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Strange Torpedo: Lucy Dacus rockets through powerful Johnny Brenda’s set

Lucy Dacus| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Lucy Dacus| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

She may not want to be funny anymore, but Lucy Dacus definitely has a sense of humor. Her return to Philly after a year may have seen the Richmond, Virginia rocker wearing no shoes, playing pick-less, and sporting jokes about the disco ball, but Dacus brought a night of both quiet simplicity and powerfully crushing rock and roll to Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday night. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RFA at World Cafe Live, Frankie Cosmos at First Unitarian Church, Pine Barons at Ortlieb’s and more…

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RFA | Photo by John Vettese

RFA celebrate the release of Something New from RFA at World Cafe Live tonight. It’s the local indie rock band’s second EP, following last year’s Freaking Out. We heard a new track called “Indigo” earlier this year, which you can check out below. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with The Honey Hounds and Whiting can be found here. Continue reading →

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Catch Lithuania, Steady Hands, Mumblr and more at the 2016 Love On The Streets Festival

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

The weather has finally started to come around, the trees are in full bloom, which can only mean one thing: it’s finally spring in Philadelphia. And what better way is there to celebrate than by attending an outdoor festival?

The second annual Love On The Streets Festival is set to take place on Saturday, May 14 at Paine’s Park. The festival is a celebration of Philly’s street life, and will feature a skateboarding competition, live art, a beer garden, and most importantly, a ton of live music. Continue reading →

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New year, new song: listen to RFA’s instantly catchy “Indigo”

RFA | Photo by Caitlin McCann
RFA | Photo by Caitlin McCann | via facebook.com/RFAbandphilly

We’ve been watching garage rockers RFA (Really Fast Automobiles) for a little while around here at The Key, but it seems 2016 may be the year they get a well-deserved big break in the Philly music scene. Not only did the guys play a sold-out show earlier this week at Steel City but the also released a video for a brand new track, titled “Indigo.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Duane Eubanks at Chris’ Jazz Cafe, RFA at Steel City, Frog Holler at Johnny Brenda’s

Duane Eubanks | Photo by Gulnara Khamatova
Duane Eubanks | Photo by Gulnara Khamatova | via duaneeubanks.com

Philly native Duane Eubanks, the youngest of the local jazz scene’s famed Eubanks brothers, returns to Philadelphia tonight. Last year, he released Things of That Particular Nature on Sunnyside Records. Tonight, he and his quintet play two sets at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Center City, one at 8 p.m. and one at 10. Tickets and more information can be found at the Chris’ Jazz Cafe website. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Steady Hands at Boot and Saddle, RFA at The Fire

Steady Hands | Photo by Jessica Flynn | sugaryear.com | via facebook.com/steadyhandsphilly
Steady Hands | Photo by Jessica Flynn | sugaryear.com | via facebook.com/steadyhandsphilly

Sean Huber steps out from behind the drumkit and to the microphone in Steady Hands, the folk-punk outfit he’s been fronting when percussive duties with Modern Baseball don’t have him traveling around the world. This year, Steady Hands released the very lively and revved up Tropical Depression EP – a feisty set that reminds me a lot of fellow Philadelphians Mischief Brew in the way it sonically holds The Germs and Op Ivy in equal esteem as The Pogues and Billy Bragg. Tonight, the band headlines Boot and Saddle for the final night of Weathervane Music’s December residency, and rumor has it one lucky ticket holder will win an autographed vinyl copy of MoBo’s You’re Gonna Miss It All LP. More information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the title track to Tropical Depressionbelow. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fishbone at Ardmore Music Hall, Cynthia G Mason at Bourbon & Branch, RFA at World Cafe Live and more…

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Fishbone | photo by Chris Miller

LA’s Fishbone headline Ardmore Music Hall tonight. Dominating the alt-rock scene in the late 80s, Fishbone was known for their fusion of ska, funk, punk and soul. They released their latest EP in 2014 called Intrinsically Intertwined, which spawned a webisode series called “Unstuck.” Check out part one below and pick up tickets for the concert here.

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Hang out with RFA in their new video for “Freaking Out”

RFA
RFA | photo via Facebook

Last week’s Key Studio Session band RFA have shared even more new content with the release of a video for “Freaking Out.” The track is the title song from the band’s latest EP, a catchy, pop-infused indie rock collection that marks their third effort.

The video was shot by Caitlin McCann and follows the college students around town as they hang out, drink coffee and jam. Watch the clip below and listen back to RFA’s Key Studio Session here. You can catch them live at Mantua Yacht Club on June 5th with Roof Doctor and at The Fire on June 11th.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. RFA, The Stammer and more…

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RFA | photo via Facebook

As was revealed in their Key Studio Session write-up this week, the members of RFA were still in high school when we discovered their EP Just Don’t Turn the Lights On last year. They also didn’t make the cut for their school’s Battle of the Bands, which baffled us. As they showcase on their session, this band knows how to make a jam. Check out “Teenage Love Song” below and get the full set here. They’ll play Mantua Yacht Club with Steady Hands, Roof Doctor, Castle of Genre and Matty Carlock on June 5th.

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