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PREMIERE: Cheers Elephant perform “Airliner” for SoFAR Sounds

Taken from Sofar Sounds' Instagram.
Taken from Sofar Sounds’ Instagram.

So waaaay back in March, former Philly homies Cheers Elephant teamed up with Sofar Sounds‘ Austin crew during SXSW. The result of said pairing is the track “Airliner.” The exclusive performance, which is technically not in a room as most SoFAR (Songs From A Room) sessions are, has the perfect breezy demeanor to balance its laid-back location. Continue reading →

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Residuels share live video of rockin’ new anthem “Hurricane” from SXSW

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

SXSW never really ends. Live footage continues to be released and this week Residuels gift a new live video of “Hurricane” from one of six shows they played during the festival. The song is a full-on-fast-paced punk fest that’s earned a spot on their upcoming debut LP. Watch them shred below and see them live at Connie’s Ric Rac tonight. More details here.

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Watch a clip of Bleeding Rainbow performing at SXSW for BreakThruRadio

20130326-bleedingrainbow-x600-1364310317One of several sets Philly punk band Bleeding Rainbow played during SXSW last month was for BreakThruRadio and the New York-based video producers captured a portion of Yeah RIght single “Pink Ruff” on film.  Sandwiched between “skronk pop” band UUVVWWZ and singer-songwriter Dana Falconberry, the four-piece talked tacos, hotel amenities and roadtrip music with their stage hosts in a short interview.  Watch the recap of BTRtoday’s SXSW Day Party, Part 1 below and check out Bleeding Rainbow’s appearance beginning at 3:42.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Amos Lee, SXSW and Purling Hiss)

Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic
Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic

Dave Grohl gave an inspiring and insightful Keynote Speech at last week’s SXSW [link]

Cursive and The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher came to Folkadelphia in his solo acoustic capacity for this week’s live session [link]

Mondays’ My Morning Download featured L.A. five piece The Lonely Wild and their track “Everything You Need” [link]

Florida / NYC duo The Saint Johns were highlighted for XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with their song “Your Head and Your Heart” [link]

Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster announced a date at The Mann for July 18th [link]

Purling Hiss are the focus of Unlocked this week; their major label debut Water On Mars was released on Tuesday through Drag City [link]

Philly bands Vacationer, Grandchildren, Lantern and more invaded Austin for SXSW with an impressive showing of hard work and talent [link]

Appel Farm announced a line-up for the June 1st festival that includes Brandi Carlile, Low Cut Connie and Delta Rae [link]

The Philly Drum Project will celebrate its first anniversary at World Cafe Live on April 23rd [link]

Get an exclusive listen of Amos Lee covering “Some Days Are Diamonds” from The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver [link]

Slingshot Dakota‘s positive, upbeat pop / punk songs shine in this week’s Key Session [link]

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SXSW Recap: Watch Pickwick perform “Hacienda Motel” and listen to their entire set from the Public Radio Rocks showcase

Pickwick | Photo by John Vettese
Pickwick | Photo by John Vettese

Live on the Public Radio Rocks stage at SXSW last week, up-and-coming Seattle band Pickwick performed “Hacienda Motel” for the crowd gathered for the WXPN-broadcasted daytime event.  Watch the WFUV-produced video below and listen back to audio of Pickwick’s full set here (via the WXPN media player).

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SXSW Recap: Watch Iron & Wine perform “Naked As We Came” and listen to their entire set from the Public Radio Rocks showcase

Iron and Wine | Photo by Laura Fedele |  WFUV
Iron and Wine | Photo by Laura Fedele | WFUV

Iron & Wine went solo for the Public Radio Rocks event at SXSW last week, broadcasted live on WXPN and filmed by stage co-presenters WFMU.  Watch Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam perform “Naked As We Come” below and check out audio of the full set here (via the WXPN media player)..

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SXSW Recap: Watch Divine Fits perform “Shivers” and listen to their entire set from the Public Radio Rocks showcase

Divine Fits | Photo by Gus Phillipas | WFUV
Divine Fits | Photo by Gus Phillipas | WFUV

Last Friday Divine Fits played the Public Radio Rocks stage at SXSW, presented by WXPN and Triple-A friends WFUV in New York, The Current in Minneapolis / St. Paul, KXT in Dallas, and KUTX in Austin.  Below, watch the supergroup perform “Shivers” off of their self-titled 2012 debut (filmed by WFUV) and listen to the full audio of their set here (via the WXPN media player)..

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SXSW required watching Dispatch: Dave Grohl’s entire keynote speech

Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic via Rolling Stone
Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic
Dave Grohl was this year’s SXSW keynote speaker. Last year, Bruce Springsteen set a new bar for SXSW keynote speeches. Grohl had a tough act to follow, but definitely held his own with some great stories. During his speech he claimed “the musician comes first,” urged artists to find their voice, took a stab at Pitchfork (the music web site), and went on to thank Edgar Winter for being a major influence on his wanting to become a musician. Below, watch the full speech; it’s worth the 48 minute time investment.

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SXSW Dispatch: Watch Vampire Weekend play a new song from WXPN’s live broadcast

On Friday, WXPN broadcasted from the SXSW convention center radio day stage. The seven band lineup concluded with a five song set from Vampire Weekend whose new album, Modern Vampires of The City is out on May 7th. Above, watch the band play a new song, “Unbelievers.”

Thanks to our friends and Public Radio Rocks SXSW broadcast partners WFUV for the video support.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions’ SXSW PHL sampler featuring Cold Fronts, Lushlife, DRGN King and more

Bleeding Rainbow at SXSW 2012 | Photo by John Vettese
Bleeding Rainbow at SXSW 2012 | Photo by John Vettese

The music portion of the Austin’s annual South by Southwest festival kicks off today, and many of our city’s finest up-and-coming bands have been spent the last week crammed in hatchbacks or vans with amps and instruments, making their trek to Texas. Several have, over the past couple years, recorded Key Sessions in our studio, and today we present you with a downloadable sampler of artists who are repping Philly in in Austin this week.

Beginning with a snappy performance of “Jackie” by Philly pop-rockers Cold Fronts, who won a JanSport competition to be a SXSW featured artist, all the way to the doom-y “Downward Years to Come” from Nothing, it showcases some of the rock (Cheers Elephant), hip-hop (Lushlife) and punk (Lantern) Philly bands on the various bills across Austin. Listen to the set below, download at Soundcloud. And check out some bonus video after the Jump – West Philly’s Waxahatchee performs a ton of shows this week, including an NPR Music showcase with Nick Cave tomorrow, while Bleeding Rainbow is making the rounds as well. See videos of the former playing “Dark Moon” in our studio and the latter tearing up “Get Lost” at Johnny Brenda’s.

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