An ascending wave of Riot Grrl-y fresh blood and vet action is currently ruling the indie milieu, led by coed outfits and gals alike as Speedy Ortiz, Hospitality, Frankie Cosmos, Ex Hex and A Sunny Day In Glasgow prove crucial underground favorites. With its grungy, yet sweet as pie, melodic cruncher Amnesia (via the legendary Siltbreeze label), Philly post-punk trio Amanda X joins that impressive list as next big thing. From the get-go, Amnesia busts out with beefy and striking hooks, lo-fi goodness and husky vocals that melt the pogoing energy of Sleater-Kinney and Beat Happening’s playful simplicity with The Raincoats’ poppy experimentalism and make it Amanda X’s own. Rounding out this stacked bill of popcentrics are fellow Philadelphians Cousin Brian, Baltimore’s Wing Dam and DC’s Two Inch Astronaut.
Fri., Aug. 8, 8 p.m., 2014