XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Me and My Dog” by boygenius

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Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus | photo by Lera Pentelute | courtesy of the artists

The three musicians behind the new project boygenius — Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus — are well known individually for their solo work, but have evidently been thinking about joining forces for some time now. After some vague teasing of a collaboration, we finally know what the songwriters have been up to. They’ll release a self-titled EP as boygenius in November and have shared three tracks from it. Continue reading →


The Key Studio Sessions: Dominic Angelella

There was a time that, whenever I’d write about Philly singer-guitarist-multi-instrumentalist Dominic Angelella, I’d begin by launching into a litany of local and national acts he’s been involved with over the past ten or twelve years. I’m not going to do that here — at this point, there are too many of them. And beyond being an exceptionally busy person in the supporting cast of other local and national bands, Angelella is a tremendous songwriter in his own right, and this spring he blessed us with a whole new batch of tunes. Continue reading →


Firefly announces 2018 daily lineup; adds more artists incl. Kamasi Washington, Tierra Whack

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Firefly Music Festival has announced its daily lineup for this year’s festival, annually hosted at The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware. The inaugural festival took place in 2012 as a 3-day festival and has continuously grown with each passing year, creating one of the biggest summer festivals on the East Coast. From the campgrounds to the festival’s main stage, Firefly is a highlight of the summer for many music fans. Continue reading →


A Few Familiar Faces: Catching up with local artists at SXSW

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Back in March, I hopped into a van with Vita and the Woolf and headed down to SXSW for the very first time. I had no idea what to expect. It was loud, crowded chaotic and confusing. The beauty of it all lied it everyone coming together to support music and support each other. Amit the clutter and chaos I met up with eight Philadelphia artists who also made the journey to Austin. We talked in all types of spots, from chilling poolside with Caracara to sneaking around a fancy hotel with Vita and The Woolf to tracking down Speedy Ortiz after their showcase’s venue had to get moved in the middle of the show. Music was literally everywhere and I couldn’t wait to dive in.

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Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, SZA, Alt-J and more will play Firefly 2018

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The seventh annual Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware will feature acclaimed stars of rap and rock, with Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys and The Killers in the headlining slots.

The Detroit rapper, otherwise known as Marshall Mathers, released his ninth studio album Revival in 2017, and is making his Firefly debut. Compton’s Lamar is on his second Firefly slot on the strength of last year’s universally praised DAMN. LP – he first appeared in 2013, following good kid, m.A.A.d city. Arctic Monkeys and Killers are returning on players too, having played in 2014 and 2015, respectively. For the former, it’s their first concert in three years (per Pitchfork) and they have an album on the way in 2018 as well.
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Play It Right: Sylvan Esso at Union Transfer

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It’s hard to imagine many bands that are more just plain fun than Sylvan Esso. And last weekend during two very sold-out shows at Union Transfer, they both had fun performing and shared their magical sense of passion and humor with an adoring crowd of fans. I had been waiting to see the band again for almost two years, since first encountering them in Wisconsin at Justin Vernon’s inaugural Eaux Claires festival — and getting to see their explosive presence touring behind the just-released What Now did not, of course, disappoint. Continue reading →


The Key’s Year-End Mania: Kristen Kurtis’ best songs of 2016

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Jim James | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN |

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2016 incredible. Today, WXPN Morning Show Host Kristen Kurtis shares her favorite songs of 2016.

The breadth of excellent new music that came out in 2016 is staggering — so much so that, when you look at individual listeners’ lists, there’s generally not a ton of overlap. In this playlist, XPN Morning Show host Kristen Kurtis shares some of her favorites — and while, yes, it includes David Bowie and Radiohead, she also picked outstanding songs from Lucy DacusGwen StefaniBeckLady GagaSteve GunnLittle Green CarsMarian Hill and more. Listen to it below, via Spotify. Continue reading →


New Music Show Preview: Frightened Rabbit, LNZNDRF & more

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Ready to sink your ears into some new tunes? We’ll boast a bunch of must hear new songs from some familiar favs and some brand new voices … here’s a sample of what you’ll hear starting at 8pm on our New Music Show:


Scottish indie rock darlings FRIGHTENED RABBIT introduce a brand new album with “Death Dream” this week. Continue reading →