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Katie Ellen

New Katie Ellen EP Available for Streaming

A few days ahead of its July 20th release via Lauren Records, Still Life, the new EP from Katie Ellen, is available for streaming. Balancing a melodic, earnest ease with an infectious energy, the songs wrap one up in a state of reflective assessment. Anika Pyle exhibits a level of focus and clarity. Within her vocals, there’s a gentle strength which adheres. Katie Ellen is set to head out on tour with Lemuria and Dusk at the end of this week.

New Track: "Lighthouse" - Katie Ellen

“Lighthouse” kicks off Still Life, the forthcoming EP from Katie Ellen. Gritty, guitar licks interlock with the warm, personal observations of Anika Pyle’s vocals, which are further accentuated by harmony, creating a semi-relaxed, eye-of-the-storm effect. Expressing optimism yet tinged with a sense of loneliness, it tears from both sides, and conveniently ramps up and rips as it reaches its conclusion. Still Life is due out on July 20 via Lauren Records, just in time to accompany the band on tour this summer with Lemuria and Dusk. (Photo by Elena de Soto)

Weekend Warrior, January 26 - 28

Katie Ellen maneuvers through the obstacles of personal narratives, developing momentous, melodic, glistening power pop. Juggling a range of emotion with a sense of balance, there’s a catchy, relatable release of energy. Whether sitting back in countrified twang of heart-rending openness or pushing the pace, the authenticity of the songs shines through. Coupling endearing transparency and energetic exuberance is quite a combination. This Saturday evening at LAVA Space, Katie Ellen will be joined by the folky power pop of Lily Mastrodimos-led Long Neck, who released their new album Will This Do? today via Tiny Engines. You’ll also find Deli Philly favorite Michael Cantor, a.k.a. The Goodbye Party, and the emotive-punk duo of Who Love You will be getting the night started. – Michael Colavita

Other shows to check out this weekend…

LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Katie Ellen, The Goodbye Party, Who Loves You

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Octave Cat, Grimace Federation, SAT DJ Emynd, Bo Bliz: It’s the Year 2005

The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT The Naked Sun (Record Release), Madalean Gauze, Dave Bakey, SUN Dreamswell (EP Release), Aster More, Katie Jo Knaub, Haunted Homes

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Rev. Jeremy Blessing/Something Like a Monument, Violet Phase/DJSC/4 Machines, Yƍsuke DJ, Diamond Girl, SAT Done Deal, Please Die, E.D.S./Resilient, Blushed/Fame Lust, SUN The Dull Blue Lights, Behind Deadlines/Sun Organ, Decent Husky Bundles, Line Leader

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SUN The Stray Birds

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN Winter Wonder Rock

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Fame Lust (Mr. Brightside - 2000's Indie Night), SAT Shawn Mocey

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Dukes of Destiny, Nothing Wrong, SAT (Upstairs) Ladies First: A Benefit For Hurricane Relief For Puerto Rico: Danielle & Jennifer, Mixed People, Prima Donna, Roxy Rollz, Sylvia Platypus, SUN (Upstairs) Chestnut Grove

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Mega Ran's Rumble Royal/Smash Bros. Tournament, SAT Døllface, Voltheque, Bizarre Ritual

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Bosom Band, Super Bonanza (Album Release), 2Tones Clash, SAT The Donuts, The Donut Holes, MidnightSingers

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Cheeky, SAT Former Belle, Hemming/Suburban Living (DJ Set)

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Wax Wav, The Bigness, Hold Down The Ocean

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Voss “Lost & Crowned” Listening Party: Terrence Stone, Mason, Major Van Winkle, SAT Dirty Soap Blues Band, River Bones Band, The T.C. Cole Riot, SUN Shon Goner, Internal Rhyme

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Aktive, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT The Joe Kenney Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Molly Rhythm, Bern The Bastard, SAT TC Benjamin, George Engel Brooks, Carolyn Thorn, The Discount Heroes

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI M.T.B.

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI West Philadelphia Orchestra/DJ Chris Urban, SAT Brian Toll

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Whalewolf, Rover Rover, Somarai, SAT Saint Wilde, Jac with No K

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Broken Arrow, AM Radio, SAT Splintered Sunlight, Miz, SUN Amy Faden

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Suburban Living

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Miss Cantaloupe, Erica Corbo/I Am Not The Universe, Children's Books, Baloo, SAT Le Yikes Surf Club, SUN Probably Gonna Suck

Broke Down Palace (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Caffeine, Chalmers, Cocaine Breath, Get Well

The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Embarker

The Surf Shack (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Rachel Andie, A Day Without Love

Glitter Galaxy (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Soft Idiot

All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Very Bad Vibes (Record Release), Lidelise, Snake Boy Gang


New Track: "Houses Into Homes" - Katie Ellen

After the breakup of rising band Chumped and a deeply involved romantic relationship, frontwoman Anika Pyle found herself in Philly, taking collage classes, writing new music, and starting a new recording project with former Chumped bandmate/drummer Dan Frelly that they eventually named Katie Ellen. The duo began working with Kyle Pulley at The Headroom Philadelphia, laying down the foundation for what would be the band's forthcoming debut full-length album Cowgirl Blues. The LP is due out this Friday, July 14 via Lauren Records, and you can join Katie Ellen that very same evening to welcome its arrival at PhilaMOCA with Field Mouse and Roger Harvey. You can also now check out the LP's latest single, "Houses Into Homes," and a Q&A with Pyle and Frelly at Stereogum.

Katie Ellen (w/ members of Chumped) plays Suburbia tonight (07.01) + Aviv on 07.17

Anika Pyle's DIY pop-punk project Chumped ended their short careers in February, but Pyle and drummer Dan Frelly have started a new project called Katie Ellen, named after Pyle’s grandmother. The band is noticeably more lo-fi than Chumped, but the melodies and charm of Chumped are still present. In January they released a demo entitled “wild <3”, which features the single “lucy stone” (streaming below) that was released in late 2015. The track is centered around the anxieties associated with the pressures and expectations set by society, family, and loved ones. Pyle’s intimate vocals and poignant lyrics shine through the band’s lo-fi and fuzzy recordings. Katie Ellen will be playing the DIY space Suburbia in Brooklyn tonight (July 1st) and will play Aviv on July 17th. - John Honan


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