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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spank Rock at Underground Arts, Ceremony at First Unitarian Church, Chelsea Reed and Fairweather Five at Ardmore Music Hall

Spank Rock | Photo by John Vettese
Spank Rock | Photo by John Vettese

Philadelphia via Baltimore hiphop artist Spank Rock (aka Naeem Juwan) will be playing Underground Arts this Saturday. Last year, Spank Rock teamed up with longtime collaborator Amanda Black for their club track “We Can Go All Night”. He also played alongside the Walkmen, Sun Ra Arkestra and Sharon Van Etten at the Rail Park Benefit at Union Transfer. He recently released another single, “Gully” which promptly got remixed by Brodinski. In addition he made a mixtape for Jump Philly with DJ Sylo. Listen to the remix of “Gully” below. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Meek Mill steps into the role of action movie hero for “I Don’t Know” video featuring Paloma Faith

Meek Mill | Photo by Clay Patrick McBride
Meek Mill | Photo by Clay Patrick McBride

Rapper and Philly native Meek Mill took to Twitter yesterday to announce a new music video for his track “I Don’t Know” featuring Paloma Faith. Throughout the vid Meek rides motorcycles, throws fiery-orange smoke, and confronts bad guys in order to rescue Paloma Faith from their capture.  Overall, a pretty entertaining scene.  Watch the full video via MTV below.

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The 10 most popular stories on The Key in 2013

1. This is what the punk scene looked like in the 1980s

2. Exclusive Listen: Amos Lee covers “Some Days Are Diamonds” from The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver

3. Album Premiere: Listen to the debut album by Wild Belle, Isles

4. Download Meek Mills’ Dreamchasers 3 mixtape

5. Download a new Drake song, “All Me,” featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean

6. Ballin’ Oates: Wu-Tang and Kanye West meets Hall & Oates

7. My Morning Download: “Recover” by CHVRCHES

8. Listen to J. Cole’s album Born Sinner

9. Gotta Hear Song of The Week: “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

10. Listen back to Helen Leicht’s interview with Paul McCartney

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Powerhouse featuring Meek Mill at Wells Fargo Center, Kristen Sylvester at Random Tea Room, San Fermin at Boot and Saddle and more

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Meek Mill | Photo by Clay Patrick McBride | www.claypatrickmcbride.com

Philly rapper Meek Mill will bask in hometown glory as he rocks tonight’s Powerhouse event at the Wells Fargo Center. He released his highly anticipated Dreamchasers 3 mixtape on Maybach Music last month and was featured on the label’s collaborative album, Self-Made Vol. 3. The event, which also features performances from the top acts in hip-hop and R&B such as Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Wale, and 2 Chainz, is certainly a must-see. Get tickets here and watch Meek’s video for “Levels” below.

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Meek Mill brings “Dream Chasers Summit” to Philly today

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Philly rapper Meek Mill is teaming up with Cleveland Cavaliers NBA player (and Philly native) Dion Waiters to bring the Dream Chasers Sports & Entertainment Summit to Philadelphia on August 30. The day-long event, held at Temple’s Performing Arts Center, will feature panels with big names and leaders in both the entertainment and sports industry. The panels will focus on the theme of “chasing dreams” and what it takes to make them a reality. Mainly catered towards students and young Philadelphians, the summit aims to both inspire and provide personal accounts on how to really work towards success. On the entertainment end of the summit, panelists include Meek Mill, Rick Ross, regional Live Nation president Geoff Gordon, Master P, rapper Machine Gun Kelly, and more. The sports-focused panel will include NBA players like Waiters, Lou Williams, and Thaddeus Young.

Tickets for the summit are on sale now, and Temple can buy passes for a reduced price. Separate meet and greet tickets are also available – check out the summit website for more information. Meanwhile, check out Meek Mill’s new music video for his track “Levels” off of the upcoming record Self Made, out on September 17.

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Chance the Rapper on tour with Mac Miller and Meek Mill (playing Festival Pier on 7/13)

While Chance the Rapper has yet to release an official album, he has put out two stunning mix-tapes, including Acid Rap which was released online a few months ago.  As young as he is, this Chicago kid knows how to rhyme, proving it as he rapidly spits out lines to the beat of funky rhythms and occasional yelps among a star-studded crew of featured artists.  Now he’s going on tour with Mac Miller, adding other rap stars along the way including Philly’s own Meek Mill.  He’ll be playing Festival Pier July 13th.  Tickets and info can be found here, and you can check out the whole mixtape below, or download it here.

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“He’s Next Up”: Meek Mill namedrops Chill Moody

Last week, during an interview on New York station Hot 97, Philly rapper Meek Mill namedropped Chill Moody as the next big name to come out of the city. It was a quick mention, but enough to get Chill himself excited about it. And after hearing some singles from his debut RFM, I can see where he’s coming from.  Below, you can check out a sample of his music with the video for “Here, Here.” It features Chill partying in a club and chugging…Vitamin Water.  You can catch him live at Be Wild Block Party this summer in Philly, or dig into some of our past spotlights on Chill including our year-end interview with him back in December and a Key Studio Video Session last April.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purling Hiss with Spacin’ at Johnny Brenda’s, Glitter at World Cafe Live, Restorations at the First Unitarian Church, They Might Be Giants at The TLA, Meek Mill at The Tower Theater and more

Photo by Peter English for Shaking Through | shakingthrough.com
Photo by Peter English for Shaking Through | shakingthrough.com
Local rockers Purling Hiss celebrate the release of Water On Mars at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The new LP is the trio’s major label debut (through Drag City) and presents the bristly lo-fi guitar rock of previous releases in a more polished, hi-fi resolution while retaining the amped up excess of feedback and noise.  The Key explored Water On Mars for a March edition of Unlocked, which you can check out here.  Mike Polizze’s band will be joined by his Birds of Maya bandmate Jason Killinger’s newish basement fuzz rock project Spacin’, as well as AXIS:SOVA.  Tickets and information the 21+ release show can be found here.  Below, watch Purling Hiss’ video for “Mercury Retrograde.”

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