Category Archives: Philthy Mag

Get to Know Rad Horror This Tuesday at Boot & Saddle

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So, it might seem like this Tuesday at Boot & Saddle is a ladies-only affair, headlined by Chloe Chaidez’s New Wave revivalists, Kitten, and opened by the current queen of electro sass pop, Sizzy Rocket.  However, the band sandwiched in-between the two, LA-based Rad Horror, is just as… well, rad… At the core of Rad Horror is Dylan Jackson Scott, best known for his work writing and producing with Halsey and his previous indie pop group, Young Rising Sons.  And while Scott doesn’t abandon any of his roots in Rad Horror, he would seem to throw large portions of ‘80s ...

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Cherry Glazerr Kicks Things Off For Slowdive, This Wednesday at UT

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So, I’m guessing some of you are unhappy about not being in the bought-tickets-ahead-of-time club for shoegaze legends’ Slowdive’s first area appearance in around two decades this Wednesday, 11/15, at Union Transfer.  However, fans of the latest generation of musical badassery (whether you made it into the show or not), should be happy that hyper-groovy garage rockers Cherry Glazerr will get to play to another big Philadelphia crowd, when they open the sold out show at the 1,300-capacity venue (Earlier this year they headlined PhilaMOCA and last year they played both the Made in America Festival and an opening set ...

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The Dears: “The world always needs more beauty and love stories”

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Tonight, The Dears return to Philadelphia for the first time in more than six years.  The Montreal indie-poppers (who’ve been at it since 1995), led by husband-and-wife Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak, are touring in support of Times Infinity Volume Two, released earlier this year.  The album is the darker follow-up to, and second-half-of, Times Infinity Volume One, released in 2015, their first album in nearly half a decade.  In 2011 they were touring behind their critically acclaimed Degeneration Street and found themselves and the late-and-dearly-missed North Star Bar.  Well, tonight they’re headlining Philthy’s current favorite musical dive ...

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Suzanne Santo: “I… have a profound appreciation for my solo journey and how it’s made me grow.”

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This Monday, October 30th, Willie Watson, co-founding former member of Old Crow Medicine Show, will be headlining Boot & Saddle in support of his recently released sophomore solo effort, Folk Singer Vol. 2.  However, it’s the opening slot that we’re most excited about.  Kicking off the evening will be Suzanne Santo, one-half of Americana duo HONEYHONEY.  Suzanne will be promoting her solo debut, Ruby Red, which was produced by Butch Walker and hit shelves this August.  The album is composed of a charmingly morose collection of dusty and boozy blues and country ballads.  Yesterday I got a chance ...

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Boris: A Refresher Course in 10 Songs

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Having formed in 1992, this year Japan’s most legendary experimental rockers turned 25.  This July saw the release of Dear, Boris’ 23rd studio album.  The record was intended to be the band’s farewell… However, during the writing process they wound up with three album’s worth of material and decided they weren’t quite yet ready to break up the band… For a band that has famously, and often infamously, vacillated between many fringes of modern and postmodern music [from the avant-garde, to the doomy, to the droney, to the sludgey, to the noisy, to the shoegazey, to the ambient (in ...

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This is the Kit’s Latest: “Raging sax solo? Don’t mind if I do!”

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This July England-born, Paris-residing songwriter Kate Stables – better known as This is the Kit (the band is rounded out by a gently revolving cast of her closest musical friends) – released her fourth studio album, Moonshine Freeze.  The album is the band’s first for Rough Trade Records and was produced by long-time collaborator John Parish (best known for his work with PJ Harvey).  The album has been garnering critical praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Stereogum, and NPR MusicRolling Stone even noted her as an “Artist You Need To Know,” claiming that her latest ...

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Catching up with Tommy Stinson: Bash & Pop Opens UT for The Psychedelic Furs Tuesday

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This January Tommy Stinson treated the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection to one of his most intimate local shows in ages.  Instead of the mega-stages he found himself on when his legendary Replacements reunited, or those even bigger, where he played in his years in Guns N’ Roses, for this appearance Tommy found himself headlining the sold out, 250-capacity Johnny Brenda’s, with the newly revamped Bash & Pop (who later went on to play the even-crazy-smaller upstairs stage at World Cafe Live for Non-Comm).  Bash & Pop originally formed in 1992, as Stinson’s post-Replacements project, where he was ...

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Yelle, in the Club (Tonight at Boot & Saddle)

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If we’re voting on favorite pop cultural entities of the past week, mine is going to have to go to French electropop duo Yelle’s latest single, and accompanying video, “Romeo,” which premiered last Thursday via V Magazine.  “Romeo” is the third single the band has released since their third and last full-length, 2014’s Complètement fou, serving as a segue between that and their follow-up LP, due out next year.  The music video is an homage to Western cinema and youth culture.  And while most of the clips included are from fluffy, hetero teen movies (Fast Times, ...

