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Watch The Roots rock out to the Action News theme at Welcome America

The Roots perform at Wawa Welcome America 2015
The Roots perform at Wawa Welcome America 2015

It was a night of many moments when The Roots played the Wawa Welcome America Festival last night. To name a few: Mayor Michael Nutter’s fierce mic drop after his performance of “Rapper’s Delight.” A surprise guest set from Cee Lo Green that included covers of Kool and the Gang and Al Green. Jeremy Ellis’ Philly-centric sampler megamix. Solid performances from Miguel and Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland.

Definitely the most talked-about moment, though, was when The Roots opened their set with their song “Game Theory,” reworked so it incorporated the iconic Action News theme “Move Closer To Your World” – a nod to 6 ABC, who was broadcasting the festivities. It’s incredible, and you can watch it below – along with Baby Flamehead’s straight-up cover of the song from the 1990s. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: George Clinton at Sands Bethlehem, Reef the Lost Cauze at Voltage Lounge

George Clinton
George Clinton | photo via Facebook

Legedary funk man George Clinton performs at Sands Bethlehem tonight. Leading a number of incarnations of his bands Parliament and Funkadelic since the 50s, Clinton became known as the Grandfather of Funk after catapulting the genre into popularity. Now running a solo act, Clinton performed “Uptown Funk” with Mark Ronson, Mary J Blige and Grandmaster Flash at Glastonbury just last week. Pick up tickets for tonight’s concert here and watch the video for his song “Atomic Dog” below.

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From Mudhoney to Milky Chance, here are 5 Philadelphia concerts not to miss in July

Lake Street Dive  | Photo by Noah Silvestry
Lake Street Dive | Photo by Noah Silvestry

While the creme de la creme of July shows is of course our own #XPNFest (happening from July 24th to July 26th on the Camden Waterfront), there are still 27 other days of the month and even more shows to sort through. We have picked the top five Philadelphia concerts you need to see in July; check them out below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Roots and more at Welcome America Fest, Satellite Hearts at Tellus 360

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The Roots | Photo via Facebook.com/theroots

It’s July 4th and that can mean only one thing here in Philadelphia: The Roots will be throwing down an epic celebration on the Parkway. As previously announced, this year’s Wawa Welcome America line-up features R&B singer Miguel, country music star Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland), Non-COMM alum Zella Day, pop duo MKTO and local acoustic soul singer Twin Ghost. There will also be activities on the Parkway throughout the day, along with special events around the city. Details can be found here. Watch The Roots perform with Common, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Queen Latifah at the 2012 concert below.

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The Key’s ultimate guide to North American summer music festivals – Part Two!

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via facebook.com/kopeckymusic

It’s late June, and you know what that means: we’re about halfway through festival season. We’re sure you got fired up at Firefly, danced at Governor’s Ball and shook your knees at Shaky Knees already, but here at The Key, we’re just getting started. We still have some pretty big name festivals to get through, including Lollapalooza, Osheaga, and of course XPN’s own XPoNential Festival (woot woot!). Now that Made In America has finally released its lineup, we can finally get on with part two of our list!

To recap from part one of our Ultimate Guide to North American Summer Music Festivals, our list is comprised of the biggest festivals still to come this summer with important details for each one, including which Philly bands are playing which festival, other notable bands playing, and any other additional festival facts you might want to know. On with the list! Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Johnny Showcase at Underground Arts, The One2s at MilkBoy, and Buddy Guy at The Keswick Theatre

Johnny Showcase and The Mystic Ticket | Photo courtesy of the artist
Johnny Showcase and The Mystic Ticket | Photo courtesy of the artist

Discofied lounge act Johnny Showcase and his band The Mystic Ticket open for West Philadelphia Orchestra tonight at Underground Arts. Having established themselves in Philly as both musicians and performance artists, Showcase and The Mystic Ticket have a full-length LP called Love is the Message and a few EPs under their belt. When it comes to the stage, frontman Johnny keeps things energized during his sets, which feature a combination of funk and folk, and tonight will be no exception. Watch the music video for song “Sensual, Parts 1 & 2″ below, and get tickets for this evening’s 21+ show here. Continue reading →

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Ingrid Michaelson and friends pull out all the stops for the last night of tour

Ingrid Michaelson | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Ingrid Michaelson | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

To say that Ingrid Michaelson gets better every time I see her is in no way an understatement. Over the past year, this is the fifth time I’ve caught her live; you think I would have seen everything, but you would have thought wrong. She throws in new (though equally beloved) songs, always makes sure to love her band in the most creative ways possible, and with this week’s Mann Center appearance being the last show of her Summer Night Out tour, antics were sure to occur. Occur they did. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Swirlies at Johnny Brenda’s

 Swirlies | Photo by Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com
Swirlies | Photo by Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com

Iconic Boston dream-pop outfit Swirlies return to Johnny Brenda’s tonight for a headlining gig. They’ve been running on and off for 25 years and have released seven LPs and an array of EPs and 7″ singles in that timespan. Joining them are like-minded locals Suburban Living and Spirit of the Beehive, carrying their sound forward for a new generation. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →