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Jokquil laments soured love in new Cardi B cover

Jokquil | via facebook.com/triojos

It seems that most people on the planet right now are rooting for Cardi B ever since the start of her world domination with 2017’s “Bodak Yellow.” Among the people on Team Bardi is 22 year old North Philly rapper/producer Jokquil of the Legend Bond collective. In the spirit of the recently-past mercury retrograde, he recently released an emotional cover of Cardi B’s “Thru Your Phone.” Continue reading →

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Ceramic Animal’s “Hit or Miss” a rollicking attempt to repair a broken relationship

Ceramic Animal | photo via facebook.com/ceramicanimal

Philly indie band Ceramic Animal have released a new single called “Hit or Miss,” a song with a 70s psychedelic pop/rock sound reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac. It features steady acoustic guitars, hovering synths, rich vocals, subtle drums and electric guitar, which rips a notable solo midway through. The metaphoric lyrics of the song confront and then aim to repair a broken relationship with lyrics like “But once we analyze their gods and make our efforts clean / Well ready or not, you’ve been handed the cards and you can repair the dream / It’s ripping at the seams.” Continue reading →

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Boogieman Dela wants you to look within on the Rolled Gold-produced “Mirror Mirror”

Boogieman Dela | photo via boogiemandela.com

The new single from Philly rapper Boogieman Dela is reminiscent of the haunting, cinematic 70s soul style that implies the artist is about to drop some heavy knowledge on you. With lyrics like “That fear is only in your mind / Stop acting so shook / The recipe right there / all you gotta do is go cook,” I’d argue that “Mirror Mirror” fits the bill. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Lauryn Hill will celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill at Festival Pier

Ms. Lauryn Hill | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Ms. Lauryn Hill | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Lauryn Hill is embarking on an extensive this summer in celebration of her critically acclaimed debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Back in 1998, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, won her five Grammys, and has inspired countless other artists. It was instant classic that helped make her a household name.

Thankfully, there’s a stop in Philly on July 13th at Festival Pier; tickets go on sale Friday, April 20th, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. She’ll be performing the entire album on tour, which is sure to be an incredible experience. If you need to refresh your memory and make sure you have the lyrics memorized to sing along at the show, stream the album down below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Dani in Public’s lovelorn new Leverage EP

Image via Facebook @danimakesmusic

Philly indie pop artist Dani in Public, formerly danimakesmusic, recently released Leverage, a new featuring songs about romantic relationships with a combination of metaphors and slice-of-life lyrics. There are mellow, mid tempo, electronic hip hop beats on each track, which speak to the cross over of hip hop in recent years. Dani half raps, half sings through each track, with treble filled, sleepy vocals. Continue reading →

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Andre Altrez drops a winter wonderland video for “Time Freeze”

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Philly’s Andre Altrez has released a gorgeous new music video for his single “Time Freeze,” shot by filmmaker Baejawn on a beautiful ice-covered lake in Vermont.

The clip features clips of him confidently dancing around the winter wonderland, and standing amongst the trees in a camo outfit. The contrast between the hard, trap influenced production and the soft, ethereal scenery are reminiscent of the “Ni**as in Paris” sentiment, except this time we’re in a fairytale. The song is practically a hip-hop standard, a braggadocio anthem that every rapper needs in their toolbox. Continue reading →

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Janelle Monae drops an empowering fourth single from Dirty Computer

Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae | still from video

Janelle Monae continues to bless us with material from her upcoming album Dirty Computer. Yesterday she dropped another amazing single called “I Like That,” a song following in the vein of the other Dirty Computer singles we’ve seen so far, in that these songs are more personal than her past work. This is a song about Janelle Monae Robinson, not her character Cindi Mayweather which has been the protagonist of the story told in her previous albums. In the song, Monae explores the multiplicity of man and the dynamics of her personality, accepting herself for who she is with lyrics like “I’m the random minor note you hear in major songs / And I like that.” Continue reading →

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Celebrate (?) tax day with Taxes’ heavy new single “Fractions” from forthcoming EP Don’t Get Caught

Taxes
Taxes | photo by Daniel Nydick | courtesy of the artist

Local indie rock four-piece Taxes is gearing up for the release of their new EP Don’t Get Caught, due out on April 20th, and this tax day we suggest you give a listen to their new single “Fractions.”

The song goes from smooth and subtle to shredding in the first 47 seconds, with fuzzy electric guitar, pounding drums and pronounced bass. All this is contrasted by mostly subdued vocals from singer and songwriter Sameer Rao (an occasional contributor to The Key), who presents a cryptic sense of melancholy and frustration with lyrics like “Waste all my time and energy / to find out what you needed me to be.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Florence + The Machine’s new song about the power of performance

Florence and the Machine
Florence and the Machine | photo by Vincent Haycock | courtesy of the artist

British modern rock band Florence + The Machine are back after two years with a new single and music video called “Sky Full of Song.” Directed by A.G. Rojas, the video is completely black and white, with the exception of a shot of a single blooming flower at the beginning and the end; it features different simplistic shots of frontwoman Florence Welch lying on the ground with one hand outstretched, kneeling on the ground in front of a pot, and various clips of liquids mixing together.

The song itself explores Welch’s personal cathartic and sometimes overwhelming experience of performing on stage, and the emotions that go along with those feelings and experiences. Continue reading →