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The Key Presents: Joseph

Joseph | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Joseph | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Joseph is the band you can’t forget. Whether you saw them first on Jimmy Fallon or during our own NonCOMM this past spring, it’s likely that the haunting harmonies created by the Closner sisters are stuck in your mind for good. And they’re just getting started. With this year’s sophomore release I’m Alone, No You’re Not out on ATO Records, the Oregonians are taking hold of hearts and minds across the country — and with good reason. Catchy folk licks and haunting harmonies aren’t the only thing that Joseph brings to the table. With an ear for striking songwriting, the band doesn’t back down. Continue reading →

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The Key Presents: Lithuania

Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com
Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com

Rock and roll just feels damn good. Like an ice cold beer on a scorching summer day, it quenches a deep-seated human thirst. Longtime veterans on the Philly rock scene front, both Eric Slick and Dom Angelella know this fact instinctively.

Ten years in the making, their collaborative project Lithuania hits the spot — hard. It’s no-nonsense, no-frills rock and roll for the everyman. Their debut record Hardcore Friends (out last year on Lame-O Records) took a scorched earth policy towards songwriting: Go hard and leave it all on the table. Live, it’s even stronger. After seeing them open up for a Districts/mewithoutYou secret show in late 2014, I knew Lithuania was gonna be the Philly band to beat in the near future. Continue reading →

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The Key Presents: Foxing

Foxing | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Foxing | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Foxing are a force of nature. Anyone who’s seen the St. Louis post-emo six-piece in the past year-and-a-half of relentless touring can attest to that fact. Frontman Conor Murphy brings a fearsome energy to the stage, roaring his unbelievably personal lyrics over an oceanic soundscape spooled out drop by drop, each twinkling guitar note and choir sample weaving together as fluidly and surely as tidal erosion.

The combination of blistering passion and ace talent hasn’t gone unnoticed, with the band being hand-selected to support emo titans Brand New, and later joining Philly friends Modern Baseball and mewithoutYou for tours as well, stealing shows and hearts all the while.

But Foxing is at its best with emotions running high, and this isn’t limited to a room full of screaming, sobbing fans—like the one they tore apart at Union Transfer early in December. Some of Foxing’s most visceral moments come not in the raging choruses of songs like “Rory” and “the Medic,” but in the layered introspection and lightly wafting lyrics from Murphy. Continue reading →

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Watch the video for Cyberbully Mom Club’s “FRIENDS”

Cyberbully Mom Club |  From the video "FRIENDS" |  Directed by Michael Williams & Ryan Bender
Cyberbully Mom Club | From the video “FRIENDS” | Directed by Michael Williams & Ryan Bender

Philly four-piece Cyberbully Mom Club have released the video for their bedroom pop track, “FRIENDS.”

Directed by Michael Williams and Ryan Bender, the video shows the group performing the track in pumped-up glory, then sitting together on a couch, less amused, watching the footage on TV. Very meta of you, CMC.

The video is telling of the group’s laid back dynamic; frontwoman Shari Heck cracks a smile throughout the video, even when singing a song that opens with “And I get so scared of all this sadness.”

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Watch Courtney Barnett cover The Breeders’ “Cannonball”

Courtney Barnett | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Courtney Barnett | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

After the release of her double EP, A Sea of Split Peas, in 2013, Courtney Barnett has been gathering quite a following. Pitchfork commended the Australian artist for her witty lyrics and a personality that gives her music a backbone, and she appeared in a great interview on NPR’s World Cafe as well.

Most recently, The A.V. Club released a video of Courtney Barnett doing an amazing cover of The Breeders’ “Cannonball” for their A.V. Undercover segment. Continue reading →

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Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see The Afghan Whigs at The Electric Factory tomorrow

There’s a lot of excitement this week for The Afghan Whigs‘ reunion show at The Electric Factory tomorrow, and today, we’ve got your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show! Comment below with your first and last name, and let us know what Whigs classics you’re excited to hear. We’ll contact the winner by e-mail tomorrow afternoon. To get the ideas flowing, check out this YouTube playlist of the Whigs’ official music videos!

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Watch the new video for “A Voice in the Night” by Philly’s The Chairman Dances (playing Kungfu Necktie tomorrow)

Ambitious Philly rock band The Chairman Dances have graduated from indie songwriters to dramatic storytellers on their latest release, A Promise. Self-released to bandcamp this week, the album follows narrative arc that is, in the band’s own words, “centered around two fictional married couples: one at the start of their relationship, the other at the end.” Setting the tone is music is reminiscent of Destroyer in its lush orchestrations; of The Pernice Brothers in its crisp and melodic vocals; and of Bodies of Water in its epic fearlessness. Watch the video for “A Voice in the Night” above, stream the album below, and catch the release show this Friday at Kungfu Necktie. The Chairman Dances plays Kungfu Necktie with The Mendels and The Quelle Source on Friday May 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the 21+ show are $8.

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PREMIERE: Nothing’s “The Rites of Love and Death” Video

A blend of found super 8 footage and iPhone-recorded cityscapes shot atop North Philadelphia’s Divine Lorraine Hotel, the brand new music video from Philly shoegaze / coldwave ensemble Nothing is a stunning piece of work. First, in that it’s simply really intriguing on a visual level, and next because it’s the first acoustic ballad we’ve heard from this group known for noise-rock jams and spectral noir atmospheres. This unreleased track is an inticing harbinger of what’s to come in the EP Nothing plans to release early next year. Watch the clip above, download the title track from its Suns and Lovers EP below, and catch the band in concert this Friday at The Rotunda with YOU and Mueran Hermanos.