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Just Announced: Massive Attack’s Mezzanine anniversary tour will come to The Met this spring

Massive Attack | courtesy of the artist

Remember when, a few weeks ago, Massive Attack encoded their 1998 album Mezzanine as DNA and then bottled it into a spray paint to celebrate its upcoming 21st anniversary? That’s an, uh, inventive way to reissue an album to say the least, but if you prefer a more traditional form of album anniversary celebration, good news is coming your way in the form of a tour: Massive Attack will tour Europe and North America throughout the winter and spring, with a show at The Met on March 19. Special guests lined up for the tour include Liz Fraser of Cocteau Twins, who sang on the album. Continue reading →

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Massive Attack announces Mezzanine XXI tour

Massive Attack | via Facebook

Massive Attack’s influential 1998 album Mezzanine is turning 21. To celebrate, the band has announced the Mezzanine XXI anniversary tour of Europe, the UK, and North America in 2019. Accompanying them will be Liz Fraser of the Cocteau Twins, who sang on several songs on the album, most famously on “Teardrop.” In a statement the band called the tour, “our own personalized nostalgia nightmare head trip.” Massive Attack reissued Mezzanine encoding the album into DNA, and released a limited edition in the form of spray paint Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. play “Rockin’ the Free World” with Pearl Jam, hear new music from Massive Attack

J Mascis | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
J Mascis | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Yesterday we featured Pearl Jam covering Aerosmith at their weekend show in Boston. Today: video of J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. jammin’ with Eddie Vedder and the boys Sunday night at Fenway Park on Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”  Watch it below. Continue reading →

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Watch the new Reef the Lost Cauze video, “Massive Your High”

We are so psyched for Reef the Lost Cauze to release his new album, Reef The Lost Cauze Is Dead, being released as a free download on December 25th. Below, watch the video to a new song, “Massive Your High,” that nicely samples the trippy “Splitting The Atom” by Massive Attack. And yes, we do need to remind you that Reef busted out a serious Key Studio Video Session with us in September which is not to be missed. Watch it here.

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19 Philly concerts we’re looking forward to in 2019

Kacey Musgraves | photo by Senia Lopez for WXPN // Anderson .Paak | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN // Steve Gunn | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

After the excitement of ushering in the New Year, sometimes the winter months can become a bit bleak. The holiday season is over, but the freezing cold temperatures remain, and it can be tempting to stay indoors as much is possible. But we all know that the best way to keep the doldrums away is by catching some live music, and lucky for us there are a lot of great shows coming our way this winter. Here’s what The Key recommends. – Sarah Hojsak Continue reading →

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15 reasons we’re thankful to be based in Philly in 2018

clockwise from left: Hop Along | photo by John Vettese // Serious Rap Shit | photo by Kate Devlin | courtesy of the podcast // Uncle Bobbie’s | photo by John Vettese // Keyon Harrold at South | photo by John Vettese

It’s our eighth year covering the wild and wonderful world of the Philadelphia music community here at The Key, and we can’t think of any place in the world we’d rather be doing this. Some of the best artists in the world call this city home. Some of the most forward-thinking promoters give them places to play on the regular. And beyond music, the city gives us plenty of things to look forward to seeing and experiencing every day. This Thanksgiving, we give you a rundown of reasons why we’re thankful to be in Philly in 2018. Continue reading →

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Keep Ya Head Up: Stream the November (Rain) 2018 edition of What’s The Frequency?! on WXPN

WTFXPN | still from video

On the second Friday of every month, WXPN’s John Vettese hosts WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY?!?!!, a four-hour, request driven showcase of 90s and 90s-adjacent music. If you can’t tune in live, we’ve got archives of each episode for you here on The Key.

Sometimes I go into WTFXPN knowing exactly what I want to play. And sometimes the request channels totally take the reins.

On a soggy, cold Friday night in the month of November, the year of 2018, the latter occurred, with some listeners asking for deep cuts from OutKast, Beat Happening, Rainer Maria and Faith No More; other listers making requests in response to previous requests (Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” in response to The Mountain Goats’ “No Children” and its “I hope you die” chorus, a parallel that’s more than coincidental), and me racing to keep up with it all.

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You And Your Autumn Sweater: Listen to the October 2018 edition of What’s The Frequency?! on WXPN

#WTFXPN, August 2018

On the second Friday of every month, WXPN’s John Vettese hosts WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY?!?!!, a four-hour, request driven showcase of 90s and 90s-adjacent music. If you can’t tune in live, we’ve got archives of each episode for you here on The Key.

October is my favorite month of the year and the second Friday is my favorite day of the month, so the October edition of What’s The Frequency is always something special.

This time around, I delved into the autumnal vibes and moods with goth-leaning nuggets and otherwise ominous selections from The Cure, Angelfish, Dr. Octagon and DJ Shadow. Indie rock had a strong showing, and thanks to the recent Death Cab for Cutie double header at The Tower Theater, we mixed in some Letters to Cleo, Number One Cup, and that dog. And the requests were out of control this month, with listeners recommending fantastic cuts by Dub Narcotic Soundsystem, Ghost Town DJs, Sleater-Kinney, Slint and more.

Listen to an archive of the entire show below, subscribe to the official #WTFXPN Spotify Playlist here, and tune in for the next edition on November 9th, 2018.

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