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You’re invited to Helen Leicht’s Home For The Holidays holiday party

Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com
Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com

XPN’s Helen Leicht is celebrating the holidays with a special free Philly Local Home For The Holidays show on Saturday, December 14th at The Flash in Kennett Square. The show will include performances by Lizanne Knott, Dan May, Jen Creed, and Cole Redding. Doors open at 12:30PM; the show starts at 1PM. Continue reading →

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Catching up with Alex G at Rough Trade East in London

Alex G performing at Rough Trade East record store in London | photo by Tom Beck
Alex G performing at Rough Trade East record store in London | photo by Tom Beck

From bedroom recordings to all ages stages, Alex G has become somewhat of a popular name in Philadelphia music community. Since we’ve first written about the breezy lo-fi one-mand band, he’s gotten signed, gotten a few fellow musicians to help him play shows and even had an article written about him in Rolling Stone. What’s next on his list? Apparently he’s set out to conquer Europe.

Monday night, Alex G played a free show at Rough Trade East, a popular chain of record stores in the UK, to promote his new album DSU.  He’ll be in the UK until Sunday, playing a handful of shows in London and one in Manchester before he heads back to Philly. Being the cool guy Alex is, he was more than willing to chill with me backstage after the show to answer a few questions for The Key. Read the Q&A below where we talk about London, the Rolling Stone story and James Joyce. Continue reading →

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The Punch Brothers announce new album, playing Union Transfer on March 4th

The Punch Brothers | Photo by Brantley Gutierrez
The Punch Brothers | Photo by Brantley Gutierrez

This past year Nickel Creek returned with a new album and a tour that brought them to the Tower Theatre this past May, as well as a stop at WXPN to play a Free At Noon. The Creek’s mandolinist, Chris Thile, is also a member of The Punch Brothers, who just announced the release a new album and a tour that starts in January. The band is playing in Philly on Wednesday, March 4th at Union Transfer. Tickets go on sale this Friday at Noon. Continue reading →

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Take a technicolor road trip with The Fleeting Ends in their “Can’t Say No” video

Photo via The Fleeting Ends Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thefleetingends).
Photo via The Fleeting Ends Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thefleetingends).

Philly indie pop trio The Fleeting Ends have just released a music video for their new song “Can’t Say No.” The video tags along with the band and some friends as they road trip around the city utilizing a vintage, 90′s-style camcorder resulting in vibrantly colored scenes and a fun, summery atmosphere. Continue reading →

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Stevie Wonder: Wondrous at Wells Fargo

Stevie Wonder and India Arie – incredible #steviewonder #philly #indiaarie #songsinthekeyoflife

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Stevie Wonder strolled onstage at the Wells Fargo Center last night to thunderous, celebratory applause. As he sang the opening lyrics (“Good morn or evening friends/Here’s your friendly announcer”) to the first of the 21 songs – “Love’s In Need Of Love Today” – that make up his masterpiece Songs In The Key of Life, exhilaration took hold, and jubilation continued throughout the evening. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Bono’s surgery forces U2 to postpone “Tonight Show” residency, & watch Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello & Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith- aka “New Basement Tapes” perform on Ellen

Bono

Bono has injured his arm an apparent cycling accident in New York’s Central Park which will require surgery to repair, and has forced the postponement of U2′s week-long residency on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week. Continue reading →

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Carrera Shante is Philly’s next hip-hop soul singer

Carrera Shante | Photo via facebook.com/carshamus
Carrera Shante | Photo via facebook.com/carshamus

Hip Hop Soul is a sub-genre of R&B that fuses soul, blues and gospel sounds over hip-hop beats. Thanks to artist such as Mary J. Blige, TLC, R. Kelly, Montell Jordan, and Jodeci, hip hop soul exploded in the mid 90s and is still considered a classic genre to this day. It seems as if one up-and-coming Philly artist is planning on bringing the vintage sound back to limelight. Throughout the The Vintage Tape, you can hear songbird Carrera Shante impressively using her deeply soulful voice over classic hip hop beats. Continue reading →