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The Week Ahead: Queen of Jeans, The Diplomats, Drive-By Truckers, Lorde and more

Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist
Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist

Your choices are many; your excuses are few. Here are 25 concerts you could see in Philadelphia this week; enough for you to catch one per day, or for the more enterprising of you Key readers, several per day. Starting with folksinger Sam Amidon, and going up to arena pop rocker Lorde, here are our picks for the week ahead. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Queen of Jeans

In a phrase possibly borrowed from Bob Dylan, Philadelphia indie pop four-piece Queen of Jeans has both an album title and a mission statement: Dig Yourself.

It’s a poignant statement of self-love in a time where we’re socially scrutinized more than ever, where constant connection leaves us feeling forever inadequate, where anxiety is a reigning force in our daily lives and the friendships we keep and the music we consume. Some day, decades off in the distance, a cultural historian is going to look at the landscape of the 20-teens, cluttered with dismissive gifs and judge-y Slate headlines, and they’ll put our era of world-weary sad pop into a retrospective sociological context. Or maybe not; they’ll no doubt have their own shit to deal with in the 2080s.

But in the fray of it all, Queen of Jeans’ message is simple: do what you love, love who you are. Continue reading →

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On “U R My Guy,” Queen of Jeans flip the script on pop songwriting from sexism to empowerment

Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist
Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist

Retro rocker quartet Queen of Jeans are best known for their dreamy, 60’s girl group-esque pop sound — which, for the band, can be a source of both inspiration and frustration. Sure, the sounds of the 60’s are great, but the messages of the era can seem kinda problematic in the year 2018. Queen of Jeans, understandably, doesn’t want to fall under any “girl group” generalizations — they’ve resisted the label before, instead choosing to call themselves “crockpot pop,” but on their new song “U R My Guy,” they take it to a new level.

The second single from their forthcoming debut LP Dig Yourself (the band released a self-titled EP in 2016), “U R My Guy” is upbeat and jazzy with a steady dose of the band’s signature shimmery harmonies — but underneath all that, its a cutting satirical critique of the girl group stereotype, taking all of the genre’s melodrama to a new level to get the point across. Listen close to the lyrics and you’ll see why. Continue reading →

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Queen of Jeans suffer through unrequited love in music video for “More to Love”

Queen of Jeans | courtesy of the artist | photo by Bob Sweeney

If you’ve ever crushed on someone who wasn’t into you, or had your texts to your crush go unanswered, Queen of Jeans feels your pain. The video comments on the lows of these modern dating phenomena as the band uses an online dating app to meet the girl of their dreams, and end up being completely ignored. The video comes to an awkward, hilarious end as they all run into said woman at a house show (That’s so Philly). Continue reading →

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Queen of Jeans return with the new single “More to Love,” and a new album called Dig Yourself

Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist
Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist

Philly indiepop four-piece Queen of Jeans has just released a single off their upcoming self-love themed album Dig Yourself, which drops on March 30th on Topshelf Records. The song, “More To Love,” features pretty harmonies, sleepy guitars, and catchy percussion, making for an overall velvety sound that you can listen to over and over. Continue reading →

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Queen of Jeans joined the Topshelf Records roster and made a John Hughes-esque trailer about it

Queen of Jeans | photo by Bob Sweeney | via facebook.com/queenofjeansmusic

Exciting news of the afternoon: Philly popsters Queen of Jeans will release their much-anticipated full-length debut in early 2018. The band made a splash about two years ago with the irresistible single “Dance (Get Off Your Ass)” and, following the release of its debut EP on Indianapolis label Third Uncle Records, toured and gigged around town a lot. We most recently caught them at the Made In America skate stage, and today we got news that they’ll be releasing the aforementioned long-player via Boston’s revered Topshelf Records. Continue reading →

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Madalean Gauze, Queen of Jeans, Louie Louie and Empath team up for Valley Youth House benefit gig

Madalean Gauze | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

If you’re looking to kick off the new year with a gig that also benefits a good cause, look no further than this Boot & Saddle show. A stacked lineup of locals are coming together January 5 for a benefit show to support Valley Youth House’s Pride program, which provides services for LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia. The show will also be an EP release celebration for headliner Madalean Gauze; the Philly singer-songwriter’s new effort FUNeral will be released that day and is the follow-up to last EP Cool and Fun. The bill is rounded out by dream pop outfit Queen of Jeans, retro rockers Louie Louie and West Philly DIY regulars Empath. Continue reading →