This Is Not A Drill: Bootsy Collins and Branford Marsalis will play a free show in Clark Park for Community Unity Music Festival

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Yes, you read that correctly. Philadelphia’s 2019 Community Unity Music Festival will feature funk-soul legend Bootsy Collins, along with celebrated saxophonist Branford Marsalis. The festival will take place in West Philly’s Clark Park on Saturday, August 3rd, from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Continue reading →


Tonight’s concert picks: XPN Welcomes Michael Kiwanuka to World Cafe Live, Eternal Summers at Milkboy Philly, Langhorne Slim and Bootsy Collins

WXPN welcomes British soul singer and songwriter Michael Kiwanuka to World Cafe Live. Kiwanuka is WXPN’s current Artist to Watch this month. The show begins at 8PM and tickets are $15.00. Listen to Michael’s session with David Dye on World Cafe here

Eternal Summers at Milkboy Philly with Bedroom Problems and CATNAPS opening; the 21+ show is $10, pick up tickets here. Download a new song from Eternal Summers here.

Langhorne Slim performs at Union Transfer, 9PM, $15

Funk legend Bootsy Collins performs at the Keswick Theatre 8 PM, tickets are $33.50-49.50


Ahh…The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! and he’s playing the Keswick Theatre on June 25th

Legendary bassist Bootsy Collins just released a new album called The Funk Capitol Of The World featuring guest appearances from Bobby Womack, Ron Carter, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, Ice Cube, Bela Fleck, and even Reverend Al Sharpton. Collins, who played bass with James Brown before becoming a member of Parliament-Funkadelic, is currently on a world tour which brings him to the Keswick Theatre on Saturday, June 25th. Tickets to the show are $36, $43, and $50.50. Below, a video of the 18-year-old Collins performing with James Brown and a video of Bootsy performing “The Name Is Bootsy.”


The wave-riding GRiZ fills The Met Philly with stimulating energy

GRiZ | photo by Emily DeHart for WXPN

Since breaking out all the way back in 2013, GRiZ has continued to raise the bar for combining electronic, jazz, dubstep, and funk sounds. This is surely not a combination that most take on the task of creating, but he’s made it work at festivals like Electric Forest, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo. His headlining tours are the best exemplification of his distinct talent, though, and we saw that when his Ride Waves tour came to The Met on Saturday.

Starting the show off with an dazzling set of strobing white lights, GRiZ’s silhouette appeared on stage with an intensity like no other. His presence on stage ignited the electricity in the audience, filling the room with stimulating energy. Continue reading →


Kali Uchis turns Isolation into community at the TLA

Kali Uchis | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren |

Kali Uchis blessed the TLA this week on the last leg of her tour. The 24 year old Colombian-American singer is coming off of a great few years of releases and collaborations. Her 2017 included features with Gorillaz, Tyler the Creator, Miguel, Bootsy Collins, and Daniel Caesar, with a Grammy nomination for her performance and co-writing of “Get You.” This year saw the release of her debut studio album Isolation and the In Your Dreams Tour with Gabriel Garzon-Montano, which came to the TLA on Monday night. Continue reading →


Watch two stylish videos from Kali Uchis’ new album Isolation, see her at the TLA in October

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Kali Uchis | photo courtesy of the artist

R&B songstress Kali Uchis has grown steadily more visible over the last few years with features on recent albums by Gorillaz and Tyler the Creator. Now she’s backing up this year’s sultry, enchanting debut album Isolation with a major tour set to grace Philly’s Theater of the Living Arts on 10/15.

Isolation is available now on all major streaming services and features collaborations from Tyler the Creator, Steve Lacy, Bootsy Collins, and more. Check out the stylish music videos for “One Girl” and “After the Storm” below along with full tour dates. Continue reading →


Now Hear This: New songs from Kylie, Kali and Koze; PC, PCM and SMD; Daphne, Damien, Daniel and the Decemberists

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Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents Now Hear This, a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration.

This year was already off to a pretty good start, musically speaking, but at some point around the beginning of last month things really started popping off. By which I mean we started getting a steady stream of bright, shiny, undeniable capital-P Pop music, the kind of stuff that’s going to become truly indispensable / inescapable come summertime – which, for all intents and purposes is basically already here – and which will likely wind up defining 2018 in our memories forevermore. And I’m digging it! First off, we got Cardi B’s debut album, Invasion of Privacy, which was not just a major cultural event but also way more fun than I would’ve expected, and has been rightly celebrated as such across the board. (Truly, if you haven’t at least heard the made-for-the-summer Latin-pop sizzler “I Like It,” featuring Bad Bunny & J. Balvin, do yourself the favor – also, she’s coming to town in September with Bruno Mars.) Then there was Drake, of course, replacing himself at the top of the charts with “Nice For What” and having more fun than he’s had in ages (maybe ever?), even if at least half of the song’s appeal is down to that Lauryn Hill sample. (He’s also got an album on the way, and a just-announced September Philly date with Migos.) Continue reading →


20 albums you shouldn’t overlook in 2017

20 albums you shouldn’t overlook in 2017

The more of your life you spend consuming music, the more you realize an essential truth: the records deemed “the best” in any sort of ranking system — whether it be year-end lists or the Grammys — are not necessarily the ones you should be listening to.

Or not the only ones, rather. An as I said last year, the stuff everyone agrees on is a mere starting point. So while we brought you The Key’s top 15 albums of 2017 earlier this month, today we encourage you to dig deeper and further explore the spectrum of compelling music that was released this year. For this list, we highlight critics’ favorites from The Key’s staff of contributors; albums that topped individual lists but did not crack our overall top 15.

From the life-affirming punk rock of Amanda X to the eviscerating metal of Converge, the defiant electro rock of Fever Ray to the compellingly personal rap of Ruby Ibarra, our writers and photographers make their case for those albums: why they moved them, why they impressed them, why they loved them and why they’re important for you to listen to in 2017. Read (and listen) on for The Key’s roundup of 20 albums you should not overlook in 2017. –John Vettese
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