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Scaling Rose Mountain with Screaming Females

Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

This week, local legends in the making Screaming Females capped off their first decade as a band with the release of the rollicking Rose Mountain. As slick and snarling as anything they’ve ever done, it makes a strong case for being the trio’s best work yet. In preparation for what is sure to be a righteous release show tomorrow at the First Unitarian Church, I caught up with singer-guitarist Marissa Paternoster, drummer Jarrett Dougherty, and bassist Michael Abbate to chat about their new record, moving to Philly and their last ten years playing together. Continue reading →

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Ground Up discuss organic beginnings, songwriting and tour with OCD

Ground Up at Union Transfer | via facebook.com/skilloverswag
Ground Up at Union Transfer | via facebook.com/skilloverswag

Philly’s Ground Up may have jumped into the realm of major exposure in recent years with songs like “Got Damn” and “Daps,” whose video views boast over 200,000 views. But it’s their summer smash “Lets Ride” that has captivated audiences and the those of us at The Key’s office. Bij Lincs, the mastermind and the creator of the group’s sound, is matched perfectly by MCs Malakai and Azar, whose lyrical prowess is both intuitive and witty. The guys are currently on tour but I caught up with them to ask where the inspiration on their newest songs came from and what they’re looking forward to about their upcoming hometown show. Continue reading →

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Watch Philly rocker Dave Hause talk songwriting and Devour on Last Call with Carson Daly

Dave Hause | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Dave Hause | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

“I’m Dave Hause; I’m from Philadelphia, I make up songs and try to sing it in key.” That’s how the Philadelphia songwriter opened his spotlight on Last Call with Carson Daly this week, touching on topics ranging from his childhood in a religious, post-Hippie musical household to the intense songwriting process for his latest LP, Devour. Continue reading →

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Temple jazz performance major Ethan Fisher combines influences to make hip-hop beats

via ethanfisher.bandcamp.com
via ethanfisher.bandcamp.com

As a freshman jazz performance major, Ethan Fisher is focused on making music. That is why he self-produced his debut six-track EP, Beat Tape in his dorm room, using his Macbook, speakers, keyboard, and a mic.

It’s basically an experimental hip hop album and the intro sets a post-apocalyptic world ambiance, accompanied by rhythmic drum beats and jazz-influenced guitar. “Bass Jams” opens with a minimal drum pattern and features Fisher’s twin brother on bass, who is also a music major at Temple. Continue reading →

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Modern Baseball, Spraynard, Marietta, and more rock the Church for Strength in Weakness release show

Modern Baseball | Photo by Emily Ivy Scott
Modern Baseball | Photo by Emily Ivy Scott

Eric Osman said “one second” and ran to check if a box of candy left by concertgoers had anything left inside. Unfortunately, the founder of Lame-O Records was disappointed by the lack of chocolate, but stoked by just about everything else – including a huge crowd’s response to his label’s charity split. Continue reading →

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Mic Stewart gets ready for what could be the biggest year of his career

Mic Stewart | Photo via facebook.com/MicStewartMusic
Mic Stewart | Photo via facebook.com/MicStewartMusic

With an exquisite delivery, a 2013 debut album out and a new one coming later this year, Philadelphia’s Mic Stewart may be the city’s unsung hero. Displaying tracks with soulful samples and killer charisma, matched with a wicked vocabulary and vernacular to impress, its no wonder why this emcee is something special and dare I say a ”bad mothaf*cker.”

I sat down with Stew last Friday to discuss all things hip-hop, his menacing new single “All Black Chucks,” the creation of his debut Peaceworld, his seemingly quiet 2014 and more. Continue reading →

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Meet Girlpool: LA transplants creating girl-punk duets

Girlpool | Photo by Alice Baxley | via facebook.com/GIRLPOOOL
Girlpool | Photo by Alice Baxley | via facebook.com/GIRLPOOOL

The reason Cleo Tucker started playing guitar was because she and British multi-genre performer, Joan Armatrading, have the same birthday. She was seven and saw the musician play a concert after she finished school one day.

When Harmony Tividad was a kid, she would sing a lot, so her parents put her into choir and piano lessons.

“My dad is a bass player and played a lot of music when I was a kid,” she said. She was 13 when she started playing bass; she’s 19 now.

Tividad and Tucker were both born and raised in Los Angeles. They are the two halves of the girl-punk duo Girlpool, and started attending shows in the downtown scene when they were sixteen. Continue reading →

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NPR Music streams The Districts’ A Flourish and a Spoil

The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber
The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber

With the release of their second full-length, it is fair to say The Districts are comfortable. They signed to Fat Possum Records and went on a tour with Dr. Dog. The Lititz, Pa. band released their folk-y debut Telephone in summer of 2012 and their self-titled EP in January of 2014.

One year later, The Districts have another full-length to add under their belts, this time with more of an indie, experimental-rock approach. A Flourish and a Spoil is set to release on Feb. 10, but is streaming now on NPR’s First Listen. Continue reading →

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Lithuania takes on punk rock with “Pieces”

Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Lithuania has been relatively quiet over the past ten years of their existence, but rightfully so. The members of the Philly band have been busy with other projects like Dr. Dog (Eric Slick) and DRGN King (Dominic Angelella). The band is now a four-piece, and recently released a lo-fi 7″ called Domesticated God, which they followed up with a new single, the very grungey ”Pieces.” Continue reading →