Watch Stephen Malkmus’ solo acoustic “Middle America” video; see him and The Jicks at the TLA this June

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks | photo via the artist’s Facebook page

Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus — who performs solo these days with his band The Jicks — will be making a stop in Philly this summer, but in the meantime he’s shared a video for the band’s new song “Middle America.” This solo version sees Malkmus alone with an acoustic guitar, his familiar raw-edged vocals filling the room. Malkmus sits in front of a few windows, and outside you can tell it’s winter — but between the indoor tropical plants and the song’s warm and sunny tune, it’s like summer’s come a bit early. Continue reading →


Purling Hiss, going out on tour with Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, releasing “new” LP in April

Photo by Tiffany Yoon
Our favorite Philly psychedelic/heavy rock power trio Purling Hiss are going out on the road in March, opening for Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks for a handful of dates. On April 22nd, the Hiss will release Dizzy Polizzy on Drag City Records. The 11 song LP, originally conceived as a tour only cassette, will have to hold Hiss fans in check until guitar whiz Mike Polizze and his band record their next album.

Dizzy Polizzy track list
She Don’t Mind 3:18
Icelator 4:10
Digh High 3:36
Sifting Through My Hands 4:15
Millions of Colors 3:48
Don’t Wanna Squeaky Fromme 4:29
Preface 1:42
The Earth Creature 3:21
On the Last Day 1:38
Drag-On 5:38
Headlights 6:38

Below, download/listen to “Lolita,” a track Purling Hiss recorded for Philly’s Shaking Through that was curated by Adam Granduciel of The War On Drugs.


Watch the quintessentially quirky Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks in the “Cinnamon and Lesbians” video (playing The TLA on 3/1)

Image via the artist’s Facebook page

Indie rock icon and Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus and his backing band The Jicks released the video for “Cinnamon and Lesbians” off of their upcoming album Wig Out Jagbags set to release on January 14th on Matador records. The quintessentially quirky video operates at about the same level of seriousness as the song itself (“I’ve been tripping since breakfast time”), while keeping drawn out guitar solos that are nothing to laugh about. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks perform in Philly on March 1at the TLA. Get tickets for the show here, and check out the video for “Cinnamon and Lesbians” below.


Video: Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks (at TLA on Sept. 28th) perform a new song on Jimmy Fallon

Last night, Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks were guests on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. The band played the previously released single “Senator” and a new song, “Surreal Teenagers.” (“Surreal Teenagers” is only available on Jimmy Fallon’s website; the performance was not aired.) “Senator” is off Malkmus’ new album Mirror Traffic. Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks perform with Holy Sons at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 28th, at the TLA; tickets to the all ages show are $20.


The High Key Portrait Series: Sadie Dupuis

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

High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.

Philly, meet your new neighbor Sadie Dupuis. Oh sure, you know her best as the frontwoman of Speedy Ortiz, the now-veteran award-winning attention-getting indie-rock darlings of every music writer from Noisey to Pitchfork, who’ve been around the touring block with the likes of Thurston Moore, Stephen Malkmus, and the sisters Deal. You know. NBD.

But what you might not know is that, as mononymous solo artist Sad13 (and yes, that’s “Sad Thirteen”), Dupuis has moved from the heart of New England right to our backyard. With her debut record Slugger racking up the critical acclaim, she’s already on tour, and you can catch her at Girard Avenue’s Everybody Hits tonight.

As she settles into life in Philly, Dupuis compares and contrasts for us her experiences in Philly and Boston and tips you local vegans off to the best tofu hoagie in town. You’re welcome. Continue reading →


Teen Spirit: Alex G’s introspective youth anthems bring out a hometown crowd

Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN |
Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN |

If you were standing up front, close to the stage last night at Union Transfer, you’d have noticed a disproportionate demographic of 17- to 20-year-olds, holding iPhones instead of beer and waiting bright-faced and wide-eyed for the double-bill of Philly’s own Alex Giannascoli — better known as Alex G — and New York’s Porches.

Concurring that Giannascoli’s fans were largely a younger demographic, the 19-year-old next to me expressed his moderate and considered sartorial disdain for his generation: “They’re all dressed weird too.”

That said, many were wearing band shirts advertising their adoration for the Philly-based, highly prolific DIY bedroom-recording-studio songwriter.

On the contrary, Porches tees were few and far between, and the blank faces on the crowd seemed to suggest that this was largely an introduction to the music of opening band Your Friend. Continue reading →