This morning, longtime XPN host Michaela Majoun takes the mic for her final stint on the morning show. Last month, she announced that she was leaving the airwaves after 26 years. Today, thanks to local photographer Walt Hug (an XPN volunteer), we bring you a gallery of vintage Michaela photos from the early 90s. Check them out after the jump, and leave your wishes for Michaela in the comments. Continue reading →
Well, day one of DJ Robert Drake’s Awesome #1 Hits of the 80s Weekend was a total blast. The music was great (and horrendous), the #AwesomeXPN hashtag was poppin and people from around the region (and the country) were weighing in via social media on the best and worst of what we were collectively listening to. Here’s some of the best Twitter action we’ve seen so far. Continue reading →
What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than in a garden? Neighborhood Gardens Trust celebrates its second annual Community Gardens Day Saturday to underscore the benefits of community gardens and pocket parks. Forty-five gardens are open from 10-3 offering tours, garden work days, music, crafts for the kids, workshops on planting, composting, etc, and experts who can answer gardening questions. Continue reading →
Odunde Festival, the largest African-American street festival in the country, celebrates its 40th anniversary Sunday at 23rd and South Streets. Music, dance, crafts, goods and food from the African Diaspora are all part of Odunde which this year has performances by hip-hop legends Kurtis Blow, Chubb Rock, Special Ed and Kwame. Continue reading →
Every year, R5 Productions’ Punk Rock Flea Market brings out some of the craziest things Philadelphians have to sell. We checked out this year’s epic garage sale, held this past weekend at the “Flea Market Dome” at 9th and Spring Garden, and this is what we saw.
This is the last weekend to experience Future Sensations on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Philadelphia is one of only four cities around the world (the others are Paris, Sao Paulo and Shanghai) and the only U.S. city to host this traveling exhibition. In celebration of its 350th anniversary, the Saint-Gobain building materials company has assembled five pavilions that represent the past and future of building and combine science, storytelling and art. BTW the company has offices in our area, and their past clients include the Statue of Liberty and Versailles. Continue reading →
Happy National Donut Day. Held on the first Friday of June each year, Donut Day was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Around the offices here, we just can’t get enough donuts (and chicken) from Federal Donuts. With a location in West Philly at 34th and Sansom Streets – just a quick walk from WXPN and The Key headquarters – there always seems to be a regular calling for some a bag of hot donuts or some of their always delicious fancy donuts (we’re partial to the Grapefruit Brulee and the Chocolate Sea Salt). Since we’re big fans, and we know they are fans of music, we asked FedNuts partner Tom Henneman and the crew there to put together a Music To Make Donuts playlist for National Donut Day. Continue reading →
It’s something that most of us can relate to. We get hungry, or we need to hit the ATM. We need to fill our tank and get coffee. And, while waiting in line at our local Wawa, a song comes on the store radio that we start jamming out to. This is the concept behind @WawaBangers, a local Twitter celebrating its first birthday today. Continue reading →
Philly Music 101 is our regular series guiding you through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving participants, from artists to venues to studios and more.
Life as an independent artist in Philadelphia can be rough, especially when it comes to booking shows. When you approach a venue, what exactly are they looking for? Will your music appeal to them or turn them off? Where does social media presence lie on the spectrum? What will get your band a coveted spot on their calendar? Where is the damn instruction manual for booking a show?
We hear it from Philly artists all the time – they want to play out more often, but they haven’t had any luck getting promoters’ attention. Well, The Key is here for you! In an effort to provide some transparency in the live music world, we decided to hit up talent buyers for a handful of venues throughout Philadelphia to get an idea of what they expect, why they expect it, what will wow them and some general pointers on how to book a show. Continue reading →