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B. Mack is Back: Beanie Sigel’s triumphant return to Philly at Voltage Lounge

Beanie Sigel | photo by Reji B. for WXPN | <A href=http://rejibphotography.com target="_blank">rejibphotography.com</a>
Beanie Sigel | photo by Reji B. for WXPN | rejibphotography.com

If you ask any 30+ hip-hop head in the Philadelphia community who the top 5 rappers are from their city, chances are every single self-respecting one of them will mention Beanie Sigel in that list. The State Property general’s unapologetically street style, complete with his trademark gruff delivery and straightforward bars, has made him a permanent fixture in Philly’s hip-hop history. While his peak relevancy was a bit before my time, I still grew up listening to a ton of Beanie and his State Prop cohorts, just learning how to rhyme from their natural technical abilities. Unlike most of my mentors and older friends in the scene here, I still hadn’t seen Beans live, and he was definitely still on my bucket list of artists to catch. So, of course, I had to make it out to Voltage Lounge this past Saturday to see his return to his hometown, along with a bill of fellow Philly legends and strong up and comers.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pine Barons at Boot & Saddle, Ill Doots at Voltage Lounge

Pine Barons
Pine Barons | photo by Caitlin McCann

With a new record on the way, Pine Barons lead the bill at Boot & Saddle tonight. The concert is a benefit for March On Harrisburg, a week-long protest that will take walkers from Philadelphia to the state capital in support of a better democracy. The indie rockers shared a new single called “Alliterate Breed” last fall; watch the video below and pick up tickets for the 21+ benefit here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Church Girls at Ortlieb’s, Caroline Reese at Sellersville Theater, Lee Fields and the Expressions at Union Transfer and more

Church Girls
Church Girls | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com

Local indie rockers Church Girls make a stop at Ortlieb’s for a fantastic gig with The National Reserve and Tinnarose. Think if Franke Cosmos decided to expand her haiku-like sound with some dirtier guitars, and you end up with some lovely post-punk. The gig is 21+, and more information/tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Radio Dept. at Union Transfer, John Coltraine Tribute at Underground Arts, Pat Finnerty’s Valentine’s Day Tom Petty Tribute at Johnny Brenda’s and more

The Radio Dept. | via facebook.com/theradiodept
The Radio Dept. | via facebook.com/theradiodept

Synthpop masters The Radio Dept. are taking over Union Transfer for the night, kicking off their US headling tour with Germans. The tour celebrates the band’s first record in six years, making tonight’s spectical a long awated one for some. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets cane be found at the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Koji at Voltage Lounge, The Stray Birds at World Cafe Live, Marah at Underground Arts and more

Koji | photo by Mitchell Wojcik | via facebook.com/kojimusic

Central PA acoustic punk fave Koji is coming out east for a gig at the Voltage Lounge, bringing along The Homeless Gospel Choir, Steve Layman, and Space Cadets to open the show. His most recent release is this year’s Keeping Count 7″. The gig is all ages, and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Districts at Electric Factory, Beirut at the Tower, Cold Fronts at Johnny Brenda’s and more

The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber | via http://www.villagevoice.com/music/fucked-up-and-dirty-the-districts-look-back-on-their-big-league-year-7861965
The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber | via http://www.villagevoice.com/music/fucked-up-and-dirty-the-districts-look-back-on-their-big-league-year-7861965

We have been big fans of Philly indie rockers The Districts for some time now. Since their formation in 2009 the band has quickly ascended the ranks of Philly indie rock, rapidly becoming the unequivocal “band to watch”. Recently we here The Key got a chance to talk to the band about this journey, which continues with what is arguably their biggest Philly show to date tonight at the Electric Factory with Lady Lamb and fellow Philadelphians Purples. You can click here to get more information on tonight’s show. Continue reading →

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From the Bronx to Broad Street, Visto pays tribute to his hometowns in “Downtown”

Visto | Photo by PJ Roane  |
Visto | Photo by PJ Roane |

You’ll probably notice that Philly rapper Visto sports a New York Yankees hat in his latest video, “Downtown.” It’s not an anomaly or an accident – comb through his social media and you’ll find that he’s rarely photographed without it, and with good reason. Visto (offstage name: Travis Walker) was born and raised in the Bronx before making his way to Philly five years ago and pursuing his music career locally. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: George Clinton at Sands Bethlehem, Reef the Lost Cauze at Voltage Lounge

George Clinton
George Clinton | photo via Facebook

Legedary funk man George Clinton performs at Sands Bethlehem tonight. Leading a number of incarnations of his bands Parliament and Funkadelic since the 50s, Clinton became known as the Grandfather of Funk after catapulting the genre into popularity. Now running a solo act, Clinton performed “Uptown Funk” with Mark Ronson, Mary J Blige and Grandmaster Flash at Glastonbury just last week. Pick up tickets for tonight’s concert here and watch the video for his song “Atomic Dog” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Farah Siraj at World Cafe Live, Superheaven at Voltage Lounge, PRhyme at Underground Arts and more

Farah Siraj | Photo by Ann Blake | www.annblakephotography.com
Farah Siraj | Photo by Ann Blake | www.annblakephotography.com

Farah Siraj grew up in Amman, Jordan, and though her music is rooted in the traditional sounds of her home country, she takes an expansive approach to songwriting. Incorporating bits of jazz, flamenco and folk, Siraj breaks down traditional barriers, and also uses her songs as a means for humanitarian advocacy. Tonight she headlines World Cafe Live; tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →