Scranton-to-Philadelphia transplants Three Man Cannon released their second LP on Lame-O records on November 6th. Last Thursday, the band put on a great show to celebrate, rounding out the bill with friends Thin Lips, Mimi, Like Prince and a collaboration set with Candice Martello and Augusta Koch. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
Last Thursday PhilaMOCA hosted a quartet of indie rock that spanned two continents. Headlined by the Cardiff-based Joanna Gruesome, the concert was a punk kick to the ears.
Philly locals Mercury Girls kicked off the night with their crunchy pop that literally leapt into the former mausoleum’s room (thanks to a jumping, feline-attired Kevin Attics). Led by vocalist Sarah Schimineck, they were infectious and certainly garnered the deserved attention of the ever-increasing crowd. Make sure to catch them live at their upcoming November 25 show at Kung Fu Necktie. Continue reading →
Let’s face it, the adult Halloween is only really fun if you get to get boozed up, listen to some music and dance while dressed ridiculously. Or is that just me? Regardless there are some rockin’ shows this weekend where all of the aforementioned are encouraged – and pretty much required. Continue reading →
Coming off their late-summer tour of the Northeast and Midwest, Louie Louie are back in Philly for a show tonight at Ortlieb’s. The lo-fi four-piece released their pyschedelic pop debut, “Out in the Streets,” back in July along with a b-side entitled “Miles Around.” If you missed Louie Louie at Johnny Brenda’s in August, you won’t want to miss them tonight at Ortlieb’s. Get more show info at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Out in the Streets” below. Continue reading →
Kiley Lotz, known better by the moniker Petal, is an artist adept at both subtlty and the in-your-face indie rock which she brought in spades on 2013’s Scout EP and which she will surely continue on her upcoming LP Shame, due out on October 23. You can see her tonight at PhilaMOCA at 7:30 p.m. Head to the XPN Concert Calendar for more details. Continue reading →
Worriers is the brainchild of longtime punk rocker Lauren Denitzio, and though she has a live band (featuring scene staple Mikey Erg), Worriers debut LP Imaginary Life (produced by Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace) is a work entirely her own. The records and and ensuing tour will obviously be very personal for Denitzio and Worriers, but fortunately, “personal” still means kick-ass punk rock. The band takes the stage at PhilaMOCA tonight; click here for more info. Continue reading →
It isn’t too often I can say a show felt curated perfectly. However, each band on Friday’s bill at PhilaMOCA seemed meant to play together. The evening started off with hard-hitting Philly punk rockers MARGE. If you haven’t yet checked them out yet, I suggest you do so: if you can swing it, see them live. This band put on a dynamic performance that had audience members captivated from start to finish. Continue reading →