Arc Iris, Square Peg Round Hole light up MilkBoy

Arc Iris | photo by Senia Lopez |

Last February I was introduced to experimental pop trio Arc Iris when they opened up for New Zealand singer Kimbra at Union Transfer. I was incredibly interested in not only their sound but the visual elements they brought to the stage: backlit wings worn by singer Jocie Adams, pig-masked mascots dancing on stage during their final number.

Now on tour for their new album Icon of Ego, Arc Iris co-headlined a show last weekend with instrumental local band Square Peg Round Hole at MilkBoy. When talking to some fans in the crowd, there was mentioning about seeing Arc Iris perform in a such an intimate venue. By the end of the night everyone knew that a smaller stage did not hinder their grand performance in the slightest.  Continue reading →


The Key’s Year-End Mania: Senia Lopez’s best album artwork of 2018

from left, Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer, Found Wild’s self-titled, Travis Scott’s Astroworld

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2018 incredible. Today, Key photographer  Senia Lopez breaks down some of the best album covers of the year.

I used to intern for The Key as a photographer over the summer. It was an incredible time to build my music portfolio and to learn so much more about music (especially local artists). When the time came for Year-End Mania I knew I wanted to be involved, but wanted to leave the music reporting to the professionals at The Key. I wanted to talk about something more in my wheelhouse, visual art. I wanted to talk about some the best album covers of the year.

When approaching this list, I thought about what covers made the viewer stop and look at the art longer, which covers made the viewer more interested in hearing the music, and images that were unique or impressive as just visual art pieces alone. This list has nothing to do with the content of the music (though some of these albums did make my top list this year). I tried to be as unbiased as possible, but I cannot help but be drawn to more photographic works. Continue reading →


Scenes from Ms. Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation anniversary concert at Festival Pier

Lauryn Hill | photo by Senia Lopez |

Singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill on tour this summer, and her July 13th stop at The Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing featured not only a full set of songs from the iconic album, but also a stacked roster of guests to open the show.

Below, check out scenes from the concert — including performances from Tierra WhackJo Mersa MarleyBusta Rhymes and M.I.A..
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