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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Young Statues, Minus the Bear and more…

Young Statues
Young Statues | photo by Shervin Lainez

The Key’s special feature Unlocked made a return this week with locals Young Statues and their new record The Flatlands are Your Friend.  You can get the full scoop on the Jersey natives’ record with an full interview, review and the premiere of an in-studio documentary here.  Download “Got the Knife” for free here, courtesy of Run For Cover Records.

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Listen to Bob Dylan’s unreleased cover of John Lee Hooker’s “Tupelo”, and Martin Scorsese’s documentary on the Grateful Dead to coincide with band’s 50th anniv. next year

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Bob Dylan’s 1967 collaboration with The Band entitled “The Basement Tapes” debuts November 4th. And one of the previously unreleased songs from it, (Dylan’s cover of John Lee Hooker’s “Tupelo Blues”)  has already come out. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Son Little

One of the first things you’re likely to hear about Philly’s Son Little is its pedigree. The trio is primarily the songwriting project of singer-guitarist Aaron Livingston, who in the past has collaborated with The Roots and RJD2. Musical adventurers both, for certain, but those names as a point of reference doesn’t really clue you in to how expressive and eclectic his own songwriting is. Continue reading →

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Newark newcomers Fiance engage listeners’ souls on “Era”

via facebook.com/fianceDE
via facebook.com/fianceDE

Hailing from Newark, Delaware, Fiancé is an indie pop four-piece with a positive energy. They recently released their debut, EP1, earlier this month, and it caught the attention of Stereogum, which premiered the track “Era” and raved “The track is bookended by a colossal vocal loop of a hook written by Fusca…and sung by his sister, manipulated until the words can’t quite be made out, but the raw emotion shines through.” Continue reading →

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Beano and Chill Moody come together for “Let It Go (Remix)”

Photo by Ricky Codio | rickycodio.com
Photo by Ricky Codio | rickycodio.com

If you’re from Philly, you’re used to hearing R&B singer Beano featured on Chill Moody‘s songs and seeing him at his live shows. Well yesterday the talented duo decided that it was time for a change. Last night at the TLA, Beano played a solo set opening for Ty Dolla $ign, and Chill was the guest, joining him on the remix of his debut single “Let It Go.” Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: NPR streams Flaming Lips’ “Beatles Tribute Album”…Watch trailer for new, R.E.M documentary and David Bowie and Neil Young have special releases planned for Record Store Day

Wayne Coyne (Photo : Getty/Frazer Harrison)
Wayne Coyne (Photo : Getty/Frazer Harrison)

The Flaming Lips tribute album to the Beatles does not come out until October 28th, but NPR is currently streaming the album in it’s entirety. Continue reading →

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Meet eclectic Philly rock five-piece Seoul Delhi

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Seoul Delhi | photo via facebook.com/Seouldelhi

Bouncing between alternative and classic rock, even frequently incorporating jazz influences, Philly-area five-piece Seoul Delhi makes an impressive introduction with its debut Everything Must Go. The group consists of Ashley Ferrante on percussion, CoCo Brewer on vocals and keyboard, Tucker Hill on vocals, keyboard, and guitar, Chris Rudisill on guitar and Jessie Wexler on bass. Much of the stylistic influence and diversity, however, stems from the pen of the group’s premiere songwriter, Hill, though he’s quick to tell us ”

a big part of our sound now comes from the whole band arranging something together that I’ve written on my own.”

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Check out FortuneWest’s new single, “We Eat, We Feed”

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Philly instrumental electro hip-hop producer Cory Wilson is better known by his production handle, FortuneWest, and this past Friday he released his newest single, “We Eat, We Feed.” The track combines old-school sound with new-school structure, borrowing from the sampling and sequencing practice of 80s hip-hop and applying it to  the synthesis and groove of newer electro-hop. It’s a song with a melancholy ambiance. but a lively one that keeps moving by a fluid drum pattern under almost trance-like pad sounds.

Beyond just “We Eat, We Feed,” FortuneWest has managed to convey an ethereal and pleasantly ambient sound which he self-describes as “experimental hip-hop delving into the realms of old school sampling, funky synths, and catchy leads.” Continue reading →