Tonight’s Concert Picks: Big K.R.I.T. at The TLA and Om at Johnny Brenda’s

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Hip-hop artist Big K.R.I.T. will hit the stage tonight at the TLA. Born in Mississippi, the rapper began releasing mixtapes in the mid-2000’s. Slowly gaining recognition, he continued to produce more music through G-Unit Records and has now opened for big acts like Wiz Khalifa and is making a name of his own. His latest album, King Remembered In Time, was released last year and was heralded for its masterful work. You can find more information on tonight’s show here. Check out his music video for “Mt. Olympus” below. Continue reading →


Download Digest: This week’s best free music incl. King Britt, Crash Course in Science, Big K.R.I.T.

Philadelphia's King Britt and his many LPs.


Here at The Key, we toss a fair heaping of free downloads your way, so it’s completely understandable if you miss a few. Here are our top five bits of digital music from the past week:

Iconic Philadelphia DJ King Britt curated the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage’s Noise from the 18th Floor broadcast series. Get a taste with his own composition, “Beyond the Sun,” here.

Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. announced a Sept. 21 appearance at The Blockley. Download a remix of his single “Don’t Miss This Jet” below.

Philly Folk scenesters Dani Mari and Rev. T.J. McGlinchey are curating a concert series at FDR Park. They sat down with The Key’s Lauren Thomas, told her about the event and played her a couple acoustic duets. Download McGlinchey’s “If You See Her” below.

Reunited Philadelphia post-punk / new wave band Crash Course in Science performed at the Vox Populi gallery on Friday night. In advance of the show, they recorded a Key Studio Session that we released on Wednesday; check out the snappy “It Costs to Be Austere” below.

Norwegian songwriter Sondre Lerche announced a tour that brings him to World Cafe Live in September, and the reissue of his first four albums in deluxe editions with unreleased material. Download “Boxing Day,” an outtake from his album Phantom Punch, below:


Big K.R.I.T playing The Blockley in September

Big K.R.I.T is playing The Blockley on Friday, September 21st. The Meridian, Mississippi rapper and producer recently released his debut album Live From The Underground following his release of the critically acclaimed mixtapes Return of 4eva and 4Eva N A Day. The Southern rapper has been making beats and rapping since the early Oughts and began releasing free mixtapes since the 2005. His recent album features performances from Ludacris, Anthony Hamilton and the legendary B.B. King on the song “Praying Man.” Go here for tickets and more information about the show.