Mannequin Pussy

Weekend Warrior, January 22 - 24

Upon first listening to Philly’s self-described punk rock band Cayetana, it may be difficult to isolate a traditionally punk influence beneath the layers of pop mindfulness, stirring melodies, and undisguised, often poignant sincerity. The songs have a driving pace that is somehow unhurried and tunes that are downright whistle-able, accompanied by lead singer Augusta Koch’s Emily Haines-esque voice that never quite breaches the boundaries of “inside voice.” The minimalist guitar progressions and dynamic energy of the songs are unmistakably traceable to punk rock, but the connection becomes clearer when you examine the ethos behind the music. Lyrics from different songs seem to unite around the concept of carrying on as usual, despite knowing you’re part of an arbitrary system - sort of reminiscent of the early punks’ understandings of the sinister “institutions,” eh? After all these years, what still makes punk punk are these internalized feelings of alienation and dispossession, which, with punk bands like Cayetana, are being combated through emotional transcendence rather than generalized aggression... Which is also a movement that self-fulfillingly defines itself as punk simply by subverting its predecessor. This three-piece punk outfit will be having their Tired Eyes EP release show at PhilaMOCA this Saturday accompanied by Mannequin Pussy, a Philly essential who comes from the more aggressive, irreverent side of the punk spectrum, Katie Ellen, a.k.a. Anika Pyle of Chumped, who will bring a passionate lo-fi melancholy to the stage, and Jeff Riddle & the Bella Vista Social Club. PhilaMOCA, 531 N 12th St., 7:30, $10, All Ages - Bryce Woodcock

Update: Due to inclement weather this show has been postponed to 1/30/16.

 
Other places to hide from the snow this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.)  FRI Honey Radar, Telepathic (Co-Record Release)
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Peace Creeps, SAT Rob Malloy
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Clamfight, Human Shield/The Skis, Sad Boys, Van Wolf/DJ Jesse Tyler, SAT Mason/Motherer, Andorra, Lost in the Woods, Julia Rainer/Fame Lust, Elijvh Vrms, SUN AdotWAKE, E. Grizzly, MC Therapist, Split Divo 
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Foxtrot & The Get Down, The Binary Sea, Modern Colour, SAT Needle Points
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Pill Friends, Cold Foamers, Shelf Life
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI The Phix, Cole Redding
 
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Celebrating Bowie: Candy Volcano
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) Joanna Pascale & Curtis, SUN (Upstairs) Dan Zdilla and The Big Warm
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Driftwood Soldier, SAT Fell Into Yesterday, Last Minute Hero, Science Club, Shots Called, SUN Ignant Yuth, Miles Chancellor, Mors Kamo, Uri Divers
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Like Crazy, SAT The Band of Rivals
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Thief, Steal Me A Peach, Piranha, Prickly, Play It Slower, SAT Mark Lanky
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Lil Dave, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT New Pony, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St)  FRI The Wallace Brothers Band, Man About a Horse, SAT Audio Impulse (EP Release), Behind Deadlines, Dead:Stop, SUN Reef'd, Three Fourteen 
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Track Jumpas, Corey Lee, Fis Geez The Rapper
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Chalk & The Beige Americans, Sangre Luna, SAT Vital Stats, Bohemian Mule, Skip Monday
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Agent Moosehead, Ronald Reagan? The ACTOR?, Dan Malloy, SAT Spelling Reform, Conversations, Archawah (Record Release), SUNResilient, The Good Mess, Medusa's Disco
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Robert Drake, SAT Tommy Hogunz , DZA
 
The Random Tea Room (713 North 4th St.) FRI Jason Killinger
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Catullus, Wax Future, SUN David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience
 
The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Fake Boyfriend, Only
 
Lacuna (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Laser Background, Hello Shark
 
The Aquarium (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Line Leader, Birthday Ponies, The Cultour
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SAT Coal Foamers, Pet
 
Hazel House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.)  SUNCarax, Anna Ladd, Hipps
 
House Gallery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Archer Spade: Spectrum Ensemble
   

Shred Your Eardrums w/Mannequin Pussy at Hong Kong Garden Dec. 5

The aptly self-styled “shitpunk” bruisers Mannequin Pussy are renowned for their raw, unrestrained performances of piercing tunes that shred your eardrums like sonic cheese graters. Their reckless and unapologetically crass sound situates them alongside bands like Tacocat and Be Your Own Pet, while their outlying softer songs meander toward a more listless indie rock foundation, like something out of the late 80s Creation Records repertoire. But any lapse in the band’s “shitpunk” momentum is easily regained in a live setting, with each ensuing song, usually clocking in between 1-2 minutes, a self-contained noise-bomb of barbed wire and razor blades. Mannequin Pussy will be dishing out the raw power tonight at Hong Kong Garden with The Spirit of the Beehive, another local favorite who will round out the tonal frequency of the night with their low-end fuzz. SOTBH explore the bleak, more brooding side of noise rock and shoegaze, owing its dark but dissipated tonal signature as much to MBV as to Smashing Pumpkins. Their songs show an inclination toward heavy, dissonant riffs, a talent for complex but subtle melody, and a keen sense for song progression that sometimes never looks back or returns to that hook that captured your initial attention. All of this gives the music an indulgent but slightly withholding nature that resembles bands like Swirlies or Jessamine if you gave them a couple of bellowing Marshall stacks. Joining this stacked lineup will be Littler with their uneasy brand of slacker-punk and Tennessee space-rockers Idle Bloom. Hong Kong Garden, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 7pm, $5-$7, All Ages - Bryce Woodcock

   

