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Watch Queen of Jeans’ showcase Dig Yourself and more on Audiotree live

Queen of Jeans on Audiotree | still from video

Currently on a lengthy US tour, Philly outfit Queen of Jeans stopped by Audiotree Live’s studios earlier this month to record a session, which is out now. The four-piece performed four songs off their recent LP Dig Yourself, which was released earlier this year, plus “Moody,” an older one off their 2016 debut EP. Continue reading →

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Circa Survive will bring La Dispute and Queen of Jeans on tour this fall

Circa Survive | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Philly alt rock staples Circa Survive are hitting the road again this October in support of their 2017 release, The Amulet. The last time we caught them was at the Electric Factory in November with Thrice, so we haven’t had to wait long for a return. Circa just recently wrapped up an Australian/Pacific Coast tour earlier this summer, and frontman Anthony Green just ended his Avalon 10 Year Anniversary tour earlier this week. No rest for these guys, as they’re already ready to get back on the road again for most of this fall.

Though it’s been almost a year since Circa has put out any new releases, the individual band members have done anything but relax. Green released his newest solo album, Would You Still Be In Love, at the beginning of June, and was joined by Circa Survive’s Brendan Ekstrom on the Avalon Tour. Continue reading →

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Watch Queen of Jeans subvert nostalgia and gender norms in a new video for “U R My Guy”

Queen of Jeans at SXSW | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philadelphia’s Queen of Jeans are always playing with the past, whether it be in their spacey reinterpretations of 60’s bubblegum or in their tastefully dated visual aesthetics. Now, in their new video for “U R My Guy” from this spring’s Dig Yourself album, the band takes aim at another nostalgic touchstone: romantic comedies. Continue reading →

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More to Love: Queen of Jeans and friends bring endless devotion to Underground Arts

Queen of Jeans | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The easy read on pop music in its various permutations — retro-pop, indiepop, dream pop, poised-to-go-Spotify-viral pop — is that it’s disposable. Full of nonspecific sentiment, superficial and pandering; a bad suggestion that feelings are more important than everything else we need to worry about in the world right now.

Philly’s Queen of Jeans offers a rebuttal to that take in a few ways. First, their sneaky use of tried-and-true 50s arrangements, melodies, and song structures to critically comment the latent (or overt) misoginy of music that American society teaches us is canonical. Songs deemed “classic” by older generations that actually advocated a kind of unhealthy idea of what love is and what it should be; ideas that still, unfortunately, persist in music today.

In that spirit, Queen of Jeans closed its album release party at Underground Arts last night with a rousing bit of meta-pop, “U R My Guy,” where Shangri-La’s style trio vocals are employed, but instead of fawning over some busted dude, they’re putting him in his place: “your fame is borderline” goes one lyric from band leader Miriam Devora, followed later by the backing chant “he’s so fragile when he belongs to me” care of guitarist Matheson Glass and bassist Nina Scotto. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Queen of Jeans, The Diplomats, Drive-By Truckers, Lorde and more

Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist
Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist

Your choices are many; your excuses are few. Here are 25 concerts you could see in Philadelphia this week; enough for you to catch one per day, or for the more enterprising of you Key readers, several per day. Starting with folksinger Sam Amidon, and going up to arena pop rocker Lorde, here are our picks for the week ahead. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Queen of Jeans

In a phrase possibly borrowed from Bob Dylan, Philadelphia indie pop four-piece Queen of Jeans has both an album title and a mission statement: Dig Yourself.

It’s a poignant statement of self-love in a time where we’re socially scrutinized more than ever, where constant connection leaves us feeling forever inadequate, where anxiety is a reigning force in our daily lives and the friendships we keep and the music we consume. Some day, decades off in the distance, a cultural historian is going to look at the landscape of the 20-teens, cluttered with dismissive gifs and judge-y Slate headlines, and they’ll put our era of world-weary sad pop into a retrospective sociological context. Or maybe not; they’ll no doubt have their own shit to deal with in the 2080s.

But in the fray of it all, Queen of Jeans’ message is simple: do what you love, love who you are. Continue reading →

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On “U R My Guy,” Queen of Jeans flip the script on pop songwriting from sexism to empowerment

Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist
Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist

Retro rocker quartet Queen of Jeans are best known for their dreamy, 60’s girl group-esque pop sound — which, for the band, can be a source of both inspiration and frustration. Sure, the sounds of the 60’s are great, but the messages of the era can seem kinda problematic in the year 2018. Queen of Jeans, understandably, doesn’t want to fall under any “girl group” generalizations — they’ve resisted the label before, instead choosing to call themselves “crockpot pop,” but on their new song “U R My Guy,” they take it to a new level.

The second single from their forthcoming debut LP Dig Yourself (the band released a self-titled EP in 2016), “U R My Guy” is upbeat and jazzy with a steady dose of the band’s signature shimmery harmonies — but underneath all that, its a cutting satirical critique of the girl group stereotype, taking all of the genre’s melodrama to a new level to get the point across. Listen close to the lyrics and you’ll see why. Continue reading →

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Queen of Jeans suffer through unrequited love in music video for “More to Love”

Queen of Jeans | courtesy of the artist | photo by Bob Sweeney

If you’ve ever crushed on someone who wasn’t into you, or had your texts to your crush go unanswered, Queen of Jeans feels your pain. The video comments on the lows of these modern dating phenomena as the band uses an online dating app to meet the girl of their dreams, and end up being completely ignored. The video comes to an awkward, hilarious end as they all run into said woman at a house show (That’s so Philly). Continue reading →

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Queen of Jeans return with the new single “More to Love,” and a new album called Dig Yourself

Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist
Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist

Philly indiepop four-piece Queen of Jeans has just released a single off their upcoming self-love themed album Dig Yourself, which drops on March 30th on Topshelf Records. The song, “More To Love,” features pretty harmonies, sleepy guitars, and catchy percussion, making for an overall velvety sound that you can listen to over and over. Continue reading →