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Drexel University students rejuvenate classic Philly R&B music

 

Photo via "Uncovering the Philly Groove" event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/914276075280044)
Photo via “Uncovering the Philly Groove” event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/914276075280044)

Drexel University is heading an exciting initiative to reinvigorate the famous “Philly Groove Records,” an R&B and soul music collection from the renowned Sigma Sounds and Philly Groove Labels that is filled with many unfinished musical works.

Students from the school are taking these unfinished pieces and bringing them back to life by completing and releasing the songs into the public. Continue reading →

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Glitter releases crafty, cool collage video for their track “JULIE ANDREWS”

A still from Glitter's Julie Andrews video
A still from Glitter’s Julie Andrews video

Art rock collective Glitter released a fresh new video yesterday for their single “JULIE ANDREWS” featuring paint, paper clips, old school rollerskating arenas and, yes, glitter itself. Utilizing distorted guitars, vintage synthesizers, and upbeat, snare-heavy percussion, Glitter’s early 90′s post-punk era influences are made very clear. The new music video directed by Jayme Guokas and Isaac Turner sews together footage of pulsing jellyfish, a vibrating glitter-infused woofer, and Icelandic landscapes to create a thematic, retro video collage. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Kat Edmonson serenades a captive crowd at World Cafe Live

Kat Edmonson | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Kat Edmonson | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Today’s Free At Noon featured the Texas-bred, Brooklyn-based crooner Kat Edmonson. After strolling on stage with band in tow, Edmonson quickly launched into her big track “Rainy Day Woman,” filling it with the flourishing vocals that have brought her the attention she’s received over the past couple of years. With all the precision of big jazz singers from Billie Holiday to Nora Jones, Edmonson was able to whip out swooping vocals that snapped the attention right to her. Continue reading →

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Put some pep in your step with CRUISR’s fresh new track “Go For It”

Cruisr | Photo by Chris Sembrot | Courtesy of the artist
Cruisr | Photo by Chris Sembrot | Courtesy of the artist

Philly’s CRUISR has done it again. The indie pop group has released yet another overwhelmingly upbeat track that will have your spirits high and soul groovin’, if only for the 3:16 duration.

The Philadelphia four-piece has been catching hoards of attention lately as they continue to release their infectious indie pop tunes and their new song, “Go For It”, is no exception. Filled with bouncy bubblegum synths, a bumpin’ bassline and lead singer Andy States’ tender vocals, the track slides nicely into the growing collection of CRUISR’s music. And now we can only wait patiently (or impatiently..) for the foursome’s next release. Give a listen to “Go For It” below. Continue reading →

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4 events you don’t want to miss at Philly’s first annual Video Music Festival

Photo by Caitlin McCann | demdogdays.tumblr.com
TJ Kong in a still from a video by Caitlin McCann | demdogdays.tumblr.com

Kicking off tonight and running through this weekend, PhilaMOCA will be hosting Philadelphia’s first ever Video Music Festival and it’s sure to be killer. With a four-day lineup of special events, showcases, presentations and dance parties, this weekend is going to be chock full of creative fun. Out of all the many to choose from, The Key selected four events that you don’t want to miss this weekend. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Son Little keeps it moving at World Cafe Live

Son Little | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com
Son Little | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

WXPN Artist To Watch Son Little took the stage today at World Cafe Live and put on a smashing performance. With rip-roaring guitar riffs and playful, booming synths, Son Little amped up the crowd with his unique sound and endearing interaction.

After a pause during his song “All Wet”, a toddler’s voice came blaring through the silence blurting out “Blah, blah, blah.” Little continued for a few moments then stopped, chuckled into the microphone and muttered “From the mouths of babes. I’ll try and keep it moving up here.” The crowd answering with roaring laughter. Continue reading →

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Wander a surrealist beach with Suburban Living’s Wesley Bunch

Wesley Bunch in the music video for Suburban Living's "New Strings"
Wesley Bunch in the music video for Suburban Living’s “New Strings”

Philadelphia dreampop project Suburban Living just released the new music video for their song “New Strings,” the latest single from their self-titled debut album available on Papercup Music. Starring frontman Wesley Bunch, the video follows the artist as he wanders along a deserted, breezy beach and encounters various weirdos doing surreal things: interpretive dancing, burning Barbie dolls, coloring on people’s faces with magic markers and directing him further down the beach to meet his grim fate. Continue reading →

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Philadelphia is blowing up NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest and it’s amazing

Levee Drivers' Tiny Desk submission | photo by Bob Sweeney
Levee Drivers’ Tiny Desk submission | photo by Bob Sweeney

For those of you who don’t know about NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, you may want to head over to their site and root through their enormous and equally impressive archive. Their 15-minute videos feature live performances from artists of all genres held in the quaint offices of NPR at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk.

Ranging from big names like Adele and Alt-J to up-and-coming artists such as Angel Olsen and Rubblebucket, viewers are able to watch the artists perform in the intimate setting, giving the performances a stripped-down, no B.S. vibe. While these videos are ultra fun to watch (perhaps continuously, one after another…), NPR kept things interesting this winter by kicking off a contest to feature a new artist in their series.

Based entirely off of video submissions from all over the United States, an artist will be chosen to perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. as well as snag a slot in the big Lagunitas Couchtrippin’ showcase in Austin, Texas. Philadelphia, brimming with the amazing musical talent that it is, seems to have jumped at this opportunity. Continue reading →

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Hear JD McPherson’s Let The Good Times Roll a week early via NPR Music First Listen

JD McPherson | Photo by Cameron Pollack
JD McPherson | Photo by Cameron Pollack

Oklahoma rock and roller JD McPherson is featured on NPR’s First Listen this week. His sophomore album, Let The Good Times Roll, set to be released February 10th, has made waves in the music scene as of late, and NPR’s Ann Powers commends McPherson on his unmatched abilities of taking classic rock concepts and re-imagining them with small twists that make for engaging music without sounding like a knock-off. Continue reading →