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Strawberry Runners, Mannequin Pussy, Kilamanzego, and more will play Get Better Fest 5

Get Better Fest 3 | photo by Jeff Hersch | courtesy of Get Better Records
Get Better Fest 3 | photo by Jeff Hersch | courtesy of Get Better Records

On Friday, Get Better Records announced the full lineup for their annual festival, Get Better Fest, set to take place the first weekend of May this year. The full lineup features artists Strawberry Runners, Mannequin Pussy, Kilamanzego, Whelmed, Augusta Koch (of Cayetana) among many more. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Mannequin Pussy to headline PhilaMOCA next month

Mannequin Pussy | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Mannequin Pussy | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Fresh off an opening slot at Creepoid’s send-off show this past weekend, Mannequin Pussy has just been announced as the secret headliner for the Peaer / Strange Ranger gig. Taking place at PhilaMOCA on March 7th, this Tiny Engines reunion of sorts features some of the label’s best on one bill. Be sure to catch MP at this intimate show before they set out on a Spring Tour with VA rockers Turnover. Continue reading →

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Mannequin Pussy release a quick video from the road for “Emotional High”

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Mannequin Pussy | photo by Sam Rudich | courtesy of the band

Philly punks Mannequin Pussy are currently on tour with Japanese Breakfast, dropped a quick mid-tour video set to their song “Emotional High” from last year’s Romantic LP. The tour is about a quarter way done and judging by the video, the tour has been nothing short of raucous. The video shows the camaraderie of the band, a connection very evident in their music as well. Continue reading →

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Watch Mannequin Pussy rip the patriarchy in Headhouse Square

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com
Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com

This is the best use of Headhouse Square I’ve seen since Philly VegFest a couple years back; local rock four-piece Mannequin Pussy used its brick columns and archways to set the music video for their song “Pledge,” a ripper from last year’s LP Romantic.

Directed by Austin Elston, the video finds a troupe of dancers — including frontwoman Marisa Dabice — crisscrossing and spinning around the space to interpretive choreography by Rhiannon Laymon. As we hear Dabice howl “I pledge allegiance to myself and nothing else,” the bodies in motion on screen deliver a tribute to self-reliance. Continue reading →

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Support the Attic Youth Center with Colleen Green, Mannequin Pussy, and Coping Skills this April

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com
Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com

On Thursday, April 13th, LA songwriter Colleen Green and Philly’s Mannequin Pussy and Coping Skills will play a benefit show at Everybody Hits. The gig will benefit the Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia’s only independent LGBTQ youth center. With Green performing full band and this being Mannequin Pussy’s last Philly show until the fall, it’s an event that’s not to be missed. For tickets and more information, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Mannequin Pussy bring Romantic tracks to Audiotree, talk favorite Philly bands and karaoke

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com
Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com

While on tour earlier this month in support of last year’s Romantic LP, local punk outfit Mannequin Pussy stopped by the Chicago studios of Audiotree to record a live session of songs and conversation. Now back home, the quartet joins Abi Reimold, King Azaz, and Carcara at Johnny Brenda’s tonight for a show benefiting the Trevor Project.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Volume 18 (featuring Field Mouse, New Sound Brass, Mannequin Pussy, Ron Gallo and more)

Okay, let’s make this quick — we’ve got places to be and 2016’s to kick to the curb. It’s been another four months, another season of recording amazing Philadelphia artists, and our latest set is available for your streaming and downloading pleasure. Amazing indie rock anthems from Field Mouse and Grayling sit alongside hiphop from Voss, NoLa inspired horn action from New Sound Brass, modern rock / pop from Bel Heir, singer songwriting by Curtis Cooper, Rosali and Bethlehem and Sat Patrick. Punk rockingness by Mannequin Pussy. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mannequin Pussy at Everybody Hits, Soraia at The TLA, Steady Hands at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Mannequin Pussy | photo by Sam Rudich | courtesy of the band

Digging last week’s Key Studio Session with Mannequin Pussy? Catch the local outfit at Everybody Hits tonight to welcome them home from a long tour and celebrate the release of their stellar new LP Romantic. More information for the all-ages show with Spirit of the Beehive and Beth Israel can be found here. Stream the Key Session here and listen to “Emotional High” below. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Mannequin Pussy

It’s certainly not inaccurate to call Philly’s Mannequin Pussy a punk band. We’ve described them that way quite a bit, and given the revved up guitars, vocal howls and minute-and-a-half songs that make this year’s Romantic such a gripping listen, it’s not entirely inaccurate. But sometimes “punk” can be a limiting bit of jargon, especially when used in the more puritanical sense — the definition that eschews ambitious production, or nuanced songwriting, or any kind of artistic complexity.

And complexity, no doubt, is compelling. It can be the dynamic tide of the album’s title track, or the interspersing of acoustic arrangements amid the fray. It can be frontwoman Marisa Dabice’s bold vocals that are as much of an emotional gut-punch on the tender melodies as they are on the visceral snarls. So in that regard, I would say that Mannequin Pussy are absolutely not punk, and all the better for it. Continue reading →

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Nothing Is Exclusive: Exploring the double-identity of Philly punks Mannequin Pussy and their new LP Romantic

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist
Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

“You don’t need to feel tied to one sonic identity.” Those words, spoken by Mannequin Pussy vocalist and guitarist Marisa Dabice, echo what seems to be the central tenet of her band. “You don’t need to be one thing in order to be easily defined.”

The Philadelphia-based four-piece, which started as a duo of friends Dabice and guitarist Thanasi Paul in the early 2010s, releases its sophomore album Romantic today. Following the punk stomp of Gypsy Pervert (GP for short) — which was initially released in 2013 and re-released to greater distribution a year later — Romantic bears the fruit of its members’ expansive musical ethos. Continue reading →