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Listen to Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra’s first gig, recorded live at PAFA; see them tomorrow at Johnny Brenda’s

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Tomorrow night at Johnny Brenda’s, Philly’s Joey Sweeney celebrates the release of his new solo LP, Long Hair, which is out October 29th via the Delaware Water Gap label La Societe Expeditionaire and BITBY. It probably goes without saying that Sweeney is a longtime fixture in the Philly music scene, from his days as a staff writer for the Philly Weekly and bandleader for The Trouble With Sweeney in the 00s, continuing as an advocate for local culture on city blog Philebrity, to rocking the hell out with Arctic Splash, his other currently-active project.

Long Hair is the fruit of many musicians’ labor – from Lushlife’s Raj Haldar, who worked on string arrangements and played Arp synthesizer, to vocalist Lily Cope and ubiquitous trumpet player John Pettit. (XPN director of engineeri g Jared Styles plays bass in the band as well.) It’s an orchestrated and lush pop-rock record, and the ten-piece crew that performs it – the Long Hair Arkestra – is a solid crew.

Back in April, Sweeney and his band played their first-ever gig on a stage beneath the illuminated fighter plane that just out of Lenfest Plaza at PAFA. It was for our Key Studio Sessions Live series, it was recorded for posterity, and today we bring you the set in its entirety. Listen to it below, and get tickets and information on tomorrow night’s 21+ show at Johnny Brenda’s here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Key Studio Sessions Live at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Morning River Band at Kung Fu Necktie, Ecomog at The Trocadero Balcony, Acid Mothers Temple at Johnny Brenda’s

SwedenExperience the Key Studio Sessions live tonight at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  The free event will showcase three of the Philadelphia area’s top acts: folk-rockers and two-time Tri-State Indie Award winners New Sweden, vocal powerhouse and in-demand collaborator Ali Wadsworth and local man-about-town Joey Sweeney with his new band The Long Hair Arkestra.  Admission for the show is free but space is limited; RSVP on the XPN website and get more information here.  Below, watch New Sweden perform “Mama” and download their Key Studio Session from March 2012 here.

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RSVP for The Key Studio Sessions Live ft. New Sweden, Ali Wadsworth and Joey Sweeney & the Long Hair Arkestra (at PAFA on 4/18)

NewSwedenIt’s been a little while since we brought you some free live local music here at The Key, so we’re pretty psyched to announce our latest installments of The Key Studio Sessions Live, happening at Lenfest Plaza at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on Thursday, April 18th.

On hand we’ve got Wilmington folk-rock powerhouse New Sweden (pictured), alums of the Key Studio Sessions (download their appearance here) and two-time winners of Tri-State Indie’s Delaware Indie Band of the Year award. I caught their recently revamped lineup at South by Southwest last month, and their live set is smokin’ as ever. Expect some new material, a modest amount of fiddle and ample hooting and hollering from these folks.

Also on the bill is vocal force of nature Ali Wadsworth. You’ve seen her collaborate with many players in the roots scene – her old band Unlikely Cowboy, Toy Soldiers, Good Old War, Fantasy Square Garden, Aaron & the Spell and the list goes on – but her forthcoming solo debut is something just about all of those folks are anticipating. It is being recorded with prominent Philly producer Bill Moriarty, features Wadsworth singing music written by many of her friends in the scene, and is sure to be great.

Last but certainly not least is Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra. Aside from his day gig running the city news and culture blog Philebrity, Sweeney has made a formidable return to the stage this year – he first performed as a teenager in the 90s, and went on to front The Trouble With Sweeney and others until about 2006. After a hiatus of about a half-dozen years, he began to make moves with his rock outfit Arctic Splash (including a Christmas Key Session), threw a 40th birthday celebration that reunited all of his old bands, and now is gearing up to release Long Hair, a long-in-the-works solo album exploring the more introspective side of his songwriting. For this show, Sweeney will perform with The Long Hair Arkestra, a band about whom we don’t know a ton, but we’re psyched to hear them play all the same.

