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The Key Studio Sessions: Lizdelise

In the near-decade that we’ve been recording The Key Studio Sessions, Philly’s Lizdelise may be the first artist to make their debut performance as a solo performer and return as a band. But singer / songwriter and guitarist Elizabeth De Lise has made a serious evolution over several years on our radar; from the storytelling jazz / pop of 2014’s To & Fro, to the headier loop-driven nature of 2016’s self-titled sophomore record. De Lise’s first appearance in WXPN studios with bassist and collaborator Mark Watter was otherworldly, yet grounded and accessible: as I described at the time, “the set swallows you in sound, with layers of vocal rounds floating alongside askew lead guitar.”

De Lise’s career path in the time since has taken off on an yet more exciting path, branching out into other artistic disciplines — particularly theater and dance. She performed as a guitarist and vocalist in La Medea by writer and composer Yara Travieso, and also worked on scoring in David Dorfman Dance and Liz Charky Dance. Continue reading →

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Lizdelize will celebrate their album release with Strawberry Runners and Snake Boy Gang at the next House Key Philly music showcase at Underground Arts

photo by Max Kulicke | flyer by Matt Poirier

After an incredibly fun inaugural gig in November, the HOUSE KEY SHOWCASE returns to Underground Arts on March 23rd for another night of spotlighting Philadelphia musicians and artists. Curated by House Cat Presents along with The Key, and sponsored by Founders Brewing, the gig will be headlined by Lizdelise, the boundary-pushing Philly rock trio fronted by songwriter and guitarist Elizabeth De Lise. They just released their third LP, Holy Matrimony, and it’s their first written and recorded as a collective. Continue reading →

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Listen to Grandchildren’s self-titled, Lizdelise’s Holy Matrimony, and other Philly albums out today

Grandchildren (left) and Lizdelise | photos courtesy of the artists

It doesn’t always line up that there are numerous new albums from the Philadelphia region on record release Fridays…but when that happens, we love spending the morning in our headphones and in our feels. Here are four new Philly records released on January 31st: Grandchildren‘s self-titled, Lizdelise‘s Holy Matrimony, Drift‘s Reflection(s) and Sagar Bumsweat‘s Greater Fool Radio. Continue reading →

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Hear Full Bush, Resilient, Lizdelise and more in NonMutant Presents’ Unite! benefit compilation

Full Bush | photo by Lindsay Steigerwald | via facebook.com/FullBushBand

Brooklyn-based label NonMutant has just released Unite!, its second volume in a series of charitable Bandcamp compilations. The 26-track volume features songs from emerging Philly and NYC artists, including familiar faces Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, Lizdelise, Full BushResilient, and many more. All proceeds from its sale will go to United We Dream, an immigration advocacy organization that focuses on securing protections and educational access for immigrants, preventing deportations, and supporting LGBTQ immigrants. Continue reading →

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Very Bad Vibes is colorfully excessive in video for “Call Me Cool”

Very Bad Vibes | photo Annabella Mull | via artist’s Facebook

Sam Huntington makes up one part of The Original Crooks and Nannies (with snake boy gang’s Madeline Rafter), another part of AllegrA (watch their Key Session here) and the whole part of his new solo project, Very Bad Vibes. Contrary to what the self-effacing name suggests, Huntington’s first single “Call Me Cool,” rather sends out some Very Particularly Weird Addicting Vibes. Continue reading →