Tag Archives: Band Interviews

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.

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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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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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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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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

Source: Philthy Mag

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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