This week, local legends in the making Screaming Females capped off their first decade as a band with the release of the rollicking Rose Mountain. As slick and snarling as anything they’ve ever done, it makes a strong case for being the trio’s best work yet. In preparation for what is sure to be a righteous release show tomorrow at the First Unitarian Church, I caught up with singer-guitarist Marissa Paternoster, drummer Jarrett Dougherty, and bassist Michael Abbate to chat about their new record, moving to Philly and their last ten years playing together. Continue reading →
With a ten-year anniversary and a new album called Rose Mountain on the calendar this year, punk rock three-piece Screaming Females are giving away a guitarist’s dream bundle that matches Marissa Paternoster’s tour set-up. The giveaway includes equipment from G&L Musical Instruments, TSVG pedals, Earthbound Audio pedals, GHS strings, Don Giovanni Records, Slinger straps, and Guitar World. The contest is for one lucky winner and you can enter here through Feb. 17. Continue reading →
New Brunswick, NJ rockers Screaming Females have been hitting the road pretty hard this year, which means possibly two things. Either they just really love playing (if you’ve ever seen them in concert or heard Live at the Hideout, clearly they do). Or, perhaps, they’re also getting ready to follow up 2012′s raging LP Ugly. Definitely hoping it’s the latter, especially considering the recent “Wishing Well” that is available as a tour-only 7″. Listen to the track here via RollingStone.com, check out a recent live video from their current tour with Pujol and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
To spend the last Saturday of summer outside in beautiful weather is a must. But to get live music with the sun and warmth is even better. Throw in some punk and indie rock sensibilities and you get last weekend’s Don Giovanni Records showcase at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey. With the Raritan River as a stunning backdrop, the awesome forces of Screaming Females, Shellshag and six other bands were quite a treat. Continue reading →
XPN welcomes The Lawsuits to MilkBoy for New Years Eve. The jam-packed line-up, featuring the local indie roots-rock outfit with TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb and Commonwealth Choir, will ring in 2014 by performing songs off of their recent Cool Cool Cool release. Members of the bands got together recently to cover Van Morrison’s “Wild Night,” so a reprise of that performance may also be in the plans. Tickets and information for the 21+ celebration can be found here. Check out the cover video below.
If you’ve ever seen a set from North Jersey-based power-trio Screaming Females, you know there aren’t many better live bands out there right now. A lot of that has to do with frontwoman Marissa Paternoster, whose vocal pipes and guitar shreddery are unparalleled. But it’s also the trio as a whole that makes them so impressive – bassist Jarrett Dougherty, drummer King Mike – their locked-in interplay and high energy and slammin’ songs that just blast out the speakers. If you haven’t gathered, I’m a little bit excited about the Screamales, and today I’m even further excited to hear that they’ll be headlining Johnny Brenda’s on New Year’s Eve. Talk about getting 2014 off to an explosive start, amiright?
Also on the bill are Swearin’ – who, per this emusic.com interview, are sadly not based in West Philly anymore, but that’s okay, we dug ‘em before they moved to town and we dig ‘em still. Rounding it out is local three-piece Batty. This show will be insane and getting advance tickets is highly recommended; they go on sale at high noon this Wednesday the 13th of November via Ticketfly. Below, check out some highlights from each of the artists on the bill.
Four bands rocked First Unitarian Church to the core on Sunday night on the final stop of the Don Giovanni Records tour of Screaming Females with Waxahatchee, Tenement, and Trophy Wife. The night got under way on the basement floor where the dynamic duo of Philadelphia’s own Trophy Wife – drummer Katy Otto and guitarist Diane Foglizzo – took the breath away of all in attendance. It was this critic’s third time seeing them live and with each new performance, their rock prowess seems to grow exponentially. They are one of Philly’s greatest music treasures.
Next up was Wisconsin’s punkers Tenement. They were brash and energized, with lead singer and guitarist Amos Pitsch pouring every ounce of sweat into their set. They certainly know how to get the crowd moving, but their aesthetic is one of style over substance, so before one knew it they were gone.
Philly’s own Waxahatchee brought their indie cred to the forefront of the barely lit church stage. Band kingpin Katie Crutchfield and company unleashed tracks mainly from their 2013 masterpiece Cerulean Salt. The angular rock was the night’s counter to the punk and hard rock of the other three bands. Their set was a memorable slice of the contemporary hip.
The finale of Screaming Females was a culmination of the night’s styles, from the shredding expertise of Trophy Wife’s Foglizzo to the punk of Tenement and a dash of the present and future combined as found in Waxahatchee. Led by the mesmerizing Marissa Paternoster, they transported the packed basement of sweaty mostly twenty and thirtysomethings to the raw center of the desired elixir of perfect parts guitar, drum, and vocal. Swallowing the microphone and using her guitar as an axe of grand sound, Paternoster stirred the audience into a moshing frenzy that carried through to the end.
This was the 7th show in 10 days for this critic and the one I was looking forward to the most for the total music experience. It certainly lived up to and exceeded these expectations.
New Brunswick’s Screaming Females come to the First Unitarian Church tonight for a label showcase with Waxahatchee and Tenement. The indie punk trio, fronted by powerhouse vocalist / guitarist Marissa Paternoster and formed in the sweaty basements of North Jersey’s buried punk scene, released its fifth studio record last year on Don Giovanni, receiving critical acclaim from Pitchfork, Stereogum and A.V. Club. In the spirit of label collaboration, Screaming Females and Tenement just released a split 7″ that will be available during the fall tour. Tickets and information can be found here. Watch Screaming Females’ Tiny Desk Concert on NPR below.
New Jersey label Don Giovanni Records is putting together an amazing punk-fueled tour together for the fall. These label-mates all come at a punk sound from a different perspective. New signees Tenement, from Appleton, Wisconsin, come at it with their loud and distorted sound with hidden undertones of pop; Philly’s Waxahatchee with their stripped-down and introspective approcah; and New Brunswick’s Screaming Females rocking it out with some attitude. When you put label-mates like this on one giant tour together, it’s pretty hard to imagine the shows being anything less than amazing. The tour will hit The First Unitarian Church September 29th, but in the meantime you can listen to some music from each artist below.