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Folkadelphia Session: Mandolin Orange


Over the past handful of years, the North Carolinian duo Mandolin Orange, comprised of Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin, have been building and growing on their extreme talent and chemistry together, on the road and on record. Last year they released their most accomplished record yet, This Side of Jordan, via the Yep Roc Records label, a perfect home for this brand of genuine and emotional Americana. Continue reading →

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Watch a grizzly depiction of heartache in Josh Jones’ “Go Crazy” video

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Josh Jones | via iamjoshjones.bandcamp.com

Just like science fiction is never really about aliens and horror movies are never really about monsters (fear of the government, fear of commitment, etc.), the new video by Josh Jones – formerly of Univox – isn’t really about a guy who gets attacked with a chainsaw in his sleep. Continue reading →

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Listen to Church Girls’ new single “Young Planes”

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Church Girls | photo by wrznasty.tumblr.com/

Local indie rock outfit Church Girls have released a new single called “Young Planes,” following up a pair of tracks that were released last month.  The five-piece is lead by primary songwriters Mariel Beaumont and Evan Anders with a mostly rotating cast of complimentary musicians that has included Marc Neibauer, drawing on acoustic folk rock sensibilities for their introspective songs.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Dirty Dollhouse

I was hungover the first time I saw Dirty Dollhouse, but thankfully, so were they. It was a Saturday afternoon this spring, I had been out late at a show the night before. Sluggish and disoriented, I made my way to Bucks County’s East Coast Recording with my buddy Dan McGurk from Root Down in the Shadow to watch singer-songwriters Chelsea Mitchell, Amber Twait and Vanessa Winters perform during the studio’s short-lived afternoon concert series; one of the first things Mitchell did was apologize if they sounded off, as the band was also reeling from a whiskey and beer-fueled photo shoot, and were fending off colds to boot. Nonsense: they sounded remarkable, and their resounding Nashville-style harmonies worked wonders on my throbbing head. It was one of those rare perfect musical afternoons, and as the setlist wound into a country-folk spin on Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag,” I found myself an instantly-converted fan. Continue reading →

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If you love-hate your home state, you’ll totally get Mischief Brew’s awesomely self-depricating “O, Pennsyltucky!” video

Mischief Brew
Mischief Brew

Mischief Brew‘s Erik Petersen is equal parts songwriter, social critic and comedic satirist, and all three of those come together in the band’s brilliant new “O, Pennsyltucky!” The title track to their new EP, out today on the band’s own Fistolo Records, plays on a common regional concern – those residents who love their home state except for those points where, you know, they actually get out and about in their home state and feel their blood pressure rising. Continue reading →

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Alita Moses gives Kimbra’s “Miracle” a lot of soul in new Ruba Club video

Alita Moses | Photo via twitter.com/amofro
Alita Moses | Photo via twitter.com/amofro

This fall, Northern Liberties’ Ruba Club launched a monthly video series to promote not only their stage and studio but also the talented musicians here in Philly. Their latest video features the lovely Alita Moses, a Philly-based jazzy vocalist trained at University of the Arts, doing a cover of Grammy Award winning singer Kimbra’s “Miracle.” If you’ve heard the original version, you know that Kimbra brought a ton of electric energy to her song. What Moses did with her version is pretty interesting: she put a timeless spin on it. Continue reading →

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Have The Best Time Ever with Khari Mateen

Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com
Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com

Khari Mateen is a very talented man. We’re big fans of the Philly songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist here at The Key, and if you haven’t been following his career these past several years, let’s bring you up to speed. He has made a name for himself by collaborating with acts such as The Roots, Dice Raw, Sugar Tongue Slim, Joy Denalane, Jill Scott, Tye Tribbett, James Poyser, and J*Dave. He’s established himself as a solo artist on releases like the Qulaia: Fall EP, and a sweet cover of George Gershwin’s “Summertime.” And it seems like he’s ready to show off his talents again on his brand new song, “Best Time Ever.” Continue reading →