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After the storm, Waxahatchee debuts Out Of The Storm at Union Transfer

Waxahatchee | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

On Friday night, after an immense storm descended upon Philadelphia, a tour for the ages opened up on Spring Garden street.

Waxahatchee sent their fourth album, Out In The Storm, out into the world, and, both live and on the record, itʼs very simply Katie Crutchfield at her best. Earlier in the day, she played a short set at XPN’s Free at Noon concert, and both performances were raw, and emotive, pulling us deep into her own experiences and machinations, ones that many of us can relate amply to.

Songs like “Recite Remorse,” the live setʼs opener, and “Sparks Fly,” a deeper cut on the record, beg to be sang angrily in the car with the windows down, and before too long, theyʼll be sung back at Crutchfield at live shows too. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mitski at Union Transfer, Cayetana at Skid Row Garage & more

Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist
Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Indie rock goddess Mitski returns to Philadelphia tonight in another round of touring to support her latest album Puberty 2The singer-songwriter has made her way through several local venues from our own World Cafe to First Unitarian Church to PhilaMOCA and more, and this time around she has graduated to headlining Union Transfer. Mitski’s cutting lyrics and powerful voice driven by electric guitar makes for an intimate live performance in both the quiet moments and in the loud no matter the size of the venue. The night will also be a hometown show for Philly-based opener Half Waif who will be on the road with Mitski for the duration of the tour. For more information on the sold out show, click here. Continue reading →

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Scenes from Cayetana’s New Kind of Normal album release celebration

Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | <a href="http://racheldelsordophotography.com" target="_blank">racheldelsordophotography.com</a>
Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philadelphia DIY trio Cayetana released their second LP, New Kind of Normalthe XPN Concert Calendar, and celebrated it earlier this month with a big release day throwdown in the basement of the First Unitarian Church. On the bill was Katie Ellen, the new four-piece fronted by Anika Pyle (formerly of Chumped), as well as Shannen Moser (who just joined the roster of Lame-O Records) and Aster More. With flowers and banners decked around the room and everybody on the bill bringing their A-game, it was a wonderful night of music, friendship and community. Check out scenes from the show below, care of our photographer Rachel Del Sordo; Cayetana’s next area dates are at Chameleon Club’s Lizard Lounge on July 8th with Camp Cope and Union Transfer with Waxahatchee on July 14th. More information on both shows can be found at . Continue reading →

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Never Stop Growing: The story behind Cayetana’s New Kind of Normal album art

Cayetana’s New Kind of Normal | cover photo by Jess Flynn | jflynnphoto.com

The cover photograph on Cayetana‘s New Kind of Normal depicts frontwoman Augusta Koch’s mother, Catherine Koch, jumping on a bed in her apartment. Eye-catching and full of joy, the image — taken by Philadelphia photographer Jess Flynn — holds a special significance to the band, who this year challenged themselves by launching their own label, Plum Records, to independently release their sophomore LP. In her own words, Augusta explains the significance of the picture, and its story behind it echoes the story of their album, which is out today.

My parents were married and lived in Germany for a long time. They were the age I am now, and there’s this awesome photo that I’ve seen my whole life of my mom jumping on a bed. My dad had taken it. Since then, my dad had passed away and my mom is obviously a lot older. But I really wanted to recreate that photo. We talked about using it a long time ago for a 7”, but it was such an old shitty print that it couldn’t have been blown up. And we were thinking about the name of the album, New Kind of Normal, and it seemed like a perfect photo: an older woman who’s still growing. Continue reading →

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Soft Sounds: Froth LIVE, new LCD Soundsystem, Japanese Breakfast & Perfume Genius on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Froth | Photo by Jeff Fribourg, courtesy of the artist

Each week, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is allotted a mere two hours to fill your brain with new and exciting sounds. While that might seem like a short amount of time, a lot is accomplished in that span. For example, on tonight’s show (starting at 11pm ET on WXPN, shortly after Making Time RADio with Dave P), we’ll hear a new studio session, the grand return of a beloved band, and a few spotlights on newly released albums. First up, the live session: Los Angeles dream poppers Froth recently came through our studio to perform songs from their new album, Outside (briefly). If you dig walls of guitars mixed with ear-popping melodies, don’t miss this live set. Perhaps the biggest news in the music world is the resurrection of LCD Soundsystem. We’ll hear both sides of their comeback single in the mix tonight. And what would an IRHP be without an Album Spotlight or three? So much new stuff came out this week, we’ll dig into new records by Perfume Genius, Cayetana and The Black Lips in the second hour of tonight’s show. Preview a few of the new things below…

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The Key Presents: Cayetana

Cayetana | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Cayetana are done messing around. Not like they ever were from the very start, but with tracks titled things like “Serious Things Are Stupid” and “Hot Dad Calendar,” it might be easy to lose sight of the depth that the band packs into every ounce of songwriting. With this week’s release of sophomore record New Kind of Normal, things are coming into sharper focus for the band members. But it’s not only due to the the release of a new album– the band also had to dig deep and launch a new record label. They’re all carrying a lot of weight, and wearing it well.

With the new record wrapped up and all but out the door, you’d think they’d all want to take a hard-earned vacation before having to gear up for album promotion and the touring circuit. When we met with them a couple weeks ago for a Facebook Live stream, they seemed totally calm, cool and collected, casually enjoying a nice morning on their South Philly roof deck. It’s a good reminder that they’re taking everything in stride — really living the dream. Working hard, but having fun too, when it comes. This is The Key Presents: Cayetana. Continue reading →

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Cayetana take control with New Kind of Normal and Plum Records

Cayetana | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist
Cayetana | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

The concept of Plum Records came in a dream. Well, the name of it did at least. The idea of putting out music themselves was something Cayetana had toyed with for a while. And it wasn’t a decision they made without lots of consideration.

“I think the decision mostly was born out of the idea that we wanted as much control over the timing of the record and how it was rolled out,” drummer Kelly Olsen says. “Because, you know, we have a lot of friends in bands who have done a lot of different things and worked with a lot of different labels. Through talking with people, we kind of realized that to have as much control over how the whole thing happens and how it rolls out, to have control over our own product and music and creativity, we decided that doing it ourselves made the most sense. And it’s been working out really well. We’ve been enjoying it.”

And from that, Plum Records was official, and would be the imprint for Cayetana’s new album, New Kind of Normal. It’s a fitting name for the circumstances around putting this album out. Learning how to run a record label is pretty tough, to put it lightly. There were a lot of things that they weren’t aware of or didn’t know how to do, but they learned by doing, and now are starting to feel comfortable with it. Continue reading →

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Stream Cayetana’s jam-packed and resilient LP, New Kind of Normal

Cayetana | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist
Cayetana | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

Well, friends — the day has finally arrived. Philly’s favorite punk trio has gifted your patient waiting by dropping an early online stream of their new record, New Kind of Normal, over at Hype Machine. And gosh dang, what a gift this is.

Cayetana’s new album does not disappoint in the slightest, as the record’s twelve songs weave a beautifully powerful rollercoaster narrative where the band faces adversity and personal struggle with a resilient roundhouse kick to the face. Continue reading →