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Ten years since their debut, The Loved Ones are still very much loved

Dave Hause | The Loved Ones | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com
Dave Hause | The Loved Ones | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com

It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade since the release of Keep Your Heart, the full-length debut from Philly’s favorite punks The Loved Ones, but Saturday night found us celebrating its birth at a very sold out Union Transfer. Staying in tune with both the band name and album title, the evening was filled with musical reunion, emotional validation and physical purgation. It was over in the blink of an eye and bitter-sweetly, it’s not going to happen again anytime soon. Continue reading →

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Tune In for Hemming’s Shaking Through Studio Session this weekend

Hemming | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Hemming | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

This weekend, on February 6th and 7th, Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series will be livestreaming their new studio session with Philly singer-songwriter Hemming, a.k.a. Candice Martello.

Martello will be joined by members of Cayetana and Three Man Cannon as her backing band to perform a song from her self-titled album that came out last year. The session will be done at Miner Street Recording. For folks who are used to seeing Martello play solo with her electric guitar, this will be a unique experience of seeing her work with a band. Continue reading →

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

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

UPDATE: The show has been moved to the First Unitarian Church due to popular demand.

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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The High Key Portrait Series: Cayetana

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Cayetana | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com

High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.

Philly’s been known over the years for jazz, having been home to heavyweights like Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Jimmy Smith, Billie and of course, Philly Joe Jones. We’ve been known for hip hop, most widely recognized for the Roots and Fresh Prince, Freeway or Beanie, but with roots deep into the heady days of the conception of the genre reaching all the way back to Lady B’s “To The Beat Y’all” and Schoolly D’s seminal gangsta rap cut, “PSK, What Does It Mean?” We’re known in the national musical consciousness for that golden era of the 70’s, Hall & Oates, The O’Jays, Billy Paul, and Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia Soul.

When it comes to indie rock and punk, though, Philly has been somewhat outshined in decades past by the likes of Sub Pop’s Seattle or, say, “college rock” benchmarks out of Athens and Austin.

But an indie rock scene has been simmering here for years, from Shai Halperin’s unheralded aughts bands The Capitol Years through better-recognized successors, Kurt Vile and his War On Drugs. These days, original, talented, fresh-sounding, local rock bands are dutifully packing our favorite bars and show spaces in billed shifts on any given weeknight, making noise in every neighborhood.

Enter Cayetana, perhaps the most polite and respectful rock band you’ll ever meet. Maybe they look familiar, where a recent Stereogum article cast them as the poster children of Philly’s DIY scene.

But if singer and guitarist Augusta Koch, bassist Allegra Anka and drummer Kelly Olsen could ever appear to you to be some sort of archetypal group, you’ll find it challenging to compare their sound to any other. Their brand is unique, self-conscious punk with substantive, introspective lyrics packaged behind killer hooks.

And good news for us: they’re honing their stagecraft locally these days, on a break from touring to work on their second LP, with a new EP just out to whet your appetites. Catch them at PhilaMOCA this Saturday for a 7″ release show and, again at Union Transfer in February when they open for The Loves Ones’ sold-out reunion show. And, well, RIP Golden Tea House.

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Watch Cayetana’s big and bright “Freedom 1313” video

Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

We’re one week away from Cayetana‘s Tried Eyes single release party at PhilaMOCA, and we are getting super excited. Firstly because the new song, “Freedom 1313,” is incredible. Second because the b-side is the band’s terrific cover of the New Order classic “Age Of Consent.” Third, because there’s a new video for “Freedom 1313” by filmmaker Adam Peditto and it looks fantastic. Continue reading →

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Stop what you’re doing and listen to the new Cayetana 7″

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Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger for WXPN

Well this made our afternoon even better: Philly power trio Cayetana is streaming its new Tired Eyes7″ over at Brooklyn Vegan. The a-side is a hammering ode to staying true to your dreams, societal pressures be damned – “doing what you love won’t make you money / doing what you hate will make you cold / let me be forever hungry / if it’s up to me, I will” – and side B is a totally sick cover of New Order’s “Age Of Consent” that we saw the band do at Golden Tea House about a year ago. Continue reading →

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Philadelphia Takes over Florida’s The FEST…again

themenzingersIt seems that everyone is catching onto the fact that Philadelphia’s music scene is not something to overlook. Even though it takes place in Gainesville, Florida, The FEST seems to be overrun with artists from our city. Last year, we talked to a bunch of local artists about why that is, then took a trip down to Gainesville to experience it for ourselves. This year’s lineup was recently announced, and Philly once again represented heavily in the lineup of over 330, we rounded up a list of must-see locals making the trip to FEST. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Philadelphia, Church Girls and more…

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Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

This week on World Cafe, host David Dye focused on our own town with Sense of Place: Philadelphia. We heard interviews with The Roots and The Districts, listened to a lot of local music and maybe were even introduced to some new bands. Check out a collection of downloads from the series here (including live tracks from Cayetana) and listen back to the special program here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Johnny Showcase at Boot & Saddle, Cayetana at Millworks, Christopher Davis-Shannon at Sundrop Music Fest and more…

Johnny Showcase
Johnny Showcase | photo courtesy of the artist

Johnny Showcase and his “absurdist soul” band The Mystic Ticket take over Boot & Saddle tonight. The band is prepping for the release of their new record The Octopus, which will put the steamy, colorful vibes of their live show on vinyl. Check out the title track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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