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Rapsody releases powerful new video for “Chrome (Like Ooh)”

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Rapsody releases powerful new video for “Chrome (Like Ooh)”

Rapsody | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Roc Nation rapper Rapsody recently released a music video for her song “Chrome (Like Ooh),” and it’s a powerful short film about violence, revenge and abuse of power.

The video opens in grayscale, with the only color being lights on a police cruiser and red lit individual shots. In the video, a group of young men steal a car, and when someone comes back for revenge, the police get involved and a shoot out occurs. The most interesting aspect of the video is that it transitions to full color as ...

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Rolled Gold flaunts his new skills on “Night Owls Theme” with Ai-Que and Reef The Lost Cauze

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Rolled Gold flaunts his new skills on “Night Owls Theme” with Ai-Que and Reef The Lost Cauze

Rolled Gold | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly hip hop producer Rolled Gold just reworked and dropped a single called “Night Owls Theme” from an upcoming project, featuring local MCs Ai-Que and the revered Reef The Lost Cauze. The title “Night Owl Theme” is an appropriate match for the lyrics that deal with themes of hard work and the kinds of pensive thoughts you have at night time.

Ai-Que takes the first verse, spitting lively bars about aspirations and work ethic. Reef The Lost Cauze is the icing on the cake, rapping about things like gentrification and personal growth with ...

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Listen to Glen Hansard’s intimate showcase of Between Two Shores on World Cafe

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Listen to Glen Hansard’s intimate showcase of Between Two Shores on World Cafe

Glen Hansard | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

From leading Dublin rock band The Frames for 25 years to winning an Oscar for Best Original Song, Glen Hansard‘s earnestly transcendent vocals have the ability to deliver an arresting effect.

Talking with host Talia Schlanger on today’s episode of World Cafe, Hansard talked about the journey to his latest record, Between Two Shores, and performed three songs from the record during a live session at Reservoir Studios in New York City. Listen to the performance below.

Hansard has released multiple self produced albums such as his most recent ...

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The Key Studio Sessions: I Think Like Midnight

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The Key Studio Sessions: I Think Like Midnight
The Key Studio Sessions: I Think Like Midnight
The Key Studio Sessions: I Think Like Midnight

This week’s Key Studio Session is for those who love to hear artists venture outside their comfort zone.

West Philly guitarist Andrew Chalfen spent the late 80s and early 90s playing raucous power pop in The Wishniaks, around the same time that keyboardist Joe Genaro and drummer Dean Sabatino made weird and wonderful rock music in the Dead Milkmen. As the years passed, Chalfen shifted his focus to the soaring indie tones of The Trolleyvox and connected with folk-leaning bassist Josh Newman, who played with Philly scene staples American Altitude and Heyward Howkins.

The collective project of those four musicians, I Think ...

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Embrace the healing power of Andre Altrez’s “Black Power Ambience”

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Embrace the healing power of Andre Altrez’s “Black Power Ambience”

Andre Altrez | photo by Cheyenne Chapman | courtesy of the artist

This Black history month has been very healing for me. From being surrounded by love and community at the Black Arts Festival, to crying my eyes out after watching Black Panther, it’s been nothing but positive. I haven’t yet had a moment to reflect on and process the bad, mostly because it’s emotionally exhausting to do so and I’m honestly avoiding it. Recently, Philly rapper Andrè Altrez has provided a valuable space for me to confront the trauma and fears I have associated with my experience as a ...

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Aqeel Aadam and Sterling Duns meditate on personal growth with new single “Learn to Fall”

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Aqeel Aadam and Sterling Duns meditate on personal growth with new single “Learn to Fall”

Aqeel Aadam | photo by James Sung | via qubicity.bandcamp.com

Philly’s Aqeel Aadam, a multi-instrumentalist and producer who formerly performed as Qubicity, just dropped a new single called “Learn to Fall” with Sterling Duns of Key faves Hardwork Movement.

The track features surprisingly clear flows that contrast distorted, raspy vocals, as well as a tasteful use of autotune. With trap inspired snares and heavy bass, and synth and vocals that are more EDM, they rap lyrics about dealing with negative emotions in order grow as a person with lyrics like “I think I’ve got to learn how to fall ...

