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The Key Studio Sessions: Kingsley Ibeneche

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The Key Studio Sessions: Kingsley Ibeneche
The Key Studio Sessions: Kingsley Ibeneche
The Key Studio Sessions: Kingsley Ibeneche
The Key Studio Sessions: Kingsley Ibeneche
The Key Studio Sessions: Kingsley Ibeneche
The Key Studio Sessions: Kingsley Ibeneche
The Key Studio Sessions: Kingsley Ibeneche
The Key Studio Sessions: Kingsley Ibeneche
The Key Studio Sessions: Kingsley Ibeneche

When we first met Kingsley Ibeneche, he was dancing.

More specifically, he was onstage backing Kate Faust and her sensual electronic rock with impressive poise and fluid motion. The Camden artist, who studied ballet at University of the Arts and spent a few years after school practicing modern dance in Germany, has always been an interpreter of music, the vehicle that a current of music sets into motion. But the more time he spent around it, the more he began to absorb and incorporate music directly into his practice. This year, Ibeneche debuted with CHi, an eclectic EP ...

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Ron Gallo scares me (in a good way) at the First Unitarian Church

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Ron Gallo scares me (in a good way) at the First Unitarian Church

Ron Gallo | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Did you know that every single time Gene Simmons says that rock is dead, a new great rock and roll album is born? Seriously. It’s an actual fact. Or at least I think. Anway, one of the latest people to disprove Simmons — whose idea of rock and roll is to dress up in gothic clown costumes, blast pyrotechnics and sell action figures to distract from the mediocre-ness of his band’s music — is Philly’s own Ron Gallo.

Gallo, who sadly left us for Nashville about two years ago, came ...

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Get to Church early this Sunday for Lame-O and Friends Acoustic Pop Up Show

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Get to Church early this Sunday for Lame-O and Friends Acoustic Pop Up Show

Lame-O Records’ 5th Birthday bash is coming up this Sunday at First Unitarian Church, which will be a big Lame-O family gathering featuring performances by Slaughter Beach, Dog, Shannen Moser, Cherry and no thank you. And now, there’s an official pre-party for the party. Located in the Church’s Side Chapel will be an acoustic pop-up show featuring “Lame-O and Friends.”

Though the specific “friends” are not detailed, a Facebook post notes that “A LOT of friends will be playing.” And knowing how stacked the record label’s artist roster is, I think it’s safe to assume this is ...

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Nymphaea returns with the enigmatic Shang Bronze EP

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Nymphaea returns with the enigmatic Shang Bronze EP

Nymphaea | photo via the artist’s Facebook page

Nymphaea, the soft and synthy solo project of Philadelphia multimedia artist Marit Rose Stafstrom, first came our way earlier this fall in the form of Abode of the Merciful, a Bandcamp benefit release that made its way into The Key’s Items Tagged Philadelphia series. Now, just two months later, Nymphaea is back with a new EP, called Shang Bronze.

The EP’s four tracks take influence from traditional electronic and synth pop genres, but find their edge with the addition of mysterious sounds that capture distinct moods — sometimes dark ...

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Just Announced: U2 will play a second night at Wells Fargo Center on June 14th

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Just Announced: U2 will play a second night at Wells Fargo Center on June 14th

U2 | photo by Anton Corbijn | courtesy of the artist

U2 releases its 14th studio album, Songs of Experience, in just a couple weeks, and the band’s summer 2018 stop in Philly just got a little bit longer. After the previously announced June 13th date at Wells Fargo Center went on sale yesterday, U2 added a second date on Thursday, June 14th. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 4th through Ticketmaster Verified Fan, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Below, listen to three cuts from Songs of Experience: “American Soul,” “The Blackout,” ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Erica Corbo at Connie’s Ric Rac, Cabinet at Ardmore Music Hall, Joey Sweeney and the Neon Grease at Boot & Saddle

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Erica Corbo at Connie’s Ric Rac, Cabinet at Ardmore Music Hall, Joey Sweeney and the Neon Grease at Boot & Saddle

Erica Corbo | via ericacorbo.bandcamp.com

The night before Thanksgiving can be a quiet time for concerts, but Philly didn’t disappoint this year. First up is Erica Corbo — she was an Items Tagged Philadelphia find earlier this year and her release I, America is a theatrical pop gem with a unique steampunk aesthetic. Corbo is the featured artist at open mic night at Connie’s Ric Rac, which should provide perfect solace from the holiday rush. Get there early for happy hour and open mic signups; find more information here.

