From the pages of JUMP: Kindred The Family Soul: A Philadelphia Family Affair

Kindred2013Text by Niesha Miller. Images by Michael Bucher.

This article originally appeared in JUMP

Aja Graydon and Fatin Dantzler sit beside each other in their studio near 60th Street and Baltimore Avenue in Southwest Philly. Their creative space is painted sky blue and is home to an old piano, keyboards, racks of clothing from local Philly designers ,and sketches and abstract oil paintings of the duo.

Before they were noted neo-soul artists, Kindred the Family Soul, were two musicians waiting on their big break. The two met during a studio session with The Roots in New York City. Continue reading →


From the Pages of JUMP: Meet Jonathan Low, the low-key optimist

Photo by G.W. Miller III

In the latest issue of JUMP Magazine, writer Beth Ann Downey profiled rising local producer Jonathan Low of Miner Street Studios. Check out the interview below.

Jonathan Low, the more-often-than-not mustached producer and engineer for Miner Street Studios in Fishtown, sips on a Kenzinger at Johnny Brenda’s while waiting for a Weathervane Music benefit show to kick off upstairs. He’ll run sound for Twin Sister, Steven A. Clark and Ava Luna — not a bad way to spend his one night home from a two-month stint in New York, where he’s working with The National on their new record and living in guitarist Aaron Dessner’s house.

Usually, Low can be seen somewhere in Fishtown day in and day out. It’s the place he chose as his professional home, the heart of the now bursting-at-the-seams local music scene.

Those who see him but don’t know the small, quiet and usually smiling Low might not expect him to be responsible for some of the biggest, best and most badass sounds coming out of the city.

“Philly was a really good place to do this because the music community is really supportive,” he says between sips of beer. “Fishtown is a really good environment to collaborate, and just to live. I feel like it was good timing when I started doing this with a lot of Philadelphia bands that were starting to do well, or be a little bit more active. I kind of was lucky jumping into the scene at the right time.”

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From the Pages of JUMP: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down played Underground Arts

Thao01Text and images by Greta Iverson.

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down returned to Philly this weekend for a well-attended show at Underground Arts. JUMP Philly writer and photographer Greta Iverson attended, and has this to report:

Thao02Thao Nguyen has been at the center of a couple of musical projects since she started her career. Nguyen performed as a solo act and a duo (with Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn) but Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, which put out their first album, We Brave Bee Stings and All in 2008, has caught fire.

They’re probably this popular because of how well they manipulate the indie-folk scene. Nguyen picks from a set of instruments that include a number of guitars, a mandolin and a banjo – all of which she plays masterfully. Nguyen, the bassist and guitarist incorporate a slide at some point during the show, bringing a sweet, bluesy feel to the otherwise mellow indie rock. Continue reading →


From the Pages of JUMP: Jessie Ware brings back World Cafe memories at Union Transfer

JessieWare01Emerging UK pop singer Jessie Ware made her Philadelphia debut at Union Transfer Friday night. Writer and photographer Grace Dickinson of JUMP Philly was there covering the scene, which included Ware taking a moment during the show to reminisce about her first visit to Philly – singing backup for Jack Penate during his World Cafe session. Grace reports:

JessieWare03JessieWare02JessieWare04JessieWare05After playing with The Roots earlier in the week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, soul-singer Jessie Ware hopped from NYC to Philadelphia for a performance at Union Transfer. Opening with Devotion, Ware sang nearly her entire EP, If You’re Never Gonna Move, along with a few other tracks from her UK released album, also titled Devotion, to be released in the states this April.

The Friday night show drew a fairly packed crowd, though was the only one not to sell out on her U.S. tour. It was the South Londoner’s first time headlining as a solo artist here but Ware let the audience know it wasn’t her first Philadelphia performance.

“When I decided to be a singer, I quit my 9-5 job and became a back-up singer,” explained Ware, referencing her former days touring with English musician Jack Peñate. “My first stop was Philadelphia and we did World Café. It’s been very romantic for me to be back here tonight.”

Ware made a visit back to World Café earlier in the afternoon for a session with David Dye, this time performing songs off of her own record.

Prior to her solo debut, Ware also acted as a back-up singer for Joker, along with SBTRKT (Aaron Jerome). For SBTRKT, Ware eventually ended up singing lead on the British producer’s 2010 single “Nervous,” a single that led Ware to her own label deal with PMR.

The 28-year-old is frequently compared to the likes of other powerful, female UK soloists popular in the states, like Adele and Sade. She definitely has that same soulful feel, akin also to English vocalist Joss Stone, though with a dubstep influence likely linked to her days with SBTRKT. Continue reading →


From the Pages of JUMP: Cam’ron makes a rare appearance at The Blockley

Camron02Cam’ron, by Rick Kauffman.

Cam’ron, founder of The Diplomats, came to Philly for a rare performance on Saturday at The Blockley. G.W. Miller III of JUMP Philly was there among the packed crowd, covering the scene – which included a roll-call of Philly hip-hop luminaries. Here’s his account of the night:

Right before Killa Cam took the stage, The Astronauts crew, including Pace-O Beats and Mont Brown, had the crowd bouncing with their energetic stage presence. At one point, they were joined by Chill Moody, who lugged around a 2 liter bottle of green tea ginger ale (which was not just soda), for their hit “Hi Top Fade.”

