The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Dig into the best of what we’ve been doing since May with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5, including some sprightly indie pop from The Spinto Band, driving country-folk from Carsie Blanton, funk jams by Swift Technique and hip-hop from Ground Up. Special thanks to guest engineer Jeff White and production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Kate Bracaglia, Eric Ashleigh, David Kain, Michael Passanante, Kevin Kennedy, Rachel Barrish and Bryan Shreck for sharing their work.
Looking for more? Visit WXPN’s Soundcloud page to download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 1 through Vol. 4.
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:
Dan Krawiec was a musician, a DJ, a writer, and a friend. Music was his life and he was beloved by many in Philadelphia who knew him as “Dan K”, an inspiration and a big piece of the philly punk and indie scene for years. He also worked at Rustica Pizza in Northern Liberties and would be seen there frequently. Every year on his birthday he would throw some type of party, and tonight the tradition lives on with a memorial fest at Union Transfer in his honor. Anchorfest features The Dead Milkmen, Mercury Radio Theater, Blayer Point Dujour and the Rockers Galore, and more. The fest is all ages and starts at 5PM, tickets are only $12. Come out and pay tribute to an awesome dude while listening to some great music.
Vox Populi is an artist collective that hosts monthly exhibitions of under-represented artists with gallery openings, lectures, talks, and other cultural nuances. Tonight Phonographic Arts Philadelphia curates an event featuring Crash Course in Science, Psychic Teens, Normal Love, and more. We did a Key Studio session with Crash Course earlier this week which you can check out here. This event is all ages and starts at 7PM. Tickets are $8 at the door, check out the facebook event for more info.