Girlpool charts personal growth with a pensive set at Underground Arts

Girlpool | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN |

Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad of Girlpool have forever been an inseparable duo, inhabiting the world as two halves of a shared self. Their dynamic onstage is magnetic, the two gravitating constantly towards each other. On previous albums, everything was collaboration, but What Chaos Is Imaginary is divided into separately composed Tividad songs and Tucker songs, the two trading off on lead vocals. The work revolves around the pains of gradual personal growth, what it feels like to sever your past selves, and they brought those emotions to Underground Arts last week. Continue reading →


The Week Ahead: Peter Bjorn & John, Girlpool, Center City Jazz Fest, Joan Osborne, and more

Jeff Bradshaw performs at Center City Jazz Fest 2018 | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The annual Center City Jazz Fest is always one of our favorite days of the year, and if that’s all Philly had going on this week, we’d still be over the moon excited. But there are, as always, a variety of options, from heartfelt singer-songwriters to the Detroit band that arguably invented punk in the U.S. Here are 15 concerts to see in the next seven days all around Philadelphia.
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The Week Ahead: Girlpool, Shannon and the Clams, Low, Richard Thompson and more

Shannon & The Clams album cover designed by Perry Shall | photo courtesy of the artist

Sure, maybe you aren’t going to attend all 17 shows we’re recommending this week — that would be an impressive feat. But with a variety of sounds from roots to retro rock to indie rock to jazz to punk to global folk fusion, you’ve got no excuse for not seeing at least once concert in the next seven days. Read on for our recommendations. Continue reading →


Girlpool returns with two emotionally complex singles

Girlpool | photos by Benedict Brink | courtesy of the artist

Los Angeles indie duo Girlpool, composed of songwriters Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker, has returned with two grungey, emotionally complex singles. The first, “Lucy’s” was written by Tucker, who also takes charge of the vocals, singing over grinding guitar chords and doomily pounding drums. The lyrics make a possible Beatles allusion in the repeated line, “I swear I’ll be alright / although Emily’s in the sky”; it’s also a reference to Tucker’s role as nurturer in a past relationship, speaking on the seesawing co-dependency between two people. Continue reading →


Girlpool’s engaging chemistry does not disappoint at the First Unitarian Church

Girlpool | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN |

It’s summer in here.” – Harmony Tividad

Ever since the release of Powerplant, people have been raving about the energy and sound of Girlpool full band. After waiting years to see them live, the time for me finally came during a sold out Church show this past Saturday with Palberta and a stripped down Land of Talk. Continue reading →


Listen to Girlpool’s new track “Picturesong” ahead of next weekend’s Church show

Girlpool | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN

Our favorite former Philadelphians Girlpool return to town for a show at the First Unitarian Church next weekend, and if that wasn’t enough good news, they’ve also released a brand-new track. “Picturesong” comes as a collaboration with Blood Orange‘s Dev Hynes, who lent not only backing vocals, but keyboard, guitars and mixing to the song. Continue reading →


PHOTOS: Red Bull’s Three Days in Philly party with Syd, Noname, Girlpool and more

Syd | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN

Easily one of the most well-curated musical gatherings of the fall, Red Bull’s Three Days In Philly brought an eclectic assortment of femme-forward sounds to Underground Arts and The Trocadero earlier this month.

On Thursday, October 12th, Los Angeles indie rock outfit Girlpool topped the bill at Underground Arts, with local dreamscapers The Dove and the Wolf and Queen of Jeans mixing in twinkling pop sounds with expansive rock jams. On night two, of of the leading lights of Chicago’s bustling hip-hop and poetry scene, Noname, headlined, alongside jazz-tinged Philly singer-songwriter Andrea Valle and the more folk-rock oriented Brianna Cash. Night three moved the party over to the main stage of The Trocadero, and the dynamic, impossible to pin down Syd – of The Internet and Odd Future — headlined the sold-out show, with support from Atlanta band St. Beauty and Chicago’s Ravyn Lenae.

See photos from the entire three-day festival below, care of photographer Koof Ibi Umoren of The Random Tea Sessions.
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