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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Maureen Walsh’s top five Instagrammers to follow in 2018

Ernest Stuart’s Instagram | still from video

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2018 incredible. Today, Key contributor Maureen Walsh recaps the year’s best Instagram follows.

Tired of the arguments and pettiness of Facebook and Twitter, this year I (and many others) began focusing more of my time on Instagram. Seeing pictures of cats, sunny vacations, concerts, and fun hangouts beats witnessing one awkward argument after another between strangers.

There are five people that I have been following on Instagram that are funny, talented, and Gritty. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Hiss Golden Messenger, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Caracara, State Property and more

DJ Jazzy Jeff | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
DJ Jazzy Jeff | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

It’s another chill week, but we’re fortunate in Philly when a chill week still means we’ve got a diverse spread of concert options large and small. The DIY scene goes acoustic in the First Unitarian Church side chapel, a Philly legend cuts it up on the 1’s and 2’s, a cult favorite of reggae at Kung Fu Necktie, and a reunion by a force of nature in 90s rap: here are ten concerts to see all around Philadelphia in the next seven days.  Continue reading →

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Philly Jazz Guide: Top picks for live music around town in October

Trombone Shorty | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Though it doesn’t have the reputation of landmark rock festivals like Woodstock or Monterey Pop, the October Revolution in Jazz was at least as monumental for the free jazz scene. Organized by trumpeter/composer Bill Dixon in 1964, the four-day event was the first of its kind and included pioneering figures in the music like Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Steve Lacy and Andrew Hill. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gabriel Garzón-Montano at The Foundry, LP at World Cafe Live, RFA at PhilaMOCA

Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Gabriel Garzón-Montano | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano brings his dynamic debut LP Jardin to The Foundry tonight. The Brooklyn neo-R&B artist stopped by World Cafe to talk about the record with host Talia Schlanger recently, recounting his big break with Lenny Kravitz, the plethora of fruit and plant references in his lyrics, and his family’s musical history. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Watch “Crawl” below.

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