Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 6 (feat. Reef the Lost Cauze, Kingsfoil, Bad Braids + more)

The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Check out highlights from fall of 2012 with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 6, including some hard-hitting hip-hop from Ethel Cee and Reef the Lost Cauze, expressive Americana from The Districts, bright pop-rock from Kingsfoil, dense shoegaze from Nothing and more. Special thanks to guest engineer Chris Williams and production assistants Beth Ann Downey, Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Laura Jane Brubaker, Kyle Costill, Shamus McGroggan, Marley McNamara, and Julie Miller for sharing their work. Continue reading →


The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Radiator Hospital, Roadkill Ghost Choir, and Toy Soldiers

Americana rock outfit Toy Soldiers have made their catalog of EPs and singles available as free downloads on their Bandcamp.  The Philadelphia band puts on quite a live show, so if you take advantage of the free tunes try to make it to their gig at World Cafe Live on December 22nd.  Tickets and more information are available on the new XPN Concert Calendar, powered by The Swollen Fox.  Stream and download “Heart in a Mousetrap” below.

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The Week So Far: Eight must-read stories on The Key

Lancaster’s The Stray Birds perform “Dream in Blue” for Folk Alley’s backstage sessions [link]

Sellersville progressive hip-hop group I&I record an adventurous Key Studio Session [link]

Get a free song from Florida’s rootsy Roadkill Ghost Choir in My Morning Download [link]

Philly punk four-piece The Menzingers released an acoustic version of “Casey” [link]

Meet rootsy Philly group The Naked Sun in their new Bands in the Backyard video [link]

Philly country-rockers The Lawsuits released a new EP and a new music video [link]

Quirky rockers Eels announced a fall tour with a Philly stop in March, and a new song [link]

Founding Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha played Free at Noon on Black Friday [link]


The Key Studio Sessions: I&I

Innovative Sellersville three-piece I&I has a knack for crossing boundaries. At the front of the band is Imani Williams, a rapper with a bold delivery and lyrics that range from lighthearted (“House Party”) to philosophical (“Una Mas”). Drummer Ryan Chud propels her rhymes forward with punchy reggae rhythms, while guitarist / bassist Daniel Faga enhances the vibes by building and manipulating loops of sampled sound. At one point during their Key Studio Session, it sounded like there was a full harmonizing horn section backing I&I up, but no. It was really just the three of them, embracing possibility  to spectacular ends. Download the five tracks they recorded below, and catch them in concert this Friday, November 30, when they play The Fire with Blayer Pointdujour and the Rockers Galore.


Get to know local hip hop/reggae band I&I (playing Sellersville Theater Saturday)

I&I is a progressive hip hop group from Sellersville, PA. The three-piece group combines Imani Williams’ rap vocals with Daniel Faga on horns and drums and bassist/guitarist Ryan Chud’s reggae grooves using looping and sampling to create a sound much fuller than the sum of its parts. I&I is opening for the legendary Jamaican reggae band The Wailers at the Sellersville Theater Saturday, July 28th. The show starts at 8PM and are on sale for $33 here.The band is also headlining a 21+ show at The Fire on August 4th with support from Jo(h)n Band, Chalk & the Beige Americans, and Mike Brenner (of Slo-Mo).
The show starts at 9PM and I&I will be taking the stage around midnight. Tickets are $8.

Listen to I&I’s song “Anthem” off their self-titled EP in the player below.