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Honeychile revives a 30s jazz standard on new single “Moonlight”

Honeychile | courtesy of the artist

Philly multi-instrument Becca Graham has shared a new track from her Honeychile project, a cover of the 1930s jazz standard “What a Little Moonlight Can Do.” The classic song was written by Harry M. Woods for the 1934 film Road House and later popularized by Billie Holiday. Honeychile’s version of the timeless song is jazzy in an atmospheric way, shortening the title to just “Moonlight” and trading in the twinkly, upbeat instrumentals of the original for haunting vocals and a moody trumpet outro. Continue reading →

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15 reasons we’re thankful to be based in Philly in 2018

clockwise from left: Hop Along | photo by John Vettese // Serious Rap Shit | photo by Kate Devlin | courtesy of the podcast // Uncle Bobbie’s | photo by John Vettese // Keyon Harrold at South | photo by John Vettese

It’s our eighth year covering the wild and wonderful world of the Philadelphia music community here at The Key, and we can’t think of any place in the world we’d rather be doing this. Some of the best artists in the world call this city home. Some of the most forward-thinking promoters give them places to play on the regular. And beyond music, the city gives us plenty of things to look forward to seeing and experiencing every day. This Thanksgiving, we give you a rundown of reasons why we’re thankful to be in Philly in 2018. Continue reading →

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Hardwork Movement MC RB Ricks remixes Post Malone’s “Too Young”

Hardwork Movement’s RB Ricks | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Hardwork Movement stays true to their name, both as a group and in its members’ side projects. Since the collective’s full-band debut EP dropped in September 2017, HWM delivered a dazzling Free at Noon set, took Austin by storm for SXSW, and released a host of solo material – from trumpeter Becca Graham’s Honeychile project to MC Sterling Duns collaboration with Philly instrumentalist Aqeel Aadam.

Just this week, MC RB Ricks released his latest remix, this time spitting over Post Malone’s 2015 track “Too Young.” Ricks has a great ear for selecting backing tracks, previously rapping over Drake’s “4pm in Calabasas” and “Charged Up”, the latter track alongside HWM counterpart Sterling Duns, as well as Jaden Smith’s 2017 banger “Icon.” Continue reading →