If you’re a woman in rock music, you’ve got to deal with a whole lotta bullshit. For every resilient stride of kickassery being taken to combat this issue, it seems there is an defeating account of sexism to match it — showing that the long and mighty journey towards equality still has a ways to go. Continue reading →
Minnesota’s Hippo Campus bless Union Transfer tonight in support of their debut full-length Landmark. The four-piece stuff indie pop and explode it to area-sized proportions, sporting anthemic hooks while saving guitar music one tune at a time. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Los Angeles punk legend Alice Bag leads a reading and conversation at Penn’s Kelly Writers House for the second installment of Shifting the Gaze. The recurring event was formed last year as a venue for continued discussion surrounding women in the music industry. After leading the Bags through the early waves of punk and writing a series of books about her experiences, Bag released her debut solo effort last year via Don Giovanni Records. Listen to her just-released single “Reign of Fear” below and more information about the event here.
Punk rocker, feminist and educator Alice Bag will be headlining tonight’s Treat Y’rself Fest at PhilaMOCA, a benefit for March to End Rape Culture. The all day festival includes an absolutely stacked lineup of 12 local and surrounding area musicians as well as a documentary screening for an event all about safe, inclusive, accessible spaces and self-care. More information on this event can be found on its Facebook event page here. Check out Bag’s track “Modern Day Virgin Sacrifice” off Don Giovanni Records below. Continue reading →
Wolf Alice is some sort of weird wonderful mishmash between past and present. Their debut album, My Love Is Cool, belies the thundering nature of their live show. Like watching Garbage channel British shoegaze through modern alt-rock aesthetics, it is a beautiful sight. The band clicks together perfectly, and The Troc, though an unexpected venue, was a perfect fit for them. From the crushing rock choruses of “Moaning Lisa Smile” and “You’re A Germ” to the gentle beginnings of “Swallowtail” that lead to reverb soaked walls of guitar, it was a fantastic display of rock prowess and showmanship. A promising Philly set from a promising UK band. Continue reading →
HIRS — or The HIRS Collective, as they’re calling themselves for the purposes of their new record — are loud. They’re loud in a way that catches you off guard upon first listen, no matter how hard you’ve mentally prepared for the force that’s about to hit you. The sheer intensity of their songs makes you need to listen over and over just in case you missed something — and now you can do just that, as HIRS’ new LP, Friends. Lovers. Favorites., is available to stream via NPR Music’s First Listen.
It’s the group’s first full-length record after a steady series of EPs, and they’ve certainly taken the term “full-length” to heart — it’s 20 tracks long. Granted, most of them are of the short, 30 seconds to a minute variety, but that doesn’t lessen their potency in the slightest. HIRS’ message comes through clearly — they’ve devoted their musical purpose to fighting violence agains the queer and trans communities, and on the new record, the unrest that’s spurred their activism is more urgent than ever. Continue reading →
The only thing more exciting than the mere existence of a new LP by the always brilliant Philadelphia punks HIRS is the veritable who’s who of feminist and queer icons lending their voices to Friends. Lovers. Favorites.
They include Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), Shirley Manson (Garbage), Sadie Switchblade (G.L.O.S.S.), Martin Crudo (Limp Wrist), Alice Bag (The Bags), and Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females), along with many more. The album will be released April 20th jointly by Get Better Records and SRA Records, and pre-orders are available here. Continue reading →
Shifting the Gaze: Women in Music is back for its third year at Kelly Writers House next Wednesday. An event panel series founded and curated by music writer, photographer, filmmaker, and U Penn senior, Amanda Silberling, Shifting the Gaze was created in order to “explore the intersectional challenges that women and other marginalized people face in the music industry.”
While last year’s installment featured punk icon, Alice Bag, this year’s boasts the four Philly-dwelling rockstars, Jazz Adams, Marisa Dapice, Sadie Dupuis, and Andrea Jacome, who will lead a conversation discussing these intersectional challenges, and incite dialogue as to how to make our community more inclusive. If you don’t already know about these absolutely kickass ladies,read on to get a feel of just the gist of the many roles these local leaders hold. Continue reading →
Treat Y’rself Fest returns to PhilaMOCA for a second year of music, activism and empowerment on Saturday, August 20th. Organizied by Carly Green of The Pretty Greens (who will play a set at the event), the day brings together musicians, visual artists, speakers, vendors and this year a documentary film screening, all to benefit the annual March to End Rape Culture. Continue reading →