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Declare independence with an All-American PUNK Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Dead Kennedys | Photo via MTV

Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade celebrates the most American art form, PUNK! We’ll hear a nonstop blitz of punk junk, new and old, from all across this great nation of ours. From garage-punk to riot grrrl to noise-punk and hardcore, tonight’s show is sure to get your blood pumping. Be on the lookout for brand new tracks from Summer Cannibals, Field Mouse and VHS, and classics from Black Flag, Mission of Burma and Sleater-Kinney! Preview some of the newer ragers below…

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Mitski finds a home in Philadelphia

Mitski | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Mitski | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

 

Last week indie rock heavyweight Mitski came to Philly in a big way, playing three shows in two days. First there was sold out show at Boot and Saddle, followed by an impressive Free at Noon performance at World Cafe Live, ending with another sold out show, this time at PhilaMOCA. It was clear that Philly could not get enough of Mitski, and for good reason. She is currently on tour in support of her new album Puberty 2, her highly anticipated follow up to 2014’s Bury Me at Makeout Creek. Mitski stacked her tour with promising new artists as well. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Mitski mesmerizes before second sold out show

Mitski | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Mitski | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Not only does 24-year-old singer / songwriter / bass player Mitski Miyawaki know how to pack a room — what with a sold out show last night at Boot and Saddle and another tonight at PhilaMOCA — but within that crowded atmosphere, there’s a very intimate quality to her performances. Mitski’s gripping eight-song set at World Cafe Live’s Free At Noon today was both sonically and visually stimulating. Observing Miyawaki’s quiet yet unmistakable confidence on stage, a fan smiling and singing along parallel to another overcome with emotion, and watching those discover Mitski’s music for the first time; each group brought an inherently interesting dynamic to the show that truly made it a spectacle. Continue reading →

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Your Best American Girl: Mitski, clipping. and Teenage Fanclub on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Mitski | Photo by Ebru Yildiz, courtesy of the artist
Mitski | Photo by Ebru Yildiz, courtesy of the artist

Tonight, the Indie Rock Hit Parade returns with a new music-packed show crafted especially for you! Listen at 11pm ET on WXPN (or better yet, just stay tuned after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show that, among other things, will feature a spotlight on the new album from recent Free at Noon guest Mitski! The NY artist just released her new album, Puberty 2, and we’ll hear a few tracks from it on tonight’s IRHP Album Spotlight. Also in the mix, a smattering of new tracks from Angel Olsen, clipping., Teenage Fanclub and oh so much more. Check out a few of those new things below…

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Our Best American Girl: Grown Up Talk with Mitski

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Mitski | photo courtesy of the artist

Mitski Miyawaki understands the sobering realities of growing up more than most people twice her senior. If 2014’s breakthrough album Bury Me at Makeout Creek detailed the bad decisions and existential hangovers that come with first flirtations with freedom, its follow up Puberty 2 dives into how that dread of consequence and uncertainty lingers long into adulthood and beyond, haunting you even in your happiest moments. Or as her press release puts it more bluntly, “Happiness fucks you.” She of course elaborated further on that thesis in our recent chat ahead of two sold out shows in Philly this week. We talked about the new album as well as how she likes to write, perform, and be talked about…

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Mitski’s Puberty 2 is here and it’s incredible and you should listen to the whole thing right now via NPR Music

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Mitski | photo courtesy of the artist

Adolescence is an era of isolation and awkwardness, of loneliness and insecurity. Some people get beyond that as their teenage years progress, and go on to lead well-adjusted lives by conventional standards – the job and the family and the house and the bountiful self-confidence – and yo, good for you if that’s the case in your day-to-day. For what I imagine is the majority, though, that path is little more than a myth and the feelings and circumstances that define adolescence never truly go away. For people like us, there’s Mitski.

The New York based singer-songwriter-badass-rocker makes music that’s powerfully expressive and explosive, that channels a rollercoaster of self-doubt and anxiety into punky poetic jams that are as informed by emo as they are by The Smiths. The very title of her new record, Puberty 2, seems to encapsulate the idea that as nominal adults, we can still be bottle-rockets of emotion, whatever our background and individual baggage might be – and the best way to deal with those feelings is sometimes to just let them run loose.

The record is incredible – for me, it’s the album of 2016 so far, and it will take a hell of a lot for somebody to surpass it in the year’s latter half. I’ve had it in heavy rotation since it showed up at XPN this spring, and I’m excited to report that today, everybody else gets to hear it too – the album streaming in full, via NPR Music’s First Listen.

Despite the introverted subject matter, NPR’s Laura Snapes says Puberty 2 is “anything but meek.” Continue reading →

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Mitski shares Puberty 2 opener “Happy”

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Mitski | photo courtesy of the artist

Mitski continues to unpack complicated emotions in “Happy,” the second single off of her forthcoming Puberty 2 LP. Where lead track “Your Best American Girl” followed the Brooklyn songwriter as she went from trying to be someone she’s not to becoming mostly comfortable with who she really is, “Happy” explores the intoxicating effects of fleeting happiness.

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Contemplate identity and unrequited love in Mitski’s video for “Your Best American Girl”

Mitski | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Mitski | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Mitski has just released the music video for “Your Best American Girl,” the first single off her upcoming record Puberty 2. The song tackles some complicated questions of identity, as Mitski struggles to relate to her “All-American” love interest due to her own Japanese upbringing.

As she sings in the song’s lo-fi chorus (which is reminiscent of her 2014 hit “Townie”), “Your mother wouldn’t approve of how my mother raised me / But I do, I think I do / And you’re an All-American boy / I guess I couldn’t help trying to be your best American girl.”

The video itself captures this failed relationship dynamic perfectly, as Mitski catches the eye of a young, attractive American dude and starts waving at him happily, only to find out that he already has a love interest, a hip white girl who wears a flower crown that she probably picked up at Coachella. When the new couple starts making out in front of her, Mitski finds a new partner to kiss: her hand. Continue reading →

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Mitski announces new album, will play two shows in Philadelphia

Mitski | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Mitski | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

After the success of her 2014 LP Bury Me at Makeout Creek, Mitski signed to Dead Oceans and started work on a follow-up. The just-announced Puberty 2 will be the Brooklyn musician’s fourth LP and comes with an international tour that stops twice in Philly: a 21+ show at Boot & Saddle on June 23rd and an all-ages show at PhilaMOCA on June 24th.

“Your Best American Girl” is the incredibly striking first single from Puberty 2, showcasing Mitski’s cutting insight into the dynamics of relationships and why they sometimes don’t work out.

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