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Line Leader releases hard-hitting, sonically disorienting album wilt

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Line Leader releases hard-hitting, sonically disorienting album wilt

Line Leader | photo via lineleader.bandcamp.com

Line Leader‘s debut EP wilt is a strong opening statement for the Philadelphia natives. The production on is very garage sounding, with a raw grittiness throughout the entire album. What wilt lacks in sensitivity they make up for with volume and sound instrumentation; the band rocks hard and first couple tracks are reminiscent of bands like Sonic Youth in terms of their repeated riffs and stressing of big major chords. Give the record a listen below, and give Line Leader a follow on Facebook for more about their upcoming gigs.

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Listen to Caracara’s debut album Summer Megalith ahead of their Everybody Hits show

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Listen to Caracara’s debut album Summer Megalith ahead of their Everybody Hits show

Caracara | photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.com | courtesy of the artist

Philly indie rockers Caracara hit us with a few teasers from their debut album Summer Megalith last month, and the anticipation has been building ever since. Now, the waiting is over, release day is here, and Summer Megalith is finally out in the world. Not to be mistaken for the bird, Caracara create the kind of spirited, honest, pour-your-soul-into-it music that is so essential to the Philly scene right now. Spattered with fuzzy instrumentals and woven with dense and reflective lyrics, the 12-track album (engineered and mixed ...

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Screaming Females return with new “Black Moon” single and a fall tour

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Screaming Females return with new “Black Moon” single and a fall tour

Screaming Females, photo courtesy of artist

With an extensive discography under their belts already, Screaming Females add another single to the list: “Black Moon,” their first release since their 2015 album Rose Mountain. And after more than ten years of touring, they’ve just announced a fall tour as well, which kicks off on September 24th.

The band is revered for their heavy rock and roll style driven by singer-guitarist Marissa Paternoster, as well as their heart-wrenching lyrics, and describes “Black Moon” as “[a] four-minute long ripper about the earth abandoning humanity, syphoned through the near-universal experience of ending a relationship.” The single was made available ...

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PREMIERE: Secret American bring us California sunshine in “Warmth & Shelter” video

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PREMIERE: Secret American bring us California sunshine in “Warmth & Shelter” video

Secret American | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Secret American, the new solo project of Cheers Elephant‘s Derek Krzywicki, is back with a delightful video for their second single “Warmth & Shelter,” and we’re excited to premiere it right here on The Key. The title track from the yet-to-be-announced debut album coming our way later this fall, “Warmth & Shelter” exudes the sunshine-filled California spirit with an unmistakable gritty Philadelphia edge that makes Secret American’s sound so unique.

Krzywicki once called Philly home, but now dwells among the cacti out on the West Coast. The ...

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Watch Ron Gallo’s fearless, frenzied music video for “Put the Kids to Bed”

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Watch Ron Gallo’s fearless, frenzied music video for “Put the Kids to Bed”

Ron Gallo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The newly-released “Put the Kids to Bed” is the third video from Ron Gallo‘s breakout album Heavy Meta, an album  based on a dysfunctional relationship from Gallo’s past. Remnants of this relationship are very evident in the new video which, despite its simplicity, is both emotionally and visually striking.

The song itself is very hard-hitting and raw, but the setting for the video is a sunny backyard with a bed in the middle, dressed in plain white sheets — this sets the scene for a major contrast between the song and the ...

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The Key Studio Sessions: SPORTS

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The Key Studio Sessions: SPORTS
The Key Studio Sessions: SPORTS
The Key Studio Sessions: SPORTS
The Key Studio Sessions: SPORTS
The Key Studio Sessions: SPORTS
The Key Studio Sessions: SPORTS

Reasons to love SPORTS: to begin with, their mantra, “friends FIRST, band SECOND.” You can’t miss that contagious camaraderie when seeing them onstage or in the studio — free of ego, free of pretense, free of the B.S. that ultimately divides artists who are motivated by forces other than playing music they love. There’s ample laughter and supportive sentiments from bandmate to bandmate, intermixed with sick riffs and catchy melodies. It’s refreshing to see: despite their tongue-in-cheekily competitive name, SPORTS is just a group of upbeat pals who moved from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio to Philadelphia to write songs and rock shows.
Consisting of singer-guitarist Carmen ...

