The Week Ahead: Erykah Badu, Rico Nasty, Restorations, Anthony Green and more

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Can it be? A week with fewer than ten concert options? Are we slowing down as the summer wears on? Nah — it’s just a breather, and you should enjoy it, Philly. Here are eight concerts you can see in the next seven days, beginning Thursday with a queen of neo-soul at the Dell and going though Saturday and an acoustic modern rock bill at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club. Continue reading →


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Post War Dream previewed “I Remember” off of their new We’ll Be Just Fine LP in a glowing living room.

Solo artist Lauren Scott performed an acoustic version of her “Sand Song.”

Acclaimed vocalist Farah Siraj honored her Grandmother with a beautiful performance of “Shades of You.”

F. Woods went electric with a solo rendition of “Stranger in My House.”

Sean Coyne turned showed off his looping skills in his video for “Drip Dry.”

Local trio Ladies & Gentlemen shared a song called “Haircut with Gina” for their submission.

Slow Mourning introduced their new collaboration in the Tiny Desk video for “Ozora.”

Folk-pop singer and songwriter (and impressive fingerpicking guitarist) Jordan Flaherty plays his song “The Body Keeps the Score” in front of a fishtank.

Funky reggae ensemble The Lion’s Paw played “Sixteen” in a combo garage / studio space.

Singer-songwriter Tim Osborne played “Store Bought Magazine” in an attic office space.

Michael Spear Duo played the revved up folky number “Get Back Hope” on acoustic guitar and mandolin.

Singer songwriter Bree and The Reeds dabbles in pop, soul and R&B with keys and vinyl on “Broke.”

Folk crew Man About A Horse is surrounded by stringed instruments on their one-mic performance of “Yo Bear, Yo.”

Erin Fox, frontwoman of hard rock trio Resilient, goes solo acoustic on this pensive performance of “For Us All.”

With an old school Nintendo Gameboy in the mix, rock duo Hidden Machines jam out on “Late Afternoons That Last Forever.”

Singer songwriter Maggie Mae performs the delicate “Eltern” surrounded by strings of holiday lights.

Trippy four-piece Sixteen Jackies channel some Flaming Lips vibes in low lights on “Blood Feast.”

Singer-songwriter Erin E. Decker plays the acoustic “Drown” amid autumn leaves.

Joe Makoviecki of Jackson Pines plays a reflective song called “Even When I’m Gone” in a living room.

Cheerful singer-guitarist Gretchen Schultz juggles acoustic guitar and tambourine on the bluesy “Spirit Down.”

An acoustic trio led by Matt Spitko also dishes blues-inspired licks on “A Lot Of Work To Do.”

Looking out a window with a whiskey glass and a notepad at his tiny desk, Young Sam James plays “My Pale Blue Dot.”

David Joseph’s home office is the setting for the electric guitar slow jam “The Last Ones Around.”

A piano bench, a candle and a glass of wine are Bryant Eugene Vazquez’ companions on the sorrowful “Hand in Hand.”

Singer-songwriter Ernie Gaines is backed by guitarist Dai Miyazaki in the soaring melody of “Roses x Ether.”

Party rock crew Johnny Popcorn simmers down for “Secret,” as frontman Hezekiah live sketches the set with a rainbow colored array of markers.

An ornate couch, a vinyl copy of Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde and a shiny Gretsch guitar accompany Jon Cox of Mother Moses in this performance of “The Riddle Poem.”

Footage of a bizarre ritual or Needle Points‘ psychedelicized performance of “Needlove” for the Tiny Desk contest? You decide.




Tonight’s Concert Picks: Andra Day at Union Transfer, Bilal at World Cafe Live downstairs, Bonfire Falls at World Cafe Live upstairs

Andra Day @ Ardmore Music Hall, 3.24.16
Andra Day | Photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN |

Dynamic San Diego singer and songwriter Andra Day headlines Union Transfer tonight. Last time she was in the Philly area, playing a packed house at Ardmore Music Hall in support of last year’s Cheers to the Fall, the show was beyond impressive. Tickets and more information on tonight’s gig can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; watch the video for “Rise Up” below.
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Tiny Room for Elephants has big plans in North Philly


For the past two years, a small art collective named Tiny Room For Elephants has been taking shape in Philadelphia. On paper, it is a 30-day, multi-genre, collaborative art and music project. In practice, the collective is so much more.

The collective consists of Chris White, Donte Neal, Damion Ward, Yaya Horne, Chris Malo and Amy Gaio.

During the month of October, TRFE has been working in a secluded Fishtown warehouse where, on any given day, there are a handful of visual artists creating portable murals while rappers, producers, and DJs create and develop new music. The environment is one that is meant to foster creativity and inspiration.

The initial description may cause TRFE to sound like some sort of secret society, but in reality it is about bringing together artists of all types. Continue reading →


The Key’s Year-End Mania: Julie Miller’s top five concert snacks of 2016

Carnegie Deli’s knish | photo via Carnegie Deli

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2016 incredible. Today, Julie Miller shares the best snacks she ate before, during, or after a concert over the past twelve months.

I like food even more than I like music. I daydream about what I want to cook up for my next meal, I read the menus of restaurants I want to try, and the only type of Instagram accounts I follow that might (but probably don’t) eclipse the number of dogs accounts are food accounts. So as I read through my Excel doc of concerts I’d been to in 2016 (50 or so, plus one opera), I started thinking about where I’d had dinner beforehand or a midnight snack afterwards. The following five concerts were great nights of music and even greater nights of food.

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Guest VJ Q.D. Tran previews The Deli’s Tuesday Tune-Out series (kicks off at PhilaMOCA tonight)

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It’s the start of a new month, which means a new edition of PhilaMOCA‘s music-and-film series, Tuesday Tune-Out. This time, we’ve got a great round of offerings lined up by the folks at The Deli.

When you’re covering a local music scene like we do here at The Key, you get to know the folks who are out there with you every week in the proverbial trenches. Editor Q.D. Tran and his staff at The Deli are good people through and through – friendly, enthusiastic and passionate about the Philly scene and everything that goes along with it, from spoken word to art. I’m happy to call them my buddies (as well as friendly competitors or what have you), and I’m happy to invite Q.D. to our corner of the internet to give an overview of The Deli’s offerings for the month. All events are at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th Street), start at 7:30pm and are $5.

From Q.D.:
Hola – so when Eric Bresler, PhilaMOCA’s Creative Director, approached me about a new series that he was working on which integrated live music and film and would have different curators each month, I immediately volunteered to take a month. Combining music and movies is a no-brainer in my book, I grew up loving both as I am sure many of you who are reading this have. Obviously, it was a blast to get to put together the lineup of featured artists for September – so much so that I decided to recruit openers for most of the evenings as well. John Vettese asked me to “Guest VJ,” sharing a few videos and words about my picks. Below is what I came up with last night. I hope that it gets people inspired and pumped up as much as all of us are who are participating in Tuesday Tune-Out this month. Continue reading →