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Ellen Siberian Tiger talks songwriting, music school, and representation on the 25 O’Clock podcast

Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

One of the newer faces in the Philly music scene, Ellen Tiberio-Shultz, better known by their band name Ellen Siberian Tiger, is the most recent guest on Dan Drago’s long-running 25 O’Clock podcast. The songwriter sat down for a conversation with Drago ahead of this week’s snowstorm, and the two cover everything from Tiberio-Shultz’s upbringing in State College, PA to their brief stint as the drummer in a Liz Phair cover band. Continue reading →

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Ellen Siberian Tiger returns with the powerful anthem “When Men Explain Things To Me”

Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

The latest from Ellen Siberian Tiger starts with a measured observation, builds into a rage-filled feminist battle cry, and goes out on a whisper. That dynamic, which captures the variety of influences and styles bandleader Ellen Tiberio-Shultz pours into her music, makes the new track all the more impactful.

“When Men Explain Things to Me” is the latest single from the Philly rock trio; it’s a powerful anthem with an important message — the kind we wish we didn’t still need in the year 2017. But since we do, I’m glad we have Ellen Siberian Tiger right there with us for commiseration and encouragement. “Back up, don’t touch me,” Tiberio-Shultz belts in the middle of the song, the title of which is a reference to feminist writer Rebecca Solnit’s essay that shares the same name (and is reminiscent of Tacocat‘s “Men Explain Things to Me”). Continue reading →

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Ellen Siberian Tiger distills frustration into dance for the “Grinding My Teeth” video

Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

Philly trio Ellen Siberian Tiger ended their week by releasing a music video for “Grinding My Teeth.” The self-proclaimed feminist indie rock group began as Ellen Tiberio-Shultz’s solo project in 2009, evolving through various configurations and ultimately landing on the three-piece it is today. The band prides itself on its use of punk and orchestral influences, and when combined with Tiberio-Shultz’s breathy yet powerful vocals, their overall sound becomes instantly enticing.

“Grinding My Teeth,” found on last year’s Red Blooded Woman EP, is a song of not feeling enough, of that forceful letting go, which is a persistent theme throughout this EP. Just the name of the song itself — “Grinding My Teeth” – evokes frustration, the lyrics are counteracted by a beautiful acoustic guitar and strings. The contrast makes the song a little more settling than if the music behind the lyrics was also intense. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ellen Siberian Tiger

Many facets make up Ellen Tiberio-Shultz’s musical personality.

There’s the teenager from State College, cutting her teeth on folk and blues-inspired songwriting but discouraged by the dude-centricity of the local open mic scene. There’s the grad of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, studious and cerebral, with predilections for askew guitar licks and unconventional arrangements that draw unashamedly from the prog world (and the classical genres that inspired it). And then there’s the working Philadelphia musician who cuts loose with power trio fuzz and feminist punk rock.

With all these disparate elements in play, her band Ellen Siberian Tiger — possibly maybe a modified anagram of her name? For you to decide. — is a unique and wholly captivating listening experience. Continue reading →

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The Western Den, Honeysuckle, Ellen Siberian Tiger, and Dane Galloway to take over MilkBoy July 15th

The Western Den | photo via thewesternden.bandcampcom

Four insanely talented acts all in one night for under $10? I’m sold. Boston-based The Western Den and Honeysuckle with Philadelphia’s own Ellen Siberian Tiger and Dane Galloway will be performing at MilkBoy on July 15th in what promises to be a fantastic show at the center city venue. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ellen Siberian Tiger at Kung Fu Necktie, Vince Staples at Union Transfer, and King Azaz at Bourbon and Branch

Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo courtesy of the artist
Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo courtesy of the artist

Ellen Siberian Tiger impressed us with her recent EP,  Red-Blooded Woman, in which singer Ellen Tiberio-Schultz takes a more stripped-down, vulnerable and introspective approach. The three bluesy-folk tracks showcase Tiberio-Schultz skills in crafting acoustic, confessional songs along with noisey wonder punk. Don’t miss seeing Ellen Siberian Tiger tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, along with a lineup of Ian Fitzgerald, Driftwood Soldier, and Cult Class. More info can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the beautiful tune, “Grinding My Teeth,” below. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Ellen Siberian Tiger returns to her acoustic roots on the Red Blooded Woman EP

Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo courtesy of the artist
Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo courtesy of the artist

When Ellen Tiberio-Shultz started using the name Ellen Siberian Tiger, she was 15 years old and primarily a solo acoustic performer.

