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The Key Studio Sessions: Those People

The best pop is, of course, subversive pop. So while you can easily appreciate Philly modern rock five-piece Those People for their hooks, sharp playing and tight arrangements; their music that balances early aughties riff rawk with a showtunes-y sense of catchiness; you can hear some pretty remarkable stuff going on below the surface as well.

When the band recorded its Key Studio Session last week, it opened with “Who’s Watching You” – a song built around bright guitars and bop-bob harmonies that’s actually a frank reflection on power and an indictment of those who abuse it. Take these lyrics, belted with passion and conviction by frontman Assad Khafre: “Light me up for disobeying you / all that power must make you feel good / tie my arms behind my back and knock me on my face / blue blood on the streets, they keep me in my place.” Continue reading →

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Stream Those People’s new EP Human Robot

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Those People | photo by Philly’s Music Makers Portrait Project | courtesy of the band

Local rockers Those People celebrate the release of Human Robot at World Cafe Live on June 4th, a follow-up to 2014’s Be Careful What You Wish For. The six-piece has always had a very open, jigsaw-like sound but they kick it up a notch on the new collection, which was recorded last fall at Milkboy Studios.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tygaton at Ortlieb’s, Anderson East at World Cafe Live, David Bowie Tribute at The Fire

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Tygaton | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia space-rock band Tygaton will be at Ortlieb’s tonight. The band blends classic rock dramatics and new-age instrumentation with hints of krautrock and psychedelia. Also at the show will be Dreambook and Woven In. The show is 21+ and costs $10. More information here. Continue reading →

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Gigspots presents a Menage of Modern Rock in Lancaster with Those People

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Those People | photo courtesy of Merge Arts

Every third Friday of the month is Music Friday in Lancaster, and this month’s installment features a special presentation of modern rock. Hosted by Gigspots at the Historic Elks Lodge in downtown Lancaster, the “menage” pairs Philly’s Those People with New York’s Beecher’s Fault and Pittburgh’s Working Breed.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at The Foundry at The Fillmore, Line Leader at Kung Fu Necktie, Those People at MilkBoy and more

Creepoid | Photo by John Vettese
Creepoid | Photo by John Vettese

If you haven’t gotten a chance to see a show at the brand new Fillmore Philadelphia then why not break in the venue with tonight’s Creepoid show on the Foundry stage. The Philly psychedelic rockers will take the stage beginning at 8 p.m. alongside the alternative rock supergroup No Devotion. Click here for more details on tonight’s concert. Continue reading →

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The Beta Hi-Fi class of 2015 packed in the talent at World Cafe Live

The finalists of Beta Hi Fi 2015 at World Cafe Live | Photos by John Vettese
The finalists of Beta Hi Fi 2015 at World Cafe Live | Photos by John Vettese

I’ve been a judge on World Cafe Live’s annual Beta Hi-Fi competition for several years now, and it’s always a treat to meet the Philly artists that come up through its ranks – past winners have included Commonwealth Choir and The Districts. Last night, the finals of Beta Hi-Fi 2015 were held, and the talent was at a higher level than ever before. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Peter Matthew Bauer at Milkboy, Cherokee Red at Ortlieb’s, Laser Background at Boot & Saddle and more…

Peter Matthew Bauer
Peter Matthew Bauer | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Peter Matthew Bauer headlines the Communion Philly line-up at Milkboy tonight. It’s barely necessary to even mention Bauer’s former affiliation with The Walkmen as the Philadelphia musician created such a great solo presence with his debut Liberation! last year. He brought the record to XPN for a Free at Noon concert in March, which you can listen to here. Watch the video for “Philadelphia Raga” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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