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Beck teams up with Pharrell on “Saw Lightning” from new LP Hyperspace

Beck | photo by Citizen Kane Wayne | courtesy of the artist

We don’t know much about Beck‘s new album Hyperspace other than that it’ll be released “at an as yet undetermined point in the space time continuum,” according to a press release. But the enigmatic songwriter has shared the forthcoming record’s first single, “Saw Lightning,” on which he plays acoustic slide guitar and harmonica. Continue reading →

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Sun God begins again with Life Skills in hand

Sun God | via facebook.com/sungodpa

It’s been a long road for Philly-via-Pottsville rockers Sun God, who are just emerging from a five-year break in between releases. Their forthcoming EP Life Skills marks a fresh start for the band, and as the title suggests, it’s a product of some considerable growth and learning. Continue reading →

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Watch Lili Añel cover Jef Lee Johnson’s “Traffic Jam In A One Horse Town” on WRTI

Lili Anel and Jef Lee Johnson | photo courtesy of the artist

When Lili Añel joined Philly jazz and classical station WRTI for a live session last year, she brought along a cover of the late guitarist Jef Lee Johnson’s classic song, “Traffic Jam In A One Horse Town.” A video of the stunning performance is now available to stream via VuHaus. Continue reading →

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Tank and the Bangas explore sex and love in new single “Nice Things”

Tank and the Bangas | photo by Alex Marks | courtesy of the artist

Two years after their NPR Tiny Desk Contest victory, Tank and the Bangas are back with a new single, “Nice Things”, off their upcoming album, Green Balloon. The album was announced last month and will be an exploration of the jazz-funk-soul group’s coming of age. Lead vocalist Tarriona “Tank” Ball says that Green Balloon is the sister to their previous album, Think Tank. Think Tank was 12,” says Tank, “and Green Balloon is 16 and having sex. She’s out there.” Continue reading →

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So Totally moves from fuzzy pop to overdriven rock on “Pluto”

So Totally | photo by Jeff David Beardsmith | via sototally.bandcamp.com

Philly indie four-piece So Totally has been a fixture on the DIY scene for the past couple years, and next month will release its full-length debut, in the shape of…

The nine-track record, out May 3rd, was produced by the band, with Chance Halter of Harmony Woods and Hank Byerly of Americanadian contributing some rhythm section engineering work, and Shannen Moser collaborator Eric Muth mastering the project.   Continue reading →

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Listen to Native Harrow’s Happier Now, The Tisburys’ Wax Nostalgic, Dave Hause’s Kick, and other Philly albums out today

Native Harrow (left), The Tisburys (center), and Dave Hause (right) | photos courtesy of the artists

There’s always amazing music coming out of Philadelphia. But when the stars align and numerous albums we’re excited about are released in a single day, well, we tell you about it

Local rock and roll fans have a lot to be excited about today, from the high profile of Dave Hause all the way to upstart scale of Manauynk faves The Tisburys. (But knowing Hause’s affinity for the Ridge Avenue river wards, how sick would a double bill of those two be? Sure, he’s got a gig tonight in Chicago. That’s not till late. Hop on over for an afternoon doubleheader at Main Street Music, Dave!) Then again, you’ll also find mind-bendy psych, dreamscapey folk, and upbeat indie punk in the mix today from the Philly music community. Read and listen on.

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Race through a saturated cityscape in Nilüfer Yanya’s “Baby Blu” video

Nilüfer Yanya | photo by Molly Daniel | courtesy of the artist
Nilüfer Yanya | photo by Molly Daniel | courtesy of the artist

After a year of attention-getting buzz, London singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya debuted last month with her Miss Universe album, a set blending emotionally gripping songwriting with massively accessible pop. Those worlds collide in a big way on the new video for “Baby Blu”; filmed by Molly Daniel on New Year’s day in Tokyo, it finds Yanya racing through the bright lights, saturated neon tones, and frantic energy of the city as she sings the song, which builds from piano-driven tension to electropop euphoria. Continue reading →

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Charly Bliss confronts their fears in the “Hard To Believe” video

Charly Bliss | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

NYC indie rock band Charly Bliss is readying the release of their second album, Young Enough, and its already sounding like a big step ahead from the infectious indie pop of their 2017 debut Guppy. As the release and its adjacent spring tour nears, the band just dropped a music video for the ear candy single “Hard to Believe” that is equal parts paranoid and hysterical. Continue reading →

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Lancaster’s Lyncs finds herself in an emotional “Black Hole”

Lyncs | photo by Quinn Staley | courtesy of the artist
Lyncs | photo by Quinn Staley | courtesy of the artist

Over the past year, Lancaster musician Jacqueline Hynes has taken her project Lyncs from easygoing acoustic tuneage to ethereal electro-pop singer-songwriting. And as it happens, her latest release features a jam that aligns perfectly with the cosmic event that took over our collective social media feeds yesterday.

Though we should note that, no, Lyncs did not write, produce, and release the song “Black Hole” in the wake of the first-ever photograph taken of a supermassive black hole large enough to swallow our entire solar system and then some. That would be some impressive trend-hopping, but the song actually dropped two weeks prior, on March 29th, and just hit our inbox at The Key yesterday.

What timing. But also: what a song. Continue reading →