Slutever (comprised of former Philadelphians Rachel Gagliardi and Nicole Snyder) just made their new EP, Almost Famous, available for streaming. Channelling Kate Hudson’s character in the film of the same name, Slutever tweeted, “it’s all happening.” And it is all happening for the grungy punk duo. Continue reading →
The reason Cleo Tucker started playing guitar was because she and British multi-genre performer, Joan Armatrading, have the same birthday. She was seven and saw the musician play a concert after she finished school one day.
When Harmony Tividad was a kid, she would sing a lot, so her parents put her into choir and piano lessons.
“My dad is a bass player and played a lot of music when I was a kid,” she said. She was 13 when she started playing bass; she’s 19 now.
Tividad and Tucker were both born and raised in Los Angeles. They are the two halves of the girl-punk duo Girlpool, and started attending shows in the downtown scene when they were sixteen. Continue reading →
When punk duo Rachel Gagliardi and Nicole Snyder of Slutever released “White Flag” in October 2013, the track was viewed as a final farewell to Philly. With lyrics like, “I just gotta get away ’til my head’s clear/I can’t create, I’m not inspired here,” it came as no surprise when Gagliardi and Snyder packed their bags and moved to the west coast.
Luckily, they’re still churning out grungy tracks about the struggles of growing up. Continue reading →
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.