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Meet a rapper from the 609 who makes it look so B-Eazyyy

B-Eazyyy | Photo via eazyyy-street.com
B-Eazyyy | Photo via eazyyy-street.com

It’s hard to stay cool, calm, and collected when dealing with a tough situation. It’s even more rare to come across people who can do that and make it look easy. Trenton MC B-Eazyyy is doing a good job with showing his city and his listeners how to never sweat under pressure with his latest single, Ezekiel. Continue reading →

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The ever-evolving Ground Up is making its way to the top

Ground Up | via facebook.com/skilloverswag
Ground Up | via facebook.com/skilloverswag

It’s always interesting to see how an artist grows throughout its career. It’s like following a great television series; every season, you’re watching to see what’s different, hoping your favorite program doesn’t fall off, or worse, get cancelled. Fans of Ground Up haven’t had to worry about that too much. The hip hop group from Philadelphia has done a great job in the past three years with keeping their fans engaged and also generating a buzz that catches new listeners. What’s interesting about MCs Azar and Malakai is their knack for adjusting their sound to fit the state of hip hop in its present form, yet at the same time remaining who they are. Continue reading →

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Listen to the new EP by Philly garage rockers The Phosphenes

The Phosphenes | via thephosphenes.bandcamp.com
The Phosphenes | via thephosphenes.bandcamp.com

Philly garage rock outfit The Phosphenes have consistently delivered great music since 2012, including their most recent album Zoozanthella, which caught our ear with trippy, upbeat tracks like “Trouble’s Gonna Find You. This month, the band – Anthony Cedrone on guitars, keys and vocals, and Peter DiMeo on bass, drums and vocals – released a new self-titled EP that continues that catchy vibe from right from the start with opening track “Streetlight,” which has a round of “la la la la la la la” accompanying each line; it will be sure to be stuck in your head for days. Meanwhile “Guilt” is an easygoing acoustic track, and”It Feels Good To Belong” is the most unique of the bunch, opening with the sound of seagulls on a beach. Adding a chorus of birds to a rock and roll track is an interesting choice, but the band expertly makes it work. ” Below, check out their new EP. Continue reading →

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Listen to Josh Olmstead Band’s power-poppy new single “Fun Again”

Josh Olmstead Band
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/josholmstead

When an artist describes his new single as a mix of T. Rex, Big Star, Heart, and David Gilmorem, it provokes quite a bit of head scratching. How…why? However, a few seconds into Philly four-piece Josh Olmstead Band‘s new single “Fun Again,” and you can tell they took the oddest assortment of inspirations and turned them into a catchy power-pop anthem. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Kalob Griffin Band, Delta Spirit, Shark Tape

Kalob Griffin Band in WXPN Studios
Kalob Griffin Band in WXPN Studios

This week’s Key Studio Session highlights the Kalob Griffin Band, a local group with a strong following for its rootsy Americana.  For this session, Griffin and his band struck all angles of their sound – mournful, humorous, and sentimental.  Stream and download “Whiskey My Love” below and get the three-track set here.

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Listen to Chris Ward’s dark remix of “The Silent Beach, the Bowl of Stars” by Joshua Stamper

Joshua Stamper
Joshua Stamper | photo courtesy of the artist

Over the last several months, local composer Joshua Stamper has been rolling out remix tracks of his latest effort the skin, the sea, the sound (released last spring).  The collection of remixes, collectively titled a righter rain will fall, features contributions from Lushlife, Papertwin, Anthony LaMarca and now Chris Ward.

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