The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Check out highlights from fall of 2012 with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 6, including some hard-hitting hip-hop from Ethel Cee and Reef the Lost Cauze, expressive Americana from The Districts, bright pop-rock from Kingsfoil, dense shoegaze from Nothing and more. Special thanks to guest engineer Chris Williams and production assistants Beth Ann Downey, Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Laura Jane Brubaker, Kyle Costill, Shamus McGroggan, Marley McNamara, and Julie Miller for sharing their work.
Wait, what’s that? You thought you were off the hook that easily? Like it’s been so many days of holiday cheer that the plan was just a quiet night at home with board games and DVDs? No no no, my friend – there is fun to be had and live music to be seen. Let’s start with a couple accidental omissions from our New Year’s Eve roundup post from the other week. Johnny Showcase and The Lefty Lucy Cabaret – the funky campy ultra-catchy ensemble of Philly dudes and ladies rallying around one central crooner’s aspirations of Tom Jones (or Midnite Vultures-era Beck) – joins forces with West Philadelphia Orchestra at Connie’s Ric Rac for a New Year’s dancing extravaganza. More information can be found here; below, check out Showcase’s video for the ultra-addictive “Sensual, Parts 1 & 2.”
Wrapping up this year’s Twelve Days of Philly Local Christmas with one more bonus stocking stuffer mp3, it’s one of our favorite Central Pennsylvania discoveries of the year: The Districts. This fall the Lancaster County band recorded “Fires and Footsteps,” a nostalgic rock and roll up a snow-covered country lane during the holiday season. Turn up your speakers and download the track below; for the entire compilation, head here. And have a great holiday.
One of the many wonderful things about the Philadelphia music community is its desire to rally around causes and make a difference in the city. As cliched as that sounds, its true – the latest example being hometown musician John Francis‘ new City of Love Festival, benefiting Broad Street Ministry and their “Breaking Bread” hospitality initiative. Amidst debate over whether or not outdoor meal services for the homeless should be allowed in Philadelphia, the Broad Street Ministry has created its own safe haven for the city’s homeless men and women where they can receive a hot meal and a variety of services (including medical attention, art therapy and assistance for veterans) every Thursday afternoon. Continue reading →
Lancaster rock quartet The Districts and Philly dreamscape band Edison are playing the weekly Ron Gallo Revue at Fergie’s tonight (as well as Gallo himself). The Districts released their first full-length album earlier this year, but you can also check out their three-track album, While You Were in Honesdale, released in September, here. Edison’s ethereal rock sound can be heard on their forthcoming debut album, Living Room, which you can stream here. Living Room is scheduled for release January 1st, 2013. Admission to the 21+ show is free, but be sure to get there before 9 to catch all three acts!
This week’s installment of The Key Studio Sessions featured buzzing Lancaster band The Districts. The blues-rockers are currently promoting their latest record Telephone, which is available as a name-your-own-price download here. Below, check out The Key Studio Session version of their rousing new song “Went to the City” and download the rest of their session here. Check back for information on The Districts’ upcoming show at Fergie’s early next month.
Swedish pop singer/songwriter Jens Lekman is playing at Union Transfer tonight. His third full-length album I Know What Love Isn’t, which dropped in September, surprised fans by taking a huge step away from the characteristically romantic Lekman on older records. I Know What Love Isn’t may just define the term “break-up album,” Lekman’s sad but smooth voice reminiscing over a former love. The all ages performance tonight begins at 9; more details can be found here. Watch the video for “Erica America” from I Know What Love Isn’t below.