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In a scene filled with so many local bands worth listening to, there will always be new music to discover—and The Key is your source for finding it. Brought to you by WXPN—the non-commercial public radio station that World Cafe, and XPoNential Music Festival call home—The Key covers all local music in Greater Philly and beyond.

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Local indie rockers The Tisburys share a string of announcements today, including the release of “Left Of The Dial,” a R...
05/13/2022
The Tisburys cover The Replacements for music podcast Left Of The Dial - WXPN

Local indie rockers The Tisburys share a string of announcements today, including the release of “Left Of The Dial,” a Replacements cover they recorded for the music podcast of the same name, and an appearance at WXPN's #FreeAtNoon concert series next week.

Local indie rockers The Tisburys share a string of announcements today, including the release of "Left Of The Dial," a Replacements cover they recorded for the music podcast of the same name.

From the Philly house show scene to studio 8H, Japanese Breakfast will be musical guests on the season finale of Saturda...
05/13/2022
Japanese Breakfast will play the season finale of SNL - WXPN

From the Philly house show scene to studio 8H, Japanese Breakfast will be musical guests on the season finale of Saturday Night Live on May 21st.

The Philly rooted indie rock project Japanese Breakfast will join host Natasha Lyonne of the Netflix series Russian Doll on May 21st.

For this performance in WXPN studios, Tubey Frank showcases four unreleased songs that find singer and songwriter Josh K...
05/12/2022
The Key Studio Sessions: Tubey Frank - WXPN

For this performance in WXPN studios, Tubey Frank showcases four unreleased songs that find singer and songwriter Josh Kirwin reaching in newer stylistic directions, from jazzy folk to explosive rock.

Central Pennsylvania's Josh Kirwin has been waving the Tubey Frank banner on Philadelphia's indie rock scene since 2017.

Learning to Be Happy is an album-length pep talk, it’s all the things you wish you could say to everyone you’ve ever lov...
05/06/2022
Kayleigh Goldsworthy and the sound of settling - WXPN

Learning to Be Happy is an album-length pep talk, it’s all the things you wish you could say to everyone you’ve ever loved. And it’s the arrival of Kayleigh Goldsworthy not just as a punk scene hired gun, but a significant artistic voice in her own right.

The multi-instrumentalist and punk scene hired gun is taking some time for herself, stepping out with her own singer-songwriter work, and her debut LP Learning To Be Happy is sublime.

Multi-talented songwriter Honeychile shared covers of tunes by Santigold, Prince, and Swedish electronic band Little Dra...
05/03/2022
Honeychile shares '3 Mellow Covers' in her own blended R&B style - WXPN

Multi-talented songwriter Honeychile shared covers of tunes by Santigold, Prince, and Swedish electronic band Little Dragon on her Bandcamp page this week.

Multi-talented songwriter Honeychile shared covers of tunes by Santigold, Prince, and Swedish electronic band Little Dragon on her Bandcamp page.

The West Philly soul collective Black Canvas spent a night celebrating Philly soul, backing two up-and-coming artists an...
05/03/2022
Musical portraits were created at The Black Canvas Experience's Rittenhouse Soundworks showcase - WXPN

The West Philly soul collective Black Canvas spent a night celebrating Philly soul, backing two up-and-coming artists and then playing a full set covering neo-soul classics from Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild and more.

The West Philly soul collective Black Canvas Experience spent a night celebrating Philly soul, backing two up-and-coming artists and then playing a full set covering neo-soul classics from Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild and more.

On her debut album, Suzanne Sheer is flexing all components of her craft to date, delivering a take on R&B that’s classi...
05/03/2022
Suzanne Sheer previews 'The Blue Hour' in a subtly sublime set at Warehouse on Watts - WXPN

On her debut album, Suzanne Sheer is flexing all components of her craft to date, delivering a take on R&B that’s classic and classy as well as futuristic and adventurous. A packed house at Warehouse on Watts got an early taste of The Blue Room last week; read our review.

On her debut album, Suzanne Sheer is flexing all components of her craft to date, delivering a take on R&B that's classic and classy as well as futuristic and adventurous.

Echo Kid is the onetime side-project that's taken center stage for these members of celebrated Philly rock band RFA; wat...
04/27/2022
The Key Studio Sessions: Echo Kid - WXPN

Echo Kid is the onetime side-project that's taken center stage for these members of celebrated Philly rock band RFA; watch them perform songs from their new album Fever Dream and more at WXPN Studios in this week's Key Session!

Echo Kid’s spirited songs evoke a long legacy of classic psychedelic pop and rock -- The Monkees to The Kinks to The Velvet Underground -- embraced and made their own, as we hear in this performance at WXPN Studios.

