Ruby the Hatchet, Radiator Hospital and more will play Spruce Street Harbor Park’s Waterfront Sessions in July

Radiator Hospital | screenshot from video

The June shows haven’t even begun yet, but Spruce Street Harbor Park has already announced its Waterfront Sessions lineup through July. Earlier this month, SSHP shared the June lineup of all-local musicians, which kicks off next Thursday, but now they’ve added openers and DJ sets to those shows and announced who will be playing the following four weeks, too. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ruby The Hatchet at Johnny Brenda’s, Brainfest at the Ukie Club, Rhett Miller at Tellus 360

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It’s record release day for Jersey’s Ruby The Hatchet. The psych-rock outfit will be celebrating their latest LP Planetary Space Child with a headlining spot at Johnny Brenda’s, supported by Heavy Temple and Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells. The release is just what you’d expect from a name like that: expansive, psychedelic, and untamed. Stream Planetary Space Child below and snag your tickets for the 21+ show here. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mal Devisa at Boot & Saddle, The Baird Sisters at Johnny Brenda’s, Ruby the Hatchet at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Mal Devisa | photo via Facebook

Massachusetts multi-instrumentalist Mal Devisa performs at Boot & Saddle tonight. Touring in support of this year’s Kiid LP, Devisa will share her strikingly poetic and intimate songs alongside headliner Vita and the Woolf and Square Peg Round Hole. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch Devisa do her thing with “Everybody Knows” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ruby The Hatchet at Union Transfer, Chris Forsyth at FringeArts, Emmylou Harris at Keswick Theatre and more

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Ruby The Hatchet via

Psychedelic rock quintet Ruby The Hatchet will be getting nice and weird tonight at Union Transfer in support of Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats at 7 p.m. The show will features tracks off the Philly-based band’s album Valley of the Snake which came out back in February. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more information. Continue reading →


Watch Ruby The Hatchet pay homage to Evil Dead in the “Vast Acid” video

Ruby the Hatchet | from the "Vast Acid" video
Ruby the Hatchet | from the “Vast Acid” video

It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that heavy psychedelic Philadelphians Ruby the Hatchet are big horror movie buffs. The albums are loud and ominous, their visual aesthetic doom-y. Earlier this summer, the band posted a funny / unsettling video on Instagram of frontwoman Jillian Taylor getting a bucket of fake blood dumped all over her, a teaser for their “Vast Acid” music video. This week, that snippet was put into context, and it it makes total sense not; the band loves Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (but who doesn’t love that demented masterpiece?) and the video for their latest single from this year’s badass Valley of The Snake is done in homage to the cult favorite. Continue reading →


Ruby the Hatchet signs with Tee Pee Records

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2 days ago, Philly psych-rockers Ruby the Hatchet took to Instagram to announce the exciting news that they signed a record deal with Tee Pee Records.  “We are proud to announce that we’re joining the @teepeerecords fam!” they exclaim in the caption.  Tee Pee also seemed pretty stoked about the deal, posting a photo of lead vocalist Jillian Taylor signing their contract (at a bar!), to their Facebook page. 

In April, 2013, Ruby The Hatchet did a Key Studio Session. Listen to the session here, and below, watch the video for “The Angry Mountain.”

Ruby The Hatchet “Paralyzed” from The Angry Mountain on Vimeo.


“A mix of sleaziness and professionalism”: Philly artists weigh in on their SXSW experience

The Districts | Photo by John Vettese
The Districts at Buffalo Billiards | Photo by John Vettese

The rickety van piloted by Philly psych-thrash outfit Ruby the Hatchet rolled into Austin just a few hours before its first South By Southwest gig last week. Cutting it close, for sure, but the band was just happy to arrive.

“We broke down,” guitarist John Scarperia explained as he set up for the End Records showcase at LIT Lounge. “We were stuck in Tennessee for two days.”

Ruby the Hatchet | Photo by John Vettese
Ruby the Hatchet at LIT Lounge | Photo by John Vettese

Talk about a setback. I ask if they missed any tour shows on the trip down. Scarperia laughs, then says “We didn’t play any. But it was fun, all part of the adventure, right?

The band dished a raucous set of its heady, heavy rock to a modest but appreciative crowd – which included singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins, a longtime friend of Hatchet frontwoman Jillian Taylor. The next day, it rocked Thrasher Mag’s unofficial Deathmatch showcase, and spent the rest of the weekend mingling with the music-devouring masses. Overall, it was a positive experience, and even culminated in Taylor getting a new tattoo (a hatchet, of course).

