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Red Martina’s new song “Rhythm and Rhyme” is music for the soul

Red Martina
Red Martina | photo courtesy of the artist

Red Martina is proof that Philadelphia is a city of unique and talented artists. Band members Stoupe (the DJ behind Jedi Mind Tricks and Dutch), Ish Quintero (of Dutch), Hayley Cass and Emcee Noesis are gearing up to play their first live show at MilkBoy on November 21st, celebrating the release of a new album called Come on Home. 

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Review: Restortions forges its sound on anthemic LP3

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Restorations’ LP3, out today on SideOneDummy

Somewhere deep in the recesses of Jon Loudon’s subconscious, in his wildest dream, or worst nightmare, he is picturing himself as the raw-throated, growling lead vocalist of one of the world’s biggest arena rock bands. He comes to in the middle of a break at practice, the reverie having left him with the chills, and one of his bandmates calls over, “how do you wanna do this take?” Loudon walks back to his guitar, picks it up and answers, “louder.”

And on LP3 (SideOneDummyRecords) Restorations are loud and fast and even soft and tender (they have plenty of that in them too) when they want to be, but mostly they rock, compulsively and beautifully. It seems so familiar and simple (Then why can’t more bands do it this well?): tempo, noise, and tunes, guitars on guitars on guitars. It’s a near miracle when you find a band that has somehow managed to imbue this kind of music with a sense of discovery, as if they’ve managed to rehear it as something new. Continue reading →

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Listen to Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band’s “The Ballad of Freer Hollow”

Christ Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band
Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Constance Mensh

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band are currently out on the road in support of Intensity Ghost, an LP set for release tomorrow via No Quarter.  The record is the first from Forsyth and his all-star band, assembled a year ago to allow the live playing of 2013′s Solar Motel solo effort from the Philadelphia guitarist.  In addition to August’s “I Ain’t Waiting,” we now have “The Ballad of Freer Hollow” to prime us for the full-length.

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BC Camplight shares soulful first track from How To Die In The North

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BC Camplight | photo via www.bellaunion.com

Get ready to dim the lights and switch on the disco ball – BC Camplight has shared the first track off of his long-anticipated next record How To Die In the North.  ”Just Because I Love You” is pristine soul-pop song that is sonically warm and comforting while lyrically hitting at a not-too-comforting truth.

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Philly Local artist Cole Redding covers “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys for a good cause

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Cole Redding | photo courtesy of the artist

A few weeks ago, Philly Local artist Cole Redding joined us for our Musicians on Call afternoon of music. He’s been in the studio recording and shared with me his cover of The Beach Boys’ song “God Only Knows.” This Beach Boys song came in at #22 in our 885 Greatest Songs Countdown that was voted on by our listeners, so I thought I’d talk with Cole about his cover of the song and his forthcoming album. Cole will also be one of the Philly Local artists joining me for the 6th Annual Philly Local Home for the Holidays show to be aired on XPN in December.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Young Statues, Minus the Bear and more…

Young Statues
Young Statues | photo by Shervin Lainez

The Key’s special feature Unlocked made a return this week with locals Young Statues and their new record The Flatlands are Your Friend.  You can get the full scoop on the Jersey natives’ record with an full interview, review and the premiere of an in-studio documentary here.  Download “Got the Knife” for free here, courtesy of Run For Cover Records.

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Listen to Bob Dylan’s unreleased cover of John Lee Hooker’s “Tupelo”, and Martin Scorsese’s documentary on the Grateful Dead to coincide with band’s 50th anniv. next year

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Bob Dylan’s 1967 collaboration with The Band entitled “The Basement Tapes” debuts November 4th. And one of the previously unreleased songs from it, (Dylan’s cover of John Lee Hooker’s “Tupelo Blues”)  has already come out. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Son Little

One of the first things you’re likely to hear about Philly’s Son Little is its pedigree. The trio is primarily the songwriting project of singer-guitarist Aaron Livingston, who in the past has collaborated with The Roots and RJD2. Musical adventurers both, for certain, but those names as a point of reference doesn’t really clue you in to how expressive and eclectic his own songwriting is. Continue reading →

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Newark newcomers Fiance engage listeners’ souls on “Era”

via facebook.com/fianceDE
via facebook.com/fianceDE

Hailing from Newark, Delaware, Fiancé is an indie pop four-piece with a positive energy. They recently released their debut, EP1, earlier this month, and it caught the attention of Stereogum, which premiered the track “Era” and raved “The track is bookended by a colossal vocal loop of a hook written by Fusca…and sung by his sister, manipulated until the words can’t quite be made out, but the raw emotion shines through.” Continue reading →

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Beano and Chill Moody come together for “Let It Go (Remix)”

Photo by Ricky Codio | rickycodio.com
Photo by Ricky Codio | rickycodio.com

If you’re from Philly, you’re used to hearing R&B singer Beano featured on Chill Moody‘s songs and seeing him at his live shows. Well yesterday the talented duo decided that it was time for a change. Last night at the TLA, Beano played a solo set opening for Ty Dolla $ign, and Chill was the guest, joining him on the remix of his debut single “Let It Go.” Continue reading →