A year ago, Rachel Gagliardi and Nicole Snyder of Slutever moved from Philly to the west coast to rock out in the warmer Cali climate. Today the band released “Smother,” a grungey track from their upcoming EP, Almost Famous, due out February 17. The two-piece blasts heavy distortion in this track that features heavier drum and guitar than we’ve heard from them in the past, but no shortage of their screamalong punk choruses. Continue reading →
Brooklyn-based guitarist Steve Gunn will be playing PhilaMOCA tonight. Known for dabbling in different genres, Gunn has incorporated various styles into his eclectic sound including psychedelic, Gnawa and classical Indian music. He’s had a steady stream of new releases since his initial appearance on the scene and shows no sign of stopping, with this year alone producing three separate albums: a collboration with guitarist Mike Gangloff, Melodies for a Savage Fix; another with Mike Cooper, Cantos de Lisboa; and just this month, his solo album, Way Out Weather. Be sure not to miss this music maniac tonight! For more information, head to the XPN Concert Calendar. You can check out his NPR Tiny Desk Concert performance below. Continue reading →
Slutever have shared a new single, “White Flag,” that you can listen to below. The punk rock duo, Nicole Snyder and Rachel Gagliardi, are releasing the single on Quiet Year Records. The band did an interview with The Media in which they discussed what transpired in their lives in Philly that inspired their new song. As they tweeted: “NEW SONG!!! NEW FEELINGS TO EXPRESS!!! we love you”
The Media: Is the song more or less about Philly?
Rachel: I didn’t write the song so it’s hard for me to say, but I will say we recorded it at a very transitionary time. Nicole had decided to move to Seattle and we both had grown pretty apathetic towards Philly. Its a very small scene and in a lot of ways that was super helpful when we were first starting out-we had a close group of our friends bands to play with and there was a great community of people supporting DIY music. Slutever is very much a product of the environment it was created in and I think once the environment started feeling stale it was hard for us to write new songs. I think our new material very much reflects how we were feeling-burnt out, stifled, and ready for a change.
Nicole: It’s less about Philly and more just the way Philly was making me feel. I felt stuck. I think if I lived in any place for so long I would have felt the same way. I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, went to school in the city, and lived there for two years after that…it was too much. I guess Philly does have some unique attributes that contributed to the specific problems I was having. It’s really small. I was seeing the same people every day because I worked at two places that were a block away from each other, and I lived right down the street from there. The monotony of my daily routine was killing me. Philly’s also fairly easy to live in, financially speaking, compared to other cities like New York. I was pretty comfortable. There was nothing kicking my ass or motivating me to leave the couch. I was having this constant grass-is-always-greener issue, where if I didn’t leave the house, I would feel bad about myself, but when I did go out, I was just sort of absent-minded and wanted to go back home. It just got to a point where I didn’t want to do anything but get stoned and watch TV. I was pretty depressed.
This couldn’t be more perfect. Philly brat punks Slutever just announced that their long-awaited new 7″ is being released this spring by the venerable Delaware hardcore label Jade Tree Records. Known for its work in the late 90s indie and emo world (The Promise Ring, Jets to Brazil) as well as aughties punk (Paint it Black, Fucked Up), the label’s pedigree has always been loud, passionate and stridently DIY. Which fits Slutever to a tee. The Kyle “Slick” Johnson-produced 7″ is for the song “1994″ – which, if you’ve seen the duo perform in the last year or so, you know that the nearly six-minute cut smokes. The folks at Jade tree have this to say:
In 1994, underground music was dirty, stained with self-loathing and doubt. Losers ruled and the dirge of the Northwest had crept into the mainstream. It was an era that made a mark on a generation and inspired two young girls to pursue an unforgiving future in punk rock. But with a taste for underground comix, junk food and all things low brow, Philadelphia’s Slutever owe as much to Beavis and Butthead as they do to Kurt and Courtney.
