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Just Announced: Massive Attack’s Mezzanine anniversary tour will come to The Met this spring

Massive Attack | courtesy of the artist

Remember when, a few weeks ago, Massive Attack encoded their 1998 album Mezzanine as DNA and then bottled it into a spray paint to celebrate its upcoming 21st anniversary? That’s an, uh, inventive way to reissue an album to say the least, but if you prefer a more traditional form of album anniversary celebration, good news is coming your way in the form of a tour: Massive Attack will tour Europe and North America throughout the winter and spring, with a show at The Met on March 19. Special guests lined up for the tour include Liz Fraser of Cocteau Twins, who sang on the album. Continue reading →

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Massive Attack announces Mezzanine XXI tour

Massive Attack | via Facebook

Massive Attack’s influential 1998 album Mezzanine is turning 21. To celebrate, the band has announced the Mezzanine XXI anniversary tour of Europe, the UK, and North America in 2019. Accompanying them will be Liz Fraser of the Cocteau Twins, who sang on several songs on the album, most famously on “Teardrop.” In a statement the band called the tour, “our own personalized nostalgia nightmare head trip.” Massive Attack reissued Mezzanine encoding the album into DNA, and released a limited edition in the form of spray paint Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. play “Rockin’ the Free World” with Pearl Jam, hear new music from Massive Attack

J Mascis | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
J Mascis | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Yesterday we featured Pearl Jam covering Aerosmith at their weekend show in Boston. Today: video of J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. jammin’ with Eddie Vedder and the boys Sunday night at Fenway Park on Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”  Watch it below. Continue reading →

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Watch the new Reef the Lost Cauze video, “Massive Your High”

We are so psyched for Reef the Lost Cauze to release his new album, Reef The Lost Cauze Is Dead, being released as a free download on December 25th. Below, watch the video to a new song, “Massive Your High,” that nicely samples the trippy “Splitting The Atom” by Massive Attack. And yes, we do need to remind you that Reef busted out a serious Key Studio Video Session with us in September which is not to be missed. Watch it here.

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Keep Ya Head Up: Stream the November (Rain) 2018 edition of What’s The Frequency?! on WXPN

WTFXPN | still from video

On the second Friday of every month, WXPN’s John Vettese hosts WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY?!?!!, a four-hour, request driven showcase of 90s and 90s-adjacent music. If you can’t tune in live, we’ve got archives of each episode for you here on The Key.

Sometimes I go into WTFXPN knowing exactly what I want to play. And sometimes the request channels totally take the reins.

On a soggy, cold Friday night in the month of November, the year of 2018, the latter occurred, with some listeners asking for deep cuts from OutKast, Beat Happening, Rainer Maria and Faith No More; other listers making requests in response to previous requests (Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” in response to The Mountain Goats’ “No Children” and its “I hope you die” chorus, a parallel that’s more than coincidental), and me racing to keep up with it all.

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You And Your Autumn Sweater: Listen to the October 2018 edition of What’s The Frequency?! on WXPN

#WTFXPN, August 2018

On the second Friday of every month, WXPN’s John Vettese hosts WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY?!?!!, a four-hour, request driven showcase of 90s and 90s-adjacent music. If you can’t tune in live, we’ve got archives of each episode for you here on The Key.

October is my favorite month of the year and the second Friday is my favorite day of the month, so the October edition of What’s The Frequency is always something special.

This time around, I delved into the autumnal vibes and moods with goth-leaning nuggets and otherwise ominous selections from The Cure, Angelfish, Dr. Octagon and DJ Shadow. Indie rock had a strong showing, and thanks to the recent Death Cab for Cutie double header at The Tower Theater, we mixed in some Letters to Cleo, Number One Cup, and that dog. And the requests were out of control this month, with listeners recommending fantastic cuts by Dub Narcotic Soundsystem, Ghost Town DJs, Sleater-Kinney, Slint and more.

Listen to an archive of the entire show below, subscribe to the official #WTFXPN Spotify Playlist here, and tune in for the next edition on November 9th, 2018.

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Explore what’s on tap at the Chill Moody Music Stage at Wawa Welcome America this 4th of July

Chill Moody | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

One of Philly’s premiere 4th of July attractions, the Wawa Welcome America celebration has gotten an exciting upgrade this year with the addition of the Chill Moody Music Stage. Celebrated West Philly rapper Chill Moody is making strides by creating this new stage that will highlight some of Philly’s brightest and most talented musicians. You can catch the performances from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Check out some of the music from the dope selection of performers down below. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: &More

It started as a one-off collaboration. Philly singer-songwriter and author Donn T. was working on a new single called “Clear,” a musical companion to her short story “Time to Soar,” and she needed a rapper to provide a counterpoint to her simmering vocal. Enter Chill Moody, veteran West Philadelphia MC who’s been kicking out some serious jams since 2010. Working together on the cut felt effortless and natural for them — not unexpectedly so, as both artists have spent years cultivating their personal brands, building up their fan bases and running their own record labels. They’re stylistically different, but nevertheless simpatico, and as soon as the track was done, &More was born.   Continue reading →