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UNLOCKED: Listen to Abi Reimold get serene on “Machine”

Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

We’ve had a great vantage point from which to observe Philadelphia artist Abi Reimold these past few years. She’s a WXPN intern alumnus and an occasional contributing photographer for The Key – a tremendously talented one at that, who has covered festivals and studio sessions for us. We’ve also seen her forge her path as a singer and songwriter, from her 2013 Folkadelphia session to the release of 2014’s excellent Forget EP and her place in the lineup of our tribute to Patti Smith’s Horses.

When Reimold sent over an early stream of her LP Wriggling last fall, it was clear something big was afoot, and when national press started picking up on it this winter, it felt less like the “exciting new artist” it may have seemed to them and more that of a hard-working songwriter getting her due. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: American Babies release first taste of new record with “Synth Driver”

 

 Photo by Skylar Carfi courtesy of the artist
Photo by Skylar Carfi courtesy of the artist

 American Babies bridge the worlds of psychedelia, Americana and indie-rock. They take their genre-changing attitude from frontman and main creative force, Philly-native Tom Hamilton, and are also set to release their fourth studio album this March. Today we are happy to premiere the album’s first single, “Synth Driver.” Continue reading →

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Let Charley Coin distract you with his soulful demo of “Distractions”

Charlie Coin | via twitter.com/charliecoin
Charlie Coin | via twitter.com/charliecoin

Charley Coin is the R&B pseudonym of Will Brown, a Temple Media Studies and Production major. Will has been playing drums since he was 5 and has been writing songs since his early teen years. His passion for playing and writing music led him to start producing in high school and college. With a focus on 90s-inspired R&B, Will created Charley Coin. Continue reading →

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Stream “Weathering Bell” from MoBo-WC Lindsay super-duo Vicky Speedboat

Photo via facebook.com
Photo via facebook.com

Last week we showed you the debut music video from Vicky Speedboat, a supergroup formed of Modern Baseball‘s Sean Huber and W. C. Lindsay‘s Will Lindsay. This week, they released their second single from their forthcoming EP, Two Years No Basement.

The single, “Weathering Bell,” is a heavy-hitting rock song about the girl who has “Xs on her hands, always drinking with the bands.” The gritty tune is catchy with distorted guitars, thick drums, and driving bass, but the lyrics definitely have heart. It’s not easy to express your feelings over a lost loved one; Lindsay and Huber do it with raw emotion. Continue reading →

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Listen to rousing new single “NNFS”, from local indie-rockers Mike Pays Heat

Photo by Emily Scooby Dubin via facebook.com
Photo by Emily Scooby Dubin via facebook.com

Local indie-rockers Mike Pays Heat have been a group we have kept a keen eye on in recent months, and as they grow ever-closer to releasing their first full-length album, we suggest you pay attention as well.

Despite announcing just this week that they are replacing their guitarist, Mike Pays Heat continue to forge ahead towards the release of their debut, Tape 1 Play which is set to be out this January via Dead Medium Records. Ahead of that highly-anticipated output, the band has released their first single “NNFS.” Continue reading →

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Listen to the airy, buoyant new single from Weekender’s new EP Floaty Feeling, Blue

Photo by  Jen Bragan Photography via facebook.com
Photo by Jen Bragan Photography via facebook.com

There may be no band better suited to have an EP named Floaty Feeling, Blue than Philly’s Weekender. Led by songwriter Derek Sheehan, the five-piece gives the kind of distinct blue-sky vibe that has brought bands like Real Estate into the limelight in recent years. Today, the band released the first single, and title track, off of Floaty Feeling, Blue — which you can check out below.  Continue reading →

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Listen to the newest single, “Amy” from Howlish ahead of their album release next week

Howlish
Howlish | photo by Jackie Papanier

Local alt-rock four-piece Howlish are set to release their debut LP, Outer next Tuesday but for those of you need a fix, check out the second single from the record, “Amy” below.

Back in September we premiered their first single “Black Ice”, a pounding, hook-heavy jam focusing on the perils of life after love. “Amy” has a far more ambient sonic landscape, letting the layered instrumentals take the lead over the vocals which focus on a relationship in progress rather than one already doomed. Continue reading →

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Listen to “The World is Y(ours),” the latest from local hip-hop quartet Hardwork Movement

Hardwork Movement | Photo by Zack Garlitos | courtesy of the artist
Hardwork Movement | Photo by Zack Garlitos | courtesy of the artist

Back in October we shared with a track from local hip-hop outfit, Hardwork Movement. The track was the first hint the back gave of an upcoming album and gave listeners a taste of what to expect in the future. This weekend, the guys released a more complete example of their unique ability as songwriters and emcees with the single “The World is Y(ours)”. Continue reading →

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Meet Philly punk supergroup Vicky Speedboat in the new video for “Passing Through Wales”

Photo via facebook.com
Photo via facebook.com

In what amounts to a Philly punk/emo supergroup, Modern Baseball’s Sean Huber and W.C. Lindsay’s Will Lindsay are teaming up for an EP under the moniker Vicky Speedboat.

The duo will release their debut EP Two Years No Basement later this month and just this week — via nerdist.com — released a video for their first single “Passing Through Wales”. The track contains all the characteristics you would expect from the power duo, including driving punk flavor with anthemic lyrics and a sharp attitude. Continue reading →