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Pick up an ACLU benefit 7″ featuring Sad13, Purling Hiss, Louds, and more

Sad13 | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Philly and Minneapolis-based label Dirty Pillows just released a compilation featuring local artists from both of their homes. Titled ACLU Benefit Vol. 1 Phl/Mpls, the compilation is the first in a series of benefit releases that will split its tunes between two cities, and then donate the proceeds to those local community’s ACLU chapters.

This a-side of this first installment boasts Philly artists (woo we’re #1!) including Sad13, Louds, Dulls, Harsh Vibes and Purling Hiss. Making up the b-side are Minneapolis-based artists France Camp, Sasha Conda, 3M 1995, The Cult of Lip and Fog. Continue reading →

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Travel Sad13’s shimmery, synth-driven landscapes in track, “Sooo Bad”

Sad13 | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim is back with their program, Adult Swim Singles, in which they release a free tune every week for the next year. Sadie Dupuis’ Sad13 fills this week’s slot as the featured track with a new song titled “Sooo Bad.”

Traveling a shimmery, synth-driven landscape, “Sooo Bad” is reminiscent of Grimes‘ anime-inspired electro-pop and practically screams perfection as an Adult Swim cartoon theme song. Which should definitely become a thing. Continue reading →

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Listen to Sad13’s cover of Carole King’s “It’s Too Late” for GRLMIC comp

Sad13 | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

What happens when you take heckin good artists, have them cover other heckin good artists, and then donate the heckin good cover profits to worthy organizations? A beauty of a benefit comp. And new foundation, GRLMIC, has done just this through their recent Bandcamp release of GRLMIC Vol. 1.

Sad13‘s Sadie Dupuis opens the compilation with a cover of Carole King’s classic song, “It’s Too Late,” by throwing a glittery-pop, futuristic spin on the classic tune. Where Carole King’s keys and sultry, sweeping vocals take center stage, Sad13’s version emphasizes electro beats, swirls of sparkly synth, and warped guitar solos that perfectly encapsulate Sad13’s sugar-pop garage aesthetic. Continue reading →

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Pilam BBQ XXXIX will feature Sad13, Screaming Females, Laser Background and more

Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist

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, 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 →

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Why yes, I’d totally like to attend an Indie Pop Prom with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Sad13 and more, thx for asking

Sadie Dupuis | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Sadie Dupuis | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

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 →

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Modern Act: Cloud Nothings LIVE, holiday tunes from Sad13 & Natalie Prass on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Cloud Nothings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN
Cloud Nothings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

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…

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Listen to “Fear & Force” from Vagabon’s new LP, see her with Sad13 at Everybody Hits

Vagabon | courtesy of the artist
Vagabon | courtesy of the artist

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.

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Sad13 balances dance pop and discourse on Slugger

Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist
Sad13 | photo by Shervin Iainez | photo courtesy of the artist

Last year, Speedy Ortiz reached a critical and commercial high point with Foil Deer thanks to Sadie Dupuis’  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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sad13 at PhilaMOCA, Mexrrissey at The Kimmel Center, T.J. Kong and The Atomic Bomb at Underground Arts and more

Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist
Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist

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 →