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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kississippi at Everybody Hits, EIGHT at PhilaMOCA, Maitland at The Pharmacy, and more

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

Philly fave Kississippi brings dreamy indie-pop to Everybody Hits tonight. Fresh off a tour supporting Young and Heartless, tonight’s show will kick off Kississippi’s headlining tour with Fern Mayo. Don’t miss Zoe Reynolds’ folky vocals layered with shoegazey, bedroom pop vibes before they set out. More info can be found here; watch Kississippi wow the crowd with their performance of “Indigo” at last year’s XPoNential Fest below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Kississippi play a bright and bold new song, “Once Good,” at Daytrotter

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

Philly dreampop outfit Kississippi kicked off a February solo tour with Young and Heartless last night in Lancaster; in March, they’re going out on their own full band headlining run. And based on this recent set of recordings from the Daytrotter vaults, frontwoman Zoë Allaire Reynolds and her four bandmates have a bright and bold setlist in store.

Where the band’s wonderful 2015 EP We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed leaned mellow and melancholic, the new song “Once Good” — which Kississippi debuted in its Daytrotter session — steps into a newly energized realm, placing Reynolds’ contemplative songwriting in a world of racing rhythms and soaring guitars. 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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The Dudes Abide: The Districts shine at Johnny Brenda’s residency

The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Well, well, well. If the gosh darn boys aren’t back in town. After what felt like almost whole year, our hometown heroes The Districts returned to a Philadelphia stage for three proper headlining shows at Johnny Brenda’s. And while 2016 wasn’t necessarily a quiet year for them — touring with both Modest Mouse and Dr. Dog is nothing to sneeze at — it definitely felt like a bit of a building year for a band that otherwise seems to have unlimited amounts of energy. It makes sense, with hints of LP3 trickling out at shows, and word coming that the band spent almost a month in LA over the summer, demoing and recording new material. But as summer faded, and the memories of The Districts’ slamming XPNFest set weren’t keeping my heart as warm as they once had, this three-night stand at JB’s came just in the nick of time. Continue reading →

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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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Kississippi share new demo track “who said it first” ahead of tour

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Kississippi | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

XPN Fest alums Kississippi released one of our favorite records last year with We Have No Future, We’re All Doomedan up-close-and-personal collection of songs that don’t just tug at heartstrings, they rip them apart. With anticipation for new material high, singer-songwriter Zoë Allaire Reynolds has now shared a snippet of a new demo over Bandcamp called “who said it first.” The sub-minute track has a simple, looping feeling as layers of guitar and synth float along with Reynold’s hypnotic, almost whispered vocals.

Kississippi head out on tour with Slingshot Dakota early next month, but you can catch them at Bourbon & Branch on September 21st or Everybody Hits on October 9th. Stream “who said it first” below.

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Slingshot Dakota and Kississippi announce fall tour, including one local stop

Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

What a DIY dream. Longtime favorite of The Key Slingshot Dakota and recent XPoNential Festival artist Kississippi have teamed up for an awesome fall tour that’s a testament to doing things on your own terms, not accepting the status quo of the business, and, of course, playing kick ass music. They’ll bring the house down on October 9th at the lovable batting-cages-turned-show-space Everybody Hits with a opening performances by a solo Kiley Lotz of Petal and Fake Boyfriend. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Kississippi conquers the Marina Stage to open day two

photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com
photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

“Philadelphia gobbles up the stars / a thousand miles from where you are / if my arms were long enough I’d reach that far,” Zoë Allaire Reynolds crooned during “Googly Eyes,” the first song of Kississippi‘s opening set on day two of XPoNential Festival. On the Jerseyarts.com Marina Stage as the afternoon sun shined above, Reynolds and company painted an achingly relatable picture with their music and lyricism. Hailing from across the bridge, the four-piece has a striking live blend of deep riffs, shoegaze elements and no shortage of palpable emotion. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Preview: Kississippi on the art of the sad song

Kississippi at Key Fest | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN
Kississippi at Key Fest | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Trying to unlock the secret of a sad song is harder than it looks. Zoë Allaire Reynolds still hasn’t figured it out – and she writes them.

“Being sad, I guess,” the Kississippi frontwoman offers as a possibility with a chuckle. Reynolds has just gotten her hair done. She’s thinks she might want to do something drastic to it in the future, but for now just a trim. For someone who so adequately spells out moments of distress, she’s bright and chipper.

Her band’s latest EP We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed is full of murmuring heart ache. Released last November, the six song collection was written during a time of transition: Reynolds unsure if she wanted to continue her education in graphic design. So she wrote songs instead. Glittering and somber guitar lines lift Reynolds’ sweetly despondent vocals throughout. “I’m not sure where I fucked up / I’m not sure if I don’t talk enough / Should have known that you don’t like to be touched / Should have known that you don’t like to be touched” she sings over light coos on closer “Greyhound.” Reminiscent of the Bay Area’s Big Tree and Athens, Ga.’s Mothers, Kississippi has the ability to wound your soul without getting bogged down by sadness. Continue reading →