Sam from Radiator Hospital | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

Radiator Hospital is a band with a lot of moving parts. Both physically and metaphorically, putting the band in one place is an intricate operation, to say the least. With songs that range from adorably tender to shout-along tearjerker ballads, the same thing can be said about the music. But it all revolves around one well of gravity: Songwriter and front-person  Sam Cook-Parrot.

In some sense, an easy way to put Radiator Hospital in one room is to just go ahead and put Sam in the room. So we did exactly that. Before the record release show for this year’s new album Play the Songs You Like happened in the basement of the First Unitarian Church, we got Sam to play a few of the new songs in a different light — in the tiny Side Chapel upstairs, the stars aligned and the pieces fell into place in a way that likely won’t happen again. This is The Key Presents: Radiator Hospital.

Radiator Hospital returns to the First Unitarian Church on Friday, December 8th to open for Vagabon. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.