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Coping Skills

New Coping Skills Covers Compilation Available for Streaming & Download

Sad Mattress, the new release from Coping Skills, is a compilation of covers recorded over the last half-decade. Set in chronological order as well as remixed and edited, the duo demonstrates progression and growth throughout their time together. The eight-song selection is reinforced by retrospective commentary and banter that provides further insight & context to the recordings. All downloads of the album with a digital companion zine.

New Yellowhammer Fund Compilation Available for Streaming & Purchase

Bummer Presents… recently released The Yellowhammer Fund, a compilation that aims to raise proceeds for its namesake. "The Yellowhammer Fund provides funding for anyone seeking care at one of Alabama's three abortion clinics and will help with other barriers to access (travel, lodging, etc.) as well as able." The nineteen-song collection includes contributions from Philly's own Coping Skills, Big Nothing, and Queen of Jeans, as well as New Jersey's The Carousers covering Modern Baseball's "Your Graduation". Take a listen to a variety of artists below with the added benefit of supporting an excellent cause in the process!

Weekend Warrior, May 11 - 13

The tandem of Lauren DeLucca and Rachel Dispenza, a.k.a. Coping Skills, will be celebrating the release of its sophomore album Worst New Music (Citywide Records), with a show tomorrow night at Everybody Hits. The duo delves into the daily ups and downs via episodic songs, providing peeks into the songwriters’ psyches. Unobstructed, personal insights create a genuine connection of shared experience. Whether exploring points of doubt or frustration or finding moments of contagious euphoria, there’s a gritty, unpolished closeness that simultaneously bubbles over into jubilation. On this showcase (which will benefit No More Dysphoria), they’ll be joined by the dreary-romantic, shoegazing daydream of So Totally (whom have a new record in the works), the acoustic-driven, emo-crashing waves of Vivian K., and the raw, riff-rockin’ Big Quig. Also, hailing from Venezuela,  the experimental-punk of Zeta completes this billing. – Michael Colavita

Other places to hit this weekend…

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Past Life, Whine Moms, Punk Hands, SAT Coping Skills (Record Release), So Totally, Vivian K, Big Quig

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Straw Hats, SAT Grandchildren

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Goodnight/Goodluck (Record Release), Secret American, Wax Wav 

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Sparrow Steeple, Yuzo Iwata/Brother JT, Jo Kusy/Night Drive/OneSixty, SAT Timothy Tebordo, The Bells/Fame Lust, SUN Loafass, Fucksake/Saint Wilde

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI FV, Rich People, Moses Mosima, SAT Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Dean & Company, Whiskeyhickon Boys

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Black Panther Burlesque, SAT Cosmo Baker

TLA (334 South St.) FRI Varial 

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Mo Lowda & The Humble, Kirby & The Vibe Tribe

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Monnette Sudler, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Diane Monroe, Lee Smith, Sonny Troy, V. Shayne Frederick, Byron Landham, SUN Minas Mother’s Day Brunch

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Dysphoria, Vicious Embrace/Jacopo & The Late Saints.  Zap Goes Pop!, This Way to the Egress

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnust St.) FRI Mike Pinto, Jay D Clark, SAT Stella Ruze, NorthEast Corners  

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Hetz, Berdmajik, Night Bloom, DCTC/Tiger Castle, Dear Forbidden, I Am Not The Universe, SAT Hallowed Bells, The Russian White, Argyle Rings

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Sylo, Astro 800, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Johnny Moskal, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2ndSt.) FRI Mike Matteson & The Sketchy Freaks, Line Leader, Slomo Sapiens, SAT Tucker Hill Band (Album Release), Miss Cantaloupe, Sitting In Cars, SUN The Ones Group Mixer

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT BrainFest: Stinking Lizaveta, Alright Junior, Camera Thief, The Good Mess, Resilient, Dirty Dollhouse, School of Rock Philadelphia, The Sea Tease, The Cozy

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT DJ Pierson

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Royale, SAT Ian Saint Laurent

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) SAT Alexis Cunningham

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Catullus


The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI In Different Sounds, Kate Dressed Up, Wallace / Grimace Federation, Nakama, Gorgeous Porch, SAT Of The Archive, Echo Lad, Countdown From Ten, SUN Echo Lad

LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Leadrs, Buster, Spring Onion, SUN Knifeplay, Spellbinder

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Good How Are You Fest: Ntive Flora, Yeenar, Elissa Janelle Velveteen, Honeytiger, Busy Bee Project, Secret Nudist Friends, Mavis the Dog, Overwinter,StateSchoolGirl

Slime Time Live (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Good How Are You Fest:Puppy Angst, Kat Hamilton, Elaine Rasnake, Erik Kramer, Kelsey Cork & the Swigs, Trash Boy

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) FRI Eliza Edens, Brian Hamilton, Sudden Forever

JJ’s Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Blueroom, James Barrett

The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Arthur, Buddie, SAT Dialer, The Invasive Species, Aphid Daughters

Hole Foods (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Earth Telephone, Party Muscles

New Coping Skills LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Worst New Music, the new LP from Coping Skills, is now available digitally and on cassette via Citywide Records. The duo embraces a keen self-evaluating perspective. Their ability to address the mundane nature of routine, while exploring the quandaries of daily life transform what can be viewed as bummer songs into euphoric anthems. Coping Skills are scheduled to be musical guests as part of the Darlings show on Friday, April 20 at Good Good Comedy Theatre. (Photo by Josh Stewart)

New Music Video: "Drop Out Of College" - Coping Skills

The duo of Coping Skills (a.k.a. Rachel Dispenza and Lauren DeLucca ) covers a lot of ground in close proximity, mimicking real life in the video for “Drop Out of College”. Holding down a plethora of tasks/responsibilities at their real place of employment (Boot & Saddle), getting fired by their boss, consuming a large amount ofbooze, and playing to an unpacked house, filmmaker Jackie Papanier’s playful interpretation of the song, featured on Relatable Web Content, takes on a Garfunkel-and-Oates-type vibe. It's something that many young artists must go through in their every day lives - only probably in a more humorous manner. (Photo by Julia Leiby)


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