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Say bye (for now) to Ali Wadsworth at Johnny Brenda’s next month

Ali Wadsworth | via facebook.com/pg/awadsworthoffun

Ali Wadsworth may be leaving Philadelphia for the sunny skies and warm weather of California, but she’s not going anywhere without first saying goodbye in the best way possible — with a gig at Johnny Brenda’s. A 15-year veteran of the Philly roots/folk scene, Wadsworth got her start in bands like Unlikely Cowboy and has done countless collaborations and covers, but became best known for her work as a solo artist after releasing her debut album in 2013.

The farewell show will feature performances from Wadsworth, new Good Old War side project Found Wild, and something billed as “The Ghosts of Bands Past” — possibly a reunion of some of Wadsworth’s former projects? However it shakes out, it’s sure to be a show equally as sentimental as it is celebratory. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Soccer Mommy will play the Church this December

Soccer Mommy
Soccer Mommy | photo by Kelsey Hart | courtesy of the artist

Sophie Allison’s band Soccer Mommy has taken her on some dream tours lately, opening for the likes of Paramore, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, and even Liz Phair. We saw the band here earlier this year for a memorable show with Phoebe Bridgers. But now it’s time for Soccer Mommy to strike out on their own, with a string of headlining tour dates scheduled for this fall (before yet another big time tour supporting Kacey Musgraves in February). Continue reading →

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Petal searches for inner peace in new “Magic Gone” video

Petal
Petal | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Themes of self-reflection and authenticity appear throughout Petal‘s new album, Magic Gone, but come alive even more dramatically in the new video for its title track. For Kiley Lotz, the Scranton-based artist behind the Petal moniker, the songs on the record are honest and deeply personal, so it makes sense that she would star in the video as herself…or, rather, a few different versions of herself. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Andy Shauf adds a PhilaMOCA show to his fall solo tour

Andy Shauf
Andy Shauf | photo by Chris Graham

Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf‘s upcoming solo tour doesn’t begin until November, but tickets are already selling out left and right — which makes sense, because who wouldn’t want to see Shauf, who usually commands stages the size of Union Transfer, play a tiny show at a space like PhilaMOCA with only an acoustic guitar and the promise of new songs? Lucky for us, that dream is about to come true this fall. Continue reading →

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Watch Black Thought’s appearance at the Tiny Desk with Mumu Fresh

Black Thought and Mumu Fresh | photo by Morgan Noelle Smith | via twitter.com/nprmusic

A familiar local face appears towards the end of NPR Music’s latest Tiny Desk Concert, featuring Baltimore singer Mumu Fresh. With over a half dozen musicians packed behind the desk to back Mumu, the singer and emcee pauses during the middle of her third and final song, “Say My Name,” to introduce none other than The Roots’ founding member Black Thought. Continue reading →

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Celebrate Ardmore Music Hall’s 5th anniversary with Ted Leo, The Dead Milkmen and more

Ted Leo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Ardmore Music Hall has hosted so many memorable shows that it’s hard to believe the venue has only been around for five years. This fall, they’ll celebrate in true Ardmore Music Hall style — with nine birthday shows throughout the month of September featuring an eclectic sampling of artists.

The artists in the mix range from familiar Ardmore Music Hall faces to those who will be playing the venue for the first time, with genres spanning punk, jazz, folk, reggae and more. Local indie rock favorite Ted Leo will play a solo show, pianist Holly Bowling will perform classical renditions of Grateful Dead and Phish songs, New Jersey bluegrass outfit Railroad Earth will hit the stage with a banjo in tow, local jazz virtuoso Stanley Clarke will showcase his bass skills, and Philly punk rock legends The Dead Milkmen will tear things up — and those are just a few of the performers scheduled to help Ardmore celebrate. Continue reading →

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Rosali’s new album Trouble Anyway finds inner strength amid dreaminess and despair

Rosali | photo via facebook.com/rosalimusic

According to her label Spinster Sounds, Rosali wrote the songs on her new album “as a way to seek empowerment,” and to allow herself to speak openly and honestly on themes ranging from love to anger, from power to loneliness. The solo project of Philadelphia-based artist Rosali Middleman, also of Long Hots and Wandering Shade, Rosali’s second solo album Trouble Anyway, out now, weaves together a spectrum of emotions and experiences with her singular folk rock sound. Continue reading →

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New Jersey indie folk outfit Ortolan returns with the eminently hopeful video for “Come On”

Ortolan | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Ortolan has evolved quite a bit since they formed in South Jersey almost a decade ago. But after some quiet time, the long-running band is readying to make their first re-entry into the scene since their last album was released in 2014 — and they’re back in a very visible way, with their first-ever music video.

The video accompanies “Come On,” the lead single from Ortolan’s new EP down deep, which is out next week. Directed by famed Philly videographer Bob Sweeney, the video shows lead singer Stephanie Cottingham taking us through a nostalgic, sepia-drenched journey that matches the song’s sweetly retro, indie-folk-meets-60s-pop sound. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Public Image Ltd’s 40th anniversary tour comes to Union Transfer this fall

Public Image Ltd | photo via facebook.com/pilofficial

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Public Image Ltd, the band John Lydon (AKA Johnny Rotten) formed in 1978 shortly after the Sex Pistols broke up. Their first single, “Public Image,” was released in October of that year, and to commemorate the anniversary PiL will be heading out on a tour this fall, which includes a stop at Union Transfer on October 16. Continue reading →

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The Stray Birds announce that they will disband ahead of new album Let It Pass

The Stray Birds
The Stray Birds | photo courtesy of the artist

Just a few weeks ago, we shared word of new music from Lancaster folk trio The Stray Birds, who recently released a single called “Nothing To Say About It Now.” The band is set to release their new album Let It Pass on September 7, but today announced that it will be their last recording.

The Stray Birds shared the news on Facebook, writing that the decision to disband was “incredibly difficult but truly healthy.” Continue reading →