Cabinet celebrates Thanksgiving with two ...

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Lady Alma and Loose Ends’ Jane Eugene bring the conversation and burn the house down at Kindred Presents

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Lady Alma and Loose Ends’ Jane Eugene bring the conversation and burn the house down at Kindred Presents

Kindred Presents | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

On a cool and crisp Monday night, a hundred or so people are packed into Warmdaddy’s, for Kindred Presents, a weekly series that is part talk show, part concert / jam session / revival. Most of the attendees were seated in the dining area, some standing by the bar, pretty much all were smiling, taking in the easy, familial vibe that permeated the room. Upon entering the room, I was seated at a large round table in the back with a group of folks I didn’t know. After a round ...

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Just Announced: Benjamin Clementine will play the TLA in January

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Just Announced: Benjamin Clementine will play the TLA in January

In epic fashion, UK award winning composer, vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Benjamin Clementine returns to the music world with I Tell A Fly. It is rare that we see an album that covers so many eras of music as I Tell A Fly does; Clementine shows off his knowledge of baroque harpsichord sonatas, chant-based compositions, and orchestral techniques all the while staying in the present and incorporating modern rock drumming and standard pop chords in major keys. I Tell A Fly is a musical history lesson in essence as well as a compelling statement on cultural displacement and the ...

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Lil Uzi Vert continues his rock star reign with a revamped edition of Luv Is Rage 2, announces show at the Liacouras Center

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Lil Uzi Vert continues his rock star reign with a revamped edition of Luv Is Rage 2, announces show at the Liacouras Center

Lil Uzi Vert | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

2017 has been a record-breaking year for North Philly rap star Lil Uzi Vert. Before releasing the full length Luv Is Rage 2, Uzi’s “XO TOUR Llif3” went quadruple-platinum, breaking multiple records for streaming numbers and hard-copy sales. Luv Is Rage 2 also recently went gold after debuting at #1 on the Billboard 100. Uzi is now a certified rock star and lives his life to fit the part. And just when we thought he was taking a break from releasing new music, he gifted us four new ...

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Pinegrove’s Evan Stephens Hall apologizes for sexual misconduct, cancels tour

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Pinegrove’s Evan Stephens Hall apologizes for sexual misconduct, cancels tour

Pinegrove | photo by Lauren Rosier for WXPN

Evan Stephens Hall, frontperson of New Jersey indie rock band Pinegrove, posted a lengthy message on the band’s Facebook page today addressing accusations of sexual misconduct and apologizing for his behavior. “I’m so sorry. i have never felt remorse like this before,” he writes. “I will think about how i could have been better in this situation for as long as i live.”

Hall also announced that Pinegrove, which amassed a devoted cult following since debuting in 2010 and reached their mainstream breakthrough with 2016’s Cardinal, was cancelling its U.S. ...

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Home Outgrown announces holiday benefit show with KOJI and more

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Home Outgrown announces holiday benefit show with KOJI and more

KOJI | photo by Mitch Wojcik | courtesy of the artist

Home Outgrown Presents has grown into one of Philly’s best new show-booking entities over the last year, and they’ve been announcing great shows left and right — including a super-stacked holiday gig that will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

Home Outgrown’s 2nd Annual Holiday Benefit will feature PA punk singer-songwriter KOJI in the headlining slot, plus appearances from Shortly, No Thank You and Cavity Kids. Happening Dec. 28 at Everybody Hits, it’s the perfect show to keep that holiday spirit going while helping out a ...

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Permanent Body and Queen Jesus are heading out on tour this December

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Permanent Body and Queen Jesus are heading out on tour this December

Permanent Body | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

Ahead of their sold out “New Year’s Eve Eve” show at Johnny Brenda’s with The Districts and Mannequin Pussy, Permanent Body have managed to find time to squeeze in a quick December tour. The Philly favorites have teamed up with fellow locals Queen Jesus for the week-long co-headlining run, which will take them down the East Coast through Baltimore and North Carolina before they head west and hit up cities like Nashville and Cincinnati. With eight shows in eight days, it’s sure to be a fast-paced, fun-filled trip ...

