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Kississippi on sad songwriting, feeling powerful, and the beauty of boxed wine

Kississippi | photo by Megan Thompson | courtesy of the artist

On a summer night in 2014, Zoe Allaire Reynolds was driving from Tennessee back home to Philadelphia with a carful of people she didn’t really know.

Reynolds hadn’t released any music as Kississippi yet, but that night, as she often does, she put what was going on in her head into words. She wrote about that specific moment in time, about who was with her and who wasn’t: “In the backseat of Max’s car / Philadelphia gobbles up the stars / A thousand miles from where you are.”

These lyrics would become the song “Googly Eyes,” which would later appear on Kississippi’s first EP, 2015’s We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed. Continue reading →

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Kississippi finds inner strength on new single “Easier to Love”

Kississippi | photo by Megan Thompson | courtesy of the artist
Kississippi | photo by Megan Thompson | courtesy of the artist

Ever since Kississippi announced there was new music in the works late last year, we’ve been brimming with anticipation. The project of Philly’s Zoe Reynolds, Kississippi shared the delightfully catchy single “Cut Yr Teeth” in December, along with news that a debut full-length would be on its way soon. Called Sunset Blush, the record be Kississippi’s first release since the 2015 EP We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed.

Now, we have even more Kississippi details. Sunset Blush will be released April 6, and to help bide the time, we have a shiny new single to jam to — “Easier to Love” is out now, and it’s one of Kississippi’s most well-crafted, full-sounding tunes yet. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Kississippi brings bedroom pop to the big stage Friday afternoon

Kississippi | photo by Ashley Gellman-LaLima for WXPN

Philadelphia-based indie pop band Kississippi, under the guidance of fearless leader Zoë Reynolds, took the stage for a twinkling midday set Friday ahead of an eventful weekend here in Philadelphia. Most known to pack houses and basements, the band was caught off guard at the size of the WCL midday crowd. Kississippi ripped through their set, nonetheless, and gratefully appreciated the turnout by the mass of Midnight Green-clad fans. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Kississippi, Field Medic, and Harmony Woods to hit the Cages this February

Kississippi | photo by Megan Thompson | courtesy of the artist

Hold whatever you’re doing, friends, because there is one mighty fine gig coming up that you must know about. Taking place at Everybody Hits on February 15th, this beautiful bill boasts Kississippi, Field Medic, and Harmony Woods. So yes, just go and knock my hat off, why don’tcha. Continue reading →

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Kississippi comes into their own with “Cut Yr Teeth,” the first single from their SideOneDummy debut Sunset Blush

Kississippi | photo by Megan Thompson | courtesy of the artist

Kississippi is back, and stronger than ever. The recording project of Zoe Reynolds has become such a fixture of the Philly music scene lately that it’s easy to forget it’s been two years since their debut EP, We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed, was released. The XPN Fest alum has certainly kept busy over those last two years, though, and just announced that their first full-length, Sunset Blush, will be released in April 2018 via SideOneDummy Records. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rapsody at The Foundry, Petunia at Kung Fu Necktie, Kississippi at PhilaMOCA

Rapsody | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Rapsody was last seen in Philly at this year’s Made in America Festival, and the city’s been awaiting her return ever since. The North Carolina MC and hip-hop artist brings her “Wisdom is Power” tour to The Foundry tonight in support of her debut solo album Laila’s Wisdom, released earlier this fall. Watch Rapsody’s video for “Power” below, featuring Kendrick Lamar. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The High Key Portrait Series: Zoe Reynolds of Kississippi

Zoe Reynolds of Kississippi | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.

For the past few years, Zoe Reynolds has been diligently crafting her gorgeous, poetic reveries, framed by the tastefully reverberating rhythm of her electric guitar, all packaged under the Kississippi brand. Sometimes touring on her own, sometimes with more rounded-out crew of other musicians she’s met at shows, her recordings and performances are evenly thoughtful and intimate, and she delivers her rich vocals with just enough empty space between the notes.

Having already produced two EP’s and a live recording, Kississippi is putting final touches on a new full-length, which Reynolds is excited to share. A crowning achievement for an eventful Summer that included her first trip up to Canada to play a few dates, Reynolds will play in the company of her compatriot artists the first weekend of Fall at World Cafe Live, taking her place in a lineup comprised exclusively of local musicians in a few weeks for September’s Philly Music Fest, in what will be her first full-band show with the all-new Kississipi lineup. Get more information on that performance at the XPN Concert Calendar, and read our interview with Reynolds below. Continue reading →

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Philly Music Fest launches with Abi Reimold, Kississippi, Strand of Oaks, Steve Gunn and more this fall at World Cafe Live

Strand of Oaks | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

The idea is simple, really: two nights, two stages, only Philly bands. That’s what’s in store when Philly Music Fest touches down at World Cafe Live on Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd.

The biggest name on the first-year festival is Strand of Oaks, who will headline Saturday night on the heels of their XPoNential Music Festival slot, alongside Steve Gunn and Shannen Moser. Friday night’s bill is capped by Abi Reimold, who we hear is working on a follow up to last year’s excellent Wriggling LP, and Kississippi, who are readying their first full-length as well. Continue reading →

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Hear Kississippi play new songs on Audiotree Live

Kississippi | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Ever since We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed dropped in late 2015, we’ve been eagerly anticipating new Kississippi tunes. The band has teased us here and there, from a demo they dropped on their Bandcamp last September to a recent Daytrotter performance of new track “Once Good,” but now, we’re getting something a little more substantial with the band’s new Audiotree Live session, which you can watch below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kississippi at Everybody Hits, EIGHT at PhilaMOCA, Maitland at The Pharmacy, and more

Kississippi | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Philly fave Kississippi brings dreamy indie-pop to Everybody Hits tonight. Fresh off a tour supporting Young and Heartless, tonight’s show will kick off Kississippi’s headlining tour with Fern Mayo. Don’t miss Zoe Reynolds’ folky vocals layered with shoegazey, bedroom pop vibes before they set out. More info can be found here; watch Kississippi wow the crowd with their performance of “Indigo” at last year’s XPoNential Fest below. Continue reading →