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Free At Noon Flashback: Bobby Long serenades World Cafe Live upstairs with his rootsy jams

Bobby Long | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Bobby Long | Photo by Cameron Pollack

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 →

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Alex G’s intimate new video for “Harvey” gives us a glimpse into his world

Alex G in his music video for "Harvey"
Alex G in his music video for “Harvey”

“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 →

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Free At Noon Flashback: The Lower 40 give Bobbie Gentry a smashing and sincere tribute

The Lower 40 | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
The Lower 40 | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

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 →

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Download Work Drugs’ new holiday single “Nicholas” to give your Christmas a synth-filled soundtrack

Work Drugs | Photo by Matthew Davis
Work Drugs | Photo by Matthew Davis

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 →

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Mike Pays Heat releases “end of an era” EP Headspace, heads out on a brief December tour

Photo via Mike Pays Heat Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mikepaysheat)
Photo via facebook.com/mikepaysheat

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 →

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The hearty anthems off The Tressels new album Bury Me American will keep our souls warm this winter

Photo via The Tressels' Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thetressels)
Photo via facebook.com/thetressels

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 →

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Camden’s Graham Alexander discusses inspiration, childhood and his mindset going into his new album with Victor Talking Machine Co.

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Graham Alexander | photo via facebook.com/GrahamAlexanderMusic

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 →

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Cruisr’s “All Over” video will have you marveling over its seamless, engaging animation

Photo via Cruisr Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cruisrtheband)
Photo via Cruisr Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cruisrtheband)

Philly indie-pop foursome Cruisr just released their music video for their upbeat anthem “All Over” via BuzzFeed today. The track’s cheerful demeanor is mirrored in the video’s bright-colored aesthetics and seamless transitions. Utilizing snippets from iconic movies, some of which include Pulp Fiction and The Shining, the video animates the scenes with glowing pastels fitting the indie pop music to a T. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: The Revivalists tear it up at World Cafe Live

The Revivalists | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
The Revivalists | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

As Lousiana-based rock soul group The Revivalists stepped onto the stage at today’s Free At Noon, it quickly became clear that the show would be an electric one. The six-piece (keyboardist Michael Girardot was unable to play due to a family matter) quickly blasted into their foot-stomping jams with a head-bobbing crowd in tow. Rip-roaring solos from saxophonist Rob Ingraham, guitarist Zack Feinberg, and pedal steel guitarist Ed Williams peppered the performance and kept the crowd hooting for more. Lead singer David Shaw amped up excitement by jumping off stage and high-fiving show-goers while crooning into his microphone. The group’s laid-back style made for some positive vibes, especially when Shaw plopped down Indian-style during the performance. After finishing their last song, the group lingered on stage and made light banter with the audience before launching into an encore. The show was magnetic and made it pretty clear that when The Revivalists take the stage, they’ll give you 110%. Check out a gallery of photos from today’s Free at Noon in the gallery below. Continue reading →