Here’s your guide to music at PIFA 2016

The dancers of Knitting Peace | Photo by Mats Baker
The dancers of Knitting Peace | Photo by Mats Baker

The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) will be back in town this spring for its third-ever installment. The festival, which is curated by the Kimmel Center, runs from April 8 to 23 and will feature over 60 performances and installations from local and international artists alike.

The festival features a number of art forms, ranging from theater, to live music, to sculpture. We at The Key are here to help you keep track of all of the music-related events going on at PIFA. Continue reading →


Watch The Fleeting Ends’ video for “I’m Like That” (playing a free show at The Kimmel Center tonight, XPoNential Music Festival this summer)


Local pop / rock outfit The Fleeting Ends have shared a video for “I’m Like That,” a track off of their new LP Our Eyes Are Peeled.  The video features the band playing the laid-back and lackadaisical (and incredibly catchy) song against a lava lamp backdrop interspersed with cuts to a colorful ballet dancer.  The Fleeting Ends will play a free show at The Kimmel Center tonight to help bring PIFA to an end (more information can be found here).  The Philly band will also perform at the XPoNential Music Festival this summer, happening July 26-28.  Tickets and more information for the festival can be found here.  Watch the new video below and check out footage from The Fleeting Ends’ acoustic appearance at The Porch here.


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freeenergyFree Energy will play the North Star Bar on May 4th with Deap Vally [link]

Local rapper Mic Stewart releasing PEACEWORLD on April 23rd, shares his new video for “I’m Not From Brooklyn” [link]

Moon Palace takes part in this week’s Folkadelphia Session, recording a selection of songs with a full band [link]

Dar Williams, Steve Forbert, Stephen Kellogg and more have been scheduled for this summer’s Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert series [link]

Wilkes Barre, PA’s Cherokee Red and their song “Vaya Con Dios” were Monday’s My Morning Download [link]

Sensual soul duo Rhye and their beautiful track “Open” were featured on this week’s XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week [link]

Download a free remix EP from Mock Suns, a local alt-psych trio that opened for Hey Marseilles at Johnny Brenda’s Wednesday night [link]

Weathervane Music shared this month’s Shaking Through episode with Night Panther; get a free download of “Fire” and watch the session video [link]

Anjuli Jospehine stopped by for a Key Studio Session and plays The Tin Angel this Saturday [link]

A student-produced documentary takes a look at the basement and DIY show scene in Philadelphia [link]

The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts kicks-off tonight and will run through April 27th with performances, lectures and exhibitions looking back at historic events in time [link]

Kurt Vile is throwing a parade this Saturday and wants you to be there [link]

Check out photos and a review of Kate Nash‘s appearance at Johnny Brenda’s [link]


Travel through time with the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (kicking off this Thursday, 3/28)

PIFAThe Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts gets underway this Thursday, March 28th and will run through April 27th.  With homebase returning to The Kimmel Center and a new theme of time travel this year, the month-long event will use performances, lectures and exihibitions to explore past moments in history including the discovery of America, the lunar landing and the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Below, check out a few musical highlights that you won’t want to miss, including a selection of free concerts happening in the Kimmel Center’s “Time Travel Plaza” (where you will also find a spiraling time machine).

Last Call at the Downbeat (4/5-4/13, Red Room at the Society Hill Playhouse):  Learn about Philadelphia’s jazz scene in the forties with this staged retrospective of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.  Watch a short video about the play from show producers Jazz Bridge below.

Prima! Rufus! Judy! (4/21, Verizon Hall): Rufus Wainwright reprises Judy Garland’s return to the stage with selections from her 1961 Carnegie Hall performance.  The evening will begin with excerpts from Wainwright’s own opera Prima Donna.  Watch Wainwright perform “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” below.

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The Hundred Acre Woods share video for “Base of My Heart” (playing at The Kimmel Center for PIFA on 3/28)

HundredAcreWoodsChester County / Philadelphia folk outfit The Hundred Acre Woods are set to release a new EP this spring and we got a sneak peek without even knowing it when they appeared on February’s Valentine’s Day four-way split for Topshelf Records.  “Base of My Heart,” their contribution to the benefit record, will be featured on the upcoming EP, which the quintet recorded up north last summer.  From bass player Pat Loundas:

In August 2012 we spent a weekend at my uncle’s cabin on Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocanos to write and demo for our next release (which should be released in May). For us, it was a chance to get out of the city and spend some time in nature.

The band also filmed a great outdoorsy video to accompany the single, which you can watch below (is that an “I <3 XPN” pin I see?).  The Hundred Acre Woods will perform at The Kimmel Center on March 28th as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. More information can be found here.


Questlove on the wheels of steel at the Philly-Paris Lockdown after party

Paul Severin

Questlove of The Roots is one of the busiest men in show business. Last Friday morning, after he visited with Michaela Majoun on the XPN Morning Show, he flew to Coachella to DJ the Rolling Stone Magazine party. He then flew back east to rehearse for the Philly-Paris Lockdown show before playing a show with The Roots in Vermont on Saturday night. Last night, after he led the debut of the Philly-Paris Lockdown he DJ’d an after party at the Kimmel Center, during which we caught him in action.