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Moor Mother Goddess, Hot Tears and Callowhill jangled and crunched at Boot and Saddle

Callowhill | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com
Callowhill | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com

The unusual warmth of Wednesday gave way to waves of music insight at Boot & Saddle. Three Philly artists graced the stage — Callowhill, Hot Tears and Moor Mother Goddess (with the latter joining the bill after Brooklyn-based The Shondes could not make it) — and gifted art to the ears of the midsized and enthusiastic crowd. Continue reading →

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Listen to a new Moor Mother Goddess track called “Zombie Pigs on the Range”

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Moor Mother Goddess | photo by Sasha Burgess

Spark Mag premiered a new track from Moor Mother Goddess called “Zombie Pigs on the Range” this week. Paired with the recording is an interview with MMGZ’s Camae Defstar, the local artist who is also responsible for the recurring ROCKERS music series. No matter the format, everything Defstar does is thought-provoking and visceral. So it’s no surprise that her thoughts on style and and the climate of underground / punk music scenes address issues most of us wouldn’t even think of. Listen to the gritty “Zombie Pigs on the Range” below and read an excerpt from her Spark Mag interview.

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Camae Defstar brings Moor Mother Goddess to Hong Kong Garden

Camae Defstar
Camae Defstar | photo by Sasha Burgess

Camae Defstar is both immovable object and unstoppable force. Whether she’s reassembling interstellar and indigenous radio interference into busted Brainfeeder-via-Tackhead beats as part of her “blk girl blues/witch rap” project Moor Mother Goddess or hosting the monthly ROCKERS! series or leading educational workshops for marginalized women, Defstar’s intensity is pervasive and infectious. Come let MMG destroy and rebuild you at Hong Kong Garden on Sunday, September 13th. More details here. Listen to Occult Scorpio Technologies below.

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Rockers BBQ promotes cultural diversity in Philly this weekend

Shinobi Ninja performs a Rockers! show at Kung Fu Necktie last summer | Photo by Geoff Hall | via facebook.com/thegoodfolksatrockers
Shinobi Ninja performs a Rockers! show at Kung Fu Necktie last summer | Photo by Geoff Hall | via facebook.com/thegoodfolksatrockers

Many events strive to be diverse. Few are as deeply committed to the cause as the people behind Rockers!.

A long-running monthly series in Philadelphia that promotes cultural diversity, the Rockers! shows are mix of genres, ethnicities, and even mediums. Spoken word events and workshops occur often—it’s not strictly music. The event series grew out of a desire to see more bands of color playing punk shows. Continue reading →

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Get hype for the fourth Phreak N Queer Festival, kicking off at PhilaMOCA on 7/31

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

The annual Phreak ‘N Queer Arts and Music Festival will be returning July 31st to August 3rd. The festival, now in its fourth year, serves to highlight art, music and culture in the LGBT community.  Events range from visual art to burlesque to poetry and, of course, a variety of concerts. In order to get a sense of the show, you can listen to the killer mixtape  by Homoground here. Below, get more details about some of the local highlights from the opening night.

First, there’s the impressive duo Vita and the Woolf. Vita recently played a stellar solo show this week, to much praise. The group just released their first single, “Mary” and it’s a thrilling, art-pop anthem. Jennifer Pague’s powerful vocals, similar to Florence Welch, are enchanting. Their EP, Fang Song will be out September 20th. Listen to “Mary” below.

Another powerful female artist is Camae Defstar of the hiphop rebels The Mighty Paradocs, performing under her solo project as Moor Mother Goddess. Continue reading →

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Watch Moor Mother Goddess’ spooky new music video for “Of Blood”

Screen shot 2013-09-17 at 4.58.38 PMCamae Defstar is a long-active Philly musician who is one of the lively hiphop punk rebels in The Mighty Paradocs. As a solo artist, her work strikes very different moods: ominous, sometimes unsettling and utterly captivating. She began releasing music under the name Moor Mother Goddess on Soundcloud about a year ago – the Alpha Serpentis EP is a good starting point – and the tracks are tagged things like “space soul” “dark rap” and “ghost funk,” to give you a sense of vibe.

The new music video for “Of Blood” ups the ante; directed by Delio DeMille, it places Defstar in spooky abandoned surroundings – one shot looks like a shuttered school hallway, another looks like an old chapel, another still looks like a decrepit prison cellblock, and it’s quite possible the entire thing is set at Eastern State Penitentary. But even if it isn’t that location, it has that vibe, with Deftar’s mouth moving along to her wild pitch-adjusted / layered-and-staggered vocals and smearing red paint (at least I hope that’s paint, ’cause I’m talking buckets here) along the concrete walls with her bare hands. Heavy stuff, lyrically and visually, but it also draws you in. Watch it below, and catch Moor Mother Goddess at one of her upcoming appearances: September 27th at the Laser Life zine reading at West Philly’s anarchist community center A-Space, or October 26th at the Rockers! showcase at Kung Fu Necktie.

OF BLOOD from D1L0 on Vimeo.