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Anika Pyle finds her footing in the confessional “Good Woman”

Anika Pyle | photo by David Williams

Between her work with her former band Chumped, her current project Katie Ellen, and a newly announced collaborative group, Anika Pyle also finds an occasional outlet for songwriting under her own name. Her solo songs seem to appear when the Philly singer-songwriter has something that needs to be said. Pyle has been working on solo material lately, and she describes her new single “Good Woman” as “vulnerable: full of feels.” Continue reading →

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Anika Pyle of Katie Ellen joins Her Smell director Elisabeth Moss for a post screening Q&A at The Roxy

Katie Ellen | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

After years fronting former punk band Chumped and her current project Katie Ellen, local songwriter Anika Pyle knows a thing or two about the music industry. This weekend, she’ll share some of her insider knowledge during a Q&A following the Philadelphia Film Society’s screening of the new film “Her Smell.” Pyle will join the film’s writer and director Alex Ross Perry for a conversation following the 6:30 p.m. screening this Saturday, April 27, at the PFS Roxy Theater.

“Her Smell” stars Elisabeth Moss as a fictional punk rock singer, Becky Something, who saw major success in the ’90s but is now down on her luck and struggling with addiction. The story follows Becky Something’s journey to recovery as she reckons with her past and tries to reclaim the creativity and inspiration that made her successful.

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Join Roger Harvey & Family for an intimate side chapel gig

Roger Harvey | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

The basement of the First Unitarian Church has been home to members of the Philly punk scene for longer than anyone can remember. But occasionally, when a show calls for a quieter, more intimate sound, musicians emerge from the basement hall and into the chapel itself — the church-y part of the Church, if you will.

That’s just what Roger Harvey plans to do next month — in fact, he’s reserved the Church’s smallest performance space, the side chapel, for a solo show with a stacked opening lineup of local musicians. The show, happening April 20, comes as the latest installment of the Roger Harvey & Family tour, which has previously made stops in Pittsburgh and Chicago with different “family” members joining for each lineup. Continue reading →

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Listen to Anika Pyle of Katie Ellen contemplate guilt, shame and self-identity in the stirring solo song “The Void”

Anika Pyle | photo via anikapyle.bandcamp.com

Known these days as the singer-guitarist and songwriter at the front of Katie Ellen, and know previously as the voice of Brooklyn punks Chumped, Philly’s Anika Pyle occasionally forays into solo compositions and contemplations — as she did this week with the new track “The Void.” Continue reading →

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Stream the debut EP from talent-packed project The Rentiers

The Rentiers
Joel Tannenbaum | photo by Isaac Turner

The Rentiers is a blossoming four-piece of well known talent: Joel Tannenbaum, whose musical resume includes Plow United and Ex Friends (as well as occasional writing for The Key) and Mikey Erg, the punk ruck drummer who has a repertoire of former bands (The Ergs!, The Dopamines, etc.). Joining them on the album are Anika Pyle of Chumped, and Tyler Pursel of Goddamnit and Gym Class Heroes. Continue reading →