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Tonight’s Concert Picks: High on Fire at TLA, Liz Longley at Haddon Lake Park, Social Distortion at Festival Pier, and more

High on Fire | Photo by Jimmy Hubbard, via artist's Facebook
High on Fire | Photo by Jimmy Hubbard, via artist’s Facebook

Heavy metal titans High on Fire take on The TLA tonight. The band released their seventh full-length, Luminiferous, in June via E1 Music, and have proven themselves time and again to be one of heavy metal’s most consistently impressive bands. Pallbearer, Venomous Maximus, and Lucifer open the show. Get tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to album opener “The Black Plot” below. Continue reading →

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Miguel’s Wildheart tour takes flight at the TLA

Miguel | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com
Miguel | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com

Sporting a white leather jacket adorned with feathers and a bare chest underneath (much to the approval of the mostly female crowd) Miguel soared through his performance at the TLA on Friday night. He performed many songs off of his third album, and the tours namesake, Wildheart, as well as some others, with his immensely spirited band backing him. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Telepathic at Kung Fu Necktie, The Homophones at The Fire

Telepathic | Photo via telepathic.bandcamp.com
Telepathic | Photo via telepathic.bandcamp.com

Telepathic has risen from the ashes of Philly rock band Bleeding Rainbow. The founding duo Rob Garcia and Sarah Everton, along with Paul Brinkley, released their first EP under the new banner this past March. Entitled The Powers of Ten, it’s six songs of sweet-tooth power pop. They’re definitely not afraid to get rub a little Philly grit into their music though, especially on “Nite Vision.” These 6 tracks will blaze by, so do yourself a favor and see them live. Tickets here. Continue reading →

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Floetry sells out TLA; announce second date

Floetry | Photo by David K
Floetry | Photo by David K | via facebook.com/FloetryOfficial

Neo-soul duo Floetry‘s much-anticipated reunion tour is underway and the first Philly date – Friday, July 17th – has already sold out the TLA.  Luckily, fans of Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart will get another chance to see them play favorites from their albums Floetic and Flo’Ology, as the duo added a second show on Sunday, July 26th. Tickets are on sale now, and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Primal Scream and Psychic Teens at The TLA

Primal Scream
Primal Scream | Photo by Piper Ferguson

UK psych rock legends Primal Scream return to Philly tonight to headline The TLA. The band released its tenth album, More Light, in 2013 and is stateside this year for a run of club and festival dates, including Levitation Fest in Austin last week. Joining them on the show are the dark and atmospheric Philly power trip Psychic Teens, who are recording their third LP at South Jersey’s Gradwell House Studio. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Action Bronson crushes at the sold-out TLA

Action Bronson | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com
Action Bronson | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com

At capacity and straining under the crushing weight of Action Bronson’s massive personality, the sold-out TLA’s stage shook under punishing bass and rose to meet the gregarious Queens MC on his Mr. Wonderful tour.

In what was a seemingly short but passionate set, Arian Arslani AKA Action Bronson brought it. The “Fuck, That’s Delicious!” star arranged all of the ingredients necessary for a memorable night. With way more energy than you’d expect from a guy so solidly built, the Flushing rapper ripped a page out of Oprah’s handbook and took to merchandising as he bounded across the stage between songs – showering the crowd in gifts, sonic and store-bought alike. Continue reading →

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Watch Cayetana’s live acoustic performance for Boston’s WZBC

Cayetana | Photo by Jessica Flynn | jflynnphotography.com
Cayetana | Photo by Jessica Flynn | jflynnphotography.com

We’re huge Cayetana fans over at The Key. The punk trio’s latest album, Nervous Like Me, was voted best album of 2014 by our critics, and we were pumped when they recently rocked opening night of the inaugural Key Fest.

Fans might be used to the somewhat louder / rawer sound from Cayetana, but frontwoman Augusta Koch’s recent live acoustic session for Boston’s WZBC shows she can conquer a stripped-down sound, too. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Action Bronson at The TLA, Kiska at Boot and Saddle

Action Bronson | Photo by Mark Schaffer
Action Bronson | Photo by Mark Schaffer

He may have just this year released his major label full-length debut, but Queens MC Action Bronson has become a household name for people in the know since debuting in 2008. Tonight, he brings his new LP Mr. Wonderful to the TLA; it’s a fast-paced mix of irreverent rhymes and pointed delivery. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Jazmine Sullivan is returning to Philly in April and we’re pumped

Snapshot from Vibe Session performance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlzzumFNIr4)
Snapshot from Vibe Session performance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlzzumFNIr4)

Vocal powerhouse and Philadelphia local Jazmine Sullivan embarked on her Reality Show Tour and made sure to pay a visit to Philly earlier this month, playing a sold-out performance at the TLA and moving on to New York and Denver.  But it looks like the localite isn’t finished with Philly quite yet; Sullivan released her new April dates yesterday and it looks like her hometown will be on the bill once again, performing the TLA on April 26th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow so be sure to snag them while you can, as they are sure to go fast. You can find more information on Sullivan’s upcoming show here. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Good Girl

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

It doesn’t take long to get hooked on infectious Philly R&B group Good Girl; I’d say about 60 seconds into their 2014 mixtape 90s Kinda Love was about all I needed. As somebody who grew up in the 90s, this charismatic four-piece captures everything that was great about TLC, Destiny’s Child, En Vogue, Janet Jackson…all those feel-good pop jams that soundtracked our bus rides and school dances. But as much as the ladies - Morgan, Megan, Arielle and Courtney – play off of this sense of nostalgia, you don’t need to be pushing 40 to appreciate what they’re doing. Continue reading →