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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Plaid at Underground Arts, Queen of Jeans at Siren Records

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Plaid | photo via Facebook

British electronic group Plaid headline Underground Arts tonight. The duo is touring behind last year’s The Digging Remedy LP and will be joined by The Bee, a fellow electronic artist who contributed some instrumentation to the record. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch “Do Matter” below.

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Queen of Jeans, Lily Mae and more will benefit A Woman’s Place at Siren Records’ Women’s Showcase

Queen of Jeans | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
Queen of Jeans | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

This Sunday, January 22nd, Doylestown’s Siren Records will host a Women’s Benefit with live performances from Queen of Jeans, Lily Mae, and Julia Hudak. The event will also feature food and drink from local vendors Perfect Day Coffee, Manoff Market Gardens and Small Batch Kitchen — the proprietors of which all happen to be women as well. The event is free to the public, but that doesn’t mean you should come with an empty wallet. If you donate $5 or more, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a $100 Siren Records Gift Card and t-shirt — and all funds from the raffle will go to A Woman’s Place, an organization that combats intimate and domestic abuse. For more information, consult the Facebook event page. Continue reading →

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Take a dive into Queen of Jeans’ beachfront fantasy with the video for “Moody'”

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

Local outfit Queen of Jeans just released a video for their track “Moody” off their debut self-titled EP, released back in May.

This track is reminiscent of ’60s pop music with an ethereal overlay of Queen of Jeans’ signature retro-rock vibes. The video begins with the band lazing around in a beach house with their respective instruments and ends with a romp in the sand and a group dive into the ocean. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tacocat at Underground Arts and Barns Courtney at Johnny Brenda’s

Tacocat | photo by Michael Lavine, courtesy of the artist
Tacocat | photo by Michael Lavine, courtesy of the artist

Seattle pop-punk quartet Tacoat headlines Underground Arts tonight. The group produces music reminiscent of the 90’s riot grrrl feminist music movement that also originated in Washington State. Supporting Tacocat will be Daddy issues, Queen of Jeans, and Pouty all bands that dabble in their own unique genres that fall somewhere on the spectrum of grunge, pop and punk. Most recently, Tacocat released their third studio album Lost Time in April of 2016 with the label, Hardly Art. Take a look at their ultraviolet video for “Talk” from their new record. For more info on this 21+ event, head to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Queen of Jeans are the rulers of retro pop: check out their cover of Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams”

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

XPN Fest veterans Queen of Jeans just released a killer cover of the late American rock n’ roll artist Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams.” The track, which is featured on and all female compilation album released by Swell Tone & Z Tapes entitled Summer Of Sad, was recorded at Philly’s Sleepless Sound Studios as reported by Tour friends at The Deli Philly. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Loose Tooth at Kung Fu Necktie, Queen of Jeans at Eris Temple Arts, Made In America Day One

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Loose Tooth | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Local outfit Loose Tooth join their friends in Shelf Life, Blue Smiley and Poppies at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The folks in LT caught our ears with last year’s excellent Easy Easy East, so it was exciting to hear what the four-piece had up their sleeves as a follow-up when they stopped by for a Key Studio Session earlier this summer. Check out a video of new number “Roach Motel” below and get more information for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen of Jeans at Spruce Street Harbor Park, A Day Without Love + Liz De Lise at W/N W/N, The Menzingers at The Electric Factory and more…

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Queen of Jeans | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

It’s time for the next installment of the Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Sessions, and Queen of Jeans will be the headliners this time around. Last we checked in with the local favs, they were wowing us at XPN Fest. And below, you’ll find a recording of “Moody” they shot with local video crew Out of Town Films — a song we dove into on our Time Capsule series. Grubby Little Hands will also be performing tonight, and more info can be found here. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Queen of Jeans keep it breezy on the Marina Stage

Queen of Jeans | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Queen of Jeans | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Local outfit Queen of Jeans kept things rolling on the Jersey Arts Marina Stage, playing a set comprised of old and new material. The South Philly quartet (who were just featured in an installment of Summertime Sips and Summertime Sounds) were a fitting act to place in front of the marina; their brand of retro pop is exactly the kind of thing you would want to listen to while cruising the Delaware River.

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Watch Queen of Jeans perform two songs for Out of Town Films, see them today at #XPNFest

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Queen of Jeans | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

#XPNFest starts today, wahoo! And here’s a little something to get you warmed up for Queen of Jeans‘ set of stylish retro dream-pop that hits the Marina Stage at 4:35 p.m. The Philly band just recorded a live session with local video crew Out of Town Films, and we highly encourage you to watch their performances of “Moody” and “Pup” from it below. See you at Wiggins Park! Continue reading →

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Summertime Sips and Summertime Sounds: Queen of Jeans

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

South Philly in the summer doesn’t get enough credit. Sure, we don’t have the natural shade, or farmers markets, or outdoor screenings of other neighborhoods—but we have something else. There’s a certain summer vibe that seems to seep into the air when you cross Washington Ave; a sense of solidarity that’s palpable, as you sit on your stoop, air-conditioning units humming above. A few houses down, someone’s selling clothes and cookwear on the sidewalk; a block away the ice cream truck—not Mister Softee, but the South Philly ice cream truck that plays “Fur Elise”—is meandering toward you, offering temporary relief from the pounding sun.

I’ve lived in South Philly for 3 years now; Philly rock band Queen of Jeans live here as well (in fact singer/guitarists Miriam Devora and Matheson Glass are practically my neighbors). Their name, Queen of Jeans, is both a re-appropriation of, and commentary on, the iconic (if misogynist) “King of Jeans” sign that hung on East Passyunk Ave. at 13th Street for 21 years, before being removed in 2015.  It’s a sweet name for a (mostly) girl band from South Philly, but it’s also more—as if adopting the name, the band acknowledge the sign’s legacy, while at the same time offering their own (non-misogynist) alternative. Also it’s pretty funny. Continue reading →