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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Key Studio Sessions Live at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Morning River Band at Kung Fu Necktie, Ecomog at The Trocadero Balcony, Acid Mothers Temple at Johnny Brenda’s

SwedenExperience the Key Studio Sessions live tonight at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  The free event will showcase three of the Philadelphia area’s top acts: folk-rockers and two-time Tri-State Indie Award winners New Sweden, vocal powerhouse and in-demand collaborator Ali Wadsworth and local man-about-town Joey Sweeney with his new band The Long Hair Arkestra.  Admission for the show is free but space is limited; RSVP on the XPN website and get more information here.  Below, watch New Sweden perform “Mama” and download their Key Studio Session from March 2012 here.

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Cayetana, Mariah Welch, Ecomog

CayetanaIndie punk trio Cayetana stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session, recording four tracks and proving just why they were picked up by Tiny Engines Records so quickly.  With insightful lyrics and tight playing, Cayetana are quickly becoming a favorite among local music fans.  Stream and download “South Philly” below and revisit their full session here.  They’ll join Bad Braids at Little Berlin for a Ladyfest benefit show on April 20th; more information can be found here.

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Free Download: Ecomog featuring Voss “Who Will Survive In America?” (playing 4/18 at The Balcony)

EcomogUber-creative Philly rap crew Ecomog caught our ear last fall with their As Seen on TV LP, a collection of songs inspired by (and containing samples of) a couple generations of TV listings, from The Wonder Years and 90210 to Dexter and Friday Night Lights. What could have easily been a corny gimmick was elevated to a solid and eclectic album through thoughtful rhymes and sharp wit, and the band is back this spring with its follow up single, “Who Will Survive in America.”

Those of you who spent a lot of time banging Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy a couple years ago should immediately recognize the title – towards the end of that album, Kanye had a similarly-titled track; it took a minute and thirty eight seconds of poet Gil Scott-Heron’s stirring, provocative performance of “Comment No. 1” and laid it over EDM beats. In collaboration with MC Voss, the Ecomog crew re-appropriates the Gil Scott lyric for a 21st century examination of his themes – the black experience as it relates to the American dream – and does it over fierce beats and a hooky refrain.

Download the track below, and catch Ecomog in concert when it performs at The Balcony Bar at The Trocadero on April 18th.