By

The best tweets (so far) from the High’s In The 70′s Number One #solidgoldxpn hits weekend

SOLID_GOLD_WKND_1

This weekend WXPN’s Dan Reed has been playing all the number one Billboard pop hits of the Seventies. Below, sample of the comments on twitter. You can follow the conversation on twitter @wxpfm #solidgoldxpn.

Continue reading →

By

XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…The Flower Show is here, can warmer weather be far behind?

FlowerShow_R.Kennedu_680uw

The 187th annual Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the world’s oldest and still its largest indoor flower show! This year the theme is Celebrate the Movies;  expect to see Disney movies interpreted florally. The black tie gala Friday evening is the first of many special events.  The show runs through March 8th and proceeds help support the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest program, which feeds some 1,200 families a week during the growing season, and other community initiatives.

Continue reading →

By

Credit Where Credit Is Due? Drake Instagrams artwork by Philly’s Dewey Saunders without attribution

A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on


In the social media universe, sharing and re-sharing is the name of the game. Someone’s creative effort can be blasted out to a whole new audience with a click of a mouse or a swipe of a finger that takes a fraction of a second.

Unfortunately, in this same universe, things like credit and attribution are handled in a bit more of a fast and loose manner – sometimes accidentally, sometimes out of laziness. Despite our best efforts, we’ve been guilty of it The Key on occasion in the past. We’ve seen it happen to the work of our contributors, too. Broadly speaking, when an artists’ work gets lifted without credit, it is often being presented to a limited audience – somebody’s personal Tumblr, for instance. Other times, it winds up before a whole universe of eyes.

The latter happened yesterday when Philly illustrator Dewey Saunders was re-grammed by rap mega-star Drake. Continue reading →

By

XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Cold weather offset by love on Valentine’s Weekend!

 

Cupid's Undie Run is back...courtesy of www.sixseats.com
Cupid’s Undie Run is back…courtesy of www.sixseats.com

Cupid’s Undie Run is a Valentine to paying it forward. Runners in their skivvies raise money Saturday for the Children’s Tumor Foundation to help fight a debilitating genetic disorder that attacks kids’ nervous systems.  Considering the forecast, it will be extra challenging this year.  Continue reading →

By

Does it matter that the Tiny Desk Contest winner was once signed by Interscope?

Fantastic Negrito, winner of NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest
Fantastic Negrito, winner of NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest

Without a doubt, the Tiny Desk Contest was one of the most inspiring musical happenings of the past year.

After developing a global fan base with their uniquely-curated videos of unfussy, informal concerts held at producer Bob Boilen’s desk, the NPR Music team this winter opened up the floor to the public, inviting them to shoot their own DIY Tiny Desk-esque videos and submit them via YouTube for a chance to win a slot on the series.

On the one level, it felt like the small-time local heroes from around the country were being given a chance at stardom in that special, Tiny Desk kind of way. Beneath the surface a bit, those of us who work in music know that many of the artists already featured in the series are in the midst of some sort of press cycle, a national promotional push for whatever album they happen to be selling at the time.

As I said, it’s a well-curated run of videos, but most of the artists who make their way to Boilen’s desk are doing so with some level of industry connectedness in hand. Continue reading →

By

Mike Pays Heat, Skinny Dip will play Project HOME benefit at the Mile High House

via mikepaysheat.bandcamp.com
via mikepaysheat.bandcamp.com

Last month, The Mile High House put on a wild, capped show featuring Philly rockers Mumblr and Marietta. There was a line down the street fifteen minutes before they opened the doors. MHH’s latest gig is a benefit show, which has been a recent, heartwarming trend in the Philly DIY scene. The Friday the 13th show lineup features a bunch of young, Philly names consisting of Reward, Weatherhead, Water Polo, Mike Pays Heat and Skinny Dip. Continue reading →

By

In light of Golden Tea House closing, First Unitarian Church shows are (sort of) making a comeback

FIDLAR at First Unitarian Church
FIDLAR at First Unitarian Church

In its nearly three-year existence, the West Philly DIY venue Golden Tea House was able to transform the scene by packing in names, small and big, each week. As someone who just moved to Philly this year for school, the GTH was one of my first house show experiences and allowed me in to their all-ages space with open arms.

The announcement of the GTH closing was something to be expected, yet at the same time caught off-guard due to the number of shows they already had booked. And as a close-knit music scene, we’ve seen in the past week many of Philly’s DIY venues jump into action to pick up the former GTH shows. One of the more unexpected venues to come out of the woodwork is the First Unitarian Church, which is mostly booked by R5 Productions. Continue reading →

By

Sleepy Hollow Time Travels: Revisiting 1965

Nina Simone

Last time you heard from us at The Key, we Sleepy Hollow hosts were discussing some of our favorite albums slated for release in the coming months. All fans of a wide variety of music in place and time, we thought we would take a step back…fifty years, to be exact…and focus on just a few of our favorite recordings released in the year 1965. Continue reading →

By

XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Out of the cold and Into the Woods, celebrating women, crystals as art, and more!

curchin-chris-rotator[1]InLiquid presents The City Real & Imagined: Urbanism, Identity, and Identification, a group show featuring the work of five member artists, at the Painted Bride Art Center.  This exhibition is part of InLiquid’s Art For Action program, which uses art exhibitions as a platform for dialog, community events, and social awareness efforts. Continue reading →