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If you love-hate your home state, you’ll totally get Mischief Brew’s awesomely self-depricating “O, Pennsyltucky!” video

Mischief Brew
Mischief Brew

Mischief Brew‘s Erik Petersen is equal parts songwriter, social critic and comedic satirist, and all three of those come together in the band’s brilliant new “O, Pennsyltucky!” The title track to their new EP, out today on the band’s own Fistolo Records, plays on a common regional concern – those residents who love their home state except for those points where, you know, they actually get out and about in their home state and feel their blood pressure rising. Continue reading →

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Alita Moses gives Kimbra’s “Miracle” a lot of soul in new Ruba Club video

Alita Moses | Photo via twitter.com/amofro
Alita Moses | Photo via twitter.com/amofro

This fall, Northern Liberties’ Ruba Club launched a monthly video series to promote not only their stage and studio but also the talented musicians here in Philly. Their latest video features the lovely Alita Moses, a Philly-based jazzy vocalist trained at University of the Arts, doing a cover of Grammy Award winning singer Kimbra’s “Miracle.” If you’ve heard the original version, you know that Kimbra brought a ton of electric energy to her song. What Moses did with her version is pretty interesting: she put a timeless spin on it. Continue reading →

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Have The Best Time Ever with Khari Mateen

Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com
Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com

Khari Mateen is a very talented man. We’re big fans of the Philly songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist here at The Key, and if you haven’t been following his career these past several years, let’s bring you up to speed. He has made a name for himself by collaborating with acts such as The Roots, Dice Raw, Sugar Tongue Slim, Joy Denalane, Jill Scott, Tye Tribbett, James Poyser, and J*Dave. He’s established himself as a solo artist on releases like the Qulaia: Fall EP, and a sweet cover of George Gershwin’s “Summertime.” And it seems like he’s ready to show off his talents again on his brand new song, “Best Time Ever.” Continue reading →

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Marian Hill’s new “Got It” will get stuck in your head in the best way

Marian Hill | Photo courtesy of the artist
Marian Hill | Photo courtesy of the artist

When they played last month’s Communion Philly show at Underground Arts, Philly electronic pop duo Marian Hill unveiled some of its first new material since releasing the excellent Play EP last winter. One of the songs, “Got It,” featured singer Samantha Gongol delivering a soulful hook with an infectious rise and fall reminiscent of Fiona Apple’s “Every Single Night.” Today the studio version emerged on the internet via Soundcloud, and it sounds outstanding.  Continue reading →

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QQQ release warped new music video for “The Ebullient”

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From “The Ebullient” by QQQ

Philly-based electronic music duo QQQ have released a new video for their single “The Ebullient.” The trippy video is just over three minutes long and features some insane visuals. Right off the bat, the color scheme alone lets you know that you’re in for something more than the typical modern electronic music video consisting of composite shots of the same DJ at all of the different festivals they played that year. Continue reading →

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Terrible Friends’ knack for storytelling shines on their new Beach House EP

Photo via twitter.com/terriblefriendz
Photo via twitter.com/terriblefriendz

New Jersey indie rockers Terrible Friends have a knack for musical storytelling, and you can hear it on their new EP Beach House. The four-song collection shows off the group’s versatility, from the title track, which kicks off the album strongly with snippy snares and a bass groove, to “Miss Montana”, an upbeat anthem with soaring guitars and an oh-so-catchy melody. Continue reading →

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Peter Matthew Bauer records “You Always Look for Someone Lost” for Shaking Through

Peter Matthew Bauer
Peter Matthew Bauer | photo courtesy of Weathervane Music / Shaking Through

Peter Matthew Bauer stepped into Miner Street Recording recently with several friends and the folks at Weathervane Music to record a new song and episode for Shaking Through.  Formerly the organist in The Walkmen, Bauer is continuing a solo journey that’s already taken him across continents with his debut solo LP Liberation!. Continue reading →

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Philly’s Riva Ridge charms us with her bittersweet new single “Slide”

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Philly newcomer Riva Ridge recently put out her dazzling debut single “Slide.” With 80′s-esque back beats, twinkling guitars and soaring synths, Mel Riva, the woman behind it all, creates an ambiance all her own. The song has a sweet and charming electronic pop sound, but comes from a bittersweet place. Continue reading →