• I M U R, “Shitty is Pretty”

    Vancouver’s self-described “genre-blending make-out music-making trio” I M U R recently released music videos for singles “Case of You” and “Sad Girls Club” that resemble Larry Clark and Harmony Korine’s highly stylized explorations of teenage wildlife.  So, it’s not surprising that during a recent chat producer/multi-instrumentalist Amine Bouzaher tells...
  • Buckcherry: “Rock hasn’t been dangerous for a long time now.”

    “I mean we’ve been around 22 years now, so there are people who’ll bring their kids now,” says Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd.  Buckcherry are currently on the road, supporting their forthcoming ninth studio album, Hellbound, which hits shelves June 25th. When their self-titled debut LP and hit single “Lit...
  • No Joy: “I really don’t sit around spinning the My Bloody Valentine discography on rotation.”

    Earlier during the pandemic, shoegaze savant Jasamine White-Gluz, the brainchild behind No Joy, released Motherhood, the first No Joy album in five years and their most eclectic and surprising yet.  The album; which was released via Joyful Noise and received praise from the likes of Pitchfork, The FADER, and...
  • Diamante Talks Taylor, Touring, and Ti… COVID

    “It’s funny because they call your second album ‘the sophomore slump’ because it’s the album that makes or breaks you, which is true!”  24-year-old, blue-haired, usually-leather-clad, chanteuse Diamante is reflecting upon the classic concerns associated with second albums in light of her own sophomore LP, American Dream, which dropped...
  • lùisa: “Third albums are always the best.”

    Ironically, lùisa’s third LP, New Woman, actually has the German singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist exploring a bevvy of vintage sounds.  The album, which deals with female-oppression-turned-empowerment on both a personal level and a sociopolitical level, borrows sonic sentiments from a lot of the best intellectual pop of the 1980s, making...
  • Welcome to Planet X: Emma Danner Talks Red Ribbon’s Sophomore LP

    “Music turns my pain into a process. There is peace and healing to be found in the process,” says Emma Danner in her latest press release.  Better known as Red Ribbon, Danner is referring to her second LP, Planet X, which drops this Friday, June 11th.  The album, which comes courtesy...
  • Kaylee Elizabeth Talks About her Latest “healing balm, prayers, and reflections.”

    Although Kaylee Elizabeth’s debut album is just dropping this Friday, June 11th, the Seattle-based singer/songwriter is not exactly new to music.  Kaylee is one-half of sister-brother folk duo The Native Sibling.  After the band’s last album, 2019’s Hammer is Heart, Kaylee began working on songs that were a little...
  • Indigo Sparke: “I’m trying to be present in the moment right now.”

    “The album was inspired by spending a lot of time in the desert, spending so much time in movement across the country, and being in a kind of particular poetic, existential state at a reflective time,” says Indigo Sparke of Echo, her debut LP, which was released this February...
  • Heartaches? Band of Silver May be Able to Help You Keep the Faith

    Sibling trio Band of Silver is doing classic pop rock better than anyone I’ve heard in quite some time.  Their music embodies all of the best elements of classic teen Cry-Rally-Dance anthems, combining the playful pomp of the ‘80s with the sympathetic sass of the aughts.  The band released...
  • The Dead Deads Are Alright

    According to their website, Nashville trio The Dead Deads include, “Failure, Bjork, Led Zeppelin, Blue Oyster Cult, NOFX, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Queen, Weezer, Helmet, Cream, Beck and The Pixies,” amongst their biggest influences… Although that sounds more than a little bit confusing, the actual sounds churned out by Meta...
  • Chase Cohl, “musician, writer, designer”

    Although Chase Cohl isn’t exactly a household name, she has been in the art and entertainment industry for quite some time now and managed to put her name on numerous of its facets.  With parents in the music industry, Cohl spent much of her youth on the road with...
  • Retro and Future Talk with Livingmore

    Had they gotten their start about 20 years ago, Livingmore would surely have been sharing the stages of the TLA and the Trocadero with the likes of Morningwood, Shiny Toy Guns, and Kill Hannah during my college years.   The LA quartet kick out sassy and sparkly post-punk jams whose...
  • PRONOUN Talks Getting Out of Her Apartment

    “It’s like an arena rock commercial pop album in your bedroom because you can’t play your instruments really well,” laughs Alyse Vellturo.  Vellturo, better known as PRONOUN, is discussing her OMG I MADE IT EP, which hits shelves June 11th, courtesy of Wax Bodega.  I recently got a chance...
  • Conquer Divide’s New Kind of Bangers

    … And the award for our favorite pandemic reunion goes to… Conquer Divide!  Okay, so that’s a little dramatic (and they never actually broke up), but this extended break from life on earth did provide us with the first we’ve heard from the metalcore outfit in quite some time. ...
  • Emlyn’s “had enough of that sad shit.”

