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GrandeMarshall turns up for the hometown crowd at Union Transfer

GrandeMarshall | Photo by Doug Interrante
GrandeMarshall | Photo by Doug Interrante

GrandeMarshall, playing his first show since releasing his debut album My Brother’s Keeper on Fool’s Gold Records, turned it up a notch for his hometown at Union Transfer last week. Opening for one of hip hop’s youngest and most promising stars, Vince Staples, is no small feat, and the Philly phenom lived up to the hype. The set opener “ITSPULLUP” set a tone on stage which embodies the spirit of our city – a toughness and confidence that can felt by GrandeMarshall’s mere presence. Continue reading →

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Philly’s GrandeMarshall delivers debut album that lives up to hype

Photo via https://www.facebook.com/GrandeMarshall-20876898047/
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/GrandeMarshall-20876898047/

Earlier this month we shared a video of Philly rapper GrandeMarshall ripping through a three-minute solo in the 11th Street Subway Station in preparation for his new LP My Brother’s Keeper. Today, you can stream the album in full, and let me tell you: the follow-up to his self-released debut, 800, is nothing short of impressive. Continue reading →

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Watch Philly up-and-comer GrandeMarshall freestyle in the 11th Street Subway Station

GrandeMarshall | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/GrandeMarshall-20876898047/
GrandeMarshall | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/GrandeMarshall-20876898047/

Back in 2012 Philly rapper GrandeMarshall was a relative unknown, that is until he released his first mixtape, 800. The 18-year-old talent was subsequently signed to Fool’s Gold Records, a label who has signed acts like kid Cudi and Run The Jewels back when they too were flying under the radar. Continue reading →

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Listen to Grande Marshall’s Daytrotter session

This tasty new set tripped down the Daytrotter wire today; backed by a DJ and a handy cache of moody, evocative beats, up-and-coming Philly rapper Grande Marshall released a session that’s available as streaming and downloadable audio for members. He recorded five songs – “Anslinger’s Revenge,” “95’s,” “Boathouse,” “Lupin III” and “Thuggis Shidd Pt. II” – at Good Danny’s in Austin.

Daytrotter honcho Sean Moeller described Marshall as a young man who “had to adjust to an impartial real world that’s been littered with hardship and disappointment:”

When he raps, you hear this in every line. You hear that the struggle is still fresh and he’s being strong about it, but there are plenty of parts to the story that are tender and will always be tender.” Heavy stuff, but important and meaningful stuff. … Grande Marshall songs are about staying afloat when everyone’s so quick to tie blocks of cement to everyone else’s ankles, just to watch them sink. It’s the kill or be killed mentality that Grande Marshall talks about – that grand and selfish notion that it’s either me or it’s you going down – and it’s incredible how few winners there are when that game’s played. Grande Marshall will win.

Download Grande Marshall’s Daytrotter Session here. For more, check out some of Grande Marshall’s appearances in the Key archives here.

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Kurt Vile, Mary Lattimore, Pissed Jeans

In exciting local music news, Kurt Vile announced further album details and a show at Union Transfer with Steve Gunn and Angel OlsenWakin On A Pretty Daze will be out via Matador Records on April 9th and will be a double LP (on blue vinyl!).  The lead track, “Wakin On A Pretty  Day,” is available as a free download on Matador’s website here – get ready for 9+ minutes of classic Vile-isms like “to be frank I’m fried / but I don’t mind.”  Tickets and information for Kurt Vile & The Violators at Union Transfer on Saturday, May 18th, can be found here.  Listen to “Wakin On A Pretty Day” below set to a video of images from this cover art documentary.

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15 reasons why Philly’s music scene will go from 10 to 11 in 2013

DRGN KNG Photo by Nicky Devine
As far as the local music scene goes, we thought 2012 was an excellent year. Our hats go off to the dozens of bands across an impressive, diverse range of genres for notching things up last year. Roll call: Dr. Dog. War On Drugs. Meek Mill. Hop Along. Cheers Elephant. Arc In Round. Toy Soldiers. Hezekiah Jones. Lushlife. Work Drugs. Chill Moody. Sun Airway. The Stray Birds. Purling Hiss. Free Energy. The Fleeting Ends. Aaron Brown. Res. Low Cut Connie. Spacin’. Swearin’ (there’s a double bill we want to see). Shark Tape. In The Pocket. DRGN KNG. Cold Fronts. Moosh & Twist. Nothing. RJD2. Night Panther. Reef The Lost Cauze. Buried Beds. Vacationer. Ape School. Adrien Reju. The Spinto Band. Ground Up. Vintage Kicks. Pissed Jeans. The legendary Roots crew. Santigold. Birdie Busch. Zilla Rocca. Scot Sax. Man Man. Schoolly (don’t need the “D” anymore, he’s just “Schoolly”). Freeway. Strand of Oaks. Good Old War. King Britt. Heyward Howkins. Arctic Splash. White Birds Chiddy Bang. GrandeMarshall. Meg Baird. City Rain. Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang. The Money Making Jam Boys. Nicos Gun.

Who’d we forget? Probably dozens more. Our apologies if we left you out. We hope you get the point though; these days, Philly is miles deep and miles wide with talent and creativity. If 2012 was a “ten,” here’s 15 reasons why Philly’s music scene is about to go to 11 in 2013. Continue reading →