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Pitchfork gazes into the future of Will Yip and Studio 4

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Pitchfork recently published a feature story about Will Yip, the celebrated and highly-regarded producer based in Conshohocken, and the studio and scene surrounding his work.

Yip has produced albums for numerous Pennsylvania bands, including Circa Survive, Title Fight, Tigers Jaw, Balance and Composure, Nothing, and Superheaven. He works out of Studio 4, a legendary area recording space run by Phil Nicolo. The article explores his work with some of these bands in-depth, observing their genre-bending tendencies that draw heavily from music of the latter 20th century. It also touches on the fact that Yip’s bands have reached younger generations that are constantly told underground music scenes are “dead”. Continue reading →

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Get ready for a deluxe edition of Strand of Oaks’ HEAL

Strand of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren
Strand of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren

As if the album couldn’t be more impressive, Strand of Oaks‘ HEAL is getting a digital-only re-release with a handful of new tracks. Some highlights include a cover of Ryan Adams’ “My Wrecking Ball” that was recorded here at XPN (!), as well another cover – this one of The National‘s “Pink Rabbits.” That’s not to mention incredible alternate mix of “HEAL” thanks to producer John Congleton. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Patti Smith and Thom Yorke to perform at climate concert, Watch Roger Water’s epic trailer for “The Wall” live, and Ennio Morricone to score new Quentin Tarantino film.

Danny Martindale/WireImage/Getty; Steven Jennings/Getty
Danny Martindale/WireImage/Getty; Steven Jennings/Getty

Thom Yorke, Patti Smith, Flea, Dhani Harrison and more will perform at Paris’ Le Trianon theater on December 4th as part of Pathway to Paris, a concert designed to raise awareness about the urgency of climate action. Continue reading →

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We chatted with Piper, the 11-year-old girl who was the first winner of St. Vincent’s Mixtape Delivery Service

St. Vincent | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
St. Vincent | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Earlier in June, Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) told her fans she would make them personalized mixtapes via her Beats 1 radio show, St. Vincent’s Mixtape Delivery Service. All fans had to do was submit a letter of 50 words or fewer describing how their lives would benefit from a personalized St. Vincent playlist.

On July 1, she hosted her first installment of the show on Apple Music, announcing the first lucky individual: 11-year-old Piper Murray from Newark, Delaware.

Piper loves to sing and dance, and says she has St. Vincent hairbrush karaoke parties in her room at night. She’s into modern, electronic-leaning music like Purity Ring and Chvrches. During the show, Clark talked with Piper about her love of singing and dancing, a musical she performed in, her family, and her hobbies.

The Key was lucky enough to chat with Piper and her dad, Matt, about this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Continue reading →

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Watch Aspiga destroy at PacMan in the new music video for “Fortunes”

Photo via facebook.com/aspiganj
Photo via facebook.com/aspiganj

New Jersey’s Aspiga have premiered the music video for their song “Fortunes”via Substream Magazine. The song is a catchy melodic punk anthem off of their latest record What Happened to You? and the video shows the band in their natural state – destroying each other in pin ball and Pacman. The band will be playing Creep Records July 18th with Night Trip, Hemingway, and Northern Lakes. Continue reading →