Here’s some news we didn’t see coming: beloved Philly punks Swearin’,who broke up in 2015 after a several-year run, are reuniting. They’ll be joining indie rock icons Superchunk on the road next spring for a string of shows, and lucky for us the tour includes a stop at Union Transfer on April 4. Continue reading →
Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is a very, very special one. Formed in 2007 by sisters Katie and Allison Crutchfield, p.s. eliot released several albums, EPs and singles before disbanding a few short years later. Katie went on to record as Waxahatchee and Allison formed numerous bands of her own, including Swearin‘ (and she’s about to launch her solo career with backing band The Fizz). Reuniting for a string of tour dates (including two sold out stops at PhilaMOCA), p.s. eliot stopped by our studios to play songs from their career-spanning archival release 2007-2011. Joining to Crutchfield twins are guitarist Will Granger and bassist Katherine Simonetti.
Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is even more special than usual, and it’s all thanks to our latest Live Studio Session. Listen in at 11pm ET on WXPN (shortly after the September edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P) for, among other things, a live session with p.s. eliot. The band, formed by twin sisters Katie “Waxahatchee” and Allison “Swearin’/The Fizz” Crutchfield, are currently on a short reunion tour commemorating a new reissue of their entire recorded output, 2007-2011. They stopped by our studios to warm up and play a few of the beloved band’s songs live. There’s a lot of excitement around this session, and you can see why thanks to our friends at NPR Music and Vuhaus, who are hosting a video clip of one of the session’s songs. Check that out HERE.
Also in the mix tonight, a spotlight on the new album from noisy NY/Philly rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars, swirling psych from Montreal’s Elephant Stone and the first-ever solo song from Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon released under her own name. Preview those (and more) below…
Swearin’ singer Allison Crutchfield recently released her debut solo EP, Lean In To It, and it’s a masterful, fuzzy reverie on love. The album features duets with Radiator Hospital Sam Cook-Parrott, a friend and muse of Crutchfield. He also plays bass throughout the album and co-wrote the lyrics for “Lupe”.
Lean In To It starts with “SUPERMOON”, a slow, dreamy lo fi number which sets the tone for the rest of the album. Continue reading →
Punk rock rules! This year’s OK FEST will be held on August 1st and 2nd at Golden Tea House and Nacho House. There’s a seriously strong lineup including Cayetana, who were recently featured on NPR, The Ambulars, Hound, Amanda X, Swearin’, and more. Brooklyn punk rockers, Worriers play on Friday, and Massachusetts indie-rockers Speedy Ortiz will play on Saturday. Speedy Ortiz recently played Bonnaroo and released an EP, Real Hair, back in February.
Fuzzy indie rock quartet Swearin’ headlined a gig at Boot and Saddle on Friday night. Fronted by Allison Crutchfield, Swearin’ was started after the band she was in previously with her sister Katie – P.S Eliot – broke up. Katie went on to start her indie solo project, Waxahatchee, after the split.
With three releases to their credit – What A Dump, their 2012 self-titled release, and 2013’s excellent Surfing Strange, Swearin’ played the audience of punk fans a wide selection of songs from their albums. Allison expressed her love and adoration for Philadelphia’s DIY punk scene and happily announced that she and Kyle Gilbride (guitar/vocals) would be moving back to Philly soon. Allison and Kyle have a great chemistry together, both singing and playing guitar. Kyle’s vocals are reminiscent of mid-90’s grunge. Allison was very cute and cordial, yet fierce at times when the songs called for that.
The show was the last date of a short tour with all-girl indie-punk four piece Potty Mouth, and West Philly punks Urine Culture.
Another new music-packed Indie Rock Hit Parade is in your future! Tonight at 10pm on XPN, to be precise. There’s a whole lot of new music to get to, including new tracks from…well, have a gander below and tune in tonight to hear these (and more) in the mix!
In November, indie rock four-piece Swearin’ released its sophomore album Surfing Strange and embarked on a somewhat epic tour in support of it. The month before, the band had just done a month across Europe. We caught them just in between the two, and when they came by WXPN to record for the Indie Rock Hit Parade, they showed the precision and tightness of a band that had been on the road for a long while, matched with the fire of a band that was still fresh enough into the game that they were going to go right back out and blow away crowds again.
The next time Swearin’ rolls through Philly will be New Year’s Eve for a show at Johnny Brenda’s with Screaming Females and Batty. If it has an ounce of riled-up vibe you hear in the recordings below, it’ll be a tremendous show, though we suspect it will have several more ounces; tickets and information can be found here. Stream and download Swearin’s Indie Rock Hit Parade session below.
Tonight we close out a phenomenally fun year of the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Before we break for a brief hibernation, we’ve got a zinger of a show to share tonight at 10pm. We’ll hear an Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with the Philly/NYC band Swearin’, who just released an awesome new album called Surfing Strange. Plus, we’ll hear a smattering of original and classic indie holiday tunes!
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.