From home recording and family collaborations to an expansive session at Headroom Studio, Bel’s Beaches captures an exci...
04/27/2022
Bel breaks down her tender debut album, 'Beaches' - WXPN

From home recording and family collaborations to an expansive session at Headroom Studio, Bel’s Beaches captures an exciting new artist on a journey of self-discovery. Get to know her in this interview with our Thomas Hagen.

From home recording and family collaborations to an expansive session at Headroom Studio, Bel's Beaches captures an exciting new artist on a journey of self-discovery.

“It’s kind of hard with you not around / but I don’t wanna talk about it anymore,” sings Queen of Jeans' Miriam Devora, ...
04/27/2022
Queen of Jeans breaks out of isolation to share new single "Hiding In Place" - WXPN

“It’s kind of hard with you not around / but I don’t wanna talk about it anymore,” sings Queen of Jeans' Miriam Devora, declaring a new era in her life, one influenced by pop idols Doja Cat and Dua Lipa, whose music kept her feeling light in the toughest days of isolation.

Indie three-piece Queen of Jeans returns with their first new music in three years: the title track for forthcoming EP Hiding In Place.

WXPN Local Playlist, 2022.04.26Click below to listen!8 p.m.Rid of Me - "If It Makes You Happy"Friendship - "Ugly Little ...
04/27/2022
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WXPN Local Playlist, 2022.04.26

Click below to listen!

8 p.m.

Rid of Me - "If It Makes You Happy"
Friendship - "Ugly Little Victory"
The Wonder Years - "Oldest Daughter"

Bel - "Swim"
Air Devi - "Mosquitos In The Backyard"
Number One Lovers - "Livin'"

Echo Kid Key Studio Session
"Lonely Tree"
"Kano"
"Take It As It Comes"
"I Try"

Kurt Vile - "Like Exploding Stones"
Birds of Maya - "BFIOU"

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "In The Water"

9 p.m.

Anthony Green - "Maybe This Will Be The One"
Camp Candle - "Come With Me"
Occlusions - "Sleepwalker"

Don McCloskey - "I IV V"
Liz Longley - "Send You My Love"
Kississippi - "We're So In Tune"
Kayleigh Goldsworthy - "Keep The Light On"

The Tisburys - "Shattered"
UgLi - "House Pet"
Grace Vonderkuhn - "Rock And Roll Gary"

Solomon Temple - "Rapture (live)"
PIERI - "De Moda"
Josue Lora & Nota G - "Nadie"
Sylk 130 ft. Lady Alma - "Happiness"

Honeychile - "Constant Surprises"

WXPN Radio

Kurt Vile talks with our Sean Fennell about gaining perspective by staying at home for the making of his brilliant new r...
04/27/2022
You’ve Got to Walk Away to Come Back: A conversation with Kurt Vile - WXPN

Kurt Vile talks with our Sean Fennell about gaining perspective by staying at home for the making of his brilliant new record (watch my moves).

Staying put for a couple years in his Mount Airy home had a huge impact on Kurt Vile, as well as the creative process behind his major label debut (watch my moves).

While it could be easy to imagine Philly/Seattle duo Occlusions as the Cocteau Twins injected with whatever haze-inducin...
04/27/2022
Occlusions explores identity and outrage from blown speakers - WXPN

While it could be easy to imagine Philly/Seattle duo Occlusions as the Cocteau Twins injected with whatever haze-inducing potion The Weeknd or FKA Twigs are presently indulging in, it’s Leigh Bahari’s voice — echoed, shaped and morphed like an instrument weaponized -- that gives the project its distinct sound. Get to know them in this interview with Alex Smith.

Occlusions chats about minimalism in music, switching genres, and using one’s voice for the greater good to find that body euphoria.

PIERI says her new music video "De Moda" is about "overcoming a heartbreak and surrounding yourself with close friends w...
04/26/2022
PIERI's "De Moda" is a reminder to find comfort in your day-ones - WXPN

PIERI says her new music video "De Moda" is about "overcoming a heartbreak and surrounding yourself with close friends who were there before the relationship. Growth from heartbreak."

The latest from East Coast rapper PIERI is a melodic bop with a cumbia beat and lyrical inspiration drawn from the strength of long-running friendships.

"It was very cathartic to run around Philly in these off-brand costumes lamenting the 9-5 grind," says Grocer of their f...
04/25/2022
Grocer bids adieu to the workday grind on new single "Calling Out" - WXPN

"It was very cathartic to run around Philly in these off-brand costumes lamenting the 9-5 grind," says Grocer of their fun new video for "Call Out."

The latest from Grocer is a trippy and somewhat unhinged jam in the spirit of psychedelic synthesists Guerrilla Toss and Animal Collective.

