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Travel down Memory Lane with Michaela Majoun

Francis Dunnery and Michaela | Photo by Walt Hug | hugpix.photoshelter.com
Francis Dunnery and Michaela | Photo by Walt Hug | hugpix.photoshelter.com

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 →

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The best 25 tweets we’ve seen about the #AwesomeXPN 80s weekend (so far)

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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 →

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WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Summer begins, Father’s Day, Make Music Philly Day, and festivals galore!

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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 →

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WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Odunde Festival, vintage cars and vintage flea, Flag Fest, and so much more!

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Odunde
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 →

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Philadelphia Takes over Florida’s The FEST…again

themenzingersIt seems that everyone is catching onto the fact that Philadelphia’s music scene is not something to overlook. Even though it takes place in Gainesville, Florida, The FEST seems to be overrun with artists from our city. Last year, we talked to a bunch of local artists about why that is, then took a trip down to Gainesville to experience it for ourselves. This year’s lineup was recently announced, and Philly once again represented heavily in the lineup of over 330, we rounded up a list of must-see locals making the trip to FEST. Continue reading →

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WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl–Sculptures you can walk through and skate on for First Friday, celebrating Irish Americans and food, and much more!

crtsy-saint-gobain-future-sensations-light-cube-900VP[1]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 →

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Happy National Donut Day – Listen to Federal Donuts’ “Music To Make Donuts By” playlist

Photo via https://www.facebook.com/federaldonuts
Photo via facebook.com/federaldonuts

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 →

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Happy first birthday, WawaBangers!

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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 →

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Philly Music 101: How to book a show at a Philly venue

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The Bul Bey rocking the house in West Philly | Photo by John Vettese

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 →