By

Just Announced: PUP will headline Franklin Music Hall this September

PUP | photo by Vanessa Heins | courtesy of the artist
PUP | photo by Vanessa Heins | courtesy of the artist

By the looks of it, Toronto punk four-piece PUP is about to spend most of the next year of their life on tour around the world. And deservedly so — their new Morbid Stuff record is their strongest work to date, amplifying and expanding their trademark gang vocal ragers about mental health into sonic territory reminiscent of R.E.M. (the opening title track) and The Hold Steady (listen to frontperson Stefan Babcock get his Craig Finn on during the spoken-sung “Kids”). Continue reading →

By

PUP lands in the year 2059 for its new “Kids” video

PUP | photo by Vanessa Heins | courtesy of the artist

Before their forthcoming record Morbid Stuff is released on April 5, Toronto punks PUP have shared a futuristic new video for “Kids,” the single they released a few weeks back. The band previously described “Kids” as something of a nihilistic depressive love song, and the darkly hilarious video brings that concept to life as PUP projects what life may be like for them 40 years down the line. Turns out, 2059 isn’t all fun and games — watch below to find out what PUP’s imaginary future entails. Continue reading →

By

PUP find community in a sick, sad world on “Kids” from new Morbid Stuff LP

PUP | photo by Vanessa Heins | courtesy of the artist

We last saw Toronto punk four-piece PUP headline a packed and sweaty Union Transfer on the heels of their acclaimed The Dream Is Over LP, and in the intervening years, the world has become an increasingly weirder and more alienating place. But in these times, community is even more important than ever, which seems to be the theme of the band’s new single “Kids.”
Continue reading →

By

Puppy Angst introduces themselves to the scene with new single “meet at the show”

Puppy Angst | via puppyangst.bandcamp.com

Philly’s Puppy Angst just made their full-band debut with the release of a single, “meet at the show.” Formerly the solo project of musician Alyssa Milman, the band recorded the new tune as a four-piece and is out on Bandcamp via Good How Are You Records. Self-described as “a quiet solo project turned noisy bummergaze,” Puppy Angst captures universal feelings of confusion and frustration with “meet at the show,” pairing the song’s themes with a bright, poppy sheen underscored with classically DIY grit. Continue reading →

By

Watch (Sandy) Alex G perform a stripped version of “Poison Root” in a creepy puppet house

Alex G | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Alex G | Photo by Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

Though (Sandy) Alex G grew a cult-like following through online presence, it wasn’t of his own doing; it was the fans grassroots approach to his Bandcamp tunes. In reality, it seems that Alex Giannascoli tries to remain pretty absent from the interwebs — whether it be on social media or in his various music videos.

So when I saw that there was a video via Fader (in high definition quality and beautifully filmed, might I add) featuring exclusively him and violinist, Molly Germer, I was a tad surprised at this uncharacteristic move. But then I learned that the one-shot video was filmed at a creepy puppet palace, and all was right with the world once more. Continue reading →

By

Mike Watt and Meat Puppets rattle the windows at Underground Arts

Mike Watt | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Thumping his way through a sonorous solo, Mike Watt makes this pronouncement to a full basement at Underground Arts: “BASSSSSS!!” The delivery of both the declaration and the music is definitive, as if to make one thing clear: if you weren’t sure whether you’d ever heard a bassline before, you can be sure here, tonight. Watt stretches the single word affirmatively over the sounds, and lets it hang there for awhile. It’s not condescending; it’s instructive, as though at the end of a Sesame Street bit, as though we’ve just learned how to sound it out together, right there on the spot, with his guidance. Tonight’s set has been brought to you by the the letter “B.”

If you’re cool, you know of Watt from his heady hardcore days with The Minutemen and Firehose, in the seminal Southern Cali punk scene. But if you’re like me, you first heard about him when he mixed it up with the likes of more widely recognized ‘90s icons. Released in 1995, Watt’s first “solo” record Ball-Hog or Tugboat? was an ensemble effort, a virtual who’s-who of alt-rock featuring the likes of Frank Black, Thurston Moore, Kathleen Hanna, Anna Waronker and Flea, as well as Eddie Vedder and Dave Grohl who joined him for the tour and who helped spotlight the bassist for some overdue mainstream attention. Continue reading →

By

Hear David Crosby perform on World Cafe with Snarky Puppy’s Michael League

David Crosby | via the artist's Facebook page
David Crosby | via the artist’s Facebook page

Folk legend David Crosby returned to World Cafe this week to play songs from his latest solo album, Lighthouse. He’s joined by Snarky Puppy headman Michael League, who produced the album and co-wrote many of its tracks. Topics of discussion include how the collaboration came about, the longevity of Crosby’s voice, and his relationship with Joni Mitchell, with League chiming in to elaborate on the process of making the album. It’s an interesting listen for fans of either artist, so stream the forty-plus minute session below, via NPR . Continue reading →

By

PUP returns to Philly for out of this world headlining show

Pup | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Pup | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

I saw PUP for the first time in 2014, on their first US tour, at a weekday Golden Tea House gig. I had never seen a band command a crowd of about 25 people the way they did. In iconic fashion, frontman Stefan Babcock scaled the balcony of Golden Tea House while preforming a cover of the Beastie Boys hit “Sabotage.” I knew at that point this wasn’t the last I would be hearing of PUP. Continue reading →