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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 WXPNPhilly 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

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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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Download The Key Studio Sessions Volume 20 (featuring Palm, Sammus, Sorority Noise, Slaughter Beach, Dog and more)

The Key Studio Sessions Volume 20 | cover photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Just in time for your Labor Day weekend rotation, we present you with 16 standout artists from all corners of the Philadelphia music community, performing live at WXPN Studios and recorded for The Key Studio Sessions.

In this, the 20th edition of our regular scene-surveying compilations, we hear veterans — the breezy psychedelic pop of Circadian Rhythms, the pensive and Pink Floydian neuroses of Queen Jesus — and we meet relative newcomers — like atmospheric emo four-piece Small Circle and driving riff rockers Honeytiger. As always, there’s stylistic variety: rapper Ivy Sole lowkey rocks the mic and experimental instrumentalists Palm get weird with interlocking licks and askew rhythms; Katie Frank brings some heartland-y country torch and twang and Ellen Siberian Tiger dials up the studied musical theatrics.

We teamed up with the folks at Folkadelphia to co-present sessions with SΔMMUS and Harmony Woods, captured a beautiful solo electric performance by Sorority Noise‘s Cameron Boucher, mellowed out to windswept Bossa Nova-flavored jazz by Ensemble Novo, and cheered Jake Ewald on as Slaughter Beach, Dog jammed on “104 Degrees” for a roaring six minutes. And, as always, there’s more still, in great performances from basement show staples coping skills and ominous electronic soundscaper Harrowgrove. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Talib Kweli at TLA, Bad Bad Hats at Milkboy, Los Hacheros at World Cafe Live, and more…

Talib Kweli| Photo by Joe del Tufo | Moonloop Photography

New York rapper Talib Kweli will headline the TLA tonight as part of his The Seven Tour with Styles P and K’Valentine. He’ll be joined by Philly artists Reef the Lost Cauze and Hardwork Movement. Stream Kweli’s single “Get By” below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more info on the show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Kung Fu Necktie, Peter Hook and the Light at The Trocadero, Mother Moses at Milkboy

Creepoid | photo courtesy of the artist
Creepoid | photo courtesy of the artist

After much anticipation, Creepoid celebrate the release of their new Burner EP at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The local grunge-psych outfit are following up last year’s Cemetery Highrise Slum LP with a collection that is notably more restrained than their more recent output. They shared EP cut “Dripping Eyelids” with Brooklyn Vegan earlier this week – check that out here, watch “Dried Out” from last year’s LP below, and pick up tickets for the 21+ release show here.

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PREMIERE: Mother Moses contemplates mortality in “Gray and Wild”

Mother Moses | photo by Jake McClellan | courtesy of the artist
Mother Moses | photo by Jake McClellan | courtesy of the artist

“Oh, here’s another poem about death,” howls Mother Moses‘ Jon Cox. He’s not singing it sardonically or dismissively — it’s more of a perplexed state. When we make music to make sense of troubles in our lives, but music becomes our living, what does that make of our troubles? I’m reminded of a mewithoutYou song title, “Grist For The Malady Mill,” but certainly neither artist nor audience want to see it that way.

Cox launched Mother Moses in Boston before moving about a year ago to Philadelphia; his band features, at various point, Ellen Tiberio-Shultz of Ellen Siberian Tiger and Adam Shumski of Vita and the Woolf, and it straddles contemplative, Damien Jurado-esque folk and propulsive rock, particularly in the song in question, “Gray and Wild.” Continue reading →