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When Philly R&B four-piece Good Girl stopped by for a studio session with The Key back in March, they brought just the right sound, fitting to the title of their 2014 mixtape 90s Kind of Love: intimate R&B that was reminiscent of female vocal powerhouses of the 90s (like Destiny’s Child, TLC and Janet Jackson, as John Vettese mentioned).
Now the group is breaking into more recent turf by covering singer-songwriter K. Michelle’s “Hard To Do,” off of her 2014 album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? Continue reading →
New York rapper Rakim Mayers is best known as A$AP Rocky, and this weekend he’s a don’t-miss artist on the lineup of the 8th Annual Roots Picnic. Rocky came to prominence as a member of the A$AP Mob, the Harlem-based group of rappers and producers, and released his debut mixtape in 2011, Live.Long.A$AP, followed by his debut album, Long.Live.A$AP. Continue reading →
Philly four-piece The Burgeoning has one leg firmly planted in the indie-dance nightclubs of the Making Time set, while the other one reaches ambitiously for the poppy world of arena rock. The band caught our ear last year with their debut single “Lighthouse” and a solid sonic recipe: tight playing, unique arrangements and big, big hooks. Quick points of reference would be Real Estate and Bastille. Since releasing their Love Alchemy, Life Algorithm EP, the band has been going hard on the Philly live music circuit, honing their craft, sharpening their form and whipping up an on-point cover of “Message In a Bottle” by The Police.
The cover appears in the band’s Key Studio Session, and as you’ll hear, it’s practically custom designed for frontman Logan Thierjung’s elastic voice. Continue reading →
Perhaps the most redeeming thing about the new remake of the horror film Poltergeist is the cover of The Cramps’ “TV Set” that Spoon contribute to the soundtrack. Originally recorded on The Cramps 1980 debut album Songs The Lord Taught Us (produced by Alex Chilton), Spoon put a bit of a spit shine on the dirty original by the rockabilly garage punk rockers from New York. Below, listen to Spoon’s cover, followed by the original from The Cramps. Continue reading →
After an eight-year hiatus from writing and performing, Philly singer-songwriter Cynthia G. Mason is back with a lovely new EP called Cinematic Turn. In this interview with The Key’s Skye Leppo, she talks about her time off and what brought her back, tells us about recording the new EP with Brian McTear and other Philly friends like Man Man drummer Chris Powell, and shares what the Philly scene is like now versus eight years ago. Tickets and more information on tonight’s show can be found here. Below, listen to “One More Trip Back East.” Continue reading →
This year’s Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan making rock history — by ditching his acoustic guitar and going electric. Continue reading →