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Philadelphia Takes over Florida’s The FEST…again

themenzingersIt seems that everyone is catching onto the fact that Philadelphia’s music scene is not something to overlook. Even though it takes place in Gainesville, Florida, The FEST seems to be overrun with artists from our city. Last year, we talked to a bunch of local artists about why that is, then took a trip down to Gainesville to experience it for ourselves. This year’s lineup was recently announced, and Philly once again represented heavily in the lineup of over 330, we rounded up a list of must-see locals making the trip to FEST. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Philadelphia, Church Girls and more…

World Cafe
Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

This week on World Cafe, host David Dye focused on our own town with Sense of Place: Philadelphia. We heard interviews with The Roots and The Districts, listened to a lot of local music and maybe were even introduced to some new bands. Check out a collection of downloads from the series here (including live tracks from Cayetana) and listen back to the special program here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Johnny Showcase at Boot & Saddle, Cayetana at Millworks, Christopher Davis-Shannon at Sundrop Music Fest and more…

Johnny Showcase
Johnny Showcase | photo courtesy of the artist

Johnny Showcase and his “absurdist soul” band The Mystic Ticket take over Boot & Saddle tonight. The band is prepping for the release of their new record The Octopus, which will put the steamy, colorful vibes of their live show on vinyl. Check out the title track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Watch Cayetana perform “Madame B” for World Cafe

Augusta Koch (left) and Allegra Anka (right) of Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Augusta Koch (left) and Allegra Anka (right) of Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Cayetana visited the World Cafe this week for Sense of Place Philly, host David Dye’s inside look at the past and mostly present Philly music scene.

During the week on the show, some of Dye’s guests will be The War On Drugs, The Districts, Dr. Dog, Hop Along, STS, Waxahatachee, a special one hour show on The Sound of Philly, and more. You can listen to sessions from the show here. Continue reading →

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Download a three song World Cafe: Next “Live” performance and interview with Cayetana

Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

This week is World Cafe Sense of Place Philly week, where Cafe host David Dye is showcasing the past and current sounds of the Philly music scene. For this week’s World Cafe: Next, the Cafe is featuring one of the most talked about new band in the Philly indie and punk scene: Cayetana. Continue reading →

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Watch Cayetana’s live acoustic performance for Boston’s WZBC

Cayetana | Photo by Jessica Flynn | jflynnphotography.com
Cayetana | Photo by Jessica Flynn | jflynnphotography.com

We’re huge Cayetana fans over at The Key. The punk trio’s latest album, Nervous Like Me, was voted best album of 2014 by our critics, and we were pumped when they recently rocked opening night of the inaugural Key Fest.

Fans might be used to the somewhat louder / rawer sound from Cayetana, but frontwoman Augusta Koch’s recent live acoustic session for Boston’s WZBC shows she can conquer a stripped-down sound, too. Continue reading →

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Key Fest At-A-Glance, Part One: A high-energy indie / punk opening with Cayetana, Commonwealth Choir, Hurry and Slingshot Dakota

Slingshot Dakota | photo by Megan Kelly
Slingshot Dakota | photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

The first-ever Key Fest is nearly upon us, and anticipation around these parts is high. Three nights of music by Philadelphia artists, a spectrum of sounds and styles, and a lot to look forward to. It’s essentially the first time a local venue has turned over three nights of their calendar to us and said “here, have fun” – and we tried to do right by them in curating three unique bills of artists that we felt worked alongside one another and, more importantly, that we’d want to go see.

All this week, leading up to opening night, we’ll bring you night-by-night Key Fest At-A-Glance rundowns, telling you who these artists are we booked and why we’re pumped to have them on the show. To begin at the beginning, let’s look at opening night. Continue reading →

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Philly Music 101: The basics everyone needs to know about the Philadelphia scene right now

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

Philadelphia is a city of many wonders: a buzzing food scene, an established craft beer culture, and a parade of historical landmarks. But one aspect of our city that we are particularly passionate about is our magnificent local music community and all that is has to offer. Here at The Key, we often focus on the particulars of our scene – where artists will be playing each night, brand new local releases, etc. - so much so that we can forget how overwhelming it can be for newcomers to get their bearings.

So for those of you having trouble finding where to start, we are introducing this new Philly Music 101 series as your guide through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving members, from artists to venues to studios and more. It’s meant to help new fans navigate the scene as much as emerging musicians looking to break in and behind-the-scenes folks trying to get their start. We hope it will illuminate just what makes it so damn exciting for music lovers to live here. To kick it off, here is a by-no-means-complete overview of the different pieces of the Philadelphia music scene that have come together to make up its sturdy foundation. Continue reading →