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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Look At What The Light Did Now” by Flo Morrisey and Matthew E. White

Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White | Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White | Photo by Shawn Brackbill

British singer-songwriter Flo Morrissey has teamed up with producer, singer and songwriter Matthew E. White for an albim of covers, Gentlewoman, Ruby Man, out on January 13th.

The album includes covers of James Blake (“Colour Of Anything”), The Velvet Underground (“Sunday Morning”), Roy Ayers (“Everybody Loves The Sunshine”), Frank Ocean (“Thinking Bout You”), Leonard Cohen (“Suzanne”) and more. Continue reading →

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Bad Year For Rock and Roll” by Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet | Photo by Karen Doolittle
Chuck Prophet | Photo by Karen Doolittle

First David Bowie, then Prince, and recently Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell; these are some of the greats that have passed away this year. And as singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet sings on our Gotta Hear Song of the Week, it’s “Been A Bad Year for Rock and Roll.” Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Fever” by Purling Hiss

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Purling Hiss Photographed by Constance Mensh

We’re highlighting new music from Philadelphia’s Purling Hiss this week, so get ready to rock out.

The trio released their new LP High Bias this past Friday. They’re a band that seems to keep a steady stream of material flowing, as this marks their third record for Drag City in just four years. And yet they never feel thrown together or haphazard – everything Mike Polizze and comany put to tape is patiently coaxed out of a collection of years-old riffs and spur-of-the-moment jams. For its part, “Fever” showcases Hiss’ layered, full sound that is still nuanced. We get scuzzy guitars and a barrage of percussion right out the gate, with Polizze’s garage-fi vocals slinking in amidst howls and solos. Continue reading →

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Jump into the strange world of Honus Honus with “The Stripper Has No Navel”

honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist
honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist

The frontman of Man Man has been teasing new music from his forthcoming album Use Your Delusion for a while now, but it doesn’t seem like anyone is complaining.

Honus Honus, the moniker under which Ryan Kattner has performed for the past decade, just put out another track off of the new album that is set to be released later this month. “The Stripper Has No Navel” is exactly what you would expect from this famously experimental musician, but pretty surprising at the same time. I can guarantee that anyone who reads this has never heard a song about this particular subject matter, and this sometimes crude originality is apart of his appeal. Continue reading →

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Meet Sun Hat, Philadelphia indie rockers with mystique

Sun Hat | photo via facebook

Sun Hat is a Philly band that has newly appeared on our radar at The Key, and is set to release their debut LP Pet Shapes on November 5th.

The trio is teasing the new album with the release of “100k”; upon first impression, it feels like a hybrid of 90s grunge and psychedelic rock. The track is dominated by distorted guitars and lo-fi vocals with laid-back Mac Demarco-esque productions scattered in the background. Continue reading →

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Cloak yourself in the eerie shadows of Julia Hudak’s new demo “Bone Feast”

Julia Hudak
Julia Hudak | Photo by Michelle Goodwin | instagram.com/mitchshe | courtesy of the artist

The latest from Bucks County singer-songwriter Julia Hudak has all of the best pieces of her music that we love: haunting vocals, measured acoustic guitar, and ever-present soul.

The tempo remains deliberate throughout “Bone Feast,” and is carried by the ominous notes of Hudak’s acoustic guitar and the few lyrics present are formatted like free verse poetry: they paint vivid images but aren’t obvious about it, leaving much to the imagination. Lyrics like “Broke to ash, charcoal, stone / Dirt to sand, I am alive” cast an eerie metaphorical shadow that is far too intriguing to walk away from. Continue reading →