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Heroes Matter: Remembering Stan Lee with King Britt, Camp Candle, Kindred, and more from the Philadelphia music scene

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On Monday morning in Los Angeles, Stan Lee was rushed from his home by ambulance, where he would later be pronounced dead at 95 years old.

The co-founder of Marvel Comics, Lee (along with his collaborators Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko) created a number of beloved characters such as Spiderman, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, The X-Men, The Avengers and more, leaving behind an indelible mark on the pop cultural landscape. These characters and the stories told through them were more than just a means of escape, they were in many ways, a moral and sociopolitical reflection of our world that challenged us to make it better.

In the wake of a worldwide outpouring of grief and gratitude expressed for Lee, we asked members of our city’s music community to share their thoughts on a man whose vision expanded the limits of our collective imagination. Continue reading →

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Ellen Siberian Tiger, Hemming and Camp Candle will play the House Key Philly music showcase at Underground Arts

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Experimental Philly indie rock outfit Ellen Siberian Tiger teams up with emotive rocker Hemming and electropop duo Camp Candle at the end of this month for the House Key Showcase, a night of Philly music at Underground Arts.

The 21+ gig is co-curated by local promoter House Cat Presents and The Key, sponsored by Yards Brewing Company, and takes place on Friday, November 30th. 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 →

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Camp Candle sways along the shoreline in the “Save Me” video

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Philly electronic duo Camp Candle (Mark “Nu Ra” Cave and Briana “Hetepsa” Mills) just dropped a music video for their new single, “Save Me.” In it, Mills wanders along a dreary beach, waves lapping along the shore. The setting is ethereal, shrined in a glassy quiet, Mills swaying in contented isolation.

It’s a good compliment to the song, which was released last month — Mills has a captivating voice that snakes its way into your bones. Her cadence seems fit for R&B, but somehow pairs well with the funky 80’s dance rhythms woven by Cave, creating a vibrant tapestry of sound that blankets the listener. Continue reading →

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Feel the waves pass you by with Camp Candle’s new single “Save Me”

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

Just last month the Philadelphia duo Camp Candle released their music video for “Feelin’ A Way,” and now they’re back with another release titled “Save Me” from their upcoming, yet to be titled album. As you listen, you feel as if you’re standing on a beach with the sun gently brushing up against your face. The flow of the melody resembles rising and falling tides. Not to mention, vocalist/guitarist Hetepsa’s soft vocals do a perfect job of enhancing that wave-like melody.

If you’re not familiar, Camp Candle has made a splash around the local scene over the past couple years, fusing genres such as hip-hop, pop, and electronic rock to create songs that make you feel some type of way. With that in mind, I’m curious to see what their upcoming EP will sound like. Hopefully we get a taste when Camp Candle plays at the TCC Art & Music Festival in Schwenksville; for Philly folks, they’ll be at The Pharmacy on June 22nd and Ortlieb’s on July 12th, and you can get details at the XPN Concert Calendar Continue reading →

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Watch Camp Candle make a music video on a budget in “Feelin A Way”

Camp Candle | photo via wearecampcandle.com

In their very meta new music video for “Feelin’ A Way,” Philly duo Camp Candle wants to make a clip as iconic as Michael Jackon’s “Rock With You.” But, as singer / guitarist Hetepsa tells her bandmate Nu Ra, “We don’t have Michael Jackson money. We’ve got a whole $8 in the bank.” What follows is a creative and funny video about being creative, and having fun. Continue reading →

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Listen to Camp Candle’s ominous new synthrock anthem “RUN”

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

Philly duo Camp Candle have had a solid couple days, between meeting Selena Gomez and dropping their latest single. The brooding synthrock anthem “RUN” arrives with no label, just founding duo Nu Ra and Hetepsa, and behind the song’s ominous synth patchwork and pulsating beats lies a glimmer of hope, an ever-present Camp Candle component. Take it for a spin below, and keep tabs on the band’s Facebook page for more. Continue reading →

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Check out Camp Candle’s dreamy new electropop EP Light

Camp Candle | photo via campcandle.bandcamp.com

We can’t get enough of Philly-based indie-electro-hip-hop duo Camp Candle over here at The Key. And neither should you, because these two cool cats make some extremely sick tunes.

Following the success of last year’s ERE, Camp Candle recently dropped their new EP titled, Light — blessing us with three new tracks to be swept away in. Previewing the release a few months back, first single “Fogged Glass” had us feeling the XX and Blood Orange vibes, while dreamily-whispered “Forever Light” slows it down a notch with bits of purposeful percussion, and “Before the Night” closes out Light with hazy 80’s synth fusions. Continue reading →