Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mannequin Pussy at Everybody Hits, Soraia at The TLA, Steady Hands at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Mannequin Pussy | photo by Sam Rudich | courtesy of the band

Digging last week’s Key Studio Session with Mannequin Pussy? Catch the local outfit at Everybody Hits tonight to welcome them home from a long tour and celebrate the release of their stellar new LP Romantic. More information for the all-ages show with Spirit of the Beehive and Beth Israel can be found here. Stream the Key Session here and listen to “Emotional High” below. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council.

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Steady Hands take a victory lap with retrospective Rude Boys of Bar Rock LP, new single

Steady Hands' Sean Huber | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist
Steady Hands’ Sean Huber | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

The members of Modern Baseball are in a lot of different bands, so those trying to keep track of it all have their work cut out for them. Within the last year, we’ve seen releases from Vicky Speedboat, Broken Beak, Slaughter Beach, Dog, and Modern Baseball itself, and now, Sean Huber’s Steady Hands is primed and ready to join that list. The Philadelphia septet has just announced Rude Boys Of Bar Rock, a retrospective double LP featuring material culled from the band’s first four EPs, including a newly re-imagined version of its first, Not Many Of Us Left. To celebrate, they’ve set up a slew of release shows and premiered a brand new song as a cherry on top of it all. Continue reading →


Don’t miss Creepoid, Steady Hands, Mercury Girls, Amanda X and LOTS more at Love On The Streets


Creepoid | photo by Jammi York

Love On The Streets, or more affectionately known as LOTS Fest, is “reloaded” and ready to go after being rained out in May. It’s LOTS Fest’s second year running, after debuting last year in an effort to “reimagine skateboarding in the city through art and culture.” The fest will be held on Saturday, July 9th at Paine’s Park, on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Proceeds from the event will benefit Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund, which aims to “rebuild and diversify city spaces and experiences that foster the love of skateboarding and urban creativity.” Continue reading →


Catch Lithuania, Steady Hands, Mumblr and more at the 2016 Love On The Streets Festival

Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

The weather has finally started to come around, the trees are in full bloom, which can only mean one thing: it’s finally spring in Philadelphia. And what better way is there to celebrate than by attending an outdoor festival?

The second annual Love On The Streets Festival is set to take place on Saturday, May 14 at Paine’s Park. The festival is a celebration of Philly’s street life, and will feature a skateboarding competition, live art, a beer garden, and most importantly, a ton of live music. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Steady Hands at Boot and Saddle, RFA at The Fire

Steady Hands | Photo by Jessica Flynn | | via
Steady Hands | Photo by Jessica Flynn | | via

Sean Huber steps out from behind the drumkit and to the microphone in Steady Hands, the folk-punk outfit he’s been fronting when percussive duties with Modern Baseball don’t have him traveling around the world. This year, Steady Hands released the very lively and revved up Tropical Depression EP – a feisty set that reminds me a lot of fellow Philadelphians Mischief Brew in the way it sonically holds The Germs and Op Ivy in equal esteem as The Pogues and Billy Bragg. Tonight, the band headlines Boot and Saddle for the final night of Weathervane Music’s December residency, and rumor has it one lucky ticket holder will win an autographed vinyl copy of MoBo’s You’re Gonna Miss It All LP. More information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the title track to Tropical Depressionbelow. Continue reading →


Download Silver Linings Charity Compilation by Punk Talks

Silver Linings | artwork by Leah Kroger

“You don’t have to be sad to make great music.” This is the slogan for Punk Talks, an organization whose mission is to provide free mental health services to musicians and industry workers. This week, Punk Talks released Silver Linings, a 60-track charity compilation to raise funds for its mission. The compilation features music from some of the best young punk bands today, including Philadelphia’s Steady Hands, Hurry, Mumblr, Broken Beak, (and my band, Plainview). You can purchase a custom t-shirt here to support this cause. Listen to the Silver Linings Charity Compilation below! Continue reading →


Watch Steady Hands’ folk-punky Schuylkill Sessions performance

Sean Huber of Steady Hands plays for Schuylkill Sessions
Sean Huber of Steady Hands plays for Schuylkill Sessions

Accented by cool fall foliage and the passing of vehicles on I-76, Sean Huber of Steady Hands performed two tracks along the river for the Schuylkill Sessions video series. Huber, who is also the drummer for Modern Baseball, strummed through sunny acoustic riffs on “Warren.” The full-band track features gritty, heavier punk vocals, but this take shows Huber’s mellower side. “The Libertines” is a folk-punk anthem and in the stripped-down version, Huber comes across gritty yet honest. Check out the two acoustic tracks below and you can watch additional Schuylkill Sessions on their YouTube channel. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Katie Frank and the Pheromones at Rittenhouse Square, Steady Hands and W.C. Lindsay at The Fire, Leana Song at Penn Museum

Katie Frank and the Pheromones
Photo by Will Hoover

Katie Frank and the Pheromones
play a free show tonight at Rittenhouse Square as part of Philadelphia Weekly’s Concerts in the Park series. Last year, the band recorded a rockin’ Key Studio Session and released their debut single, “Tunnel Vision.” This year, the band’s timeless debut LP Counting Your Curses came out. In an interview for the band’s feature on The Key’s Unlocked, Frank explained the difference between performing solo to performing with The Pheromones: ““I feel so much more empowered when I’m onstage with the band. I can be timid when it comes to singing my songs.” Catch the empowered Katie Frank and the Pheromones, along with DJ Lisa Love and Divers tonight. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the title track from Counting Your Curses below. Continue reading →


Steady Hands and The Hundred Acre Woods will shake up the Tin Angel

Steady Hands | photo by Allison Newbold |

Pop / punk outfit Steady Hands – the solo project of Modern Baseball drummer Sean Huber – is joining forces with folky DIY scene faves The Hundred Acre Woods for a coheadlining at Tin Angel on May 29th. This is probably the most raucous lineup the laid-back Old City venue has seen. Ever.

In addition, Huber has promised to play some new jams for the performance, which is always a bonus. For more info check out the facebook event page here. Get tickets for the performance here. Watch Sean Huber of Steady Hands perform “Southern Dream” for FeedbackLoop below.

Steady Hands – “Southern Dream” – FeedbackLoop Sessions from FeedbackLoop on Vimeo.