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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shannen Moser at The Pharmacy, Taxes at Ortlieb’s, Screaming Females at The Chameleon Club and more…

Shannen Moser | photo courtesy of the artist
Shannen Moser | photo courtesy of the artist

Local musician Shannen Moser leads tonight’s bill at The Pharmacy down in Point Breeze. Moser brought her latest Oh, My Heart release to the WXPN studios recently, sharing three of her beautifully, emotionally intimate songs in a joint Folkadelphia / Key Studio Session. Stream the session below and get more info for the all-ages show, also featuring Harmony Woods, here.

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Preview the Don Giovanni Records Showcase with Screaming Females’ Guest DJ set on WXPN

Screaming Females | courtesy of the artist
Screaming Females | courtesy of the artist

Tomorrow night, Jersey independent label Don Giovanni Records kicks off its annual showcase — which this year has stretched into a three night affair, two at Brooklyn’s famed Knitting Factory and one at Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Church. The lineup is impressive to boot, a cross section of the label’s artists and friends with hardly any overlap between the three nights.

Here in Philly, the action is led by Screaming Females, the New Brunswick / Philly punk rock power trio renowned for high-energy live performances and frontwoman Marissa Paternoster’s guitar mastery. Joining them are raucous Alabama rockers Lee Baines III & the Glory Fires – late of Sub Pop’s roster, with a new album coming out on Don G this year – as well as Baltimore jangle-popsters Outer Spaces, Philly-via-Brooklyn punk outfit Worriers and D.C. power pop four-piece Bad Moves.

To get amped up for the show, Paternoster and drummer Jarrett Dougherty guest DJ’d on WXPN this week, highlight a couple songs from their fantastic 2015 album Rose Mountain and introducing us to everybody else on the lineup. They also talked about the early days of the Don Giovanni Showcase at Maxwell’s (R.I.P.) in Hoboken, the continued importance of the event as the label grows, and the closeness of some of the bands on this bill (Lauren Denitzio of Worriers evidently stopped by to borrow kitchenware while the playlist was being planned). Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Screaming Females will headline a Don Giovanni Records showcase at the Church on 2/4

Screaming Females | courtesy of the artist
Screaming Females | courtesy of the artist

We’ll take a good Screaming Females show wherever we can get it, but this one’s extra special. On February 4th, the New Brunswick power trio will headline the basement of the First Unitarian Church for a showcase of the esteemed record label they call home, New Jersey imprint Don Giovanni Records. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Johnny Brenda’s, Sorority Noise at First Unitarian Church, Daughter at The Electric Factory and more

Hardwork Movement
Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement is playing a record release show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s music boasts intricate jazz-tinged instrumental arrangements and a fierce pride of their deep roots in The City of Brotherly Love. 2016 was a fantastic year for the nine-member group: earlier this year they released their debut LP Good Problems, and a few months later they signed to Chill Moody’s #nicethingsMUSIC imprint. Come help Hardwork Movement celebrate and get a taste of their mixtape Draft Night at their last show of 2016 in Fishtown. Brooklyn-bred Tacuma Bradley’s Unity Band and Philadelphia singer-songwriter Julia Rainer are also on tonight’s bill. Check out the WXPN Concert Calendar for more information on this 21+ show, and check out Hardwork Movement’s performance of “City Bars” during a session with Philadelphia-collective Out of Town Films. Continue reading →

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Screaming Females, Moor Mother playing the Church basement in November

Screaming Females
Screaming Females | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Badass show alert: New Brunswick power trio Screaming Females will headline the basement of the First Unitarian Church on Sunday, November 6th. The band’s most recent album, Rose Mountain, came out via Don Giovanni Records last year. Tickets to the all-ages show are $15 and available now via R5 Productions’ website.

Joining them are their DG labelmates Moor Mother, the Philly experimental project helmed by Camae Defstar; their LP Fetish Bones is out next month. Continue reading →

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Girlpool, Radiator Hospital, Screaming Females and more to play Don Giovanni Records music fest

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Girlpool | photo by Simon Klein for WXPN

Don Giovanni Records has announced an anti-establishment festival of sorts, set to take place September 16th to the 18th at the Asbury Park, NJ Convention Hall. The New Alternative Music Festival will celebrate truly independent artists in a truly independent way, with no corporate sponsorship backing the event.

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Screaming Females, Cayetana, Amanda X are playing a Planned Parenthood benefit at The Church

Screaming Females | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Screaming Females | Photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN | rachelbarrish.com

UPDATE: The show has been moved to the First Unitarian Church due to popular demand.

Right-on show announcement of the morning: Philly power trio Cayetana, after a sick sold-out headlining gig at PhilaMOCA on Saturday night, will return to the venue on Friday, March 18th on the lineup of a just-announced benefit gig for Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA.

Joining them are the always-asskicking Screaming Females, along with fierce punk rock impressionists Amanda X, and Philly’s Dark Thoughts and Littler, who warmed our snowbound souls the other weekend with the new single “Slippery.”  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Screaming Females at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, Gooch and the Motion at World Cafe Live, Mahatma X at The Fire and more

Screaming Females | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Screaming Females | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

New Jersey’s Screaming Females have had quite the year: they released their sixth album back in February, they toured Europe and the US, and they celebrated their tenth anniversary and 1,000th show. With all this momentum, the punk rock trio show no signs of slowing down. They just hit the road this week with Potty Mouth for a two week tour, which makes a stop in Pennsylvania’s capital tonight at the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center. Get tickets and show info at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to their Key Studio Session below. Continue reading →

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How Screaming Females became the backing band for a rap cypher benefit at LAVA

Rockers! founder Camae Defstar, left, performs at an event in 2011 | Photo via facebook.com/thegoodfolksatrockers
Bridging Rap and Punk: The seeds of Friday’s cypher at LAVA came from Camae Defstar of Rockers! | Photo by D1L0 | via facebook.com/thegoodfolksatrockers

Last March, Ian Winter played bass in an impromptu rap cypher at the Lancaster Avenue Autonomous Space, better known as LAVA Space. It initially was a show booked by Camae Defstar, organizer of ROCKERS! and frontwoman of Moor Mother Goddess. But it ended up turning into an open floor jam with many MCs rocking the mic.

“We just jammed on one riff for a while and probably about eight or nine people freestyled on it,” says Winter, a member of the collective that runs LAVA Space and bassist for West Philly MC Ronnie Vega. He goes on to say a DJ eventually took over with his sample pad to keep the groove going.

The way that night turned into such a loose and welcoming jam was influential on Winter and he decided he wanted to book his own cypher with a live band. He wanted it to be an opportunity for either a show or a practice session for both MCs and musicians who are interested in both punk and hip hop. Continue reading →