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Slomo Sapiens to Skull Eclipses, Shannen Moser to Strand of Oaks: Scenes from the inaugural Philly Music Fest

Ceramic Animal | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

This past weekend, the inaugural Philly Music Fest touched down at World Cafe Live, filling the venue’s upstairs and downstairs stages with two nights of performances by local artists. Highlights included dazzling late-night performances by headliners Cayetana and Strand of Oaks, packed-floor upstairs sets by Harmony Woods and Ivy Sole, the live debut of Skull Eclipses — the experimental hiphop project of Lushlife and Botany — and much more.

In the mix were foodies, artists and crafters, musicians in the audience watching the musicians onstage, and a couple top-secret stripped down performances for VIP ticket holders. 26 artists performed in total, money was raised for LiveConnections, and you can take a look at scenes from the weekend care of ace Key photographer Rachel Del Sordo.To see more of her work, check out her website, and give her Instagram a follow.  Continue reading →

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Kelsey Cork and the Swigs paint poignant Philly caricatures with rebel attitude on debut single “Center City Blues”

Kelsey Cork & the Swigs | photo by Alyssa Resh | via facebook.com/KelseyCork

Kelsey Cork and the Swigs is a brand new DIY rock trio, lead by of vocalist / guitarist Kelsey Cork. Their debut single “Center City Blues” was released via Good How Are You Records, engineered by Lauren Delucca of Coping Skills, mixed by Henry Wilson and mastered by Elaine Rasnake.

“Center City Blues” somehow manages to blend blues and punk, with engine-revving electric guitar and Cork’s vocals tinged with rebel attitude. The lyrics paint poignant Philly caricatures, from the miserable “suit and ties in center city” to the “sweet old man in my neighborhood sipping a forty at nine a.m.,” pinpointing the unifying sense of home that links people of different walks of life. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Ani Di Franco, Marian Hill, Bartees and the Strange Fruit, The Feelies and more

Ani DiFranco | photo by GMD Three | courtesy of the artist
Ani DiFranco | photo by GMD Three | courtesy of the artist

Got plans this week? Because, wow, have we got plans for you. It’s a jam-packed seven days ahead of us, with no fewer than 22 concerts at your fingertips in the Philadelphia region (most within city limits, some a short drive away). Get out. See live music. And we’ll catch up with you on the other side. Continue reading →

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Prep for Philly Music Fest with a loaded set-time schedule

Cayetana | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist
Cayetana | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

The Philly Music Fest is fast approaching. On the weekend of September 22nd, a heaping of Philly’s most talented will descend upon World Cafe Live. In preparation for this event, we now have a trusted set time schedule.

And prepare we must, because there’s a whole lot of awesome local bands at this thing. I mean, the lineup’s more stacked than a can of Pringles. Continue reading →

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Items Tagged Philadelphia: A good week for rock and roll

Thee Minks | via facebook.com/theeminks

Here at The Key, we spend a lot of time each week digging through every new release from Philadelphia that shows up on Bandcamp. At the end of each week, we present you with the most interesting, most unusual and overall best of the bunch: this is Items Tagged Philadelphia.

It’s been a busy several days. A Latin rock show on Wednesday, a solid lineup of DIY scene singer-songwriters on Thursday, a queer punk rager on Friday, a revered rapper from Chicago tonight. It’s been one of those weeks where I barely get to catch my breath, where I barely get to pause and look around — and reflection-time is important. Continue reading →