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Hear Alvvays perform live & dig in to new TV On The Radio on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Alvvays | Photo courtesy of the artist
Alvvays | Photo courtesy of the artist

We’re back tonight at 10pm with an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tune in to hear a very special Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with the Toronto quintet Alvvays, recorded on stage at the Boot & Saddle! We’ll also dive into Seeds, the newly released album from the mighty TV On The Radio, and explore new reissues from shoegazers Bedhead and James Mercer’s pre-Shins band Flake Music. And don’t miss these tracks in the mix:

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Blood On Your Bootheels” by Caroline Rose

Caroline Rose | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Caroline Rose | Photo courtesy of the artist.

This past summer, singer-songwriter Caroline Rose performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and it was captured by the World Cafe. During her set, she performed songs from her recent album, I Will Not Be Afraid. Continue reading →

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You’re invited to Helen Leicht’s Home For The Holidays holiday party

Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com
Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com

XPN’s Helen Leicht is celebrating the holidays with a special free Philly Local Home For The Holidays show on Saturday, December 14th at The Flash in Kennett Square. The show will include performances by Lizanne Knott, Dan May, Jen Creed, and Cole Redding. Doors open at 12:30PM; the show starts at 1PM. Continue reading →

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Artistic Random Thoughts from DBNR

A.R.T. | via twitter.com/Art_x_DBNR
A.R.T. | via twitter.com/Art_x_DBNR

For the past four years, hip hop group DBNR have been building a buzz in the tri-state underground hip hop scene. Together South Jersey natives  A.R.T., P-90Ruger, DreMurf, & PHITTED showcase their addiction to music by using a plethora of interesting beats and laid back flows. A perfect example of this would be the new solo track from A.R.T. called “Play 4 Keeps.” To understand the song is to understand the acronym of the MC’s name, which is Artistic Random Thoughts. The slow beat and heavy bass gives you an eerie feeling, as if you’re walking around A.R.T.’s mind when he’s intoxicated and seeing the random ideas that inspire him creatively. His mellow flow creates a new image of cool, so hearing “Play 4 Keeps” is somewhat like seeing the introduction of the new mysterious cool kid on the block. Below, watch a surreal new music video for the track. Continue reading →

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Catching up with Alex G at Rough Trade East in London

Alex G performing at Rough Trade East record store in London | photo by Tom Beck
Alex G performing at Rough Trade East record store in London | photo by Tom Beck

From bedroom recordings to all ages stages, Alex G has become somewhat of a popular name in Philadelphia music community. Since we’ve first written about the breezy lo-fi one-mand band, he’s gotten signed, gotten a few fellow musicians to help him play shows and even had an article written about him in Rolling Stone. What’s next on his list? Apparently he’s set out to conquer Europe.

Monday night, Alex G played a free show at Rough Trade East, a popular chain of record stores in the UK, to promote his new album DSU.  He’ll be in the UK until Sunday, playing a handful of shows in London and one in Manchester before he heads back to Philly. Being the cool guy Alex is, he was more than willing to chill with me backstage after the show to answer a few questions for The Key. Read the Q&A below where we talk about London, the Rolling Stone story and James Joyce. Continue reading →

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Talking touring and traveling with St. Lucia

st. lucia
Photo via stlucianewyork.com

The other day I had the chance to chat via phone with Williamsburg-based artist Jean-Philip Grobler, known better by his stage name St. Lucia. For those unfamiliar with his work, St. Lucia’s tropical 80s pop has this exotic quality of joy riding under every note, and the best way to experience its infectious effect (other than seeing the band perform live), is listening to the band’s debut, When The Night (2013). While the project remains entirely Grobler’s, the live band is rounded out with the talents of Nick Brown (drums) , Ross Clark (bass, guitar, keys, vocals), Nicky Paul (keys) and Grobler’s wife, Patricia “Patti” Beranek (keyboards, vocals).  St. Lucia, who hails from South Africa, has been been on a whirlwind of touring through the U.S. and other continents since early last January (they’ve already hit Philly twice this year!). Read on to check out our conversation. Continue reading →

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Download “I Saw A Dream Come True” by Gene Clark

Gene Clark | Two Sides to Every Stone album cover
Gene Clark | Two Sides to Every Stone album cover

Singer-songwriter Gene Clark‘s long out of print 1977 album, Two Sides To Every Story, has been reissued by High Moon records. Clark was a founding member of The Byrds, writing or co-writing several of the band’s hits including “Here Without You,” “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better,” and “Eight Miles High”. Clark, along with Roger McGuinn, also wrote “You Showed Me”, which became a hit song for the Turtles 1969. Clark was only with the band a couple of years before he went solo, although he rejoined The Byrds briefly, as he continued to pursue his solo career. Continue reading →

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