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Skating Polly, Opening Things up for X, This Friday at Underground Arts

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So, word on the street (and, actually, also from a few quite credible, inside sources) is that X’s show this Friday, September 22nd, at Underground Arts (part of their 40th Anniversary tour) is just about sold out… So if you wanna chance to congratulate Exene, John, and crew on their fourth decade in the business, you should prob get on that shit… However, if you plan on making it out to the mega-sized-yet-still-very-basement-punk-show, I would recommend showing up a little earlier than most like to make their presence known on Friday nights, as openers Skating Polly, who take the stage ...

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Welcome To A 1970s Rock’N’Roll Nightmare

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Is it just me… or was pop culture allowed to be weirder in the ‘60s and ‘70s? Not necessarily better (although, let’s be honest, it was that, too), but weirder… This Friday, September 9th, Eagle Rock Entertainment is putting out 1975 ABC TV special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare on DVD for the very first time… The special features Alice Cooper performing vignettes of each of the tracks from his recently-released solo debut (Welcome To My Nightmare) in the role of Steven, a perpetually haunted young boy, with Vincent Price playing the role of The Spirit Of The ...

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Beverly: “You have to take care of the audience, show them you’re in control, and then bring them into your world.”

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We at PHILTHY MAG have been big fans of Beverly for quite some time (Well, since their start around 2013…)  The Brooklyn band blend the kind of sunshine punk of Best Coast and Beach Day with the the ’90 alt-isms of Kim Deal and Liz Phair… They began as a duo, comprised of Drew Citron (of Avan Lava fame) and Frankie Rose (known for her work in Dum Dum Girls, Crystal Stilts, and Vivian Girls) but, after recording 2014’s Careers, Rose bounced to Southern California and Citron took on the duty of band leader on her own.  2016 saw ...

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VÉRITÉ Returns to Sell Out Boot & Saddle, Bringing Along “Alt-Pop’s” Next Amazing Act, Tigertown

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We first met soulful, synthy, alt-pop chanteuse VÉRITÉ last May, prior to a headlining performance at Boot & Saddle, which would leave those of us in attendance believing that there’s no way the songstress (Kelsey Byrne) wouldn’t be massive in the very near future… Since then she’s played shows supporting Marian Hill and Betty Who at Union Transfer, and released her debut LP, Somewhere in Between, this June (Read our April chat in preparation of her last Philly stop.)  Well, tonight she kicks off a monthlong batch of headlining dates with a super-sold out show at Boot ...

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Blondie/Garbage @ The Mann

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Last Wednesday, August 2nd, Blondie and Garbage brought their Rage and Rapture Tour, which Shirley Manson fittingly referred to as, “the best summer camp ever,” to the Mann Center, in Fairmount Park.  And although neither band are exactly in their prime (Debbie Harry turned 72 last month and Butch Vig – Garbage’s drummer and producer of Nirvana’s Nevermind, Sonic Youth’s Dirty, The Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream, and pretty much every other “90s” record my students at Temple University are familiar with – celebrated his 62nd onstage that very night), for all of those who spent their angsty ...

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Tristen, Bringing Rock’N’Roll to Boot & Saddle Tonight

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Although one of our favorite singer/songwriters, Nashville’s Tristen Gaspardarek (better known simply as Tristen), seems to be constantly on the road and hitting up the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection (from the North Star, to upstairs at World Café Live, to Johnny Brenda’s, Bourbon & Branch, and the TLA – although not necessarily in that order – and just this March opening for buddy Vanessa Carlton at a super sold out show downstairs at World Café Life), it’s been a while since we’ve heard much new music, her last LP being 2013’s C A V E S, ...

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The Return of Now, Now, Monday at Boot & Saddle

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Brilliantly charming Minneapolis indie pop duo Now, Now, recently dropped their first new recording in half a decade, serving as the follow-up to their 2012 sophomore album, Threads, of which I wrote, “The synth-very-heavy album sounds along the lines of a pleasantly mellow trip on Jupiter.  It’s quite dark, but not scary.  In fact, the most existentially romantic aspects of heartbreak glimmer quite brightly throughout the release.”  In the time since then the band has stripped back down to its original duo, comprised of KC Dalager and Bradley Hale, with superfan-turned vocalist/guitarist Jess Abbott moving on to ...

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Arc Iris Does Joni Mitchell This Saturday at Boot & Saddle

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It hasn’t been long since The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection got a chance to catch up with Arc Iris.  Just last September the Rhode Island indie poppers headlined Boot & Saddle, while on tour supporting their sophomore LP, Moon Saloon, which I characterized as, “likely the best dream pop album since The Bird and the Bee’s debut, and similarly laden with chamber pop, synthpop, girl-group, and jazz influences.”  However, Arc Iris are already returning to our favorite local former honky-tonk this Saturday, July 8th, for a special performance which will have the band doing a synth-and-loop-laden ...

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Ticket Giveaway: Alex G w/ Japanese Breakfast at Union Transfer (07/08)

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Local songwriter Alex G, or (Sandy) Alex G, has been kicking out lo-fi experimental pop since about 2010, but there’s a decent chance he didn’t hit your radar until the past two years or so.  Fall of 2015 saw the release of Beach Music, courtesy of Domino Recording Company (his first non-self-released album), which garnered praise from basically all the music sources that matter, and 2016 he found himself playing guitar on Frank Ocean’s Endless and Blonde albums.  Prior to this Alex did pretty much everything on his lonesome, but for his latest release, Rocket, which came out ...

