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Jenny Lewis gives us an On The Line release date, shares single “Red Bull & Hennessy”

Jenny Lewis | photo by Autumn DeWilde | courtesy of the artist

New Jenny Lewis music is always a cause for celebration — especially when it marks her first release in almost five years. Last month, Lewis announced her new album On The Line, but kept us hanging without many details. Now, she’s shared that the record will be released on March 22 via Warner Brothers, and its lead single “Red Bull & Hennessy” is out now. Listen below, and pre-order the album here. Continue reading →

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Nilüfer Yanya shares “In Your Head” and announces debut album Miss Universe

Nilüfer Yanya | photo by Molly Daniel

London-based soul-pop songwriter Nilüfer Yanya has announced that her debut full-length album, Miss Universe, will be released on March 22. Along with the announcement, she’s shared a second single from the forthcoming record, the extremely catchy “In Your Head.”

The video for “In Your Head” was filmed in the desert near Las Vegas by Yanya’s frequent collaborator ENERGYFORCE. We previously heard “Heavyweight Champion of the Year,” the 17-track album’s closing song, back in November. You may remember Yanya from last year’s NonCOMM, where she blew us away with her short but impressive set. Continue reading →

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Talking divine intervention, self-care, Bohemian Rhapsody and Magic Gone with Petal’s Kiley Lotz

Petal
Petal | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Petal is the project of singer-songwriter Kiley Lotz, a Scranton native whose unflinchingly honest rock draws from some of her favorite singers growing up, including Freddie Mercury, Carole King, and Nina Simone. Her newest album, Magic Gone, takes Lotz’ struggles with mental health and questions about her sexual identity and crafts them into a series of beautiful and intimate punk songs with guitars and drums just as raw. Her live performances are nothing short of awe-inspiring, whether she’s bringing down the house with a full band shredding, or taking it solo and captivating crowds with her steady and transfixing voice. Ahead of her first headlining appearance at the First Unitarian Church, I spoke with Lotz just before the new year, and we talked about her new album, self-care while on tour, her college education in Theatre Arts, and the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Continue reading →

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Tallboy brings personal catharsis to the Life is Terrible and Everyone is Insane project

Tallboy | photo via Bandcamp

Nick Rossi is a veteran musician in the Philly scene, but he’s struck out on his own with his new project Tallboy. Rossi just released his first EP under the moniker — called Life is Terrible and Everyone is Insane, it’s out now digitally and physically.

Tallboy is a one-man project, with Rossi singlehandedly covering all aspects of writing and recording. Though it’s the musician’s first solo release, he’s become a familiar face around town over the last decade or two, appearing with acts such as Johnny Miles, Robot Hearts, and Tachyon Radio; he also currently plays bass in rebel folk band Poison Street.

At the core of Tallboy, though, is personal catharsis. Continue reading →

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The City & I brings unfiltered energy to new singles “A.D.D.” and “BOTTI BOI”

The City and I | photo by C.J. Harvey | via facebook.com/TheCityandI

Colins “Bear” Regisford — best known as the bassist in Mannequin Pussy — is back with some new tunes from his solo project The City & I. The new tracks, “A.D.D.” and “BOTTI BOI” are the project’s first output since the 2015 EP Downer; there’s no word yet on whether they precede a longer release. Continue reading →

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London rapper Little Simz teams up with singer-songwriter Cleo Sol on “Selfish”

Little Simz | photo by Tam Cader | courtesy of the artist

London artist Little Simz has become somewhat of a hip-hop pioneer in the UK recently, a title which will only be cemented by her forthcoming album GREY Area. The album will be released on March 1 on Little Simz’s own label Age 101, and ahead of the release she’s shared a new single, “Selfish,” and its video. Little Simz will hit the U.S. festival circuit this summer, with a stop at Firefly on Saturday, June 22. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Ali Awan and his band raise the roof at World Cafe Live

Ali Awan | photo by Meghan Weale for WXPN | behance.net/meghanweale

“Everybody at the station is jumping up and down for this week’s guest,” said XPN’s Helen Leicht at the top of this week’s Free at Noon concert, and she’s not kidding. Ali Awan is the rare artist that practically the entire staff is rallying around, from Mike Vasilikos giving him his radio debut last March, to Kristen Kurtis naming his album one of her most anticipated of 2019, to his recent ripper of a Key Studio Session.

Awan started the show the same way he started that session: with “Magic Wheel,” a dreamy midtempo tune built around lead guitar harmonies between Awan and guitarist Kirby Sybert. From here, the set launched immediately into the roof-raising “Poison and Potion,” followed by the vibey “Citadel Blues,” Awan’s debut single that came out just over a year ago. Continue reading →

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One-Two, One-Two, Keep It On: Listen to the January 2019 edition of What’s The Frequency?! on WXPN

Listen to the ish because we kick it ’til dawn

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.

It’s funny how some classics experience a new life. In the January 11 edition of #WTFXPN, we started the show off with a cut from Bay Area hip-hop faves Luniz, “I Got 5 On It,” that is seeing a new life thanks to its inclusion in the trailer for Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us. The day after the trailer dropped, Genius.com reported a huge spike in searches for the song.

On the either side of that, there are the classic-then-classic-now sorts of 90s cuts (Green Day’s “She”) and the firmly-remaining-in-the-underground cuts (“The Boatman” by Brighton anarcho-folk punks Levellers), and we heard the whole gamut on this month’s show, along with a Jon Spencer Blues Explosion jam for the folks headed to see him at Johnny Brenda’s, the amazing Beastie Boys’ fan fave jammer “Get It Together” (featuring incredible bars from Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest), and a small celebration of to the 20th birthday of Britney Spears’ debut album Baby One More Time. Listen back to the show and peruse the playlist below.  Continue reading →

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The Cranberries share “All Over Now” from final album In the End

Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries | photo by Amarvudol | via Wikimedia Commons
Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries | photo by Amarvudol | via Wikimedia Commons

In the year since the tragic passing of Dolores O’Riordan, the voice of The Cranberries, the band’s remaining members have been working on completing the unfinished projects that were in progress at the time of O’Riordan’s death. The Cranberries had been working on a new album in 2017, for which O’Riordan had already recorded vocals. The band had plans to finish the album early last year, but it was put on hold until they eventually came to the decision to go ahead with the release. Called In the End, The Cranberries’ eighth and final album will be released on April 26. The first single, which is aptly and eerily titled “All Over Now,” is out now. Continue reading →