1966 – Herb Alpert performs for Princess Grace Kelly at her Monaco palace.
Lenny Kravitz is releasing his new album, Strut, on September 23rd. Three years since his last release, Black And White America, the songs on Strut harken back the sound and songwriting of his earlier releases like 1993’s Are You Gonna Go My Way. Below, listen to “The Chamber.”
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
1960 – Elvis Presley, who was recently discharged from the Army, appears on Frank Sinatra’s variety TV special, Welcome Home Elvis. The two artists perform “Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender” together.
1961 – The Supremes release their first single, “I Want A Guy.”
A few weeks back, Philadelphia turntablist icon DJ Jazzy Jeff threw down an incredible set in the middle of the crowd at The Foundry of the Fillmore Philly, the Philadelphia debut of the Boiler Room party series. If you weren’t there in person, you can now watch the entire eclectic two-hour set. Continue reading →