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The Key Studio Sessions: Little Strike

Born in the Middle East, schooled in Miami, inspired in East Asia and settled in Philadelphia, Tamar Dart is nothing if not well-traveled. You can hear that worldliness reflected in her electronic pop project Little Strike. After a nomadic year spent exploring and producing video work in China, Nepal and Thailand, Dart began channeling her creativity into music. The resulting Forever Always Leaving EP not only has a title that could be a mission statement of the universal wanderer, it sounds like Dart pulled rhythms and melodies from different corners of the world and fused them into something altogether new. Soweto guitar stylings, bhangra rhythms, a dubstep sense of bass versus beats. Those references may be entirely different from what Dart is going for, mind you – it’s totally my read on a very nuanced and exciting blend. Continue reading →

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Download a live music sampler from Jackie Greene

Jackie Greene | Photo via http://www.jackiegreene.com/
Jackie Greene | Photo via http://www.jackiegreene.com/

As a sideman singer, songwriter and guitarist Jackie Greene has toured and recorded with the Black Crows, Phil Lesh and Friends, Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, and is currently a member of Trigger Hippy along with Joan Osborne, Steve Gorman, Tom Bukovac, and Nick Govrik. On his own however, he still manages to lead his own career, and is about to release his new studio album, Back To Birth in August. Continue reading →

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Download “Good Friend” by Emily King

Emily King | Photo via http://www.emilykingmusic.com/
Emily King | Photo via http://www.emilykingmusic.com/

New York singer and songwriter Emily King is an R&B and soul influenced pop singer. The daughter of the internationally known jazz duo Marion Cowings and Kim Kalesti, she stepped fully into the music business in 2002 when she was 16, and released her debut, the Grammy nominated East Side Story in 2006. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Hemming, Minka and more…

Hemming
Hemming | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com

Local musician Candice Martello has had a wild year; she appeared on VH1′s Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project, where her introspective, dynamic songwriting earned her a spot on Perry’s label. Now recording as Hemming, Martello previewed some songs from her forthcoming record in this week’s Key Studio Session. Check out “Some of My Friends” below and get the full set here.

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Download a Key Studio session version of “The River” by Son Little

Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Last October, Philly’s Son Little visited the WXPN studios to record a Key Studio Session. Known for his work with RJD2 (in Icebird), and The Roots, he’s firmly established his own career on the strength of his acclaimed Things I Forgot EP, along with a number of high profile national appearances, including CBS’s Saturday Sessions, and in Philly, a set at WXPN’s Non-Comm this past May. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Hemming

If you’ve been paying attention to the Philly music scene for a few years, the voice behind emerging local act Hemming will sound rather familiar to you. Candice Martello is the expressive singer and songwriter at the helm here, and she caught our ear in the DIY punk duo Omar back in 2010. Last year, Omar landed on VH1′s Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project, but it was Martello’s more personal, introspective solo songwriting that caught the host’s ear and landed her a record contract with Perry’s label, Custard Records. Continue reading →

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Listen to Tigers Jaw’s new Studio 4 Acoustic Session

Tigers Jaw | Photo via Facebook
Tigers Jaw | Photo via Facebook

Back at the beginning of June, we were stoked to announce Tigers Jaw’s acoustic album. Now, it’s finally available for streaming.

The album will be officially released next week on June 30th via Will Yip’s new label, Memory Music. The album is a live recording of an intimate Tigers Jaw performance held at Studio 4 a year and a half ago. At that show, Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins debuted acoustic versions of Tigers Jaw favorites, a few Title Fight covers, and some rarities. Continue reading →