The Key’s Year-End Mania: Brian Wilensky’s Top 5 Shows I Wish I Saw in 2013

purlinghissYear End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2013 awesome. In this installment, contributing writer Brian Wilensky talks about great shows he didn’t see.

Those of you that work in the service industry, like me, know what it’s like to work nights and weekends; missing the shows, parties and nights out with your friends that work business hours. I raise my glass to you, as we share the same suffering because the rent isn’t free. Here are my Top 5 Shows I Wish I Saw in 2013.

1. Clinic / Grooms / The Cobbs at Johnny Brenda’s, 9/17/2013
Liverpool’s art-psych surgical mask-wearing weird guys, Clinic, don’t tour often, let alone cross the pond. Last year’s Free Reign held true to their stagnant drone formula and seeing them convert it to a live setting is something that still spikes my curiosity. Continue reading →


Spacin’ playing CD release party / welcome home show this Thursday 8/1 at Ortliebs

533658_415184435256551_1577637346_nPhilly lo-fi favorites Spacin’ will be back in town from their European tour for a combination CD release party/welcome home show this Thursday, August 2nd, at Ortileb’s Lounge. Tickets for the 21+ show are a mere 5 dollars at the door. Doors open at 9, and fellow locals Watery Love will open the show up at 10. Find more info at the event’s Facebook page here, and check out “Empty Mind”, off Spacin’s excellent 2012 debut, Deep Thuds, below.


Tonight’s Concert Pics: 3D Cosby at PhilaMOCA, Watery Love at Kung Fu Necktie


3D Cosby are a quirky band with an odd name to match.  The group creates experimental rock that often combines elements of funk and prog rock into the mix.  Tonight, the group is playing PhilaMOCA as part of it’s Tuesday Tuneout, which features local artists along with a video screening.  For more information about the show, click here and check out one of their songs below.

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Kensington Picnic throws a free outdoor concert with Meg Baird, Birds of Maya and more

The new Kensington Picnic block party announced its lineup yesterday, and for fans of the city’s burgeoning art-folk / proto-blues scene, it’s a doozy. On Saturday, Aug. 11 on Frankford Ave. between Susquehanna and Dauphin, folk luminary Meg Baird (who recently played a breathtaking set opening for Sharon Van Etten at Union Transfer) will perform solo, as well with Watery Love, the garage punk band she drums in alongside TestosterTunes Records founder Richie Charles and members of New Jersey’s Home Blitz. Also on the bill are Blues Control and Birds of Maya, who reportedly ruled at PhilaMOCA this past Friday, guitar experimentalists Chris Forsyth and Steve Gunn, and the Virginia transplant Dan Bachman, whose nimble acoustic playing recalls Jack Rose and John Fahey. Watch video of the artists below, and follow the festival’s Tumblr page for more details.