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Raphael Saadiq announces first album in eight years with new single “Something Keeps Calling”

Jimmy Lee cover art | courtesy of the artist

In the eight years since he released Stone Rollin’, singer-songwriter and producer Raphael Saadiq has just been adding to his resume. He has collaborated with the likes of Miguel, Solange, John Legend, and more, been nominated for an Oscar, and scored HBO’s Insecure. Following all this and a stellar set at last week’s Roots Picnic, Saadiq is finally ready to unleash a new album onto the world. On August 23rd he will release the deeply personal Jimmy Lee via Columbia Records.

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The Roots are performing Things Fall Apart at The Roots Picnic this year (plus Raphael Saadiq, Tank & The Bangas, Yasiin Bey, &More, and more)

The Roots @ The 9th Annual Roots Picnic | photo by Wendy McCardle

Beloved Philly hip-hop trailblazers The Roots are moving across town this year. After a decade at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, the annual Questlove-curated Roots Picnic has found a greener and more spacious home in West Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts. As Quest wrote on Instagram, “finally we have GRASS to have a real picnic!”

The festival is set for Saturday, June 1st, and the band is using the occasion to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its breakthrough album Things Fall Apart by performing it in full…though, since this is The Roots we’re talking about here, don’t expect a note-for-not recreation. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Raphael Saadiq, Beach House, The Hold Steady, #XPNFest and more

David Byrne | Photo by Jody Rogac

Well, first and foremost, there’s #XPNFest. I mean, duh. Three days, 32 bands, BB&T Pavilion and Wiggins Park, etc. etc. Highlights including David Byrne and The War on Drugs are shouted out below, full details at XPNFest.org. Know what though? This summer in Philly has been the summer of redonkulous concertgoing options, this week is no different, and we here at The Key would be doing you a disservice if we didn’t let you know everything else that’s going on. Read on for our full roundup of picks: 22 concerts to see in and around Philadelphia for the next seven days. Continue reading →

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Listen to Raphael Saadiq’s Non-Comm performance at World Cafe Live At The Queen

Via NPR Music:

A modern-day soul revivalist, Raphael Saadiq (born Charlie Ray Wiggins) is a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and record producer. A former member of the R&B trio Tony! Toni! Tone!, Saadiq has produced records for John Legend and Joss Stone and collaborated with the likes of Whitney Houston, D’Angelo, Stevie Wonder, The Bee Gees, The Isley Brothers and The Roots. His 20 years in the soul scene have left a remarkable old-school footprint in the music world, as he’s fused the classic rock and soul sounds of the 1960s and ’70s with his background in classical music, spirituals and jazz.

Listen to Saadiq take the stage at The Queen in Wilmington, Del., and perform songs from his new album, Stone Rollin’.

You can listen to the entire performance here.

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This Week’s Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see Raphael Saadiq at Electric Factory on May 26

This week, we’ve got a handful of tickets to give away for Raphael Saadiq‘s performance at Electric Factory on Thursday, May 26th. For a chance to win the tickets, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19th. We’ll select the winners at random that evening and notify them via email; once you’ve confirmed that you and your guest will be attending the show, your names will be added to the venue’s guest list. (Just, you know, make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.)

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Eight things we loved about the new and improved Roots Picnic (and three things we didn’t)

The Roots | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

For the twelfth year running, Philly icons and global hip-hop heroes The Roots brought their pre-summer throwdown back to their hometown. The Roots Picnic touched down in its new home at The Mann Center at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 1st, with rap-soul duo &More opening a day of sun, sounds, and multi-sensory experiences, all the way up to the show-stopping performance of The Roots’ breakout album Things Fall Apart, which turned 20 in February. The Key was on hand from bottom to top, and here is what we saw all day — beginning with the immense amount of stuff there was to love. Continue reading →