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Hop Along wrangles with sympathy and understanding in two parts on “Not Abel”

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Hop Along wrangles with sympathy and understanding in two parts on “Not Abel”

Hop Along | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Hop Along will release its latest LP, Bark Your Head Off, Dog, on April 6th via Saddle Creek Records, and today the band released the latest teaser from the album.

“Not Abel” is a journey of a song in two parts. Opening as a stately, waltzing English folk ballad with immaculate string arrangements by Sarah Larsen of local folk faves Ladybird, the song progresses across lyrical images of war and poverty that could be the distant past as much as they could be today. Just before ...

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Go back in time with Slingshot Dakota as they re-release 2004 album Keener Sighs

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Go back in time with Slingshot Dakota as they re-release 2004 album Keener Sighs

Retro Slingshot Dakota, circa 2004 | photo via twitter.com/slingshotdakota

Slingshot Dakota is the kind of band that’s never not up to something. Their last EP Broken came out a year ago, and the year before that saw the release of the LP Break. Since, they’ve kept busy with endless touring and reportedly have a new record in the works.

The Bethlehem rockers are a duo these days, with Carly Comando on keys and vocals and Tom Patterson on drums. But fourteen (fourteen!) years ago, they started out as a three-piece, Comando joined by Jeff Cunningham on guitar and vocals and ...

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New band Exmaid shares “Devoted” from forthcoming album Fair Sex

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New band Exmaid shares “Devoted” from forthcoming album Fair Sex

Exmaid | photo courtesy of the artist

You may be familiar with Philly post-punk staples Psychic Teens and their signature brooding and atmospheric sound. If so, you may recognize some of the members of the new band Exmaid — but their sound may surprise you. Gone are the deep and haunting vocals and dark and stormy, fuzzed-out melodies — “Devoted,” the first single from Exmaid’s forthcoming LP, is positively sunny.

That’s all thanks to the influence of songwriter and vocalist Miranda Taylor (formerly of New Jersey bands Hunchback, Black Wine, and Full of Fancy). Taylor approached Psychic ...

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David Byrne shares American Utopia track “This Is That”

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David Byrne shares American Utopia track “This Is That”

David Byrne | photo by Jody Rogac | courtesy of the artist

Listening to music from this year’s upcoming XPN Fest headliners is one of the best ways to beat the winter blues on a dreary February day — especially when that headliner is David Byrne and he’s just released a new song. Byrne’s forthcoming album American Utopia is due out March 9, and the iconic artist has just shared a second single, “This Is That.”

Co-written and produced by Daniel Lopatin, also known as Oneohtrix Point Never, “This Is That” strikes a more brooding tone than the first ...

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As Creepoid prepares for its final bow, Lovelorn debuts with “Chains”

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As Creepoid prepares for its final bow, Lovelorn debuts with “Chains”

Philly’s Creepoid is playing their farewell show this Saturday the 17th at Union Transfer, but three-fourths of of the band are continuing on under the name Lovelorn, and they’ve just released their first single “Chains”.

With bassist Anna Troxell at the front, the song is sleepy and atmospheric with hazy, distorted guitar, steady drums and bass, and far away, airy vocals. One thing that especially caught my interest was the way the guitar interacts with the vocals, at times functioning the same as backup vocals would. The lyrics are interesting and imaginative with lines like “So take me away ...

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Kilamanzego just dropped a strange and magical new single

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Kilamanzego just dropped a strange and magical new single

Kilamanzego | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly DJ and experimental electronic artist Kilamanzego just dropped a new single “picking my kalimba from a distance.” First of all, I love this; this song is a weird, magic, dope blend of interesting synths, minimal percussion, electronic noises, and bass that you feel as much as you hear. The song takes you on a ride as it progresses, adding and subtracting layers before a graceful fadeout. Soundcloud user Love Junior encapsulated my thoughts on the song with the comment “You a weird and talented mf. Love this.”

Check out the song below, ...

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Hour finds instrumental solace from the noisy streets of Philly on their new LP Tiny Houses

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Hour finds instrumental solace from the noisy streets of Philly on their new LP Tiny Houses

Hour | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Local instrumental supergroup Hour packs a lot into their quiet, delicate sounds. The group’s latest release, Tiny Houses, is out now, and showcases Hour at their finest, their skilled instrumentalists stepping away from their various other projects to pour their talent into a collective sound.

