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Watch The Key’s and Philly Music Mag’s video spotlight on Peedi Crakk

Peedi Crakk being interviewed by DJ Afrodjiak | Photo by John Vettese
As a bonus Key Session this afternoon, we bring you the final video from our first-ever video collaboration with Philadelphia Music Mag, this time spotlighting West Philly Rapper Peedi Crakk. An alum of the grounbreaking 2000′s Philly rap collective State Property, Peedi tells us about finding variety in hiphop, his unique approach to writing lyrics and how rap is just one of his creative outlets. Watch the video (which, heads up, has some NSFW language towards the end) below. Also, even though you don’t see her onscreen, we’d like to give a shoutout to DJ Afrodjiak – she conducted the interviews, she curated the musicans, and without her, this group of videos would not have been possible.

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The Key Studio Sessions presented by Philly Music Mag: Reef the Lost Cauze

Reef the Lost Cauze | Photo by John Vettese

In this week’s Key Studio Session, presented in collaboration with Philly Music Mag, we spotlight Philadelpiha powerhouse rappper Reef the Lost Cauze. This video shoot was his first time performing with live musicians – PMM-curated house band featuring Elliot “El Smooth” Garland (keys), Charlie “Chaz Patz” Patierno (drums) and Rhodney “Rah M. Sungee” Miller (bass) – and the resulting set is electrifying. Check out the video below to see Reef perform three songs and talk about his music – from using hiphop as a means of channeling anger, to making a living out of being an MC – and download the three songs, engineered by WXPN’s Chris Williams. And catch Reef the Lost Cauze on Thursday, October 11, at the Balcony bar at The Trocadero.

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The Key Studio Sessions presented by Philly Music Mag: Ethel Cee

Ethel Cee | Photo by John Vettese

In this week’s Key Studio Session, presented in collaboration with Philly Music Mag, we delve into the world of Philly emcee, Ethel Cee. Her latest release is the Seven Thirty EP, recorded with South Philly production guru Dumhi, and for this series, she performed with a PMM-curated house band featuring musicians Elliot “El Smooth” Garland (keys), Charlie “Chaz Patz” Patierno (drums) and Rhodney “Rah M. Sungee” Miller (bass). Check out the video below to see Ethel perform three songs and talk about her background as a performer – from crafting song titles that stand out from the pack, to making music from Fela Kuti samples – and download the three songs, engineered by WXPN’s Chris Williams.

Video by Philly Music Mag – phillymusicmagazine.com

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The Key Studio VIDEO Sessions: Studying horror with The Bailey Hounds

This month’s Key Studio VIDEO Session features The Bailey Hounds, the Philadelphia-based gothic Americana band that released its first full-length record, Along the Gallows, last Halloween. In our interview, singer-guitarist Ryan Petrillo talks about his fascination with the horror genre, how he and his bandmates have learned to apply it to their songwriting process, and their camaraderie with the Philadelphia music scene. We also see The Bailey Hounds performing three original songs in our studio – “Those Devils Don’t Scare Me,” “Along The Gallows,” “Dead and Gone” – and a cover of Pantera’s “The Great Southern Trendkill.” Watch the video and download the session below, and catch The Bailey Hounds at the XPoNential Music Festival this Saturday; they play The Key Stage at the Susquehanna Bank Center at 8 p.m.

Key Studio Video Session – Bailey Hounds from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

Video by Bob Giardini – bobg-media.com

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The Key Studio VIDEO Sessions: Taking risks with Panic Years

This month’s Key Studio VIDEO Session spotlights Panic Years, the Philadelphia-based alt-rock band that just released its first full-length record, The Month’s Mind. In our interview, founding members Edward Everett and Amy Miller talk about the importance of chemistry in the band’s songwriting process; taking risks and stretching its sound on the new album; and the introspective undercurrent of The Month’s Mind. We also see Panic Years performing three songs from the album in our studio – the Pixies-esque “Qualia,” the synthpoppy “Two Hearts” and the anthemic rocker “Anomie.” Watch the video and download the session below, and look for local appearances from Panic Years later this summer, when they return from their first national tour.

Key Studio Video Session – The Panic Years from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

Video by Bob Giardini | bobg-media.com

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The Key Studio VIDEO Sessions: Carsie Blanton on showing some backbone

Photo by Eric Ashleigh

This month’s Key Studio VIDEO Session spotlights Carsie Blanton, a free-spirited singer-songwriter who for the past six years has called Philadelphia home. This year she self-released her third album, Idiot Heart, and in our interview, Carsie talks about the album’s central ideas of bravery and passion, tells us about working with nationally-renowned producers The Wood Brothers, and recalls an exciting string of gigs opening for Paul Simon. We also see Carsie and her band performing three songs from the album in our studio. Watch the video and download the session below, and catch Carsie and her band in concert at Phoenixville’s Steel City Coffee House on May 25.


Video by Bob Giardini | bobg-media.com

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The Key Studio VIDEO Sessions: #nicethings from Chill Moody

This month’s Key Studio VIDEO Session spotlights Chill Moody, an emerging Philadelphia rapper who’s built his spot from the ground up in the city’s vibrant hip-hop community. In our interview, Chill tells us about the musical influences he absorbed growing up in West Philly, his do-it-yourself method to cultivating an enthusiastic fan base, and the origins of “nice things,” his self-styled slang. We also see Chill and his band performing three songs at MilkBoy Studio, engineered by JoeLogic and Karl Petersen. Watch the video and download the session below, and catch Chill and his band in concert tonight at the Pool in Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City, or on the Roots Picnic lineup on June 3.


Video by Bob Giardini | bobg-media.com

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The Key Studio VIDEO Sessions: The building blocks of Buried Beds

Photo by Madeleine Lesperance

This month’s Key Studio VIDEO Session spotlights Buried Beds, a staple of West Philadelphia’s indie-rock community fronted by singer-songwriters Brandon Beaver and Eliza Jones. In our interview, Beaver and Jones tell us about the friendship that led them on a journey from folk duo to rock ensemble. They also discuss their fondness for meticulous, challenging, prog-rock style playing, and perform three songs from their new Small Stories EP. Watch the video below, and download a track from Small Stories here.

Key Studio Sessions #8 – Buried Beds from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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The Key Studio VIDEO Sessions: Going country with Arrah and the Ferns

For this month’s Key Studio Video Session, we profiled Arrah and the Ferns, the country-tinged four piece that self-released its latest EP, Soldier Ghost, in fall of 2011. In our interview, singer-guitarist Arrah Fisher talks about coming to Philadelphia from Muncie, Indiana; finding her voice as a songwriter; and the affinity for old country music she discovered after moving to a new city. Watch the video and download the Key Studio Session below, and catch the band in concert on March 2 when it plays Milkboy Philly.

Key Studio Sessions #7 – Arrah and the Ferns from WXPN FM on Vimeo. Video produced by Bob Giardini.

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Photo Preview: Arrah And The Ferns’ Key Studio Video Session

Last night, Arrah And The Ferns dropped by the XPN studios to record a Key Studio Video Session. In addition to the audio and video, we were able to shoot a few photos. As a preview, you can check out the photos above; the full session will be posted in a few weeks.

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