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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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pinkwash at LAVA Space, Laser Background at Ortlieb’s, Pkew Pkew Pkew at Deep Sea Hideout and more…

Pinkwash |photo by AmyJuneBreesman | courtesy of the artist
Pinkwash |photo by AmyJuneBreesman | courtesy of the artist

After a series of cathartic, aggressive and gripping early releases, Philly power duo Pinkwash stepped up their game even more for their debut LP Collective Sigh, out today on Don Giovanni records. Everything that was awesome about the Your Cure Your Soil EP and the Cancer Money 7″ – the bare-knuckled riffage of Joey Doubek, the propulsive rhythms of Ashley Arwine, the interlocking and sort of proggy complexity – is totally intact. What’s new is a huge embrace of hookiness, making it one of the hardest-hitting indie pop albums you’ll hear this year (or one of the catchiest punk records). Pinkwash headlines West Philly’s LAVA Space tonight before heading on a month-long tour; tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Read the band’s recent interview with our John Morrison and listen to Collective Sigh in its entirety below.
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Just Announced: White Denim, Kississippi, Songhoy Blues, Colvin & Earle, and many more added to XPN Fest

White Denim| Photo by Drew Anthony Smith, courtesy of Downtown Records
White Denim| Photo by Drew Anthony Smith, courtesy of Downtown Records

XPoNential Festival, happening this July at the Camden Waterfront, already contains a stacked line-up of Alabama Shakes, Kurt Vile, The Districts, and so many more, but we are more than happy to announce the next 11 artists that will be performing as well that weekend.

Back on Tuesday, we shared an amalgamated face of all the artists that we would be announcing today, and now you get to see who’s who. Here’s the list of artists being added to XPoNential Fest this year. Continue reading →

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Time Capsule: Miriam Devora of Queen of Jeans discusses the evolution of “Moody”

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

In Time Capsule, we ask artists to revisit songs they may have forgotten: pieces they wrote, released, and packed away—until now. Each month, we’ll pick one band who will pick one song and tell us the story behind where they were and what they were thinking when they wrote it.

Last January, Queen of Jeans was born. I remember because around that time the long-standing Passyunk Avenue King of Jeans sign was rumored to be in danger of coming down. At first, I saw Queen of Jeans to be social media’s answer to the handful of people distraught about losing this icon—which featured a shirtless man in Springsteen-tight jeans, kissing a lady who’s passionately crouched down in front of him. But that was something different—a collaboration between street artist Kid Hazo and general Philly-loving t-shirt designers of South Fellini.

And at the same time that these jokers putting up signs insinuating that maybe it was time for ladies to rule the hood, a group of them were already working on it.

Queen of Jeans is also the name that songwriter Miriam Devora gave her then-brand-new project which included guitarist Matheson Glass, bassist Nina Scotto and drummer Patrick Wall. And yes, the group is from South Philly, but they’ve got a sweet and sour ‘60s surf style that couldn’t sound further removed from that part of town with its wiz-covered potholes, hoagie shops and sexed-up Greaser signage.

In this month’s edition of Time Capsule we spoke with Miriam, lead singer, guitarist and original conspirator behind Queen of Jeans.

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