Mike Cormier, Abi Reimold, Evangeline Krajewski, Matt Fox, Friendship’s Pete Gill and Naps’ Jason Calhoun are the faces behind Hour, and each musician is responsible for a different sound on the ten-track record, from violin to guitar to drums to field recordings (you’ll hear ...

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Saxophonist Steve Davit fuses Electro swing and Trap in latest single “Philly Sophia”

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Saxophonist Steve Davit fuses Electro swing and Trap in latest single “Philly Sophia”

Steve Davit | Courtesy of the artist

Saxophonist Steve Davit of Marian Hill has released his latest single, “Philly Sophia,” just the third track in his solo catalogue. Absent of lyrics, Davit is still able to depict a story here. “The title is a play on words with the Greek origins of Philosophy – Philo Sophia, which means “Lover of Wisdom”. But it could also be about a girl named Sophia who’s from Philly,” describes Davit. One great double entendre, we’ll leave this one up to your own interpretation.

Mixing various elements of Electro swing with a percussion arrangement likely to be ...

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Philly son Eric Jamal puts in work from the west coast

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Philly son Eric Jamal puts in work from the west coast

Eric Jamal | photo courtesy of artist

2018 is looking very bright for the City of Brotherly Love not just because Philadelphia’s green and white Eagles are now Super Bowl champions, but there seems to be an abundance of good music coming out the Philadelphia region. Music artist such as Shawn Smith, Dayne Jordan, Beano, Tierra Whack, Sunnie, Ivy Sole, James Weldon, No Headliner, Doug C Jr and plenty more continue to provide the tri-state area with incredible dope music. Hip hop artist Eric Jamal is working extremely hard all the way ...

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Killiam Shakespeare gets together with Reesa Renee and The Bul Bey to “Party & Chill”

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Killiam Shakespeare gets together with Reesa Renee and The Bul Bey to “Party & Chill”

Killiam Shakespeare Party & Chill cover art | courtesy of the artist

Killiam Shakespeare stirs up some funky grooves with their latest, ”Party & Chill.” The single is a breezy blend of R&B, funk, soul and pop which features Reesa Renee, an independent artist from the DC Metropolitan Area, and The Bul Bey, a West Philly rapper who we’re quite fond of here at The Key.

Ressa’s voice is mesmerizing as she sings the hook in ”Party & Chill.” In addition, The Bul Bey brings hip-hop vibes to the single with his feel-good rhymes. Overall, Killiam Shakespeare’s single ...

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HIRS lines up a hit parade of guests, from Shirley Manson to Laura Jane Grace and Marissa Paternoster, for new LP

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HIRS lines up a hit parade of guests, from Shirley Manson to Laura Jane Grace and Marissa Paternoster, for new LP

HIRS’ Friends. Lovers. Favorites. LP cover art | via SRA Records

The only thing more exciting than the mere existence of a new LP by the always brilliant Philadelphia punks HIRS is the veritable who’s who of feminist and queer icons lending their voices to Friends. Lovers. Favorites.

They include Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), Shirley Manson (Garbage), Sadie Switchblade (G.L.O.S.S.), Martin Crudo (Limp Wrist), Alice Bag (The Bags), and Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females), along with many more. The album will be released April 20th jointly by Get Better Records and SRA Records, and pre-orders are available here.

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The Dove and The Wolf team up with Butch Walker to cover 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love”

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The Dove and The Wolf team up with Butch Walker to cover 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love”

The Dove and The Wolf | photo courtesy of the artist

Our favorite Philly-dwelling Parisians The Dove and The Wolf teamed up with Georgia singer-songwriter Butch Walker for a cover of the classic 70s pop song “I’m Not In Love” by 10cc. The cover balances the smooth tones of the original with the atmospheric instrumental dreamscapes and vocal melodies that are a staple of TDATW’s Paloma Gil and Lou Hayat-Camard.

As Walker writes in the YouTube description of the video:

You might remember these talented gals from when they opened for me on the Afraid Of Ghosts tour a few ...

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Jasmine Cassell flexes her songwriting skills on S7VEN EP

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Jasmine Cassell flexes her songwriting skills on S7VEN EP

Jasmine Cassell | via facebook.com/jasminecassellmusic

New Jersey singer songwriter Jasmine Cassell focuses on love for her recent EP S7VEN. Different types of love; self love, the love of God, romantic love. The lyrical theme, mixed with superb instrumental arrangements, made this project a standout debut.

