Firefly Bonus Reel: Photos from Smallpools, Foxtrot and the Get Down, Portugal. The Man and more

Smallpools | photo by Dylan Eddinger |

A week ago today, we were heading into the Dover Woodlands for our third day covering the annual Firefly Music Festival. We saw dozens of artists, shot hundreds of photos, and are continuing to sort out our thoughts on the experience — more of which we’ll share with you later this week. For now, take a look at some bonus photos from the weekend, shot by The Key’s Dylan Eddinger. Continue reading →


Portugal. The Man’s new album features…Son Little?

Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

The hype was very real when Portugal. The Man made their return after four long years without an album. Lead single “Feel It Still” has been crushing the alternative charts, and we learned why during a Free At Noon a few months back. But another single off the band’s brand new Woodstock has a familiar voice on it. Just a few seconds into track one, aptly titled “Number One,” you’ll hear Philly’s soulful Son Little. Continue reading →


Free at Noon Flashback: Portugal. The Man proves they are the man with a smattering of alt pop gold

Portugal. The Man | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Portugal. The Man | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

With the outside world taken over by some premature April showers, University City was in need of some form of escapism. Well, we got it in the form of alternative geniuses Portugal. The Man. Taking a break in between two massive sold-out shows at Union Transfer, the Alaska-based pop twisters packed fan favorites into 35 minutes of pure euphoria.

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Just Announced: Cage the Elephant and Portugal. The Man will play The Mann’s Skyline Stage

Cage the Elephant | Photo by Joe Del Tufo |

In what is bound to be an energized double-bill of epic proportions, modern rockers Cage the Elephant and Portugal. The Man just announced a Philadelphia gig on Thursday, May 12th at the Skyline Stage of The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

Cage the Elephant released its Dan Auerbach-produced fourth LP Tell Me I’m Pretty back in December, via RCA Records. Portugal. The Man’s most recent outing is 2013’s Evil Friends, though they have reportedly been in the studio working on its follow-up with collaborators ranging from Mike D to Mac Miller. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The National at the Mann Center, Frank Turner at Underground Arts, Portugal. The Man at TLA, The Lone Bellow at ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem

the nationalThe National come to town tonight, supporting their excellent new album Trouble Will Find Me, at the Mann. Keeping consistent with the band’s signature sound, the band’s first album since 2010’s equally outstanding High Violet deals with everyday problems in a way that only Matt Berringer’s heartbreaking baritone could. Dirty Projectors will open the show. Tickets and information can be found here. Watch their new video for the Trouble Will Find Me track, “Sea of Love”, below.

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Portugal. The Man Stream Their New Album on Tumblr (playing TLA 6/7)

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Portugal. The Man has been streaming their new album, Evil Friends, as of last night on Tumblr. The Progressive Psychedelic rockers’s new album drops on June 4, but you can stream the entire thing here while also perusing some photography and awesomely weird artwork from their exhibit “ALL THE FEELS,” in Los Angeles (featuring work by The Fantastic The, INSA, and Danger Mouse). Portugal. The Man is currently on tour and is coming to Philly to play the Theater of the Living Arts on June 7 with SKATERS. Tickets can be found here. Below, watch their music video for “Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue.”


Just Announced: Portugal. The Man to play TLA October 23rd

Alaskan psychedelic rock band will be hitting the TLA on October 23rd with Alberta Cross as part of a world tour in support of the new LP In The Mountain, In the Cloud, according to Paste. In The Mountain, In The Cloud came out today on Atlantic Records. Tickets for the show go on sale July 22nd.

You can listen to a streaming version of the album here (via Paste).


The Key’s Year-End Mania: K. Ross Hoffman’s megamix dance party for NYE 2017

Lil Uzi Vert | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2017 incredible. In this installment, Key contributor K. Ross Hoffman presents a megamix of 2017 highlights for all your New Year’s dance party needs.

Welcome to my year end mania. My most cherished, and certainly most insane annual personal ritual, every December since 2006 (the year of Girl Talk, not so coincidentally) is to construct a monster mash-up DJ mega-mix of music from the year that was. The idea is for it to serve as a dance party for New Year’s Eve. This year, I’m sharing my mix – finally completed, with just hours to spare – with you.

I think this is my longest New Year’s mix ever. It also ended up being the dirtiest mix I’ve ever made – I’m not sure what that says about this year. As Fever Ray observed perceptively in a track that I didn’t end up including, this country made it hard to fuck in 2017 – still, it was a year in which even Taylor Swift was #readyforit. Continue reading →


The Key’s Year-End Mania: Helen Leicht’s Free At Noon highlights of 2017

Jidenna at WXPN’s Free At Noon Concert on 7/7/17 | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2017 incredible. Today, WXPN midday host Helen Leicht recaps her favorite #FreeAtNoon moments from 2017.

Every week I look forward to hosting the Free at Noon concerts. The most exciting shows are the artists that are surprises for our listeners. Plus I look forward to watching the artists’ response to YOU in the audience.

Here’s how the day begins – load in of instruments, sound check, then the bands sit in the backstage green room waiting for Noon. Some of the bands have driven all night to get here by 9:30 a.m. Some look wide awake and ready and others need a nap. I like to make sure they all know most of the people in the audience
are members and music lovers. That seems to get many of them ready for noon.

If the band has not done a Free at Noon they are cautiously optimistic. I understand. They just drove here for a midday concert. To a band, night time is the right time. Midday is for sleep. I’d say most bands ask me if there will be an audience. I assure them that our members put Free at Noon on their weekly to-do calendar, and we have been presenting them since 2005. That’s why I do the Free at Noon warm up before the band takes the stage — so they hear your cheering before noon. Then they know there is actually a large group of people waiting to hear their music. Continue reading →