philadelphia music

June 23, 2016 12:21 pm

The Chameleon Club was the tour stop for Waxahatchee (the usual musical baby of Katie Crutchfield played with a full band), joined by Ali Crutchfield and Kississippi and I couldn’t think of a better bill for a warm June night.

Philly band Kississippi opened the show around 6:45 and if you’re like the couple next to me who missed the set to pregame, you made a big mistake. I’ve been a fan for a while but was never able to catch a set until last night. Dreamy, yet intricate and raw, Kississippi sets the bar high for Philadelphia DIY. Vocalist Zoe Allaire has the power to silence an entire room and building up drums and guitar will sweep you off your feet. The loving and well crafted sound makes it clear why Kississippi is one of the most talked about bands at the moment.

Allison Crutchfield played next (and then played next again, joining her sister in Waxahatchee). She played a set full of heartfelt longing backed by lo-fi electronic music. Crutchfield paints a picture of yearning without saying a word, the slow pulse of her synth does it for her. She is authentic, sincere and unapologetic, something I think resonates with an audience.

Lastly, Waxahatchee took to the stage playing mostly a set of songs from Ivy Tripp (an album that I feel so strongly about I’d staple it to my forehead if I could, maybe that’s a little too excessive but you get the idea, its a great album). Waxahatchee’s set definitely felt perfect for a June night, as her warm, delicate yet husky voice sang over defiant chords.  I watched her take control of the audience like a force to be reckoned with (I literally felt the burn as she scolded a group of obnoxious, drunk people who were talking loudly over her set with her eyes, rightfully so). I’m not sure if many people could deliver heartbreakingly poetic songs as well as Waxahatchee does, with music so simplistic and yet as if she were drawing your tears out of your eyes with her own hands.

Overall the night was a mix of beautiful voices, dreamy tones and heartbreaking words, if you missed it, I am so sorry for you.

March 8, 2016 2:08 pm

Boston-based band Somos made a stop in Philadelphia on Sunday, and for once in my life I wasn’t dreading a Sunday night.


Photos by Kenzie Gasper

With a headlining tour, and the recent release of their album First Day Back, Somos has a lot to be excited about, and their show at PhilaMOCA proved that this band will be on top for a very long time.

Philly band The Obsessives opened the show. “We wanted to start a band with a ‘The’ because bands like that three years ago were cool, like The Black Keys and The White Stripes,” they recall. It’s very probable that The Obsessives will be at the forefront of the Emo music scene in no time. I think the girls standing next to me in absolute awe of the two-piece would agree.

The next band to play was The Superweaks, another Philly-based band who are signed to Lame-O records. Almost a year after they released “Bad Year,” they’re still playing the songs with as much excitement they had when the album was fresh.

They were followed by Petal, the musical child of Kiley Lotz from Scranton, PA (where all the BEST creative minds are from). Petal just put out Shame, their first LP in which the songs are so beautifully painful and the live versions are just as, if not more, brilliantly heartbreaking. Petal’s imagery made me think that for a few minutes I wasn’t actually in a venue around the corner from a Crown Fried chicken, but somewhere much more pretty.

Somos took the stage shortly after. The energy and passion they brought to Philly is unmatched.  I’ve been a fan of them for a while, but I’d never been able to see them, so when they announced this tour I thought “Screw my 8AM class I’m going.” I am so glad I did.


Photos by Kenzie Gasper