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The Beatles, live at Convention Hall in Philly, September 2, 1964

The Beatles perform at Convention Hall in Philadelphia on September 2, 1964 | Photo via hylitradio.com
The Beatles perform at Convention Hall in Philadelphia on September 2, 1964 | Photo via hylitradio.com

This year marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ initial trip to our side of the pond and their first ever North American tour. If you didn’t know this, you must have been in hibernation back in February. The 1964 summer tour would eventually include an unlikely stop in Philadelphia on September 2 that almost didn’t happen. Thanks to a relentless Philly rock n’ roll radio personality and some tricky planning, it did. Continue reading →

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Download a new song by The Last Bison, “Bad Country”

The Last Bison | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Last Bison | Photo courtesy of the artist

Indie-folk rockers The Last Bison release their new album VA, on September 30th. Fronted by Ben Hardesty, the band made a splash with their album Quill when it was independently released in September, 2011. The band released a remixed version of some of the songs from Quill, along with several new songs on their 2013 album, Inheritance. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Jukebox the Ghost gives the audience a sneak peak of its new record

Jukebox the Ghost | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Jukebox the Ghost | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Today’s Free At Noon concert presented Jukebox the Ghost, the indie-pop trio from D.C. who came in support of their new, self-titled album, out October 21st.

The boys kicked off their set with their popular tune “Somebody”, which immediately garnered the attention throughout the room. After, they gave the audience a sneak peak at some of their brand new songs from their aforementioned album, it was clear that they were excited to be there. Continue reading →

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Swing time with Chelsea Reed & the Fairweather Five

Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five | Photo by Cameron Pollack

At the end of May, we did a charming Key Studio Session with the Philly jazzy swing band Chelsea Reed & The Fairweather Five. Chelsea and the band draw on influences including Bessie Smith, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. Continue reading →

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Take a late night drive with the new dreampop tune by DAODA

Mike Sacchetti aka DAODA | Photo via facebook.com/badnewsbearspa
Mike Sacchetti aka DAODA | Photo via facebook.com/badnewsbearspa

Fans of Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils and the like – heads up! New Philly dreampop project DAODA by Mike Sacchetti of Bad News Bears has released a single, “Forever.” Hazy vocals and sunny guitars make DAODA a change of pace for Sacchetti, whose music as Bad News Bears has a distinctly pop-punk feel to it, but we’re excited to see what else he has in store. Continue reading →

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Download “Mother’s Touch” by Maitland from a Key Studio Session

Maitland | Photo by John Vettese
Maitland | Photo by John Vettese

Maitland is singer, songwriter and guitarist Josh Hines. Originally from Williamsport, PA, Hines now calls Philly home. Maitland plays atmospheric indie folk rock; Bon Iver, Jose Gonzales, and Elliot Smith are a few familiar touchpoints. The band has released two EP’s, (from a cabin in the woods), and Take My Sins, both released in 2012. In the last year, the band has been recording new music, playing live and winning over a lot of new fans. Continue reading →

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Hear Cheerleader’s super-catchy new single “On Your Side”

Cheerleader | Photo by Kate Bracaglia | http://underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com/
Photo by Kate Bracaglia | http://underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com/

It’s no secret we’ve been falling a little bit in love with indie-pop five-piece Cheerleader the past few months. The band’s summery vibes make for some damn catchy tunes, and the title track for their upcoming EP On Your Side doesn’t stray from this aesthetic we’ve grown so fond of. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Mike Bell and the Movies vs. Hurry

Photos by Peter Murray Photography | petermurrayphotography.com

In a strange, roundabout kind of way, this session you see before you today only exists because of Twitter. Two Philly DIY scene players, the fuzz-poppy Hurry and the punk poppy Mike Bell and The Movies, had been social media beef-ing -  or faux-beefing, perhaps, as they seem like friendly and amiable dudes all around – discussing who would win in a “power pop battle.” At one point, Bell called on The Key’s Twitter to “settle this once and for all” – and equally jokingly, I replied “what are we talking, a DJ-off or, like, a boxing match? Or a dueling studio session?” Evidently the latter was actually a viable option, all parties were into it, and ground rules for our first-ever competitive Key Studio Session were established. Each artist got three songs: one of their own songs, one of the other band’s songs and one cover of their choosing. We would record both bands live in the studio on the same day. And the reults wound up being so efficient and fun, I’m thinking about recording artists in battle format more often. Continue reading →