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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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via vimeo.com/goldenwolf

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

Photo by John Vettese
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 →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Out of this world characters, Roots, and tango…plus more!

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It’s the last weekend to see “…talking Day-Glo crawling anemones, headgear with silver Christmas-ball tentacles, and 2-foot-tall obelisks…” interact in Pig Iron Theater’s latest production I Promised Myself To Live Faster at FringeArts.The innovative company calls the show an absurdist sci-fi epic and wild allegory about gayness in 2015. Continue reading →
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Coming Next Week: World Cafe brings you Sense Of Place Philly

STS in the World Cafe studio | Photo by Rich McKie
STS in the World Cafe studio | Photo by Rich McKie

After World Cafe‘s Sense of Place series has travelled all around the world, we decided to come home.  Starting Monday, we spend the week of our Sense of Place Philly scratching the surface of all the incredible music our home city has produced in the past, and particularly  right now.

Philadelphia is having a musical moment.  There are so many factors that support that. We asked our WXPN staff what they loved about our city and three things came up over and over.  The parks and open space: Philadelphia is home to Fairmount Park a giant system of green space.  The neighborhoods: affordable housing abounds whether you live in Fishtown, West Philadelphia or Mt Airy and we love our neighborhoods. The third item? Why, beer, of course. Philadelphia is craft brew heaven.

This environment has helped foster the bands we will hear this week. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Save an animal, meet an author, ride a sculpture!

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Sunday is the 6th annual With Love: Super Adoption Dayat the Piazza in Northern Liberties, sponsored by Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia.  It’s the largest event of its kind in Philadelphia history and one of the largest nationwide.  Pet shelters in our area took in some 29,000 stray and unwanted animals last year, about a quarter of which were euthanized.  Pets are there waiting for good homes, awards are given, and there are fun activities and refreshments. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Mother’s Day, Dad Vail, Asian Pacific American Heritage, and more!

DAD14-AHarry Emerson Vail was the oldest rowing coach in the country at the time of his death, and the regatta that bears his name is now in its 81st year.  In the 1970s, the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta was the first intercollegiate rowing regatta to invite women’s crews to participate during race days at the same distance as men.  This year’s 175 or so races on the Schuylkill River involve some 128 colleges and universities. Continue reading →