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Listen to David Bowie’s 1982 demo for “Let’s Dance,” featuring Nile Rodgers

via davidbowie.com

To mark what would have David Bowie‘s 71st birthday, a stripped-down and funky demo of his hit “Let’s Dance” was unearthed and released today. With the new / old track came a bit of lore about the recording sessions — which took place in December of 1982 at Bowie’s Switzerland home with Chic’s Nile Rodgers and a pickup crew of local musicians coordinated by Claude Nobs of the Montreaux Jazz Festival. Continue reading →

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Let’s Dance! Nile Rodgers and Chic, Duran Duran will play BB&T

Nile Rodgers and Chic | photo via facebook.com/NileRodgersOfficial

Guitarist, songwriter, and producer Nile Rodgers and the band he co-founded, Chic, are playing the Susquehanna Bank Center BB&T Pavilion with Duran Duran on Thursday July 21st. It’s billed as The Paper Gods Tour, based on the name of the album Duran Duran recently released, and the bands are doing 28 dates together. Rodgers collaborated with Duran Duran on a song that also featured Janelle Monae from the album, “Pressure Off.” Continue reading →

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Items Tagged Philadelphia: More to love and where to find it

Tsuagaido | via tsuagaido.bandcamp.com

Here at The Key, we spend a lot of time digging through every new release from Philadelphia that shows up on Bandcamp. Periodically, we’ll check in to present you with the most interesting, most unusual and overall best of the bunch: this is Items Tagged Philadelphia.

No, I didn’t go to the parade on Thursday. No, I didn’t watch the game the Sunday before. No, I don’t particularly love football culture. Yes, I tried my best not to be a total buzzkill for like everybody around me, even people who I’m reasonably positive weren’t particularly keen on sports until late January or so. No, I don’t think I really succeeded at that, and my apologies to everyone who had to deal with my brooding ass this past week. Yes, I survived it all, and am glad it’s over.

Thankfully, there was a lot of great music to get me through. A solid new jam from Hop Along, and one from The Wonder Years seemingly referencing Hop Along; a new Queen of Jeans record on the way and an unreleased live Hardwork Movement joint (performed for those who stuck around for the off-air encore at Friday’s Free at Noon).

And of course, there’s always the stuff I’ve never heard before. Continue reading →

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Look at these incredible photos of David Bowie in the 80s

David Bowie, jet-setting over Australia | photo by Denis O’Regan | via theguardian.com

In 1983, David Bowie released Let’s Dance, and it was one of the most important records of his career.

Though not as overtly experimental as his work during the famed Berlin years, nor as coolly stylized as his early 70s glam-era output, the album’s three hit singles — “Modern Love,” a cover of “China Girl” by Iggy Pop, and the title track — paired with production by Chic’s Nile Rodgers connected with listeners in a huge way, propelling Bowie to new levels of pop / rock stardom; the subsequent Serious Moonlight world tour was massive.

Comprised of nearly 100 shows in 15 countries, the year-long run saw Bowie’s audience expand exponentially, and Denis O’Regan was there to shadow him and capture the proceedings on film. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Earth, Wind & Fire and Chic to bring “2054: The Tour” to Wells Fargo Center in August

 

Earth Wind and Fire | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Earth Wind and Fire | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Nile Rodgers hinted at a rebirth of Chic with talks of their first new record in 25 years coming out in 2017, but now we’ve got something else to look forward to. Rogers and crew will be heading out on a summer tour (dubbed “2054: The Tour”) with the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire, landing at Wells Fargo Center on August 1st.

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Duran Duran balances the new and the classic at BB&T Pavillion

Duran Duran | Photo by Doug Interrante for WXPN
Duran Duran | Photo by Doug Interrante for WXPN

Generation X was out in full force on Thursday night for Duran Duran‘s gig at BB&T Pavilion. Though the band is now 35 years into its recording career, most fans came to hear the old hits — and the band did a masterful job of mixing things up a bit with both old and new rooted in their signature synthpop sound. The female-voiced roar that went up as they hit the stage was deafening, and the dance party that would ensue was even more epic as thousands re-lived memories from the 80’s and 90’s. The 18-song set only included five tracks from Paper Gods, their latest release and first in five years, filling the rest of the list with a majority of their hits from over the years. Continue reading →