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And now, your holiday programming schedule for WXPN

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And now, your holiday programming schedule for WXPN

The holidays are upon us, and here at WXPN, we’ll bring you musical reflections on the season between now and January 1st. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll hear on the air.

Monday, November 20 – Sunday, December 31: Jingle Jams on XPN2
Host Robert Drake curates this genre-spanning, non-stop stream featuring the season’s finest holiday songs from throughout the decades.

Thursday, November 23: Sleepy Hollow Thanksgiving (6 a.m. to Noon)
Sleepy Hollow host Chuck Elliott plays warm, relaxing songs that provide the tasty accompaniment to your feasting and festivities. At Noon, host Helen Leicht presents WXPN’s annual broadcast of ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ron Gallo at the First Unitarian Church, Kool Keith at Kung Fu Necktie, David Crosby at Scottish Rite Auditorium

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ron Gallo at the First Unitarian Church, Kool Keith at Kung Fu Necktie, David Crosby at Scottish Rite Auditorium

Ron Gallo | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

If you’ve been loving XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week, which come in the form of two tracks off a split EP from Ron Gallo and Naked Giants, then deciding which show to attend tonight is easy. Both artists will appear at the First Unitarian Church, and it’s Gallo’s first “homecoming” show since the February release of Heavy Meta (Gallo moved from Philly to Nashville a while back, but we’ll still claim him as our own). Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Steady Hands speaks from the heart in newest Shaking Through feature

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Steady Hands speaks from the heart in newest Shaking Through feature

Steady Hands | photo via Facebook

Steady Hands meets Shaking Through…there’s a fantastic pun in there somewhere. On November 15th, Weathervane Music released the latest installment of their extremely excellent “Shaking Through” documentary series that dives deep into the the makings of a record and the humans behind it. Up this time is Steady Hands, the project of Modern Baseball’s Sean Huber that is rounded out with Andrew Kirnan, George Legatos, William Lindsay, Evan Moorehead, and Richard Straub, all familiar faces from around the Philly scene. It’s Huber’s project, but it’s one he wanted to share with his friends. ...

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Philly Gets Alternative brings Oso Oso, Harmony Woods, Weller and more to Everybody Hits for a two-night fest

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Philly Gets Alternative brings Oso Oso, Harmony Woods, Weller and more to Everybody Hits for a two-night fest

Harmony Woods | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

A double header at the batting cages might conjure up some sports-related imagery in any other city, but here in Philly, that’s code for two nights of live music. Philly show bookers Home Outgrown Presents have teamed up with New York-based music blog The Alternative to put together a showcase of acts from both regions over two consecutive nights — a mini festival of sorts, Philly Gets Alternative is happening December 2 and 3 at Everybody Hits.

Philly Gets Alternative shared its preliminary lineup a few weeks ago, ...

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Bardo Pond shares “Kailash” and announces new LP Volume 8

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Bardo Pond shares “Kailash” and announces new LP Volume 8

Bardo Pond | photo by Michael Gibbons | courtesy of the artist

Long-running Philly psych rock group Bardo Pond are an enigmatic force, to say the least. They’ve released 11 studio albums over the years, from 1995’s debut Bufo Alvarius Amen 29:15 to this year’s Under The Pines, and they’re already back with the announcement of their 12th — the forthcoming LP is titled Volume 8 and will be released February 2.

Ahead of the release, Bardo Pond have shared the hauntingly spacey instrumental track “Kailash.” Over six and a half minutes, “Kailash” meanders with gentle force, driven by Isobel Sollenberger’s ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Land of Talk at Union Transfer, Ought at Arden Gild Hall, Odesza at Electric Factory

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Land of Talk at Union Transfer, Ought at Arden Gild Hall, Odesza at Electric Factory

Land of Talk | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Following a seven-year break, Montreal indie rock four-piece Land of Talk returned this year with a majestic third LP called Life After Youth, released in May on Saddle Creek Records. The album finds singer and songwriter Elizabeth Powell and her bandmates in reflective mode, a bit wiser for the years than in their more emo-tinged earlier days, but no less willing to look within and self-reflect amid dreamy guitar tapestries. The band wowed earlier this year opening for The War on Drugs at the Dell, and tonight they’re at Union ...

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Downtown Boys have a few questions to ask you, loudly.

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Downtown Boys have a few questions to ask you, loudly.

