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Kevin Killen @ The Rozz-Tox.

January 17, 2014

KevinKillen5Text and images by Luong Huynh.

When music maker and Philly native Kevin Killen isn’t producing albums for indie PA acts such as Tin Bird Choir and Psalmships, he wears the rusty mantle of a singer-songwriter. Killen has spent the last week on the road, visiting friends and playing a few shows along the way. During his stop yesterday in Rock Island, IL, he recorded a Daytrotter session and later played an intimate set to the few souls who braved the Midwestern weather to catch him at The Rozz-Tox.

“You guys have a new kind of cold here,” said Killen while tuning his guitar.

His brand of music is a mix of somber odes to heart-ache and livelier exercises in Americana.  Before playing “I Ran Away,” he made sure to mention that, “I wrote this song is for a girl named Ali Wadsworth … she asked people to write tunes for her and she put them on a record.”

Having released the self-produced EP, Laurelwood Road, in July of 2013, Killen is working on a full length album set to drop April of this year.

Opening the show was Rock Island native Ren.

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