Dangerous Ponies will be playing at MilkBoy tonight in celebration of their brand new four-song EP Tenderheart. Released just this month, Dangerous Ponies shifts their sound between fun loving indie, as well as some pop influence, but mostly, it is just a plain good time. The new release can be found to buy on their Bandcamp, where you can also purchase the release on vinyl. Also to be taking the stage is Philadelphia’s two piece punk band Slutever. The duo has various material available on their Bandcamp, one of which is their single released in February of this year. Tickets and information for the 21 and up show can be found here. Below, listen to the title track off of Dangerous Ponies EP Tenderheart.
We had a blast catching the excellent Philly pop troupe Dangerous Ponies in Austin, Texas last week for the MilkBoy / Bonfire Philly-centric SXSW showcase. They’re lively as ever, the new tunes are sounding great, and it’s always impressive to see how they squeeze their many members onto stages of various sizes. With their new Tender Heart 7″ in heavy rotation, we’re excited for their return to Philadelphia next weekend when they play MilkBoy for an EP release show.
Equally awesome is the opening set from power duo Slutever, who were also out on tour this winter and home just in time for the gig. The duo has been working up new material since their Pretend to be Nice 7″, and in the meantime treated us to their raucous cover of Hole’s “Violet” in a free download. With inbetween sets from touring bands from Utah and NYC, it’s sure to be a solid night of Philly-centric lady-centric rock and roll, and we’ve got a pair of tickets for you. Just comment below and you’ll be entered to win; we’ll choose a winner next Thursday. To get your pumped, listen to “Sparks” from the Tender Heart EP and Slutever’s “Violet” cover.
Autre Ne Veut celebrates the release of Anxiety at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The record follows up Arthur Ashin’s 2010 self-titled debut and references the musician’s experiences with psychoanalysis and anxiety through the lens of relationships. With Asher’s hooky falsetto and R&B beats accented by dream-pop synths and spacious choral backing vocals Anxiety is a sonic amalgam of his life up to this point influenced by the transcendent nature of karaoke. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Majical Cloudz can be found here. Watch the video for “Counting” below.
Boundary-pushing percussionist Mickey Hart – who, along with Bill Kreutzmann, made up the rhythmic core of The Grateful Dead – visits Philadelphia tonight for a show with his seven-piece ensemble. His latest offering, Mysterium Tremendum, is a cosmic record in the literal sense – it’s music based on sounds emitted by stars and planets. Mickey and his band appear tonight at The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St., tonight at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available here. Below, watch a live performance of their song “Let There Be Light.”
Returned from their August tour, Philly brat-punk duo Slutever makes an appearance tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, supporting like-minded L.A. fuzz-popper Colleen Green. The 21+ show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $8. Below, listen to “R.I.P. Maple” from Slutever’s Pretend to Be Nice 7″.
The folks over at PhilaMOCA have put together a mini-fest of epic proportions to welcome Alabama grunge surf rockers Nightmare Boyzzz. The line-up is fully stocked with local favorites including the pumped-up punks of Bandname, girl power-duo Slutever, and the garage-rock stylings of The Shakes and The Eeries. Also on the bill is Seattle’s pop-punk outfit Tacocat. Plus (((TACO))) of Philly’s The Love Club — fresh off their new release, Full Length — will also perform.
The fest is Saturday, July 15th at PhilaMOCA. Tickets will be available at the door for $10. Expect lots of free food and drink. More details are available on the Facebook event page. Below, stream Bandname’s latest release, “King of Surfers,” from their split 7″.
April 20 is turning into a significant date in the world of Philly brat punk duo Slutever – and not just ‘cause of the obvious reasons for a couple of self-proclaimed “McDonalds-loving stoners.” On this date last year, we released the band’s badass Key Studio Session; today, Slutever’s Rachel Gagliardi launched her own indie label, Bratty Records. From Gagliardi’s announcement:
Heavily influenced by DIY punk, Lisa Frank stickers, leather jackets, and grrrl power, Bratty hopes to put out music by bands that get it.
The label will deal in limited run cassette singles, beginning with the latest from Slutever itself: the Runaways-channeling “Pussycat.” The video for the song – directed by Philly photographer and videographer, XPN2 DJ and cassette enthusiast Eddie Austin – totally looks like something out of a high school TV lab circa 1994, exactly like it should.