    Well, it’s just about Memorial Day weekend, so it’s nice to know, according to Emlyn, that we officially have a “song of the summer.”  Earlier this month, the LA songwriter (who has co-written with the likes of Kiiara, Brook Williams, and Hailey Knox) released a sample of a new...
  • Mara Connor Talks COVID and Covers

    Last week Southern California singer/songwriter Mara Connor released the Decades EP, a celebration of some of the greatest songs of the second half of the twentieth century and also some of Connor’s best musical friends, with whom she collaborated on the five-song EP.  Connor covers songs by Fats Domino,...
  • Penelope Trappes on The End of a Trilogy

    “Musically speaking, I consider my aunties to be Patti Smith and Laurie Anderson,” says Penelope Trappes.  The Australian-born, Brighton-based musician is discussing the subject of artists, especially female artists, creating music after 30.  She goes on to also cite Pauline Alvarez and Laurie Spiegel as inspirations, saying, “These women,...
  • BEVERLEE: “I’m not trying to be like a mainstream artist.”

    “My goal is just ‘to be seen,’ and I don’t mean that in some narcissistic way, but ‘to be seen’ just meaning to exist,” says BEVERLEE.  BEVERLEE has been in the music industry for more than a decade now, although until recently, she’s primarily co-written for other artists and...
  • Magdalena Bay Talk Pop Music (Sat. at B&S w/ Yumi Zouma)

    In an age when it’s become okay for punks and hipsters to listen to Carly Rae Jepsen and Miley Cyrus, there may not be a more unabashedly and unashamedly “pop” artist worth listening to than Magdalena Bay…  The LA-duo, comprised of Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin, churn out something...
  • Squirrel Flower: “I’d tell people to come see me play live.” (Tues. at WCL)

    It’s hard to imagine a bigger change in setting than going from a DIY/BYOB batting cage in Kensington to a dinner theatre listening room on the campus of UPenn, but that just happens to be the case for folky singer/songstress Ella O’Connor Williams — better known as Squirrel Flower...
  • Audrey Mika: “My main goal as an artist is to be a mentor…” (3/3 at Voltage Lounge)

    2020 really does seem to be dominated by the young ladies so far… A few weeks ago 15-year-old Jayden Bartels provided one of the best sets we’ve seen in the year’s first quarter while opening for Echosmith, and one of our favorite releases, 5 A.M., comes courtesy of 19-year-old...
  • Roses & Revolutions, on Finding Their Brand (Tonight at MilkBoy)

    Tonight, electro-poppers Roses & Revolutions are kicking off their very first headlining tour at our very own MilkBoy and it’s, without a doubt, the thing most worth getting excited about this weekend.  Roses & Revolutions are Alyssa Coco and Matt Merritt, partners (musical and otherwise) hailing from Rochester, who...
  • Meet Jayden Bartels, “Gen Z’s ultimate triple threat” (Sat. at WCL, w/ Echosmith)

    If you’re looking for some charmingly enchanting post-Valentine’s Day plans, for better or worse, this Saturday indie poppers Echosmith are bringing their Lonely Generation Tour to World Café Live.  The tour is in support of Lonely Generation, just their second album and first since their 2013 debut, Talking Dreams. ...
  • Get Angsty with Poppy, This Fri. at the TLA

    Teen angst never really goes out of style… Whether you’re a thirtysomething music critic and humanities professor; or a twentysomething singer, songwriter, model, YouTube celebrity, performance artist, and author; the teen angst aesthetic would still seem to remain the most fun and popularly appealing way to stick it to...
  • Catch Up with Metronomy, This Sat. and the TLA

    Although it has finally gotten a bit chilly and the touring season is still yet to kick into full swing, this Saturday, February 1st, Theatre of Living Arts will be hosting a great reason to come out… the return of Metronomy!  The English indietronica outfit, led by Joseph Mount...
  • Meg & Dia, Coming Soon to the Foundry: “Expect a dance party basically.”

