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Tonight’s Concert Picks: King Britt at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Kevin Morby at Johnny Brenda’s, Cabbage at Everybody Hits and more…

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King Britt | Photo by John Vettese

Get warmed up for a wicked run of summer shows at Spruce Street Harbor Park with an evening with legendary Philly Producer/DJ King Britt. It’s all part of the opening weekend festivities for the season at the park, the first-annual UNIVESTival. The show is free and gets rolling at 7 p.m. King Britt is coming up on the June 16 release of After…, the next installment of his Fhloston Paradigm project, which typically dabbles in the techno realm while using futuristic, sci-fi themes. Give one of his live sets a listen below. Continue reading →

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Mars Parker returns with the late-night reflection of “Flowers”

 

Mars Parker | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Mars Parker | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Local R&B / hip-hop mastermind Mars Parker hits us with new tune “Flowers,” the first peak into his new Bryson Spiller mixtape.

Perfectly in tune with the spring weather just around the corner, Parker laces his auto-tuned voice between the flowing warmness of producer Petemann. “When I’m around you, baby, I can’t touch the sky / You make the temperature rise” swoons Parker over the regret of ignoring and ultimately losing love, throwing him onto the crowded bus of Drake-vibes and internal emotional prying. It’s another late-night reflection track for the inconsolable millennial, only truly appreciated with a cig in one hand and doubt in the other.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mars Parker at Underground Arts, PnB Rock at The Chameleon Club, Maceo Parker at Ardmore Music Hall and more…

Mars Parker | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Mars Parker | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

This week’s Key Studio Session featured Mars Parker, a local artist who blends soulful jazz textures with the realism of hip hop. Tonight he brings his recent Mars Museum 3 release to Underground Arts, opening for Chill Moody and Voss. Check out a Key Session performance of “Selfworth” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Mars Parker

Philly’s Mars Parker came on our radar relatively recently, back when he opened for Camp Candle at Boot And Saddle in October.  But in the grander scheme of things, we’re a little late to the party — Mars has been active in the Soundcloud zone for a few years now, releasing singles, EPs and full-length mixtapes that explore a variety of sounds and approaches to this thing we call hip-hop.

His latest, Mars Museum 3, finds its focus in a surrealistic tapestry of tripped-out jazzy production and warm melodies that strike a the balance between bars that spit and bars that sing. It’s a comfortable flex zone inhabited by luminaries like the Grammy champ Chance the Rapper, party rocker Future, and local celeb PnB Rock. Mars has the style and charisma to sit alongside those names in due time, and he showed his skills off for us in this week’s Key Studio Session. Continue reading →