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PWR BTTM’s new song “LOL” showcases expansive depth

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PWR BTTM | photo by Ebru Yildiz

PWR BTTM has been releasing pure gold tracks in anticipation of their upcoming (and incredibly highly-anticipated) sophomore album, Pageant. Songs “Big Beautiful Day” and “Answer My Text” have already shown that this album is going to be amazingly beautiful, and their newest release, “LOL” underlines, bolds, and all-caps that statement. Continue reading →

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The emotional struggle is real for PWR BTTM in new “Answer My Text” video

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PWR BTTM | photo by Ebru Yildiz

As we wait patiently (or not) for Pageant to drop on May 12th, endearing punk duo PWR BTTM continue to share sneak peeks of their sophomore LP with a new video for “Answer My Text.” The New York band will bring the album to Philly for an all-ages show at Union Transfer on June 17th, preceded by an appearance at the 17th annual Non-COMMvention at WXPN in May.

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PWR BTTM update (and correct) the unrequited love anthem on “Answer My Text”

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PWR BTTM | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Considering I was only six years old at the turn of the millenium, I don’t know if I have much of a right to consider myself a “90s” kid. My cultural knowledge began and ended with whatever toy came in my Happy Meal, and my CD collection consisted of a few terrible movie soundtracks and Smash Mouth’s Astro Lounge. With that being said, I have retroactively become aware of a toxic yet irresistibly catchy mode of songwriting that was bombarding my tiny, impressionable ears through to the early 2000s. I’m talking, of course, about the special brand of unrequited love anthem popularized by the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Blink-182, and Wheatus, an archetype that has just been updated, de-toxed, and reclaimed by PWR BTTM with their new single “Answer My Text.” Continue reading →

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PWR BTTM announce new record, share bedazzled new video for “Big Beautiful Day”

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PWR BTTM | photo by Ebru Yildiz

Somehow between the release of their Ugly Cherries debut in 2015 and near-constant touring in the months since, glammy punk duo PWR BTTM found time to write and record a sophomore LP. That record was announced today: it’s called Pageant and is set for a May 12th release via Polyvinyl. Accompanying the announcement are a solid three and a half months of tour dates, including June 17th at Union Transfer, and a video for album single “Big Beautiful Day.”

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Just Announced: PWR BTTM returns to PhilaMOCA in February

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PWR BTTM | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

New York queer punk duo PWR BTTM is headlining a show at PHilaMOCA on Friday, February 17th. The band just finished a fall tour showcasing music from 2015’s outstanding Ugly Cherries LP. The band will be joined by Mal Blum & The Blums and Naked Giants, and tickets go on sale at 12 p.m. on Wednesday the 14th of December . You can get more information and tickets for this all ages event at the WXPN Concert Calendar. Watch the video for “I Wanna Boi” below. Continue reading →

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A powerful Sunday night set with Pity Sex, Petal and PWR BTTM

Pity Sex | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Pity Sex | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Last week, the Michigan indie rockers Pity Sex set out on a month long tour with support from their friends in Petal and PWR BTTM. The tour made its way to Philly Sunday night, where each band was welcomed with a tremendous applause from the packed crowd at Union Transfer. Petal kicked off the show, followed by PWR BTTM, and then Pity Sex. Continue reading →

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Why I’m gay for PWR BTTM (and you should be too)

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Growing up gay in the Clinton years made it hard to do a lot of things. Among them was finding people who shared my insatiable thirst for and ever-evolving taste in music. Not many rural Maryland teens had space in their CD players for Ray of Light-era Madonna, vintage Depeche Mode, or even the deeper cuts of peak Garbage (whose frontwoman Shirley Manson remains an underrated queer icon and my personal savior). As I began to trickle out of the closet in college, I found the same challenge attacking from the other side. My first openly gay acquaintances had just as hard of a time wrapping their heads around the queer, feminist punk of early Sleater-Kinney, for instance. Few people seemed to occupy my then desolate middle ground, and even fewer artists on my radar at the time seemed to play in it.

Enter PWR BTTM about a decade and change after the fact. The duo of Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins are punks who proudly cite Kylie Minogue as an influence on their Facebook, the kind of band that not only speaks to me but for me. Unabashedly, unapologetically queer in style and storytelling, they combine the perk of Pansy Division with the poignancy of Perfume Genius on their debut long-player Ugly Cherries, out now on Father/Daughter records. Over surging pop-punk riffs, they swagger and sucker-punch with songs that nail the fun, fumbles, and fears of being young and other. Continue reading →

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Agent Intellect: Protomartyr, Low & PWR BTTM on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Protomartyr | Photo by Zak Bratto
Protomartyr | Photo by Zak Bratto

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade might not be a milestone like last week’s 100th Episode, but it’s certainly no slouch when it comes to great new tracks. Stay tuned after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese for a full two-hour IRHP, featuring a spotlight on the new album from Detroit post-punks Protomartyr. We’ll also introduce you to some new bands with names like PWR BTTM, Expert Alterations and Death By Unga Bunga. Intrigued? You should be…

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