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Fly with Cheers Elephant on their newly released track “Airliner”

Cheers Elephant's "Airliner" cover art
Cheers Elephant’s “Airliner” cover art

Ok, so because of videos like this, this, this, and this, we kind of knew this was coming. But here at The Key we can’t get enough of local expats Cheers Elephant, so we’re going to blog about their new release anyway! The former Philly turned LA quartet has finally released the studio version of “Airliner,” following last month’s single “Speak Think.” Both songs are part of a flurry of new music from the band, and in case you haven’t been following, the band has a few more good ones you should expect to be released as well; there’s the jammy, chillax, Kurt Vile-esque “Summer Surf,” and the catchy and fun “Steak Knife,” which is sure to get you dancing. But before you check those songs out, make sure you check out “Airliner” below. Continue reading →

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Marian Hill remix The Weeknd’s “Earned It”

Marian Hill
Marian Hill | Photo by Shervin Lainez | shervinfoto.com

As Marian Hill‘s star keeps rising, they’ve started mixing some auxiliary projects in with their own official releases. The local electro-pop duo recorded a cover of Kanye’s 2008 single “Love Lockdown” back in March, and now they’ve shared a remix of The Weeknd’s “Earned It,” which features on the Fifty Shades of Grey Remixed compilation. Check out their version below, followed by the original. Marian Hill join The Suffers and Mac DeMarco at Union Transfer on June 20th for Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation benefit concert. Learn more here.

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Stream Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band’s set at Baby’s All Right via NYC Taper

 

Chris Forsyth | Photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Forsyth
Chris Forsyth | Photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Forsyth

Local space rock four-piece Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band just announced a short hiatus in order to finish their upcoming album, which is due out some time in 2016 on No Quarter Records. But that doesn’t mean that fans have to wait until the release of The Island, Forsyth’s side-collaboration with experimental multi-instrumentalist Koen Holtkamp, out this fall via Trouble In Mind Records. The group recently played a set of all new material at Baby’s All Right in New York, is now streaming over at NYCtaper. Continue reading →

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Listen to the World Cafe Spirit of 76 Spotify playlist: a companion to Sense of Place: Philly

Dr. Dog | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Dr. Dog | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

This week, World Cafe has been digging into the local Philly music scene for its Sense Of Place: Philly series. Throughout the week, Cafe host David Dye has presented sessions with Waxahatchee, Dr. Dog, Hop Along, The Districts, Cayetana, a special The Sound of Philadelphia and much more. Dye is also playing lots of Philly music, old and new. Continue reading →

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Hear Andrew Lipke cover Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” for WXPN’s Copy That

Andrew Lipke
Andrew Lipke | Photo by Chris Sikich

Philly favorite Andrew Lipke was on the lineup of last night’s birthday bash for Bob Dylan over at Rembrandt’s in the Fairmount section of Philly, and earlier in the day he stopped by WXPN studios to appear on the air with Dan Reed for the weekly Copy That segment. Strumming his acoustic guitar and cacked by an airy cello accompaniment, Lipke did his version of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” – which he later played at the party. Give it a listen below, and see him live at Gorgas Park on Saturday, June 20th. More information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Sam Amidon


I could easily spend hours of your time talking about this week’s Folkadelphia Session featured artist Sam Amidon, but, as usual, I’d rather just let the music speak for itself. However I will talk briefly about how Sam Amidon became one of my favorite musicians.
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The Key Studio Sessions: Church Girls

Church Girls jumps out from the bustling crop of new indie rock bands emerging on the Philly scene this year, and there are a few reasons why. One, there’s no artifice about them – they play hooky rock songs with memorable melodies and solid playing. No fuss, no muss, no bullshit. There’s also singer and songwriter Mariel Beaumont’s voice, which is just effortlessly awesome, and it blends well with her songwriting style – as I described it in the past, “personal, honest and direct…a bit singer-songwriter but with a cutting punk edge.”  Continue reading →

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Son Little makes a moving television debut for CBS Saturday Sessions

Son Little | Photo courtesy of the artist
Son Little | Photo via facebook.com/SonLittleMusic

Son Little is perhaps one of the most interesting and captivating artists to emerge from Philadelphia in recent years.  With an ability to appeal to a wide spectrum of listeners, his songs can range from soul and folk to hip-hop and blues. Recent singles even come across as a driving force for social change, showcasing his thoughts on Ferguson and other injustices that plague society. Continue reading →

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Dan and Dan podcast interviews Philadelphia legend Schoolly D

Schoolly D | Photo via facebook.com/SchoollyDFanPage
Schoolly D | Photo via facebook.com/SchoollyDFanPage

The Dan and Dan Music Podcast recently sat down with the Philadelphia Hip Hop legend Schoolly D to discuss some pretty big topics in an hour-long interview.  The proclaimed father of gangster rap covered a plethora of topics that included the changing sound of hip-hop along with his own creative output and individuals like 60 Minutes’ Ed Bradley that played a bigger role in his career than one might think.

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Meek Mill pays tribute to Chinx and Lil Snupe with “Miss My Dawgs”

Meek Mill | Photo courtesy of the Artist
Meek Mill | Photo via facebook.com/MeekMill

Sunday morning saw the death of Queens rapper Chinx that caused an emotional outpouring from the hip hop community.  Following the news, Philly’s Meek Mill released a new track called “Miss My Dawgs” which touches on the saddening story of not only Chinx but his close friend Lil Snupe - who also died from violence in 2013.

The somber tune features G.O.O.D. Music artists Travis $cott and Strap on the chorus.  The low flowing melody allows Meek to freely rap some touching and at times bitter words that pay homage to his lost friends. Continue reading →