Category Archives: Philthy Mag

Get to Know Uni Tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, in Addition to Potential Flamethrowers, Glitter Bombs, and Naked Girls

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So Black Rebel Motorcycle Club put on one hell of a Rock’N’Roll spectacle last week at Union Transfer, the best the city has seen in quite some time… But there’s something about seeing a Rock’N’Roll show in a cramped and sweaty dive bar that is far more satisfying than on some mega stage that welcomes and embraces suburban commuters… and their children… or parents… Tonight glam rockers Uni kick off a short run of East Coast dates at our very own Kung Fu Necktie… The NYC-based trio have been kicking out late-‘60s-early-‘70s-inpired jams for the better part of a year ...

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Hannah Wicklund: “I’m just a classic rock girl”

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Although singer/songwriter Hannah Wicklund, frontperson for blues rockers Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones, is just 20 years old, she’s already more than a decade into her career as a professional musician.  Last week saw the release of the band’s self-titled LP, produced by Sadler Vaden of Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. They’re currently on tour, promoting their latest sounds, and  last week I got a chance to chat with Hannah from the road. When I ask about the highlights of her career, she tells me that the past year has given her a lot of inspiration.

“A lot ...

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Arc Iris: “We will put on as multi-dimensional of a show as we can, without taking up more space than is polite.”

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Arc Iris have certainly not been strangers to The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection in recent years, and we’re quite thankful for that… In Fall of 2016 the Providence-based trio played Boot & Saddle, touring behind their sophomore LP, Moon Saloon, which I characterized as, “A quirkily poignant postmodern electro cabaret,” and, “The best dream pop album since The Bird and the Bee’s debut.”  And last summer they returned to B&S while on tour with their re-imagining of Joni Mitchell’s BlueWell, Arc Iris are about to kick off a pretty huge tour opening for ...

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A Refresher Course on B.R.M.C.: The Early Years

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The turn of the century saw a pretty profound plethora of great neo-psychedelic shoegaze bands… However, none seemed quite so promising or managed to deliver to the same degree as San Francisco garage rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, or B.R.M.C..  It’s now officially been 20 years since they began and 17 years since their first LP.  Earlier this month Black Rebel Motorcycle Club released their eighth full-length, Wrong Creatures, on Vagrant Records, and they’re currently on an extensive US and will find themselves headlining Union Transfer next Tuesday, January 30th.  I’ve been slightly out of touch with the ...

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Inara George, Back to Solo (Sort Of), This Friday at Boot & Saddle

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It’s not exactly like LA-based singer/songwriter Inara George has been in hiding in recent years… Her folk group, The Living Sisters; comprised of herself, Becky Stark, Eleni Mandell, and Alex Lilly; have put out a number of records, and 2015 saw the release of Recreational Love, the fourth full-length by The Bird and the Bee, the synthy, postmodern lounge pop duo she partakes in with Greg Kurstin, arguably her best-known musical output.  However, her recently released Dearest Everybody is her first LP album since 2009’s Accidental Experimental.

In addition to sporadic ventures into these other musical projects, George ...

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Tennis, Catch Them Before They Take a Little Break

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About a week and a half ago I got a chance to chat with Alaina Moore, one-half of indie-popping husband-wife duo Tennis (Patrick Riley plays the role of husband and musical other-half.)  The pair had just kicked off their current tour, with a hometown show at the Ogden Theatre in Denver.  And, despite being a bit nerve-wracking, Alaina tells me that it was absolutely great: “It was amazing. I always have a little more trepidation when playing a hometown show.  I mean everyone knows you, so the stakes are higher.”

Tennis are currently about halfway through this round of ...

