Here’s something unexpected: Kat Bean of Amanda X, Marisa of Mannequin Pussy, and… Sheryl Crow. Well, not Sheryl Crow herself, but rather a cover of her 1996 tune “Every Day Is A Winding Road.” While the original epitomizes windows down, hair blowing in the breeze, Reagan (the name of Kat and Marisa’s collaborative effort) have pared things down for a version that is more intimate. Continue reading →
There’s a musical revolution going on in Philadelphia, hidden away in the corners of makeshift venues peppered throughout the city. It’s a revolution unbeknownst to many but a revolution that is, to borrow a phrase, hidden in plain sight. It’s a revolution against your parents’ rock music, a revolution against the historically prevailing notion of rock and roll as a boys club, a revolution against the idea that rock and roll should look and behave a certain way.
On April 4 at PhilaMOCA, this revolution will be on stage in full force, as Portland, Oregon’s She Shreds magazine hosts a celebration of musical women in Philadelphia. On the bill are rock stalwarts Swearin’ and Amanda X, punk heavies Mannequin Pussy, and power poppers Anomie (a solo project of Field Mouse’s Rachel Browne), along with DJ sounds by DJ SAD 13 (Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz). [Girls Rock Philly band Jane Doe was scheduled but unfortunately had to drop out.]
It’s an event that will highlight a Philadelphia scene that excels in its acceptance, support, and diversity, one that can be held up as a model for the musical landscape at large. Continue reading →
Last Thursday Scottish punk masters The Vaselines captivated a sold out Johnny Brenda’s. Scorching through a 22-song set, they were a brilliant act to behold. And with Philly-based Amanda X opening, it was a perfect night of rock, both old and new.
Led by the charming duo of Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, The Vaselines were entertaining in both song and banter. Their works immortalized by Nirvana — “Son of a Gun,” “Molly’s Lips” and “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam” — were riveting, with “Jesus” having a seeming air of nuanced poignancy. (And despite a seemingly out-of-place request by the audience of a Nirvana cover, they even played a brief riff from “Come as You Are.”) Continue reading →
Philly power trio Amanda X just kicked off a sweet U.S. tour opening for Scottish indie pop legends The Vaselines, and the show comes to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Which is perfect timing for the release of the band’s Space Jam Session. The two cats of the band – Cat Park, she of the pink hair and electric guitar, and Kat bean, she of the grey skully and bass – took a seat on the big ol’ red couch to rock out a plugged-in, stripped-down rendition of “Nothing Wild” from their 2014 debut Amnesia. On the one hand, it does feel airy and intimate in this context – on the other, it’s still got a lot of bite, even with drummer Tiff Yoon sitting this session out. Check it out below, and get tickets and more information on tonight’s show at JBs at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Scottish outfit The Vaselines visit Johnny Brenda’s with Amanda X tonight. The indie pop veterans first released material in 1987 on an EP called Son of a Gun. Seven more efforts followed, culminating in last year’s V for Vaselines LP which was partially a nod by The Vaselines to the sound of the Ramones. Tourmates Amanda X kept busy last year with shows near and far while recording a new 7″. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here; watch The Vaselines’ video for “High Tide Low Tide” below.
Our friends at NYCTaper recently threw a party at the CMJ music conference in New York City. Their unofficial showcase was at the Cake Shop and featured one of Philly’s best bands, Amanda X. This year saw the release of Amanda X’s Amnesia on Siltbreeze Records. The record was recorded by Jeff Zeigler at his studio Uniform Recordings and is a confident rock and roll record from start to finish. Continue reading →
If you’ve been following the pages and website Rolling Stone as of late, you might have noticed that local Philly artists have made quite a few appearances in the iconic rock magazine’s coverage, particularly from the city’s DIY scene. Here are a few we noticed in the past month. Continue reading →
The first track off of Amanda X‘s latest album, Amnesia, now has a cool new video to accompany it. The song is called “Guatemala,” and the video features a first person point of view of the band’s experiences road tripping, giving the listener a feel for what life is like on tour. Continue reading →