West Philly punk rock frat Pilam’s annual BBQ is a day-long musical endurance test, and the stuff of legend.
This year’s installment — the 39th annual, or the XXXIXth in the parlance of the gig poster — was just announced, and its stacked as ever. Screaming Females and Sad13 co-headline, appearances are made throughout by Laser Background, Clique, Ill Fated Natives, Curtis Cooper, A Day Without Love and so many more.
22 bands, 12 hours, noon to midnight, food for carnivores and vegans alike — there’s a lot to love here. More information can be found here. Full lineup, music and more below. Continue reading →
I wasn’t into prom as a teenager, but I do enjoy themed gigs and excuses to dress up. (Or, real talk, excuses to watch people more creative than I dress up while I slum it in jeans and a hoodie.) In any case, the Indie Pop Prom that R5 Productions just announced today seems like exactly that.
The all-ages gig has been happening for a few years (five, to be precise) in NY, and has a Philly satellite this year that takes place in the basement of the First Unitarian Church on Friday, February 24th. And with a stacked lineup of favorites from the DIY underground, it’ll be the perfect post-Valentine’s hang for all the lonelyhearts of the Philly house show scene. Continue reading →
I could not be happier to tell you this: the Indie Rock Hit Parade is BAAAAACK!! After the #XPNAtoZ wrapped up last week, we’ve been itching to get back to our Friday night spot on WXPN with you. Tonight’s show is so wonderful, it even begins at a special time: Tune in at 10pm ET for a full two-hour IRHP that will light the way to the start of The Night Before with Robert Drake at midnight!
We’ll premiere our IRHP Live Session with Cloud Nothings (which you can check out HERE) and listen to new holiday tunes from Sad13, Deep Cuts and Natalie Prass to get you in the seasonal mood…
Easy-grooving indie pop outfit Vagabon — the project of Lætitia Tamko — has a new record coming out on February 24th of next year off of Father/Daughter Records. It’s called Infinite Worlds, it’s her first new material since 2014, and it’s Tarnko’s her full-length debut. If that’s not enough good news, she’ll be gracing the Everybody Hits stage on December 12th, hanging with Sad13 (the awesome indie pop project of Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis, who recently moved to Philly), Emily Reo, and Told Slant.
Last year, Speedy Ortiz reached a critical and commercial high point with Foil Deer thanks to SadieDupuis’ playful, grunge-y arrangements and complex, thoughtful lyrics. She’s made her name off of these traits, but she’s primed and ready to make a new one with solo moniker Sad13. On the project’s debut album, Slugger, she forgoes angular rock for idiosyncratic pop while still maintaining her literary edge. Continue reading →
Mostly known for her role as frontwoman for grunge-pop band Speedy Ortiz, Sadie Dupuis is slated to release her first solo album Slugger on November 11th under the moniker Sad13. She kicked off her debut tour on Thursday, and is paying Philadelphia a visit tonight at PhilaMOCA. Sad13’s music is largely centered around the idea of empowering women, and we’re all for it. Joining this Massachusetts synth-popper will be Philly artists Ivy Sole and Empath with NYC-based rapper Sammus topping off this stacked lineup. Go to the WXPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on this all ages show. Get a taste of Sad13 with this song off her new album, “Devil in U.” Continue reading →
Sadie Dupuis is probably best known as frontwoman of grunge-pop band Speedy Ortiz, but this fall she is is slated to release her debut solo album under the Sad13 moniker. Dupuis has been teasing music off Slugger for about a month now, and just dropped the track “Devil in U” to hold us over until the November 11th release date. Continue reading →
The Indie Rock Hit Parade comes to you tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! That’s right after a special all-Peel Sessions edition of Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake, and the Hit Parade is going to act as the perfect chaser. More specifically, we’ll be featuring a few more Peel Session recordings from Sonic Youth and Belle & Sebastian. There’s also this week’s Album Spotlight, where we’ll dig into a newly released archival recording of Athens, GA indie pioneers Pylon. Recorded in December 1983 at the Mad Hatter club in Athens, Pylon Live captures what would be the band’s final performance. Also in the mix are brand new tracks from Scottish jangle vets Teenage Fanclub, Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis’ new solo bumper as Sad13, and the Sub Pop debut of NY guitar-kickers LVL UP! Check out some of those below:
South by Southwest: the festival to end all festivals. That time of the year when the entire world takes over the city of Austin for a week of networking, tacos, and lanyard tans. But somewhere amidst the corporate clutter, in between the long lines outside sponsored showcases and under the litter of promotional flyers strewn across the main drag of Austin’s 6th street by week’s end, is that which makes SXSW so strange and wonderful: the thousands of independent artists who chose to play more sets in just a few days than certain artists play in a year, compensated by the choice between $250 and a wristband, and the vague promise of discovery.
This year, I decided that I, myself, would participate in the SXSW hustle, running around the streets of Austin to the sound of a hundred bands at once, camera and notebook in hand (which is nothing, really, compared to the gear most musicians were toting) to catch up with nine of Philadelphia’s own artists showcasing at this year’s festival. Below, read excerpts from our conversations, and see photos from their live sets. Continue reading →