Download a new Work Drugs song, “Double Life”

Work Drugs -- covered in trademark haze
Work Drugs — covered in trademark haze

“Double Life” is a new single by Work Drugs from their forthcoming album, Runaways, due in the Fall. Work Drugs recently talked with The Key’s Kate Bracaglia for our first Summertime Sips and Summertime Sounds feature in which the band talked about their favorite summer music and summer drinks and generally about why the summertime rules in general.

It’s clear that even though Work Drugs have lots of time in the summer to make awesome summer music playlists and spend time on their yacht, they clearly have been busy in the studio. The band are heading out for a short summer tour that begins in Philly Thursday night, July 10th at Johnny Brenda’s.

Below, download “Double Life,” and be sure to watch the video for some captivating shots of “Double Life” screen stars.



Listen to a new song, “The Voyager,” by #XPNFest headliner Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis | photo courtesy of the artist
Jenny Lewis | photo courtesy of the artist

Jenny Lewis has shared the title track off of her upcoming LP The Voyager.  The track follows “Just One of the Guys” as Lewis preps for the albums July 29th release date, but captures an entirely different mood from the inward-looking first single.  Slow and echo-y, “The Voyager” pairs acoustic guitar with outer-spacey synths and strings as Lewis sings “The voyager’s in every boy and girl / if you want to get to Heaven get out of this world.”  Early bird ticket pricing ends Monday, July 14th, so pick up tickets to see Lewis at this month’s XPoNential Music Festival here.

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Watch a Root Down In The Shadow #CoverClub session featuring Kate Faust covering Aaliyah and Nina Simone

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Last March, Philly singer/songwriter Kate Faust released her debut album Crucial Companion. Kate has been featured in Season One finale of #CoverClub performing a medley of Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody” with Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” In Faust’s rendition of the two classics, she sits at her organ belting out the two R&B songs, begins with “Are You That Somebody” and slowly transitions into “Feeling Good.” Both songs are sultry in their own right and Faust puts a jazzy/pop spin on the songs.

Kate performs at The Grape Room on July 17th along with Kwesi K. Watch her #CoverClub via Root Down in the Shadow session below:

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The Key Studio Sessions: Milton

Though he’s not from here originally, Milton McCauley has a voice, sound and charisma that fits right into the heritage of Philadelphia soul. But even saying “Philly soul” is selling this very talented musician short. Originally from Maryland and currently based in Reading, Milton – an artist who prefers to go just by his first name – draws from an expanse of genres. Produced by Rob Devious (who also plays keyboards in his live band), the album pulls from jazz, pop, hiphop and electronic groove music. The live band that joined us in the WXPN studios this week for a Key Session adds an undeniable rock undercurrent to the mix as well. “Desire” is a pretty solid sonic mission statement, but the progressive swell of “Slippin Dippin” is also captivating, as is the guitar-vocal simplicity of “Emotion Picture.” Listen and download the set below, and see Milton take on the new Dockside Bar at Dave and Buster’s this Saturday the 12th of July; tickets and information on the show can be found here.

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Hear a new blues-inspired Alt-J song, “Left Hand Free”

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Photo by Gabriel Greene

UK rock trio Alt-J have released a second song from their forthcoming album, This Is All Yours, the bluesy “Left Hand Free.” While this sound is unlike the band’s previous releases, the song practically sweats the soul and colloquialisms of a Southern rock classic with a heavy drum beat. This is Alt-J as you haven’t heard them before; though the distinct vocals are surely Joe Newman, it’ll take a second for fans of the indie group to believe it is in fact the same fellows who recorded polished hits like “Tessellate” and “Breezeblocks” on An Awesome Wave. or even the newer ambient sounding first single from their forthcoming album, “Hunger Of The Pine.”

This new direction heard in “Left Hand Free” has us curious about the rest of the album, which is set to be released September 22nd. The group’s tour hits Philly’s Tower Theater November 14th, and you can find more information on our concert calendar here.

Listen to “Left Hand Free” below.



Download Chrissie Hynde’s World Cafe performance of “You Or No One”

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Photo courtesy of the artist

Chrissie Hynde recently released her solo debut album, Stockholm. It’s been 35 years since the Pretenders released their incredible self-titled debut, and stepping out on her own, Hynde collaborated with Björn Yttling, of the Swedish pop band Peter Bjorn and John, on Stockholm. Hynde was recently on World Cafe with Cafe host David Dye. They talked about the new album, the process of collaborating with Bjorn, and performed four songs during the session. Listen to the entire session here.

Below, download a World Cafe performance of “You Or No One.”

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Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires cover “Born in The U.S.A.” for Springsteen tribute album

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Riding on the heels of this weekend’s patriotic festivities, singer-songwriter favorites Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires have released their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” appearing as the title track for an upcoming song by song tribute to Springsteen’s breakout album. The style on the album, called Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute To Born In The USA hearkens back to Springsteen’s somber Nebraska, bringing a different tone to the album’s original lively spirit.

Isbell and Shires told Rolling Stone:

“Born in the U.S.A.’ is one of my favorite songs of Springsteen’s, making it one of my favorite ever…I love that the song paints a picture of struggle in the face of the American dream, and the irony in the chorus is delivered with such force that it nearly transcends irony altogether.”

Shires also cites the song as a favorite, “Because I write songs and play rock & roll shows, Springsteen is obviously a hero of mine. ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ is one of my favorites because so many people have seemingly misunderstood the lyrical content and the song’s overall tone. When you listen to the demo, the dark, minor key arrangement makes it clear that this is not strictly a song of celebration. We wanted to stay true to that version.”

Check out the track listing below, and listen to Isbell and Shires’ cover of “Born In The U.S.A.” Jason Isbell plays the Philadelphia Folk Festival on August 17th.

1. Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, “Born in the U.S.A.”
2. Apache Relay, “Cover Me”
3. Quaker City Nighthawks, “Darlington County”
4. Blitzen Trapper, “Working on the Highway”
5. Joe Pug, “Downbound Train”
6. Low, “I’m on Fire”
7. Holly Williams, “No Surrender”
8. Ryan Culwell, “Bobby Jean”
9. Trampled by Turtles, “I’m Goin’ Down”
10. Justin Townes Earle, “Glory Days”
11. Nicole Atkins, “Dancing in the Dark”
12. North Mississippi All-Stars, “My Hometown”

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