Download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Vol. 4 (feat. City Rain, Pink Skull, Lushlife, Chill Moody, + more)

Photo by Arrah Fisher

Special thanks to all of the bands for coming to our studio, and to John Vettese for recording them. We’d also like to thank volunteer production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Kate Bracaglia, Corey Cohen, Sarah Fry, Shamus McGroggan, Noah Gabriel Merenda, Sylvia Ramirez, and Heidi Schlenzig for sharing their work. Continue reading →


The Key Studio Sessions: Music for Headphones

Local experimental rock head Jonathan Allen has recorded under the Music for Headphones banner since moving to Philadelphia in the mid-aughts, dabbling in shoegaze, industrial and electronic textures. But it’s only been within the past few years that the project evolved beyond a prolific string of home recordings and into a performing band. The four players and their four voluminous amplifiers (and innumerable effects pedals) made a wonderful rumble when recording their Key Studio Session last weekend. Songs ranged from the instrumental jam “Super Bored” (originally found on their 2011 album Life in Mono) to a new number, the uber-catchy “Why.” Download the session below, listen to our interview with the band tomorrow night at 7 on The Key Studio Sessions Hour on XPN2, and catch them live next weekend. They’re kicking off a new curated series at their performance space, Inciting HQ – home to the Inciting Action DJ nights – on Thursday, March 8 with a lineup of Denmark’s The Foreign Resort, Philadelphia’s Faux Slang and themselves.


Eric Schuman’s Top Five Local Albums of 2011

This week, we’ll be taking a look at several WXPN/XPN2 staff members’ Best Of 2011 lists. Today, XPN2?s Eric Schuman tells us his five favorite local albums of the year.

1. Man Man, Life Fantastic (Anti-) Listen to Mister Heavenly’s interview and performance on XPN2

2. The War On Drugs, Slave Ambient  (Secretly Canadian) Listen to The War On Drugs’ Key Studio Session


3. Hoots And Hellmouth, Salt (self-released)


4. Work Drugs, Aurora Lies (Bobby Cahn Records)


5. Music For Headphones, Life.In.Mono


Philly Local Philes: Music for Headphones’ “Drive Motorik”

Get literal, music nerds. With their latest record,, drawing so heavily from the percussive krautrock of Kraftwerk and Neu!, it’s fitting that Music for Headphones wastes no time namechecking that style’s signature beat. In today’s Philly Local Phile, we spotlight the one-and-two-and-three-and-four-and motorik pulse of “Drive Motorik.” Stream it below, and check the band out live tonight when it plays a free show at Teri’s Diner and Bar at 1126 South 9th Street.