.” That’s all well and good, but for a lot of us, 2016 has been anything but rosy. This sentiment is certainly not lost on Kong and The Bomb, who. in a recent Facebook post, announced that they were “done grieving” and that “It’s time to send 2016 to Hell”. On December 31st, they’ll put a final nail in this year’s coffin with a headlining performance at Boot & Saddle. If you’re a frequent reader of The Key, you should already know what to do for tickets and more information, but if not, then I suggest you try clicking here. Continue reading →
Philly post-apocalyptic blues band TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb shared a new song today, just in time for their gig at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. For those who weren’t planning to attend, “She Don’t Keep Time” is a reason to change that. And for those who have been waiting impatiently for tonight, you’ve now got all the more reason to dance when TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb take the stage. This tune is an upbeat howler of a track that harkens back to an era — and a girl — that’s come and gone. Continue reading →
Youth Lagoon recently released his third studio album, Savage Hills Ballroom, and it swirls together chaos and calm. Unpredictable synths, glitches, and samples are paired opposite beautiful strings, keys, and brass. Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers’ voice quivers yet remains confident throughout the ten track album. Youth Lagoon will bring his eclectic performance to Union Transfer tonight. Get tickets and show information at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the music video for “The Knower” below. Continue reading →
Bluesy folk four-piece TJ Kong And The Atomic Bomb will play a welcome home show at Johnny Brenda’s after their three-week southern tour and performances at SXSW. They perform with Le Fits (who have a new album in hand) and The Bernhardt Family Band on April 4th. Continue reading →
Togetherness and unity were certainly in the air pre-Independence Day when American Diamond Recordings hosted their first showcase at Boot & Saddle. The new Philly record label comprised of five local bands celebrated their out-coming with performances from each group, including The Levee Drivers, T.J. Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Ron Gallo, The Lawsuits, and a special set by a band who went by the moniker Eight Legged Prawn. The show was also a celebration of Marley McNamara’s birthday, and most figured out that Eight Legged Prawn was actually one of the bands she manages, The Districts.
It was easy to tell that these artists performing don’t just make music together, they are family.
Lee Porter has a fascination for two things: film-making, and local folk scene mainstay David Falcone’s monstrous beard.
Sprinkled in with a bit of comedy, he’s combined the two together, somehow convincing Falcone, who frequently plays World Cafe Live, and his facial hair to make his acting debut in a three-minute webisode called “Sales” (about shaving, who would have guessed?) for Porter’s series, My Ruined Life.
In the episode, actor Nathan Holt tries to sell shaving cream for the company he works for by targeting random passer-bys in a park.
Holt remains unsuccessful, but the comedic aspect of the short begins when Falcone enters the shot.
Dressed casually, he walks up to Holt and stands with his massive beard and long, fluffed locks of hair, staring at Nate and camera. End scene, cue laughter.
And though this is Falcone’s first acting performance, it isn’t Porter’s first time behind the camera.
“This is my baby,” Porter said. “This is my project I started myself.”
He gathered a group of four actors along with animators, musicians and more together to form the series in 2011. Now, the group is in their third season, releasing a new three-minute short every Sunday at 5 p.m. The plot now stars two characters, Brian and Eric, played by actors Brian Cowden and Eric Wunsch who meet up after work on a various park benches in the Philadelphia area to comedically discuss “their ruined lives.”
To keep things exciting, Porter started reaching out to Philly musicians during the second season. Continue reading →
Before getting back to work on a new album and kicking off a co-headlining tour with Hellogoodbye next month, Vacationer will headline this month’s Communion Club Night tonight at Underground Arts. The Philly-based pop band, who are working on their follow up to 2012’s Gone make relaxing music that echoes the sounds of summer and relaxation. Also on tonight’s bill is NYC folk-pop trio Pearl and the Beard who plan to release their third full-length this year. Check out Vacationer’s “Trip” and Pearl and the Beard’s “You” below and grab tickets here.