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XPN MusicNotes: Watch U2 cover Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” in tribute to the late Canadian Singer-Songwriter

“Leonard Cohen is an addiction I can’t give up” -Bono

U2 took its 30th Anniv. of the Joshua Tree Tour from the US to Canada this weekend and while in Toronto, paid tribute to the late great Canadian Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen. On Saturday night, U2 performed a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” at Rogers Center in Toronto.  Back in 2005 U2 worked with Cohen on a performance of “Tower of Song” from the documentary: “I’m Your Man.” Continue reading →

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Jeff Tweedy reworks Wilco favorites on acoustic Together At Last, out now

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Jeff Tweedy | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Earlier this week Bob Bumbera reported on Jeff Tweedy‘s solo record during the XPN Morning Show, sharing a video of the Wilco frontman performing album cut “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” on Late Night With Seth Myers. Yes, you already know that Wilco classic and yes it is appearing on Together At Last – that’s because the new effort, out today, features a number of Tweedy favorites, from main projects and side projects, done in an intimate, acoustic style.

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Keep up with emerging artists on WXPN’s Discover Local Music playlist, featuring Harmony Woods, OddKidOut and more

Harmony Woods | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Between songs from Danny Black‘s new solo effort and recent Firefly performers Hardwork Movement there’s a sampling of faces from many corners of the regional music community on the new Discover Local Music Spotify playlist curated by WXPN. This is the first iteration of the playlist, which features emerging acts and old favorites alike, and it will be updated and added to regularly as we spotlight the best new music from Philly, Lancaster, the Lehigh Valley, New Jersey, and Delaware.

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Bel Heir announces new EP, listen to lead single “California High”

Bel Hier | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Bel Hier | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly indie pop band Bel Heir have released a new single just in time for your weekend beach getaways (and next weekend’s, and the weekend after that, and your daily commutes, because this single has “summer jam” written all over it). Premiered by Paste Magazine, “California High” is the lead single in advance of the trio’s upcoming EP Washed Up which is slated for a July 21st release and described by the band as “an entire EP of trashy, surfy, beach punk bangers.” Continue reading →

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The Dove and the Wolf talk life in Paris and play a new song on 25 O’Clock

The Dove & the Wolf | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Dan Drago’s 25 O’Clock Podcast has long been a favorite listen for us here at The Key. Now on its 73rd episode, the podcast frequently features guests from all over scene, diving deeper into their life than we can see from the surface. Over the years, Philly music’s finest has been a consistent presence on the pod, the latest guest being Paloma Gil and Louise Hayat-Camard of The Dove and the Wolf. Continue reading →

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Matt Pond PA just announced pretty much everything

Matt Pond PA | courtesy of the artist

Matt Pond PA announced a 12th studio album Wednesday called Still Summer. It’s due out August 11 on Pond’s own label, 131 Records, and will be the last release under the name Matt Pond PA, a name that’s been going strong since its Philadelphia inception nearly 20 years ago. Yet over time, more songs will be added in the future to both Still Summer and Pond’s December 2016 release Winter Lives. It’s confusing, but cool. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Get a taste of Noise & Silence’s Cycle Theory EP, out Friday on Exotic Fever

Noise and Silence | Photo by Camille Remeur | courtesy of the artist
Noise and Silence | Photo by Camille Remeur | courtesy of the artist
Philadelphia’s Matt Fleming and Bob Hunter bridge the worlds of aggressive rock and atmospheric soundscaping in their experimental duo Noise and Silence, which releases its debut EP Cycle Theory this Friday on Philly imprint Exotic Fever Records.

Today we’re happy to bring you a taste of that EP with a two-song preview. Opener “Vitamins” roars out the gate with expressive open chord guitar playing and soaring, reverb-tinged vocals, reminiscent at turns of Explosions In The Sky’s The Earth Is Not a Cold, Dead Place and Deftones’ White Pony. While “Vitamins” is solidly stratospheric, “Colorless” is a dynamic rumination, opening on a pensive and measured note, then launching into a cathartic refrain straight out of the early aughts post rock and emo scene. Continue reading →

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Meet Lancaster’s Sleepy Limbs, joining Cayetana, Worriers and Camp Cope in York next month

Sleepy Limbs | photo via sleepylimbspa.bandcamp.com

A lineup that includes the likes of Cayetana, Worriers and Camp Cope is good enough on its own. To ask for anything more than a trio of that quality would just be greedy. But when the three bands play next month at Skid Row Garage in York (the show was originally supposed to be in Lancaster at Chameleon Club’s Lizard Lounge, but has since been moved), one more newly added group of rockers will join them: Lancaster’s Sleepy Limbs. Continue reading →

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Join Katie Ellen’s “Sad Girls Club” in anthemic new single

Katie Ellen | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Katie Ellen | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

It took a good two seconds into Katie Ellen’s new single, “Sad Girls Club,” for me to be completely hooked. Yes, I would like to join the club, please. Is there a mailing list? I will sign now, thank you.

The personal, lyrically-driven anthem of a song mashes together any kind of insecurity one might feel for being different or straying from the collective normativity that is life (sigh), and effectively stomps it to bits with clattering cymbals and searing guitars. Continue reading →