The three-piece, all-female punk rock group is live streaming their Shaking Through session on February 1st and 2nd free to the public – an opportunity otherwise only given to members of Weathervane Music Organization. Shaking Through gives fans the chance to watch an insider’s guide as to what recording is like for some of their favorite bands, or a chance to discover new music, while the bands or musicians get to record in a “professional setting.”
Weathervane, founded by producer Brian McTear in 2009, strives to promote independent bands in the area with Shaking Through. Cayetana, formed in the fall of 2011, is finally starting to take off, opening for Waxahatchee just last Sunday and releasing a 7″ this winter on Tiny Engines Records. Check out their studio session with The Key here and their video for “Hot Dad Calendar” below.
Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield had her biggest headlining Philly show to date last night, playing to a packed crowd at the First Unitarian Church and mixing in songs from last year’s breakout LP Cerulean Salt and 2012′s American Weekend. Opening the show were two very like-minded punk-rooted acts: Columbus Ohio’s All Dogs, featuring Maryn Jones of Saintseneca, and and Philly power trio Cayetana. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.
Waxahatchee (aka singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield) will play at First Unitarian Church tonight. Crutchfield began the alt-folk project back in 2011 and has released two albums under the moniker (which was named after Alabama’s Waxahatchee Creek) with the most recent being 2013′s Cerulean Salt. Watch the video for the crunchy-but-catchy “Misery Over Dispute” below and get tickets here.
In September 2010, we started The Key because we wanted to offer the local music scene another platform to reach more audiences. We also started it because starting in the early aughts we noticed something happening here creatively amongst the local music scene that was hadn’t felt in a while – it was growing creatively and the buzz about how good the local scene was becoming more significant.
More new bands were starting than ever before, more music was becoming available for fans and more musicians were looking for ways to connect to fans. To me, the last five years of “the scene” reminds me a lot of the Philly music scene in the mid-Eighties to early Nineties when bands like Electric Love Muffin, Three Times Dope, The Wishniaks, Nixon’s Head, the Goats, the Dead Milkmen, Schoolly D, The Low Road, The Hooters, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, and Tommy Conwell all represented for Philly on both local and international stages. We thought Philly 2012 was a banner year for the local music scene. Guess what? 2013 was even better. Here are some of the best things about the Philly music scene in 2013.
Year End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2013 awesome. In this installment, photographer Melody Chiang shares the best of who’s new to town.
When I first moved to Philadelphia four years ago, alot of people questioned my sanity for electing to leave California. In the beginning, I stayed almost exclusively inside the comfortable, familiar bubble of University City. But with help from some friends, locals, and of course the XPN crew, I began to spend more time exploring other parts of the city and getting to know Philly’s amazing, rollicking music scene a little. Now as I head into my final semester of college that will quickly be followed by another period of terrifying transition, I’ve discovered that I’ve kind of fallen in love with this vibrant, unapologetically spirited, sometimes disconcerting, one of a kind place. And I hope I get to stick around here longer.
So, for my 2013 year end list I wanted to compile my favorite recently local acts who, like me, all hail from elsewhere but have come to call Philadelphia home. Here are my top five Philly transplants of 2013:
5. Maitland Maitland originally hail from Williamsport, PA. Josh Hines and Jeff Mach play gorgeous atmospheric folk songs that have oft elicited comparisons to Bon Iver and Jose Gonzales. Their EP (from a cabin in the woods), which was technically released last fall in 2012, is sonically minimalistic but chock full of natural imagery and nostalgic snapshots in time.
Yesterday the crew over at Philebritydug up a video of Waxahatchee (Katie Crutchfield) performing an acoustic rendition of Guided by Voices‘ “Game of Pricks” at a high school in Pomona, CA last year. Crutchfield’s ability to sing confessional music in an off-the-cuff manner sounds just as honest and stripped down with an acoustic guitar as it does with her three-piece power trio band. She brings the emotional charge of emo and the sound of indie pop in a way similar to that of Frances Quinlan from Hop Along.
With the GBV cover, Crutchfield handily transforms their snappy minute and a half power pop jammer from the 1995 album Alien Lanes into her own thing; watch the video below, and compare it against the original. Waxahatchee’s 2013 album Cerulean Salt is available here; she plays the First Unitarian Church on January 26th with All Dogs, Cayetana, and Heavy Bangs. Tickets and information can be found here.
West Philadelphia’s Waxahatchee just wrapped up at tour in the UK, and frontwoman Katie Crutchfield performed a couple studio sessions while she was abroad. Below, check out her sessions with Last.fm where she played acoustic versions of “I Think I Love You” from 2012′s American Weekend and “Tangled Envisioning” from this year’s Cerulean Salt. The band just announced a string of winter tour dates with Columbus, Ohio’s All Dogs and Philly’s Cayetana, and the tour stops at the First Unitarian Church on January 26th. Tickets and information on the all ages show can be found here.