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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 →

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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″

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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 →