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On first listen, here is what we want you to know about Amos Lee’s new album, Spirit

Cover art of Amos Lee’s Spirit

Philly and XPN fav Amos Lee‘s new album Spirit has officially hit the shelves. It’s in stores now and available for streaming via Apple Music. For some of you, that means you’ve probably already listened to the album in its entirety four times. Or, maybe you have Spotify like I do, and don’t have unlimited access to it just yet. Whichever camp you fall under, we thought you might enjoy a quick track-by-track review of what to expect on Lee’s sixth studio album. So here it goes. Continue reading →

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Watch Bonnie Raitt and Amos Lee perform “Angel From Montgomery”

Bonnie Raitt | Photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com
Bonnie Raitt | Photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com

This past May, legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Bonnie Raitt appeared at WXPN’s Non-Commvention. Performing material from her recent album, Dig In Deep, Raitt also performed a few classics from her back catalogue.

At the end of her set, Bonnie invited Philly singer-songwriter Amos Lee out to duet on John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery,” a song that Raitt originally recorded with Prine on her 1974 album, Streetlights. Not having any time to rehearse, Lee played the part perfectly, and it was a highlight of Raitt’s set. Continue reading →

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Eagle In The Streets: Connor Barwin’s 3rd Annual Make the World Better benefit returns to Union Transfer

Connor Barwin | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Connor Barwin | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

No sports jokes in this one, I promise. And even more surprisingly, on Friday night when the 3rd annual Make the World Better benefit show went down at Union Transfer, none there, either. Put on and hosted by “The Street Eagle,” — the Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Connor Barwin — the event brought together music nerds and jocks, uniting them in the name of the greater good.

Unlike last year’s spicy, sporty takes from everyone’s favorite sassy Brooklyners Parquet Courts, this year featured very little mention of the love of the game. In fact, unless you had known previously that Connor plays for the team, you might never have learned at the event. And that’s okay. While last year’s event was radical, it seems lessons learned went into action, making the third incarnation of the event the most music-centric one yet, even while featuring fewer bands. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Amos Lee’s Philly pride shines in a soulful homecoming

Amos Lee | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Amos Lee | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Amos Lee wasn’t shy about reminding tonight’s NonCOMM crowd about his Philly roots. He referred to a new song as a “jawn,” and mentioned what an honor it was to perform between a set between two of his “heroes” — making a sandwich pun while admitting he knew the vernacular here is “hoagie.” All jokes aside, Lee was able to take his Philly pride and convert it into a passionate set for his hometown crowd. Continue reading →

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XPN favorite Amos Lee to play Music Box at the Borgata in May, tickets on sale tomorrow

Amos Lee | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Amos Lee | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Amos Lee, the soul-singing folkhead who got his start being played on XPN in the mid-2000’s, has announced a show at The Music Box at the Borgata and tickets go on sale tomorrow.

Amos Lee’s most recent album Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song was released back in 2013, and he and his band are touring to support Live At Red Rocks which was recorded back in August of 2014 and released last year in June. They will be bringing their old-soul rock and roll to The Music Box on May 14th, which is sure to bring down the house. Continue reading →

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Calling All Songwriters: Win a chance to play at Firefly Music Festival

Amos Lee | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Philly fave Amos Lee was featured in the Philadelphia Songwriters Project in 2003 | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

On Monday, February 29th, the annual Philadelphia Songwriters Project Songwriting Contest will open its doors once again.

Every year the Philadelphia Songwriters Project accepts over 200 submissions from young Philly area songwriters for their competition. After the judges narrow the artists down to the top 10-15, a showcase will be held at Ardmore Music Hall on Sunday, May 15th to pick a final four. The final four will then be brought on the road for a summer tour with the final winner getting an opportunity to play at Firefly down in Delaware in June. Continue reading →

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Merry Christmas from Philly! Listen to holiday songs by Amos Lee, The Districts, Good Old War, Hemming and more

The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Over the years many of our favorite Philly local musicians have covered holiday classics or have written their own seasonal songs. We’ve compiled some of our favorites from the last few years that we’ve posted on The Key, including some highlights from WXPN’s Home For the Holidays, the annual broadcast hosted by WXPN’s Helen Leicht, featuring songs by Amos Lee, The Districts, Good Old War, Ginger Coyle, Hemming, and more. Continue reading →