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Mannequin Pussy keeps it short and occasionally sweet with Romantic

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

You wouldn’t expect an aggressive punk band like Mannequin Pussy to be romantic, and you especially wouldn’t believe it was the title of their new album, but you better star believing. Romantic is the follow-up to 2014’s Gypsy Pervert, and it’s a bold step forward for the Philadelphia DIY scene faves.

One of the first things you’ll notice about Romantic is how much they’ve upped the production value. Too often, punk bands stubbornly release lo-fi record after record under the false banner of authenticity, but what’s more authentic than hearing the instruments the way you’re supposed to? Is it corporate to have a massive, pummeling rhythm section? Is having a spacier, more balanced mix selling out? Of course not, and thankfully, Mannequin Pussy realize this without sacrificing their razor-sharp edge. Continue reading →

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Listen to Mannequin Pussy’s jaw-dropping “Romantic” via NPR Music

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

On the heels of last month’s “Emotional High” single, local outfit Mannequin Pussy have shared another new track from their forthcoming sophomore LP. Posted on NPR’s Songs We Love feature, “Romantic” comes crashing through the gates in a deluge of guitars and drums before dropping down to a jarringly softer verse led by singer / guitarist Marisa Dabice’s superbly expressive vocals.

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Mannequin Pussy’s new rager “Emotional High” is the best way you can spend a minute and 27 seconds this afternoon

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Mannequin Pussy | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly thrashers Mannequin Pussy have been teasing songs from their new LP at gigs all around Philly for the better part of the year; and at last, details are in place. The band announced last week that Romantic will be available on Tiny Engines records on October 28th, and gave us a pretty kickass song to tide us over for the next two months.

“Emotional High” is a glorious heaping of heavy guitar riffs, hammering drumbeats and snarling vocals from frontwoman Marisa Dabice. She’s got a total Donita Sparks delivery, and the song finds her navigating the heavy feelings of tight friendships. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mannequin Pussy at Underground Arts, Port St. Willow at Johnny Brenda’s, Galactic at Electric Factory, and more…

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Marisa Dabice of Mannequin Pussy performs at Hazzard Hall | Photo by John Vettese

Philly punks Mannequin Pussy will be performing at Underground Arts tonight with Guerilla Toss and Banned Books. Their most recent album, Gypsy Pervert, was released back in 2014 on Tiny Engines, and they’re recording the follow up this spring. Tickets and more information can be found via the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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Kat of Amanda X and Marisa of Mannequin Pussy cover Sheryl Crow’s “Every Day Is A Winding Road”

Marisa, left, and Kat make up Reagan | Photo courtesy of the artist
Marisa, left, and Kat make up Reagan | Photo courtesy of the artist

Here’s something unexpected: Kat Bean of Amanda X, Marisa of Mannequin Pussy, and… Sheryl Crow. Well, not Sheryl Crow herself, but rather a cover of her 1996 tune “Every Day Is A Winding Road.” While the original epitomizes windows down, hair blowing in the breeze, Reagan (the name of Kat and Marisa’s collaborative effort) have pared things down for a version that is more intimate. Continue reading →

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The Skeleton Key: Multitudes of new music for July, a First Time’s The Charm recap, and gigs from black metal to beatmakers to punk wrestlers

First Time’s The Charm | photo by Yoni Kroll for WXPN

This is a special Skeleton Key and not just because I’m checking in with you a bit later than usual. Don’t worry, my neighbors are still shooting off fireworks all day every day so it’s basically still the 4th and will probably stay that way at least until August. For this column I want to talk about all the new music coming out this month because there’s seriously just so much of it. And check this out: last weekend was First Time’s the Charm which was the debut of eight bands playing their very first sets ever. So much new music! Let’s start with a list because you should always start with a list: Dark Thoughts, Smarthearts, Rosali, Lester, Dark Web, Rabbits to Riches, Empath, and Fleabite. Oh, and a just-announced split between Jenna & The Pups – the solo pop punk band from HIRS frontwoman Jenna Pup – and, well, herself. The PUP/HIRS album will be out in August. Continue reading →

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New supergroup Rosie Thorne release debut single “Slick”

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Local supergroup Rosie Thorne recently released their debut single, a pop track suitable for both nightclubs about town and intimate headphone grooving. Comprised of Marisa Dabice (Mannequin Pussy), Max Steen (Cold Fronts, Vexxed), and Zach Sewall (Grave Goods, Vexxed), Rosie Thorne melds their respective influences and backgrounds to create their debut leftfield dance track, “Slick.” Continue reading →

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The Skeleton Key: A jam-packed May, from Get Better Fest to Break Free Fest, Tuareg guitar to NYC no-wave, and so much sunshine

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No matter if you spent it out in the streets at the May Day protest or circling a Maypole or just soaking up all that sunshine, I hope you had a wonderful beginning of the month. It’s finally spring, so slap on some shorts, ride that bike you’ve been neglecting all winter, and get your butt to the gig.

You can start tonight. There are not one but two truly excellent shows happening and if you time it correctly you can go to both! Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: King Krule, Mdou Moctar, Get Better Fest, Sheer Mag and more

King Krule | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN | nataliepiserchio.com

This week, your options include mysterious surprise sets and high-profile pop shows, roots and blues (Robert Randolph, Deb Callahan) as well as indie-minded benefits (The Districts playing for Beyond The Bars, the two-day Get Better Fest). Here are 16 concerts you can see in and around Philadelphia this week. Continue reading →