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Jill Scott brings the sultry soul in Daley collab, “Until The Pain Is Gone;” announces two NJ dates

Jill Scott | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Philly native and R&B queen, Miss Jill Scott, just released a collaboration with Daley titled “Until The Pain Is Gone,” and it somehow already sounds like an instant classic. Taking cues from her throwback late 90’s – early 2000’s sultry R&B pop style, the addition of British electro-soul artist Daley’s beats spins a modern twist. Just wait until the chorus when the strings kick in and Jilly from Philly really starts groovin’– I promise you’ll be swaying along whether you are realize it or not. Continue reading →

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Party with Cayetana alongside a stacked lineup at New Kind of Normal record release shindig

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Cayetana | photo by Jess Flynn

May 5th just went from an awesome day to a supremely wonderful hooplah of a day.  In addition to the upcoming Cayetana record New Kind of Normal being released, Guild Shows just announced that Cayetana will rock a record release show that night at First Unitarian Church alongside the likes of Katie Ellen, Shannen Moser, and Aster More. Can I get a heck yee. Continue reading →

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Oh my, Clique’s got a stalker in creepy new video for “Usage”

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Clique | photo courtesy of the band

It seems that Philly punk four-piece, Clique, has a bit of a stalker situation in the new video for their song “Usage.” An opening shot introduces a man in his car, swigging back shots from a flask and getting his video camera ready. Creepiness immediately ensues when it becomes apparent that the man is stalking and filming the band members. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ellen Siberian Tiger at Kung Fu Necktie, Vince Staples at Union Transfer, and King Azaz at Bourbon and Branch

Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo courtesy of the artist
Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo courtesy of the artist

Ellen Siberian Tiger impressed us with her recent EP,  Red-Blooded Woman, in which singer Ellen Tiberio-Schultz takes a more stripped-down, vulnerable and introspective approach. The three bluesy-folk tracks showcase Tiberio-Schultz skills in crafting acoustic, confessional songs along with noisey wonder punk. Don’t miss seeing Ellen Siberian Tiger tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, along with a lineup of Ian Fitzgerald, Driftwood Soldier, and Cult Class. More info can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the beautiful tune, “Grinding My Teeth,” below. Continue reading →

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Foxygen joins the XPoNential Music Festival 2017 lineup

Foxygen | photo via facebook.com/foxygen

I know what you’re thinking: this year’s XPoNential Music Festival could not possibly get any better. What with Wilco, Conor Oberst and Hop Along headlining Friday’s show at BB&T,  Spoon, Amos Lee,Chicano Batman, and more headlining Saturday night, and Drive-By Truckers, Angel Olsen, Strand of Oaks, Joseph and more performing at Wiggins Park, it’s like a beautiful, musical dream come true. And we’re here to notch that that dream up another level by announcing that Foxygen is joining the lineup. Continue reading →

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Philly basement rock newcomers Henry roll out a double release, Is Paris Burning? and oui ja yes!

Henry | photo via henrypa.bandcamp.com

If you haven’t heard of new Philly band Henry yet, you have much wonderful listening to do. Previously working under the name Bloom, the band recently released not one, but two brand spanking new albums, Is Paris Burning? and oui ja yes!. While a double album release may sound like quite a hefty move for such a fresh band, these releases sound anything but fledgling. Though Henry incorporates various genres and sounds throughout the albums, they refrain from sounding finicky and unsure by exuding a noticeable element of confidence –weaving a cohesive, mature effect throughout the albums. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Stef Chura at Boot & Saddle, Femina-X at Kung Fu Necktie, Allah-Las at Union Transfer

Stef Chura | photo via stefchura.bandcamp.com

Though Stef Chura just recently released her debut studio album, Messes, with Urinal-Cake Records, Chura has been creating fun, ironic gritty-twang music as an active member of the underground Detroit DIY scene for some time now. Be sure to catch her tonight when she stops by Boot and Saddle. Find more concert info here, and watch the colorfully morbid video for “Spotted Gold” below. Continue reading →

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Pay tribute to the great Nina Simone in Eville’s album, House of the Rising Sons

House of the Rising Sons EP cover | photo via evillesoauink.bandcamp.com

For local rapper, Eville, authenticity is not an option, but a necessity. Curating a collection of four albums and a number of collabs, Eville produces meaningful, retro-leaning rap that he describes as “firmly attached to the golden age of hip-hop when you had to actually rap to be a rapper.” In his recent Bandcamp release, Eville returns with frequent collaborator, German mixer, Zpu Zilla, on the prolific album House of the Rising Sons, which is a tribute to the great Nina Simone. Continue reading →

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Support a more inclusive scene with No Gatekeepers, the 2016 First Time’s the Charm compilation

Whipworm | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Whipworm | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

As superb and awesome as Philly’s music scene is, one aspect that remains not-so-hot is the lack of diversity. With so many prominently acts made up of white, straight men, it can be difficult for women, artists of color, and members of the LBGTQ community to feel included and respected. So how to combat this aura of exclusivity, might you inquire? Inclusiveness and active representation for days, that’s how. Enter: First Times the Charm. This event of greatness, founded in 2013 and reprised in 2016, is a two-night festival at PhilaMOCA that celebrates and jams out to new bands with underrepresented members — all of whom are playing their first show.

We’re big fans of First Time’s The Charm — having discovered locals like Marge and Littler from the first edition of the festival — so last year, The Key teamed up with both the organization as well as our compatriots at Folkadelphia to record 15 out of the 20 bands who performed at FTTC 2016. The resulting compilation was just released on Bandcamp as No Gatekeepers: First Time’s The Charm 2016 and includes Aster More, Taxes, Dumb Hair, Heretrix, Whipwrom and Joyful Exit, the songs range from gritty and loud, to soft and melodic, to quirky and refreshingly unexpected. Continue reading →