The 10 most popular stories on The Key in 2013

1. This is what the punk scene looked like in the 1980s

2. Exclusive Listen: Amos Lee covers “Some Days Are Diamonds” from The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver

3. Album Premiere: Listen to the debut album by Wild Belle, Isles

4. Download Meek Mills’ Dreamchasers 3 mixtape

5. Download a new Drake song, “All Me,” featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean

6. Ballin’ Oates: Wu-Tang and Kanye West meets Hall & Oates

7. My Morning Download: “Recover” by CHVRCHES

8. Listen to J. Cole’s album Born Sinner

9. Gotta Hear Song of The Week: “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

10. Listen back to Helen Leicht’s interview with Paul McCartney

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: London Grammar at Underground Arts, Wild Belle at First Unitarian Church

londongram_905With the September release of If You Wait still on their heels, London Grammar is bringing their penetrating sound to Underground Arts tonight. The English pop trio is currently on a world tour promoting the debut album after reaching number 2 on the U.K. indie album charts. Don’t miss them by checking out tickets and details for tonight’s show here. Get excited for the show with the video for somberly echoed single “Strong” below.

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Wild Belle bringing their soulful reggae island rock party back to Philly in October to the First Uni. Church

Wild Belle’s Natalie Bergman; photo by Joe del Tufo |
Wild Belle’s Natalie Bergman; photo by Joe del Tufo |
The brother/sister team, Natalie and Elliot Bergman – Wild Belle – bring their funky reggae influenced island rock back to town after town on Monday, October 7 to the First Unitarian Church. Not to be lost in the shuffle of excellent releases for the year, their debut album, Isles, came out in March; you can stream the entire record here. We were lucky to have the band play at WXPN’s Non-COMMvention in May; listen to the session here. Tickets to the show go on sale this Friday, July 12 at Noon here.



Watch: Wild Belle and David Wax Museum from WXPN’s Non-COMMvention

Wild Belle's Natalie Bergman; photo by Joe del Tufo |
Wild Belle’s Natalie Bergman; photo by Joe del Tufo |

More videos of performances from WXPN’s Non-COMMvention are rolling in. You can watch videos from Phoenix and Steve Martin and Edie Brickell here. Below, watch Wild Belle and David Wax Museum at the Non-COMM via The Top 22.

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Non-COMM Recap: Wild Belle struck a cozy vibe with the Cafe crowd (photos, audio, video and setlist)

BelleSibling-led Chicago band Wild Belle played a well-recieved set upstairs at non-comm, mixing electronic rhythms and synthesizer-crafted vibes with live instrumentation. Engaging frontwoman Natalie Bergman commanded the crowd, dancing with them to a selection of songs from the band’s 2013 debut Isles. Check out the setlist below and listen to the band’s set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →

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WXPN to broadcast and webcast Non-COMMvention performances featuring Tom Jones, Tom Tom Club, Foxygen, Kurt Vile, Wild Belle, Laura Mvula and more

This Wednesday, May 15 through Friday night May 17, the 13th annual Non-COMM industry and music conference is being hosted at WXPN. Many of the bands performing over the three days will be broadcast and webcast on XPN. Below is the schedule (subject to change).

Wednesday, May 15
7 – 7:25 p.m. Gabriel Kelley
7:30 – 8:10 p.m. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell (video webcast)
8:10 – 8:35 p.m. John Murry
8:40 – 9:20 p.m. Tom Tom Club (video webcast)
9:25 – 9:55 p.m. Kurt Vile
10:00 – 10 :45 p.m. Phoenix (Phoenix will NOT be broadcasted live)
10:50 – 11:20 p.m. Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside

Thursday, May 16
12:00 p.m. – A Special Mississippi Blues Project Free At Noon 12 featuring
the Homemade Jamz Blues Band and Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks (video webcast)

7 – 7:20 p.m. Mount Moriah
7:25 – 7:55 p.m. Mavis Staples (video webcast)
8 – 8:20 p.m. Wild Belle
8:25 – 9:05 p.m. Tom Jones (video webcast)
9:10 – 9:40 p.m. The Last Bison
9:45 – 10:15 p.m. José James
10:20 – 10:55 p.m. David Wax Museum
11 – 11:45 p.m. Robert Randolph
11:50 -12:20 a.m. Foxygen

Friday, May 17
12 – 1:00 p.m. Free At Noon Concert: The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Bobby Long

7 – 7:25 p.m. Wild Feathers
7:30 -8 p.m. Laura Mvula
8:05 – 8:35 p.m. The Lone Bellow
8:40 – 9:10 p.m. Free Energy
9:15 – 9:45 p.m. Kopecky Family Band
9:50 – 10:30 p.m. The Olms featuring Pete Yorn
10:35 – 11:05 p.m. Marie Miller
11:10 – 12:00 a.m. The Relatives

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Wild Belle take control of your YouTube set (and happy record release day to them!)

Photo by Jennifer Tzar
Photo by Jennifer Tzar

Wild Belle’s delicious debut album, Isles, is out today. It’s one of our favorite albums of the year so far. The band heads down to Austin, Texas this week for a handful of shows SXSW before heading to Germany, France, Ireland and the UK before returning to the States.

We asked Natalie and Elliot Bergman of Wild Belle to put together a Spotify playlist that you can listen to here with songs by the Tom Tom Club, Kindness and several world music stunners from Janka Nabay, Tom Ze, and The Mgbaba Queens.

Not all of the music that Wild Belle suggested could be found on Spotify so we searched Youtube for the remaining music, which we share with you today. One of the songs is by Elliot’s “other band,” – afrobeat/jazz/funk inspired NOMO. Watch the videos and stream Isles below. Continue reading →