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 →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: King Azaz at Haus of Yarga, Slaughter Beach, Dog at Boot and Saddle, Whaler at Kung Fu Necktie

King Azaz | via

Drummer Sarah Schardt and singer-guitarist Christo Johnson met in North Carolina eight years ago, transplanted more recently to Philadelphia and are currently destroying in the punk two-piece King Azaz. Their record Spiritus Mundii was a quiet standout in 2016, filled with grungy riffs, hammering drums and minor key aggression – but there’s also a level of Fugazi / Dischord style socially charged catharsis. Tonight they’re on a pretty stacked lineup at West Philly staple Haus of Yarga, along with Thin Lips, Tombo Crush and more. Info on the show can be found at Facebook. Continue reading →


Treat Y’rself Fest II rounds up Swanning, King Azaz, Dreambook, Grace Vonderkuhn and more to benefit March to End Rape Culture

Swanning | Photo by Jeff Bolt | courtesy of the artist

Treat Y’rself Fest returns to PhilaMOCA for a second year of music, activism and empowerment on Saturday, August 20th. Organizied by Carly Green of The Pretty Greens (who will play a set at the event), the day brings together musicians, visual artists, speakers, vendors and this year a documentary film screening, all to benefit the annual March to End Rape Culture. Continue reading →


Phonographic Arts Philadelphia booking collective to leave Little Bar, move to The Level Room in Center City

Pat Troxell of the Phonographic Arts Philadelphia booking collective (and drummer of Creepoid) just dropped us a line to let us know that Phonographic Arts’ time at Little Bar has come to an end, and they’ll immediately be moving over to The Level Room in Center City. According to Phonographic Arts’ website, all shows previously scheduled to take place at Little Bar (beginning with Thursday’s performance by Boogiewitch and Spacin, as well as the New Year’s Eve showcase featuring Bleeding Rainbow, Eternal Summers, Creepoid, Slutever, Fire In The Hearts And Minds, Pink Skull, and Exploding World) will now be held at The Level Room. From Pat:

The Level Room  will provide Philadelphia with three floors of live entertainment. This will feature DJ events, and performing arts. The much anticipated New Years Eve’s performances by Bleeding Rainbow, Eternal Summers, Creepoid and many more through the Jan 20th Art Exhibit opening from Philadelphia Photographer Matthew Gallagher

We would like to express our out most appreciation for all the support which we have received and look forward to the future.

See ya in 2012 on the up and up.

It’s definitely an interesting (and sudden) development, given that Little Bar has been hosting Phonographic Arts shows—including last Saturday night’s Bands In The Backyard Episode 5 party (featuring Break It Up and Psychic Teens)—until, well, just now. It’s made even more interesting by the opening lines in the email (which has since been posted to Phonographic Arts Facebook page), in which Troxell states, “On Tuesday, Dec. 20th, 2011, with the intention of pursuing to become a dance club, the owner of Little Bar terminated all management. This also included Phonographic Arts Booking. In turn, Phonographic Arts and the entire Little Bar Staff have lifted their roots to plant them firmly in Center City Philadelphia.”

More details to come soon. You can listen to our Key Studio Session with Creepoid here; our interview with Troxell can be found here. Phonographic Arts Philadelphia’s upcoming schedule is posted below.

