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Lineup for West Philly’s OK FEST announced featuring Amanda X, Swearin’, Speedy Ortiz, Worriers and more in August

Photo by Pete Murray | http://petermurrayphotography.com/
Photo by Pete Murray | http://petermurrayphotography.com/
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 AmbularsHound, 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.

Go here for more details on the festival.

Below, listen to “Guatemala” by Amanda X.

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Swearin’ and Potty Mouth punk it up at Boot & Saddle

Photo by Megan Kelly
Allison Crutchfield of Swearin’ | Photo by Megan Kelly

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.

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New music alert! St. Vincent, Temples, ceo and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade

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James Vincent McMorrow | Photo courtesy of the artist

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!

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The Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Sessions: Swearin’

Photos by Madeleine Lesperance
Photos by Madeleine Lesperance

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.

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Deck the halls with the Indie Rock Hit Parade’s last show of 2013!

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Photo by Jesse Riggins

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!

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Just Announced: An amped-up New Year’s Eve at Johnny Brenda’s with Screaming Females, Swearin’ and Batty

Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Swearin’ at Golden Tea House, The Interest Group at Boot & Saddle, Vikesh Kapoor at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

Swearin’ | Photo by Jesse Riggins

Swearin’ is throwing its record release show for their new album Surfing Strange. Gaining popularity in the underground scene, the punk four piece is known for shout-along lyrics, multiple vocalists, and raging guitar hooks – something you also hear on its 2012 self-titled release. With the excitement building around their new album, which received a 7.6/10 on Pitchfork, Golden Tea House is hosting Philly’s punk show of the night. Pick up Surfing Strange here and get more information on the show here.

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