    Although it’s been quite some time since the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection caught up with alt-poppers Meg & Dia, the sisters have been quite busy since reuniting last year, putting out two full-length LPs: Happysad (their first since 2011) and December, Darling, a holiday album that...
  • YACHT’s Claire Evans Talks #MeToo, AI, and Peeking “inside the machine.” (Tues. at JB’s)

    Although we’re not even two weeks into the year, it’s hard to be more anxiously curious about anything in music in 2020 than our favorite hyper-heady postmodern dance-punks, YACHT, being nominated for a Grammy… a twist that was more shocking than charming, but certainly both to plentiful degrees… The...
  • Let HEALTH Help Numb You for the Holidays (Fri. at UT)

    This Friday, December 20th, noisy industrial rockers HEALTH will grace the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection for the second time this year when they co-headline Union Transfer.  The LA trio have spent the better part of 2019 touring behind their fourth studio album, VOL. 4: SLAVES OF...
  • Michaela Anne On Growing Up (Wed. at MilkBoy)

    Although the touring season is basically done, there are still a handful of shows set for the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection before the official start of this holiday season that I would recommend checking out.  Perhaps most-worth checking out is Nashville-based Americana songstress Michaela Anne, who...
  • Meet Twen, This Sat. or Sun. at Boot & Saddle (w/ The Joy Formidable)

    Although I’m guessing many of our readers are currently in a food coma, hopefully you’ll be back on your feet for the weekend, as Philly will be getting two of the best shows it’s seen all year. Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable will play their most intimate Philly dates...
  • Get Extra Sweaty with The Joy Formidable This Sat. and Sun. at Boot & Saddle

    Welsh alt rockers The Joy Formidable have been longtime friends of PHILTHY, from their days of super sweaty gigs at Johnny Brenda’s, to ginormous shows at Union Transfer, and their recent stops at Underground Arts, but this weekend the band will be playing likely their most intimate Philadelphia gigs...
  • See, Possibly, Another Side of San Fermin, This Sat. at UT

    This Saturday, November 23rd, chamber poppers San Fermin will have a homecoming of sorts when they once again headline Union Transfer.  Although the group (which has had numerous formations and an extensive list of members, at times including our good friend Charlene Kaye and the ladies of Lucius) has...
  • Rising Appalachia: “Expect equal measures of dance party to ballads.” (Thurs. at WCL)

    We’ve always been big fans of “sister acts” here at PHILTHY and there’s none that we’re more excited about at the moment than World-Folk duo Rising Appalachia, led by sisters Chloe Smith and Leah Song.  The band have been making music for more than a decade and are currently...
  • Get to Know Winnetka Bowling League, This Wed. at WCL (w/ Sasha Sloan)

    Although we’re more than happy to finally have less-than-sweltering weather in Philthy in the Fall of 2019, we never get sick of mid-‘90s summertime jams… which our new friends in Winnetka Bowling League would seem to have in spades.  The band, fronted by Matt Koma, recently put out their...
  • Catch Up With the “calm and chill” Chastity Belt This Thursday (11/14), at The Church

    Although Chastity Belt’s recently released self-titled LP isn’t exactly a “reunion album,” it does capture the spirit of the Seattle-based, Hardly-Art-signed, alt rock quartet after a brief hiatus, working on other projects and exploring extra-curricular sounds.  Chastity Belt was co-produced by the band and Melina Duterte (better known as...
  • TRY to Celebrate the Holidays, This Wednesday with Julia Nunes and Elizabeth and the Catapult

    Although I’ve never been a fan of the holidays, I am inclined to believe that they can be fun… based on The Holidays CAN Be Fun co-headlining Tour, coming to us courtesy of long-time PHILTHY friend and exceptionally quirky piano-pop singer/songwriter extraordinaire Elizabeth and the Catapult and YouTube-star-turned-exceptionally-soulful-indie-popper, Julia...
  • Get to Know Our Very Own City Winery with The Way Down Wanderers, This Saturday

    For those of you, like myself, still yet to visit the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection’s very own, recently opened, City Winery, there are a number of good reasons coming up, including our good friends The Last Bison, Holly Miranda, and Scot Sax & Suzie Brown.  However,...
  • 5 Reasons to Come See Clairo This Thursday at Union Transfer