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Watch MH The Verb get real and groovy in his recorded performance at The Boom Room

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Watch MH The Verb get real and groovy in his recorded performance at The Boom Room

MH the Verb | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

If you missed Marcus Harris aka MH the Verb’s set at the Boom Room last Sunday, the prolific rapper’s got a gift for you — you can still catch the entire performance from a Facebook live recording.

Throughout the set, things get real funky, real reggae-filled, real zesty, and just plain real as MH the Verb and crew dose some social-consciousness upon the crowd, along with later remixing a track into an entertaining genre-swap mashup.

Watch for yourself below, then keep an eye out for MH the Verb’s next set, where you can be grooving ...

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PREEN’s s/t EP is a glorious punch dance of angsty rage

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PREEN’s s/t EP is a glorious punch dance of angsty rage

PREEN | photo via preen.bandcamp.com

Tailing last year’s release of keystoner, Philly punk rock four-piece PREEN recently released a  s/t EP on Bandcamp, which shows the crew trading in sounds of all-around fuzziness for an even more vamped up, clarified dose of angstiness.

After a brief fake-out of silence, opening track “Cereus” starts the EP off kicking and screaming; where searing guitars and vocals morph together in an almost indistinguishable array. A torrent of taunts and labels, “Wyd” holds absolutely nothing back, anchored by the twisted sing-song line, “you’re a f**cking poser, I’m a f**cking slut,” and “chug” evokes an image of the most insane ...

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The Kominas unpack the paradox of identity and music in recent Shaking Through session

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The Kominas unpack the paradox of identity and music in recent Shaking Through session

The Kominas | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Philly / Boston punk outfit The Kominas recently stopped by Miner Street Recordings as the focus of Weathervane Music’s latest Shaking Through installment. If you’re new to the series, for an uber quick rundown, it’s a super interesting feature that goes behind the scenes — both in artist background and technical production — as a band works through the process of recording a new song, from it’s personal, creative idea of a beginning, to its end jam of a result.

In this episode, the twelve year old band (though three years old with the current ...

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Vita and the Woolf share sci-fi inspired video for “Earth”

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Vita and the Woolf share sci-fi inspired video for “Earth”

Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

A junkyard is a somewhat unusual setting for a music video, but if anyone can pull it off it’s Philadelphia’s own Vita and the Woolf. The band released their debut LP TUNNELS in June, and the album standout “Earth” just got a video. Filmed in nearby Coatesville, the video follows bandleader Jen Pague through a dramatic journey with a sci-fi twist that will leave you on the edge of your seat. With Pague’s soaring vocals and haunting dance moves at the center, the video also features sneak-peek footage from the upcoming comedic web ...

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PREMIERE: Versatile vocalist Jordan Brown teases upcoming EP with new track “Goodbye”

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PREMIERE: Versatile vocalist Jordan Brown teases upcoming EP with new track “Goodbye”

Jordan Brown | photo by Jackson Barnett | courtesy of artist

After collaborating with RJD2 on the track “Peace of What” for RJD2’s 2016 album Dame Fortune, Jordan Brown has come out with a promising single for his own upcoming EP. Brown is a soul singer at the core and “Goodbye” really highlights his technically sound vocals and his keen ability to seamlessly mix traditional R&B sounds with neo-soul instrumentals. Brown and his producer Kayin utilize a smooth, chopped up sax riff to accompany soothing, yet somber vocals in a heart-tingling track about love lost.

In 2015, Brown was the featured ...

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Mannequin Pussy release a quick video from the road for “Emotional High”

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Mannequin Pussy release a quick video from the road for “Emotional High”

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Sam Rudich | courtesy of the band

Philly punks Mannequin Pussy are currently on tour with Japanese Breakfast, dropped a quick mid-tour video set to their song “Emotional High” from last year’s Romantic LP. The tour is about a quarter way done and judging by the video, the tour has been nothing short of raucous. The video shows the camaraderie of the band, a connection very evident in their music as well.

“Emotional High” is a track from Mannequin’s last album Romance which was released in 2016. Check out the video below, and catch the band ...

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Listen to Julia Rainer’s new LP Spirits

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Listen to Julia Rainer’s new LP Spirits

Julia Rainer | photo via juliarainermusic.bandcamp.com

South Philadelphia’s  Julia Rainer has graced us with some hauntingly serene songwriting over the last few years. The singer and guitarist first appeared on the scene with 2011’s EP Noise & Smoke, followed by Now, I’ll Be Free in 2015. Her simple yet sweeping folk-influenced songs have found an interesting home among the widely diverse Philly music scene, a niche but resonant kind of music that has often proven to be just what we needed.

Now, Rainer has released her first full-length album, Spirits. It’s out now via Creep Records and you can listen to ...

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PREMIERE: American Trappist stops in sunny so-Cal to collab with Hemming on new retro ballad “Soot”

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PREMIERE: American Trappist stops in sunny so-Cal to collab with Hemming on new retro ballad “Soot”

American Trappist | photo by Brian L. Tice, Jr. | courtesy of artist

After River City Extension disbanded a couple years back, Joe Michelini started creating tunes under the name of American Trappist. With his self-titled debut last year, Michelini took listeners on a bluesy, folky, gritty sonic journey trekking from suburbia to crossing dusty Western plains and atmospheric desert landscapes.

Now, with a new track in hand, American Trappist seems to be continuing his westward U.S. excursion with a stop in sunny so-Cal. Although the song is titled “Soot,” its sound differs drastically from the smudgy darkness that the name suggests — instead, it jams along ...

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Listen to Joey Sweeney & the Neon Grease’s mellow new track “Digital Light”

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Listen to Joey Sweeney & the Neon Grease’s mellow new track “Digital Light”

Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease | photo courtesy of the artist

Native Philadelphian Joey Sweeney has been writing songs and playing music since the 80s. Though he has gone through many iterations (including The Barnabys, The Trouble With Sweeney, and Arctic Splash, as well as solo work), his brand-new project Joey Sweeney & the Neon Grease is already making quite the impact. Neon Grease first appeared on our radar earlier this summer with debut single “Baptized In Vibe,” a song about Sweeney’s upbringing in 1970s Fishtown, followed last month by retro jam “Black Ice.”

Now, Joey Sweeney & the Neon Grease have ...

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Items Tagged Philadelphia: The last good day of the year

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Items Tagged Philadelphia: The last good day of the year

via robndelaine.bandcamp.com

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

It’s the final weekend of summer, and folks all around me are taking full advantage. WXPN HQ was pretty much a ghost town by 4:00 on Friday afternoon, with most of my coworkers peacing out for long weekends at the shore or in the Poconos or wherever they may ...

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PREMIERE: Soraia reflects on the late Jeff Buckley in “Wandering Star”

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PREMIERE: Soraia reflects on the late Jeff Buckley in “Wandering Star”

Soraia | photo by Mark Weiss | courtesy of the artist

Philly hard rock force of nature Soraia is readying its latest project, Dead Reckoning, due out October 13th on Little Steven Van Zandt’s label Wicked Cool Records.

The band’s past releases have focused on high-octane garage rock — overdriven guitars dishing speedy riffage, racing to keep pace with frontwoman ZouZou Mansour’s dynamic vocals — and this record has no shortage of that, right from the opening punch of “Quicksand.” But Soraia also takes advantage of the vinyl LP format to stretch out into the realm of different sounds ...

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“Feel the Real” with Musiq Soulchild on hefty, new 24-track LP

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“Feel the Real” with Musiq Soulchild on hefty, new 24-track LP

Musiq Soulchild | photo via artist’s Facebook page

A few months back, Grammy-nominated, suave R&B master, Musiq Soulchild announced news of his upcoming album, Feel the Real. Today, the wait is over as Soulchild’s hefty double-disc of twenty-four tracks has been released.

Included in this multitude of music are a smattering of collaborations, from Marsha Ambrosious, to Willie HyN, to Neil deGrasse Tyson–reverse record scratch-– Yes, you heard me correctly. That Neil Degrasse Tyson. Everyone’s favorite no-nonsense astrophysicist makes a wonder-filled cameo on the track, “Moon,” as two legends join forces for an softly explosive result.

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Hear Harmony Woods perform new track, “Best Laid Plans” at Graffitti Pier

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Hear Harmony Woods perform new track, “Best Laid Plans” at Graffitti Pier

Harmony Woods | still from video

Harmony Woods‘ Sofia Verbilla recently took a trip with Feet First Productions to Graffiti Pier, from which we were gifted with a live performance of “Ghosts.”

Now, a second video is here, but this time with a more colorful background, and a brand new song titled “Best Laid Plans.” Definitely keeping up to par with the expectations of Nothing Special, the video showcases a beautiful performance that grows in power as Verbilla cuts through the song with her raw vulnerability and strength.

Watch below. Then, catch Harmony Woods on the first day of the Philly ...

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Shamir becomes every meme imaginable in video for the millennial battle-cry, “90’s Kids”

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Shamir becomes every meme imaginable in video for the millennial battle-cry, “90’s Kids”

Shamir | photo by Jason MacDonald | courtesy of artist

I’m a millennial / 90’s kid. Before I was decorating my AIM profile to perfection with stupid song lyrics, I was playing CD-rom Detective Barbie games on my family’s huge dial-up computer.

Fast forward to now, where there’s memes and irony and debt and avocado toast. It’s a heckin weird world, and Shamir somehow manages to mash up this strange generation of feelings into his song and video for the new, aptly titled “90’s Kids.”

Built atop the deep, floaty beats of a nostalgic Windows 95 startup, Shamir calls for drinks in the ...

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A very limited edition Screaming Females 7″ is up for grabs at New Brunswick’s Spina Records

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A very limited edition Screaming Females 7″ is up for grabs at New Brunswick’s Spina Records

Screaming Females | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

New Jersey punk rock power trio Screaming Females have a new 7″ for a song called called “Black Moon,” and it’s only available in one spot. Starting tomorrow at noon, a limited quantity of the vinyl single can be picked up at Spina Records in the band’s hometown of New Brunswick, New Jersey.From Spina’s Facebook post announcing the single:

This is a extremely limited pressing of 24 copies, not available anywhere else ! You must come into the store to purchase // no holds, no online orders, one per person. ...

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Hardwork Movement returns with “Like This,” a new song from their first full-band EP

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Hardwork Movement returns with “Like This,” a new song from their first full-band EP

Hardwork Movement | photo by Danny Gevirtz | courtesy of the artist | via instagram.com/dannygevirtz

Tomorrow night, Philly hip-hop luminaries Hardwork Movement headline their biggest hometown show to date at Underground Arts. Tomorrow morning, they’re dropping a new project — For The People, their first collection of songs recorded as a full band.

Tonight, the Movement gave us their first taste of that record in the form of “Like This.” 

The song is an uplifting anthem where bars from Sterling Duns, R.B. Ricks and Rick Banks are guided by a powerhouse horn fanfare and Jeremy Keys’ effusive vocal on the refrain.

Take a listen below, ...

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The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs

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The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs

Need a solid argument for turning up early to a long day of music? Two words: Sea Offs.

The dream-pop four-piece is one of the opening acts on the Saturday lineup of next weekend’s Philly Music Fest at World Cafe Live — they play 3:10 p.m. on the upstairs stage — and their lucid, moving arrangements of intertwining electric guitars and emphatic drums are an invigorating entry point into the event’s eclectic bill of regional artists.

Sea Offs hail from Central Pennsylvania, in the most literal sense — songwriters and guitarists Olivia Price and Rashmit Arora met at State College, in the dead ...

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The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs

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The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs
The Key Studio Sessions: Sea Offs

Need a solid argument for turning up early to a long day of music? Two words: Sea Offs.

The dream-pop four-piece is one of the opening acts on the Saturday lineup of next weekend’s Philly Music Fest at World Cafe Live — they play 3:10 p.m. on the upstairs stage — and their lucid, moving arrangements of intertwining electric guitars and emphatic drums are an invigorating entry point into the event’s eclectic bill of regional artists.

Sea Offs hail from Central Pennsylvania, in the most literal sense — songwriters and guitarists Olivia Price and Rashmit Arora met at State College, in the dead ...

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The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness

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The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness
The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness
The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness
The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness
The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness
The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness
The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness
The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness
The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness
The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness
The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness
The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness
The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness
The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness
The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness
The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness
The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness

Can we point to The Bigness an example of Philly D.I.Y.? They don’t play emo or punk rock — even though their songs are emotional, and they do rock. Their gigs don’t take place in tallboy-littered basements on the fringes of university campuses — but their sound is so dialed-in, it would feel just as good there as in a club. Hovering in and around their 30s, the bandmates have a solid decade-plus on the average D.I.Y. scene participant — but what is age, anyway, when it comes to art?

Surface similarities may be shaky, true. But as far as their work ethic, their love of ...

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