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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Kate Bracaglia’s top 5 post-show brunch spots in Philly

Brunch at South Philly's Cantina Los Caballitos (photo via the author's Instagram: @BookishKate)
Brunch at South Philly’s Cantina Los Caballitos (photo via the author’s Instagram: @BookishKate)

Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, Key contributor Kate Bracaglia shares her favorite post-concert eateries of the year.

 Live music and brunch are two things I take very seriously (as anyone stalking my Instagram might discover). There are few things I love less than being front and center at a show, feeling the vibrations wash over my entire body…except for perhaps a perfect omelet and a Bloody Mary.

On weekends when I’m NOT recovering from a post-show hangover (I swear there are some!) I’m flexible about my brunch options. Need me to wake up early to beat the crowds at Sabrina’s or Green Eggs? I’m down. Want to soak up rays while waiting for our table in Morning Glory’s “spillover” garden? Hand me my shades. Feel like classing it up for the Center City crowd at Parc or Kanella? I have just the sundress in mind.

But for the morning after a show, when your head is a little fuzzy and you need coffee, stat, I have a different game plan in mind. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Five Scenes Nikki Volpicelli Saw in 2014

Nikki Volpicelle in front of the Figure 8 wall in L.A.

Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, Key contributor Nikki Volpicelli shares her favorite travel excursions of the year.

 As a music writer based out of Philly, I spend a lot of time in the backyard digging up new music to listen to, watch and write about. This year, I had the opportunity to see what other cities and there scenes had to offer, from Los Angeles to San Francisco to Portland to New York City. I ate tacos, saw some punk shows, saw some scientologists, and jumped off of a bar with an 80-year-old man who’s been playing blues covers at the oldest bar in SF every Sunday for 17 years. It all made me realize: the grass is no greener here, there, anywhere. It’s just a different shade.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: John Vettese’s Top 5 Philly music discoveries of 2014

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo |racheldelsordophotography.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Let’s not understate the point here: 2014 was an incredible year for music.

Every year when I kick off Year-End Mania, our annual rundown of random and various things The Key staff loved over the past 12 months, I write a lead-in that cynically cuts down the monotony of Best-Of List culture. This year, the crew and I have been so inspired by records that have come out on the local and national level, we’re breaking a cardinal rule of the series – we’re actually going to bring you a ranked list of The Key’s Best Albums of 2014.

We’ll get to that, though. The point of Year-End Mania, after all, is digging below the surface, thinking and talking about things a little bit more deeply than the aggregator blogs that just echo whatever’s trending. (The new D’Angelo record is boss, though.) In particular, the point is shining a light on the thriving Philly music scene. Leading up to Thanksgiving last month, I made a mixtape of 20 Philly bands that we’re thankful for this year and it didn’t even scratch the surface of the great artists I’ve heard emerge from our city in 2014. Here are five more artists that, in one way or another, have knocked me sideways this year. Continue reading →

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Watch Bob Dylan perform a concert for one lucky fan at the Academy of Music

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

When Bob Dylan was in town last month to play three concerts at the Academy of Music, we told you about a concert he performed for one fan, Fredrik Wikingsson. The concert was part of an ongoing Swedish film series entitled “Experiment Ensam” or (Experiment Alone), where people experience things completely alone that are usually reserved for large crowds. The director, Anders Helgeson, set-up the private show, and paid Dylan an undisclosed amount of money. Helgeson then asked his friend and TV personality, Fredrik Wikingsson to take part in the experiment. Continue reading →

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WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Holiday events and a full cultural calendar!

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Saturday’s 5th annual Seaport Parade of Lights at The Independence Seaport Museum and Penn’s Landing offers a unique take on the holiday season.  There’s Santa’s Workshop on the Water with hands on ornament making, a replica of the ship Olympia in ice, carols and madrigals, and much more.  The day ends at 5:00 with the Parade of LIghts of boats on the Delaware lit for the holidays and led by the Jupiter, a 1902 tug maintained by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. Continue reading →

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An Umbrella for the Music Scene: Tracing the evolution of Broad Street Music Group

Broad Street Music Group founders (from left) Will Toms, Dave Silver, and Andrew Rohe | Photo courtesy of BSMG
Broad Street Music Group founders (from left) Will Toms, Dave Silver, and Andrew Rohe | Photo by Chelsea Memmolo | chelseamemmolophotography.com

2014 marked the official end of an era when Philadelphia International Records closed. The revered label saw artists such as Teddy Pendergrass and Patti LaBelle working with the legendary producing team of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff.

One local organization wants to do Gamble & Huff did for artists. They want to connect all the music resources in the city and make Philadelphia a top music market.

Broad Street Music Group is a name you may recognize. The event production company has been committed to the music scene for over two and a half years. Their goal was to “discovered the undiscovered.” And they’re not slowing down at all. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Holiday traditions, World War II and the 60′s revisited

 

The Treelighting at Blue Cross Riverrink Winterfest begins at 6:30. Courtesy of delawareriverwaterfront.com
The Treelighting at Blue Cross Riverrink Winterfest begins at 6:30. Courtesy of delawareriverwaterfront.com

The Blue Cross Riverrink lights a 43-foot Christmas tree at Winterfest  Friday as part of a musically-coordinated light show. Olde Towne Carolers, Philadelphia Symmetry Synchronized Skating, Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble, String Theory School of the Performing Arts all perform. Continue reading →

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Music Diaries: Concert illustrations from three Philly artists

Trish Houck sketches Michael Ford Jr. of The Apache Relay | Photo by John Vettese
Trish Houck sketches Michael Ford Jr. of The Apache Relay | Photo by John Vettese

It’s normal to find yourself spacing out at concerts—everyone’s guilty of it. Get lost vibing, fade a little, check Twitter, people-watch, scroll Instagram to see who’s also at the show you’re attending, etc. Despite praising performances with expressions like “hypnotizing!” and “captivating,” there are plenty of times concert attendees occupy themselves beyond the duties of “active listening” (or dancing a la Elaine Benes). However, some people choose to be more engaged, and if you’ve been people paying close attention in the Philadelphia music scene, you might have spotted a handful of artists illustrating the concert as they watched.   Continue reading →

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PREVIEW: Follow the Philly punk scene to FEST with JUMP and The Key

Everyone Everywhere | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Everyone Everywhere | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

A month ago, a massive swatch of the Philly punk scene traveled to Gainesville, Florida to play at The FEST – an annual gathering of DIY music makers and lovers. Staff from JUMP Philly and The Key trailed alongside, talking to some of our favorite locals about their FEST experience. What follows is an excerpt of a long-form piece that will appear in the pages of JUMP’s Winter 2015 issue, which will be on newsstands this month.

SteveO of The Holy Mess was in Gainesville, Florida last month when a friend texted him looking for weed. There was none to be found.

The Holy Mess | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Ma Jolie | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

“I was like, ‘Yo dude, I’m in Florida,’” recalls the frontman, born Stefan Wieslaw Niemoczynski. “He was like, ‘Oh shit, I guess all the weed went to Florida, too.’”

A large contingency of Philly punk bands, their fans and whatever party aids they decide to bring with them travel annually to Gainesville for The FEST – the largest, most important music festival for modern punk and hardcore music, which takes place every Halloween weekend in the college town.

“It’s a phenomenon,” says SteveO. Continue reading →