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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Passenger at World Cafe Live, Panic Years at Kung Fu Necktie, Sha Na Na at The Sellersville Theater

British troubadour Passenger travels to World Cafe Live tonight.  Mike Rosenberg released his latest album All the Little Lights in July while busking throughout Europe and the UK on a DIY tour.  If being chosen to open for Ed Sheeran isn’t praise enough for Rosenberg’s ability to craft soulful, heartfelt compositions, just take a look at his currently scheduled tour dates – over half of them are already sold out and many were moved to larger venues, including tonight’s (it was moved from upstairs at WCL to downstairs).  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Kate Earl can be found here.  Below, watch the video for Passenger’s single “Let Her Go.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kendrick Lamar at the TLA, Ian Hunter at World Cafe Live, Panic Years at MilkBoy, Attic Dancers at The Fire, Camp Jam in the Pines

Kendrick Lamar is an emerging rapper from Los Angeles who’s been praised for balancing hard-hitting contemporary hiphop sounds with a message behind the music. His album good kid, m.A.A.d city is being released on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Records in October, and he plays The TLA on South Street tonight. The all-ages show begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $36; tickets and information are available here. Below, check out a video for Kendrick Lamar’s song “Swimming Pools.”

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5 (feat. The Spinto Band, Turning Violet Violet, Heyward Howkins + more)


The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Dig into the best of what we’ve been doing since May with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5, including some sprightly indie pop from The Spinto Band, driving country-folk from Carsie Blanton, funk jams by Swift Technique and hip-hop from Ground Up. Special thanks to guest engineer Jeff White and production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Kate Bracaglia, Eric Ashleigh, David Kain, Michael Passanante, Kevin Kennedy, Rachel Barrish and Bryan Shreck for sharing their work.

Looking for more? Visit WXPN’s Soundcloud page to download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 1 through Vol. 4.

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The Key Studio VIDEO Sessions: Taking risks with Panic Years

This month’s Key Studio VIDEO Session spotlights Panic Years, the Philadelphia-based alt-rock band that just released its first full-length record, The Month’s Mind. In our interview, founding members Edward Everett and Amy Miller talk about the importance of chemistry in the band’s songwriting process; taking risks and stretching its sound on the new album; and the introspective undercurrent of The Month’s Mind. We also see Panic Years performing three songs from the album in our studio – the Pixies-esque “Qualia,” the synthpoppy “Two Hearts” and the anthemic rocker “Anomie.” Watch the video and download the session below, and look for local appearances from Panic Years later this summer, when they return from their first national tour.

Key Studio Video Session – The Panic Years from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

Video by Bob Giardini | bobg-media.com

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Happy Record Release Day to the Panic Years

Photo by John Ryan

Panic Years have a big reason to celebrate today as they release their new album, The Month’s Mind. The band has its record release party on June 16th at Ruba Hall. More information about the show here. The Month’s Mind is available digitally via iTunes, Amazon.com and Google Play and here if you would like to purchase a good old fashioned physical copy of the album. Below, stream the new album in its entirety. Check back next week for a Key Studio Video Session of the band.

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Exclusive: Stream the Panic Years’ excellent new album, The Month’s Mind

Photo by John Ryan

Panic Years release their new album, The Month’s Mind, on Tuesday, June 12th. The band recently recorded a Key Studio Video Session which will be out in a couple of weeks. The band has its record release party on June 16th at Ruba Hall. More information about the show here. The Month’s Mind will be available digitally via iTunes, Amazon.com and Google Play and hereif you would like to purchase a good old fashioned physical copy of the album. Below, stream the new album in its entirety.

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Download two new songs from Panic Years


Panic Years are releasing a new album, The Month’s Mind, on June 12th. In celebration of the release, the band is having an album release party on Saturday, June 16th at Ruba Hall with special guests This Way to the Egress and members of the Philly drum group Unidos da Filadelfia. Panic Years recently recorded a Key Studio Video Session; preview the new album below by downloading two new songs.

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Revolution, I Love You release debut album, play tonight at World Cafe Live

Revolution, I Love You have releaseed their debut full length album called We Choose To Go To The Moon on Monster Entertainment. You can download the entire album for free here. The band includes lead vocalist Rob Lindgren on guitar and synthesizers and Jason Reynolds (vocals/guitar/keyboards). Tonight they celebrate the release of their album as part of the Philly F/M fest at World Cafe Live with local bands Early Ape going on at 8 p.m., Panic Years at 8:40, Penrose at 9:30 and Revolution going on at 10:30. Tickets to the 21+ general admission show are $11 ($8 ticket + $3 processing fee). Below, sample a couple of songs from Revolution, I Love You’s debut album.

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