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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 →

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Mr. Green calls on Chill Moody for new Live from the Streets

Chill Moody
Chill Moody in the Live From the Streets video

Times Square is always lively with street performance and conversation. In hip hop artist Mr. Green‘s latest project Live from the Streetshe interviews the performers he meets from around the world, including local dude Chill Moody, and uses their soundbites to create original beats. It is a captivating social journey that brings on an entirely new concept within hip hop collaboration.

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SXSW Dispatch: Reppin’ Philly with RECPhilly, What Scene, Freeway, Moosh and Twist, Ground Up, Chill Moody and more

Moosh and Twist  at the RECPhilly showcase | Photo by John Vettese
Moosh and Twist at the RECPhilly showcase | Photo by John Vettese

It was a rainy night in Austin on Friday, making it the perfect time to stay indoors, off of the 6th Street melee and hang with a stacked lineup of Philly hip-hop and R&B musicians. The party at Old School Bar – thrown by promoters What Scene? and record label / artist development upstart RECPhilly – mixed up-and-comers with established names, and kept the room packed with an enthusiastic crowd across the night. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chill Moody at The TLA, Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, QQQ at North Star Bar and more…

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Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist

Chill Moody celebrates his 30th birthday with a headlining slot at The TLA tonight. We’re less than three months into 2015 but the local hip hop artist has wasted no time in getting work done this year. He’s released the first chapter of his new personal documentary Progression, taking fans into his every day life of rehearsals, meetings, dealing with setbacks and letting loose. He also sat down with All Def Digital and Grammy U to talk about his musical life and his adopted role of Philadelphia Ambassador. Check out that interview below and pick up tickets for the celebration here.

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RECPhilly announced an all-Philly SXSW showcase and it’s pretty awesome

Moosh and Twist | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
Moosh and Twist rocking Made In America last summer. They play an all-Philly showcase at SXSW | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

It’s something I’ve been saying for years: SXSW needs a Philly-centric showcase, and it needs it in the center of the action. I’ve been going to the massive music industry rodeo in Austin for a few years now, and while there have been well-curated Philly unofficial Philly parties in the past – Yvynyl and XPN’s showcase in 2011, BITBY’s showcase in 2012, Bonfire’s showcase in 2013 – all took place a modest drive or a long walk from Austin’s bustling downtown, which is kind of where the musicians need to be to make an impact.

So big shoutouts this year to the RECPhilly crew and their partners at WhatScene? for putting together a Friday night show at SXSW 2015 that is (a) official and listed in the festival guide, (b) right in the thick of things on 6th Street and (c) all-Philly. Continue reading →

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Watch the first installment of Chill Moody’s mini-documentary series

Chill Moody | Photo by Mark Schaffer
Chill Moody | Photo by Mark Schaffer

We feel like we know Chill Moody fairly well. Since the West Philly hip-hop artist dropped his debut album in 2010, he’s performed at The Key Studio Session Live showcase, as well as a video session (not to mention his slots at The Roots Picnic, a slew of collabs and music videos, and even a short documentary of his sold-out TLA show, released in early 2013). Continue reading →

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Chill Moody takes his talents to the 106 & Park Backroom

Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist
Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist

West Philadelphia native Chill Moody recently came to the coveted 106 & Park Backroom to display his wordplay and prowess on a grand stage that has hosted notable bars from the likes of Eminem and Slaughterhouse, Kendrick Lamar, and Hopsin to name a few.  The rapper’s first major television appearance seemed to go exactly how fans would come to expect, full of wordplay and charisma from an artist striving to make a name for himself. Continue reading →

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Chill Moody introduces new Phirst Tuesdays at Bourbon & Branch to support Philly local talent

Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist
Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia music advocate and hip hop artist Chill Moody announced today that he will be heading a new music initiative in Philadelphia called Phirst Tuesdays. Phirst Tuesdays will be an open mic/jam session that will take place every first Tuesday of the month at Bourbon & Branch. The night of sign-up performances will feature Chill Moody’s own band including Man-Man, Wheatbread and JRoc to play as the performers’ live backing band throughout the night. Phirst Tuesdays will also include various hosts, with December’s to be hosted by R&B artist Beano who has recently returned from a tour in Africa singing back-up vocals for Jahiem. Continue reading →

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Chill Moody lands the new theme for MTV Jams’ Hood Fab

Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist
Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist

Chill Moody is at it again. MTV Jams recently debuted its new season of the hiphop trivia game show Hood Fab, and it features a new theme song by Chill/a> and Apollo The Great. The song was produced by Hank McCoy and JuicedUp Beats, and the show has a new host, comedian Damien Lemon. Below, check out the first episode of the show, featuring Fat Joe. Continue reading →