Rachel Andie, Tubey Frank, Babe Grenade and more will play Cherry-Veen Zine’s August residency at Ortlieb’s

Tubey Frank, Rachel Andie, and Babe Grenade will play Cherry Veen Zine’s August residency at Ortlieb’s

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.

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Music Auxiliary Support: Listen to Kristen and Paige of Cherry-Veen Zine guest DJ on XPN Local

Paige Walter and Kristen Levine of Cherry-Veen Zine at WXPN | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

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 →


NON-COMM Recap: Cherry Glazerr shows us what punk looks like

Cherry Glazerr | photo by Emily DeHart for WXPN

At one point in Cherry Glazerr‘s set, frontwoman Clementine Creevy turned her back to the microphone, leaned back limbo-style, jumped up and down — and didn’t miss a beat. That’s what frustrated feminist punk looks like in 2019 according to Cherry Glazerr, and if you weren’t immediately dancing along, ready to join the band or start one of your own, you must have been watching a different set. Continue reading →


R5 Productions’ Punk Rock Flea Market returns this December at the Cherry Street Pier

Punk Rock Flea Market
R5’s Punk Rock Flea Market | Photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Local show promoters R5 Productions may best known for the great concerts they stage around town all year long, but let us not forget the company’s other legacy. R5 is the founder of Philly’s original Punk Rock Flea Market; since 2003 they’ve organized the much-anticipated semi-annual event that brings together dozens of vendors and countless more shoppers for a weekend full of punk rock goodness.

R5’s flea will return this year on December 8 and 9 at the Cherry Street Pier, Philly’s newest community space. The event will host 50 vendors each day — no repeats — selling vintage goods, records, arts and crafts, and various other odds and ends; entrance is free. Continue reading →


Cherry is back with new EP Strong; watch video for “Don’t Be Long”

Cherry | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | courtesy of the artist

Philly five-piece Cherry has had a quiet year — or so we thought. Early this summer, the band was evidently busy recording a new 7″, and it’s out today both digitally and physically via Lame-O Records. Strong brings us three new tracks of classic Cherry rock goodness, plus a collage-like video for lead single “Don’t Be Long” that gives us a fuzzed-out look at the band’s life on the road that proves the perfect match for the hazy tone of their music. Continue reading →


Lame-O Records announces third annual Rock Residency featuring Cherry, Harmony Woods, Slaughter Beach, Dog and lots more

Cherry | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

Lame-O Records‘ annual Rock Residency benefit series at Boot & Saddle returns for its third year next month, and WOW would you look at that lineup. A Lame-O event never disappoints, but this year they’ve put together an exceptionally stacked roster of labelmates and friends to take over Boot & Saddle every Thursday in January. And it’s all for a good cause — the proceeds from each show will benefit several local charity organizations. Continue reading →


Free at Noon Flashback: Cherry fills World Cafe Live with its sunny sounds

Cherry | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

The winter weather is finally setting in. My coffee got so cold during my 15-minute walk to XPN HQ this morning that I had to stop for another coffee. And with snow in the forecast this weekend, it’s hard to fight the instinct to wrap up in a blanket and never move.

Cherry, however, came to Free at Noon prepared to fight off the cold with their laid-back, fuzzed-out, and all-around beachy and chill vibes. The band was up first for today’s Free at Noon doubleheader, bringing with them the relaxed vibes of their new LP Dumbness. Their set, though short, eased the crowd into a vibrant afternoon of Philly tunes, which included fellow members of the Lame-O Records family Slaughter Beach, Dog — it was the perfect way to take shelter from the winter winds.

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It’s a Lame-O afternoon this Friday when Slaughter Beach, Dog and Cherry play WXPN’s Free at Noon

Slaughter Beach, Dog and Cherry | via

A show like this Friday’s Free at Noon doesn’t come along every week — not only is this week’s concert a rare doubleheader, it’s also a chance to see performances by two of Philly’s best local acts together in one place — and at lunchtime, nonetheless. Slaughter Beach, Dog and Cherry will both perform, and while they’re each fixtures of the Philly scene on their own, lately their careers have been running parallel: both artists released debut LPs in October, and both played Lame-O Records‘ 5th birthday showcase a few weeks back. Continue reading →


PHOTOS: Slowdive and Cherry Glazerr at Union Transfer

Slowdive | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN |

Dreampop icons Slowdive performed to a packed house at Union Transfer last night, in support of their outstanding 2017 self-titled record — the band’s first in 22 years. The record glides along to a delicate wash of guitar tone, sound loops, and divine vocal harmonies from band leaders Rachel Goswell and Neal Halstead — last night, the new songs like “Slomo” sat beautifully alongside tracks like “Avalyn” from 1993’s Souvlaki. LA indie rockers Cherry Glazerr opened the show, and you can see photos from it below.

Slowdive wraps up it’s U.S. tour with a few more dates, including an appearance at the Et Cultura Festival in Florida this weekend. From there it heads to Japan in December, then Australia in January and February. Full tour dates can also be found below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: PINKWASH at Everybody Hits, Cherry at Boot & Saddle, Bryant Eugene Vazquez at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Pinkwash | Photo by John Vettese

West Philly punk rock duo PINKWASH are making some of the loudest, most rage-worthy tunes in the city right now, and they’ll bring their energetic and heavy sound to Everybody Hits tonight for a show with WAND, who are touring support of their recently-released new album Plum, and Darto. PINKWASH’s last release was their debut LP Collective Sigh in 2016, and they recorded a Key Studio Session earlier this year, which you can listen to below. Since guitarist / vocalist Joey Doubek has been busy on tour drumming for Downtown Boys and drummer Ashley Arnwine has been doing the same with Waxahatchee, getting the two bandmates in the same place at once has been rare this year — so don’t miss it. Find more information on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →