Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cayetana at First Unitarian Church, Hawk Tubley at Boot and Saddle, New Sound Brass at Ortileb’s, and more…

Cayetana | via the artist's Facebook page
Cayetana | via the artist’s Facebook page

Philadelphia indie punks Cayetana will play First Unitarian Church tonight in support of Lemuria.  Earlier this month, they dropped a teaser for their upcoming album New Kind of Normal. It’s out May 5th, but for now, check out their performance of “Hot Dad Calendar” from their recent Audiotree Live session. Find tickets and more information on the show at XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


OMG: Watch a stunning teaser video of Cayetana’s next album, New Kind of Normal

Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Oh my, you might want to sit down for this.

Cayetana posted a 23 second teaser trailer on Facebook late last week, which can only mean one thing: grand-spanking new tunes are on their way. The clip features a slow-mo, reverse shot of what looks like bassist, Allegra Anka, being immersed in a tub of water, with a sharp cut to the bold words “New Kind of Normal.” Oh and not to mention, an ominously-building new song called “Dust” plays for a quick sec. Continue reading →


Abi Reimold, Three Man Cannon, Cayetana, Swanning, and more support ACLU with covers compilation

Abi Reimold
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | | courtesy of the artist

Musicians from across the country have coming together for Don’t stop now: a collection of covers. The thirty-eight track set, which benefits the ACLU, is stacked with Philly acts the likes of Abi ReimoldThe Menzingers, Cave People, and more performing lo-fi covers of some of their favorite tracks. The creators of the project elaborated on its timely release and title in a quote on their Bandcamp page. Continue reading →


Hear an extra cathartic, extra raspy Cayetana set courtesy of Audiotree

Cayetana | Photo by Wendy McCardle |
Cayetana | Photo by Wendy McCardle |

Philadelphia’s Cayetana are constantly on the road, and with travel comes fatigue. Rather than letting that get in their way, though, the band uses it to their advantage and delivers a vulnerable, emotive performance — despite singer-guitarist Augusta Koch’s voice being admittedly a little more world-weary than usual. Continue reading →


Listen to Cayetana’s new song “Trails,” pre-order their new split with Camp Cope

Cayetana and Camp Cope | via Daily Slice Mag

Earlier this year, Philadelphia DIY scene faves Cayetana toured Australia for the first time with Melbourne’s Camp Cope. The two punk power trios hit it off remarkably well, and are celebrating that kinship with the release of a new 7″ on Poison City Records.

The split, which releases on January 20th, features two new songs from each band – below, you can get a taste of it with Cayetana’s excellent new slow-burner “Trails.” Like a lot of their best work, it starts hushed and progressively gets more emotive and intense as frontwoman Augusta Koch meditates on failure and forgiveness. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Weaves / Cayetana at PhilaMOCA, Bonnie Raitt at The Mann, Flightschool at The Foundry and more

Weaves | photo via NPR Music

High-energy Toronto indie rock four piece Weaves wrap up their summer tour with Philly punk favorites Cayetana tonight at PhilaMOCA. Weaves self-titled LP came out earlier this year, while Cayetana is working on the followup to its 2014 debut Nervous Like Me. Find tickets and more information for the all ages show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to Weaves’ recent feature on World Cafe, and watch Cayetana performing “Madame B” during their 2015 Cafe session. Continue reading →


Punks Get Intimate: Roger Harvey, Jeff Riddle and members of The Menzingers and Cayetana will play the FUC Chapel

Roger Harvey
Roger Harvey | photo by Jonathon Minto | courtesy of the artist

File this under “circle of friends gets mellow.” Roger Harvey, the Scranton-bred, Philly-based singer-songwriter in the vein of Neutral Milk Hotel who released his fine debut LP Twelve Houses last year just announced his first major Philly show since that record dropped. He’ll be headlining the side chapel of the First Unitarian Church on Friday, May 20th – and is joined by a pretty great supporting cast of friends from up and down the Northeast Extension.  Continue reading →


Screaming Females, Cayetana, Amanda X are playing a Planned Parenthood benefit at The Church

Screaming Females | Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Screaming Females | Photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN |

UPDATE: The show has been moved to the First Unitarian Church due to popular demand.

Right-on show announcement of the morning: Philly power trio Cayetana, after a sick sold-out headlining gig at PhilaMOCA on Saturday night, will return to the venue on Friday, March 18th on the lineup of a just-announced benefit gig for Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA.

Joining them are the always-asskicking Screaming Females, along with fierce punk rock impressionists Amanda X, and Philly’s Dark Thoughts and Littler, who warmed our snowbound souls the other weekend with the new single “Slippery.”  Continue reading →


The High Key Portrait Series: Cayetana

Cayetana | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller |

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.

Philly’s been known over the years for jazz, having been home to heavyweights like Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Jimmy Smith, Billie and of course, Philly Joe Jones. We’ve been known for hip hop, most widely recognized for the Roots and Fresh Prince, Freeway or Beanie, but with roots deep into the heady days of the conception of the genre reaching all the way back to Lady B’s “To The Beat Y’all” and Schoolly D’s seminal gangsta rap cut, “PSK, What Does It Mean?” We’re known in the national musical consciousness for that golden era of the 70’s, Hall & Oates, The O’Jays, Billy Paul, and Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia Soul.

When it comes to indie rock and punk, though, Philly has been somewhat outshined in decades past by the likes of Sub Pop’s Seattle or, say, “college rock” benchmarks out of Athens and Austin.

But an indie rock scene has been simmering here for years, from Shai Halperin’s unheralded aughts bands The Capitol Years through better-recognized successors, Kurt Vile and his War On Drugs. These days, original, talented, fresh-sounding, local rock bands are dutifully packing our favorite bars and show spaces in billed shifts on any given weeknight, making noise in every neighborhood.

Enter Cayetana, perhaps the most polite and respectful rock band you’ll ever meet. Maybe they look familiar, where a recent Stereogum article cast them as the poster children of Philly’s DIY scene.

But if singer and guitarist Augusta Koch, bassist Allegra Anka and drummer Kelly Olsen could ever appear to you to be some sort of archetypal group, you’ll find it challenging to compare their sound to any other. Their brand is unique, self-conscious punk with substantive, introspective lyrics packaged behind killer hooks.

And good news for us: they’re honing their stagecraft locally these days, on a break from touring to work on their second LP, with a new EP just out to whet your appetites. Catch them at PhilaMOCA this Saturday for a 7″ release show and, again at Union Transfer in February when they open for The Loves Ones’ sold-out reunion show. And, well, RIP Golden Tea House.

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