Ruby the Hatchet was one of dozens of locals that made the trek to Austin this year. Musicians of all styles and degrees of renown represented Philly at SXSW. There were known names like rapper Spank Rock, who played an energized set to a buck wild crowd at the Boyz Noize showcase at The Majestic on Thursday, and alt-bluesman G. Love who played the 18th Floor of the Hilton Garden Inn the same night. There were emerging artists, like folk singer Vikesh Kapoor and punk power trio Amanda X, or SXSW vets like rapper Lushlife, heavy psych heads Creepoid, and dream punks Nothing, who played a 2 a.m. set on a pedestrian footbridge.

Chill Moody | Photo by John Vettese
Chill Moody onstage at Amped Austin | Photo by John Vettese

“I feel like SXSW serves as a hub for discovery,” says Philly rapper Chill Moody, who I caught during his showcase at the Amped Austin lounge on Saturday afternoon. “I met a bunch of musicians and professionals in the music industry in just one week. Built some strong connections that will hopefully help me with the next steps in my career.”

For Moody, who is used to feeding off the love of the hometown fan base he’s cultivated over the past few years – he headlines venues like The TLA and Union Transfer locally – it was an opportunity to perform to complete strangers in smaller rooms, and win them over. The Amped show featured his right hand man Beano, a charismatic and occasionally comedic R&B singer, hopping offstage and dancing in the midst of the crowd, to the delight of many Instagram-snappers.

“It was a good chance to show a different audience exactly what you can do,” said Moody.

Downstairs at the same venue, electronic rock duo City Rain debuted songs from their new Songs From a High School Dance LP, due out in late April. Again, the crowd was (with the exception of myself) strangers, but people fed off singer / songwriter Ben Runyuan’s relentless energy, particularly on the driving anthem “Waiting on a Dream.”

“This is our last showcase,” Runyan said. “So I’m just throwing everything I got into this.” Continue reading →


Premiere: Ruby the Hatchet release ominous two-song EP


Ruby the Hatchet | photo courtesy of the artist
Ruby the Hatchet | photo by Troy Memis

Jersey born, Philly bred rock outfit Ruby the Hatchet are back with a two song EP to blast us (hopefully) into spring.  “Paralyzed” b/w “Eliminator” follow up October 2012’s OUROBOROS full-length and comes in anticipation of a sophomore LP.

“Paralyzed” opens with the ominous repetition of a handful of notes before a crunchier chord takes over with the gradual addition of drums and electric guitar sweeps.  By the time vocalist Jillian Taylor enters we’ve been tossed head first into something like a zero gravity ride at an amusement park, spinning so fast all limbs are plastered to the ride’s wall, paralyzed.  “Eliminator” is equally ominous, with quiet montage of sounds building and overlapping before the band’s signature doomy, distorted guitar comes in over a down-tempo drum march.

Though Ruby the Hatchet’s sound is unequivocally dark and heavy, there are rays of shoegaze and a dreamier psychedelia that filter their way through the more metal aspects.  In the case of these two songs, it’s the melodic nature of Taylor’s vocals and an organ that plays almost subconsciously on “Eliminator” that release the band from being pigeonholed in the confines of a single sound.

Stream “Paralyzed” and “Eliminator” below and stay tuned for a 7″ release coming soon, as well as Ruby the Hatchet’s next full-length.  You can also check out their Key Studio Session from last year here, where they play an early version of “Paralyzed” live.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Younger Me at The Fire, Mason Jennings at World Cafe Live, Mark Lanegan at Underground Arts, and more…

YMThey helped us though the end of summer with their “Swimming Pool” video and started the Fall on the right note with their two-track 7″ preview via Bandcamp. Now join York / Lancaster native Younger Me at The Fire tonight for their second 7″ release show. To help celebrate the evening, the indie pop-rock trio will share the stage with Philly local Lucy Stone and Philadelphia based Family Vacation. Prepare for the show by listening and downloading their two track preview below. Find tickets and details for tonight’s 21+ performance here.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 7 (feat. Waxahatchee, Pissed Jeans, Ruby the Hatchet + more)

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The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud!  Check out this year’s in-studio appearances with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 7, including the down-tempo folk stylings of Waxahatchee, the thrashing punk of Pissed Jeans and the all-out rock jams of Ruby the Hatchet.  Thanks to production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Rachel Del Sordo and Kate McCann, and videographers The Angry Mountain, HotBox Studios and Out of Town Films for sharing their work. Continue reading →