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The Key Studio Sessions: Johnny Popcorn

Hezekiah Davis spent a decade building his name as a relentless player in Philadelphia’s hip-hop community. He earned a rep as a charismatic, engaging stage presence and honed his skill for thought-provoking, observational lyrics met with driving beats (“Put Your Toys Away” from his 2005 debut Hurry Up And Wait is pretty classic). But like most passionate consumers of music, Hezekiah’s tastes aren’t constrained to a single sound.

Enter Johnny Popcorn, the project and persona he’s immersed himself in of late. On the surface, it’s rock and roll, but defining the band by genre sort of defeats the point, since Hezekiah and co front-person Jani Coral dip and dive across an exploration of various styles and vibes. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Genre-bending Johnny Popcorn to play two shows in December, release new album Totem Pole in February

Johnny Popcorn performing at the Apollo Theater | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/johnnypopcorn1/
Johnny Popcorn performing at the Apollo Theater | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/johnnypopcorn1/

The word “genre” isn’t in Johnny Popcorn’s vocabulary. The four-piece group, which began as a collaboration between Philadelphia rapper Hezekiah and producer Tone Whitfield and has since grown to include an additional vocalist and guitarist, blends soul, rock, country, and hip-hop into a delicious sonic amalgam of influences. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Psychic Ills at Johnny Brenda’s, Bilal at World Cafe Live, XPN Welcomes Northern Liberties Music Fest with Ruby the Hatchet and more to The Fire

New York experimental rock band Psychic Ills headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The psychedelic-infused outfit recalls the distorted and distressed, laidback sound of early Kurt Vile with lo-fi vocals and hypnotic arrangements that seem on the verge of exploding.  Psychic Ills will be releasing One Track Mind on February 19th via Sacred Bones Records, following up 2011’s Hazed Dream.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Nothing and Mike Bruno & The Black Magic Family Band can be found here.  Stream “Might Take A While” from the upcoming record below.

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