    Clairo is officially our favorite YouTube-sensation-turned-legitimate-musical-force of 2019.  The 21-year-old has been recording music since she was 13 and become a star on both SoundCloud and YouTube, but this summer she both released her debut LP, Immunity (courtesy of Fader), and opened a trek of sold out arena dates...
  • Charming Disaster, Your Last Chance for a Great Halloween Party (Tonight at JB’s, w/ Rasputina)

    Although the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection did host a number of noteworthy shows this actual Halloween, most notably Angel Olsen at Franklin Music Hall and Chelsea Wolfe at Union Transfer, I suspect that the city’s best Halloween celebration of 2019 will take place tonight at Johnny...
  • 5 Reasons to Get Your Tickets to Melanie Martinez at the Fillmore, Next Wednesday

    In an era when digital-only EPs and surprise midnight releases seem to be all the rage, you really have to give it to a mega-pop star who releases her latest album as an accompaniment to a feature-length film of her own.  Last month electropop chanteuse Melanie Martinez released K-12,...
  • The Absolute, Undisputed Top 10 Greatest Thrill Kill Kult Songs… According to Izzy… (Sat. at The Church)

    Although we’re all still lamenting the days when our favorite industrial disco sleazeballs (and other subversive outsiders in general) could headline a city’s premiere clubs throughout the ‘90s, Philthy has enjoyed getting to see Wax Trax! alums My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult play some of the city’s...
  • New Years Day, “Still Heavy” (Saturday at Franklin Music Hall, w/ In This Moment)

    I can’t think of a better way to start getting amped for Halloween than to join female-fronted, horror-inspired, alternative metalheads In This Moment and New Years Day this Saturday, October 19th, at Franklin Music Hall.  Headliners...
  • Odetta Hartman: “I love all genres from all eras and all places” (Tonight at B&S with Lola Kirke)

    Postmodern Americana singer/songwriter Odetta Hartman describes her sound as an amalgam of, “cowboy soul, future folk, superstitious songs, sound experiments,” driven by “back-porch banjos, detuned violins, foley field recordings, tuning forks.”  Although her sound and presence are notably quirky, her musical chops are undeniable.  Odetta Hartman is...
  • Come Sit Down with The Paper Kites, 10/4 in the Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church

    Australian folk rockers The Paper Kites have been good friends of PHILTHY since all the way back in 2013, when they made their first trek through America (including a stop at Johnny Brenda’s).  They’ve since returned to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection nearly countless times, playing...
  • Deconstruct Arthur Moon, 9/25 at WCL (CANCELLED)

    (Unfortunately, this concert has been cancelled.) Arthur Moon is nearly as complexly ambiguous as their moniker would imply… Arthur Moon is the project of Lora-Faye Åshuvud, a queer composer/singer/radio host who can’t actually read music…  Arthur Moon sees the Brooklyn-based musician collaborating with her closest musician friends, and while...
  • See Another Side of Bleached, Tonight at B&S

    Personally, I’d much rather find myself in a dive bar than a “gallery,” so when I heard Bleached’s local show tonight was relocated from PhilaMOCA to Boot & Saddle, it was quite a pleasant surprise (It’s also like half the size…)  Ironically, the SoCal punk rockers, lead by Jessie...
  • 5 Reasons to Come See MARINA at the Met This Saturday

    It’s been nearly four years since the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection has been graced with the presence of global superstar Marina Diamandis, and the London-based electropop singer/songwriter has been through a few changes in that time.  Once known as Marina and the Diamonds, Diamandis now goes,...
  • Get to Know Rose of the West’s “desert goth trip,” Next Tues. at B&S

    Milwaukee’s Rose of the West are an amalgam of pretty much all of our favorite sounds: post-punk, ethereal wave, dream pop, ‘90s alt rock… basically everything that beautifully soundtracked the lives of the most whimsically angsty and morose teens of the mid-80’s to the mid 90’s… The band is...
  • Get to Know Deeper, This Wed. at B&S

    Post-punks Deeper may hail from Chicago, but the band, who are double-headlining Boot & Saddle this Wednesday, September 4th, with Chicago peers Dehd, have some ties to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.  The band have been touring their self-titled debut for more than a year, which...