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Pinegrove will headline PhilaMOCA this summer

Pinegrove
Pinegrove | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey indie rockers Pinegrove have plans for a full U.S. tour this summer, beginning here in the Northeast and hitting PhilaMOCA on June 28th. The band released its Run for Cover Records debut LP Cardinal in February, though their catalog of recordings reaches back to 2010. Read a review of the album here and listen to it below. Tickets for the all-ages show with Ratboys go on sale Friday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m.; more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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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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Wake up with So So Glos’ new single “Missionary,” see them at PhilaMOCA in June

The So So Glos | photo courtesy of the artist
The So So Glos | photo courtesy of the artist

NYC blitzkrieg boppers So So Glos have shared the details from their new album Kamikaze and subsequent tour, which includes a gig at PhilaMOCA on Thursday, June 23rd.

The band has also shared Kamikaze‘s first single, “Missionary.” The song starts off as a folk-punk mission statement before erupting into a gritty punk rock odyssey. When the band sings, “Nothing’s gonna stand in my way,” you know they mean it. Continue reading →

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Radiator Hospital returns to the stage with a headlining show at PhilaMOCA

Radiator Hospital
Radiator Hospital | Photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN | rachelbarrish.com

We’ve been devotees of Sam Cook-Parrott’s Radiator Hospital since catching him opening for Ted Leo at Nacho House in West Philly a couple years back. The project has taken a bit of time off from the Philadelphia stage since a November gig opening for Max Levine Ensemble at PhilaMOCA – though last summer, they crushed a pair of shows at Graffiti Pier and at Union Transfer opening for Screaming Females – but they make their local return on Thursday, May 12th when they headline an all-ages gig at PhilaMOCA.

In the time since they’ve been gone, RadHos quietly dropped a couple new collaborative releases to add to their ever-growing discography. Continue reading →

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Cinedelphia Film Festival brings music docs, 80s talent shows and a Nigerian Purple Rain to PhilaMOCA

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Cinedelphia Film Festival poster by Justin Gray

The fourth annual Cinedelphia Film Festival kicks-off on April 7th and features another jampacked month of screenings, interactive events, special guest chats and q&a sessions curated by PhilaMOCA‘s Eric Bresler. Turning the lens onto “locally shot rarities and video era oddities,” CFF is an eclectic and eye-opening ode to counterculture film worlds.

In addition to programming highlights Room Full of Spoons (“The definitive documentary on the making of cult classic THE ROOM that Tommy Wiseau doesn’t want you to see”) and Undercover Cops 2: Anonymous Cop (the sequel to 13 year old PhilaMOCA neighbor Lil’ Sean’s debut short), there are several evenings dedicated to music-related films and documentaries.

Check out a rundown of those screenings below and pick up tickets for the festival here.

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Just Announced: Toronto’s PUP will headline PhilaMOCA in June

PUP | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN
PUP | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Toronto punk rock four-piece PUP are the real freaking deal – high energy guitar rock, catchy screamalong hooks, no bullshit. The band is releasing its second LP, The Dream is Over, this spring via SideOneDummy, and just announced a headlining tour that brings it to Philly for an all ages show at PhilaMOCA on June 22nd. Continue reading →

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First Time’s The Charm returns to PhilaMOCA this summer; registration opens February 25th

Littler
Littler | Photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

If you’ve ever dreamed of being in a band, here’s your chance: registration for First Time’s the Charm, a concert that features musicians who have never been in a band before or who are playing a new instrument, opens on February 25th.

The festival was held for the first time in 2013 at PhilaMOCA, and it was a resounding success — a number of bands were formed that are still active in the Philly scene, including Littler, who just released a catchy new single “Slippery.” Continue reading →

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Philly punk favorites Plow United will play Philamoca in May

Plow United | Photo by Isaac Turner | courtesy of the artist
Plow United | Photo by Isaac Turner | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia Rock City, take note: regional punk faves Plow United are coming to PhilaMOCA on Saturday, May 21st.

In its late 90s heyday, the band played numerous shows around Philly and the east coast, putting out two records (Plow United and Goodnight Sellout!) before disbanding in 1998. Back by popular demand, the band (consisting of Brian McGee, Sean Rule, and Joel Tannenbaum) got back together in 2011 to play sporadic gigs and release more music here and there. Continue reading →

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Screaming Females, Cayetana, Amanda X are playing a Planned Parenthood benefit at The Church

Screaming Females | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Screaming Females | Photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN | rachelbarrish.com

UPDATE: The show has been moved to the First Unitarian Church due to popular demand.

Right-on show announcement of the morning: Philly power trio Cayetana, after a sick sold-out headlining gig at PhilaMOCA on Saturday night, will return to the venue on Friday, March 18th on the lineup of a just-announced benefit gig for Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA.

Joining them are the always-asskicking Screaming Females, along with fierce punk rock impressionists Amanda X, and Philly’s Dark Thoughts and Littler, who warmed our snowbound souls the other weekend with the new single “Slippery.”  Continue reading →

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Kississippi covers “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer

Kississippi | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com
Kississippi | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Philly’s Kississippi don’t mess around when it comes to emotive minimalism. That’s true whether you’re talking about the haunting DIY home recordings Zoë Reynolds released in 2014 or last year’s lush and moving We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed – recorded with her then-collaborator Colin Kupson and Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald. (Cupson has since left the band.) Continue reading →