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YACHT: Looking to Make Some New Philadelphia Memories Tonight at Johnny Brenda’s

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“We always describe ourselves as, ‘danceable grunge,’” Claire Evans tells me, laughing, after I tell her that “Look Alive” reminds me of, “a synth pop appropriation of ‘90s alt rock balladry, like a synth pop take on a Luscious Jackson ballad.”  “I can’t wait to tell Jona that, he loves Luscious Jackson,” she replies. Claire L. Evans and Jona Bechtolt are best known as YACHT, the band that balances hyper-danceable beats with admirably lofty (and well-researched) cultural theory.  Claire tells me that a friend described their latest single, “Shame,” as, “suburban lawn K-pop,” which they found equally charming.  We’re discussing ...

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Dorothy: Returning Rock to the TLA this Saturday

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Although the majority of emerging bands of the “hard rock” persuasion have seemed largely stale and dated in recent years, LA rockers Dorothy have offered a ray of hope with their sleazy brand of ultra-heavy blues, reminiscent of the most Rock’N’Roll of Rock’N’Roll bands.  The band boasts super-sexy Southern riffs and a supervixen frontwoman (Dorothy Martin) who resembles a pin-up princess taking on the role of Taime Downe.  They released their debut LP, the-appropriately-titled Rockisdead, in the summer of 2016 on Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and they’ve basically been touring ever since.  They’ve played Philthy’s biggest festival, Made in America, ...

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Dorothy: Returning Rock to the TLA this Saturday

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Although the majority of emerging bands of the “hard rock” persuasion have seemed largely stale and dated in recent years, LA rockers Dorothy have offered a ray of hope with their sleazy brand of ultra-heavy blues, reminiscent of the most Rock’N’Roll of Rock’N’Roll bands.  The band boasts super-sexy Southern riffs and a supervixen frontwoman (Dorothy Martin) who resembles a pin-up princess taking on the role of Taime Downe.  They released their debut LP, the-appropriately-titled Rockisdead, in the summer of 2016 on Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and they’ve basically been touring ever since.  They’ve played Philthy’s biggest festival, Made in America, ...

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The Harmaleighs Talk About Life as Postmodern Vagabonds, Taylor Swift, and Nudist Colonies

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The touring season is coming to a close, however, there are still a small handful of upcoming shows in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection that are well worth braving the snow and cold.  This Monday, December 18th, singer/songwriter Chris Pureka will be headlining Boot & Saddle.  And while we’ve got much love (and affection) for Pureka, we’re actually most excited about openers, The Harmaleighs.  The sort-of-Nashville-based duo is comprised of Haley Grant on lead vocals and guitar and Kaylee Jasperson on bass and harmonies.  2015 saw the release of Pretty Picture, Dirty Bush, an ineffably ...

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The Harmaleighs Talk About Life as Postmodern Vagabonds, Taylor Swift, and Nudist Colonies

Source: Philthy Mag

The touring season is coming to a close, however, there are still a small handful of upcoming shows in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection that are well worth braving the snow and cold.  This Monday, December 18th, singer/songwriter Chris Pureka will be headlining Boot & Saddle.  And while we’ve got much love (and affection) for Pureka, we’re actually most excited about openers, The Harmaleighs.  The sort-of-Nashville-based duo is comprised of Haley Grant on lead vocals and guitar and Kaylee Jasperson on bass and harmonies.  2015 saw the release of Pretty Picture, Dirty Bush, an ineffably ...

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BIG|BRAVE: “Sonic exploration moving forward is definitely a main ambition with this band.”

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Montreal experimental rock trio BIG|BRAVE are wrapping up a pretty big year.  This September they released their sophomore LP, Ardor, on Southern Lord, and they’re finishing out the year with a short tour.  They’re currently on a batch of dates as direct support for noise rock legends Unsane.  Their final date of the year will have them playing Kung Fu Necktie this Tuesday, December 19th.  I recently got a chance to chat with BIG|BRAVE about their year.  Read what they had to say to me and check out their recent video for “Sound.”

Izzy Cihak: I realize this is a ...

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BIG|BRAVE: “Sonic exploration moving forward is definitely a main ambition with this band.”

