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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 →

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Joanna Gruesome headlined a two continent spanning show at PhilaMOCA

Joanna Gruesome | Photo by Chis Sikich
Joanna Gruesome | Photo by Chris Sikich

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 →

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What band are you going to be for Halloween? A look at covers parties in Philly this weekend

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Louie Louie at Ortlieb’s, Raury at the Fillmore, Joanna Gruesome at PhilaMOCA and more

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Louie Louie | photo by Ryan Collard

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at PhilaMOCA, Johnny Showcase at Underground Arts, The Not Fur Longs at Ortlieb’s and more

Photo via facebook.com/petalPA
Photo via facebook.com/petalPA

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Deli Anniversary Show with The Orange Drop at PhilaMOCA, Saintseneca at Johnny Brenda’s, Mercury Radio Theater at Bourbon and Branch

The Orange Drop | Photo by Clementine Grove
The Orange Drop | Photo by Clementine Grove

The Deli Philly will be celebrating it’s 7th Anniversary tonight at PhilaMOCA with performances from The Orange Drop, Blood Sound, Hello Shark, and a DJ set from Suburban Living. It is sure to be an exciting show, with ranging from scuzzy indie punk to  neo-psychedelic rock. Get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Worriers at PhilaMOCA, Jedi Mind Tricks at The Trocadero, Chris Kasper at World Cafe Live and more

Worriers Photo by Kenneth Bachor via facebook.com
Worriers Photo by Kenneth Bachor via facebook.com

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 →

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The Sidekicks, All Dogs, Lithuania and MARGE put on a stand-out show at PhilaMOCA

The Sidekicks | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Sidekicks | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

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 →

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Eraserhead‘s “The Lady in the Radiator” to headline PhilaMOCA’s 2015 ERASERHOOD FOREVER event

Eraserhood Forever | via vimeo.com
Eraserhood Forever | via vimeo.com

Can’t get enough of acclaimed director David Lynch’s work? You should attend PhilaMOCA’s annual ERASERHOOD FOREVER celebration of all things David Lynch. Yes, it’s a thing. Yes, it’s awesome.

And what better way to celebrate than with the one, the only Laurel “Lady in the Radiator” Near from ERASERHEAD? The Lady will perform the classic and often-covered song “In Heaven” from the movie, backed by Philly’s own Divine Hand Ensemble. No lip-syncing like in the film – she will actually sing it, and that’s way more fun! Continue reading →