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Download The Key Studio Sessions Volume 13 (featuring Bardo Pond, Girlpool, Moosh & Twist and more)

The Key Studio Sessions Volume 13
Photo by Ola Baldych | facebook.com/ola.baldych

I don’t want to gush. But I’d be lying if I said that this latest collection of performances from The Key Studio Sessions wasn’t special to me.

In the past four months, I’ve recorded one of my favorite Philadelphia bands of the past 20 years – shamanistic psychedelic rock masters Bardo Pond, whose performance was a thrill – as well as one of my favorite new Philadelphia bands – the brilliant duo Girlpool, transported locally from LA this winter with a unique sound and an incredible collection of songs in tow. I also recorded a local guitar icon whose work I’ve admired since I first began covering the scene for City Paper 15 years ago, Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner, doing a set of his raga-influenced compositions on the 22-stringed chaturangui. (Brenner also sat in on lap steel with folk outfit Kicking Down Doors.)

And that’s only the beginning. Continue reading →

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Download a four song EP by Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne | Photo by Alexandra Hedison
Shelby Lynne | Photo by Alexandra Hedison

Since 2000, when she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist for the success of her album, I Am Shelby Lynne, singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne has explored a musical world where country, soul, R&B, and pop collide. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Family Vacation

Philly indie-pop four-piece Family Vacation will catch your ear with jangley guitars, drifting vocals and a positive psychedelic sound. They were still getting their foothold in the scene when we first met them in 2012; their usual haunts at that time were basement shows and Temple rehearsal rooms. But there was very clearly something there; Luke Harsel’s contemplative lyrics, the nimble guitar licks he swaps with bandmate Cody Bluett, the band’s slightly left-of-center poppiness. Continue reading →

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With help from Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Austin’s Sweet Spirit are a band for the moment

Sabrina Ellis w/ Britt Daniel | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Sabrina Ellis w/ Britt Daniel | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen collaborate together in the the Austin, Texas band Sweet Spirit. They recently had a boost to their career with the release of “Have Mercy,” a co-write with Spoon’s Britt Daniel, who also sings on the song. Continue reading →

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