October First ICA Free For All featuring performances w/ Teena Geist & Littler: nail art, temporary tattoos + radness


"Join ICA and Philadelphia's own experimental drag darling Teena Geist for an evening of conceptual camp, instant ephemeral pleasures, and art salon makeovers. Listen to the fast-paced punk rock stylings of all lady band Littler, design your own nail art, enjoy savory delights, and walk away with a new, exhibition-themed temporary tattoo.

The galleries will be open late (until 9pm) and docents will be on hand to answer all your burning questions. Drop in or stay late! This program is FREE and is organized by Spiegel-Wilks Curatorial Fellow Egina Manachova.

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October's super rad Free For All curated event at the Institute of Contemporary Arts will feature the amazing Teena Geist and newish Philly band, Littler (formerly Calamity Jane), who play their rock 'n' roll with punk abandon and count Madeline Meyer (Le Sigh), Ivy Gray-Klein (FUCS and more), Robyn Campbell (Semiperfect zine), and Dan Colanduno (Slow Animal) as band mates. The band recently opened for Pink Wash, PC Worship, and Naomi Punk at Golden Tea House in Philly. Local illustrator Hawk Krall created the super fun poster for the event, which promises to be both a delightful AND engaging time that includes live entertainment, nail art, and, free temporary tattoos. Sounds amazing - count us in!

Listen to Littler's single from their forthcoming new EP below: 

Littler - facebook

Girlpool releases single track "Jane" from forthcoming EP and announces fall through winter tour

Between Cleo Tucker on guitar and Harmony Tividad on bass this duo creates the hypnotizing sound that is Girlpool. Based out of Los Angeles, the band recently released "Jane" from their forthcoming EP. Jane has an organic and bluesy sound that will pull you in, just like the band itself. The song's simplistic lyrics will captivate you. As simple as the lyrics are, and as catchy the tune, Girlpool's lyrics spread an empowering message. Catch them on tour (dates below) and stay tuned for their self-titled EP, due November 18th: 

Upcoming Girlpool Tour Dates:
9/12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Pehrspace
9/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Pehrspace
9/20 - Los Angeles, CA @ Rogie's ~
9/26 - Claremont, CA @ Scripps College
9/28 - Los Angeles, CA @The Smell
10/7 - San Francisco, CA @ Brick and Mortar
10/10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg +
10/17 - Philadelphia PA @ TBA $
10/18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio $
10/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn $
10/20 - Annandale-on-Hudson, NY @ Bard College $
10/23 - Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio ^
10/24 - Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn %
10/28 - Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase #
11/19 - London, EN @ Sebright Arms &
12/1 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
12/8 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
12/15 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
12/22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *

 ~ = w/ Radiator Hospital, Upset, and Benny The Jet Rodriguez
+ = w/ Kera and the Lesbians
$ = w/ Slutever
^ = KXLU CMJ Showcase
% = Father/Daughter CMJ Showcase 
# = w/ Free Cake For Every Creature and Adult Mom
& = w/ Alex G
* = The Echo residency

Girlpool - band site / wichita recordings / facebook

Sheer Mag Release What You Want 7": See Them Live Saturday 9/27 @ Cha'Cha'Razzi

The new 7" by Sheer Mag is out this week, and for the band's official release date, they play Cha'cha' Razzi with Philly punks Blank Spell and NY's Big Huge this Saturday, September 27th. Sheer Mag features Christina from The Shakes on lead vocals, and where The Shakes were a faster mixture of soul, organ, and punk, Mag's sound is a surer combination of power-pop, fuzz, and garage. The new band gives Christina the space for her vocals, and leans wide over meaty drum beats and a guitar that echoes a style akin to Big Star, as on "Sit And Cry," and we would even venture to say the early albums of The Figgs ("Hard Lovin'"). Whatever their influence, we're glad to hear these great tracks from a new group putting their own spin and twist on a sound that we already love, and making it sound fresh and exciting in a whole new way. The band plays a few shows locally, and hits the road this October with tour mates Nancy playing a mixture of house and club shows - Philly dates listed below, and you can pick up the 7" on order via snail mail, here.

Sheer Mag - bandcamp

Eye Candy #74: Shonen Knife, Habibi, and Amanda X at Underground Arts 9/11/14

Shonen Knife, (above).

Standing to the right of the stage in anticipation of Osaka, Japan's pop-punk wonders Shonen Knife was exhilerating knowing that their 2014 North American tour was taking them on a journey to play their 1000th show. After forming in 1981, playing their first concert in early '82, and getting signed soon after to K Records for their debut, Shonen Knife began coming to the attention of bands like Nirvana and power-pop contemporaries like Redd Kross. In their thirty plus years since, Shonen Knife have made it to the US off and on, and within the genesis of a two-minute pop song the band's spirit and fanbase has never waned. Their unique mixture of heavy rock and pop-punk along with clever lyrics about everything from food to animals have equated to a live show that is always loud, fast, and fun. On tour for new rock album Overdrive and with support from tour mates Habibi, and locals Amanda X, the show was the perfect mixture of fifties-tinged psych and neoteric rock. 

