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Listen to HIRS’ powerful Friends. Lovers. Favorites. via NPR Music’s First Listen

+HIRS+ | photo courtesy of Get Better Records
HIRS | photo courtesy of Get Better Records

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 →

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HIRS lines up a hit parade of guests, from Shirley Manson to Laura Jane Grace and Marissa Paternoster, for new LP

HIRS’ Friends. Lovers. Favorites. LP cover art | via SRA Records

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 →

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Just Announced: Screaming Females is taking THOU and HIRS on tour, playing Union Transfer in April

Screaming Females | photo by Grace Winter | courtesy of the artist
Screaming Females | photo by Grace Winter | courtesy of the artist

New Brunswick, NJ DIY veterans Screaming Females have been a steadfast force in the East Coast scene for over a decade, and it releases its seventh LP, All At Once, in February on Don Giovanni Records. This week, the band — led by acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Marisa Paternoster — announced its spring tour, which comes to Union Transfer on April 5th. Continue reading →

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Philly punk five-piece S-21 is playing its final show tomorrow; listen to a new song “Thirst for Violence”

S-21 | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly five-piece S-21 has been making politically-charged punk rock since September of 2015, and coming up on their two year-anniversary, they’re sadly bringing their run to a close. Their show at the First Unitarian Church basement tomorrow night is their farewell, but they’re not exiting without one last addition to their discography.

The band caught my ear this winter when I came across their Year Zero EP, released on Slugsalt Records, in an installment of Items Tagged Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Celebrate 10 years of Two Piece Fest with The Afterglows, HIRS and more

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The Afterglows | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

How do you squeeze over twenty bands on a bill for a festival in the basement of the First Unitarian Church and have the show run smoothly? Two stages, ten years of experience, and just enough time between acts for the packed crowd to shuffle from one end of the room to the other. The folks behind Two Piece Fest have been doing this for a decade now, so when the annual event hits the Church on February 25th we can expect the usual jam-packed day of celebrating duos of all sounds and styles.

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Slingshot Dakota, Trophy Wife, +HIRS+ playing Two-Piece Fest 8 at PiLam

Slingshot Dakota | photo by Megan Kelly
Slingshot Dakota | photo by Megan Kelly

In its unique dedication to musicians who come in duos, Two-Piece Fest has announced the lineup for its eighth annual show. The daylong DIY-scene show was created by Philly natives Peter Helmis of Algernon Cadwallader and Craig Woods of Towers. They established TPF back in 2007 for their own two-person collaboration, Peter & Craig. This year’s show will take place on February 14th at Pilam in West Philly. Continue reading →

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Chill Moody introduces new Phirst Tuesdays at Bourbon & Branch to support Philly local talent

Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist
Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia music advocate and hip hop artist Chill Moody announced today that he will be heading a new music initiative in Philadelphia called Phirst Tuesdays. Phirst Tuesdays will be an open mic/jam session that will take place every first Tuesday of the month at Bourbon & Branch. The night of sign-up performances will feature Chill Moody’s own band including Man-Man, Wheatbread and JRoc to play as the performers’ live backing band throughout the night. Phirst Tuesdays will also include various hosts, with December’s to be hosted by R&B artist Beano who has recently returned from a tour in Africa singing back-up vocals for Jahiem. Continue reading →

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My Morning Download: “Thirst” by City and Colour (playing Electric Factory tomorrow night Wed. 9/18)

Photo by Dustin Rabin
Photo by Dustin Rabin
City and Colour (acclaimed singer-songwriter Dallas Green) will be in town tomorrow evening – Wednesday, September 18th – performing at the Electric Factory with Lucy Rose opening. City and Colour recently released The Hurry and The Harm. It’s the first City and Colour album recorded outside of Canada. Green recorded the album in Nashville, Tennessee’s Blackbird Studios with an excellent group of musicians including Jack Lawrence on bass (The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather), Bo Koster of My Morning Jacket on keybaords, Spencer Cullum (Caitlin Rose) on pedal steel and two heavyweight drummers – Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple) and James Gadson (Bill Withers, BB King). Below, download “Thirst.”

Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

Purchase The Hurry and The Harm here.