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Find your community in Worriers’ new video for “The Possibility”

Worriers | photo by Jake Cunningham | courtesy of the artist

Philly-via-Brooklyn punk rockers Worriers take us to through a sunny summer day in Asbury Park in their new video for “The Possibility,” a track from the band’s recently-released sophomore album Survival Pop. As we follow the video’s protagonist around on a bicycle, though, it becomes clear that the laid-back vibes of the Jersey Shore aren’t always so idyllic.

“The Possibility” is songwriter Lauren Denitzio’s response to growing up queer in New Jersey, feeling out of place and trying to find community. “Searching for a song about a love that might have been between anxiety and hindsight,” Denitzio sings, as we see just how isolating a crowded boardwalk can be. The video, directed by Emily Dubin, ends with Denitzio and their bandmates welcoming the lonely character into their party, as they all take comfort in their group of friends. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Worriers

As far as album titles to encapsulate the state of the world in the year 2017, Survival Pop is about as on the nose as you can get.

The sophomore outing from punk rock four-piece Worriers — the project of singer / guitarist Lauren Denitzio, who relocated to Philadelphia from Brooklyn last year — boils over with rage and frustration in an era where the rights of marginalized members of American society are under attack.
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Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cool Moon at Lava Space, Worriers at Johnny Brenda’s, The Hooters at Keswick Theater, and a whole bunch more

Cool Moon | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Houston’s Cool Moon is passing through Philly tonight at West Philly’s Lava Space. Helmed by frontwoman Andrea Lisi — who was the lead singer of the early aughties’ DIY D.C. power trio, Del Cielo — this new trio still rocks just as hard. Find more info on the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar, then stream their latest album Postparty Depression on Spotify below. Continue reading →

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Worriers share new single “Gaslighter,” gear up for Johnny Brenda’s show in November

Worriers | photo by Jake Cunningham | courtesy of the artist

The release of Worriers‘ upcoming LP Survival Pop is just a few weeks away, and the anticipation is building as the band shares the album’s third single, called “Gaslighter.” The Philly punks recently moved to town via Brooklyn, and we’re so glad they did — it’s always great to be able to say that one of our up-and-coming favorite bands is from our hometown. Even better, Lauren Dinitzio and crew are bringing their new tunes to Johnny Brenda’s for a record release show on Nov. 3. They’ll be joined by fellow Philly acts Thin Lips and Katie Ellen for the celebratory show. Continue reading →

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Worriers go back to their teenage years with new single “The Possibility”

Worriers | photo by Jake Cunningham | courtesy of the artist

Philly-via-Brooklyn punk rockers Worriers have shared the second single off their upcoming LP via SideOneDummy Records. Survival Pop is due out Sept. 29. “The Possibility” follows up the album’s first single, “Future Me,” which we shared with you in June.

Unlike the first single, “The Possibility” looks backward instead of forward. It is Worriers’ vocalist/guitarist Lauren Denitzio’s reply to their reality of growing up queer in New Jersey, a testament to the fact that not every NJ kid experiences the same life. “This song is for teenage me, who needed a love song that wasn’t just about riding around town with your sweetheart down the shore,” Denitzio says. It takes off from the get-go, emitting the triumphant sound that Denitzio intended to ooze from this record. It’s an anthem of self-preservation. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mitski at Union Transfer, Cayetana at Skid Row Garage & more

Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist
Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Indie rock goddess Mitski returns to Philadelphia tonight in another round of touring to support her latest album Puberty 2The singer-songwriter has made her way through several local venues from our own World Cafe to First Unitarian Church to PhilaMOCA and more, and this time around she has graduated to headlining Union Transfer. Mitski’s cutting lyrics and powerful voice driven by electric guitar makes for an intimate live performance in both the quiet moments and in the loud no matter the size of the venue. The night will also be a hometown show for Philly-based opener Half Waif who will be on the road with Mitski for the duration of the tour. For more information on the sold out show, click here. Continue reading →

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Worriers sign to SideOneDummy for new LP, share lead single “Future Me”

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Worriers | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Recent Philly transplants Worriers dropped some hints about a new album back in April when they talked with The Key’s Rob Huff, saying it wouldn’t be long before we could hear the new songs. Well, the time has finally come – today brings the LP’s lead single along with the exciting and well-deserved announcement that the punk outfit has signed to SideOneDummy Records.

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Stream Cayetana’s jam-packed and resilient LP, New Kind of Normal

Cayetana | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist
Cayetana | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

Well, friends — the day has finally arrived. Philly’s favorite punk trio has gifted your patient waiting by dropping an early online stream of their new record, New Kind of Normal, over at Hype Machine. And gosh dang, what a gift this is.

Cayetana’s new album does not disappoint in the slightest, as the record’s twelve songs weave a beautifully powerful rollercoaster narrative where the band faces adversity and personal struggle with a resilient roundhouse kick to the face. Continue reading →

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In Conversation with Worriers’ Lauren Denitzio

Worriers | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Worriers | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Punk collective Worriers made quite the well-earned splash two years ago with their fiery, Laura Jane Grace-produced debut album Imaginary Life. Their fans will get to see a softer, subtler side of the group’s sound, however, when front person Lauren Denitzio and drummer Mikey Erg strip things down to open for the one and only John K. Samson at World Café Live next week. Leading up to it, I chatted with Lauren about where things stand with the Imaginary follow up, their recent move to Philly, and how to motivate in the new political landscape. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Worriers at Kung Fu Necktie, Maceo Parker at World Cafe Live at the Queen, The Dove and the Wolf at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Worriers | photo via Don Giovanni Records

Led by Brooklyn songwriter Lauren Denitzio, Worriers made a splash last year with their Don Giovanni Records debut Imaginary Life, produced by Laura Jane Grace of Against Me. Tonight, the band brings its pre-summer tour to Philly with a headlining gig at Kung Fu Necktie. Joining them is Mikey Erg who, technically, would be joining them anyway as he plays guitar in the band. But he’s got a great solo record out now (also on Don Giovanni) called Tentative Decisions, and plays an opening set of his own. Also on the bill are Philly’s Littler and Swanning; tickets and more information on the show can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch Worriers’ video for “Most Space” below.
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