Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: illuminati hotties

illuminati hotties | Photo by Katie Tapman for XPN

Joining us in the studio for this Indie Rock Hit Parade live session is a band who are pioneers in a genre of their own creation. Fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist/drummer/engineer/everything else Sarah Tudzin, illuminati hotties released their full-length debut, Kiss Yr Frenemies, earlier this year. On the album, Tudzin plays nearly every instrument herself, but she’s joined in this session by guitarist Nathaniel Norton-Freeman, drummer Tim Kmet and, on the second day of his tenure in the band, bassist Chance Wells. Tudzin and her bandmates ply in a style of music they’ve dubbed “tenderpunk,” which is an incredibly apt description for her brand of heartfelt and energetic songcraft. A few days after their show at PhilaMOCA, illuminati hotties stopped by to perform a set of new songs in our studio.

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Charles Bradley bears his soul in the nostalgic “Can’t Fight The Feeling”

XPoNential Music Festival | photo by Joe Del Tufo |

It’s true that the late Charles Bradley spent much of his life trying to be James Brown — for years, he made a living impersonating the hardest working man in show business under the moniker “Black Velvet” in Brooklyn nightclubs. While his own music is certainly influenced by Brown’s energized sound, Bradley found his own voice reviving the heart-aching R&B music that rose in parallel with Brown’s funk. You can hear that in full effect on the nostalgic “Can’t Fight the Feeling,” the latest teaser track from Bradley’s posthumous record Black Velvet, out November 9 via Dunham Records. Take a listen below. Continue reading →


You And Your Autumn Sweater: Listen to the October 2018 edition of What’s The Frequency?! on WXPN

#WTFXPN, August 2018

On the second Friday of every month, WXPN’s John Vettese hosts WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY?!?!!, a four-hour, request driven showcase of 90s and 90s-adjacent music. If you can’t tune in live, we’ve got archives of each episode for you here on The Key.

October is my favorite month of the year and the second Friday is my favorite day of the month, so the October edition of What’s The Frequency is always something special.

This time around, I delved into the autumnal vibes and moods with goth-leaning nuggets and otherwise ominous selections from The Cure, Angelfish, Dr. Octagon and DJ Shadow. Indie rock had a strong showing, and thanks to the recent Death Cab for Cutie double header at The Tower Theater, we mixed in some Letters to Cleo, Number One Cup, and that dog. And the requests were out of control this month, with listeners recommending fantastic cuts by Dub Narcotic Soundsystem, Ghost Town DJs, Sleater-Kinney, Slint and more.

Listen to an archive of the entire show below, subscribe to the official #WTFXPN Spotify Playlist here, and tune in for the next edition on November 8th, 2018.

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Paul Simon performed “Can’t Run But” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” on SNL with yMusic

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Paul Simon on SNL | still from video

Singer-songwriter Paul Simon performed with New York chamber ensemble yMusic on last night’s Seth Meyers-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live. It was Simon’s 14th appearance on the late-night comedy show; he first appeared as host of the show’s second-ever episode in October of 1975.

He also just released his 14th solo album, In the Blue Light, which features orchestral reworkings of songs from his back-catalog, and for his first performance of the night, he played “Can’t Run But” — originally heard on 1990’s The Rhythm of the Saints, often heard as the theme music to NPR’s Radio Times — with yMusic providing the album’s orchestrations, arranged by The National’s Bryce Dessner. Continue reading →


You Wanted The Best? You Got The Best! Paul Stanley of KISS joins the Dan & Dan Music Podcast

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Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC! 

Paul Stanley is the frontman for KISS, one of the greatest Rock and Roll bands of all-time. But, did you know he is also a fine artist?  He’ll be in the Philadelphia area this week to showcase his artwork and calls in to the podcast to talk about his love of painting and art outside of music.  Paul previews the upcoming KISS farewell tour, details his relationship with Gene Simmons, tells us his favorite KISS album, and lots more.  It’s a conversation you won’t want to miss! Continue reading →


Watch the creation of a Charles Bradley mural, listen to a new song from his posthumous album

Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Charles Bradley passed away one year ago, but his life is celebrated in the form of Black Velvet, the posthumous album set to release November 9. HIs label Daptone Records has launched a website featuring murals by Chicago-based artist Joe Miller, who will paint his larger-than-life icons of Bradley in cities around the world. The first mural went up in Chicago, and you can watch a time-lapse video below set to the grooving, passionate “Luv Jones.” Continue reading →


Watch the unveiling of Seattle’s new Chris Cornell statue

A life-size bronze sculpture depicting the late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell now stands in his hometown of Seattle at the entrance to the Museum of Pop Culture. Commissioned by Cornell’s late wife, Vicky, and designed by artist Nick Marra, it made its debut yesterday in a ceremony where Cornell’s children — Lily, 18; Toni, 14; and Christopher, 13 — did the unveiling. Continue reading →