“While I felt certain that writing songs and playing the guitar was something I wanted and needed to do, making acoustic music was never my goal,” she says via email. “The rock band scene in my hometown was dominated by men older than me. I never felt welcomed to jam sessions or entirely accepted at shows. Playing the electric guitar was always what I wanted to do, but doing so felt exposed and dangerous when no other women around me were doing it.”

Eventually, she overcame this fear. She majored in guitar at Berklee College of Music and released an album with a full band where she played lead. “In my teenage years, I desperately wanted to avoid being pigeon holed as another ‘singer/songwriter’ girl with an acoustic guitar,” she says. “And while I am happy that my drive to express myself more accurately has lead me to making the music I do now with my band, I feel sad that I fought so hard to bury the singer/songwriter part of myself.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Black Mountain at Union Transfer, Ellen Siberian Tiger at Bourbon and Branch, Vacationer at Haddon Lake Park

taken from booking company press page: http://billions.com/blackmountain
Black Mountain | photo courtesy of the artist

Vancouver rockers Black Mountain bring their latest album IV to Union Transfer tonight. Released in April, IV includes “Mothers Of The Sun,” which you’ll find below. The vocals of both Stephen McBean and Amber Webber seamlessly blend for an eerie combo in a marathon of a song. Stick around for a while though and it becomes much more than their soothing voices — Black Mountain can really jam. Joining them tonight will be Ruby the Hatchet. For tickets and info, head over to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Liz Phair’s early work gets a vinyl box set edition for the 25th anniversary of Exile In Guyville

Liz Phair | photo via the artist’s Facebook page

For the last two and a half decades, Liz Phair‘s music has served as a formative inspiration for countless aspiring musicians — her sound so enduring that traces of her signature lo-fi rock style can be heard in newer Philly acts like WallaceCorey Flood and Ellen Siberian Tiger, who cite her as an influence.

Now, Phair has announced a 25th anniversary reissue of her early work to be released May 4 via Matador Records. Called “Girly-Sound to Guyville,” the box set will include both a remastered edition of Phair’s 1993 debut album Exile in Guyville and remasters of her 1991 Girly-Sound tapes, which have never been officially released, plus an oral history booklet of interviews and essays. Continue reading →

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Items Tagged Philadelphia: Stop and take a look around

Hell To Pay | via helltopay.bandcamp.com

Here at The Key, we spend a lot of time digging through every new release from Philadelphia that shows up on Bandcamp. Periodically, we’ll check in to present you with the most interesting, most unusual and overall best of the bunch: this is Items Tagged Philadelphia.

Getting out of the space you’re used to, day-in-day-out, is important — whether that be a geographical space or a headspace. It’s a big country, a big world, and most of us occupy one small corner of a slightly larger corner of it. I don’t necessarily consider Philadelphia part of “the bubble“; yeah, we might have a higher concentration of vegan restaurants and locally-sourced grocery co-ops and a more robust creative community than other places around the state, but we are also not lacking in the proudly traditional opposite end of the spectrum. Often those segments of the Philly population disagree, sometimes those disagreements escalate to toxic hostility, and sometimes an event (like, I don’t know, a Super Bowl victory) will bring practically everyone together in celebration and harmony regardless of how different they are as people the rest of the year.

Even with the range of views and voices under the Philly umbrella, it still gives me pause when I find myself in another city or state — or hear stories from musicians who tour through other cities or states — and am reminded of how drastically different America can be from one region to the next. Continue reading →