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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. The Districts, Mavis Staples, Birdie Busch and more)

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Miles Davis would have celebrated his 87th birthday on Sunday.  Check out some live footage of the legendary trumpet player’s 1970 show at the old Electric Factory [link]

Diplo curated a summer playlist featuring James Blake, Daft Punk, Laura Mvula and more for Vulture [link]

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is Mavis Staples‘ cover of the Funkadelic track “Can You Get to That” [link]

Singer-songwriter / fiddler Sara Watkins recorded a session for Folkadelphia [link]

Birdie Busch will be releasing her recent PledgeMusic-funded album on vinyl and donating proceeds to the IHM Literacy Center in West Philadelphia [link]

Dock Street Beer Run announces the line-up for their June 9th 5k / music festival event, including On the Water, Norwegian Arms and Post Sun Times [link]

Sonja Sofia is profiled in the latest installment of Kettle Pot Tracks’ On the Hill series [link]

Local power rockers Lantern unveiled a new song called “Evil Eye” and the cover art for their upcoming LP Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach [link]

Watch a video of The Districts performing at The Porch at 30th Street Station yesterday for XPN’s Philly Local Busker series [link]

Folk duo Arborea shared a new video for their song “Pale Horse Phantasm”; they’ll be at the Highwire Gallery on June 9th for a Folkadelphia Presents show [link]

The Photon Band is back with a new album and a show at Johnny Brenda’s on July 6th [link]

Newish Philly outfit Divers were the subject of this week’s Key Studio Session [link]

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Just Announced: Mad Decent Block Party happening on 7/27

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The first wave of announcements for Mad Decent’s annual Block Party have begun rolling in from Diplo’s camp, and the touring event will hit its hometown of Philly on July 27th.  No line-up has been made public yet but based on previous years it’s sure to be a colorful mix of hip hop, electronica and experimental genre mash-ups.  Check out the announcement video below and then stream Diplo’s “Express Yourself” featuring Nicky Da B and remixed by DJ Mustard.

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Download Major Lazer’s “Lazer Strikes Back Vol. 3″

lazervol3DJ and producer Diplo’s Major Lazer releases its new album Free The Universe on April 15th on Secretly Canadian Records. Major Lazer tweeted a download link to the latest in their Lazer Strikes Back remix EP’s. Download volume three here.

Download volume 2 here.
Download volume 1 here.

Volume 3 tracklist:
1. Major Lazer & Flux Pavilion – Jah No Partial (Vato Gonzalez Remix)
2. Major Lazer – Get Free feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors (Avicii Edit)
3. Major Lazer – Get Free feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors (CAMO UFOs Remix)
4. No Doubt – Settle Down (Major Lazer Remix)

 

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Listen to a new Major Lazer song featuring Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend playing WXPN’s SXSW broadcast this Friday)

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Pitchfork has reported that BBC’s Radio One debuted a new song, “Jessica”, by Major Lazer from Diplo and company’s forthcoming album, Free The Universe, our April 15th on Secretly Canadian. It featured Ezra Koenig, the lead singer of Vampire Weekend. VW’s new album, Modern Vampires Of The City, is out on May 6th. Listen to it the breezy reggae jam below. Vampire Weekend are playing WXPN’s South By Southwest live broadcast this Friday on a bill that includes Divine Fits, Iron & Wine, Dawes, Charles Bradley, Artist To Watch Pickwick, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. The broadcast starts at 1PM ET.

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Watch the new Major Lazer video, “Jah No Partial ft. Flux Pavilion” (partially filmed in Philly)

Major Lazer has a new video for “Jah No Partial” (featuring Flux Pavillion) that was partially filmed in Philly during the Mad Decent block party. We all know that Diplo and his colleagues know how to throw a party and this video captures the Major Lazer crew in full effect. “Jah No Partial” is from the band’s forthcoming album Major Lazer Frees The Universe coming out on February 19th on Mad Decent/Downtown Records. You can buy the single here. Last week Diplo received two Grammy nominations; one for Producer of The Year and one for Best R&B Performance for co-writing Usher’s “Climax.” Take a listen to Diplo’s production work from the last year here. Below, watch the video for “Jah No Partial.”

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Grab free Katy B EP with tracks featuring Diplo, Jessie Ware (playing Union Transfer on 1/18) and Iggy Azalea (playing The Troc 12/20)

Budding UK pop darling Katy B has plans to follow up her 2011 debut, On a Mission, with a second full-length record sometime in 2013. But in the meantime, the singer released Danger, an EP with four brand new tracks partially produced by Philly mixmaster Diplo. It also features vocals from Jessie Ware (playing at Union Transfer January 18th) and Iggy Azalea (playing at The Trocadero December 20th); go here for more information. You can hear the EP below and download it for free here.

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Listen to a new Major Lazer song, “Jah No Partial” featuring Flux Pavillion


Diplo’s electro-reggae-dubstep-party collective Major Lazer releases its new album, Major Lazer Frees The Universe, on February 19 on Mad Decent/Downtown Records. Listen to a new song, “Jah No Partial” featuring Flux Pavillion. Along with Diplo, the Major Lazer crew now includes DJ/Producer Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. Below the song, listen to the original sample that the song was based on, “Mr. Marshall” by reggae legend Johnny Osbourne.

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The Disco Biscuits release their sets from City Bisco to download

The Disco Biscuits are probably still recovering from last weekend’s massive City Bisco jam festival at The Mann Center. The multi-stage event included guests Diplo and The Manhattan Project, among others, and this week the Biscuits made their three sets of the weekend available as downloads here. Below, you can watch an overview of the crazy jam sesh before buying the tracks.

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