The concert takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lenfest Plaza at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 North Broad Street. Admission is free, but space is limited, so RSVP now at the XPN website.

Below, watch an acoustic performance of New Sweden’s “Mama,” watch Ali Wadsworth covering Beck’s “Eyes that Say I Love You” at the Song Reader show, and watch a trailer for Sweeney’s “Long Hair”

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Listen to the Key Studio Sessions Live with Graham Alexander and Find Vienna at World Cafe Live (12/16/12)


Graham Alexander performed with Find Vienna as part of the fourth Key Studio Session Live concert which kicked off the 2012 Non-COMMvention.

Listen here to Graham Alexander’s set.

Listen here to the set by Find Vienna.

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Tonight: The Key Studio Sessions LIVE feat. Graham Alexander and Find Vienna at World Cafe Live

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WXPN and The Key are happy to present the fourth show in our Key Studio Sessions LIVE concert series, which will feature Graham Alexander and Find Vienna TONIGHT at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live. Tickets to the show are SOLD OUT, but we will have audio of the performances and photo galleries on the site tomorrow morning. Below, you can watch a video from each of the performing acts.

Go here to listen to and download our new The Key Studio Session Compilation Volume 4, featuring exclusive tracks recorded at the WXPN studios by 16 local acts, including Lushlife, Chill Moody, City Rain, + more..

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Just Announced: The Key Studio Sessions LIVE feat. Graham Alexander and Find Vienna at World Cafe Live on May 16th

Find Vienna

WXPN and The Key are happy to announce the fourth show in our Key Studio Sessions LIVE concert series, which will feature Graham Alexander and Find Vienna at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16th, at World Cafe Live. Tickets to the show are FREE, but require an RSVP (which you can do here). Below, you can watch a video from each of the performing acts.

Go here to listen to and download our new The Key Studio Session Compilation Volume 4, featuring exclusive tracks recorded at the WXPN studios by 16 local acts, including Lushlife, Chill Moody, City Rain, + more..

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Online registration for tonight’s Key Studio Sessions LIVE concert closes at 5 p.m., walk-ups allowed after doors open

Chill Moody

A quick note about our Key Studio Sessions LIVE concert—featuring The Fleeting EndsChill Moody, and Turning Violet Violet—at 9 p.m. tonight at Milkboy Philly: Online registration will close today at 5 p.m., but walk-ups are allowed (and encouraged) once the doors have opened at 8 p.m. Spots on the list are closing up, so if you want guaranteed access to the show, sign up now!

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Tonight: The Key Studio Sessions LIVE feat. The Fleeting Ends, Chill Moody, and Turning Violet Violet at Milkboy Philly

The Fleeting Ends

Tonight, WXPN and The Key are happy to announce the third show in our Key Studio Sessions LIVE concert series, which will feature The Fleeting Ends, Chill Moody, and Turning Violet Violet at 9 p.m. at  Milkboy Philly. Tickets to the 21+ show are FREE, but require an RSVP (which you can do here). Below, you can watch a video from each of the performing acts.

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Get to know Chill Moody (playing this Thursday at Milkboy for The Key Studio Session Live showcase)

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This Thursday evening, March 15th, WXPN and The Key Present The Key Studio Sessions Live at 9 p.m. at Milkboy Philly. The lineup includes The Fleeting Ends, Turning Violet Violet and Chill Moody. Tickets to the 21+ show are free, however you need to RSVP for the show here. Below, watch a video profile of Chill Moody, produced by Philadelphia Music Magazine.

Chill Moody’s “Game Plan” from Philadelphia Music Magazine on Vimeo.

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10 New Philly Rappers To Watch Out For (via Complex Magazine)

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There’s no arguing that Philly has amassed some fantastic new rap and hip-hop talent over the last several years. Complex Magazine has picked 10 New Philadelphia Rappers To Watch Out For. It’s a pretty solid list; the thing with lists is that, well, with so much talent in Philly it probably should have been 20 New Philadelphia Rappers To Watch Out For. Find out who made the cut here.