Dec 30th Silvox #2 with Mark Lord, Coppertone + DJs Matt Korvete and Robert Francisco @ LEVEL ROOM 21st & Market
Dec 31st Bleeding Rainbow, Eternal Summers, Creepoid, Slutever, Fire in the hearts and minds, Pink Skull, Exploding World @ LEVEL ROOM 21st & Market 8PM 21+
Jan 5th Weekends(Baltimore), Sweet Tooth(NYC), Death Rattle, Beef@ LEVEL ROOM 21st & Market 9PM $7 21+
Jan 6th Grey March(Baltimore), Auctioneer @ LEVEL ROOM 21st & Market 9PM $7 21+
Jan 8th Sat. Nite Duets, Sharkula, ghost ship @ LEVEL ROOM 21st & Market 9PM $7 21+
Jan 11th Little Big League, Cozy Galaxies, Porches @ LEVEL ROOM 21st & Market 9PM $7 21+
Jan 11th Acid Kicks, Leather, Harsh Vibes, Wild Child @ Silk City $7 9PM 21+
Jan 12th Cult of Youth, Anazazi, SGNLS @ LEVEL ROOM 21st & Market 9PM $8 21+
Jan 13th Slowdance(NYC), Mike Viser @ LEVEL ROOM 21st & Market 9PM $8 21+
Jan 14th Negative Department, The only ghost in town, Pray for Polankski, Sure juror @ LEVEL ROOM 21st & Market $7 8PM
Jan 21st SILVOX #3 @ LEVEL ROOM 21st & Market
Jan 22nd Heavy Medical, L.U.N.A.R. Revolt, Dong Johnson, DBRC(NYC)@ LEVEL ROOM 21st & Market 9PM $7 21+
Jan 24th Brain Slug, Heathen Reign, This is Jazz @ Silk City $6 8PM 21+
Jan 27th Haldol, Biblethumper, We are all savages @ Emoda Gallery 8PM $5 All Ages
Jan 29th VYGR, Summer Love, Quiet Arcs, fire in the hearts and minds @ LEVEL ROOM 21st & Market 8PM $7 21+
Feb 8th True Gold, The Sea around us, Store Cats @ Silk City $6 9PM 21+

—Matthew Borlik


The Skeleton Key: Pilam is dead, long live Pilam

A flyer for Pi Lam’s notorious Human BBQ, circa 1987

Starting off August’s edition of the Skeleton Key with some breaking news, which for the record is a strange thing when it comes to a column that comes out once a month. Pilam, the venerated “freak frat” at the University of Pennsylvania, is closed, at least temporarily. After more than four decades of being a space for DIY music in Philadelphia, the organization has lost its home. Details are still emerging as to what’s going on but for the time being I’d much rather just focus on the positive. Which, to repeat what I just said, is more than four decades of serving as a home for music in our city. That’s just incredible.

If you were to compile a list of every band that ever played Pilam we’d be here for a very long time. Hell, just looking at the listings of who performed at Human BBQ, the annual all-day concert at the house, is wildly impressive in both quality and quantity. This past year was the 40th BBQ with bands including Old Maybe, Norwegian Arms, Slingshot Dakota, and EDO. Screaming Females and Sadie from Speedy Ortiz played last year, along with a ton of other great bands. Two years ago it was Moor Mother, HIRS, and Japanese Breakfast. We could seriously go on like this forever.

The first time I specifically remember being at the festival was way back in 2001 to see An Albatross, Stinking Lizaveta, and … EDO. Some things never change. Also, I somehow missed Wesley Willis. Maybe I was getting pizza? Continue reading →


The Skeleton Key: A Blizzard of gigs for March including Creten lutes, London postpunks, and a Bugg

Palm | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Palm performs at the First Unitarian Church on March 26th | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

You heard that story about Barbara Streisand getting her dog cloned, twice? I’ve been thinking about getting the same thing done to myself, just so I maybe can go to all the awesome shows happening this month. Unfortunately I went to school for journalism and not biomedical engineering so instead of having a mad scientist lair full of half-baked clones walking into walls while screaming, “I can’t wait for Superchunk and Swearin’ next month!” … I’m writing this column saying the same.

Welcome to the March edition of the Skeleton Key, your friendly neighborhood gossip column. As I sit here working on this, the weather report is calling for nonstop rain and possibly even snow for the next 24 hours. But just because it’s gross out doesn’t mean you should stay inside! It doesn’t keep bands home and so it shouldn’t keep you home. So bundle up and get to the gig. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Harmony Woods at Everybody Hits, Curtis Harding at World Cafe Live, Aster More at Boot & Saddle

Harmony Woods | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

If you missed Harmony Woods on the big stage opening for Modern Baseball a few weeks ago, you can still catch them tonight at Everybody Hits. The project of Philadelphia’s Sofia Verbilla, Harmony Woods has been making strides this year following the release of Nothing Special. Verbilla and band joined us for a Folkadelphia + Key Studio session a few months ago, listen below and read The Key’s feature on Harmony Woods hereSave Face, Secret Stuff and Brackish also play tonight; find more information on the Home Outgrown Presents gig here. Continue reading →