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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 →

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Watch Cayetana’s big and bright “Freedom 1313” video

Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

We’re one week away from Cayetana‘s Tried Eyes single release party at PhilaMOCA, and we are getting super excited. Firstly because the new song, “Freedom 1313,” is incredible. Second because the b-side is the band’s terrific cover of the New Order classic “Age Of Consent.” Third, because there’s a new video for “Freedom 1313” by filmmaker Adam Peditto and it looks fantastic. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wildhoney at PhilaMOCA and A Fistful of Sugar at World Cafe Live

Wildhoney | photo courtesy of the artist
Wildhoney | photo courtesy of the artist

Baltimore punk-rockers Wildhoney had a very good 2015, having released their first LP Sleep Through It before going out on a lengthy U.S. tour. Tonight the five-piece will return to the Philly area with a show at PhilaMOCA in support of Indiana’s Cloakroom; for tickets or more information click hereContinue reading →

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Stop what you’re doing and listen to the new Cayetana 7″

Cayetana
Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger for WXPN

Well this made our afternoon even better: Philly power trio Cayetana is streaming its new Tired Eyes7″ over at Brooklyn Vegan. The a-side is a hammering ode to staying true to your dreams, societal pressures be damned – “doing what you love won’t make you money / doing what you hate will make you cold / let me be forever hungry / if it’s up to me, I will” – and side B is a totally sick cover of New Order’s “Age Of Consent” that we saw the band do at Golden Tea House about a year ago. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eliza Hardy Jones at Boot & Saddle, Eric Slick at PhilaMOCA, The Retinas at Ortlieb’s

eliza hardy jones
Eliza Hardy Jones | photo courtesy of the artist

Eliza Hardy Jones has been a key part of many local bands (Buried Beds, Nightlands, Teen Men and Strand of Oaks, etc.) but now she’s going solo with a forthcoming record and tour slot opening for Grace Potter (whose band she also plays in). Tonight’s show at Boot & Saddle will be a preview of Because Become, which is out later this month and features lead single “Criminal.” Listen to that song below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Jesse Hale Moore here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Madalean Gauze at Boot & Saddle, Motherwhore at Ortlieb’s, Lou at PhilaMOCA and more

Madalean Gauze | Photo by John Vettese
Madalean Gauze | Photo by John Vettese

Philly singer-songwriter Madalean Gauze caught a lot of people’s attention last weekend when she delivered a kickass performance of “Gloria” in our tribute to Patti Smith’s Horses. Obviously, there’s a reason we asked her to take that lead-off spot: her debut album Sing was one that demanded attention.  A collection of eleven emotionally raw and beautifully arranged tracks came together to create one our favorite albums of the year. You can hear her play many of the songs tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with fellow local rockers Woven In, making for one hell of a lineup. For more information on the show go to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Mitski headlines an all-star punk lineup at PhilaMOCA

Mitski | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Mitski | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

When I first walked into PhilaMOCA on a rainy Tuesday evening for the absolutely stacked quadruple-bill featuring I Tried to Run Away When I Was Six, PWR BTTM, Palehound, and Mitski, nearly everyone was sitting on the ground. I was confused – was I at the right show? Why aren’t people ready to mosh? Wasn’t this supposed to be a punk show?

It turns out that I was indeed at a punk show — the mostly twenty-something, denim-jacket-wearing crowd confirmed as much – but it didn’t have the raucous atmosphere I expected. Though the audience was forced to stand up and make room as more people trickled in through PhilaMOCA’s tiny doorway, the intimate atmosphere remained over the course of the entire evening. Continue reading →

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Why I’m gay for PWR BTTM (and you should be too)

PWR BTTM | via pwrbttm.bandcamp.com
PWR BTTM | via pwrbttm.bandcamp.com

Growing up gay in the Clinton years made it hard to do a lot of things. Among them was finding people who shared my insatiable thirst for and ever-evolving taste in music. Not many rural Maryland teens had space in their CD players for Ray of Light-era Madonna, vintage Depeche Mode, or even the deeper cuts of peak Garbage (whose frontwoman Shirley Manson remains an underrated queer icon and my personal savior). As I began to trickle out of the closet in college, I found the same challenge attacking from the other side. My first openly gay acquaintances had just as hard of a time wrapping their heads around the queer, feminist punk of early Sleater-Kinney, for instance. Few people seemed to occupy my then desolate middle ground, and even fewer artists on my radar at the time seemed to play in it.

Enter PWR BTTM about a decade and change after the fact. The duo of Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins are punks who proudly cite Kylie Minogue as an influence on their Facebook, the kind of band that not only speaks to me but for me. Unabashedly, unapologetically queer in style and storytelling, they combine the perk of Pansy Division with the poignancy of Perfume Genius on their debut long-player Ugly Cherries, out now on Father/Daughter records. Over surging pop-punk riffs, they swagger and sucker-punch with songs that nail the fun, fumbles, and fears of being young and other. Continue reading →