Downtown Boys | photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN

It’s been almost five decades now since Jefferson Airplane asked for volunteers to get out in the street. Where at one point American popular music could be relied on for a soundtrack that catalyzed the grassroots groundswell decrying racial segregation and our unpopular wars, overtly political rock ‘n roll seems to have become unfashionable. Zack de la Rocha and Tom Morello raged for eight years against the Clinton machine, but turned off their amps through the invasion of Iraq. In 2005, Pearl Jam hardly played a full set without impaling ...

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RFA closes tour with a raucous homecoming show at PhilaMOCA

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RFA closes tour with a raucous homecoming show at PhilaMOCA

RFA | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Philly rock faves RFA headlined PhilaMOCA Saturday night; it was their first show in Philly in a few months and, needless to say, the crowd missed these guys.

Dan Cousart, Brendan McHale, Alec Powell, and Christian Turzo have been consistent key members of RFA for the last four years, and the band received the warmest of welcomes back home after a long summer and fall on the road. They played a killer set, featuring both old favorites and new songs to love. “Suzie Lee,” “Teenage Love Song,” and “Freaking Out,” all made ...

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The Key Presents: Secret American

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The Key Presents: Secret American

Secret American | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Secret American is a project of two coasts. A couple years back, frontman Derek Krzywicki found himself living in Southern California, where he moved with his old band Cheers Elephant. After parting ways with those guys, he began melding a retro-rock songwriting style with his unstoppable charisma onstage and at the microphone. But Krzywicki is a Philadelphia-area native, and some of his favorite folks to record with were located back in Philly. So he grabbed cheap airfares when they popped up and bounced back and forth across the U.S. to record his ...

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week: A split single from Ron Gallo and Naked Giants

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week: A split single from Ron Gallo and Naked Giants

Ron Gallo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

While he’ll always be a Philadelphian to us, the singer, guitarist, songwriter and rocker Ron Gallo is now based in Nashville, and has gotten together with the Seattle indie rock trio Naked Giants to release a split 7-inch via New West Records. The single features his new song, “Sorry Not Everybody Is You,” backed with Naked Giants’ “The Age Of Information.”

Gallo, who has continued to support his recent album, Heavy Meta, since its release last February, returns to Philly with Naked Giants on Tuesday, November 21st to the First ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bedouine at Johnny Brenda’s, Mitch Esparza at Random Tea Room, Shilpa Ray at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bedouine at Johnny Brenda’s, Mitch Esparza at Random Tea Room, Shilpa Ray at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

Bedouine | photo by Polly Antonia Barrowman | courtesy of the artist

Bedouine, the nomadic solo project of L.A.-via-Syria artist Azniv Korkejian, headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight with support from Domino Kirke and the fresh-off-of-tour Rosali. Known for 60’s- and 70’s-inspired folk tunes, Bedouine released a debut self-titled album this past summer. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar.

The Random Tea Room has lined up prolific local singer-songwriter/guitarist Mitch Esparza for the latest installment in their Random Concerts series. Jon Collin and Dan Malloy also play. Listen to Esparza’s recent Folkadelphia ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at Everybody Hits, The Districts at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, A.M. Mills at Ortlieb’s, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at Everybody Hits, The Districts at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, A.M. Mills at Ortlieb’s, and more

Petal | Photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com

You may have caught Petal in stunning solo form recently at that fantastic show with Julien Baker and Half Waif, and now the Scranton-based project of Kiley Lotz returns to Philly for another solo performance — this time on a smaller-scale, at Everybody Hits, but the show is sure to be no less beautiful and even more intimate than it was on the big stage. Born Without Bones, Super American and Tombo Crush will also play the Home Outgrown Presents gig. Petal’s latest release is the Comfort EP, which ...

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Cold Specks

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Cold Specks

Cold Specks | Photo by Katie Tapman for WXPN

Joining us in the studio for this Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is Cold Specks, the Canadian group led by singer Ladan Hussein. On earlier albums, Hussein dabbled in menacing folk and piercing guitar rock, but on Fool’s Paradise her tone is brooding and delicate. With longtime bassist/producer Jim Anderson and drummer Josh McIntyre providing the dark electronics, Hussein performs three selections from the album in this session.


The performance begins with “Wild Card,” a pensive shuffle that showcases Hussein’s immense vocal range. Next comes “Solid,” which served ...

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