Philly hip hop artist Gliss put out a new track yesterday in anticipation for the big release of his High On A Weekday project (which we’ve been hearing about for a couple years now…our fingers and toes are crossed that it drops soon). In the new track “On The Highway,” the artist stays true to his mellow vibes with ebb-and-flow synths, a grooving bassline and the unstoppable flow of Gliss himself, in addition to featured artists Ryda and LV. Continue reading →
Holiday music is everywhere this time of year. It blares through every store in the mall and every car radio stuck in that 9 to 5 bumper-to-bumper, all in hopes of keeping the mood cheery and festive. But where does that cheer go when the same songs play in an incessant loop to the point where insanity may very well ensue? Simply turn the dial to either 103.3 or 88.5, where two marathon DJs that will be taking over the airwaves for 24 non-stop hours on Christmas Eve.
Jon Solomon and Robert Drake have been doing it for years and it seems there is no end in sight. Solomon, a radio personality for Princeton’s student-run station WPRB, began his holiday marathon twenty-six years ago when he was fifteen years old and hasn’t missed a year since. This year, he even upped the ante to a 25-hour special.
Inspired by Solomon, Robert Drake began his 12-hour holiday show at WXPN 22 years ago, and it eventually turned into a 24-hour marathon. The Key got the chance to speak with both of the DJs about the perks of the marathons, their favorite non-traditional holiday tunes, their shared love for the Dr. Who Christmas special and just how they manage to make it through all those hours without a nap. Continue reading →
UK folk artist Bobby Long played a striking and sincere show upstairs at World Cafe Live for today’s Free At Noon. The set was a mix of the old and new, the opener coming from his yet-to-be-titled crowd-funded album, followed with some of Long’s older tracks from his debut, A Winter Tale, and second, Wishbone. He jokingly commented on their central theme of death this close to the holidays, jibing “Happy holidays, everyone.” Continue reading →
Marco Benevento and his crew jammed out at today’s Free At Noon and knocked our socks clean off. Playing music from his new album, Swift, the artist spent his time on stage slamming away at the piano, giving hearty solos and laying down insane rhythms, while managing vocals and underlying synths as well. Continue reading →
“Success is the only thing I understand,” sings Philly’s Alex G on his introspective song “Harvey,” and you can tell he’s making strides to get there. After receiving a generous amount of press this year, Alex embarked on a long tour that took him around the U.S. and over to the UK; upon returning home, he released a new music video for “Harvey,” the single from his album DSU. Continue reading →
Today’s Free At Noon concert featured 11 local musicians paying tribute to Bobbie Gentry’s album Ode to Billie Joe, in celebration of author Tara Murtha’s new 33 1/3 book exploring the album. Performing under the name The Lower 40 (a lyric from the album’s title track), the band took the stage today at noon, filling it out entirely with their five interchanging vocalists, horns, vibraphone and more. Continue reading →
Philly electropop group Work Drugs released a new track for this holiday season called “Nicholas.” Utilizing waves of synthesizers and drifting vocals in the usual Work Drugs fashion, it keeps classic with drums accented with jingle jangle tambourines and sleigh bells. The song is an upbeat reminder of the important things and surely a nice break from the usual Christmas tunes that are repeated incessantly throughout December. Continue reading →
Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Philly indie rockers Mike Pays Heat released an EP last week called Headspace. When we first met the group back in September, after we took note of their quirky tunage and fun Youtube videos. Now, the group has collaborated with Modern Baseball bassist Ian Farmer to produce their new record, an exciting point for the band. Continue reading →
Americana five-piece The Tressels are continuing to rock the Philly music scene. The Delco-based group dropped their seventh album, Bury Me American, via Bandcamp last Friday. The six-track record is the final installation of their “American trilogy”, preceded by American Sunset and American Midnight. Chock-full of soaring guitar riffs and hearty sing-along anthems, Bury Me American finds lead singer Butch uses raw, raspy vocals to paint images of the country, supported by the band’s strong backbone of steady rhythms and chiming guitars.
Whether nostalgic and tinged with sadness, eminent in “Traces of Blood”, or anticipatory and excited, like in “Past Me,” the record is filled with musical imagery only truly understood through listening, and perhaps looking out on a beautiful American cityscape none other than Philadelphia. You can listen to the full album below, and grab a download at Bandcamp. The Tressels will be playing The Abandoned Christmas Village Barnival of Light Finale at The Trophy Tavern on December 29th. Continue reading →
Rock revivalist Graham Alexander first raised eyebrows when he stepped into the music scene with his self-titled album back in December of 2011 and his pop rock magnetism quickly won him a regional fanbase. In 2012, Graham was featured in our live studio sessions, performing alongside Find Vienna, and now the Camden-based artist is back again with new jams, a new record label and a new musical approach. Most recently, he released two music videos for his newest tracks “She’s A Chameleon” and “Games”, which will both be featured on his upcoming album set to be released December 19th. The Key got a chance to speak with Graham Alexander about making new music, acting on Broadway and working with the historical and newly reformed Victor Talking Machine Company. Continue reading →