There was a definite eagerness to the crowd about to catch a raucous set from hometown faves Amanda X. Treating a packed audience to tracks from their new album, Amnesia, and in anticipation of headliners, Shonen Knife, the band gave it their energetic best--throwing down more upbeat power-pop tracks to start the set with Cat Park on deck, and ending it with their heavier numbers and Kat Bean's signature post-rock howl. Habibi was on next, and the five-piece from Brooklyn embodied a loose, tambourine-laden fifties psych punctuated by swirling harmonies and the simple pop beats they've become fast known for. When Shonen Knife ran onto the stage waving their banner scarves, the energy zoomed to an all-time high brought on by their own brand of fast and feverish rock n' roll. All photos by C. Marcoux.

Habibi, (above).

Amanda X, (above).

Shonen Knife Tour Dates with Habibi
Sep 21 @ Pop Montreal // Montreal QC
Sep 22 @ Middle East (Upstairs) // Cambridge MA
Sep 24 @ Ottobar // Baltimore MD
Sep 25 @ The Pinhook // Durham NC
Sep 26 @ Dollhouse // Savannah GA
Sep 27 @ 529 // Atlanta GA
Sep 28 @ Cobb Galleria Center // Atlanta GA
Sep 30 @ The Beatnick // New Orleans LA
Oct 1 @ Fitzgerald's // Houston TX
Oct 2 @ Club Dada // Dallas TX
Oct 3 @ Red 7 // Austin TX
Oct 6 @ The Flycatcher // Tucson AZ
Oct 7 @ Casbah // San Diego CA
Oct 8 @ Bootleg Theatre // Los Angeles CA
Oct 10 @ Bottom of the Hill // San Francisco CA
Oct 11 @ Dante's // Portland OR
Oct 12 @ Tractor Tavern // Seattle WA
Oct 14 @ Neurolux // Boise ID
Oct 15 @ Urban Lounge // Salt Lake City UT
Oct 16 @ Oriental Theatre // Denver CO
Oct 17 @ Record Bar // Kansas City MO
Oct 18 @ The Firebird // St. Louis MO
Oct 20 @ 31st St. Pub // Pittsburgh PA
Oct 21 @ The Saint // Asbury Park NJ

Amanda X Tour Dates
Oct 03 @ Ottobar // Baltimore MD
Oct 04 @ Boot & Saddle //Philadelphia PA
Oct 05 @ Union Transfer // Philadelphia PA
Oct 21 @ Cameo Gallery // Brooklyn NY
Oct 25 @ Knitting Factory // Brooklyn NY

Shonen Knife - band site / facebook
Habibi - soundcloud / born badfacebook
Amanda X - bandcamp / siltbreeze / facebook

Eye Candy #73: Perfect Pussy + Joanna Gruesome + Potty Mouth + Love of Everything

Notes from the field with photographs and a missive from our new contributor, Chelsea Alexandra: "A few weeks ago a friend approached me to see a show with her at Philadelphia's First Unitarian Church (Aug 28/2014). I was excited to see Joanna Gruesome and Perfect Pussy, as this was the first time that I had heard of both groups. Love Of Everything (a solo artist - Bobby Burg from Joan of Arc and Make Believe) was on first; his performance, and the sounds he created, were refreshing. I was captivated by his effortless lyrics; I was an immediate fan. Potty Mouth was up next. I was really familiar with their music, and caught myself singing along to a song or two. The amount of head banging that was done by the lead singer made for fantastic pictures. I was definitely intrigued by the rough, edgy sound, along with a twist of pop in between. The energy was overflowing through the whole set. From Potty Mouth to Joanna Gruesome, the momentum in the room was still high. I had listened to the band’s “Weird Sister” album (which I recommend you listen to RIGHT NOW) and was already falling in love with the voice of lead singer. She was charming from the moment she got on stage and sang her first note, and it wasn't just her loveable charm, but the whole band, with their silly banter and the crazy power that they had brought to the whole performance. Finally, it was time for Perfect Pussy. They came, they nailed it, and they destroyed. Meredith, the lead singer brought so much raw emotion, passion, and energy, that it felt like it would make my head spin, and explode. Their set was a whirlwind, and just as soon as they came on stage, it felt like they left it again, and were finished with their set. I was craving more from them. Overall - this show was one wild ride that I would love to do again!"


Love of Everything - band site / facebook
Potty Mouth - band site / old flame / facebook
Joanna Gruesome - band site / slumberland records / facebook
Perfect Pussy - band site / captured tracksfacebook