Very exciting news for our favorite nine-piece Philly hip-hop band of the moment: Hardwork Movement is officially the first artists to sign to Chill Moody’s digital label #nicethingsMUSIC. Their single “Take Time” will be available via iTunes tomorrow, and the band plays Spruce Street Harbor Park next Thursday, June 23rd with New Sound Brass; more information on that free show here. Continue reading →
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced its list of 2016 grant recipients, supporting 53 Philadelphia area artists, organizations and innovators in their cultural explorations. Over a dozen of the grants have been awarded to musicians, whose proposed projects include creating compositions that bring broken instruments back to life (Temple Contemporary), revisiting the city’s published jazz history (Jazz Bridge) and starting dialogues through traditional African folk songs (Tokay Tomah).
A perfect snapshot of the DIY mentality that’s been pumping through the Philly music scene’s veins, our friends at Swell Tone captured local punks Mumblr in their living room-turned-practice space for a personal look at one of the cities stand-out bands. Performing their new song “Microwave” off of the anticipated sophomore release The Never Ending Get Down, out this Friday June 10th on Fleeting Youth Records, the video finds the guys of Mumblr shredding amidst the eccentric decor of their home. Continue reading →
Noise punks Mumblr are gearing up to release their new album The Never Ending Get Down next month, and this week they shared the record’s newest single, “Three Leg Dog”, and its accompanying music video over at Gold Flake Paint.Continue reading →
All that sat on the stool next to him was a harmonica, a bottle of water, and a glass of whiskey. That pretty much sums up the set that the Texas-born and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Hayes Carll brought to the PRX Stage tonight.
His introduction was set by WFPK in Kentucky’s Kyle Meredith, who said that he was shocked when he heard that Carll’s new album would be made up of mostly ballads, since his previous work had mainly been country stompers. But just like Meredith said, Carll’s stripped-down set of songs from Lovers and Leavers brought simple yet thoughtful melodies, intrinsic beauty, and one of the most unorthodox drum kits I have ever seen. Continue reading →
Bob Dylan turns 75 this year. To celebrate, WXPN will be playing nothing but Dylan on Tuesday, May 24th (his actual birthday) and will be holding a special Free At Noon at World Cafe Live with Philly bluegrass/Americana band Mason Porter & Friends, where they will be covering and honoring the folk legend. Continue reading →
Philly roots-rockers The Lawsuits have released a stream of their new album, the cleverly titled Moon Son, in full via Grateful Web.
The band had recently released two singles from Moon Son, “Romeo” and “Do Ya,” the first of which we premiered here at The Key. The new album is an expansion of the sound they had been playing with on their last record, Cool Cool Cool, except the band adopts some newer, ambient and psychedelic tones as well that sound reminiscent of The War On Drugs. Continue reading →
Philly MC Bok Nero got his start with the local hip-hop crew Blonde Gang, but has since ventured out and made a name for himself on his own, recently signing to Roc Nation producer Jahlil Beats’ label Tandem Music Group and Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records. Today he shared his new single with the label, the introductory “Nero Nero.” Continue reading →
This Saturday, May 14th, the Love On The Streets festival (presented by Wahoo’s) will be held at Paines Park in Philadelphia. The festival, now in its second year, will feature food, beer, a skateboarding competition (with a grand prize of $2,000), and a huge line-up of Philly artists welcomed by XPN. It all starts at 12 noon on Saturday, and attendance is free.
Since there will be SO much going on at the festival on Saturday, we figured we should do a breakdown of all the bands that will be performing to make sure you know what you’re in for: nine hours of music, art, food, and everything else that makes Philly such a cool place to be.
The Music: XPN will be presenting the Mad Dragon stage at Love On the Streets, which will feature over 10 bands and DJs performing throughout the course of the day. Here’s a rundown of everyone that will be performing. Continue reading →
Take us to the river: Leon Bridges exploded onto the scene last year with his astounding debut album of modern soul, Coming Home. To celebrate his success, Squarespace made a documentary shot by Danny Clinch following his rise from an unknown solo artist from Fort Worth, Texas, to touring the world and getting nominated for Grammys. Continue reading →