Source: Philthy Mag

Montreal experimental rock trio BIG|BRAVE are wrapping up a pretty big year.  This September they released their sophomore LP, Ardor, on Southern Lord, and they’re finishing out the year with a short tour.  They’re currently on a batch of dates as direct support for noise rock legends Unsane.  Their final date of the year will have them playing Kung Fu Necktie this Tuesday, December 19th.  I recently got a chance to chat with BIG|BRAVE about their year.  Read what they had to say to me and check out their recent video for “Sound.”

Izzy Cihak: I realize this is a ...

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Get Ready for GAS @ Union Transfer

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If December hasn’t brought Philly enough electro-music-induced euphoria to close out 2017, make the Monday before Christmas a deep, reflective, night of transcendence with a special seated show at Union Transfer as R5 Productions presents Wolfgang Voigt, a.k.a. GAS. If Wagner were to go glam rock or Hansel and Gretel were to do acid, as Voigt’s label, Kompakt, describes, this would be the place to hear it.

After a seventeen-year hiatus, having reached a temporary peak in his career during the 1990s electronic scene, Voigt (with previous monikers you may know: MIKE INK, STUDIO1 or GRUNGERMAN) has returned to ...

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Get Ready for GAS @ Union Transfer

Source: Philthy Mag

If December hasn’t brought Philly enough electro-music-induced euphoria to close out 2017, make the Monday* before Christmas a deep, reflective, night of transcendence with a special seated show at Union Transfer as R5 Productions presents Wolfgang Voigt, a.k.a. GAS. If Wagner were to go glam rock or Hansel and Gretel were to do acid, as Voigt’s label, Kompakt, describes, this would be the place to hear it.

After a seventeen-year hiatus, having reached a temporary peak in his career during the 1990s electronic scene, Voigt (with previous monikers you may know: MIKE INK, STUDIO1 or GRUNGERMAN) has returned to ...

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Angel Olsen, A Brief and Insufficient History in 10 Songs (Tonight and Tomorrow at UT)

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I’m guessing many of our readers are currently counting down the hours to indie rock royalty Angel Olsen’s two-night stand this Tuesday and Wednesday at Union Transfer.  Hopefully you’re also concerned about the perfect duds for bearing the bitter cold because, in addition to being one of the most potent and poignant singer/songwriters of the century, she also manages to always look fabulous.  Although only 30, the songstress already has quite the catalogue.  At times she’s twangy, at times folky, and at times she’s quite rock’n’roll.  Last year Olsen released MY WOMAN, her third LP and most varied ...

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Angel Olsen, A Brief and Insufficient History in 10 Songs (Tonight and Tomorrow at UT)

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I’m guessing many of our readers are currently counting down the hours to indie rock royalty Angel Olsen’s two-night stand this Tuesday and Wednesday at Union Transfer.  Hopefully you’re also concerned about the perfect duds for bearing the bitter cold because, in addition to being one of the most potent and poignant singer/songwriters of the century, she also manages to always look fabulous.  Although only 30, the songstress already has quite the catalogue.  At times she’s twangy, at times folky, and at times she’s quite rock’n’roll.  Last year Olsen released MY WOMAN, her third LP and most varied ...

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas: Movies That Rock

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So, if you’re anything like me (broke and highly solitary), I’m guessing you haven’t even considered December holiday gifts thus far… And, if you’re really like me, you likely still appreciate a good, hard copy of your audiovisual materials (Don’t worry, I’m pretty sure most of these come in a soulless, digital format as well.)  Well, for those music fans that you know who still enjoy getting to see show, here are four recently released movies that… well, rock…

 

Black Sabbath: The End Eagle Vision

Although it’s generally easy to blow off dinosaur rock bands on their fifth decade, ...

