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The Key Studio Sessions: Coping Skills

Philly’s Coping Skills need to start a podcast. Sure, Rachel Dispenza and Lauren DeLucca write fantastic punk / indiepop songs that are witty, catchy, humorous-yet-poignant, addressing issues that range from the college industrial complex and the mid-20s crash to gender roles and sexism; their self-released Relatable Web Content was a brilliant debut that not enough people talked about last year.

But the incredible chemistry heard on their songs carries over to Coping Skills as people. Being in the studio with them for a few hours earlier this month was wildly fun; even when they’re not technically “on,” Dispenza and DeLucca have a remarkable conversational rhythm, fast-paced and funny, building on one another’s thoughts, making cutting observations about gigs and touring and working in the service industry.

I mention how I almost wish the chatter was being recorded in addition to the songs; I said I could totally hang with an hour of Coping Skills in podcast form. They nodded, seemingly digging the suggestion. “That would be the longest con!” Dispenza shouts, grinning widely. “‘You thought you liked us for this music thing, but what about this…'” I’m not sure if a seed was actually successfully planted here, but if Coping Skills: The Podcast does emerge, we will be the first to let you know. Meantime, their music alone is stellar, and we’re glad to showcase a couple new songs for you in the band’s Key Studio Session. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Support the Attic Youth Center with Colleen Green, Mannequin Pussy, and Coping Skills this April

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com
Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com

On Thursday, April 13th, LA songwriter Colleen Green and Philly’s Mannequin Pussy and Coping Skills will play a benefit show at Everybody Hits. The gig will benefit the Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia’s only independent LGBTQ youth center. With Green performing full band and this being Mannequin Pussy’s last Philly show until the fall, it’s an event that’s not to be missed. For tickets and more information, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Local acts Coping Skills, Tombo Crush and more support the Trevor Project on benefit Heart Hitter comp

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Coping Skills | photo by Julia Leiby | courtesy of the band

Heart Hitter: Vol 1 is a new compilation of cover songs organized by local artist JL Simonson and featuring a handful Philly bands in support of The Trevor Project, a national suicide prevention organization that offers crisis intervention, mental health education, and other critical services for young LGBTQ people. The comp is available on Bandcamp now, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the organization.

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Listen to Coping Skills cover DCFC for their Ben Gibbard-themed tour

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Coping Skills | photo by Julia Leiby | courtesy of the band

Last April, Coping Skills shared their sophomore release, Relatable Web Content. It featured a track called “Fuck Me Up, Ben Gibbard“, and now the song has inspired US Tour of the same name. Supposedly, the dates are a pilgrimage of sorts, culminating in Chicago where the duo will attend Gibbard’s January 20th performance at Thalia Hall with Julian Baker. In anticipation, they’ve shared a cover of Death Cab For Cutie’s “A Lack of Color” from Transatlanticism. Check out the track as well as a full interview with the band over at The Grey Estates. Find the tour’s humorous poster by Michael Smaczylo below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Coping Skills at Trash House, Brain Candle at Kung Fu Necktie

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Coping Skills | photo by Julia Leiby | courtesy of the band

Bummer pop duo Coping Skills will play DIY space Trash House tonight  along with Central PA faves The Mellowells. Coping Skills released the excellent LP Relatable Web Content earlier this year; watch the “Drop Out of College” video below. The Mellowells latest, Head Space, came out this past September, but check out a live rendition of past single “Alexander Supertramp” below. In addition, the show will also features performances by Harmony Woods and Bloom, so head over to the Facebook event and get to the gig. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Coping Skills clock in at Boot & Saddle in new “Drop Out Of College” video

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Coping Skills | photo by Julia Leiby | courtesy of the band

Local duo Coping Skills released their sophomore effort Relatable Web Content earlier this year, striking a goldmine of “bummer pop” feelings and fun. The record, which is now in it’s second cassette pressing over on Bandcamp, has several standout tracks: the atmospheric “We Bury Our Dead Alive,” the bouncy “4 Days with Me Will Change Your Life (Cool Girl),” and “Drop Out of College,” whose accompanying video we’re premiering today.

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Watch PWR BTTM’s World Cafe performance of “Now Now” with Kiley Lotz of Petal

PWR BTTM | photo by Galea McGregor for WXPN
PWR BTTM | photo by Galea McGregor for WXPN

Adorned in rainbow face-paint and glittery makeup, and surrounded by special-guest friends, PWR BTTM shared their forthcoming sophomore effort Pageant with Talia Schlanger and the World Cafe crew in a session that premiered yesterday over on NPR.

In addition to the VuHaus video of “Answer My Text” that accompanied the session, which highlighted just one of the standout singles we’ve gotten to preview ahead of the LP’s May 12th release, the team also captured the short and spunky “Now Now” featuring backing vocals from Petal‘s Kiley Lotz.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Punk Talks Benefit at Everybody Hits, Tesselations at Bourbon & Branch, Spot Collins at Boot & Saddle and more…

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Grayling | photo by Kim Woodcock | courtesy of the artist

Grayling, Coping Skills, Curtis Cooper, and more team up at Everybody Hits tonight for a show that benefits Punk Talks. Founded in 2015, the Cincinnati-based organization supports musicians and music industry workers with mental health access and education while on the road and at home. Joining the headliners will be Harmony Woods (one of John Vettese’s top local discoveries of the year), the UK’s Parker Lee, Weller, David Bello of The World is a Beautiful Place, and Zoe Allaire of Kississippi. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Stream “Bidding War” by Grayling below.

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31 Concerts in 31 Days: Here’s your Philly live music agenda for December

Rhett MIller | still from video // Norah Jones | via Blue Note Records // Kurt Vile | via Matador Records
Rhett MIller | still from video // Norah Jones | via Blue Note Records // Kurt Vile | via Matador Records

I don’t want to hear about it. I know it’s a busy time of the year, what with the holidays and all. I know things in the world have been all out of wack lately. I totally feel that, believe me — I didn’t go to shows for like three weeks last month which, given my job, is sort of an abomination. But then I stepped into Johnny Brenda’s last Saturday, and from the second The Dove and the Wolf started playing, I knew what I had been missing. Music heals, music sets you free, and we all need to make time for music in our lives this month.

There are a lot of great prospective gigs on the December calendar — from perennial favorite Norah Jones to New Year’s Eve with Philly’s Kurt Vile, a hip-hop dance party with Mac Miller to a holiday spectacular with Work Drugs, a soaring all-ages set by Vita and the Woolf to a contemplative Tin Angel show starring Kristin Hersh – so once again, we’ll present you with a concert to see almost every day in December.  Continue reading →

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Local bands team up for holiday benefit show at Everybody Hits

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Grayling | photo by Kim Woodcock | courtesy of the artist

This holiday season will bring together several local musicians for a good cause. The Holiday Benefit Show at Everybody Hits, which features emo/pop artist Grayling, fun punk duo Coping Skills, folk/punk songwriter Curtis Cooper (with a full band), and Zoe Allaire of DIY darlings Kississippi on the bill, will take place at Girard Avenue space on Wednesday, December 28th with proceeds going to Punk Talks.

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