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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Koji at Voltage Lounge, The Stray Birds at World Cafe Live, Marah at Underground Arts and more

Koji | photo by Mitchell Wojcik | via facebook.com/kojimusic

Central PA acoustic punk fave Koji is coming out east for a gig at the Voltage Lounge, bringing along The Homeless Gospel Choir, Steve Layman, and Space Cadets to open the show. His most recent release is this year’s Keeping Count 7″. The gig is all ages, and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rhett Miller at World Cafe Live and Musicians On Call Showcase at Hard Rock Cafe

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Rhett Miller | Photo by Jason Quigley | Via Facebook.com/rhettmillermusic

Singer-songwriter and frontman for Old ’97s, Rhett Miller is rolling through World Cafe Live tonight. The alt-rock/country musician is no stranger to the scene and is sure to put on a masterful show. Grab your tickets and some more information at the WXPN Concert Calendar. You can watch the video for “Most in the Summertime” off his latest record The Traveller, below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Lily Mae at World Cafe Live

Lily Mae | photo via facebook.com/lilymaemusic

Philadelphia singer-songwriter Lily Mae is bringing her acoustic stylings to World Cafe Live tonight opening for Yael Naim. She released her sophomore record, Closer, on November 11th and its acoustic ballads you fall in love with this folk-pop all over again. If you’re a frequent reader of The Key you’ll know where to go for tickets and show info, but if you’re not just click here. You can also check out the title track for her new LP below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new song “Rican Beach,” see them at World Cafe Live this spring

Hurray for the Riff Raff | courtesy of the artist
Hurray for the Riff Raff | courtesy of the artist

Hurray for the Riff Raff laid out their plans for a jam-packed 2017 today, including a follow-up to the band’s 2014 acclaimed release Small Town Heroes and an expansive international tour. Fronted by singer and songwriter Alynda Segarra, the band’s newest effort, The Navigator, is expected to drop March 10th on ATO Records. A tour with Philly son (currently residing in Nashville) Ron Gallo follows, with a gig at World Cafe Live scheduled for April 21st.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Jezabels at World Cafe Live, The Menzingers at Sands Bethlehem, Tim Reynolds at Sherman Theater

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The Jezabels | photo by Cybele Malinowski | via Facebook

Australian rockers The Jezabels headline World Cafe Live tonight. The four-piece is touring in support of a new record called Synthia, a buzzing follow-up to 2014’s The Brink. The last time the band trekked through Philly, they played a nearly sold-out set at Johnny Brenda’s so expect big things from the poppy Aussies in this larger space. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here; watch “Pleasure Drive” below.

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New Year’s Eve is a month away. What concert are you going to?

Kurt Vile at #XPNFest | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

We’re drawing to the close of 2016, and as always, we here at The Key recommend you give 2016 the boot with live music. Spending that special moment that brings us into our annual chance for a new start at a concert with hundreds or even thousands of people who are all on the same page as you — for those few hours, the feeling is exhilarating and even a little magical. Compare this to the cycle of looking at your phone, standing in circles trying to connect with people that you know primarily through Facebook and most times drinking way too much in your quest to achieve that perfect New Year’s Eve moment that movies like When Harry Met Sally have elevated just out of reality’s reach.

Given, I’ve been going the latter route for the majority of my adult life and some of my fondest memories are searching for lost phones or helping my friend figure out the name of the cute guy with the green hat the morning after. BUT I knew that after happening upon a house show on New Year’s Eve a few years back, no party could ever fill me with the same ecstasy as the music and all the people in that basement did in 2013. So, if you’re looking to try something new, check out your Philly-area options for musical New Year’s celebrations. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Elle King at The Fillmore, Chris Robinson Brotherhood at TLA and Robert Randolph and The Family Band at World Cafe Live

Elle King | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Elle King | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

UArts alum turned pop sensation Elle King returns to Philly tonight for a gig at The Fillmore. King has been on The Key’s radar for quite some time now, and her countrified rock music is hard to forget and even harder not to like. Her song “Ex’s and Oh’s” off her debut album Love Stuff catapulted the LA native into the spotlight last year. Watch the video for the massive hit song and click here for more information on the show. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Noname will headline World Cafe Live downstairs in March

Noname | photo by Bryan Lamb | courtesy of the artist
Noname | photo by Bryan Lamb | courtesy of the artist

Chicago rapper Noname lowkey dropped one of the year’s best releases with her long-in-the-works mixtape Telefone — and if you haven’t heard it yet, that’s okay for now. You’ve got plenty of time to catch up and listen up before her headlining gig at World Cafe Live this spring.

Noname has built her name alongside like-minded MCs Saba, Jeremih and of course Chance the Rapper, all leading lights of the Windy City’s hip-hop renaissance of late. She appears on “Finish Line / Drown,” the lively penultimate track on Chance’s Coloring Book, and can also be heard on Saba’s excellent “Church / Liquor Store” from Bucket List Project. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Darlingside saves the day and woos the crowd with a stunning performance

Darlingside | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Darlingside | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

No matter how profusely Darlingside refuses to accept that their playing a show today was a huge favor to us, don’t believe a word they say. WXPN is thankful to the Cambridge-based band for playing our Free at Noon show on such short notice after Adia Victoria got sick and was forced to back out of the show.

The four man indie-folk outfit charmed over the summer at XPN Fest and did so again today at World Cafe Live. Their set gave the audience a taste of the autumn air that we’ve been missing (especially on 70 degree days like today) with their warm performance, their grassroots brand of folk music, and nostalgia-inducing lyrics like “Apple cider signs” from their song “White Horses” — which was inspired by an apple orchard that one of the band members used to go to as a child. Continue reading →