Watch Thee, Idea Men’s bring down the Sleepless Sound Red Room in new studio session

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Philadelphia blues rockers Thee, Idea Men stopped by Sleepless Sound to record a session for the studio’s Red Room series.

The band, consisting of Matthew Jurasek (guitar, vocals), Tyler March (drums), Kris Pirnat (bass), and Matt Raspanti (guitar vocals), performed three hard-driving blues-rock numbers, two from 2014’s New Level Shoes and one from 2012’s Getcho Groo Von. Continue reading →


The Friends With Wolves Festival looks like it’s going to be great


Rosu Lup
Rosu Lup | photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia is in for a treat come March 14th when the Friends With Wolves Festival moves underway. From 2 until 9 p.m., Underground Arts will host the festival made up entirely of Philadelphia talent including the organizers of the initiative, orchestral folk ensemble Rosu Lup. The lineup also includes local experimental quartet Square Peg Round Hole, art rock collective The Chairman Dances, folk groups Liz & the Lost Boys and Sympathy and the Lion, singer/songwriter Gretchen Lohse, Sierra Cooke and DJ sets from The Key’s own John Vettese. Continue reading →


Tadoma, Gemini Wolf, and Gina Ferrera to perform at Still Life local ambient showcase on Dec. 9th

 The next Still Life—a bimonthly showcase of experimental Philadelphia music—is Friday, December 9, at the First Unitarian Chapel. Still Life is curated by John Vettese who hosts the Philly Local Second Shift on XPN2 (Thursdays, 5 p.m.-midnight) and also records and produces all of our Key Studio Sessions. From John’s tumblr:

On the bill is Tadoma, the musical alter ego of Data Garden Records’ Joe Patitucci, doing minimal, hazy, Music for Airports-esque ambient pieces; Gemini Wolf, the abstract electronic dance project of Michael McDermott and Megan Cauley; and Gina Ferrera, who inventively fuses xylophone, mbira and West African percussion with keyboards, samplers and drum machines.

Admission is $8 at the door; the First Unitarian Chapel is located at 2125 Chestnut Street.


Listen to our latest music stream, New Songs In The Key Of Philly: Volume 2

Based on the success of our original streams, Songs In The Key Of Philly: The Classics and New Songs In The Key Of Philly: Volume 1, we’re proud to present New Songs In The Key Of Philly: Volume 2, the second in our series documenting the most exciting new music being made in Philadelphia. This two-hour episode is hosted by XPN’s Helen Leicht as well as XPN2’s John Vettese, Erin Mae, and Adam B, and features music by current local acts such as DRGN King, Saturn Never Sleeps, Break It Up, Cat Vet, Hot Guts, Instamatic, Memory Tapes, The Bailey Hounds, The Peace Creeps, and more.

You can get the full track listing and listen to the live stream on the New Songs In The Key Of Philly: Volume 2 page.


Philly Local Philes: Reading Rainbow and Creepoid at Vox Populi benefit

Whether its experimental screenings by local filmmaker Ted Passon or captivating ambient improvisation by national names Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon (performing as Mirror/Dash, back in 2005), you can always count on Chinatown’s Vox Populi Gallery to keep the Philadelphia arts scene fresh, thrilling and alive. But that doesn’t happen on its own. Like most cultural organizations, Vox relies heavily on fundraising, and this Thursday is a tremendous opportunity to give back. A benefit for the gallery is being thrown at Johnny Brenda’s, and it includes performances by today’s Philly Phile artists – Key Studio Sessions alums Reading Rainbow and Creepoid (pictured above). Also on tap is a collaborative appearance by local guitar mindbender Steve Gunn and drummer John Trucsinski, and a DJ set from mega scene supporter Dan Murphy, of the venerable photo-zine Megawords. Information about the Vox Populi benefit this Thursday at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s can be found here. Below, download Key Session tracks from Reading Rainbow and Creepoid.