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Swearin’ frontwoman Allison Crutchfield goes introspective on Lean In To It

Swearin' | Photo by Megan Kelly
Swearin’ | Photo by Megan Kelly

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 →

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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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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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Listen to Swearin’s Surfing Strange via NPR Music First Listen (playing Golden Tea House on 11/8)

Swearin-Dust-In-The-Gold-Sack-Video-608x371Snarling indie rock four-piece Swearin’ will release its sophomore record Surfing Strange next Tuesday via Salinas Records. Since the release of its buzz-making 2012 debut, the formerly Brooklyn-based band relocated to West Philadelphia, played a string of high-profile shows up and down the northeast corridor and set to work recording the new record. Surfing Strange is a big step forward for the band in terms of both production and hooks – these songs are both gritty and infectious – and this week it’s streaming in its entirety via NPR Music’s First Listen series. NPR’s Daoud Tyler-Ameen writes this about the band’s growth:

With Surfing Strange, out Nov. 5, Swearin’ is up from two singers to three, and the personalities at play are even more distinct. [Frontwoman Allison] Crutchfield’s vocals are soft and rounded and tend to sink into their noisy surroundings, letting her tone and the heft of her breaths do as much talking as the words themselves. Gilbride is the best shouter of the bunch, with a nasal edge that could strip paint off hardwood and an acutely cute way of bending his vowels. Bassist Keith Spencer is the group’s resident quiet Beatle, or perhaps its James Iha: His hushed turn in “Melanoma” is a spiritual cousin of “Take Me Down,” dreamy and sad and sung as if through layers of cheesecloth. And though drummer Jeff Bolt’s voice isn’t heard, the prankster grin he’s known to wear when Swearin’ performs is palpable on these recordings as well.

Listen to Surfing Strange in its entirety here. The band kicks off its fall / winter tour with a record release party at Golden Tea House on Friday, November 8th. Get information on the show here, and watch the “Dust In the Gold Sack” video below.

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Watch Swearin’ rock out in a painter’s studio for their “Dust in the Gold Sack” video

Screen shot 2013-10-21 at 11.02.50 AMWest Philly based rockers Swearin‘ are about to head out on tour in support of their sophomore album, Surfing Strange, out next month on Salinas Records. Today we’ve got a casual and super fun music video that shows the four-piece rocking out to the irresistible single “Dust in the Gold Sack” in a painter’s studio with an awesome skylight. Not sure if this studio actually resides in the West Philadelphia house the camera pans across in the video’s opening moments, but its a pretty cool room nonetheless, filled with books and impressionistic portraits and books and Swearin’ frontwoman Allison Crutchfield’s twin sister Katie (of Waxahatchee) at about the 1:10 mark. Watch it below. Swearin’ kicks off tour with a Philly record release show at Golden Tea House on November 8th.