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Ticket Giveaway: Mitski at Union Transfer (07/07)

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For the past year+ New York-based indie singer/songwriter Mitski has been riding a wave of critical acclaim and packed shows surrounding her fourth and latest LP, Puberty 2, released last June on Dead Oceans.  The album received glowing reviews from the lofty likes of The Guardian, Pitchfork, and Spin and her last local show sold out The First Unitarian Church well in advance.  And while Mitski tends to be on the privately ambiguous side of public figureness (I’ve had several interview requests denied.), the album speaks in diary-level existential introspection on topics such as ethnically ambiguous existence, ...

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Another Side Of The Sea The Sea, Tonight at World Café Live

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Upstate New York folk poppers The Sea The Sea are currently working on a new album, with a slightly new sound… Although it’s looking like that won’t likely drop until 2018… However, the band are currently nearing the end of a string of live dates, which will have them headlining the upstairs of our very own World Café Live tonight.  The band, originally conceived of as a duo comprised of Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa, put out their debut LP, Love We Are We Love, in 2014, and followed it up with a 2016 EP.  The releases ...

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Welcoming Back Land of Talk, Tonight at Boot & Saddle

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It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard from Elizabeth Powell and Land of Talk.  Last month they released Life After Youth on Saddle Creek, their first LP since 2010’s Cloak and Cipher.  And they haven’t played Philadelphia since November of 2010, when they headlined Johnny Brenda’s.  However, we’ve clearly missed them, as their return to the city, tonight at Boot & Saddle, has been sold out for weeks.  Powell’s extended hiatus from music wasn’t actually planned, but brought on by a series of unfortunate events, most notable a computer crash, erasing everything she had been working on, and ...

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Bent Knee Bring Their Latest Musical Amalgam to Kung Fu Necktie This Tuesday

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Bent Knee’s Land Animal may best the most accessible art rock record of the 21st century… and that’s not a bad thing… The Boston band; known for their abrasive blending of baroque pop, metal, and avant-garde; is set to release their fourth LP on June 23rd, courtesy of InsideOutMusic/Sony.  And, despite what you might think, considering their recent trek through the states supporting mathcore legends The Dillinger Escape Plan (including a stop at Union Transfer), it’s their most popularly palatable to-date.  Bent Knee are currently on the road and will be bringing their latest sounds to Kung Fu Necktie ...

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Skating Polly, at Their “poppiest and slickest”

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It’s hard to imagine many people are having a cooler year than step-sisters Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse, better known as Skating Polly.  The post-riot grrrl, alt. rocking power poppers recently wrapped a batch of dates supporting X, they’re preparing to join Kate Nash on her tenth-anniversary celebration of Made of Bricks tour, and last month they released their New Trick EP, which was written and recorded with Louise Post and Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt.  And, lucky for us, in-between some of these gargantuan experiences, they have found themselves on a relatively intimate US tour, that will have them ...

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Skating Polly, at Their “poppiest and slickest”

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It’s hard to imagine many people are having a cooler year than step-sisters Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse, better known as Skating Polly.  The post-riot grrrl, alt. rocking power poppers recently wrapped a batch of dates supporting X, they’re preparing to join Kate Nash on her tenth-anniversary celebration of Made of Bricks tour, and last month they released their New Trick EP, which was written and recorded with Louise Post and Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt.  And, lucky for us, in-between some of these gargantuan experiences, they have found themselves on a relatively intimate US tour, that will have them ...

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Valley Queen’s Natalie Carol: “It’s important for me to write from a place of enjoyment and catharsis.”

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This Friday songstress/guitarist virtuoso Laura Marling returns to Philadelphia for a performance at Theatre of Living Arts. However, support act Valley Queen, who has spent the past month on the road with Marling, is equally worth getting excited about.  The LA-based band, fronted by Natalie Carol, boasts a blend of SoCal sunshine pop and gritty Americana rock, not dissimilar to contemporaries like The Wild Reeds and Heartless Bastards.  Valley Queen are currently working on finishing their debut LP and planning a lot of touring for the near future.  Last month I got a chance to chat with Natalie Carol about ...

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Valley Queen’s Natalie Carol: “It’s important for me to write from a place of enjoyment and catharsis.”

Source: Philthy Mag

This Friday songstress/guitarist virtuoso Laura Marling returns to Philadelphia for a performance at Theatre of Living Arts. However, support act Valley Queen, who has spent the past month on the road with Marling, is equally worth getting excited about.  The LA-based band, fronted by Natalie Carol, boasts a blend of SoCal sunshine pop and gritty Americana rock, not dissimilar to contemporaries like The Wild Reeds and Heartless Bastards.  Valley Queen are currently working on finishing their debut LP and planning a lot of touring for the near future.  Last month I got a chance to chat with Natalie Carol about ...

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