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Killiam Shakespeare, Camp Candle, Kingsley Ibeneche will play Tiny Room For Elephants Festival

(clockwise from left) Killiam Shakespeare, Kingsley Ibeneche, Camp Candle

Local art collective and creative network Tiny Room For Elephants has found a home in the newly-renovated Cherry Street Pier, which includes both artist studios and public event space. The group, which aims “to create, document and share culture,” uses the pier for events throughout the year, but they’ll host their biggest project next month — a living art gallery that culminates in a three-day music and arts festival. Continue reading →

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Strand of Oaks, Killiam Shakespeare, Great Time and more will play the #AmplifyPhilly showcase at SXSW

Strand of Oaks | photo by John Vettese for WXPN // Killiam Shakespeare | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN // Great Time | photo by Senia Lopez for WXPN

The annual SXSW festival is right around the corner, and once again the #AmplifyPhilly showcase is setting up shop on 6th Street in downtown Austin to show off some of the best names in Philadelphia music.

Headlining #AmplifyPhilly, which takes place on Monday, March 11th of this year, is Strand of Oaks, who is just ahead of releasing the new Eraserland LP on Dead Oceans Records. Continue reading →

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Killiam Shakespeare and friends brought A Town Called Elsewhere to Johnny Brenda’s

Killiam Shakespeare with Bilal | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN

Philadelphia groove-riders Corey Bernhard and Steve McKie keep plenty busy as session musicians and producers in Philly and beyond, so when they manage to converge for a new Killiam Shakespeare project, it’s cause for celebration indeed.

Saturday night, the band — McKie on drums, Bernhard on keys, augmented by guitarist Anthony DiCarlo — took the stage at Johnny Brenda’s to celebrate A Town Called Elsewhere, the band’s second full-length project. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Jessie Reyez, Max Swan, Pusha T, Killiam Shakespeare and more

Killiam Shakespeare | photo via killiamseason.bandcamp.com

Think a holiday week means there’s no live music to keep you entertained? Think again. Starting tonight with rising R&B star Jessie Reyez, carrying through an album release from Killiam Shakespeare this weekend, and a Green Room showcase with DaniLeigh on Monday, here are twelve concerts you can see in the next seven days all around Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Listen to Killiam Shakespeare groove with DJ Jazzy Jeff on “Crispus Attucks” from new LP A Town Called Elsewhere

Killiam Shakespeare | photo via killiamseason.bandcamp.com

Philadelphia groove riders Killiam Shakespeare will return this fall with a new full-length project called A Town Called Elsewhere. The long-running psych / groove / prog / rock outlet of versatile Philly producers and studio musicians Steve McKie (drums) and Corey Bernhard (keyboards) is out on November 2nd, it features a sick Dewey Saunders-designed album cover that you can scope down below, and it features collabs with the duo’s good friend Bilal (they’re his longtime musical directors) as well as Amber Navran, Chris Turner, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Continue reading →

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Waterfront Sessions continue through August with Restorations, Killiam Shakespeare, Hardwork Movement and more

Hardwork Movement | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

This August brings us not four but *five* Thursdays, which can only mean one thing — more Waterfront Sessions. The free outdoor concert series at Spruce Street Harbor Park kicked off in June with a different local band and DJ set each week, and continues with four more performances throughout July. Now, August lineup is here, giving us more tunes to look forward to as the summer marches on. Continue reading →

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Harmony Woods, Joshua Howard, Killiam Shakespeare and Ivy Sole will play Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Sessions in June

Harmony Woods | still from video
Harmony Woods | still from video

Summer calls for live music outdoors, and lucky for us, Spruce Street Harbor Park delivers. The popular park along the Delaware River draws crowds all season long, but perhaps one of its best kept secrets is the Waterfront Sessions series, which showcases performances by local musicians every Thursday night throughout the summer. Better yet, all shows are free. Continue reading →

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Killiam Shakespeare gets together with Reesa Renee and The Bul Bey to “Party & Chill”

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Killiam Shakespeare Party & Chill cover art | courtesy of the artist

Killiam Shakespeare stirs up some funky grooves with their latest, ”Party & Chill.” The single is a breezy blend of R&B, funk, soul and pop which features Reesa Renee, an independent artist from the DC Metropolitan Area, and The Bul Bey, a West Philly rapper who we’re quite fond of here at The Key. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Killiam Shakespeare

Over the past few years, Philadelphia’s Killiam Shakespeare has become known for its nimble incorporation of sick beats and space age instrumental sprawl with skilled under-the-radar rappers and singers from all around the Philly scene. In that context, this five-piece sounds like a production unit cranking out some seriously left-of-center beats and backings for the next generation of local hip-hop and R&B (not to mention legends — they had a Freeway collab on last year’s Killiam Season1). But take away the voices, and just listen to the music — like we hear in this week’s Key Studio Session — and it becomes something else altogether.   Continue reading →

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Lady Alma, Jacqueline Constance, Killiam Shakespeare and more to rock a Hurricane Relief Fundraiser at Johnny Brenda’s

Lady Alma performing at Back To Basics | Photo by John Vettese

The power of music to bring people together for hope and healing in the face of utter devastation is tried and true, and following the series of hurricanes that have ravaged the south and left entire populations without power, food, shelter, or near enough resources to sustain and recover, focused help is needed just as much as hope and healing.

On October 21st, Flygirrl and Walking Bear will present The Healing at Johnny Brenda’s. This fundraising event will feature live music and spoken word performances from an incredible spectrum of local performers — from Philly neo-soul icon Lady Alma to contemporary sound-sculptor Jacqueline Constance, dynamic hop-hop duo Killiam Shakespeare and more — and 100% of the proceeds will benefit The Family Resource Center in St. Thomas, USVI through their “Adopt A Family” program. Continue reading →