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L7 returns to The Trocadero with their first album 19 years; listen to “I Came Back to Bitch”

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L7 | photo courtesy of the artist

90’s rock favorites L7 recently dropped a new single, “I Came Back to Bitch.” The last time we heard from the punk-metal veterans was last year’s “Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago,” which was their first new song in eighteen years.

The chaotic music video for “I Came Back to Bitch” perfectly matches the song with its aggressive guitar riffs and playful cowbell. From scenes with mannequin parts to the foursome going crazy in a backyard, L7 still seems to have that screw-you, badass flame inside of them. Continue reading →

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Killiam Shakespeare gets together with Reesa Renee and The Bul Bey to “Party & Chill”

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Killiam Shakespeare Party & Chill cover art | courtesy of the artist

Killiam Shakespeare stirs up some funky grooves with their latest, ”Party & Chill.” The single is a breezy blend of R&B, funk, soul and pop which features Reesa Renee, an independent artist from the DC Metropolitan Area, and The Bul Bey, a West Philly rapper who we’re quite fond of here at The Key. Continue reading →

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The 7th Annual Center City Jazz Festival touches down on Sansom Street on April 28th

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Monette Suder performs at Center City Jazz Fest 2017 | photo by G.J. Hild photography | courtesy of Center City Jazz Fest

The annual Center City Jazz Festival returns for its seventh year on Saturday, April 28th. You’ll be able to spend six hours listening to the sweet sounds of horns, keys and more. There will be over twenty bands performing across five venues on the Sansom Street corridor: Franky Bradley’s, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Fergie’s Pub, MilkBoy, and Time Restaurant. Continue reading →

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Cynabel gets intimate with his new album Cyna…

Cynabel | via cynabel.bandcamp.com

“Music for Healing” is how Cynabel describes his work. The Philly artist has a talent for producing music that sparks a sense of euphoria and relaxation. His last EP, Summer Breeze, whisks you away to a place of pure bliss by fusing the calming sounds of the ocean and various electronic beats.

In his newest album Cyna…, Cynabel shows us a deeper, more intimate side to his music, exploring the concepts of depression, loneliness, friendship, love, and healing. Continue reading →

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Dream Safari gets reflective on their new single “Ruby Red”

Dream Safari | Photo by John Vettese

Dream Safari is back with a new single titled “Ruby Red.” We last heard from the project of Philly party promoter and DJ Chris Coulton back in 2016 with his EP Cobalt that incorporated jazz-infused elements, including the saxophone.

By comparison, “Ruby Red” is a personal song for Coulton. He described the overall theme as “Looking back while having so many years ahead of you.”  Coulton also told us that the title comes from the blinking red lights on radio towers that he would see on his way home, and the towers were a “comforting backdrop for both looking back and thinking forward.” Continue reading →

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Five artists to see at O:O Our Black Arts Festival this weekend

Kingsley Ibeneche | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

O:O Our Black Arts Festival is this weekend, February 9th and 10th, at Circle of Hope in South Philadelphia. The two-day festival welcomes people of all ages, shapes, colors, genders, and orientations. There will be visual work, poetry, and performances from various artists, which you can read more about below.  Continue reading →

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Listen to Savan DePaul’s intergalactic new album Musings From A Jovian Moon

Savan DePaul | via savandepaul.bandcamp.com

At just 19 years old, Savan DePaul is shaking up the rap game with his unorthodox style and psychedelic hip-hop beats. The Key’s first look at the multi-talented musician was last year when he released his first album Sketchpad. The six tracks showcased DePaul’s unreal skills behind the boards as well as his abstract, abnormal flow. His new album Musings From A Jovian Moon focuses more on Savan’s lyrical skills while still staying true to his intergalactic, complex, and unusual musical vibes. Continue reading →