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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ted Leo at Underground Arts, Family Volleyball at Goldilocks Gallery

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Ted Leo | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

We’ll take Ted Leo any way we can get him, whether it’s with Aimee Mann in The Both, with his band The Pharmacists or, like tonight, solo. XPN welcomes the Indiana-born musician to Underground Arts, where he’ll open for Husker Du frontman Bob Mould. There have been hints that a new Pharmacists album could be released this year, which would be the band’s first new material since 2010’s The Brutalist Bricks. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Polica at Union Transfer, Delicate Steve at Underground Arts

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Poliça | photo courtesy of the artist

Minneapolis five-piece Polica announced their tour dates, which included a stop in Philadelphia, all the way back in November. Well, the day has finally arrived — Polica will be performing at Union Transfer tonight. The group recently unveiled their third release, United Crushers, an album that provides an endless supply of synthesizer-driven hooks, but often with a dark, serious undercurrent (one of the album’s singles, “Wedding,” bluntly tackles issues of police militarization and the drug trade). You can find tickets and more information about the show via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Eight questions with Philly rapper Tunji Ige

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Tunji Ige | photo courtesy of the artist

We’ve been fans of Philly rapper Tunji Ige here at The Key ever since first putting our ears to The Love Project, his debut mixtape that dropped in late 2014 when he was 20 years old. He’s an MC at heart, but paints his music with a broad brush – it incorporates elements of dance pop, psychedelia and experimental rock. A couple years down the pike, we’ve been totally enthralled with the direction he’s taken his career, from gripping music videos with longtime collaborator Glassface to guest spots with emerging Parisian pop outfit Christine and the Queens.

This spring, Tunji dropped Missed Calls, a seven-song set that you can stream below. Is it an EP? Is it a full length? I don’t know, but it’s good. We caught up with him on the phone last week, and basically asked him everything we’ve wanted to know more about over the past two years. Read our interview below, and catch Tunji tonight when he opens the show at Underground Arts for JUMP Philly’s Red Bull Sound Select party.  Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: A master class in songwriting on Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties’ “Green Like The G Train”

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Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties | photo by Mitch Wojcik | courtesy of the artist

Many moons ago, punk scene vet Dan Campbell was playing a festival gig in Florida when a chance encounter with another artist on the bill planted the seeds for his next project.

It was 2010, and Campbell recalls bouncing from stage to stage around the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, taking in the eclectic lineup of the Harvest of Hope Festival, when he found himself simply bowled over by a solo performance from The Mountain Goats. Intending to just check out a couple songs and move on, he was immediately hooked, and an hour later, he’d watched frontman John Darnielle play his entire set.

“He was so unbelievably human, without ego or pretense,” Campbell recalls. “Just a person with a guitar playing songs that meant a lot to him.

“His ability to craft stories,” he continues, “was what made me want to do Aaron West in the first place.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down at Underground Arts, Dr. Dog at The Fillmore, Sonnder at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

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Thao and the Get Down Stay Down | photo by Maria Kanevskaya | courtesy of the artist

Happy Record Store Day everyone! Tonight, San Fran folk rockers Thao and the Get Down Stay Down take on Underground Arts with support from Saintseneca and Little Scream. Thao Nyugen and company are touring to celebrate the release of their recent album A Man Alive. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Ortlieb’s, Chairlift at Underground Arts

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Creepoid | photo by Jammi York

Creepoid is celebrating Taco Tuesday (and drummer Pat Troxell’s birthday) at Ortlieb’s tonight. The grungy psych rock outfit just returned home from a two week tour with Restorations in support of last year’s Cemetery Highrise Slum LP. Check out “American Smile” below. Tickets for the 21+ show will be available at the door; more information can be found here.

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Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties will bring Bittersweet EP to Underground Arts in June

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Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties | photo courtesy of the artist.

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, the folk-punk band fronted by The Wonder Years‘ Dan Campbell, has announced a summer tour with Allison Weiss, Can’t Swim, and Cold Collective. This includes a stop at Underground Arts in Philly on Thursday, June 2nd.

Campbell also recently announced the Bittersweet EP, which will be out on May 20th. Continue reading →

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Times To Die: Car Seat Headrest playing Underground Arts in May

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Car Seat Headrest | Photo courtesy of the artist

This Just In: Will Toledo’s indie rock fever dream Car Seat Headrest will be bringing their new album Teens Of Denial to Underground Arts just two days after the album’s release on May 22nd.

Toledo released his first album on Matador last year (the uncontrollable Teens Of Style) and its sister album and first of all new material will be out May 20th. He previously shared two singles from Denial, the sporadic “Vincent” and the plaintive “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales.” Continue reading →