The Key Studio Sessions: Sheena and Thee Nosebleeds

Riff-wrangler Kermit Lyman III has been walking that Motörhead line between punk rock and heavy metal over the past couple decades in the Philadelphia scene, making noise in bands like Wally, Slumlord and the original incarnation of Thee Nosebleeds. And then he met Sheena Powell.

A punk rocker at heart with a love for The Stooges and The Ramones, Powell’s voice is vibrant and versatile. She can soar along to the strange keys of 80s metal — I definitely hear some of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson in her — but she can also belt the blues with gusto. After some jams, the chemistry was undeniable, and Sheena and Thee Nosebleeds was born.   Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Abi Reimold at Everybody Hits, Sheena and Thee Nosebleeds at Kung Fu Necktie, NoBunny at Johnny Brenda’s

Abi Reimold
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | | courtesy of the artist

Philly DIY scene favorite Abi Reimold kicks off a late fall tour tonight at Everybody Hits with Slaughter Beach, Dog — the solo project of Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald. Both artists released excellent records this year, and they’re joined on the bill by newcomer Harmony Woods, who impressed us this year with a haunting Bandcamp demo and a moving cover of Mitski’s “I Don’t Smoke.” Tickets to the all-ages show are $10, more information can be found at Facebook. Below, listen to Reimold’s Wriggling.
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Hard riffs and heavy jams, Sheena and Thee Nosebleeds will take you to Electric Church

Sheena and Thee Nosebleeds | photo courtesy of the artist
Sheena and Thee Nosebleeds | photo courtesy of the artist

Led by veteran riff-wrangler Kermit Lyman, West Philly thrashy power trio Thee Nosebleeds teamed up with vocalist Sheena Powell on Mischief Night of 2014, and the resulting team is dynamic. Almost exactly a year ago, Sheena and Thee Nosebleeds released their debut EP Electric Church (listen below) and they’re getting ready to follow it up with a full-length, boldly titled The Revolution Will Be Amplified. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jens Lekman at Union Transfer, Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds at Kung Fu Necktie, Octave Cat at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

Jens Lekman | photo by Ellika Henrikson
Jens Lekman | photo by Ellika Henrikson | courtesy of the artist

Swedish songwriter Jens Lekman will bring his idiosyncratic pop stylings to Union Transfer tonight in support of his latest album, Life Will See You Now. It features the infectious lead single “What’s That Perfume That You Wear?”, probably the most romantic song about smells I’ve heard. Stream the video for the track below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more info on the show. Continue reading →


The Week Ahead: Abi Reimold, Center City Jazz Fest, Joy Ike, Deer Tick and more

Abi Reimold | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Tonight, Philly staple Bitter Bitter Weeks plays its first gig in what seems like an eternity; this weekend, Center City Jazz Fest touches down on the Sansom Street Corridor; and next Monday, it’s a road-trip worthy gig from Deer Tick in State College. Here are 15 concerts to see in and around Philly this week. Continue reading →


The Week Ahead: The Wombats, PnB Rock, The Dove and the Wolf, Passion Pit and more

PnB Rock at The Roots Picnic | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Now this is a bit more like it. Last Tuesday’s edition of The Week Ahead was a bit tighter, a quiet first week of year. This week, though, we’ve got 18 shows for your consideration, from Brit rockers The Wombats at Union Transfer to the heavy atmospherics of True Widow at Johnny Brenda’s, Philly rapper PnB Rock headlining a homecoming gig at The Fillmore, and a lot more. Add into the mix a healthy slate of continuing Philly Loves Bowie Week activity, and you’ve got plenty of reasons not to stay in from the cold. Continue reading →


Seven bands from the Philly DIY underground you need to hear right now

Ursula | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly is one of those cities (the only city?!) that’s able to contain, harness, and release the unbridled energy of hardcore punk and strange outsider indie rock in the form of four impactful spring festivals and still have enough left to keep the summer righteously shredded.

We came together for Electrifest (queer POC experimental music fest centering LGBT health concerns), Get Better Fest (queerpunk fest put on by the folks at Get Better Records), Break Free Fest (an event centering black and brown hardcore acts) and of course, Philly Shreds (a showcase of punk bands from all over with a heavy Philly edge), but we are still rocking, still falling into our amps in damp, sweltering basements and rolling around in the free dumpstered bagel piles at our local community centers, screaming our hearts out, shouting down The Man.

This article seeks to chronicle the continued mayhem of the Philadelphia punk rock scene, seeking out both the upstart and lesser known bands and the tried and true favorites breathing new life into their sets, as well as highlighting how truly diverse our loud rock scene is. It is exhilarating to think that our community features women, queer / LGBT folks, and people of color playing prominent roles. Sit back and let the pretzel-flavored chaos reign. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Paul Simon at The Mann Center, Sonia as Ryan at Tin Angel, Hailey Wojcik at Bourbon and Branch

Paul Simon | Photo by Myrna Suarez
Paul Simon | Photo by Myrna Suarez

Paul Simon will bring his new album Stranger To Stranger to Fairmount Park tonight as XPN welcomes the legendary musician to The Mann. The June 3rd release is Simon’s 13th studio album. Below you can find “Wristband,” the second track of Stranger To Stranger. For tickets and more information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Teenage Bigfoot at Kung Fu Necktie, Cactus Blossoms at Sellersville Theater, Parsonsfield at Boot and Saddle and more…

Teenage Bigfoot
Teenage Bigfoot | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

Philly pop punk trio Teenage Bigfoot will headline a crowded bill at Boot and Saddle. Also playing are Texas’ Dead Words, Philly’s The Mad Splatter, and local feline-themed rocker Kitty Rotten. Listen to Teenage Bigfoot’s latest EP below and head to the XPN Concert Calendar for more information and tickets to tonight’s gig. Continue reading →


Sundrop Festival teams up with BrainFest to bring local artists together for a great cause

west philadelphia orchestra
West Philadelphia Orchestra | photo courtesy of the artist

This year, the 7th annual Sundrop Music & Arts Festival has merged with BrainFest to bring us 12 straight hours of music, food, games and more — and it’s all for a good cause. Happening from noon to midnight this Saturday at the Ukie Club in Northern Liberties, the festival will feature over 20 performances from artists of all genres, including local favorites West Philadelphia Orchestra, Resilient, Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, Schooly D and lots more. All proceeds benefit the American Brain Tumor Association, an organization dedicated to supporting the nearly 700,000 people in the United States living with a brain tumor. Continue reading →