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas: Movies That Rock

Source: Philthy Mag

So, if you’re anything like me (broke and highly solitary), I’m guessing you haven’t even considered December holiday gifts thus far… And, if you’re really like me, you likely still appreciate a good, hard copy of your audiovisual materials (Don’t worry, I’m pretty sure most of these come in a soulless, digital format as well.)  Well, for those music fans that you know who still enjoy getting to see show, here are four recently released movies that… well, rock…

 

Black Sabbath: The End Eagle Vision

Although it’s generally easy to blow off dinosaur rock bands on their fifth decade, ...

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QTY, Looking to Blow You Away this Thursday at Boot & Saddle

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QTY’s debut full-length drops this Friday, following-up a headlining show at our very own Boot & Saddle this Thursday, December 7th.  However, Dan Lardner and Alex Niemetz, the core of the NYC outfit, have been making music together for about a decade now, since they were teens.  In a recent chat they tell me that the self-titled record, due out on Dirty Hit, is essentially the evolution and culmination of all of that time as musical partners.  The album, produced by former Suede guitarist and producer extraordinaire Bernard Butler, is glitteringly grim, blending the poetically snarky aesthetic of proto-punk with ...

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QTY, Looking to Blow You Away this Thursday at Boot & Saddle

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QTY’s debut full-length drops this Friday, following-up a headlining show at our very own Boot & Saddle this Thursday, December 7th.  However, Dan Lardner and Alex Niemetz, the core of the NYC outfit, have been making music together for about a decade now, since they were teens.  In a recent chat they tell me that the self-titled record, due out on Dirty Hit, is essentially the evolution and culmination of all of that time as musical partners.  The album, produced by former Suede guitarist and producer extraordinaire Bernard Butler, is glitteringly grim, blending the poetically snarky aesthetic of proto-punk with ...

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Me Not You, Getting it Started for Gary Numan This Wednesday at UT

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I’m hoping many of our readers are more than a little excited for Synth-Rock innovator and legend Gary Numan to take the stage of our very favorite mega-venue (Union Transfer) this Wednesday, December 6th, armed with his recently-released, twenty-first studio album, Savage (Songs from a Broken World).  However, I would also hope that those of you with such taste are still getting excited about newer incarnations of those sounds.  Opening the show are NYC’s Me Not You, a brand new project that we first met this Spring, as they were preparing to play their very first shows (including a ...

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Me Not You, Getting it Started for Gary Numan This Wednesday at UT

Source: Philthy Mag

I’m hoping many of our readers are more than a little excited for Synth-Rock innovator and legend Gary Numan to take the stage of our very favorite mega-venue (Union Transfer) this Wednesday, December 6th, armed with his recently-released, twenty-first studio album, Savage (Songs from a Broken World).  However, I would also hope that those of you with such taste are still getting excited about newer incarnations of those sounds.  Opening the show are NYC’s Me Not You, a brand new project that we first met this Spring, as they were preparing to play their very first shows (including a ...

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A Brief Refresher on Deer Tick

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As we all know, the touring season is winding down, but there are still a handful of pretty amazing Philthy shows well-worth getting excited about in the next couple of weeks.  And I can guarantee you that none are more worth getting excited about this week than Deer Tick’s show at Union Transfer this Friday, December 1st.  The Americana garage rockers are currently touring behind their sixth and seventh studio albums; Deer Tick, Vol.1 and Deer Tick, Vol. 2; each released this September on Partisan.  The two albums showcase the sonic spectrum of the band’s musical loves, with Vol. ...

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A Brief Refresher on Deer Tick

Source: Philthy Mag

As we all know, the touring season is winding down, but there are still a handful of pretty amazing Philthy shows well-worth getting excited about in the next couple of weeks.  And I can guarantee you that none are more worth getting excited about this week than Deer Tick’s show at Union Transfer this Friday, December 1st.  The Americana garage rockers are currently touring behind their sixth and seventh studio albums; Deer Tick, Vol.1 and Deer Tick, Vol. 2; each released this September on Partisan.  The two albums showcase the sonic spectrum of the band’s musical loves, with Vol. ...

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