I had heard Jasmine Cassell perform “Let Me In” live, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear some layered 80s synths — a signature style of producer Lee “LeBeet” Clarke, who has also worked with Kate Faust and Kingsley Ibeneche. That sound could have easily been a very cheesy move, but it works so ...

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Madalean Gauze wants to know “Who Do You Fall In Love With” in saucy new video

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Madalean Gauze wants to know “Who Do You Fall In Love With” in saucy new video

Madalean Gauze | still from “Who Do You Fall In Love With” video

On this Valentine’s Day, singer-songwriter-rocker Madalean Gauze has one question for you: who do you fall in love with? She and her band want to know so greatly that they shared a seductive video to ask it.

Really though, the song might be more appropriately named “Who Do You Fall in Lust With” as the fun 70’s rockstar-inspired video shows Madalean and crew engaging in quite saucy shenanigans. So though it’s uncertain whether the track is about love, lust, or a bit of both, there’s no doubt ...

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Watch Japanese Breakfast’s “magnum opus,” a high school dance drama set to “Boyish”

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Watch Japanese Breakfast’s “magnum opus,” a high school dance drama set to “Boyish”

Japanese Breakfast | still from video

Japanese Breakfast has always excelled in the music video game: the playful karaoke party of “In Heaven” and the El Bar dance off of “Everybody Wants To Love You“,  the spectral sci-fi romance of “Machinist,” the Lynchian macabre of “Road Head,” and the nostalgia-infused “Body Is A Blade.”

For their latest — and, production-wise, most ambitious — music video, the band brings the sweeping orchestral pop of “Boyish” to an introspective melodrama set at a high school dance. A lead character seems in love and ...

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Now Hear This: New music by Belle & Sebastian, Django Django, Tune-Yards, Soccer Mommy, Nils Frahm, Shopping and more

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Now Hear This: New music by Belle & Sebastian, Django Django, Tune-Yards, Soccer Mommy, Nils Frahm, Shopping and more

Belle and Sebastian | photo courtesy of the artist

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

We’ve had a pretty good last month or so here in Philadelphia, on a couple of fronts.  Musically though, at least in terms of the broadest, pop-cultural arena, things have felt just a tad uninspiring lately.  The best-selling album of the year thus far, by a wide margin, is the Greatest Showman soundtrack; an artistic triumph I have no doubt.  Camila Cabelo’s full-length bow, despite a couple of serviceable bangers, basically failed to make good ...

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Cynabel gets intimate with his new album Cyna…

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Cynabel gets intimate with his new album Cyna…

Cynabel | via cynabel.bandcamp.com

“Music for Healing” is how Cynabel describes his work. The Philly artist has a talent for producing music that sparks a sense of euphoria and relaxation. His last EP, Summer Breeze, whisks you away to a place of pure bliss by fusing the calming sounds of the ocean and various electronic beats.

In his newest album Cyna…, Cynabel shows us a deeper, more intimate side to his music, exploring the concepts of depression, loneliness, friendship, love, and healing. Each track tells a story, and the creator is the listener. The last track on the ...

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The Radiator Hospital gang escape “Lonely Road” on a fun coaster escapade

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The Radiator Hospital gang escape “Lonely Road” on a fun coaster escapade

Radiator Hospital | screenshot from video

Contrasting high energy excitement with more somber lyrical content is Radiator Hospital’s cup ‘o tea. Their Play the Songs You Like track “Lonely Road” is testament to this, and its new video goes a step further by bringing the band’s sonic dichotomy to a visual level: coaster style.

Following the gaggle of pals at Hershey Park, everyone’s having a hoot of a time — well, almost everyone. I didn’t quite notice so clearly until the end, but it becomes very apparent that someone’s having a pretty glum day — even when packed together with ...

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Items Tagged Philadelphia: More to love and where to find it

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Items Tagged Philadelphia: More to love and where to find it

Tsuagaido | via tsuagaido.bandcamp.com

Here at The Key, we spend a lot of time digging through every new release from Philadelphia that shows up on Bandcamp. Periodically, we’ll check in to present you with the most interesting, most unusual and overall best of the bunch: this is Items Tagged Philadelphia.

No, I didn’t go to the parade on Thursday. No, I didn’t watch the game the Sunday before. No, I don’t particularly love football culture. Yes, I tried my best not to be a total buzzkill for like everybody around me, even people who I’m reasonably positive weren’t particularly ...

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