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Watch Pissed Jeans get swole in new video for “The Bar Is Low”

Pissed Jeans | via the artist's Facebook page
Pissed Jeans | via the artist’s Facebook page

Last week, we finally got to hear Why Love Now? in its entirety, but Pissed Jeans isn’t stopping there. The album officially dropped today, and to celebrate, they’ve shared a new video for lead single “The Bar Is Low”. It’s a glorious ode to feeling emasculated at the gym, so if that’s a sensitive subject for you, you might want to sit this one out. Otherwise, stream the clip below. Continue reading →

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Moor Mother previews new record of poetry and soundscape with “This Week”

Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The Motionless Present is a forthcoming collection of poetry set to acerbic soundscapes from local artist and activist Moor Mother. Scheduled for a March release ahead of her appearance at Berlin’s CTM Festival, the album follows last year’s breakthrough Fetish Bones. Previewing her new work, Moor Mother’s Camae Ayewa has shared a collaborative track with NYC producer Geng called “This Week.”

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Mannequin Pussy bring Romantic tracks to Audiotree, talk favorite Philly bands and karaoke

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com
Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com

While on tour earlier this month in support of last year’s Romantic LP, local punk outfit Mannequin Pussy stopped by the Chicago studios of Audiotree to record a live session of songs and conversation. Now back home, the quartet joins Abi Reimold, King Azaz, and Carcara at Johnny Brenda’s tonight for a show benefiting the Trevor Project.

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PREMIERE: Jared Selby keeps dancing amid the struggle in the “Reflections” video

Jared Selby | photo courtesy of the artist
Jared Selby | photo courtesy of the artist

North Philadelphia born and raised musician Jared Selby has been building his resume as a producer in the Soundcloud zone for a few years now, but his skills stretch beyond beat tapes. He’s been developing his lyrical craft and dabbling in video production, and all of those worlds collide in the new visual for “Reflections,” which we’re happy to premiere for you today. Continue reading →

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Preview Littler’s Bad Hand EP with “Running Hot”

Littler | photo by Emily Burtner | via The A.V. Club

All hail Philly-born indie rockers Littler. So far, they’re succeeding where so many others have not — they went bicoastal and have managed to continue as a band. Not long after recording a Key Studio Session and going on a U.S. tour in support of their debut LP Of Wandering, Littler’s two singer-guitarist-songwriters Madeline Meyer and Dan Colanduno packed up and relocated to the left coast.

With them came a set of songs recorded with Kyle Gilbride of Wherever Audio, and today word has surfaced that the band is releasing them via Yellow K records — the Maryland imprint that’s released music by Japanese Breakfast, Eskimeaux, Shelf Life and more. The collection will be called the Bad Hand EP, and you can get a taste of it over at The A.V. Club, where the song “Running Hot” is streaming. It’s got wonderful Lemonheads vibes for the olds, Colleen Green vibes for the youngs, Pains of Being Pure at Heart vibes for the mids. Which is to say bright guitars, soaring vocal melodies and hooks galore. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Mitch Esparza

Photo by Chris Beat

Maybe Mitch Esparza is a scrapbooker. I always called him a musical chameleon because in my mind what was so compelling and admirable about his performances and albums, from his ensemble The Love Club to his psych solo project (((taco))) (or is it M.E.?), to music under his own name, and even more than I can recall, was that he could adapt. Throw him in a new situation, change up the genre, give him a new instrument or toy to play with, or start a new band with brand new people, he would adapt and thrive, always able to present interesting sound, music, and art. I would like to take this opportunity to adjust my mental image of Mitch Esparza. Maybe Mitch Esparza is a scrapbooker, building a cosmic sonic dreamboard, rifling through a universe of waveforms and artforms, pilfering what he enjoys and putting aside the rest, weaving a “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” patchwork. I like this image more because a musical chameleon, while inventive, is perhaps without a unique style or vision. A scrapbooker not only has style, but a strong, distinctive vision for his art, which totally describes Mitch. Long may he dream and weave.
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The Key Studio Sessions: Eight

Has there ever been a scientific study on levels of happiness, productivity and general life-fulfillment in multiple-band musicians versus single-band musicians? My hypothesis is the more outlets an artist has, the merrier, and I’d offer Philly’s Eight as a case study.

The indie rock power trio is led by the immediately recognizable voice of guitarist Mimi Gallagher, who just came off a couple super fun years with Year of Glad and NONA. On bass and backing vocals is Cat Park, who also devotes a lot of waking hours to co-fronting Amanda X. Possibly the busiest of the bunch is Pat Brier on drums, who concurrently keeps the beat in Three Man Cannon and writes the songs in Queen Jesus. They’re mad busy people, but they were an absolute joy to work with for their Key Studio Session. Continue reading →

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Watch local rapper Joie Kathos take over The Foundry at Fillmore for a powerful set

Joie Kathos | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The Boiler Room recently stopped by The Foundry at The Fillmore for an all-local lineup, and footage has recently surfaced of local rapper Joie Kathos‘ extremely energetic set. Her flamboyant style brings a mix of choreography, clever lyricism and solid flow, making Kathos a force to be reckoned with in the scene. All she wants to do is share her thoughts with the world, and the world should seriously listen. Continue reading →

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Listen to Slingshot Dakota’s ballad of broken love on “Grudge”

Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Bethlehem’s Slingshot Dakota revealed plans for a UK tour with Petal early today, and it came with a little something special in the form of new single “Grudge”. Marking the band’s first new material since the release of 2016’s Break, the tune is a part of the new 7″ Broken, with the full release marked for this Friday.

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Hear Strand of Oaks cover Phish, Primal Scream, and The Stone Roses in new Lagniappe Session

With Hard Love finally out in the open and an extensive touring schedule imminent, you’d think we wouldn’t be hearing anything new from Strand of Oaks for a while. Well, rhetorical third person, you’d be very, very wrong.

Somewhere in the midst of the album’s busy press cycle, Timothy Showalter found time to record a few homemade covers for Aquarium Drunkard as part of their Lagniappe Sessions series. There’s a laid-back, groovy take on Phish’s “Dirt” — a recent convert as of last summer, Showalter refers to himself as “the newest Phish fan in the world” — a stripped-back, acoustic rendition of Primal Scream’s “Damaged,” and space-y exploration of The Stone Roses’ “Made of Stone.” You stream and download the set here. Continue reading →