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The Key Studio Sessions: The Burgeoning

The Burgeoning | Photo by Brant Fuller
The Burgeoning | Photo by Brant Fuller

Philly four-piece The Burgeoning has one leg firmly planted in the indie-dance nightclubs of the Making Time set, while the other one reaches ambitiously for the poppy world of arena rock. The band caught our ear last year with their debut single “Lighthouse” and a solid sonic recipe: tight playing, unique arrangements and big, big hooks. Quick points of reference would be Real Estate and Bastille. Since releasing their Love Alchemy, Life Algorithm EP, the band has been going hard on the Philly live music circuit, honing their craft, sharpening their form and whipping up an on-point cover of “Message In a Bottle” by The Police.

The cover appears in the band’s Key Studio Session, and as you’ll hear, it’s practically custom designed for frontman Logan Thierjung’s elastic voice. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Philadelphia, Church Girls and more…

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Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

This week on World Cafe, host David Dye focused on our own town with Sense of Place: Philadelphia. We heard interviews with The Roots and The Districts, listened to a lot of local music and maybe were even introduced to some new bands. Check out a collection of downloads from the series here (including live tracks from Cayetana) and listen back to the special program here.

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Stream Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band’s set at Baby’s All Right via NYC Taper

 

Chris Forsyth | Photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Forsyth
Chris Forsyth | Photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Forsyth

Local space rock four-piece Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band just announced a short hiatus in order to finish their upcoming album, which is due out some time in 2016 on No Quarter Records. But that doesn’t mean that fans have to wait until the release of The Island, Forsyth’s side-collaboration with experimental multi-instrumentalist Koen Holtkamp, out this fall via Trouble In Mind Records. The group recently played a set of all new material at Baby’s All Right in New York, is now streaming over at NYCtaper. Continue reading →

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Ben Hughes conquers a medley of storming emotions on May’s album release

Ben Hughes | Photo via benhughes.bandcamp.com
Ben Hughes | Photo via benhughes.bandcamp.com

Over the past few months on The Key, we’ve been tracking New Jersey singer/songwriter (and member of A Little Affair / Night Windows) Ben Hughes’ latest venture: opening his personal time capsule of music. He’s releasing an album each month of 2015, consisting of lo-fi solo material he recorded from 2005 through 2012.

This month’s release, Beautifully Made, finds Hughes in the spring of 2011. This was his first solo album where he included more effects, electric guitar and bass, and he didn’t play drums on all tracks. Continue reading →

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Sense of Place Philly: Download brand new songs from Pine Barons and Kate Faust

Pine Barons | via https://www.facebook.com/pinebarons
Pine Barons | via https://www.facebook.com/pinebarons

To celebrate the Sense of Place: Philly series on World Cafe this week, we’re bringing you free downloads from up-and-coming Philly area artists.

Today’s downloads are BRAND NEW! The spotlight is on rock n’ roll four-piece Pine Barons and singer-songwriter Kate Faust.

Pine Barons were on tour with PA favorites The Districts this winter, and it makes sense why the Districts boys chose them as an opener. Their songs have a classic rock base, indie rock pop and bop, and off-the-wall live energy. Their debut record, which they are currently recording, has enough fresh dynamics, chemistry, and psychedelic power to last a couple spins per day. They will also be performing at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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The Key Studio Sessions: Church Girls

Church Girls jumps out from the bustling crop of new indie rock bands emerging on the Philly scene this year, and there are a few reasons why. One, there’s no artifice about them – they play hooky rock songs with memorable melodies and solid playing. No fuss, no muss, no bullshit. There’s also singer and songwriter Mariel Beaumont’s voice, which is just effortlessly awesome, and it blends well with her songwriting style – as I described it in the past, “personal, honest and direct…a bit singer-songwriter but with a cutting punk edge.”  Continue reading →