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Marcelyn talks music, college, and Philly on 25 O’Clock Podcast

Marcelyn Lebowitz | Photo by Mistycat Media

25 O’Clock is known for showcasing the stories behind musicians in the Philadelphia area, and Wednesday’s podcast was no exception. Singer Marcelyn (formally known as Marcey Lebowitz) sat down to talk with host Dan Drago on the 26th.

Marcelyn is known locally for her theatrical voice, which can be attributed to years of formal vocal training. Her sound is not classical, but her years of classical training are particularly noticeable in her debut album as Marcelyn, Indignities & Depravities, which was released last year.

On 25 O’Clock she delves into a deeper background of how she came to be as an artist. Marcelyn started taking voice lessons at age 9, attended the Creative and Performing Arts High School of Philadelphia, released her first album at 14 years old, and even went to Penn State for vocal training. Continue reading →

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Listen to West Philly Porchfest performances via the 25 O’Clock podcast

Porchfest | photo by Dan Drago | via instagram.com/25OClockPod

The West Philly Porchfest took place this past Saturday, June 8th with a full turnout of both musicians and spectators. In case you aren’t familiar, Porchfest is an annual do-it-yourself music festival where musicians of all kinds play free shows on their porches in West Philadelphia. It was created by residents of the neighborhood four years ago to showcase the diverse music and culture within their community. It gives Philadelphians the unique opportunity to listen to live bluegrass, jazz, rap, indie, and everything in between — all within blocks of one another. Continue reading →

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Elaine Rasnake talks mastering her craft (plus the craft of mastering) and navigating Philly independent music on the 25 O’Clock Podcast

Elaine Rasnake | photo by Jordyn Lyric of Fawnover, Co. | via facebook.com/elainerasnake

Here at The Key, we first noticed the work of songwriter / producer Elaine Rasnake back in the days of our Items Tagged Philadelphia project, when her Postal Service-esque single “Spacesuit” hit Bandcamp. The series later taught us, through seeing her name pop up in the credits to releases by Rob’n Delaine and Marina Murayama Nir, that Rasnake was more versatile than her one-person electropop artist page led us to believe.

As Rasnake reveals in this conversation with Dan Drago on the latest 25 O’Clock Podcast, her intention with releasing music on Bandcamp in the first place wasn’t so much to land her spots on shows or in bands — though both things eventually happened, though her own performances, her Breathe Again EP, as well as her multi-instrumental contributions to Kate Dressed Up. Her intention in releasing music on Bandcamp was a calling card, a portfolio, a demo reel of what she’s able to do production wise, in the hopes that it would connect her with clients and collaborators. Continue reading →

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Listen to Interminable talk cultural change and Rebirth::Renacer on the 25 O’Clock podcast

Interminable | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Ximena Violante and St. Clair Simmons of Latin fusion outfit Interminable are the latest guests on local music podcast 25 O’Clock. The two musicians joined host Dan Drago to talk about the project, which was started by Violante as a way to reconnect with her Mexican roots. Interminable also includes Becca Graham and Marty Gottlieb-Hollis, who also play trumpet in Hardwork Movement; their debut album Rebirth::Renacer is out now. Continue reading →

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Listen to Sterling Duns and R.B. Ricks from Hardwork Movement on the 25 O’Clock podcast

Sterling Duns (left) and R.B. Ricks of Hardwork Movement | photos by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

For the latest episode of Philly music podcast 25 O’Clock, MCs Sterling Duns and R.B. Ricks of Hardwork Movement met up with host Dan Drago in his South Philadelphia studio for a wide-ranging conversation that got to the heart of who these two artists are as people, but also explored the philosophical underpinnings of their collective.  Continue reading →

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Kate Dressed Up talks Bright Eyes, a cappella, and North Jersey on the 25 O’Clock podcast

Kate Dressed Up | via katedressedup.bandcamp.com

New Jersey singer-songwriter Kate Miller has been playing music as Kate Dressed Up since 2016, and is readying her first full-length album for release sometime next year. This Saturday, she performs at Asbury Park’s Gurlzilla mini-festival, a benefit for the LGBTQ advocacy group Garden State Equality, and as a lead-up to the gig, she appeared on this week’s episode of the 25 O’Clock Podcast.

In the conversation with host Dan Drago, Miller talks about growing up in the semi-rural suburbs of North Jersey and contrasting it with life in the city, and how the scene of young songwriters in her home town of Jefferson influenced her direction — particularly when she won a songwriting competition while in high school.

She enthuses about her favorite songwriters, like Bright Eyes and Sufjan Stevens, talks about exploring music at a deeper level in college (“Arranging a cappella music broke my brain on more than one occasion”), talks how her collaboration with London’s Ganda Boys came to be, and reflects on how to make your style distinctive in as universal as a genre as folk. Continue reading →

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Trap Rabbit talks virtuosity, collaboration and Philly on the 25 O’Clock Podcast

Trap Rabbit
Trap Rabbit | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly instrumental duo Trap Rabbit gets around, whether they’re backing rappers like Kuf Knotz or working with singer-songwriters like Sophie Coran. For the latest episode of the 25 O’Clock podcast, bandmates Arjun Dube (drums) and Logan Roth (keys) chat with host Dan Drago about their origins, their entry point into the Philadelphia music scene, and how they’ve managed to stay so busy as musicians. Continue reading →

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Find Your Freaks: RunHideFight goes indepth about discovering themselves through music on 25 O’Clock

RunHideFight | photo by Senia Lopez | senialopez.photography

Philly punk rockers Geeta Simons and Christine Weiser of RunHideFight made a recent appearance on 25 O’Clock, the self-proclaimed “longest running music podcast in Philadelphia…I think.” They talk with host Dan Drago about growing up, what it’s like writing music in a modern era and the pressure of balancing motherhood while performing in bands and pursuing music careers. Continue reading →

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Listen to Jeff Zeigler discuss creating in the Philly scene on the 25 O’Clock Podcast

Jeff Zeigler
Jeff Zeigler at Boot and Saddle | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly musician and record producer Jeff Zeigler is the founder of studio Uniform Recording and has worked with a wide range of Philly artists over the past decade and a half: War On Drugs, Kurt Vile, and Steve Gunn, among others. In the latest episode of Philly podcast 25 O’Clock, host Dan Drago talks to Zeigler about his New Jersey roots, getting started as a sound engineer on the Philly music scene, his work making records and creating his own music, and what it’s like collaborating with other talented musicians in Philly. Continue reading →

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Listen to Camp Candle talk about their songwriting process and the changing Philly landscape on the 25 O’Clock podcast

Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist
Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia’s Camp Candle appear on the latest episode of The 25 O’Clock podcast. The electronic duo of Mark “Nu Ra” Cave and Briana “Hetepsa” Mills sat down with podcast host Dan Drago for the 106th episode of the podcast. The duo discussed their beginnings, going through the collaborative songwriting process as a duo, and the changing landscape of different Philly neighborhoods. Continue reading →