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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wildhoney at Boot and Saddle, No Good Sister at Malvern Summerstage, Ali Wadsworth at Pastorius Park

Wildhoney | Photo via band's Tumblr
Wildhoney | Photo via band’s Tumblr

Baltimore noisepop five-piece Wildhoney kick off their U.S. summer tour at Boot & Saddle tonight. Off the heels of a January LP release, the band have been touring with Ceremony and Tony Molina, but tonight’s show will feature Mercury Girls and Ghost Gum as openers. Listen to Wildhoney’s EP Seventeen Forever below, and get tickets for the 21+ show here. Continue reading →

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Season Two of CoverClub wraps up with Ali Wadsworth, Tutlie and Vita and the Woolf

Vita And The Woolf records at Cambridge Sound | Photo by Bob Sweeney
Vita And The Woolf records at Cambridge Sound | Photo by Bob Sweeney

Root Down in the Shadow‘s excellent CoverClub series now boasts its own fancy website, and today released a slew of videos to wrap up a productive second season.

The video blowout started around 10 this morning and continued hourly until the final video from Vita and the Woolf was released at 2. Along the way we heard Ali Wadsworth’s power-packed vocals covering The Districts’ “Stay Open,” with local rockers Satellite Hearts acting as her backing trio. Her own take is just as driven and distinct as The Districts’ singer, Rob Grote, and Sattelite Hearts accompanies with their own harmonies as well. Continue reading →

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Listen to Ali Wadsworth cover Big Star’s “Thirteen” on WXPN’s Like A Version

Ali Wadsworth | Photo by Marley McNamara
Ali Wadsworth | Photo by Marley McNamara

Philly’s Ali Wadsworth dropped by WXPN studios last night to chat with Dan Reed for the Like A Version segment and perform a solo acoustic cover of Big Star’s classic, “Thirteen.” As Ali noted on social media, it was her first time performing guitar and singing in public, but she pulls it off nicely, putting her own Wadsworthian spin on the songs by building each verse in energy until we hear her signature soulful belt by the conclusion. Give a listen to it along with (most of) the interview below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Ali Wadsworth cover Hozier’s “Take Me To Church”

Ali Wadsworth | photo courtesy of the artist
Ali Wadsworth | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly singer-songwriter Ali Wadsworth has been an integral part of the local music scene since moving to Philly from Vermont in the early Oughts. After performing with Dan Schwartz of Good Old War in their band Unlikely Cowboy for a couple of years, Wadsworth has since been performing solo and has been an indispensable back up singer. She’s a force of energy and singer that keeps a lot of bands sounding fresh and soulful, and she’s capable of singing everything from folk to rock, and jazz to blues. Continue reading →

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Listen to Jim Boggia and Ali Wadsworth perform live on the Leicht Lunch

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Photo by Helen Leicht

April 22nd was Earth Day and also the 50th birthday of the very talented Jim Boggia! Perfect reason to have Jim stop by my show on the Leicht Lunch to sing a song for Earth day!

Jim and Ali Wadsworth came in sang “Nature’s Way” by Spirit for Earth Day and an amazing cover of “Love Hurts” (the Graham Parsons and EmmyLou Harris version). Jim and Ali sang this song live at Steel City Coffeehouse on Saturday night and Jim was so excited he finally found the perfect person to sing this duet with him. Since it was his birthday he wanted to celebrate with XPN listeners. You can check out the song, and the entire performance on my show, below.

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Download Ali Wadsworth and Satellite Hearts’ live cover of Pearl Jam’s Ten

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photo via aliwadsworth.bandcamp.com

This past Groundhog Day, a lineup of Philly musicians paid tribute to classic 90s records, capped by Ali Wadsworth and Satellite Hearts doing Pearl Jam’s Ten from front to back. The record just showed up on Bandcamp as a name-your-own-price download; listen below, and take it home with you here. Ali Wadsworth backed by Satellite Hearts will open for TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb’s album release show on April 18th; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: 90s tribute with Ali Wadsworth, Hezekiah Jones, Foxhound at Boot & Saddle, Amy Correia at Steel City Coffee House, Into It. Over It. at Union Transfer and more

Ali Wadsworth photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaver.com
Ali Wadsworth photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaver.com

Flannel shirts and ripped jeans are making a comeback tonight at Boot & Saddle’s 90s tribute with Philly folk artists Ali WadsworthHezekiah Jones and Foxhound. Wadsworth, who released her soulful, twangy 10-piece self-debuted album in October, will tap into her inner-90s child to perform her renditions off of Pearl Jam’s Ten. Jones, who’s self-described as sounding like “post-apocalyptic White Album, as covered by Sufjan Stevens” will put his folky spin on Lemonhead’s It’s a Shame About Ray, while Foxhound will transition their usual Americana-folk sound into songs from Nirvana’s Unplugged, two days after Kurt Cobain’s birthday. Tonight’s homage starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here; check out some vintage recordings of each of these artists performing locally in the 90s below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spirit Family Reunion at Ardmore Music Hall, Elizabeth & The Catapult at World Cafe Live, Ali Wadsworth at Ortlieb’s and more…

Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Lauren Slusher
Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Lauren Slusher

Folk / roots outfit Spirit Family Reunion bring their energetic performance to Ardmore Music Hall tonight.  With gospel, Americana and bluegrass influences coursing through their songs, the New York-based band kicks up the dust with expert fiddling and banjo playing, capped off by rousing foot stomping and hollering.  Tickets and information for the show can be found here.  Watch them perform “Green Green Rocky Road” below.

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