By Amanda Dittmar - For Weekender

QUICK CHORD: Reject Royalty, Coping Skills, and The Blithedale Romance

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Reject Royalty

Throop, Pa.

Sounds like: A mixture of classic and alternative rock. Their upbeat sound makes you want to get up and move.

Fun fact: Reject Royalty’s front man is a man bun, Cher is their guilty musical pleasure, and they like to make stuff up about themselves.

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Coping Skills

Philadelphia, Pa.

Sounds like: Bedroom pop with catchy rhythms influenced by the events that unfold in their own lives. For fans of Mitski and Flatsound.

Fun fact: The members of Coping Skills are both huge Spongebob Squarepants enthusiasts and can both collectively quote every line of the movie ‘10 Things I Hate About You’.

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The Blithedale Romance


Sounds like: Aggressive, honest, and melodic — with a perfect blend of new noise and melodic punk.

Fun fact: The group has dubbed their touring vehicle “Macho Van Vandy Savage” as it is the cream of the crop.

Find them:, Twitter: @ blithedalerock,

By Amanda Dittmar

For Weekender

Photo courtesy of The Blithedale Romance

Jenelle Phillips photo, courtesy of Reject Royalty

Megan Kelly photo, courtesy of Coping Skills

Megan Kelly photo, courtesy of Coping Skills