Santigold brings her latest LP 99¢ to the TLA tonight. The Philly native gave an outstanding performance at last year’s Made In America Festival, complete with live band and dancers. It’s safe to say that tonight’s show will be equally mesmerizing, no matter what Santi has planned. Check out “Chasing Shadows” below and pick up tickets here.
Atmospheric punk band Psychic Teens have shared yet another single from their upcoming album NERVE titled, “Winter Grey.”
“Winter Grey” follows up previous singles “Everything” and “End” with big, heavy guitars and drums laced in a thick reverb that channels both Sonic Youth and Joy Division. NERVE, the band’s follow-up to 2013’s COME, will be released on May 13th through vinyl, cassette, CD, and digital, and can be pre-ordered here. Continue reading →
Philly rapper Voss has shared his new music video for the song “Respect My Mind” from his album Insatiable, featuring Milton.
On “Respect My Mind,” Voss speaks of understanding and appreciation for others at the same time telling people not to fuck with him, while Milton takes slick hook duties. The video features performances by the duo along with a humorous interlude of them sitting down with a rude record exec before telling him off. Continue reading →
West Chester folkie and The Key favorite Chelsea Sue Allen performed at Burlap and Bean last week, and she brought up some friends, Brad Almond & Chelsea Julian, to cover Beck’s version of The Korgis’ “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime.”
The 1980 song was originally covered by Beck for the classic Kate Winslet & Jim Carrey film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Each of the performers take turns on lead vocals and harmonies, and the simple instrumentation of just keyboards and acoustic guitar presents a faithful yet sweet take on the original. Continue reading →
Amy Winehouse‘s second and final album, Back to Black, turns 10 this year. To pay tribute to the singer, who passed away in 2011, a number of local musicians have teamed up to perform a benefit concert on June 24 downstairs at World Cafe Live. Continue reading →
RFA celebrate the release of Something New from RFA at World Cafe Live tonight. It’s the local indie rock band’s second EP, following last year’s Freaking Out. We heard a new track called “Indigo” earlier this year, which you can check out below. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with The Honey Hounds and Whiting can be found here. Continue reading →
After vibrant sets from Joy Ike (watch it here) and The Bul Bey (watch here), the NPR Music Tiny Desk Road Show came to a close with the atmospheric, art-pop outfit Tutlie – a runner up in this year’s NPR Music Tiny Desk contest.
Normally a six-piece band, Tutlie expanded to a nine-piece for this performance, including harp and vibraphones to capture the beautifully arranged nuances of “Bison,” the band’s entry in the Tiny Desk Contest. Continue reading →
Four months can be a long time, but it totally flies by — it seems like only yesterday that we were coming at you with our last free-downloadable compilation of songs by regional artists recorded for us live in the studio for The Key Studio Sessions. And here we are, 94 days and 20 songs later. Continue reading →
Philadelphia local Kenn Kweder brought highenergy and an entertaining show to World Cafe Live for today’s Free at Noon concert. Backed by the band The Hipster Mind Tricks, Kweder performed a set for fans to dance and sing to.
The Upper Darby-native is no stranger to WXPN, having been a figure in the Philadelphia music scene since the 70’s, which brought out fans new and old to the Free at Noon scene. Kweder just recently was just featured in a documentary about his career and old group Kenn Kweder and The Secret Kidds. Continue reading →
With American Babies’ recently released fourth effort entitled An Epic Battle Between Light and Dark, it comes as no surprise that the Philly psych-rockers would experiment with imagery that comes from the dichotomy of good and evil.
Released today, the band’s latest music video for its single “Fever Dreams” is an animated whirlwind of vibrant colors and distorted characters fit for an actual feverish hallucination.
The video opens as cartoon frontman Tom Hamilton is losing his grip, literally and figuratively, on the side of a cliff and falls endlessly into a cavernous pit. The video is full of anxious nightmare narratives like this one, such as losing teeth and being naked in front of your peers. Seemingly innocent details like the clinking of ice cubes in Hamilton’s glass of whiskey transform into the quivering tail of a rattlesnake as we watch him disassociate with reality. Continue reading →