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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Tiani Victoria at Bourbon & Branch

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Tiani Victoria at Key Fest | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Inaugural Key Fest alum Tiani Victoria brings her club-ready hip hop to Bourbon & Branch tonight for Wood Presents’ Soundcheck Unplugged showcase. The Philadelphia native released her debut mixtape Hard Candy last year after appearing on a song with Reek Da Rookie. Watch her video for “Black Girl Lost” below (featuring a cameo by Dice Raw) and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Bruce Warren’s Best of Philly Music 2015

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Queen of Jeans | photo by Kelly Kurteson

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, WXPN program director Bruce Warren shares five musicians she found on Spotify in 2015.

This past Thanksgiving The Key’s John Vettese wrote about the 15 Philly songs we’re thankful for. The songs were just a small snapshot of by Philly’s vibrant music scene, represented by the likes of Hop Along, Jazmine Sullivan, Kurt Vile, Agudos Clef, Hemming, Hezekiah Jones, Lithuania, Lushlife, Jill Scott, and others. What stood out to me in Vettese’s article then, and what’s stood out to all of us at The Key for the last several years is how wonderfully diverse, and prolific, the music scene in Philly continues to be. Continue reading →

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Tiani Victoria’s mixtape Hard Candy is finally out and it’s dope

Tiani Victoria rehearshing for #KeyFest | photo via instagram.com/tianivictoria
Tiani Victoria rehearshing for #KeyFest | photo via instagram.com/tianivictoria

Tiani Victoria officially released her debut mixtape Hard Candy this week, and wow – it is tight. The 15-track release is full of the artist’s unstoppable flow and smooth, crisp beats.

Opener track “Million Dollar Flow” kicks it off strong with laid back, classic hip hop vibes. The song was The Key’s original run-in with Tiani when she released it as a single a year ago, immediately putting her on our radar. Another quick favorite is her bumpin’ track “Marinate,” filled out with a danceworthy beat and eery vibes reminiscent of fellow Philadelphian Meek Mill. Continue reading →

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Key Fest At-A-Glance: A set of simmering Philly hip-hop and R&B with Brielle, The Bul Bey, Jacqueline Constance and Tiani Victoria

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Brielle | Photo by Reji B. | rejibphotography.com

I kind of see our first-ever Key Fest as a tour of the Philly scene, from the basements to the coffeehouses and ending up in thenightclubs. Since the concluding night of the series happens to be on a Saturday, we had to make it a party by getting together some of our favorite voices in Philly hip-hop and R&B and bringing them to the MilkBoy stage. Here’s a look at what’s in store. Continue reading →

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Philadelphia will be positively present this year at SXSW

Ground Up at Union Transfer | via facebook.com/skilloverswag
Ground Up at Union Transfer | via facebook.com/skilloverswag

So there’s an official Philadelphia-centric music showcase at this year’s SXSW festival, and we’re psyched for it.

But that’s not the only showcase of Philly’s musical talent that’s going to be rushing Austin this week. Back in October, we heard that Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie landed showcases. Eventually, another slew of Philadelphia artists joined the lineup, including Philly bedroom rocker Alex G, sultry electronic duo Marian Hill, hip hop duo Moosh & Twist, alternative crooner Son Little and indie pop outfit CRUISR, among many others. Continue reading →

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Two freestyles from the Philly hip hop scene to download right now

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Reek da Rookie

The end of the year is a unique time for new releases. Either you get the major major players who barnstorm the music community with an unexpected album, a la Beyonce and D’Angelo, or you get the vast majority of musicians who realize that, yeah, anything I drop will get overlooked in the year-end frenzy, it’s best to hold off anything big till February and have some fun.

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Watch Tiani Victoria’s relaxed and sassy new “Smoke on the Scene” video

Photo via facebook.com/Tiani-Victoria
Photo via facebook.com/Tiani-Victoria

Philly rapper Tiani Victoria returned with a new video for “Smoke On the Scene”. Victoria recently did a great Key Studio Session, where she performed among others, “Marinate.” Earlier this year, Victoria released a video for “Million Dollar Flow”, where Victoria rapped her witty lines in studio. She also sat down for a candid interview with Ru-Crazy and did a killer freestyle on DTF radio.

Tiani’s new video “Smoke on the Scene” has the same gritty atmosphere as “Million Dollar Flow”. The short video, produced by Gifted Talent, shows Tiani shopping with a red cart, picking up a killer speakers, headphones and keyboards. However, while “Million Dollar Flow” was all about establishing her place as a musician, “Smoke on the Scene” is about enjoying the position. Musically, Victoria seems more relaxed and sassy. The lyrics flow more confidently and show a true mastery of rap. Her new album Hard Candy is out soon.

Watch “Smoke on the Street” below.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Vacationer, Busses, Tiani Victoria

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With mixing already under way, Philly’s Vacationer tossed two last minute tracks on to their debut LP Relief, which we featured this week on Unlocked.  “In the Grass” is influenced by LCD Soundsystem, with a clear danceability paired with the band’s signature “nu-hula” vibe.  Stream and download the track below, and check out the full Unlocked profile here.

Folkadelphia welcomed musician and songwriter Marissa Nadler in for a mega-session, recorded over two visits in November of last year and this past March.  Joined by cellist and singer Janel Leppin, Nadler’s session pulls tracks from her latest July LP.  Take a listen and download the songs below.

Tiani Victoria brought a powerful and fun rap performance into the studio for this week’s Key Studio session.  She’ll release a debut full-length called Hard Candy later this summer, and has a steady stream of singles posted on her Soundcloud page.  Check out “Marinate” below and get the full set here.

Grammy Award winning cajun trio The Band Courtbouillon brought their Louisiana roots sound to Norristown’s Holy Saviour Club last night for what was sure to be an incredibly fun show.  If you missed it, you can still grab a free download of the band’s song “Mamou Two Step” below.

Fishtown’s Busses have released the first single off of their forthcoming record, which they have been working on for that last two years.  The instrumental breaks in “Overload” sound like an expansive movie score, channeling Other Lives with a cinematic rock that has hints of Americana.  Stream and download the song below.

 

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tiani Victoria at the TLA, Tutlie at Kung Fu Necktie and Rat Fist at Space 1026

Photo via King Astro of Batcave Radio
Photo via King Astro of Batcave Radio

Philly born and bred Tiani Victoria performs at the Theater of Living Arts tonight, not long after her XPN Studio Session this past week. Her vocal skills have made her an up and coming Philly performer you should look out for; check out some video from the session below, and get ticketing info for the all ages $29 concert here.

The Key Studio Session: Tiani Victoria “Marinate” from Bob Sweeney on Vimeo.

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