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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Superweaks at Kung Fu Necktie, Purling Hiss at Johnny Brenda’s and The B-52s at The Fillmore

The Superweaks | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist
The Superweaks | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Join The Superweaks tonight at Kung Fu Necktie for their album release show.  The LP, Better Heavens, is a dedication to their late bassist Corey Bernard and is slated to drop on November 4th via Lame-O Records. Fellow Philly-based bands Thin Lips, Sun Organ and Three Man Cannon will be joining them. For more information on this all ages show check out the WXPN Concert Calendar. You can watch the video for “I’ll See Myself out,” a track off Better Heavens by the Superweaks. Continue reading →

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High Bias amplifies everything that already made Purling Hiss great

Purling Hiss | photo by Kathryn Lipman | courtesy of the artist
Purling Hiss | photo by Kathryn Lipman | courtesy of the artist

After the moodier, psychedelic explorations of 2014′ Weirdon, Purling Hiss is ready to rawk again. Previous singles “Fever” and “3000 AD” predicted an album that would be both a return to form for the band and a step forward in fidelity, and on this year’s excellent High Bias, we got just that and then some.

Purling Hiss have been known for their righteous guitar shredding and powerful rock grooves for a while now, but they’ve never sounded so good doing it. They’ve reunited with prolific Philly producer Jeff Ziegler for the first time since 2013’s Water on Mars, but where that album was shrill and crowded, High Bias is massive and sprawling. This isn’t to say Purling Hiss has lost their edge by any means; if anything, they’ve sharpened it to create an album that sounds like a mature culmination of all their years as a band. Continue reading →

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Purling Hiss’ Mike Polizze talks about the band’s career-culminating new album High Bias

Purling Hiss Photographed by Constance Mensh
Purling Hiss Photographed by Constance Mensh

The whir and steady crackle of coffee grinders hard at work fill Higher Grounds, a small trendy coffee shop in Northern Liberties. It is the kind of place that revels in its unique blend of styles. The flea market seating, the posters and paintings and art pieces whose only discernible style is a difficult to define panache. It has a confidence and intentionality that resists coming off as anything but genuine and patiently accumulated through years of collection. Sitting across from me towards the back of the shop is Mike Polizze, front man and songwriter for Purling Hiss, whose aesthetic, and brand new album High Bias due out October 14, feel equally as earned. Continue reading →

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Purling Hiss sees the future on “3000 AD”

Purling HIss | photo by Kathryn Lipman | courtesy of the artist
Purling HIss | photo by Kathryn Lipman | courtesy of the artist

 

Philly locals Purling Hiss continues their winning streak with “3000 AD”, the second single off their forthcoming LP, High Bias. Much like with the previously released “Fever”, the band forgoes some of the sunnier explorations of 2014’s Weirdon in favor of pure, unadulterated viscera.

The band has always sounded heavy enough to warrant its own orbit, but this time around, they’ve upped the ante on the low end. Kiel Evertt’s bass throbs and Ben Leaphart’s drums boom like they never have before, punctuating Mike Polizze’s scorching guitar as it casts the track into a thick cloud of toxic smoke. Continue reading →

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Where You Been: New Dinosaur Jr, Helado Negro & Nots on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Dinosaur Jr | Photo by Levi Walton, courtesy of the artist
Dinosaur Jr | Photo by Levi Walton, courtesy of the artist

It’s Friday (again) and that means it’s time (again) for the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN (again)! On tonight’s full two-hour show (starting shortly after Making Time RADio with Dave P), we’ll get to so many new tracks that you won’t know what to do with yourself. Anchoring this week’s IRHP is a spotlight on Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, the newest album from Dinosaur Jr. The Amherst trio’s original lineup famously reformed a decade ago, and this new album is the fourth to come from this fruitful reunion. Also in the mix are new tracks from Memphis lo-fi punks Nots, Florida’s premier Ecuadorian-American electro wizard Helado Negro, Philly’s own noisemakers Purling Hiss and more! Preview out those new tunes below….

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Listen to “Fever,” the opening rager on Purling Hiss’ new studio album High Bias

Purling Hiss
Purling Hiss | photo by Aaron Biscoe

One thing we can always be sure of when it comes to Mike Polizze of Purling Hiss – he will follow his muse wherever it leads him, whether that be experimental deep dives or four-tracked fuzz-rock, left-of center indie rock or full-bore studio ragers.

By the sound of their latest single, it seems the band is back in rager territory – a welcome return to the land of 2013’s Water on Mars. On “Fever,” riffs, drums and howls join together in a polished and pristine garage rock soundscape. Continue reading →

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Watch Kurt Vile cover Spacemen 3 with Purling Hiss’ Mike Polizze at KFN

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You gotta hand it to Philly’s Kurt Vile: he looks out for his friends. On tour in support of his breakout album Childish Prodigy, Vile took fellow Philadelphians Birds of Maya on tour – almost seven years later, Vile is still tight with Birds’ axe-slinger Mike Polizze, and is bringing him out on the road this spring in support of b’lieve i’m goin down… with the solo incarnation of his current project Purling Hiss. Continue reading →

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Purling Hiss announced a surprise release show at KFN this Friday

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Purling Hiss | photo by John Vettese

Mike Polizze has been playing a few solo Purling Hiss shows up and down the east coast recently, and he just announced another at Kung Fu Necktie for this Friday, March 25th. The late-night set is in support of a new collection of self-recorded fuzz-rock jammers on his Something EP, which came out in mid-February via Famous Class Records. Pick up tickets for the 21+ with Spacin’ Chillinger (aka Spacin’s Jason Killinger) and Kiel Everett here, and check out “My My My” along with a cool show flyer below. Polizze will head out on tour with Kurt Vile this spring.

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