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Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5 (feat. The Spinto Band, Turning Violet Violet, Heyward Howkins + more)


The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Dig into the best of what we’ve been doing since May with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5, including some sprightly indie pop from The Spinto Band, driving country-folk from Carsie Blanton, funk jams by Swift Technique and hip-hop from Ground Up. Special thanks to guest engineer Jeff White and production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Kate Bracaglia, Eric Ashleigh, David Kain, Michael Passanante, Kevin Kennedy, Rachel Barrish and Bryan Shreck for sharing their work.

Looking for more? Visit WXPN’s Soundcloud page to download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 1 through Vol. 4.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lauryn Peacock and Catherine Prewitt at The Fire, The Brian Jonestown Massacre at Union Transfer, and The Chelsea Kills at North Star Bar

Singer-songwriter Lauryn Peacock has the range of a musician whose been playing her whole life. Peacock’s musician career started when she began playing piano at age three, followed by a sint singing in a choir and playing synths in a punk band before studying guitar with Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy and touring with the indie band mewithoutYou. Now Peacock is concentrating on her solo folk career and will be joined by fellow female acoustic crooner Catherine Prewitt for a show at The Fire tonight. The line-up features support by Joshua Fletcher and Caleb Spaulding & the Historical Society. Tickets for the 18+ show are available for $8 here. Watch the music video for Lauryn Peacock’s song “January” in the player below.

San Francisco rockers The Brian Jonestown Massacre‘s sound has been described as everything from neo-psychedelia to folk rock to shoegaze. Therefore, it is not surprising that a band whose name comes from combing original Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones’ name with the mass cult suicide in Jonestown, Guyana would have a pretty eclectic sound, to say the least. The band will be bringing their eclectic vibes to Philly for an all ages show at Union Transfer tonight with support by Minnesota band Magic Castles. Doors open at 8PM and the show starts at 9PM. Tickets are available here for $20.

Finally, Philly band The Chelsea Kills are bringing their old-school rock & roll sound to North Star Bar tonight. The all-ages show features support by Tallhart, Belle Histoire, and Fast Car. the show starts at 7PM and tickets are available here for $10. Listen to the band’s album Sick Boy below.

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Download Digest: This week’s best free music, incl. John the Conqueror, Jerry Garcia, Lauryn Peacock

Here at The Key, we toss a fair heaping of free downloads your way, so it’s completely understandable if you miss a few. Here are our top five bits of digital music from the past week:

Power trio John the Conqueror has made a splash in Philly scene over the past year, dishing out a moving blend of blues, soul and rock n’ roll. This week the band announced that its debut full-length is coming out on Alive Naturalsound Records this October, and released the lead single, “Time to Leave.”

XPN Artist to Watch Lianne La Havas has been burning up the airwaves with the title track to her album Is Your Love Big Enough?. On Friday, the song was featured as WXPN’s My Morning Download, and you can get yourself a copy below.

This past Thursday was the 17th anniversary of Jerry Garcia‘s passing, and to mark the occasion, we dug up the final show that he and The Grateful Dead played in Philadelphia. Stream it in the player below, or download it in its entirety at Archive.org.

Ben Runyan of City Rain played a show at PhilaMOCA last Thursday wearing a Kurt Cobain t-shirt. On Friday, he released a synthpop rendition of Nirvana’s “Dumb” to his personal Soundcloud page. What I love the most about it (aside from being a fine choice from the Nirvana canon) is how much he makes it sound like a City Rain song. Decide for yourself:

This week’s Key Studio Session spotlighted emotive West Philly songwriter Lauryn Peacock, who played with a three-piece band and premiered three new songs. The most striking performance, however, was the closing number “Window in the Night,” which originally appeared on the Fairly Busy Wife EP she released in July. Give it a listen below, and mark your calendars for her appearance at The Fire on Aug. 23.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Lauryn Peacock

For West Philly’s Lauryn Peacock, the Fairly Busy Wife EP released earlier this summer closed the chapter on an era of her songwriting. It compiled four songs recorded for her 2011 debut Keep It Simple, Let The Sun Come Out that didn’t quite fit but were too good to leave behind. How good? Check out the stirring rise and fall of “Window in the Night” in this week’s Key Studio Session and tell me it doesn’t give you chills. Peacock brought a fantastic backing band to WXPN – guitarist Carl Cheeseman (of Honey Watts and Johnny Miles & the Waywards, and most recently seen rocking out with The Great Unknown at 2nd Street Fest), drummer Tom Bendel (of Buried Beds) and cellist Dan Delaney – and the group helped her turn the page into a new body of work by recording three new, equally emotive songs. “Winter is Never Enough” is a wonderful tearjerker, “All My Mind” is dazed piano pop with a modern flair, and the moving pulse of “Quiet Moments” is a total joy. Download the new songs below; hopefully more will be in store when Peacock plays The Fire on Thursday Aug. 23.

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Key Studio Sessions Sneak Preview: Lauryn Peacock

Photo by John Vettese

When she went into Familyre Studio last year with producer Daniel Smith of Danielson, Philly’s Lauryn Peacock emerged with a solid album of piano-driven indie pop called Keep It Simple, Let The Sun Come Out…and a handful of tunes that didn’t quite fit. Those outtakes, which range from a country hoedown romp to a cinematic anthem, are being released next week as the Fairly Busy Wife EP, and Peacock is celebrating with an appearance on tonight’s Folkadelphia Presents lineup at Historic St. George’s Church in Old City. Might also call her a fairly busy songwriter (especially now that she’s finished her UPenn master’s thesis on Bob Dylan); this week, Peacock recorded a Key Studio Session with a knockout band featuring guitarist Carl Cheeseman (of Honey Watts and Johnny Miles & the Waywards), drummer Tom Bendel (of Buried Beds) and cellist Dan Delaney, and the setlist featured four songs that are newer than the new EP. We’ll release it on The Key later this summer, but today you can get a sneak preview with the haunting “All My Mind.” Download it below, check back to The Key for the full session on Aug. 8, and catch Peacock in concert tonight. Lauryn Peacock, Prairie Empire and Jacob Augustine play Historic St. George’s United Methodist Church, 235 N. 4th Street, Sunday July 1 at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the all-ages show is $8.

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