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Screaming Females, Cayetana, Amanda X are playing a Planned Parenthood benefit at PhilaMOCA

Screaming Females | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Screaming Females | Photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN | rachelbarrish.com

Right-on show announcement of the morning: Philly power trio Cayetana, after a sick sold-out headlining gig at PhilaMOCA on Saturday night, will return to the venue on Friday, March 18th on the lineup of a just-announced benefit gig for Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA.

Joining them are the always-asskicking Screaming Females, along with fierce punk rock impressionists Amanda X, and Philly’s Dark Thoughts and Littler, who warmed our snowbound souls the other weekend with the new single “Slippery.”  Continue reading →

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Embracing Things as They Are: Craig Scheihing takes a universal approach to filmmaking

 

Craig Scheihing | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Craig Scheihing | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Craig Scheihing is a visual artist, filmmaker, and photographer who is an integral part of the Philadelphia DIY music scene. About three years ago, Craig began working out of a personal studio at Big Mama’s, an art space in Philly that is absolutely bursting with young talent.

After a year of working in the space, Craig created Big Mama’s Cinematheque, which he says “grew out of a desire to create an accessible DIY space for film and video artists to share their work, help cultivate a new generation of filmmakers through a workshop initiative, and share the tools and resources I’d amassed through my own work.”

With his obviously gifted eye, a DIY mentality, and a connection to many young bands, Craig has produced music videos, album artwork, and, most recently, adapted films to project alongside bands as they perform live. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Neon Indian at Union Transfer, Leon Russell at World Cafe Live at the Queen and Amanda X at Johnny Brenda’s

Neon Indian | Photo by Ben Rayner
Neon Indian | Photo by Ben Rayner

Alan Palomo, better known as Neon Indian, broke out back in 2011 with his 2nd LP, Era Extraña but has now fully solidified himself as one of the premiere chillwave/synthpop artists going with this years critically-acclaimed VEGA INTL. Night School. Paloma will bring these danceable new tracks to Union Transfer tonight with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. For more details on the show or to score tickets head to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to Amanda X’s new “Quilted,” see them at Johnny Brenda’s

Amanda X | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Amanda X | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Starting next month, Philly punk trio Amanda X will head out on tour with Detroit rockers Protomartyr, including a stop at Johnny Brenda’s to rock out for the home crowd. In anticipation of the tour, the band is releasing a two-song EP on Tuesday, September 22. We heard the a-side, “Juniper,” a couple weeks ago; today, the band released “Quilted.”

The track shows off Amanda X’s skill by underlying their anthemic vocals with driving drums and smooth guitar riffs. Continue reading →

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Spirit of the Beehive and Amanda X return from tour for a gritty gig with Pile and Big Ups

Pile | Photos by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Pile | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Four young and talented post-punk bands brought their peculiar musical stylings to First Unitarian Church on Wednesday. This show marked the first stop of tour for Boston’s Pile and New York’s Big Ups, and served as a solid homecoming for Amanda X and Spirit of the Beehive, who recently returned home from a month-long tour across the US. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Howlish at Boot & Saddle, Spirit of the Beehive and Amanda X at First Unitarian Church, Dengue Fever at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Howlish
Howlish | photo by Jackie Papanier

After premiering “Black Ice” with us last week, Howlish bring their new music to Boot & Saddle tonight. The local indie rockers will release ()uter later this fall via Sniffling Indie Kids, following up last year’s Open Bones EP debut with a new collection of atmoshperic songs. Check out “Black Ice” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ with A Valley Son and Owl and Wolf here.

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Kat of Amanda X and Marisa of Mannequin Pussy cover Sheryl Crow’s “Every Day Is A Winding Road”

Marisa, left, and Kat make up Reagan | Photo courtesy of the artist
Marisa, left, and Kat make up Reagan | Photo courtesy of the artist

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 →

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Breaking Down the Boys’ Club: Why PhilaMOCA’s She Shreds showcase is so necessary

Marisa Dabice of Mannequin Pussy performs at Hazzard Hall | Photo by John Vettese
Marisa Dabice of Mannequin Pussy performs at Hazzard Hall | Photo by John Vettese

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 →

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A scorching double-bill from The Vaselines and Amanda X at Johnny Brenda’s

The Vaselines | Photo by Chris Sikich | <a href=http://countfeed.tumblr.com target="_blank">countfeed.tumblr.com</a>
The Vaselines | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

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 →