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Mannequin Pussy burn brighter than ever on new album Patience

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Marcus Maddox

Friday morning, rising Philadelphia rock band Mannequin Pussy released Patience, their third full-length album and their most cohesive effort to date. Vocalist and guitarist Marisa Dabice pushes her voice to all its extremes, and the band — with Athanasios Paul on guitar, Colins Rey Regisford on bass, and Kaleen Reading on drums — pushes every song forward with a new urgency.

The band’s previous albums GP and Romantic, both put out by Tiny Engines, feature harsher sounds and drier mixes on spite-filled indie-punk jams that usually lasted two minutes or less. On Patience, their first release on Epitaph, they seem to have deepened their ambitions, with admirable results. Many of these songs — “Drunk II”, “Fear/+/Desire”, “In Love Again” — burn brighter and longer than any of their past work. Mannequin Pussy recorded the new material at Conshohocken’s Studio 4 with local producer and engineer Will Yip, and they achieved warm, thick mixes with guitars and drums spread out wide in stereo space. The band has distilled their tense DIY sound into something steadfast by incorporating elements of grunge and shoegaze, but they have not lost their edge. Continue reading →

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Mannequin Pussy is standing in the gates of their hell in the new “Cream” video

Mannequin Pussy | still from video

The countdown to the release of Mannequin Pussy‘s new album Patience continues, and with just a few days to go the band has shared a new single “Cream.” The video that accompanies the raging song is like a vintage horror film in miniature, starring frontwoman Marisa Dabice. “I was standing in the gates of my hell,” Dabice sings, as the colorful retro funhouse gets creepier and creepier. Continue reading →

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Mannequin Pussy’s hometown headlining show has been upgraded to the Church this September

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Marcus Maddox | courtesy of the artist

It’s been an exciting spring for Philly’s Mannequin Pussy, who will release their new album Patience in just a few short weeks. The band’s hometown record release show isn’t until September, but the scheduled PhilaMOCA gig already sold out four months in advance. Luckily for local fans, Mannequin Pussy has found a bigger venue to celebrate in — they’ll now be playing the First Unitarian Church on September 19. Continue reading →

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Mannequin Pussy is all about self-love and self-empowerment on “Who You Are”

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Marcus Maddox

On the latest teaser from Mannequin Pussy‘s new album Patience, singer-guitarist Marisa Dabice and her bandmates deliver soaring hooks and solid advice in what might be their most pop moment to date — fear not though, punks, as Dabice tells us via Twitter that the badass rock and roll is on the way.

Still, though, let’s not discount the pop stuff, since they’re really freaking good at it. “Who You Are” is melodic and memorable as its hook explores ideas of self-acceptance, self-love, self-empowerment — and how the negative self-image many of us harbor is something that’s pushed on us from the outside. “Who taught you to hate the way you are?” Dabice sings, acknowledging that she’s not immune from that rabbit hole of despair. Continue reading →

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Follow Mannequin Pussy on an emotionally-wrought night out in the new “Drunk II” video

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Marcus Maddox

Mannequin Pussy just announced that Patience, the Philly four-piece’s third full-length and Epitaph Records debut, will be released June 21. The forthcoming album’s lead single “Drunk II” is out now, along with a video directed by singer-guitarist Marisa Dabice.

“Drunk II” is a song about overcoming heartache, and its video explores the feeling of loneliness in a crowd as it follows Dabice on an emotionally wrought night out with her bandmates as she tries to hide the pain she’s feeling under the glittery sheen of the bar. Continue reading →

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New supergroup Rosie Thorne release debut single “Slick”

Rosie Thorne’s Slick

Local supergroup Rosie Thorne recently released their debut single, a pop track suitable for both nightclubs about town and intimate headphone grooving. Comprised of Marisa Dabice (Mannequin Pussy), Max Steen (Cold Fronts, Vexxed), and Zach Sewall (Grave Goods, Vexxed), Rosie Thorne melds their respective influences and backgrounds to create their debut leftfield dance track, “Slick.” Continue reading →

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Jazz Adams, Marisa Dabice, Sadie DuPuis, and Andrea Jacome are Shifting the Gaze at this years Women in Music panel

Old Maybe | photo courtesy of the artist
Old Maybe | photo courtesy of the artist

Shifting the Gaze: Women in Music is back for its third year at Kelly Writers House next Wednesday. An event panel series founded and curated by music writer, photographer, filmmaker, and U Penn senior, Amanda Silberling, Shifting the Gaze was created in order to “explore the intersectional challenges that women and other marginalized people face in the music industry.”

While last year’s installment featured punk icon, Alice Bag, this year’s boasts the four Philly-dwelling rockstars, Jazz AdamsMarisa DapiceSadie Dupuis, and Andrea Jacome, who will lead a conversation discussing these intersectional challenges, and incite dialogue as to how to make our community more inclusive. If you don’t already know about these absolutely kickass ladies, read on to get a feel of just the gist of the many roles these local leaders hold. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Boot & Saddle’s 2018 Peace & Noise benefit shows to feature Cayetana, The Wonder Years, and more

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

Last January, Philly’s favorite music venue Boot & Saddle staged a three-part series of benefit shows featuring some of Philly’s favorite music acts. Good news: it appears that this series, called Peace & Noise, is becoming an annual event, and this time will feature an even more ambitious lineup of local bands. Happening over three Wednesdays in January, the upcoming shows will benefit local charities The Attic Youth Center, Project HOME and Rock to the Future. Continue reading →

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Japanese Breakfast brings home Soft Sounds to a sold-out First Unitarian Church

Japanese Breakfast at the First Unitarian Church | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

It was a triumphant night for Japanese Breakfast at the First Unitarian Church. Not only was it the band’s homecoming show after an extensive US tour and the long-awaited hometown celebration of the release of Soft Sounds From Another Planet, but JBrekkie sold the dang place out. Bandleader Michelle Zauner expressed disbelief at the size and enthusiasm of the crowd, reminiscing on her days as an R5 Productions intern when she was the one mopping the church basement floor after shows. No mopping was in store for Zauner last night, though — after opening sets by fellow locals The Spirit of the Beehive and Mannequin Pussy, Japanese Breakfast took over the church’s iconic stage for a energy-filled hour-long set of favorites off of 2016’s Psychopomp and 2017’s Soft Sounds. Continue reading →

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Heavyhitters Jay Z and J. Cole join Solange, Sampha, Lizzo and more at Made In America 2017

Photo by John Vettese

Christmas comes only once a year? False. See: Made in America announcement day. Philadelphia’s Labor Day party is back for another round, and with the announcement of this year’s lineup, we imagine the entire city is excited.

Headlining performances from Jay Z (obviously), J.Cole and The Chainsmokers top of the list of 50+ artists, with featured performances from Run The Jewels, Solange, Lizzo, SamphaMigos, and a heck of a lot more. The local scene is also well represented, as PNB RockBeach Slang, Mannequin Pussy and Queen of Jeans nab some earlier spots.

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