Philly Music 101: The basics everyone needs to know about the Philadelphia scene right now

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

Philadelphia is a city of many wonders: a buzzing food scene, an established craft beer culture, and a parade of historical landmarks. But one aspect of our city that we are particularly passionate about is our magnificent local music community and all that is has to offer. Here at The Key, we often focus on the particulars of our scene – where artists will be playing each night, brand new local releases, etc. – so much so that we can forget how overwhelming it can be for newcomers to get their bearings.

So for those of you having trouble finding where to start, we are introducing this new Philly Music 101 series as your guide through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving members, from artists to venues to studios and more. It’s meant to help new fans navigate the scene as much as emerging musicians looking to break in and behind-the-scenes folks trying to get their start. We hope it will illuminate just what makes it so damn exciting for music lovers to live here. To kick it off, here is a by-no-means-complete overview of the different pieces of the Philadelphia music scene that have come together to make up its sturdy foundation. Continue reading →


SXSW Dispatch: Reppin’ Philly with RECPhilly, What Scene, Freeway, Moosh and Twist, Ground Up, Chill Moody and more

Moosh and Twist  at the RECPhilly showcase | Photo by John Vettese
Moosh and Twist at the RECPhilly showcase | Photo by John Vettese

It was a rainy night in Austin on Friday, making it the perfect time to stay indoors, off of the 6th Street melee and hang with a stacked lineup of Philly hip-hop and R&B musicians. The party at Old School Bar – thrown by promoters What Scene? and record label / artist development upstart RECPhilly – mixed up-and-comers with established names, and kept the room packed with an enthusiastic crowd across the night. Continue reading →


RECPhilly announced an all-Philly SXSW showcase and it’s pretty awesome

Moosh and Twist | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo |
Moosh and Twist rocking Made In America last summer. They play an all-Philly showcase at SXSW | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo |

It’s something I’ve been saying for years: SXSW needs a Philly-centric showcase, and it needs it in the center of the action. I’ve been going to the massive music industry rodeo in Austin for a few years now, and while there have been well-curated Philly unofficial Philly parties in the past – Yvynyl and XPN’s showcase in 2011, BITBY’s showcase in 2012, Bonfire’s showcase in 2013 – all took place a modest drive or a long walk from Austin’s bustling downtown, which is kind of where the musicians need to be to make an impact.

So big shoutouts this year to the RECPhilly crew and their partners at WhatScene? for putting together a Friday night show at SXSW 2015 that is (a) official and listed in the festival guide, (b) right in the thick of things on 6th Street and (c) all-Philly. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Paint It Black at First Unitarian Church, Moosh and Twist at Hard Rock Cafe

Paint It Black bandPhiladelphia hardcore stars Paint It Black play at the First Unitarian Church tonight for their record release show. The band features members of past influential punk groups; frontman Dan Yemin played guitar in New Jersey-based band Lifetime, as well as Kid Dynamite, another local favorite. The band’s last recorded album, New Lexicon, was released in 2008, and since then they have been relatively quiet, save for a 7″ single release in 2009 entitled Surrender. On Sunday, Paint It Black will release their new 7″ Invisible which, according to their Facebook page will have six new songs. This band’s influence on the hardcore and punk scene is immense, so it can be expected the show Sunday will be sweaty and crazy. Although the show is sold out, information on the show and the other bands playing (Joyce Manor, Loma Prieta, Congenital Death and Bad Side) can be found here. Paint It Black has released a track off their upcoming 7″ called “Greetings, Fellow Insomniacs”; listen to it below, and read an interview with the band at Brooklyn Vegan.

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Moosh & Twist’s management makes statement about their Union Transfer shutdown

Photo by Noah Silvestry |

Maybe you picked up today’s City Paper and read about the melee last Friday night as local hip-hop group Moosh & Twist called off their show at Union Transfer. Or perhaps you were out and about and saw some of the scene in person. This came just a little under two months after Moosh & Twist’s headlining show at The First Unitarian Church, which was was stopped after a pulled fire alarm emptied out the venue and ended the show four songs into the band’s set.

We reached out to Evan Reynolds, the manager of Moosh & Twist via e-mail, and here’s what he said about last Friday’s incident. Continue reading →


Watch a new video for Moosh and Twist’s “Victory”

Philadelphia pop-rap duo Moosh and Twist just released a fun new music video for their song “Victory.” It’s got lyrical references to the Neshaminy Mall and footage of the guys wearing tiger suits while doing the running man in a school gymnasium, and goofing by the fountain in Rittenhouse Square. Check it out below, and look for Moosh and Twist’s next release, A3C Volume 2, when it releases to iTunes on October 16.