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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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Ellen Siberian Tiger returns with the powerful anthem “When Men Explain Things To Me”

Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

The latest from Ellen Siberian Tiger starts with a measured observation, builds into a rage-filled feminist battle cry, and goes out on a whisper. That dynamic, which captures the variety of influences and styles bandleader Ellen Tiberio-Shultz pours into her music, makes the new track all the more impactful.

“When Men Explain Things to Me” is the latest single from the Philly rock trio; it’s a powerful anthem with an important message — the kind we wish we didn’t still need in the year 2017. But since we do, I’m glad we have Ellen Siberian Tiger right there with us for commiseration and encouragement. “Back up, don’t touch me,” Tiberio-Shultz belts in the middle of the song, the title of which is a reference to feminist writer Rebecca Solnit’s essay that shares the same name (and is reminiscent of Tacocat‘s “Men Explain Things to Me”). Continue reading →

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They Came. They Saw. They Conquered: The Orwells at Underground Arts

The Orwells | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN
The Orwells | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

BuzzFeed can suck it. Punk rock is alive and well in the Millenial generation, and if you need proof look no further than The Orwells. The group of early-twenty-somethings who hail from the rural outskirts of Chicago grew up with a punk rock education that’s become increasingly prevalent among today’s college-aged kids. The group’s new album set to come out this February, Terrible Human Beings, will likely be the latest addition to a flurry of great garage-punk albums to come out in recent years.

It’s a list of bands that’s becoming ever more impressive, featuring acts like FIDLAR, Twin Peaks, Speedy Ortiz, Bully, Tacocat, Downtown Boys, The Summer Cannibals, and Philly’s own Sheer Mag. But without a doubt, chief among them is The Orwells. The Orwells have a more melodic take on punk than most other punk bands; it’s a sound not unlike that of The Replacements or The Clash. The band’s two albums to date are brilliant, but the band’s live show is what makes them stand out.

That show was on full display Friday night at Underground Arts. The Orwells kicked things off with the latest single from the new album called “They Put a Body in the Bayou,” sending the overwhelmingly under-25 crowd into a moshing frenzy. Continue reading →