We first met the Philly indie rock outfit Grocer in the very early days of the COVID pandemic. They’d just relocated to Philly, they had a great record called Little Splash that released in March of 2020, and it was fueled by askew energy akin to Guerilla Toss, Marnie Stern, Pixies and more. When we teamed up with our friends at Cherry-Veen Zine to produce the lockdown livestream series Unprecedented Sessions, they played an incredible set from their backyard in South Philadelphia.

Flash forward a couple years and Grocer has become a force on the Philadelphia live music scene; newly minted as a power trio with the amicable departure of guitarist Emily Daly, the band is this Friday releasing their latest project Scatter Plot on Grind Select Records, with a gig Saturday night at Johnny Brenda’s to celebrate.

Grocer is Danielle Lovier on bass and vocals,  Cody Nelson on drums and vocals, and Nicholas Rahn guitar and vocals; all three take lead vocals at some point, which lends a very unique voice to the writing process as they present songs about the gig economy, toxic masculinity, and how to make the most our lives before the sun swallows us whole. In this Key Studio Sessions performance, you’ll hear three songs from Scatter Plot, as well as one from 2022 release Numbers Game.

Watch below, and find tickets and more information on Grocer’s Johnny Brenda’s show at the WXPN Concerts and Events page.


Grocer - The Key Studio Sessions (Full Set)

“Downtown Side”
“Calling Out”
“Open Wide”
“Smooth Operator”