“If there’s a label that does it better than Merge Records, we haven’t heard of them, and we’ve heard of a lot of music ...
04/21/2022
Friendship sign to Merge Records, release new single ahead of tour with Indigo De Souza - WXPN

“If there’s a label that does it better than Merge Records, we haven’t heard of them, and we’ve heard of a lot of music stuff," says Dan Wriggins of Friendship about his band's new home. "We are psyched from beyond."

Philly band Friendship shared a beautiful new single, "Ugly Little Victory" -- a previously unreleased track that will be familiar to fans of their live performances.

Today, on the fringe holiday 4/20, country singer-songwriter Roger Harvey shared two songs to benefit The Last Prisoner ...
04/20/2022
Roger Harvey shares two songs to benefit cannabis criminal justice reform on 4/20 - WXPN

Today, on the fringe holiday 4/20, country singer-songwriter Roger Harvey shared two songs to benefit The Last Prisoner Project, a non-profit dedicated to cannabis criminal justice reform.

Roger Harvey shares two songs, "The Last Prisoner" and "Weird Hill To Die On," to benefit The Last Prisoner Project, a nonprofit fighting for cannabis criminal justice reform.

After catching our ear with two impressive self-released EPs, Philly's Humilitarian stopped by WXPN Studios this week to...
04/20/2022
The Key Studio Sessions: Humilitarian - WXPN

After catching our ear with two impressive self-released EPs, Philly's Humilitarian stopped by WXPN Studios this week to play live and showcase their heady mix of mathy modern rock and atmospheric psychedelia.

With songs about interpersonal relationships that range from the sweeping to the strained to the downright dysfunctional, Humilitarian doesn't present a rose-colored view of their world, but their songs are full of hope, as we hear in this performance at WXPN studios.

After debuting last year with the beautiful Shadowland LP, Philly band Golden Apples is making a quick return with a sel...
04/19/2022
Golden Apples channel Pavement on woozy new song "Let Me Do My Thing" - WXPN

After debuting last year with the beautiful Shadowland LP, Philly band Golden Apples is making a quick return with a self-titled LP, out this spring on Lame-O Records.

The hooky psychedelia of the latest Golden Apples singles comes with a rundown of influences, care of the folks over at Brooklyn Vegan.

The scene supporters at Upandovr and Plaze have teamed up to present a stellar local hip-hop bill at Khyber Pass Pub sta...
04/14/2022
Chuck Acid, Nazeer Art'aud and more perform in local hip-hop showcase on May 7th - WXPN

The scene supporters at Upandovr and Plaze have teamed up to present a stellar local hip-hop bill at Khyber Pass Pub starring Chuck Acid, Nazeer Art'aud and more.

Noteworthy storytellers and up-and-comers Chuck Acid, Nazeer Art'aud, Tawobi, and Magnetic The Shaman are set to play a hip-hop showcase at Old City's Khyber Pass Pub on May 7th.

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Multi-instrumentalist and punk scene hired gun Kayleigh Goldsworthy is taking some time for herself, stepping out with her own singer-songwriter work, and her new LP Learning To Be Happy is sublime. She spoke about it in this interview with WXPN Local's John Vettese.
Commanding singer-songwriter Suzanne Sheer calls to mind a wide array of musicians, from Amy Winehouse to SZA, Metro Boomin to Bjork, and her set at Warehouse on Watts was an exciting look at what's to come, reports WXPN Local.
Big news from the WXPN Digital Desk -- when the brand new XPN dot org launches, The Key will make up the Music News and Local Music sections of the website! Look for it coming very soon.
Channeling Pixies, Catherine Wheel, Joy Division and more, Philly's Zinskē makes moody music for uncertain times - it's dark, but danceable, and you can watch them play live in The Key Studio Sessions this week.
Starting from indie-folk roots, Philly's Justmadnice have launched into the realm of blues-dipped psychedelic jazz; and that’s only the beginning. Get to know these immensely talented musicians in The Key Studio Sessions this week, see them The Dolphin Tavern next week.
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Philadelphia's Static Shapes makes synth-dipped rock that teeters between pop and prog, with reflective lyrics about 21st century life; later this month, they'll be at Johnny Brenda's to play live for only the second time, and to warm up for the show, they visited our studio for The Key Studio Sessions.
The dance at the center of Kristine Leschper's new video mimics “Blue”’s uncertainty and mismatched musical influences. Watch it at The Key and get details on her concert next month at Johnny Brenda's.
In a couple months, Sunflower Bean will play their new record for Philly fans at The Foundry of The Fillmore Philadelphia; they warmed up in Central PA at Phantom Power, see photos at The Key.
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Last Saturday night, Electric Candlelight, Grace Vonderkuhn and SLOMO SAPIENS played World Cafe Live. Check out photos from the show at The Key!
Firefly Music Festival is welcoming fall in Delaware with Green Day, The Head and The Heart, Jamie xx, Wolf Alice and so many more! Check out the full 2022 lineup at The Key.