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Amanda X

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 

Red Bull Sound Select w/Pissed Jeans, Amanda X, Cheerbleeders & More at Underground Arts March 19

Red Bull Sound Select is presenting this evening's show, curated by Jump Philly, at Underground Arts, making it feel like this weekend has started a day early. The unforgiving sledgehammer of sound that is Pissed Jeans headline. The four-piece consistently brings a menacing attack of hardcore noise. That adrenaline oozing with an unrelenting sinister style can divide and conquer any room. It’s that commanding sense of heavy instrumental artillery that involuntarily allows you to submit, accepting that downhill smack of backend, guitar that sears and stabs, and that primal order of vocals. The garage-pop trio of Amanda X cleanly enters your head as their lyrically contagious songs are surrounded by a united surge of refined grit. The dark buzzing, bass-popping punk of The Abandos and Cheerbleeders' speed-cruising, fuzzy fun set the groundwork for a barrage of music that you’ll want to go into battle with. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., $10 ($3 with RSVP), 8pm, 21+ - Michael Colavita

New Video: "Nothing Wild" (Space Jam Sessions) - Amanda X

For those headed to Johnny Brenda’s this evening to catch Amanda X and The Vaselines, the following video may wet your appetite. This new stripped-down Space Jam Sessions features two-thirds of the power trio Amanda X (Cat Park on guitar and Kat Bean on bass) performing “Nothing Wild,” off their album Amnesia. Without drummer Tiff Yoon, the song takes on a smooth, less gritty, intimate vibe bringing the vocals to the forefront.


Legendary Divorce Opening for Creepoid & Amanda X at Boot & Saddle Dec. 27

Boot & Saddle must be in the holiday spirit, because tonight’s lineup is packed with talent from top to bottom. Let's start with the opener, Legendary Divorce, a four-piece who originally came together as a Nirvana tribute band for Halloween show in 2012. Their debut EP Make Me is a rugged blend of agitated aggression. The songs have a tendency to immediately pounce on one’s ears. Itarya Leo’s vocals occupy a space were pensive rage and sadness compact themselves. The unfiltered byproduct joins up with steady, slightly dark instrumental tones, which are forceful yet frayed. Leo’s voice etches a path through the noise-punk, thumping music like a fireball amid organized chaos. The soothing psych-shoegaze-y buzzsaw of Creepoid headlines the evening orchestrating a haunting beauty through ominous layers of noise that has a cathartic effect. The garage-pop power trio of Amanda X bridges the gap of their personalized sincere yet catchy tunes. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8:30pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita


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