We here at The Key are far from the only ones spreading the good word about the Philly music scene; Cherry-Veen Zine is doing the Lord’s work too. Published by Kristen Levine and Paige Walter, with occasional assistance from designer and co-founder Laura Cherry, Cherry-Veen Zine highlights Philly musicians, visual artists, podcasters, and more. Every Wednesday night in August the zine will be hosting a residency at Ortlieb’s. Rising Philly stars like Spirithaus, Lauren Scott, Babe Grenade, and more will all make appearances throughout the residency.
A few years ago, Kristen Levine watched The Punk Singer, the 2013 documentary on Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna and the riot grrrl movement she helped propel from the Pacific Northwest scene to the national spotlight. It wasn’t just a movement about music, though. It was about art, it was about feminism, it was about independence and DIY — doing things by yourself, for yourself, and answering to no one.
Levine was inspired, and channeled that energy into Cherry-Veen Zine, a Philly music scene chapbook she began publishing in the spirit of the zine-makers she saw in The Punk Singer. Fleshed out with the work of graphic designer Laura Cherry, an initial run of six limited-edition issues popped up at places around Philly throughout 2016 — Milkcrate, Johnny Brenda’s, Steep & Grind, and Rocket Cat (RIP) — with lots of social media activity like gig photos and playlists filling the space between one print edition and the next.
But early 2017, however, the independent publishing grind had taken a toll on Levine, and she left Philly to spend a year in York, Pennsylvania. When she returned last year, she met Paige Walter — a Pittsburgh transplant with a background in education and journalism — and Cherry-Veen Zine was re-invigorated.
Last weekend, Issue 9 hit the streets, and on Tuesday night, Levine and Walter appeared on the WXPN Local show for a guest DJ set spotlighting their favorite Philadelphia artists — corey flood to Barney Cortez, Blushed to Pine Barons — and talk about their mission. Continue reading →
It’s Philly Folk Fest week! But it’s also a week for checking out indie rock on the waterfront, noise rock in Fishtown, hip-hop and jazz in Germantown, and more. Here are 15 concerts to see in the next seven days, all around Philly. Continue reading →