The Key’s Year-End Mania: Sameer Rao’s Top 5 Musical Gut-Punches of 2014 (Philly edition)

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Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, contributing writer Sameer Rao talks about songs that make you feel.

In case you didn’t read and feel what I wrote and felt last year, let it be known far and wide that 2014 was yet another hell of a year for nerve-poking chords, chill-inducing croons, and all manner of music that brought on heavy cases of the feels. And since this was a banner year for local artists of all stripes, we’re making this one Philly-exclusive. Get your tissues out for this list. Continue reading →


Listen to The New School Presents: America’s Next, a new compilation from Dice Raw’s Raw Life label

You might know him as a longtime affiliate of The Legendary Roots Crew, but Dice Raw also has a sharp ear for up-and-coming talent in the city. Today, his label Raw Life released The New Sound Presents: America’s Next, a thirteen-track compilation of rising stars in the city’s pop and hip-hop scene. It features the charismatic Young Gliss, who just released the incredible Glimmer EP; Patty Crash, Philly’s answer to the pop-star badassery of Robyn; melodic-minded rapper Rone; the suave, dancefloor-oriented tones of Mike Taylor; and many more. You preview the compilation in the Soundcloud stream below, or buy yourself a copy over at iTunes.

You can also catch Dice, Gliss and Rone tonight at The Jam House party at The Legendary Dobbs on South Street – they’ll be joined by Swift Technique and City Rain.

Below, check out a video for the compilation’s lead single: “200 Miles to Philadelphia” by Rone.