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NonCOMM Recap: Mitski turns up the volume on the NPR Music stage

Mitski | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.comMitski | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

“Hi. My name’s Mitski. It’s spelled M-I-T-S-K-I, if you want to google me.” That’s how the inimitable Mitski opened her set tonight at NonComm, but it quickly became clear that most of the audience knew exactly who she was. And as NPR’s Bob Boilen pointed out when he introduced the set, even if you’ve never seen Mitski before, she is the kind of performer who will immediately grab your attention and never let go.

When Mitski’s name first appeared on this year’s NonComm lineup, I was a bit perplexed. She hadn’t released new music since Puberty 2 (a Key top album of 2016), but the mystery was solved with the announcement of her forthcoming record Be The Cowboy, out August 17. Mitski released the new album’s first single “Geyser” and its video earlier this week.

Though “Geyser” wasn’t a part of tonight’s set, Mitski treated us to selections of her previous work, including Bury Me at Makeout Creek standouts “Francis Forever” and “Townie.” Several songs off Puberty 2 were also in the mix; notably “Thursday Girl” and that album’s lead single and emotional whirlwind “Your Best American Girl,” a song so poignant that I’m not kidding when I say I studied it in a college literary theory class. Continue reading →

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All eyes are on Mitski in her new music video ”Geyser”

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Mitski | photo by Bao Ngo | courtesy of the artist

An anticipated set during night one of WXPN’s Non-COMM convention is from indie rocker Mitski Miyawaki, who just announced her latest full-length, Be The Cowboy, out August 17th via Dead Oceans Records. The album’s leadoff single ”Geyser,” released yesterday, truly emphasizes the intensity of Mitski’s vocals. It delivers a haunting, yet serene atmosphere — a feeling reflected in the music video, which takes place on a beach with dark skies and Mitski dead center and alone, dancing and gesturing for the camera. Continue reading →

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Mitski transforms Billie Holiday’s “I’m a Fool to Want You” for Planned Parenthood

Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist
Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Mitski‘s rendition of Billie Holiday’s “I’m a Fool to Want You” is one of many exclusive cuts featured on the new benefit album 7 Inches for Planned Parenthood; it is transformative, ethereal and sounds all sorts of vintage. The cover sounds like it could be the 1951 track with its slow tempo and melancholic vocals, but Mitski also channels Holiday’s original intention of a classically sad love song into her modern synthesized soundscape. It’s ethereal, heavy and one of the coolest songs on the album. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Run the Jewels and Mitski join Lorde’s April show at Wells Fargo

Lorde | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN // Run The Jewels | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN // Mitski | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Teenage strange-pop superstar Lorde is coming to Wells Fargo this April 2nd, which is some pretty flippin’ cool stuff on its own. But nope, someone must’ve said, we must make it even more wildly awesome. And then they casually added Run the Jewels and Mitski to the bill to completely rock the socks off of all the people. Continue reading →

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Mitski takes hold of Union Transfer with an arresting performance

Mitski | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN

“When I last came here I was opening for another band and I remember thinking that this was some huge stadium venue,” said Mitski Miyawaki from the stage at Union Transfer on Friday night. “But now, it seems like the perfect size.”

Mitski was wrong. The wide, cavernous hall of Union Transfer was nowhere near large enough to contain her, though I’m not so sure any venue would. There is filling a room, which Mitski indeed did for the duration of her long-ago sold out show, and then there is owning a room. Few artists working today display the kind of quiet command which has become her trademark, able to arrest as easily with a soft croon as an impassioned howl. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mitski at Union Transfer, Cayetana at Skid Row Garage & more

Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist
Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Indie rock goddess Mitski returns to Philadelphia tonight in another round of touring to support her latest album Puberty 2The singer-songwriter has made her way through several local venues from our own World Cafe to First Unitarian Church to PhilaMOCA and more, and this time around she has graduated to headlining Union Transfer. Mitski’s cutting lyrics and powerful voice driven by electric guitar makes for an intimate live performance in both the quiet moments and in the loud no matter the size of the venue. The night will also be a hometown show for Philly-based opener Half Waif who will be on the road with Mitski for the duration of the tour. For more information on the sold out show, click here. Continue reading →

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Mitski transforms One Direction’s song, “Fireproof,” into a fuzz rock jam

Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist
Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

One Direction was never really my cup o’ tea. My boy band quota was already filled to max capacity with ‘N SYNC and some select Backstreet Boys ballads. So when I heard Mitski recorded a cover of 1D’s song, “Fireproof,” I was totally intrigued to hear how she would spin the bubble-gum pop track. And, of course, being the badass indie queen that she is, Mitski’s cover grabs the song by the throat and commands it to be her own. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Mitski to headline Union Transfer this July

Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist
Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Last year, Mitski took the indie circuit by storm with Puberty 2, her widely-acclaimed fourth record. In the months that followed, the New York-based singer/songwriter made numerous Philly appearances, but now, she’s about to make another. This July 7th, a little more than a year after Puberty 2’s release, Mitski will headline Union Transfer. For tickets and more information, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Mitski slay on Colbert with “Your Best American Girl”

Mitski | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Mitski | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Earlier this week, badass indie-rocker Mitski played her introspective hit “Your Best American Girl” on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert with the house band Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

Mitski’s most recent album Puberty 2 was released via Dead Oceans records last June, catapulting her into the public eye. She is playing at The First Unitarian Church on Saturday, November 19th, and the show is sadly sold out. I feel cruel dangling this missed opportunity in front of you guys, but you at least need to be aware that the City of Brotherly love will be graced by the presence of folk-rock royalty on that day. And you need to watch Mitski slay on Colbert below. Continue reading →