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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 →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Sameer Rao’s Top 5 Musical Gut-Punches of 2014 (Philly edition)

Brielle | Photo via twitter.com/aprilfoolchild

Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, contributing writer Sameer Rao talks about songs that make you feel.

In case you didn’t read and feel what I wrote and felt last year, let it be known far and wide that 2014 was yet another hell of a year for nerve-poking chords, chill-inducing croons, and all manner of music that brought on heavy cases of the feels. And since this was a banner year for local artists of all stripes, we’re making this one Philly-exclusive. Get your tissues out for this list. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: GoGo Morrow at The TLA, Restorations at Melodies Cafe, Kate Faust at Ortlieb’s and more

GoGoMorrow | Photo via facebook.com/GoGoMorrow
GoGoMorrow | Photo via facebook.com/GoGoMorrow
Philly pop artist GoGo Morrow has had a busy 2014, touring, recording, working as a music community ambassador on the PHL Live project, and this fall dropping her latest single, “Replay.” Tonight she headlines the TLA on South Street, the site of a high-energy set she played last year. Watch that show in its entirety below and get tickets and more information on tonight’s GoGo experience at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Vita and the Woolf, Dr. Dog, Tori Amos

Vita and the Woolf
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

This week’s Key Studio Session featured art-pop outfit Vita and the Woolf, giving us a preview of its forthcoming EP Fang Song along with even newer songs not on the EP.  The band will celebrate the EP’s release at Ortlieb’s on September 20th.  Check out “Mary” below and get the full set here.

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Download Kate Faust’s soulful cover of Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”

Kate Faust | photo by Emily Paige Townsend | via facebook.com/iamkatefaust
Kate Faust | photo by Emily Paige Townsend | via facebook.com/iamkatefaust

Philly singer-songwriter Kate Faust has modernized the timeless classic “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” written by Ewan MacColl and later made famous by folk singer Roberta Flack. Originally written for MacColl’s wife Peggy Seegar, Faust wrote on her Soundcloud that her interpretation combines the narrative of the song with her favorite love story from the film, The Secretary.

“Both of these stories speak to me of erotic power,” Faust said. “The energy that gives birth to freedom, joy, and empowerment. The true elixir of love.” Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free mp3s, incl. Dave Hause, Strand of Oaks, Kate Faust

Dave Hause
Dave Hause | photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

NYC Taper paid a visit to the XPoNential Music Festival to record the Saturday performances, capturing the sets of wonderful acts like Dave Hause and Hurray for the Riff Raff.  Both of those recordings are now available to download for free.  Take a listen to “Here It Comes” by HFTRR below and download both complete sets here.

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Watch a Root Down In The Shadow #CoverClub session featuring Kate Faust covering Aaliyah and Nina Simone

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Photo via https://www.facebook.com/iamkatefaust
Last March, Philly singer/songwriter Kate Faust released her debut album Crucial Companion. Kate has been featured in Season One finale of #CoverClub performing a medley of Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody” with Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” In Faust’s rendition of the two classics, she sits at her organ belting out the two R&B songs, begins with “Are You That Somebody” and slowly transitions into “Feeling Good.” Both songs are sultry in their own right and Faust puts a jazzy/pop spin on the songs.

Kate performs at The Grape Room on July 17th along with Kwesi K. Watch her #CoverClub via Root Down in the Shadow session below: