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L7 returns to The Trocadero with their first album 19 years; listen to “I Came Back to Bitch”

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L7 returns to The Trocadero with their first album 19 years; listen to “I Came Back to Bitch”

L7 | photo courtesy of the artist

90’s rock favorites L7 recently dropped a new single, “I Came Back to Bitch.” The last time we heard from the punk-metal veterans was last year’s “Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago,” which was their first new song in eighteen years.

The chaotic music video for “I Came Back to Bitch” perfectly matches the song with its aggressive guitar riffs and playful cowbell. From scenes with mannequin parts to the foursome going crazy in a backyard, L7 still seems to have that screw-you, badass flame inside of them.

With the new release, the band ...

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Amir ElSaffar Refines His Majestic, Transcendent New Middle Eastern Jazz at NYU

Source: New York Music Daily

Why would anyone want to see the same band play the same piece more than once? For starters, there are always plenty of surprises when Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound make their way through Not Two, the visionary multi-instrumentalist/composer’s 2017 suite. From this perspective, was as a third time a charm? On one hand, it’s hard to imagine a more transcendent performance of this lavish, titanic work than the album release show in the financial district last June, where they played the whole massive thing. On the other, their show last night at NYU’s Skirball Center was plenty rapturous…and ...

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Post Animal Makes a Last Minute Stop in Philly

Source: Rock On Philly

Like many Philly fans of Chicago’s Post Animal, I was bummed out when they released their recent tour dates and there was no Philly on it. However, in true rock-star style, they announced a show about a week before the show and managed to make Boot and Saddle the only place you’d want to be on a Tuesday night.

Post Animal is definitely an incredible band to watch. Each of the individual members’ talents are so integral to the singularity of the band, and this is what makes them a stand-out band. They played tracks spanning their discography, each ...

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High-Voltage Suspense and State-of-the-Art Big Band Jazz From Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Uptown Saturday Night

Source: New York Music Daily

The suspense was relentless throughout Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society’s sold-out concert Saturday night at the Miller Theatre. Although a couple of numbers on the bill had genuinely visceral suspense narratives, there was no central mystery theme. That’s just the way Argue writes. What a thrill!

Throughout the show, four of the composer/conductor’s favorite tropes jumped out over and over again: artful variations on simple, acerbic hooks; circular phrases that widened and sometimes contracted; unexpected pairings between instruments, and high/low contrasts that often took on a sinister quality. Gil Evans did a lot of that, but drawing on vintage ...

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Philly collective Sofra spans jazz, hip-hop, funk and soul new EP Not so Not Familiar

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Philly collective Sofra spans jazz, hip-hop, funk and soul new EP Not so Not Familiar

Sofra | via sofra.bandcamp.com

Sofra is a Philly based musical collective that has recently released their EP Not so Not Familiar. The term Sofra is Turkish for ‘dinner table’ and speaks to the communal function of their music, not just with the musicians themselves, but also with their listeners. The EP was made in the home studio of Philly area drummer / Key photographer Noah Silvestry, who plays on the record. The quality of the music is quite impressive for a DIY home studio setup. The EP features verses from Sterling Duns and Rick Banks of Philly hip-hop group ...

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Dice Raw gets Boxed

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Dice Raw gets Boxed

Dice Raw in Henry Box Brown | photo courtesy of Rachel Ezekiel-Fishbein

The occasional mouthpiece for The Roots heads into his second theater piece Henry Box Brown: a Hip Hop Musical for Black History Month

Forever connected to The Roots, Karl Jenkins – aka Dice Raw – has struck out on his own in a big way within the last five years. Starting with his most politicized solo album yet, Jimmy’s Back, and his self-penned accompanying theater piece, The Last Jimmy (both dealing with Jim Crow laws, the unfairness of black-male incarceration and present-day forms of enslavement), Jenkins has ...

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Philly musical underdogs The Wonder Years pack it in at Boot & Saddle for Peace & Noise

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Philly musical underdogs The Wonder Years pack it in at Boot & Saddle for Peace & Noise

The Wonder Years | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

2018’s Peace & Noise concert series wrapped on Wednesday, Jan. 31 with an immensely sold out show headlined by Philadelphia’s The Wonder Years.

Given the collective high the city has been riding on since the Eagles earned the NFC Championship title—and advanced to Super Bowl LII this Sunday—the second-annual set of benefit concerts could not have ended on a more raucous note.

Following sets from Brooklyn’s Nervous Dater (whose tightly written LP Don’t Be a Stranger remains among 2017’s hidden gems) and Philly flagship punk band ...

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Raj Haldar of Lushlife, the Eagles’ official stadium DJ, celebrates everything Philly with a War on Drugs remix

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Raj Haldar of Lushlife, the Eagles’ official stadium DJ, celebrates everything Philly with a War on Drugs remix

Lushlife | photo by Megan Matuzak for WXPN

When he hasn’t been working on musical projects of one sort of another — the powerful 2017 Lushlife outing My Idols are Dead and My Enemies are in Power, the spaced-out Skull Eclipses record that drops later in 2018 with his collaborator Botany — Philly’s Raj Halder has held down a sweet gig as the official stadium DJ for the Philadelphia Eagles for the past few years.

This year in particular was a great one to have that job, and with the Eagles facing off against the New England Patriots this ...

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Slomo Sapiens are part of a psychedelic science experiment gone wrong in the new “TOES” video

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Slomo Sapiens are part of a psychedelic science experiment gone wrong in the new “TOES” video

Slomo Sapiens | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Slomo Sapiens’s newest release “TOES” is paving the way for the trio’s upcoming EP Hot Milk. The music video, directed by Matt Lesko, is eye-catching with its psychedelic visuals and odd storyline of a mad scientist’s experiment gone wrong.

Throughout the song, the group stays true to its grimy guitar riffs and playful beats, stirring up some curiosity as to what their new EP Hot Milk entails. Not to worry, though, the EP is dropping sooner than you think; it’ll be available February 16th, but you ...

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Items Tagged Philadelphia: Songs of suburbia and disconnected cell phones

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Items Tagged Philadelphia: Songs of suburbia and disconnected cell phones

Sarah M. | via sarahm.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.

Confession time: I’ve not yet been to a concert in 2018. I, who spend a major portion of my time each day finding shows to tell you about, and to urge you to go to them, have not actually been to one yet this year. And I think ...

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Marcus King Band Keeps on Truckin’

Source: Rock On Philly

Photo credit to Emily Butler

Life is full of second chances, and if you missed out on Marcus King last time he was in town at his sold out World Cafe Live show, you’re in luck. The Southern blues/soul guitar prodigy will be performing at the TLA with his band this Wednesday, December 27th. 

The 21 year-old has already sent shockwaves in the music community for his masterful command of blues, rock, soul, and even country. The band recently released their self-titled sophomore record, produced by Warren Haynes, features King’s exceptionally honest songwriting, soulful vocals and soaring guitar work. 

Instead ...

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Lissa Alicia’s top five moody jams of 2017

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Lissa Alicia’s top five moody jams of 2017

Kelela | photo courtesy of the artist

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2017 incredible. Today, Key contributing writer Lissa Alicia shares her favorite introspective music of the year.

We all love a feel-good tune, but for me there is nothing better than wallowing in self-doubt and pity while listening to someone who totally gets your soul. Maybe this sentiment stems from my angsty early childhood obsessions with Linkin Park and the entire Fueled By Ramen record label circa 2007. Ten years later, I have been able to resonate with a ...

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Stay Positive: Chill Moody on building his very own nice year

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Stay Positive: Chill Moody on building his very own nice year

Chill Moody | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Going by social media, the year of 2016 was a difficult year for all of us. We lost both Prince and Muhammad Ali. While some of us were still recovering in 2017, West Philly rapper Chill Moody knew that he was going to have a nice year.

And a good year it was. In addition to releasing music and performing at packed venues, like Union Transfer this fall with Low Cut Connie, he was able to release his first beer in collaboration with Dock Street Brewery, as well as ...

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: A.D. Amorosi’s best reissues of 2017

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: A.D. Amorosi’s best reissues of 2017

David Bowie | via NME.com

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2017 incredible. Today, Key contributor A.D. Amorosi looks back over the best repackaged and reissued classics from 2017.

