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Tiani Victoria’s mixtape Hard Candy is finally out and it’s dope

Tiani Victoria rehearshing for #KeyFest | photo via instagram.com/tianivictoria
Tiani Victoria rehearshing for #KeyFest | photo via instagram.com/tianivictoria

Tiani Victoria officially released her debut mixtape Hard Candy this week, and wow – it is tight. The 15-track release is full of the artist’s unstoppable flow and smooth, crisp beats.

Opener track “Million Dollar Flow” kicks it off strong with laid back, classic hip hop vibes. The song was The Key’s original run-in with Tiani when she released it as a single a year ago, immediately putting her on our radar. Another quick favorite is her bumpin’ track “Marinate,” filled out with a danceworthy beat and eery vibes reminiscent of fellow Philadelphian Meek Mill. Continue reading →

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I’m not bossy, I’m the boss: Speedy Ortiz, Waxahatchee & Jacco Gardner on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete

After a brief break, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back and better than ever. Tune in at 11pm tonight (right after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour edition with a lot of ground to cover. On tonight’s Weekly Album Spotlight, we’ll dig into Foil Deer, the newly released second album from Boston’s Speedy Ortiz. The band happens to be in town this weekend at Johnny Brenda’s, and word on the street is that they’ll be paying us a visit for an in-studio session, too! There are plenty more things to explore and discover on tonight’s show, like a few of these fresh gems:

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Philly Free Song Friday is bringing a free show to Bourbon & Branch next Friday

 

Paul Hocynec | via Soundcloud.com/paulhocynec
Paul Hocynec | via Soundcloud.com/paulhocynec

Paul Hocynec admitted that he was, at one point, negative about the local music scene.

“I wasn’t really the best supporter. I’d complain that nobody was at my shows, but wasn’t necessarily going out to shows and supporting other people,” Hocynec said. “I came to a bit of a weird time in my life and I realized I wanted to be part of a community more than anything else. I just wanted to be connected with other local bands.”

Starting in August, he began Philly Free Song Friday, inviting musicians to his local studio space, Woodbrook Recording, under a few conditions: they have a few hours to record whatever they want, but it must be an original song, and they have to be okay with Hocynec releasing it as a free download come Friday. Continue reading →

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Watch the earthy new music video from Dylan Jane, catch her tonight at Key Fest

Dylan Jane | From the video for "Land and Sea" | Directed by Bob Sweeney
Dylan Jane | From the video for “Land and Sea” | Directed by Bob Sweeney

Back in January we were graced with Dylan Jane’s delicate and sincere sound for a studio session for The Key. We’re happy to hear from her again as part of Friday night’s folksy  /rootsy lineup for the second night of Key Fest.

Her new music video for “Land and Sea” shows how she is a multidimensional musician: Jane started out as a guitarist, and even though her music is gentle, its moving arrangements demand attention. Continue reading →

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Fan the flames with the latest rocker from South Philly’s Sheer Mag

Sheer Mag, as pictured on the sleeve of their debut 7″
Sheer Mag, as pictured on the sleeve of their debut 7″

South Philly five-piece Sheer Mag has released a new 7″ (a followup to their debut released in Sept. 2014), and it’s full of rock/punk/pop anthems that are equally as heavy as they are catchy.

They’ve also accompanied the opening track, “Fan the Flames,” with a music video that confirms something we already found out at SXSW: this group can have a damn good time. Continue reading →

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WXPN’s Robert Drake will dig into Philly 80s new wave scene on Land Of The Lost

Previewing some retro #PhillyLocal music for tomorrow’s trip into the #LOTL @wxpnfm 7-11pm wx.pn/listen (Thx JQ!)

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What was the Philly music scene like in the 80s? Well, it was quite spectacular. if you don’t believe me, then ask someone who was in the middle of it, not only as a fan but also as a DJ on XPN when he first took the airwaves (with me) in the mid-80s. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s (Non-#KeyFest) Concert Picks: Spirit Family Reunion at Ardmore Music Hall, Milton at Hard Rock Cafe, Wild Orphan at Tin Angel and more

Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Lauren Slusher
Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Lauren Slusher

Okay, so #KeyFest night one was a smashing success last night, and it continues tonight with The Lawsuits, Rosu Lup and Dylan Jane. But I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight some of the other amazing live music happenings in the area tonight, beginning with Brooklyn folkies Spirit Family Reunion‘s gig at Ardmore Music Hall. They emerged in 2010 right around the music world’s fascination with folk, but unlike the big names that quickly went pop (you know who I mean), Spirit Family Reunion’s sound always leaned a bit more traditional, and they stuck with it over their ensuing albums – including the new Hands Together. Two years ago, their dance tent set was a Philly Folk Fest highlight; tonight, they bring the show to Ardmore Music Hall. Tickets and information can be found here. Continue reading →