Jakk Frost took the stage next and rhymed along with Mont and Pace, then Peedi Crakk strolled out and all four rapped along to a few songs, including “Flipside.” There was a lot of Philly love and talent all night. Earlier, Voss, from the Northeast, and Newz Huddle, from North Philly, fired up the crowd. Beano French ran through the crowd and jumped on stage to perform with Newz Huddle mid-song.

Cam, sporting a New York Giants pendant that was covered in diamonds, took the stage after 12:30 am, backed by a bodyguard the size of a Volkswagon Beetle and an entourage of about two dozen people. And he was live. Continue reading →


From the Pages of JUMP: Eric Slick performing Primal Essence at PhilaMOCA

Here at The Key we’re big fans of JUMP Magazine and their extensive coverage of the broad-reaching Philly music scene – pop to punk, jazz to jam band, and whatever else you can think of. Beginning this week, we’ll regularly highlight some of the features from the pages of JUMP here on The Key, starting with their coverage of our Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA last night. Eric Slick played an impressive live score to his film Primal Essence, JUMP editor and publisher G.W. Miller III was there with his camera, and this is what he had to say:

This month, John Vettese (below, on the right) and The Key are hosting the Tuesday Tune-Out shows at PhilaMOCA and they kicked off their portion of the ongoing series with an amazing show.

Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick, who also drums for Norwegian Arms, Ape School and others, performed a solo show set to a video he produced (with the help of his Norwegian Arms bandmate Brendan Mulvihill and friend Andy Molholt). The video, titled Primal Essence, featured Slick in a dream sequence – in which he had a romantic liaison with a slice of pizza.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ben Vaughn Quintet at The Tin Angel, Angel Olsen at Studio 34, The Astronauts at PhilaMOCA, Mirah at Johnny Brenda’s, The Tragically Hip at The TLA

South Jersey-bred rocker, producer and XPN host Ben Vaughn takes to the stage of The Tin Angel tonight. The venue is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, and XPN Welcomes Ben and his quintet to rattle the walls a bit with some timeless garage rock tunes. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m., tickets and more information can be found here. Below, watch a video of the Ben Vaughn Quintet playing “My First Band” at Maxwell’s in Hoboken last year.

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Guest VJ G.W. Miller III previews JUMP Philly’s Tuesday Tune-Out Lineup (kicks off at PhilaMOCA tonight)

As we move headlong into winter, PhilaMOCA keeps the Tuesday Tune-Out home fires burning, with a month of weekly shows curated by JUMP Philly beginning tonight.

When the quarterly magazine launched in 2011, I immediately dug what it was doing. For a media outlet covering the Philadelphia music scene, it was spotlighting all the right artists, and in an impressive range of genres – its writers crawled around in basement-show punk dives one minute, visited classical music halls the next, explored secretive hip-hop cyphers the next. Doing so as a print medium was all the more admirable, and I’m pleased to welcome editor and publisher G.W. Miller III to this space to share what he’s and the crew have planned for November. All events are at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th Street), start at 7:30pm and are $5.

From George:
If you haven’t seen JUMP mag around, hit us up ( and we’ll get you a few copies. We print quarterly, and we only document the Philly music scene. We have a new issue dropping in a few weeks, so we’re pretty excited to be curating the Tuesday Tune-Out series this month. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: OCD: Moosh & Twist at the TLA and Crills Wilson at Kung Fu Necktie

Recent JUMP Philly cover stars, OCD: Moosh & Twist headline a show tonight at the Theater of Living Arts. The duo met in elementary school and instantly found a musical connection in one another, they’ve been making mixtapes and playing shows ever since. They had the opportunity to perform at The Roots Picnic this year and have been touring the country at only 19 years of age. Tonight’s performance begins at 7 PM, tickets to the all ages show are $16.50. Check out their music video for “City Kids” that was released in late 2010 and now has over 1 million views.

Crills Wilson has a unique sound, and his rootsy voice combined with punk rock instrumentation makes for one catchy outcome. They play tonight at Kung Fu Necktie along with Miracles of Modern Science, High Kick, and Organik Theory. This 21+ show begins at 8 PM, tickets are $8.


JUMP Philly staff guest hosts tonights Philly Local Second Shift on XPN2

This week, the latest issue of upstart local music mag JUMP Philly hits the streets, and tonight the staff takes to the XPN2 airwaves. Publisher G.W. Miller and a group of the magazine’s writers and photographers join me at 8 p.m. to guest host the second hour of the Philly Local Second shift, where they’ll play an assortment of artists featured in the latest issue (including cover star Jill Scott, indie rock mad scientist Shorty Boy-Boy and West Philly rapper Chill Moody), as well as artists artists performing at the various issue release shows they’ve got lined up (Bedroom Problems, at Temple’s Paley Library on Nov. 16; Toy Soldiers who play The Hard Rock Cafe on Nov. 17; and Nicos Gun, who are at The Blockley on Nov. 23). Tune in to their set tonight at 8 p.m. on or 88.5 HD-2.