This is the Kit came back to Fishtown for an expansive Johnny Brenda’s gig

This is the Kit - Photo by- Ellen Miller for WXPN |
This is the Kit | photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN |

Exactly seven months after her last trip across the pond, This is the Kit was back in Fishtown for round two at Johnny Brenda’s. On Saturday night, Kate Stables played new and old songs with her full band to the nearly filled Johnny Brenda’s room fans.

With Kate Stables in the audience, Adam Schatz (of the band Landlady) kicked off the night with an intriguing solo set during he rotated between a tenor saxophone, keys, and vocals. Continue reading →


Two to Tango: Kate Stables of This Is The Kit and Adam Schatz of Landlady

This Is The Kit | photo by Lucy Sudgen | courtesy of the artist // Landlady | photo courtesy of the artist

Bristol, England’s Kate Stables — the woman behind the alias and floating band membership of This Is The Kit — and Brooklyn’s Adam Schatz  — of the groovy art rocking Landlady — wouldn’t seem likely bedfellows or touring mates from the former’s Moonshine Freeze of 2017 (complex folk signature touches by subtle jazz washes) and the latter’s Upright Behavior of 2014. That’s what will probably make their shared June 26 showcase at Johnny Brenda’s riveting. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: This is the Kit at Johnny Brenda’s, Dane Galloway at Underground Arts, Endless Taile at The Pharmacy

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UK born, Paris-based Kate Stables works under the moniker, This is the Kit. Whether leading the songs with softly comforting or spritely vocals, lyrical matter isn’t afraid to turn dark corners on her latest release, Moonshine Freeze. Watch the playfully off-kilter video for the groovy recent track, “Hotter Colder,” below. Then, see This Is The Kit tonight at Johnny Brenda’s, with more info on the 21+ show available at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


My Morning Download: “Two Wooden Spoons” by This Is The Kit

Photo by Andy Stables
Photo by Andy Stables
This Is The Kit is the musical project of UK born, Paris based singer-songwriter Kate Stables. Currently gaining some well deserved attention opening for The National in Europe, Stables has a warm and gorgeous voice and two excellent collections of songs that bring to mind some of her UK “folk” music peers like Laura Marling and Cerys Matthews. Musically, Stables’ warm tones come from the same school of sound and high minded songwriting craft as Iron & Wine, Jose Gonzalez and Alexi Murdoch, each of whom This Is The Kit has toured with. What’s the connection to The National you ask? The band have been fans of This Is The Kit for several years, and their recent album – Wriggle Out The Restless – has recently been reissued on Brassland, the label founded by The National’s Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner, along with writer Alec Hanley Bemis. Below, download a free three song collection from Bandcamp including “Two Wooden Spoons.”


Screaming Females slayed two Nirvana covers at Beat Kitchen on New Year’s Eve

Screaming Females | still from video

Philly power trio Screaming Females spent their New Year’s Eve at Chicago’s storied venue The Empty Bottle Beat Kitchen, and rang in 2019 with a pair of covers from Nirvana’s Nevermind. Five glorious minutes of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” a frenzied jam that suits Marissa Paternoster’s vocal style impeccably, gave way to the doubletime slamdance fuzz of “Breed.”  Continue reading →


Just Announced: First Aid Kit return to Philly to headline The Fillmore

First Aid Kit | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

It’s only been a few months since we last saw First Aid Kit, but the indie folk favorites are already plotting their return. The sister duo of Johanna and Klara Söderberg released their latest album Ruins earlier this year, and have just announced that their tour behind the new record will extend into the fall, with a Philly stop on September 8. Continue reading →