Weekend Warrior, August 21 - 23

With primal guitar shredding and all out rushes of penetrating, smashing percussion, Mannequin Pussy constructs heavy walls of sound. The immediate impact is apparent, as those instrumental tools of aggression are consistently put to good work in impactful blasts. However, amid that conquering vortex, a delicate, melodic core persists, playing off that noisy tornado to establish an intriguing dichotomy. Tonight at The Pharmacy, Mannequin Pussy will be joined by the guitar-driven psych-punk trio Telelpathic. Sarah Everton and Rob Garcia team up with Paul Brinkley in creating a relentless yet accessible collection of tunes, pushing forward while tempered/mellowed by calming, shared vocal duties. With a grimy backbone and a polished pop finish, 420 darling Colleen Green headlines the sold-out event. The Pharmacy 1300/02 S. 18th St., 8pm, $10 (Sold Out), All Ages (Photo by Roxy Campos) - Michael Colavita
 
Other places to throwdown this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Church Girls, Tygatron, SAT Gondola, SUN Blue Smiley
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Southwork, The Soft Spots, The Mysteries, SAT Foxtrot & The Get Down, Up The Chain, The Loud Company
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Wizard Eye, Heavy Temple/Pig-iron Profits, SAT Thunder and Glory, Legally F**cked, SUN (Upstairs) Year of Glad, Spill
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Lithuania, Marge
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, Johnny Showcase, Red 40 & The Last Groovement
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Captain The Pilot The Driver, Solus Rex, The Sixties, Birthday Boy, SAT Sun Hat, Line Leader, SUN Legs Like Tree Trunks
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI The Kalob Griffin Band
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT The Rent-A-Cops, Rev TJ McGlinchey's Tom Pretty Tribute, Krush
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) beta hi-fi Emerging Music Festival 2015: VNIX, Ode to Omni/(Downstairs) Seoul Delhi (Album Release), Ill Doots, SAT (Upstairs) beta hi-fi Emerging Music Festival 2015: Katherine Mundy, Poor Yorick, Danny Whitecotton, Ceramic Animal (Downstairs) Elspeth Tremblay
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Arsin, Fonte Cruise & Joey Stix, SAT Sheena & The Nosebleeds, Wizard Eye, King Bison, Admit Nothing, SUN (5pm) Beer Me, Prone To Violence/(8:30pm) Emmett Drueding, Snow Caps
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Summer Scouts, Jackie Thousand, Josh Alvarez, SAT Shark Tape, Family Vacation
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) SAT The Bul Bey, Bok Nero, Verbatum Jones
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Hanging Hills, Vague Advice, Dylan Jane, SAT The Plums, Stereoma
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Ed Christof
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Phonic, SAT Dave Steel Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI The Valkyrians, Rachel Eve
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Johnny Popcorn, Mixed People, SAT Woofstock: Hope Springs Eternal, Scars of Bourbon, Sinners Saints, Carving Out Fiction, The Revere / Matt Tom Conway, Saint Phoenix, SUN Flamin Harry Mc Gonigal, Laura Mann, The Original Orlons, John Faye, Kenn Kweder, Nik Everett, Paul Kurrey
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Downspelle, SAT Sparklefight, Wolves Attack, SUN Synergetix
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT An Honest Year, SUN Triumph
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN  (11am) school of Rock/(2pm) DJ Jugo w/percussionist Josh Robinson/(9:30pm) DJ Royale
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Royale, SAT Ed Christof
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Ra Leaf, Under This Fire, SAT Kenny Price
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, Muscle Tough
 
Everybody Hits  (529 West Girard Ave.) FRI Lowercase Roses (EP Release). Augusta Koch, Thin Lips
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Laser Background, Purples, SUN The Drip, Lip Service
 
Girard Hall (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI Left & Right
 
Baker Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Walking Distance, Curtis Cooper, Tim Allen Iverson
 
   

Girls Rock Philly Benefit - Girls to the Stage at FUC April 29

Girls Rock Philly has always been a positive influence towards empowering young women with music education, creative thinking, and leadership skills. And they’ll be contributing to it further with the release of Girls to the Stage, a compilation created to celebrate and promote Philly's up-and-coming female performers and “to empower other ladies to pick up an instrument and join 'em!” A number of well-known local indie acts like Amanda X and Mannequin Pussy have contributed to the album with all proceeds from its sales and the event benefitting the worthwhile organization. R5 Productions will be hosting the release at First Unitarian Church tonight, and it features the two aforementioned bands headlining. There will also be sets from Fake Boyfriend, Roya, VVeed VVolf, and Shannen Moser. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St, 7PM, $8-$10, All Ages (Graphic by Michelle Krysztofiak) - Bill McThrill

   

She Shreds Magazine Philly Showcase w/Swearin', Amanda X, Mannequin Pussy, Anomie & More at PhilaMOCA April 4

In honor of its seventh issue, the only magazine that's dedicated to women guitarists and bassists, She Shreds Magazine, has put together an East Coast tour showcase of female shredders. And their stop at PhilaMOCA tonight will be headlined by Allison Crutchfield and the rest of Swearin', whom have been recording new material. So expect the rock ‘n’ roll tour de force to give a suitable preview. Amanda X will thunder in with their infectious lyrics and fast-paced garage-rock sound that has helped them blow up since the release of Amnesia over the summer. Since arriving on the scene, New York transplants Mannequin Pussy have been obliterating DIY shows with hard-hitting drums, quickened gang vocals, and sick guitar shreds. So they’ll definitely be in their element for this one! The show will also feature the promising new solo side project of Field Mouse’s Rachel Browne, Anomie, Girls Rock Philly incarnation, Jane Doe, and DJ Sad 13 (a.k.a. Sadie Dupuis from Speedy Ortiz). PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 7pm, $10, All Ages - Bill McThrill