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Ground Up strike hard with their new single “Right Now”

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

The first single off their much anticipated Seventeen Eleven project, ”Right Now” lays out every aspiration of Philly hip-hop group Ground Up. “All I wanna do is get lit right now,” goes the hook. “All I wanna do is get rich right now.” The vibey delivery of MCs Azar and Malakai is matched by a brilliant, bass-knocking, trippy backing only producer Bij Lincs can provide.  In the video, we see open farm fields and anarchy, where painted faces and fires just seem to erupt as quickly as the raging party that surrounds them. Seventeen Eleven won’t be available until early fall, but we’re sure fans of the group will be hitting playback on this song for a while. Take a peek at the video below. Continue reading →

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Modern Baseball kicks The Weaks out of their own audition in “Kick It” video

The Weaks | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
The Weaks | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Indie rock act The Weaks have been doing some awesome things lately – like releasing Bad Year arguably one of the best albums so far this year. They recently released a video for their song “Kick It”, which features Lame-O Records alum Modern Baseball. The Modern Baseball guys were auditioning to become a part of Philadelphia’s hottest band, but well…they don’t do that great. However, they get the last laugh when they hijack the entire thing and kick The Weaks out. Oh yeah, there’s a guy who plays a killer electric hot dog and is a virtuoso at shotgunning beers. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Alex G

It takes a moment to wrap your brain around the sheer volume of music on Alex G‘s Bandcamp page. Five full-lengths, three EPs and four standalone singles, all released in the past five years – most released in the past two – but recorded in fits and starts in various apartment bedrooms and suburban houses, ever since the man behind the project, Alex Giannascoli, was a teenager.

But he’s not just prolific for prolific’s sake; there seems to be a definite method to Alex’s madness, whether you’re talking about his DIY discography or his on-point live band. Instruments are arranged in a minimal but alluring manner – the interplay of chiming guitar lead with the chugging rhythm strums on “Black Hair” is intoxicating; the thumping floor toms on “Soaker” are moving and emotive. Then there are his lyrics, which are just as specific and descriptive as they are loose and mysterious – like “Wicked Boys,” and its mantra-like opening “real men walk / on the outside / and they take it for the team.” Continue reading →

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Ain’t No Party Like a Hemming Party: Watch the new “Some of my Friends” video

From Hemming's "Some of my Friends" video
Candice Martello ducks to avoid a living room crowd surfer in Hemming’s “Some of my Friends” video

We’re super psyched for the release of Hemming‘s self-titled debut here at The Key – it’s in stores both digital and physical this Friday – and we’re doubly psyched to find that the Philly rock project fronted by Candice Martello just released an incredibly fun music video for the best song on the album.  Continue reading →

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Fans of Lancaster’s Placeholder and We Were Skeletons: check out Spill’s debut EP

Spill | Photo via artist's Facebook
Spill | Photo via artist’s Facebook

If you’re still bummin’ about the end Lancaster bands Placeholder and We Were Skeletons, fear not: members of both have come together to form Spill. The new project has been signed to Broken World Media and released their first EP via Soundcloud. Those who enjoy the indie goodness of the ’90s will find a lot to love on Spill’s self-titled debut, a five-song record that shines from the first chord. Listen below and and head to Spill’s EP release show at Chameleon Club on August 15th. Continue reading →

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Find some peace with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and Ariel Kalma on August 10th

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma | Photo by Misha Hollenbach
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma | Photo by Misha Hollenbach

Electronic artists Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and Ariel Kalma will join forces to present an evening of synth magic on August 10th at Bartram’s Garden. Both strong experimental musicians in their own right, Lowe and Kalma recently collaborated on We Know Each Other Somehow, an LP that “merges the collective voice with [the artists'] own.” The partnership is a hypnotic celebration of the wealth of possibilities in electronic as a genre. Also performing this evening are Non Human Persons, an experimental duo from Berlin that incorporate flora into their instrumentals (i.e. connecting a snake plant to digital synthesizers).  Continue reading →

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View life through a fish eye lens with Andorra’s new video

Andorra | Photo by Kyra Howell
Andorra | Photo by Kyra Howell

Alt-rock four piece Andorra have a fun new video for their track “6AM” off LP etc, etc, etc…The video opens with singer Kevin McCall looking disgruntled amidst his peers at a fancy dinner party. You can sense his claustrophobic agitation thanks to the fish eye camera that squares in on his face until switching to a shot of the full band in a more comfortable scenario — behind their instruments. Continue reading →

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Fans, rejoice — Kurt Vile releases a new video and tour dates

Kurt Vile | Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Kurt Vile | Photo by Shawn Brackbill

Indie icon Kurt Vile is releasing his 6th album, b’lieve i’m going down…, on September 25th via Matador Records. It commemorates Vile’s travels across the country and was recorded at many stops along the way (e.g. Joshua Tree, Los Angeles, and more). The first single off b’lieve is titled “Pretty Pimpin’” – a strong preview of what’s to come from an album Vile has described as “sort of dark” in comparison to 2013′s Wakin on a Pretty DazeContinue reading →

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PREMIERE: Darla tighten up on Let Darla Be Darla!

Darla
Darla | photo by Evan Chapman

It’s been about a year since Darla made their debut, a multi-faceted foray into funky jazz-rock called Movies! Movies! Movies!. Then there was Darla Forever!, an EP that focused on the big-band potential of the seven piece while maintaining an exploratory, slightly off-kilter approach to their sound. And now we have the premiere of Let Darla Be Darla!, the local outfit’s strongest effort yet.

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