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Free At Noon Flashback: The Chris Kasper Band filled World Cafe Live with positive vibes and American Beauty

 

Chris Kasper Band | Photo by John Vettese
Chris Kasper Band | Photo by John Vettese

The Chris Kasper Band followed Mason Porter for today’s doubleheader Free At Noon and did not disappoint a packed and eager crowd. Celebrating WXPN’s Day Of The Dead, the fivesome resolved to play the entirety of the Grateful Dead’s sixth studio album American Beauty. They eased into the performance with the first track “Box of Rain” and after delicate harmonies and on-point instrumentals, it seemed they had certainly gained one man’s approval after he bellowed “Hey! You’re good!”, the crowd chuckling in response. The band’s sound was full and precise and emanated feel-good vibes. Solos speckled the performance, with violinist Kiley Ryan owning her instrument and front man Chris Kasper tearing it up on guitar. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Mason Porter get the crowd riled and raucous with Workingman’s Dead

Mason Porter | Photo by John Vettese
Mason Porter | Photo by John Vettese

Meandering onstage to a packed and riled house, Mason Porter kicked off WXPN’s 50 year celebration of The Grateful Dead with energy today. The band declared that they would be playing the full fifth album of the Dead, Workingman’s Dead. Launching into the crowd favorite “Uncle John’s Band”, Mason Porter quickly got the crowd movin’, groovin’ and singing along. The group whipped out insane solos throughout the entirety of the performance – Sarah Larson shredded on the fiddle, displaying the quick fingers of a pro during fast-paced tracks like “Cumberland Blues” and “Easy Wind”.

Larsen and guitarist Paul Wilkinson even held a back-and-forth conversation through their instruments, all the while laughing and smiling. Frontman Joe D’Amico gave an impressive solo on his mandolin, fingerpicking rapidly and receiving a warm response from the crowd. The fivesome ended their performance playing the upbeat classic “Casey Jones” with an ecstatic crowd cheering them on as they trickled off stage. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Listen to Port Arthur’s spirited new “Fire” from an LP about life’s big experiences

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Port Arthur | photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia’s Port Arthur grabbed our attention last year with their unique take on brass folk rock and now the group plan to digitally release their debut full-length album, Everything’s Incredible. It’s an album that will focus on some of life’s big experiences, according to multi-instrumentalists: Luke Shefski: “lost love, spiritual discovery and newfound responsibility.” Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Turbo Fruits show off No Control at World Cafe Live

Turbo Fruits | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Turbo Fruits | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Nashville garage rockers Turbo Fruits took the stage today following an electric set from The London Souls. The four-piece showed Philly what they were made of with their catchy rock ballads. Guitarist Kingsley Brock whipped out some fun, distorted riffs while frontman Jonas Stein’s grumbling vocals filled the room. The group played tracks exclusively off of their upcoming LP, No Control, set to be released April 20th. Songs like “The Way I Want You” and “Don’t Let Me Break Your Heart Again” put the group’s solid sound on full display and had the crowd movin’ and groovin’, closing out today’s Free At Noon with finesse. Continue reading →

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Philly Music 101: The basics everyone needs to know about the Philadelphia scene right now

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Philadelphia is a city of many wonders: a buzzing food scene, an established craft beer culture, and a parade of historical landmarks. But one aspect of our city that we are particularly passionate about is our magnificent local music community and all that is has to offer. Here at The Key, we often focus on the particulars of our scene – where artists will be playing each night, brand new local releases, etc. - so much so that we can forget how overwhelming it can be for newcomers to get their bearings.

So for those of you having trouble finding where to start, we are introducing this new Philly Music 101 series as your guide through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving members, from artists to venues to studios and more. It’s meant to help new fans navigate the scene as much as emerging musicians looking to break in and behind-the-scenes folks trying to get their start. We hope it will illuminate just what makes it so damn exciting for music lovers to live here. To kick it off, here is a by-no-means-complete overview of the different pieces of the Philadelphia music scene that have come together to make up its sturdy foundation. Continue reading →

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Gliss releases new chilled-out track “Got It Locked” featuring Rich Boy and RediRoc

Gliss | Photo via Gliss Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gliss/108320526723?fref=ts)
Gliss | Photo via Gliss Facebook

While we wait patiently for Gliss to officially release his High On A Weekday record (which he insists is on the way), we can rest assured that he will keep us hooked by releasing fresh new tracks in the meantime. His recent release sets our expectations high. “Got It Locked” pushes cool, laidback vibes with spacey synths and slow, booming beats with Gliss’s flow dominating. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: The Districts give 110% with a charged set at World Cafe Live

The Districts | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
The Districts | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Lititz/Philly natives The Districts took the stage today for this week’s Free At Noon concert with an amped up crowd in tow. The foursome gave it their all as they unleashed their heavy-hearted tunes to a packed audience downstairs at World Cafe Live. After strolling on stage, the group expressed their humble appreciation for the turnout and were sure to mention how good it felt to be back in Philadelphia, that is before they leave on a European tour in a few days.

Playing songs off of their latest album A Flourish and a Spoil, the group showcased amazing musicianship through their passionate playing, with lead singer Rob Grote bouncing around the stage, his curly locks swinging every which way. Continue reading →

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RECPhilly follows up SXSW by kicking off “30 for 30″ initiative

 

Jacqueline Constance | Photo by John Vettese
Jacqueline Constance | Photo by John Vettese

RECPhilly is making moves for the Philly music scene as they continue to promote and curate musical events in support of the industry here, leading up to the launch of their locally-focued Recollective Records.

Following up last month’s SXSW Philly showcase, RECPhilly has just kicked off their “30 for 30″ event series, an initiative that will feature an event every day during the month of April. Continue reading →

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A Dreamy Ode to Moving On: Sonnder releases its latest monthly single, “Late October”

Photo by Christopher Young via Sonnder Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/sonndermusic?_rdr)
Sonnder | Photo by Christopher Young | via facebook.com/sonndermusic

Philadelphia alternative rock quintet Sonnder have slowly been garnering a solid music collection as they continue to release a single every month this year. Today they dropped another track, though this one stands as a key to understanding the birth of the group. “Late October” is a dreamy, emotional anthem that focuses on one of life’s biggest hardships- letting go and moving forward. Continue reading →