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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 →

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The Wood Brothers (and special guest Amos Lee) leave Union Transfer wanting more

The Wood Brothers | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com
The Wood Brothers | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com

It’s been a couple years since we were last visited by The Wood Brothers, but they returned Saturday night for an impressive performance at Union Transfer. The band was on tour in support of its latest record, Paradise, and brought with them Louisiana’s Gill Landry, who was ending his run of dates supporting the tour. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Rentiers at Ortlieb’s, Amos Lee at the Mann, Dirty Dollhouse at Bourbon and Branch

The Rentiers
Joel Tannenbaum | photo by Isaac Turner

The Rentiers, a project lead by Plow United’s Joel Tannenbaum, will take over Ortlieb’s for the night. The light-hearted folk inspired act can be described as more of a rotating cast of friends, the only consistent members being Tannenbaum himself and percussionist Mikey Erg of The Ergs!. The group will be joined by Brian McGee, who will be accompanied by a full band and North Carolina folk act JKutchma. Watch them perform “Stories of Adam” at Long in The Tooth, and tickets can be purchased here. Continue reading →

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Amos Lee talks Red Rocks, Philly restaurants, and his career so far with WXPN’s Dan Reed

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

With his first-ever live album about to come out, Philadelphia singer-songwriter Amos Lee dropped by Dan Reed’s show on WXPN this week for a wide-ranging interview. He talked about what it was like translating a performance to a record for Live At Red Rocks, due out Tuesday, and shares his feelings on playing the iconic Colorado venue. (“It’s kind of a must-go.”) Continue reading →

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Listen to Amos Lee collaborate with RJD2 and STS on “Don’t Get Played”

 

RJD2 and STS | via Facebook.com/RJD2
RJD2 and STS | via Facebook.com/RJD2

The new album by Philly electronic artist RJD2 and local rapper Sugar Tongue Slim was already a dream collaboration, but add in one of our favorite local soul singer-songwriters, Amos Lee? Wow.

On “Dont Get Played” Lee’s smooth vocals and elegant hook gives way to the equally-smooth rap from STS, whose rhymes center around love and loyalty, breaking up and making up and everything in between. It’s a standout soul/rap/jazzy/electronic hybrid where all three artists prove they’re not messing around. Continue reading →

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Get a taste of Amos Lee’s Live at Red Rocks, watch him sing with Steve Martin and Emmylou Harris on Letterman

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

Philly favorite Amos Lee is a singer-songwriter powerhouse and hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. As he moves forward with his co-headlining tour with fellow singer-songwriter David Gray, Lee announced that he will also be putting out his first live album: a one-night performance at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony. Continue reading →

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Is that Amos Lee up there on the XPN Vinyl At Heart billboard?

Amos
Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Perhaps you’ve seen some of WXPN’s new Vinyl At Heart campaign signs around the city on billboards and on the sides of buses and trains throughout the city. There are three distinct images being used that include photos of musicians, and we’ve heard from XPN listeners asking “Who’s on that billboard?” and “Who’s on the side of that train?” Continue reading →