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Work Drugs’ Holiday Spectacle brings Johnny Brenda’s a little closer

Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com
Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com

Kississippi, Kate Faust and Work Drugs brought a crowded Johnny Brenda’s a little closer to the holidays last Saturday night, for the latter’s Fifth Annual Holiday Spectacle. The three homegrown bands offered pop music ranging from buoyant Beach Boys-y vocals to electronic beats to somber bare-bones electro-folk. Continue reading →

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Listen to Kate Faust team up with Aphra for an upbeat cover of Radiohead’s “All I Need”

Kate Faust and leBeet | photo via facebook.com/iamkatefaust
Kate Faust and leBeet | photo via facebook.com/iamkatefaust

Kate Faust has teamed up with fellow soulful, electro-inspired vocalist Aphra for a unique cover of Radiohead’s “All I Need” from their 2007 release In Rainbows. Faust, who sat down with The Key earlier this month, picked a great collaborator in Aphra, as both artists share a captivating voice and clever use of electronic arrangements. The two make a natural pair, and at times their styles fuse so seamlessly it’s nearly impossible to tell their voices apart. Continue reading →

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The High Key Portrait Series: Kate Faust

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Kate Faust | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com

High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.

Kate Faust’s music can be difficult to try to describe, and trying only leaves you with a couple handfuls of hybridized words interrupted by dashes or slashes that mostly end in “-pop.” Things can get ugly for a music writer.

So when it comes to unique genre-bending voices like hers, it’s best to just tune into her Soundcloud for her latest releases, her innovative impressions of Weezer or Radiohead songs, and her sprawling original compositions offered as recorded or remixed in collaborations with leBeet.

Faust will release new music in the New Year, but between now and then she’ll make a new cover EP, Undercover, available for free, with visuals and live performances of each track. Catch this hometown heroine here soon (say for example at her holiday show at Johnny Brenda’s on December 12th, with Work Drugs and Kississippi), because her 2016 plans will see her making more of a national splash on both coasts.

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Watch Kate Faust perform the new “No One Told Me” for Random Tea Sessions

Kate Faust | Photo by Koof Umoren | instagram.com/randomteasessions
Kate Faust | Photo by Koof Umoren | instagram.com/randomteasessions

From the release of her Eros EP this spring to her fierce set at our Red Bull Sound Select show, Philly’s Kate Faust has had a pretty excellent 2015. As she prepares to close out the year with a seasonal Johnny Brenda’s gig, Faust gives us a taste of new music in her Random Tea Session, released today. The song is called “No One Told Me,” its simmery and aching, and we see Faust working her trademark emotive vocals while playing a Nord Lead as her live collaborator leBeet busies himself behind a fort of samplers. Check out the video below, and get more information about Faust’s December 12th show with Work Drugs and Kississippi at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Bilal, Son Little and Kate Faust will play WXPN’s Red Bull SoundSelect show on 8/20

Bilal | Photo by Kawai Matthews | via facebook.com/OfficialBilalPage
Bilal | Photo by Kawai Matthews | via facebook.com/OfficialBilalPage

WXPN and The Key are very excited to be curating the August edition of Red Bull’s SoundSelect show at Underground Arts, and we’re doubly psyched about the lineup we put together. Philly soul innovator Bilal joins futuristic singer-songwriter Son Little and electropop maven Kate Faust at the August 20th event. The bill is all-Philly, all-awesome and tickets are only $3 – you can RSVP here. Continue reading →

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Sense of Place Philly: Download brand new songs from Pine Barons and Kate Faust

Pine Barons | via https://www.facebook.com/pinebarons
Pine Barons | via https://www.facebook.com/pinebarons

To celebrate the Sense of Place: Philly series on World Cafe this week, we’re bringing you free downloads from up-and-coming Philly area artists.

Today’s downloads are BRAND NEW! The spotlight is on rock n’ roll four-piece Pine Barons and singer-songwriter Kate Faust.

Pine Barons were on tour with PA favorites The Districts this winter, and it makes sense why the Districts boys chose them as an opener. Their songs have a classic rock base, indie rock pop and bop, and off-the-wall live energy. Their debut record, which they are currently recording, has enough fresh dynamics, chemistry, and psychedelic power to last a couple spins per day. They will also be performing at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Houndmouth at Union Transfer, SHIFT Showcase at Underground Arts, Suburban Living at Bourbon and Branch and more

Houndmouth | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Houndmouth | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Based on their Free at Noon just a few weeks ago, Houndmouth’s live show game is strong right now. The Indiana roots rock crew dropped their album Little Neon Limelight just a few weeks back, and it packs an incredible, infectious punch. Watch the video for “Sedona” below and get tickets and more info on tonight’s show at Union Transfer at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Ginger Coyle brings Third S.H.I.F.T. Showcase to Underground Arts

Ginger Coyle | via Facebook.com/gingercoylemusic
Ginger Coyle | via Facebook.com/gingercoylemusic

The third annual S.H.I.F.T. Showcase is headed for Underground Arts on April 4. Started by local musician Ginger Coyle in 2013, S.H.I.F.T., which stands for “Super Human Indie Female Troubadours,” celebrates female musicians and artists while giving back to Girls Rock Philly, an organization that empowers young women through music. Continue reading →