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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – April 11, 2012 – Want to hear the newest tracks from Philly electro-pop duo City Rain before they’re released? Look no further than The Key, WXPN’s online source for discovering Philly’s best local music. The Key will debut the band’s new EP Watch Out via online streaming on Friday, April 13, a solid four days before its scheduled release on Tuesday, April 17.

The independently-released Watch Out is the follow-up to last fall’s I’m Gone and combines the dance floor beats, soulful vocals, keyboard riffs and hooky guitar licks fans have come to expect from City Rain. The duo, made up of Ben Runyan and Jarrett Zerrer, has received nationwide attention from the blogosphere and conventional media alike since entering the scene in 2010 including being featured on XPN’s The Key Studio Sessions, a weekly interview, performance and recording session with a Philly band. City Rain is planning their first national tour this year.

“Within seconds of hearing City Rain’s catchy electronic synth-pop, it’s nearly impossible to not hit the dance floor without joyous abandonment,” said Bruce Warren, WXPN program director. “Runyan and Zerrer’s upbeat music brings to mind Depeche Mode, but with Zerrer on guitar, there’s a serious rock element in the mix.”

The Key is a content-rich source for Philly music and source of original local music content. Highlighting the best music from the greater Philadelphia area through exclusive interviews, concert previews, album reviews, MP3s, news, studio sessions and more, The Key covers a broad variety of music, including indie rock, DJ culture, folk, hip-hop, blues and rock.


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WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio’s most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces the alternative rock service, XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.