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New Philly punk badasses Wild at Heart added to Radioactivity show at PhilaMOCA

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Wild at Heart | photo by Zach Snyder

With their finger ever on the pulse of the latest and greatest in local music, R5 announced via Twitter that they added Wild at Heart to the Radioactivity show that will hit PhilaMOCA on June 13th. The group, described by R5 as “one of the best new Philly punk bands,” released its first set of songs on Bandcamp this week.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Radiator Hospital at PhilaMOCA, Carolyn Thorn at Milkboy, Mac DeMarco at the Electric Factory and more…

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

Radiator Hospital return to PhilaMOCA tonight for their first local show since November. The Philly project of Sam Cook-Parrott released its latest LP Wedding Album in February, which features “old songs, new songs, borrowed songs and blue songs” including “Singer’s No Star” below. Pick up tickets for the all-ages show with The Spook School, Bent Shapes and Littler here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ought at PhilaMOCA, Tygaton at Kung Fu Necktie, and Punch Brothers at The Keswick Theatre

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Ought | Photo by Hera Chan

Montreal post-punk band Ought will be performing tonight at PhilaMOCA. the band has released two albums in the past two years, 2014’s More Than Any Other Day and 2015’s Sun Coming Down. Opening the show will be DC’s Priests and Philly locals Marge. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sheer Mag at PhilaMOCA, Kamasi Washington at Musikfest Cafe, Emmett Drueding at Kung Fu Necktie, and more…

Sheer Mag | Photo by John Vettese
Sheer Mag | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly punk powerhouses Sheer Mag just released their kickass EP III last month, and they will be performing tonight at PhilaMOCA for the Philadelphia Student Union Fundraiser. Also playing will be Bad Canoes and Dark Thoughts. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Pinegrove will headline PhilaMOCA this summer

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Pinegrove | photo by Andrew Piccone | 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

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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 →