The Residents once said, collectively, that “ignorance of your culture is not considered cool.” As a large part of our culture happens to be musical, genre specific, reminiscent and product driven, there’s no reason – with the advent of the mega-reissue – to miss out on the drama of that which came before you, or at least came before the immediate ...

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PHOTOS: Power Trip Causes Mayhem in Philly

Source: Rock On Philly

Dallas’ Power Trip is a staple in the hardcore scene and Philly has been anxiously waiting for them to return since their last show here in 2016.

The Southern Lord signed band released a new record, Nightmare Logic, in early 2017 and it’s easily one of the best records of the year. They joined Cannibal Corpse and Gatecreeper on a tour that made a stop at the TLA on Thursday and it was definitely a show that was not to be missed.

We were lucky to photograph Power Trip’s killer set. Want to relive the experience? Sad you couldn’t make ...

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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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Meek Mill Rally Announced For Tonight In Philly

Source: Rock On Philly

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Records

Thousands of fans have come together in support of Philadelphia rapper, Meek Mill, who was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison last week for violating his parole.

Hip hop mogul Jay-Z called the sentence “unjust and heavy-handed,” and fans around the world signed petitions calling for the recusal of Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who presided over the case.

Tonight, a rally has been announced for 5:00 p.m. tonight at The Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice (1301 Filbert St.).

Confirmed speakers include: Dr. Julius Erving (former Philadelphia 76ers players), Malcolm ...

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Eric Slick & Friends to debut string quartet-woven “Bullfighter EP” at NYC’s (le) poisson rouge this December

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Eric Slick & Friends to debut string quartet-woven “Bullfighter EP” at NYC’s (le) poisson rouge this December

Eric Slick| Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Dr. Dog drummer, Lithuania rocker, solo Eric Slick extraordinaire — now let’s add string quarter composer to the list because why the heck not.

Expanding his personal project a tad further, on December 19th, Philly’s resident renaissance musician will be performing as Eric Slick & Friends to debut his “Bullfighter EP” to the world; which, as announced in the show’s Facebook event page, will feature additions of a string quartet.

Find more info on the (le) poisson rouge gig here. Then, listen to Slick’s recent, Sadie Dupuis-featured single, “secrets,” below.

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DJ Rebel Foster provides heavy vibes for his new residency at the Saint Lazarus Bar

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DJ Rebel Foster provides heavy vibes for his new residency at the Saint Lazarus Bar

Rebel Foster at Saint Lazarus | photo via Twitter.com/rebel_foster

Chester-born DJ and producer Rebel Foster has taken up a residency at Fishtown’s Saint Lazarus Bar to lay down some original remixes and some great hip hop, soul, and R&B cuts. Foster’s residency hits Saint Lazarus on Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m., and to get his crowds hype, he recently dropped the Falling For You autumn mix.

It is eclectic, but consistent. Foster is looking to create synthy, bass-heavy dance grooves with samples ranging from Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing)” to Daniel Caesar’s “Get You” all the way to a chopped and screwed “Sexyback” ...

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Watch Maitland’s gentle, yet urgent new music video for “Luna”

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Watch Maitland’s gentle, yet urgent new music video for “Luna”

Maitland | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Indie rock four-piece Maitland is gearing up for a big headlining show at Johnny Brenda’s, and just released a new video for their song “Luna” that warns of the dangers of environmental consumption and vulnerability.

The beautiful soundscape that Maitland has managed to weave through this video only enhances the visually stunning scene. The recurring mantra-esque chorus of “If you were my spring I’d drink you up, drop for drop” carries the heaviest builds of the song, and paired with the endless motion of interpretive dancer Amanda Miller wrapped ...

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The Front Bottoms, Basement Sell Out Starland Ballroom

Source: Rock On Philly

When The Front Bottoms and Basement announced their tour together it seemed to be a dream come true for most people.

Both bands have different sounds (and different fanbases, for that matter) but they work so well together, and it showed when they played to a sold-out Starland Ballroom on Saturday.

Basement opened around 9, and brought the energy immediately. Seeing Basement is like nothing else, it’s clear that they have a very special bond and it radiates to the audience, they’re just having fun. Seeing vocalist Andrew Fisher smile every time someone crowd surfed, or a mosh pit got started ...

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