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Listen to The Menzingers’ Tom May talk to Gladie’s Augusta Koch on his new Future Friday podcast

Tom May and Augusta Koch | still from video

Tom May of Philly punk band The Menzingers has a new approach to podcasting — for his latest project, he’s sitting down in his kitchen for casual, unstructured conversations with his friends and peers in the music scene. For the inaugural episode, May is joined by Augusta Koch of local outfits Cayetana and Gladie, who he describes as one of his oldest and dearest friends. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Gladie

Augusta Koch loves a poignant turn of phrase, no matter what the music backing her sounds like. You might know her best from her power trio Cayetana, and its jagged, guitar-bass-drums driven punk rock; her new project Gladie is built around softer, more serene synthpop and atmospheric electronic soundscapes; in both cases, the words are a crucial component to the music’s connectivity.

“I am angry, I am lonely, but I’m optimistic too,” she sings on “20/20,” a downbeat anthem about embracing the maddening uncertainty of life. On “The Problem Is Us,” she sums up the breakdown of interpersonal relationships so succinctly: “When it’s bad, it’s bad / when it’s good, it’s good / when you’re out, you’re out / just like I knew you would.” Koch doesn’t favor overly busy lyrics; she prefers an economy of words that get straight to the crux of whatever topic or emotion she’s seeking to illuminate, and she makes them an endlessly repeatable refrain. You hear it, you remember it, you feel it, you get it.  Continue reading →

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Tigers Jaw presents Otherly Love, a mini festival with a dream lineup from Jeff Rosenstock to Gladie

Tigers Jaw | courtesy of the artist
Tigers Jaw | photo by Jimmy Fontaine| courtesy of the artist

Tigers Jaw has been busy over the past year, with the release of spin last June and more recently, the 10-year anniversary tour of their self-titled album. This week, Tigers Jaw added their own mini festival to the agenda: Otherly Love comes to Philadelphia on December 27th at The Fillmore. Continue reading →

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Cayetana’s Augusta Koch and Three Man Cannon’s Matt Schimelfenig team up as Gladie, debut with Everyone Is Talking But You

Gladie | photo by Adam Peditto | via gladie.bandcamp.com

Over the last several months, Cayetana’s Augusta Koch has been quietly playing new material in solo shows around town, trading her usual electric guitar for an acoustic one and letting her distinct voice fill smaller, quieter spaces. Now, we know where those songs were going — not to Cayetana (who released their last album just a year ago), but to a new project entirely. Gladie makes its debut with a full band EP, Everyone is Talking But You, out now, and a celebratory Philly show next week.

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Sheena, Anika, and Augusta team up for simple pleasures

Sheena, Anika, and Augusta | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

There’s a new supergroup in town, folks. Local songwriters Anika Pyle (Katie Ellen, Chumped) and Augusta Koch (Cayetana, Gladie) have joined forces with Sheena Ozzella of Lemuria for a new project. The trio will perform under the name Sheena, Anika, and Augusta, and have announced a four-track EP called simple pleasures that will be released on Asian Man Records. Continue reading →

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Hurry slows it down and then picks it up on the new Frustrate You single

Hurry | courtesy of the artist

Hurry carved out a place for themselves in the Philly scene with their 2018 LP Every Little Thought, and now the trio of low-key indie rockers is back with the release of two new singles, out now on Lame-O Records.

The languid, five-minute-long “Frustrate You” is a slower tempo than we’re used to from the band that gives them space for some quiet reflection — Hurry doesn’t always have to be in a hurry, and it serves them well to slow down. The band picks the pace back up on “An Element Of Surprise,” an upbeat track that brings back a sense of urgency, as vocalist Matt Scottoline sings, “All I’ve got is one more night.” Listen to both songs below via Bandcamp. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Steve Earle, The Felice Brothers, Strand of Oaks, Olivia Neutron-John and more

Strand of Oaks| photo by Alysse Gafkajen | courtesy of the artist

The highlight of the week, hands down, is the hometown album release party for Eraserland, the new masterpiece by Philly’s Strand of Oaks. But that’s not all that’s going on this week; lots of folk, some punk, a side of experimental electronic sounds…here are ten concerts to see in the next seven days, all around Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Cayetana will play its final shows this August in Boston, New York, and Philly

Cayetana | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Things have been extremely quiet in the world of Philadelphia power trio Cayetana since they wrapped a European tour with The Menzingers over a year ago. Singer-guitarist Augusta Koch founded Gladie, bassist Allegra Anka went back to school, drummer Kelly Olsen co-launched Zimmerman’s Deli with Dan Zimmerman of Restorations. And today, the band re-emerged to share with fans that it would be officially closing the book on this part of their lives. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Ariana Grade, Gary Clark Jr., RFA, Noura Mint Seymali, and more

Gary Clark Jr. at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Gary Clark Jr. at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

At the top of the week, it’s Ariana Grande and a set of music to raise your spirits; at the tail end, its Stephen Brodsky of metalcore titans Cave-In with music to haunt your dreams. In between, a massive spectrum of shows that includes acclaimed guitarist Gary Clark Jr., Philly rockers RFA, Mauritanian singer-songwriter Noura Mint Seymali, and much more. Here are 15 concerts to see in the next 7 days all around Philadelphia.
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Augusta Koch launches a digital diary with “March 1st.”

Cayetana | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Local songwriter Augusta Koch has thought up a new way to fight the Philly winter blues: “For the month of March I’m gonna post a song every Friday (even if it’s a shitty garage band recording.) I’m thinking of it as digital diary of sorts.” she tweeted last week. The first song in the series, appropriately titled “march 1st.,” is out now. Continue reading →