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Little Strike’s new single “Loaded Gun” is born from magical realism

Little Strike | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com
Little Strike | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com

Tamar Dart, aka Little Strike, has just released a new single, “Loaded Gun,” and it sounds as though it was drawn from a Gabriel García Márquez novel. Dart’s captivating, breathy vocals drive the song, acoustic guitar accompanied by a doleful trumpet melody. She included found sounds from a trip to Ecuador, creating an atmosphere of mysticism and wonder. The song explores the interconnected energies of the universe. Continue reading →

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Ivy Sole tells a queer love story in “How High”

Ivy Sole | still from video

Philly-made rapper Ivy Sole has released a video for “How High,” off her debut album Overgrown. Directed by Sole in collaboration with Ethan Boye-Do, the video was shot in Venice Beach and shows Sole wandering the shore in the early morning, hand-in-hand with actress Andria Langston. The song captures that stomach-flipping rush of being in the proximity of someone you love. Continue reading →

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Listen to Amos Lee’s soulful rendition of a Marvin Gaye classic

Amos Lee | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

Marvin Gaye’s classic “What’s Going On” has to be one of the most emblematic protest songs of the 70’s. The lyrics still ring true in 2018, touching on relevant social issues, so it’s no wonder artists are still covering it. Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Amos Lee is releasing a deluxe edition of his latest album My New Moon, which includes an acoustic rendition of the Marvin Gaye hit. His soulful vocals bestow a new power on the words, preaching a reverberating message: love over war. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Lady Lamb brings Deep Love tour to The Foundry this spring

Lady Lamb | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist
Lady Lamb | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

Lady Lamb a.k.a Aly Spaltro has announced her Deep Love tour of North America. The last time the artist toured was in 2016, in support of her solo EP Tender Warriors Club. Now Aly returns with the force of a full band, including guitarist Alex Schaaf (Yellow Ostrich, Tallest Man on Earth), bassist Benjamin Lazar Davis (Cuddle Magic, Okkervil River) and Marian Li Pino on drums (La Luz). Continue reading →

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Margo Price discovers her country in the emphatically moving video for “All American Made”

Margo Price | still from video

Margo Price has shared a video for “All American Made,” the moving title track from her latest album. The video was directed by Kimberly Stuckwisch and Carlos Lopez Estrada, co-founders of the production company Little Ugly. It was shot on location in eight different cities including Detroit, Nashville, New Orleans, and a small Indiana town. It follows the lives of real people living in these communities, such as a widowed farmer; a student who was one of the first to be desegregated in a New Orleans school; and members of the Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition.

Price is shown singing from a miniature house being driven along the highway on a flatbed truck. The imagery is juxtaposed jarringly, weaving together people who don’t typically coexist in the same space. The final scene shows middle school kids reciting the pledge of allegiance, while audio of overlapping presidential speeches plays. The tone is conflicting, a mixture of patriotic pride and empathetic pain for all those suffering and without help in this country. Continue reading →

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Pouty figures out “Adulting” on new release

Pouty | photo by Emily Alden | via poutypouty.bandcamp.com

Pouty is the solo project of Rachel Gagliardi, formerly of Slutever. In the last few years the Philly artist has jetted back and forth between her hometown and Los Angeles, where she is primarily based. Her latest release, out now via Get Better Records, was written and recorded in Philadelphia with the help of Al Creedon (Control Top) and drummer Ricardo Lagamasino (Lucy Dacus). Continue reading →

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College indie trio Vern Matz gets homesick in new single

Vern Matz | photo by Lukas Cox | via facebook.com/vernmatz

Indie rock trio Vern Matz is based in New Haven, CT (although drummer Noah Silvestry, an occasional Key photographer, is a local) and formed at Yale University, where the bandmates met at a college party and bonded over their mutual love of Radiohead. Their new single, “Systematically Gone,” is teeming with homesick feeling, the songwriting simple and earnest. The vocals, delivered by Danny Belgrad, are subdued and echoey, the chorus verging on bleak. Continue reading →

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Ani DiFranco will release a memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, in 2019

Ani DiFranco | photo by GMD Three | courtesy of the artist
Ani DiFranco | photo by GMD Three | courtesy of the artist

Ani DiFranco is best known for her genre-crossing music, her record label Righteous Babe, and her activism. She has released twenty studio albums, the most recent Binary finds her returning to her political roots, tackling issues of gender and women’s rights.

The singer/songwriter is releasing a memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, out via Viking Books on May 7, 2019. The memoir looks at the challenging formative experiences that marked DiFranco’s coming of age, and discusses the way her life has been shaped by music, feminism, political activism and philanthropy. Continue reading →