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How Dr. Dog recorded a Beatles song in parking lot attendant’s booth

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On a Monday morning in early June, Dr. Dog’s tour van pulled into the parking lot of Stage AE in Pittsburgh. It was technically their day off, but the band had work to do before headlining the venue the following night. They had just played the Wakarusa festival in Ozark, Arkansas, and while they were there, they took in a set by The Flaming Lips, met Wayne Coyne and got to talking. It turns out Coyne and the Lips were planning an ambitious, star-studded tribute to The Beatles‘ iconic, influential psychedelic opus, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts’ Club Band – and they wanted Dr. Dog on board, with one catch – they had to work fast. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: The Bones of J.R. Jones

In our latest session, you’ll hear the Bones of J.R. Jones. The band is self-described as “dirty, grainy, blues-influenced” that navigates the divide between full-on sweaty face-in-the-dirt rock-and-roll and somber folk-balladeering. You’ll hear resounding drum hits, shimmering tambourines, thumping bass, beefy guitar licks, stomping boots, and some sweet harmonica playing. Continue reading →

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On Repeat: Little Big League’s new jam “Tropical Jinx”

Little Big League | photo via Spin.com
Little Big League | photo via Spin.com

We were pretty pumped to hear that Philly indie rock faves Little Big League got signed by by Run For Cover Records earlier this summer, and today we’re equally psyched to hear the first single from the album they’re putting out this fall. “Tropical Jinx” blends intertwining guitar lines reminiscent of Built to Spill with blissed-out indie pop harmonies and frontwoman Michelle Zauner’s direct, personal lyrics. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Vita and the Woolf

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Philly art-pop trio Vita and the Woolf is going to knock you out. The band is about to release it’s vibrant, eclectic debut EP Fang Song, and it’s super-impressive for a first release, a sophisticated collection of songs that can be anthemic and expressive (the winning “Mary”) in the same breath that it’s quiet and withdrawn (“Song For Pedro”). But what’s most exciting is the way the band’s best work is clearly ahead of it. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance by BADBADNOTGOOD

BADBADNOTGOOD | Photo courtesy of the band | https://www.facebook.com/pages/BadBadNotGood/215708555125814
BADBADNOTGOOD | Photo courtesy of the band | https://www.facebook.com/pages/BadBadNotGood/215708555125814

Hip-hop influenced jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD were recently on World Cafe for an interview and performance of songs from their new album, III. In June, before the band were in town to play a show at Milkboy, The Key’s Shaun Brady did an interview. Continue reading →

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Celebrate To Life, Love & Loot with Cee Knowledge at The Boom Room this fall

Cee Knowledge and the Cosmic Funk Orchestra | Photo by Laura DeSantis Olsen
Cee Knowledge and the Cosmic Funk Orchestra | Photo by Laura DeSantis Olsen

This is a big year for Philadelphia’s own Cee Knowledge & The Cosmic Funk Orchestra. Not only did their album drop today, but they’re also part of a special event to celebrate the three year anniversary of The Boom Room, the Northern Liberties studio they call home. Continue reading →

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These Boys Can Sing! Meet MPrynt, rising stars in Philly R&B

MPrynt | photo via www.facebook.com/MPryntOnline
MPrynt | photo via www.facebook.com/MPryntOnline

MPrynt might be the next big thing to come out of the City of Brotherly Love. It’s rare nowadays to hear singers who can actually sing, and even rarer to find singers who can sing and give us good music. The men of MPrynt - Budda, Rael, Tyce and Faheem – give us the best of both worlds. Continue reading →

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Watch Ron Gallo play the sultry new “Relentless Man” in his bedroom

Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic
Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic

Ron Gallo, former front-man of Philadelphia’s blues and rock outfit Toy Soldiers has shared a new song “Relentless Man.” The track was released via music video that was shot live in Gallo’s bedroom by Caitlin McCann, taking his knack for delivering raw music one step further. Continue reading →

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New Moon Bounce single comes with grooves, lottery tickets

moon bounce
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Philly electronic pop artist Corey Regensburg – aka Moon Bounce - has just released his new song “Fool/Echo Back” on Soundcloud. His official release of the single, set for September 30th, comes with a twist: it’s 250 scratch-off lottery tickets that come with a digital download and a chance to win free merchandise, a spot on the guest list for an upcoming show, an exclusive track, and even a cameo appearance in his animated music video. Yep, a chance to be animated AND in his music video. How cool is that? Continue reading →

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Khari Mateen’s new single leaves us “Wanting More”

Khari Mateen | photo by Dan King
Khari Mateen | photo by Dan King

Khari Mateen dropped a self-directed video and single called “Wanting More” this week that has, well, left us wanting more. Philadelphia native Mateen is no newcomer to the music scene with two Grammy nomination nods under his belt after working for nearly a decade as a producer and multi-instrumentalist. Continue reading →