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3rd Planet Festival: Remembering Emily Selke

Emily Selke visiting Barcelona | photo courtesy of 3rd Planet Festival
Emily Selke flashes a smile at Park Güell in Barcelona | photo courtesy of 3rd Planet Festival

*Author’s disclaimer: The writer of this article is close friends with one of 3rd Planet Festival’s organizers, but reporting from The Key remains objective, as always.

On the heels of the one year anniversary of 22-year-old Emily Selke’s death, her loved ones are celebrating her joy in a way Emily would have seen fit: through music – a whole day of it. This month’s 3rd Planet Festival at World Cafe Live brings to life the passion Emily so embodied and shared with everyone she met.

The Drexel Music Industry Program grad, whose focus was on festival curation, was aboard Germanwings Flight 9525 with her mother Yvonne Selke and 142 other passengers last March when the aircraft crashed in the French Alps.

“When they had her memorial service finally, it was religious oriented and the minister was saying a whole lot about Yvonne and how she attended church all the time, and was very active in it, but he didn’t mention Emily much at all,” said Ashley Kuhn, a close friend of Emily’s who’s been spearheading efforts for 3rd Planet. “It was healing for people who knew Yvonne, but it didn’t feel fitting for her [Emily’s] life.” Continue reading →

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Uncle / Father Oscar take it to a new level with “friends”

Uncle / Father Oscar | via unclefatheroscar.bandcamp.com
Uncle / Father Oscar | via unclefatheroscar.bandcamp.com

Philly emo/indie act Uncle / Father Oscar recently released their “friends” EP, that features quirky and fun guitar hooks. With song titles like “Snapchat Ur Blunt Or You Didn’t Get High,” the band makes it apparent that they don’t take themselves too seriously even though their songs delve into more serious topics. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Bardo Pond, Diamond Rugs and more

Bardo Pond
Bardo Pond | Photo by Katie Tapman

Veteran psych-rock band Bardo Pond are featured in this week’s Key Studio Session. With a deep catalog of expansive songs in their pocket, the local quintet sampled their 2013 LP Peace on Venus, 2010’s self-titled record and two unreleased tracks for one of the loudest, tightest sessions to yet. Listen to “Red Curtains” below and get the full set here. Bardo Pond play Underground Arts tonight.

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A Day Without Love releases acoustic session with new track “Things I Can Tell”

Brian Walker of A Day Without Love
Brian Walker of A Day Without Love

Brian Walker of the modern rock project A Day Without Love sat down with Concertjunkies for an acoustic session. The music blog recorded a stripped down version of an upcoming track by the Philly based artist, who recently went solo. The track is called “Things I Can Tell” and Walker delivers a powerful childhood chant of “It’s not worth it, none of us deserve this” in a brightly-lit living room. Continue reading →

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Sister City and Uncle / Father Oscar release emo-indie split

Uncle / Father Oscar | via unclefatheroscar.bandcamp.com
Uncle / Father Oscar | via unclefatheroscar.bandcamp.com

Two Philly bands with powerful indie-emo sound, Uncle / Father Oscar and Sister City, released a split EP last week that features drum-packed tracks and witty rhyme schemes.

Opening with “Earthbound & Down” by Sister City, the split ushers you in with cymbal-heavy beat and shouts of “Ever so slight is the slime in my throat” from frontman Adam Linder. The track is carried throughout by an inviting math-punk rock chord progression from Linder and John Gamble, while the chorus in this song screams Your Favorite Weapon-era Brand New with its pop-punk bass line from Joe Wolfe. Continue reading →

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Listen to A Day Without Love and Uncle/Father Oscar’s split EP A Day Without Oscar

A Day Without Love
Photo via facebook.com/adaywithoutlovemusic

Local bands A Day Without Love and Uncle/Father Oscar recently released a split EP, fittingly titled A Day Without Oscar. Alt-rock four-piece A Day Without Love, who just released their latest EP Confessions of the Innocent Mind earlier this year, starts out the EP with “Lost Children,” a song with the same apocalyptic feeling the band explored on Innocent Mind. However, during “Broken Bridge”, the band puts on a more intense rock vibe, a slightly new direction.

Also featured on the bill is Uncle/ Father Oscar, whose band name is an awesome, hopefully intentional reference to Arrested Developement. Continue reading →