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Behind the scenes of David Byrne’s Contemporary Color with Jim Boggia

L-R: Conrad Korsch, Jim Boggia, Thad DeBrock, Daniel Mintseris | Photo courtesy of Jim Boggia
L-R: Conrad Korsch, Jim Boggia, Thad DeBrock, Daniel Mintseris | Photo courtesy of Jim Boggia

Contemporary Color is David Byrne’s recent musical project. It features “ten of the country’s elite color guard teams — the flag-flipping, sequin-studded crème de la crème of the “sport of the arts” — sync steps with musical luminaries for a bacchanalia of beats, sabre-spinning, and glitter cannons.” It features live performances by Byrne, Nelly Furtado, How to Dress Well, Devonté Hynes, Money Mark + Ad-Rock, Zola Jesus, Lucius, Nico Muhly + Ira Glass, St. Vincent, and tUnE-yArDs. And in the seat of the band is Philly’s Jim Boggia, and Philly born, #TempleMade jazz musicians. The show opens and plays in Toronto tonight and tomorrow at Air Canada Centre and on June 27 & 28th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part of the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music Winter/Spring Season). Last week during rehearsals for the show, Boggia began posting photos of the rehearsals on his Instagram, and we reached out to him for to find out more. Continue reading →

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Download a new EP by Philly’s Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy

Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.squarespace.com
Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.squarespace.com

Philly singer and songwriting duo Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy recently released their Strangers EP, a gorgeous 4 song collection of “melodious stories of love unrequited, lost, gained, and hoped for.” Earl and Joy were also recently featured in a Key Studio Session. Continue reading →

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Sleepy Hollow’s Songs of Summer

Yp La Tengo | via http://matablog.matadorrecords.com/2014/03/07/reminder-yo-la-tengo-beach-party-tonight-or-tomorrow/
Yo La Tengo | via http://matablog.matadorrecords.com/2014/03/07/reminder-yo-la-tengo-beach-party-tonight-or-tomorrow/

Today is the official first day of summer, the Summer Solstice. To celebrate, the hosts of WXPN’s Sleepy Hollow, Keith Kelleher and Julian Booker have put collaborated on a list of their favorite summer-themed music. As languid and dense as a late July afternoon, these selections are a good place to start for those looking for a soundtrack to get them through the season, especially during those early mornings and late nights. (Words by Julian Booker) Continue reading →

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The inside story of Little Furnace with label owner Jack Firneno

Little Furnace Label | Photo courtesy of Jack Firneno
Little Furnace Label | Photo courtesy of Jack Firneno

Little Furnace is a relatively new local label, run by Jack Firneno. The label’s roster includes Cicada Jade, Borrowed Equipment, The Band Sheep, Tim Schmid, Alyssa Marsdale, Dime Street Joker, and Ashton John. The creator and backbone of the fresh faced record label reflected over email with The Key about a the label, its roster and a Little Furnace show at Connie’s Ric Rac in South Philly last month. The show included many of the artists on the label, including Ashton John. Firneno wrote: ”I’ve never seen a bar go from empty to packed as fast as when he’s (Ashton John) playing.” Here’s more on Little Furnace from Jack Firneno: Continue reading →

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Meet The Chip Breakers: a South Philly folk duo transcending genre boundaries

Taken from Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/thechipbreakers/photos
Photo by Hope Helmuth | https://www.facebook.com/thechipbreakers/photos

Meet The Chip Breakers, a South Philly folk duo that weave together compelling tales with soaring melodies and the sincerity that lies behind a strummed banjo. Consisting of Joe Miles and Tom Contarino, The Chip Breakers prefer to refer to themselves as an “aggressive acoustic band” rather than put a distinct label on the captivating music they create. Upon first listen of their self-titled debut EP, this is instantly apparent. The listener is met with a whirlwind of influences that defy genre barriers, harkening the likeness of The Felice Brothers, Frank Turner, and even The Black Keys. Continue reading →

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Philly Pocket powers through their scholarly debut

Pocket | photo via https://www.facebook.com/pocketphilly?fref=ts
Pocket | photo via https://www.facebook.com/pocketphilly?fref=ts

The greatest thing about the punk/emo scene is its ability to blindside you with great music. Especially in Philadelphia, it seems like new bands are popping up every week. Being bombarded by all this new music can get pretty overwhelming. Who should you pick to listen to? Who stands head and shoulders above the rest? Continue reading →