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The vibrant Whitney Peyton talks beginning, digital novel, and what to expect in the future

Whitney Peyton | Photo by Michael Carnrike
Whitney Peyton | Photo by Michael Carnrike

The young and charismatic Whitney Peyton has quite a few accolades for an artist still considered to be underground.  In the midst of winning tri-state contests and recognition from major media outlets like MTV and ABC (to name a few), the rapper also contributed to a collaborative children’s album that received a Grammy in 2012. Most recently, she’s been involved with a new innovative graphic novel that features 26 different underground artists from around the globe called How An Atomic Fart Saved The World.  With all that, the always hungry Whitney Peyton has her eyes set on future projects and music, looking to take her Underdog movement to a new forefront and demographic.  I was given the chance to talk to Peyton about her background and aspirations. Continue reading →

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The inside story of Little Furnace with label owner Jack Firneno

Little Furnace Label | Photo courtesy of Jack Firneno
Little Furnace Label | Photo courtesy of Jack Firneno

Little Furnace is a relatively new local label, run by Jack Firneno. The label’s roster includes Cicada Jade, Borrowed Equipment, The Band Sheep, Tim Schmid, Alyssa Marsdale, Dime Street Joker, and Ashton John. The creator and backbone of the fresh faced record label reflected over email with The Key about a the label, its roster and a Little Furnace show at Connie’s Ric Rac in South Philly last month. The show included many of the artists on the label, including Ashton John. Firneno wrote: ”I’ve never seen a bar go from empty to packed as fast as when he’s (Ashton John) playing.” Here’s more on Little Furnace from Jack Firneno: Continue reading →

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Meet The Chip Breakers: a South Philly folk duo transcending genre boundaries

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Photo by Hope Helmuth | https://www.facebook.com/thechipbreakers/photos

Meet The Chip Breakers, a South Philly folk duo that weave together compelling tales with soaring melodies and the sincerity that lies behind a strummed banjo. Consisting of Joe Miles and Tom Contarino, The Chip Breakers prefer to refer to themselves as an “aggressive acoustic band” rather than put a distinct label on the captivating music they create. Upon first listen of their self-titled debut EP, this is instantly apparent. The listener is met with a whirlwind of influences that defy genre barriers, harkening the likeness of The Felice Brothers, Frank Turner, and even The Black Keys. Continue reading →

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Plow United members Joel Tannenbaum and Brian McGee discuss their current projects

Plow United | Courtesy of Isaac Turner
Plow United | Courtesy of Isaac Turner

The tale is a common one: a couple of teenagers meet in high school, and bored in a suburban working-class town, decide to start a rock band. More than likely, they will play in a few talent shows, maybe record an EP on an older sibling’s gear in their parents’ garage, and eventually dissolve into the ether that is yellowing show fliers and forgotten websites. However, this worn-out story does not hold true to the legend of Plow United. Continue reading →

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Listen to a Philly Local session with Summer Fiction’s Bill Ricchini and WXPN’s Helen Leicht

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Summer Fiction‘s new album Himalaya is was just released. I invited Summer Fiction a.k.a. Bill Ricchini to bring in an acoustic guitar, sing a few songs and talk about the new music. The new album was recorded at Manchester’s (UK) Eve Studios and they worked with B.C. Camplight. Recorded for Philly Local, Bill recorded an acoustic performance of “Perfume Paper”, “By My Side” and a Morrissey cover! WXPN Welcomes Summer Fiction Saturday night, June 20th to Boot & Saddle for their record release party. Continue reading →

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It’s the End of the World, and I Feel Fine: Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou talks Pale Horses

mewithoutYou | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
mewithoutYou | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

“It doesn’t make me that sad,” muses mewithoutYou frontman Aaron Weiss. He is, of course, talking about the apocalypse — what else? It’s the central train of thought in the band’s new record, Pale Horses, out today. Weiss keeps it all in perspective. Whether the apocalyptic references are talking about death, ISIS, or the potential breakup of the band, he’s chipper throughout our conversation. Continue reading →

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End Of An Era: Longtime Morning Show host Michaela Majoun will bid farewell to XPN next month

Michaela Majoun | Photo by Jaci Downs | jacidowns.com
Michaela Majoun | Photo by Jaci Downs | jacidowns.com

She plays many roles in the XPN community. Celebrator of women’s and other music. Champion of the Philadelphia arts scene. Lover of cats. And most significantly, host of the XPN Morning show for over 25 years. But that era is coming to an end as Michaela Majoun announced her departure from WXPN. Her final day on the air is Tuesday, June 30. Continue reading →

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Dan and Dan podcast interviews Philadelphia legend Schoolly D

Schoolly D | Photo via facebook.com/SchoollyDFanPage
Schoolly D | Photo via facebook.com/SchoollyDFanPage

The Dan and Dan Music Podcast recently sat down with the Philadelphia Hip Hop legend Schoolly D to discuss some pretty big topics in an hour-long interview.  The proclaimed father of gangster rap covered a plethora of topics that included the changing sound of hip-hop along with his own creative output and individuals like 60 Minutes’ Ed Bradley that played a bigger role in his career than one might think.

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Meet singer-songwriter Jason McCue and listen to his new EP

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Jason McCue | photo by Max Sall | via jasonmccue1.bandcamp.com

When you first listen to Jason McCue’s shy, wispy songs, you wouldn’t think he’s done his time in a rock band.

When you listen again, however, his experience definitely shines through, along with his influences. McCue’s four-track EP, EPs for Elephants, borrows from quiet strummers Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley – especially on the tracks “Blank Ending” and “Relativity,” which paint a picture of a lonely midnight practice session by an open window. But you can also hear traces of bigger acts like Queen, Modest Mouse, and the Beatles. The first track, “Skiffle no. 2,” is full of boppy folk-based melodies and soaring harmonies. Continue reading →