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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 →

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The Bul Bey addresses social issues on new track “Thoughts While Marching”

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly rapper Amir Richardson, aka The Bul Bey, is known for bringing the party as much as bringing serious issues into focus. When I chatted with him earlier this year, he mentioned how growing up on Philly’s Salford Street had to be one of the “worst places” he’s ever lived. Although he said living conditions were poor, he also noted the sense of community there was a huge positive aspect to his upbringing.

His new track, “Thoughts While Marching,” produced by Clark Kennedy, premiered over on HYPEFRESH® Magazine, and Erin Simon writes, “TheBulBey ties his personal struggles to the forefront in ’Thoughts While Marching,’ simultaneously discussing cultural topics within the African-American community.” Continue reading →

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Watch STS and RJD2 perform alongside the West Philadelphia Orchestra in new music video

STS and RJD2 | Photo via facebook.com/RJD2
STS and RJD2 | Photo via facebook.com/RJD2

We rejoiced earlier this month when two of Philly’s finest, rapper Sugar Tongue Slim and electronic artist RJD2, released their collaboration album. All 12 tracks on STS x RJD2 hold brilliant musical detours, with the duo marking their territory with hints of hip hop, jazz, soul, pop, etc.

Holding these local musicians near and dear, we’re ecstatic to see the Philly-centric vibe going on in their latest released video for the album’s opening track, “Doin’ It Right.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Cassavetes’ “lost” Key Studio Session, see them at Bourbon and Branch

Philadelphia punk four-piece Cassavetes is parting ways, but not before one final acoustic appearance at Bourbon and Branch. The band, centered around the songwriting of Josh Agran (who’s also played in Paint It Black, Pet Milk and Nothing in the past) released its Oh So Long LP last summer and, as I said at the time, its Fugazi influences shined through as much as its reverence for 90s rock like Soundgarden.

Cassavetes is composed of Agran on guitar and lead vocals, Patrick McCunney (of Kill the Man Questions) on guitar, Jonathan Murphy (of Sore Saints) on drums and Chris Sigda (of Likers) on bass, and back in the winter, the band came into XPN studios to record a set that mixed old songs and new, electric songs and acoustic. The set sounded great – the electric songs packed a massive punch, while the acoustic selections simmered just as intensely – but the band’s show calendar was, at that point, empty. Continue reading →

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Hang out with RFA in their new video for “Freaking Out”

RFA
RFA | photo via Facebook

Last week’s Key Studio Session band RFA have shared even more new content with the release of a video for “Freaking Out.” The track is the title song from the band’s latest EP, a catchy, pop-infused indie rock collection that marks their third effort.

The video was shot by Caitlin McCann and follows the college students around town as they hang out, drink coffee and jam. Watch the clip below and listen back to RFA’s Key Studio Session here. You can catch them live at Mantua Yacht Club on June 5th with Roof Doctor and at The Fire on June 11th.

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