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Every year, the Roots Picnic inches closer to Philly musical utopia. The pre-summer day fest is curated by local hip-hop heroes The Roots, the self-proclaimed hardest working band in America. True to their own innovative and barrier-breaking approach, the lineup is always a unique, eclectic and interesting trip. The setting and its vibe has historically been a bit rockier, beset by exponentially swelling crowds and typically sweltering heat beating down on the minimally shaded asphalt of Festival Pier.
But the eighth annual installment of the Picnic yesterday, while not perfect, was a tremendously positive event, with major improvements in the layout and organization of the festival and a trimming of the musical fat (for the most part). Continue reading →
As Marian Hill‘s star keeps rising, they’ve started mixing some auxiliary projects in with their own official releases. The local electro-pop duo recorded a cover of Kanye’s 2008 single “Love Lockdown” back in March, and now they’ve shared a remix of The Weeknd’s “Earned It,” which features on the Fifty Shades of Grey Remixed compilation. Check out their version below, followed by the original. Marian Hill join The Suffers and Mac DeMarco at Union Transfer on June 20th for Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation benefit concert. Learn more here.
Philadelphia based Kalob Griffin Band will be bringing their Americana rock n’ roll to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. This band is known for their energetic live shows that are fueled by their love for music and performing. With an enthralling style that utilizes banjo and piano, this band is definitely one to check out. You can listen to their latest album here, download an exclusive new song by clicking here, and expect more new music from them this fall. Tickets for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.
Canadian R&B artist The Weeknd recently released a new album, Kiss Land and plays the Susquehanna Bank Center on Friday, October 4th. Below, watch the new video for “Live” featuring Drake. Go here for tickets to see the The Weeknd. Drake also will be performing in town on Saturday, October 19th at the Wells Fargo Center.
Canadian rapper and singer Abel Tesfaye, who performs as The Weeknd, emerged in a haze of mystery in 2010, and in 2011 released three albums of music for free. Almost immediately The Weeknd captured the attention of music fans and critics with a slow to mid-tempo R&B sound that was a cross between Drake and Massive Attack with sample choices as diverse as Beach House, Portishead, and Siouxie and The Banshees. The first three records were remastered and released as Trilogy in 2012 and he releases his new album, Kiss Land, on September 10th. The Weeknd plays the Susquehanna Bank Center on Friday, October 4th. Go here for tickets and more information.
It’s a busy week for The Weeknd, aka producer / musician Abel Tesfaye. He remixed the track “Royals” by Australian artist Lorde, an homage to young middle class kids with big dreams facing boredom. Keeping it simple, Tesfaye takes the original and adds his own subtle touches: a heavier drum beat, a sinister background synth and his own vocals.
Along with the remix of “Royals” he released a song from his upcoming album, Kiss Land. “Live For” features the same reverb atmosphere full of synths and high-pitched croons from Tesfaye but with one key addition. The new track features Drake, long-time Weeknd fan and collaborator. It appears that although Tesfaye decided not to work on Drake’s label, the two remain friends. Check out the new songs below and look for Kiss Land September 10th. The Weeknd will perform at Susquehanna Bank Center in October.
The Weeknd, whose sophomore album Kiss Land is due out sometime towards the end of summer, has just released a new video. The nearly 8-minute long, Anthony Mandler directed, video, is for the track “Belong to the World.” A tune that The Weeknd has been previously performed live, and one that samples the Portishead song “Machine Gun” (though, apparently, without Geoff Barrow’s permission). The Weeknd will be going on tour in support of the new release starting this fall, and will be coming to the Susquehanna Bank Center for a show on October 4th. Tickets and info can be found here, and check out the “Belong to the World” video below.
Abel Tesfaye, otherwise known by his stage name The Weeknd, has announced plans today for a fall tour, appropriately called “The Fall.” It starts this September, and will be making a stop at the Susquehanna Bank Center on October 4th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 12th, at 10 a.m. The upcoming string of dates will be in support of the Canadian-based alt-R&B songwriter’s soon-to-be-released sophomore full-length, Kiss Land, expected out at the end of this summer. The Weeknd has already given listeners a taste of that record, having released the title-track teaser, “Kiss Land.” Listen below, and find more info on his Susquehanna Bank Center show here.
The amount of news that surfaces in a 24 hour period is astronomical anymore; multiplied by 365, that’s an onslaught of information we present you with during the calendar year. But some items always rise above the fold and prove to be something bigger. Here are the ten stories from The Key that drew your collective attention (and eyeballs) in 2012. Continue reading →