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Skate Jawn benefit comp feat. live recordings from Curtis Cooper, AllegrA, and Doggo

Curtis Cooper | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN
Curtis Cooper | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Over the summer, West Philly’s Grays Ferry Skatepark was once again transformed into the DIY tune-fest: the Skate JawnWhile raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the jawn boasted a rad local lineup including Abi Reimold, Stippling, Doggo, AllegrACurtis Cooper, and Coping Skills.

Now, with the help of the new local non-profit media collective, Dissenter Works, the gig’s philanthropic good-naturedness is being resurrected by ways of a benefit compilation of a few live recordings from the night. Continue reading →

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Home Outgrown Presents: Some Shows, a 3-day DIY fest next week

Three Man Cannon | Photo by Jessica Flynn

Home Outgrown Presents is a Philly DIY promotions group that books some pretty spicy shows. Their latest concoction? A three-day festival packed to the brim with beautifully crunchy basement tunes.

Honestly and descriptively dubbed as “Some Shows: A Fest We Didn’t Know What to Name,” the three-day event gets even better when you take in the stellar fourteen-artist lineup. Three Man Cannon, The Superweaks, and Curtis Cooper headline each night, while Coping Skills, Caracara, Grayling, Major Pursuit and more fill out the bill. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Three Man Cannon at Boot and Saddle, Kississippi at Chameleon Club, Cuddle Magic at World Cafe Live and more

Three Man Cannon
Three Man Cannon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Lame-O Record’s annual residency at Boot and Saddle ends with a bang, leaving with a headlining set by Three Man Cannon. Their relaxed indie rock is quintessential to Lame-O’s roster, and Katie Ellen and The Afterglows as support makes this a stacked local bill not to be missed. The gig is 21+, and all proceeds will be donated to the Philly ACLU; more information and tickets can be found here. Continue reading →

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Alex G, Abi Reimold and more lined up for Philly Underground Fest at Villanova

Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

As an end-of-semester-send off, Villanova University’s student-run radio station WXVU and the Campus Activities Team have announced the line-up for their Philly Underground Music Festival. Open to all ID-carrying college students in the Philadelphia area, the December 8th event will take place on Villanova’s campus and feature a solo headlining slot by Alex G, supported by Weekender, Abi Reimold, and Curtis Cooper.

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Local bands team up for holiday benefit show at Everybody Hits

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Grayling | photo by Kim Woodcock | courtesy of the artist

This holiday season will bring together several local musicians for a good cause. The Holiday Benefit Show at Everybody Hits, which features emo/pop artist Grayling, fun punk duo Coping Skills, folk/punk songwriter Curtis Cooper (with a full band), and Zoe Allaire of DIY darlings Kississippi on the bill, will take place at Girard Avenue space on Wednesday, December 28th with proceeds going to Punk Talks.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Curtis Cooper

Philadelphia’s Curtis Cooper laughs when asked about his the next shows he’s playing in town. He quickly rattles off some playful names of places that sound semi-familiar — All Night Diner, Overlook Hotel — then clarifies: “they’re all basements. All house shows.”

It’s true: Cooper has hit the DIY scene hard lately, particularly since the March release of his debut LP Laughing In Line. And it suits him well, between his explosive energy as a performer, his fuzzed-out guitar tones and his skateboarder’s demeanor, mellowed out and amped up all at the same time.

He’s a punk rock dude at heart, make no mistake. But there’s more to him than punk. His songwriting betrays a fondness for The Beatles and their descendants (Elliott Smith in particular) and if you see him with an acoustic guitar and no other accompaniment (check his Random Tea Session), he’s directly in singer-songwriter / busker / Avett Brothers territory. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Curtis Cooper delivers an emotionally-charged music video for “2016”

Curtis Cooper | photo by Michelle Goodwin | courtesy of the artist
Curtis Cooper | photo by Michelle Goodwin | courtesy of the artist

Stripped down and strikingly human, Philadelphia singer-songwriter Curtis Cooper recounts the tragedies of the past year in his latest music video for “2016.” The simple, darkened bedroom setup features Cooper at its center, electric guitar in hand and pedals at his feet. His face and shirtless body cast in shadows bear witness to his absolute vulnerability in this moment. The lyric “everyday I feel alive / until I breathe,” echoes throughout most of the five minute piece, becoming layered atop other lines and eventually distorted to an incoherent, reduced speed moan that fades out the track. Continue reading →

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Curtis Cooper sinks into the basement in new video for “Arrest”

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Curtis Cooper | photo by Abi Reimold | abigailtownsend.com | courtesy of the artist

Folk-punk singer-songwriter Curtis Cooper has shared the music video for “Arrest” from his first solo album Laughing In Line.

Cooper, who also fronts the Philly punk band Community Service, released Laughing In Line back in March. The video for “Arrest” matches the song’s psychedelic bounce as Cooper loses control and looks to escape a dark basement as his eyes flash shades of purple. Continue reading →

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Watch singer-songwriter Curtis Cooper rock out performing “Side” in a South Philly basement

Curtis Cooper performing "Side"
Curtis Cooper performing “Side”

Singer-songwriter Curtis Cooper is developing quite the partnership with the folks over at Random Tea Sessions. Cooper already recorded a full-blown session outdoors in University City back in January, and now he’s released a new video of him performing his track “Side,” shot by RTS videographer Michelle Goodwin in a South Philly basement.

Like many of Cooper’s songs, “Side” is tough to totally categorize. At times, it sounds like fairly standard folk, beginning with a soulful vocal line as Cooper quietly strums his guitar. But as the song builds to its climax, Cooper ups his energy with a series of grainy, almost growling vocal deliveries as his song tiptoes into punk territory. Continue reading →