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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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Support the Attic Youth Center with Colleen Green, Mannequin Pussy, and Coping Skills this April

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com
Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com

On Thursday, April 13th, LA songwriter Colleen Green and Philly’s Mannequin Pussy and Coping Skills will play a benefit show at Everybody Hits. The gig will benefit the Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia’s only independent LGBTQ youth center. With Green performing full band and this being Mannequin Pussy’s last Philly show until the fall, it’s an event that’s not to be missed. For tickets and more information, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Mannequin Pussy bring Romantic tracks to Audiotree, talk favorite Philly bands and karaoke

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com
Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com

While on tour earlier this month in support of last year’s Romantic LP, local punk outfit Mannequin Pussy stopped by the Chicago studios of Audiotree to record a live session of songs and conversation. Now back home, the quartet joins Abi Reimold, King Azaz, and Carcara at Johnny Brenda’s tonight for a show benefiting the Trevor Project.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mannequin Pussy at Everybody Hits, Soraia at The TLA, Steady Hands at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Mannequin Pussy | photo by Sam Rudich | courtesy of the band

Digging last week’s Key Studio Session with Mannequin Pussy? Catch the local outfit at Everybody Hits tonight to welcome them home from a long tour and celebrate the release of their stellar new LP Romantic. More information for the all-ages show with Spirit of the Beehive and Beth Israel can be found here. Stream the Key Session here and listen to “Emotional High” below. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Mannequin Pussy

It’s certainly not inaccurate to call Philly’s Mannequin Pussy a punk band. We’ve described them that way quite a bit, and given the revved up guitars, vocal howls and minute-and-a-half songs that make this year’s Romantic such a gripping listen, it’s not entirely inaccurate. But sometimes “punk” can be a limiting bit of jargon, especially when used in the more puritanical sense — the definition that eschews ambitious production, or nuanced songwriting, or any kind of artistic complexity.

And complexity, no doubt, is compelling. It can be the dynamic tide of the album’s title track, or the interspersing of acoustic arrangements amid the fray. It can be frontwoman Marisa Dabice’s bold vocals that are as much of an emotional gut-punch on the tender melodies as they are on the visceral snarls. So in that regard, I would say that Mannequin Pussy are absolutely not punk, and all the better for it. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Tiny Engines bring the good will with “Pay-What-You-Will” catalog for charity

In light of Tuesday’s election results, North Carolina-based indie label Tiny Engines has become the latest in a line of musical entities to put their wares up for charity. Starting this week, their entire catalog, which includes standout Philly acts like Mannequin Pussy, Cayetana, and Little Big League, will be available under the “Pay-What-You-Will” format with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood and Southern Poverty Law Center. Continue reading →

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Nothing Is Exclusive: Exploring the double-identity of Philly punks Mannequin Pussy and their new LP Romantic

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist
Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

“You don’t need to feel tied to one sonic identity.” Those words, spoken by Mannequin Pussy vocalist and guitarist Marisa Dabice, echo what seems to be the central tenet of her band. “You don’t need to be one thing in order to be easily defined.”

The Philadelphia-based four-piece, which started as a duo of friends Dabice and guitarist Thanasi Paul in the early 2010s, releases its sophomore album Romantic today. Following the punk stomp of Gypsy Pervert (GP for short) — which was initially released in 2013 and re-released to greater distribution a year later — Romantic bears the fruit of its members’ expansive musical ethos. Continue reading →

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Mannequin Pussy keeps it short and occasionally sweet with Romantic

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist
Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

You wouldn’t expect an aggressive punk band like Mannequin Pussy to be romantic, and you especially wouldn’t believe it was the title of their new album, but you better star believing. Romantic is the follow-up to 2014’s Gypsy Pervert, and it’s a bold step forward for the Philadelphia DIY scene faves.

One of the first things you’ll notice about Romantic is how much they’ve upped the production value. Too often, punk bands stubbornly release lo-fi record after record under the false banner of authenticity, but what’s more authentic than hearing the instruments the way you’re supposed to? Is it corporate to have a massive, pummeling rhythm section? Is having a spacier, more balanced mix selling out? Of course not, and thankfully, Mannequin Pussy realize this without sacrificing their razor-sharp edge. Continue reading →

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Listen to Mannequin Pussy’s jaw-dropping “Romantic” via NPR Music

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Mannequin Pussy | photo by Sam Rudich | courtesy of the band

On the heels of last month’s “Emotional High” single, local outfit Mannequin Pussy have shared another new track from their forthcoming sophomore LP. Posted on NPR’s Songs We Love feature, “Romantic” comes crashing through the gates in a deluge of guitars and drums before dropping down to a jarringly softer verse led by singer / guitarist Marisa Dabice’s superbly expressive vocals.

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