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Tacocat sticks it to the man (both literally and figuratively) at Boot and Saddle

Tacocat | photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com
Tacocat | photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com

It was fitting that Tacocat’s 2019 tour marched through Philly when it did. Just last week, the governor of Alabama signed into law a near-total ban on abortion, which has the power to put doctors who perform such medical procedures behind bars for 99 years. In case you’re wondering, that’s a harsher punishment than some rapists receive in Alabama. The passing of the law will likely set up an eventual showdown between women’s rights advocates and the United States Supreme Court, and some believe that recently-appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh has the potential to be a deciding vote on overturning Roe v Wade.

Reasons like these are why bands like feminst punk bands like Tacocat exist. Don’t let the whimsy palindromical name fool you; when it comes to women’s rights and sticking it to the man (literally and figuratively), Tacocat doesn’t mess around. Seattle’s favorite riot grrrl resurrectors did their part to help dismantle the patriarchy at South Philly’s Boot & Saddle Saturday night while touring their most recent release, This Mess is a Place. While the Alabama law, to my surprise, didn’t specifically come up in discussion by the band at all during the night, the rage was implicit in the music. When a band writes songs with titles such as “Men Explain Things to Me,” “Hey Girl,” and “Crimson Wave,” the music sort of does the talking for you. Continue reading →

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NON-COMM Recap: Tacocat’s energy is unmatched, starting strong and finishing stronger

Tacocat | Photo by Makena Duffy for WXPN

An indie-punk four-piece from Seattle walked onto World Cafe Live’s upstairs stage glowing—literally. Covered head-to-toe in bright colors and sparkles, the audience had no choice but to pay attention to Tacocat‘s set, and rightly so. The band brought an unwavering burst of energy to the first night of NonCOMM, performing a handful of songs from each of their three albums. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tacocat at Underground Arts and Barns Courtney at Johnny Brenda’s

Tacocat | photo by Michael Lavine, courtesy of the artist
Tacocat | photo by Michael Lavine, courtesy of the artist

Seattle pop-punk quartet Tacoat headlines Underground Arts tonight. The group produces music reminiscent of the 90’s riot grrrl feminist music movement that also originated in Washington State. Supporting Tacocat will be Daddy issues, Queen of Jeans, and Pouty all bands that dabble in their own unique genres that fall somewhere on the spectrum of grunge, pop and punk. Most recently, Tacocat released their third studio album Lost Time in April of 2016 with the label, Hardly Art. Take a look at their ultraviolet video for “Talk” from their new record. For more info on this 21+ event, head to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tacocat return to Philly this October with Underground Arts show

Tacocat | Photo by Katie Tapman
Tacocat | Photo by Katie Tapman

California feminist punks and Indie Rock Hit Parade favorites Tacocat have just announced a new line of fall shows and Philly makes the cut yet again! They were here back in April for a record release show at Everybody Hits, as well as a live session for IRHP, and we’re happy to see Tacocat making their way back to the east coast for a performance at Underground Arts on Monday, October 3rd. Continue reading →

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Tacocat

Tacocat | Photo by Katie Tapman
Tacocat | Photo by Katie Tapman

It took us long enough, but it’s finally here: our first Indie Rock Hit Parade live session of 2016! This time, we were joined by the Seattle band Tacocat! The band formed back around 2008, and just released their third album, Lost Time. The album features the band’s smart and witty lyrics about a variety of topics including yuppies, The X-Files, internet commenters and more. Couple those with taut and fizzy instrumentation and you’ve got a record that’s as vivid as the band members themselves.

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Lost Time: Tacocat LIVE, King Gizzard and Kyle Craft on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Tacocat | photo by Michael Lavine, courtesy of the artist
Tacocat | photo by Michael Lavine, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to the studio tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Listen right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake for an all-new two-hour show featuring our first IRHP Live Session of 2016! The Seattle band Tacocat are our guests, and they’ll play songs from their extra fun and fizzy new album Lost Time, live in our studio! Be sure to listen for our Weekly Album Spotlight on the heady new record from Australian psych-freaks King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Nonagon Infinity. As if that weren’t enough for you (which it isn’t, I know), we’ll hear a few of these new tracks in the mix as well:

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NOW NOW NOW: Prince Rama, Tacocat & Sheer Mag on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Prince Rama | Photo by Shawn LaChapelle, courtesy of the artist
Prince Rama | Photo by Shawn LaChapelle, courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade packs a wallop in every sense of the word. At least, we think it does. Tune in at 11pm ET (or better yet, stay tuned after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese) for a full two-hour show! We’ll spotlight the new album from our friends Prince Rama, who you might remember premiered some new tracks in our studio late last year. Along with the spotlight, we’ll hear new songs from Philly’s Sheer Mag, Seattle’s Tacocat & Austin’s Shearwater. An American experience to be sure! Check out some of the tracks below…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bondage and Discipline at Kung Fu Necktie, TacocaT at Golden Tea House, River City Extension at Boot and Saddle and more

Photo by Jon Stars | photo courtesy of facebook.com/bondageanddisciplinemusic
Photo by Jon Stars | photo courtesy of facebook.com/bondageanddisciplinemusic

Philly raucous rock outfit The National Rifle was moving in a decidedly 80s electronic direction on their last album, Almost Endless, and three of the bandmates have rechristened themselves with a evocative new name – Bondage and Discipline – and continue to chase that sound further. The band plays it debut headlining set tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. Download “Only Your Love” below and get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Listen to Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz guest host the Indie Rock Hit Parade

DJ Sad13 aka Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Eric Schuman

In just over six years of hosting the Indie Rock Hit Parade, I’ve had plenty of guests on the show. Usually it’s a live in-studio performance or a fun-filled DJ visit from Jon Wurster. After all this time, though, there’s one thing I’ve never had, and that’s a vacation. This past week, while I was in San Francisco, I left my beloved Friday show in the capable hands of the Hit Parade’s first-ever guest host, DJ Sad13 aka Sadie Dupuis.

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