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Pick up an ACLU benefit 7″ featuring Sad13, Purling Hiss, Louds, and more

Sad13 | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Philly and Minneapolis-based label Dirty Pillows just released a compilation featuring local artists from both of their homes. Titled ACLU Benefit Vol. 1 Phl/Mpls, the compilation is the first in a series of benefit releases that will split its tunes between two cities, and then donate the proceeds to those local community’s ACLU chapters.

This a-side of this first installment boasts Philly artists (woo we’re #1!) including Sad13, Louds, Dulls, Harsh Vibes and Purling Hiss. Making up the b-side are Minneapolis-based artists France Camp, Sasha Conda, 3M 1995, The Cult of Lip and Fog. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Purling Hiss rages into 2017 with a set of High Bias jams

Purling Hiss | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | <a href=http://cameronpollack.com/ target="_blank">cameronpollack.com</a>
Purling Hiss | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollack.com

Things got loud at the final Free at Noon concert of 2016. Philadelphia power trio Purling Hiss, fronted by dynamic guitarist Mike Polizze, tore through a 45-minute set centered around its eighth studio LP High Bias but drew from all corners of its career. The set opened with a burst of feedback and then “Learning Slowly,” an infectious song from its 2014 record Weirdon. The song is built around a racing motorcycle riff and is a testament to the band’s sense of heritage — behind the squeals and squalor, Polizze and the Hiss write songs strongly informed by classic 70s rock riffs and structures.

As the set proceeded, that contrast was underscored — howling noise of cuts like “3000 AD” and the cranky “Teddy’s Servo Motors” sat alongside poppy burners like “Fever” and the sing-along-able “Follow You Around.” There’s a bit of a Sex Pistols sneer in High Bias, and a touch of 80s college rock — evidenced by the band’s cover of “Green Eyes” by Hüsker Dü. Continue reading →

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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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