Rene Marie + Experiment in Truth wow the Annenberg Center

Rene Marie and Experiment in Truth | photo courtesy of the Annenberg Center

There is so much oddity to the trade of Rene Marie that it’s made her a hot commodity. Rather than move through the womb as a mini Sarah Vaughn, Marie walked out of a job as a bank telling mom in her 40s and began a new career. Rather than solely vocalizing the jazz canon with deep reverence and nuanced expressiveness, she’s got an affection for soul and a proud R&B lean in her step, to say nothing of the occasional psychedelic rock cover (she likes Jefferson Airplane) and folk tune (as on 2011’s Black Lace Freudian Slip). The same goes for her songwriting in that Marie writes the lion’s share of her album’s tracks – lyrics and music – with 2016’s Sound of Red being her first album of all-original material. How many jazz vocalists can you name that write their own material? Continue reading →


Tonight’s (Non-KeyFest) Concert Picks: Heart Harbor at Tin Angel, Rene Marie at Exit 0 Jazz Fest, and Spirit of the Beehive at the First Unitarian Church

Heart Harbor 0 Jessica Kourkounis
Heart Harbor | Photo by Jessica Kourkounis | courtesy of the artist |

So, you might have heard that night two of Key Fest is tonight. If you like punk/indie rock, it’s going to be awesome. If you like good music in general, it’s going to be awesome. But, this is Philly, which means there are always plenty of other concerts going on. Here are three other concerts happening tonight. Heart Harbor is the project of Kerry Hallet. But while Hallet is grounded by a singer-songwriter character, her music is recorded with a full band and is overflowing with catchy pop hooks. Think Aimee Mann but with a more upbeat, carefree sound. Hallet just released her debut EP, Tender Trap, and will be celebrating the occasion with a show at Tin Angel. Read Hallet’s conversation with The Key here, and grab tickets to the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →