Last weekend we took up residence on the second floor of MilkBoy in center city for our second-ever KEY FEST – a celebration of the Philadelphia music community, curated by us here The Key, spread out over three nights. It was once again filled with great music and positive vibes, and major thanks are due to all the performers, as well as the folks at MilkBoy and Bonfire Entertainment for graciously allowing us to bring artists into their space.
Two nights down, one to go – #KeyFest wraps up tonight at MilkBoy, with a focus on the roots-inspired rock and folk scenes, a longtime thriving community here in Philadelphia. Here’s what’s on tap. Continue reading →
We’re still reeling from a mindblowing opening night of #KeyFest over here at XPN HQ – pictures later today! – but there’s plenty more where that came from. Tonight at MilkBoy, we celebrate the vibrant sounds that come from DIY basements and indie rock bars around the city. Read on for an overview.Continue reading →
Are you ready to party? We’re ready to party. The opening night of our second-ever KEY FEST is upon us and we’re elated to once again program a weekend of gigs celebrating the spectrum of incredible music and artistry that thrives in Philadelphia and its surrounding region.
As we did last year, we’re bringing you daily lineup rundowns to get you primed for the show, and I can’t imagine a more energetic roster of artists to kick this party into high gear. Dig in below. Continue reading →
Cherry’s belated EP release show happened Sunday night at Kung Fu Necktie, and it was fantastic. The five-piece band – Eric Osman on drums, Spenser Hogans on bass, Justin Fox on guitar, Jesse Kennedy on keys – rocked the EP in its entirety and then some, their Yo La Tengo guitar tones intermixing beautifully with synthesizer accents and hammering rhythms. The treat of the night was a new song – newer than even “Cherry,” which was debuted in their key session – that had a driving, soaring quality reminiscent of New Order’s “Age of Consent.” I was floored. Continue reading →
Local indie rockers Howlish have shared a new single, “Runaway / Inkwell.” According to the band, they’ve been playing these songs for a while but just got the chance to record them for real.
Both “Runaway” and “Inkwell” were recorded with Kyle Pulley at The Headroom and mastered by Ryan Schwabe. Both songs are grounded in both lyrical intensity and melodic guitar riffs. Thematically, both songs chronicle the passage of time in a relationship. It’s a one-two punch from a band that can both break hearts and rock faces. Continue reading →
Well that was so much fun, we’re going to do it again.
Following a successful inaugural year, we’re excited to announce the return of Key Fest, a festival of regional artists curated by The Key, taking place at MilkBoy on April 22nd to April 24th. The three nights of local music will once again showcase a variety of genres that thrive in Philadelphia, from hip hop and pop punk to singer-songwriter and folk rock. Continue reading →
Back in January we were graced with Dylan Jane’s delicate and sincere sound for a studio session for The Key. We’re happy to hear from her again as part of Friday night’s folksy /rootsy lineup for the second night of Key Fest.
Her new music video for “Land and Sea” shows how she is a multidimensional musician: Jane started out as a guitarist, and even though her music is gentle, its moving arrangements demand attention. Continue reading →
I kind of see our first-ever Key Fest as a tour of the Philly scene, from the basements to the coffeehouses and ending up in thenightclubs. Since the concluding night of the series happens to be on a Saturday, we had to make it a party by getting together some of our favorite voices in Philly hip-hop and R&B and bringing them to the MilkBoy stage. Here’s a look at what’s in store. Continue reading →