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“I don’t want to take this for granted,” Kristian Matsson of The Tallest Man On Earth says just before slipping into “Dark Bird is Home,” the title track to his new record. Instead of it just being a small token of appreciation to Saturday’s adoring crowd at Tower Theater, the statement seemed to ground all the light feelings emitting from the stage; almost as if Matsson suddenly realized that the moment was fleeting and he might not have another chance to show his genuine gratitude. Fitting for a performance of his most recent release. Continue reading →
Kristian Matsson, otherwise known as The Tallest Man on Earth, has just announced an extensive upcoming tour, in which he will grace the Tower Theater come May 16, a few days after the release of his upcoming album Dark Bird Is Home. This is the latest release since 2012′s There’s No Leaving Now. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, Feb. 27.
Comparable to the likes of Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens, the Swedish singer-songwriter has given us a taste of the upcoming album with “Sagres,” a notably more involved track than his earlier, acoustic-centric material. Continue reading →
Scottish indie pop band Belle and Sebastian just announced an upcoming stop at the Tower Theater. Coming June 9, this concert will mark almost two years since the group’s magical performance at the Mann Center.
The last time I saw Cruisr (then known as Cruiser) they were the first opener for a show at the North Star Bar with Shorty Boy Boy headlining. There were about 15 people watching their set. Here at The Key we have loved Cruisr from the start, but it is safe to say they are catching on in a big way. Continue reading →
“Summer’s gone, now winter’s on it’s way,” cooed Josiah Johnson, lead singer of The Head and the Heart. “I will miss those days we had.” Friday night was rainy and cold, far removed from the days of summertime. Making the chilly trip out to Upper Darby to see Johnson’s Americana-storytelling folksters at the Tower was a great reminder that winter is indeed right around the corner, just like the lyrics of “Winter Song” mournfully recall. Continue reading →
Philly indie-pop foursome Cruisr just released their music video for their upbeat anthem “All Over” via BuzzFeed today. The track’s cheerful demeanor is mirrored in the video’s bright-colored aesthetics and seamless transitions. Utilizing snippets from iconic movies, some of which include Pulp Fiction and The Shining, the video animates the scenes with glowing pastels fitting the indie pop music to a T. Continue reading →
When Ryan Adams took the stage last night at the Tower Theater, many fans in the area around me stood up ready for some rock n roll and dancing. The crowd immediately behind them began shouting “Sit down! Sit down!” For once in my life, I think the those sitting down may have had a point: this was not going to be a raucous night, but something a little more mellow.
Many songs of the set were from Adams’ latest, eponymous album: a work that not only demonstrates his assuredness as a musician and songwriter but also indicted to me that he’s been listening to a lot of Tom Petty lately. Tom Petty’s got some barn burners, for sure, but it’s not what I put on when I want to rock the hell out.
That is not to say the show was not impressive: Adams’ opening song “Give Me Something Good,” gave me goosebumps and his voice sounded incredible. He and his band then tore into some tunes from his days with the Cardinals, among them “Let it Ride,” a Dead-esque “Magnolia Mountain, ” and “A Kiss Before I Go.” Continue reading →
“Ladies and gentleman, I regret to inform you that you’re already dead.”
These were the opening words of Steven Ellison—aka Flying Lotus—to the crowd at Upper Darby’s Tower Theater, as he stood shrouded behind a prism-like projector screen that could almost pass for a bullhorn. He followed that statement with a swift salvo of beats that sounded anything but dead, certainly never dull. Continue reading →
Italy’s JoyCut are bringing a world tour to Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of its latest LP PiecesOfUsWereLeftOnTheGround. The Bologna-based electronic trio was introduced to wider audiences through tours with Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse, winning over crowds with their optimistically upbeat dark-wave compositions. Pieces was released on Italian label IRMA Records in 2013. Watch JoyCut perform “Wireless” and “Domino” live below. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Bells and The Silence Kit can be found here. Continue reading →