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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dirty Dollhouse at MAAS Building, The Burgeoning at William Street Common, Vita and the Woolf at Ortlieb’s and more

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Dirty Dollhouse | photo by Kristina Beese

Singer-songwriter Chelsea Mitchell’s long-running project Dirty Dollhouse heads up the MAAS Building for the record release show of their album Vinyl Child. The group’s harmonic focus mixes with century-spanning influences, from country to doo-wop to R&B, creating a sound both old and new. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Bell X1, Vita and the Woolf make a stunning duo at Boot & Saddle

Bell X1 | photo by Joe Del Tufo | moonloopphoto.com

The Bell X1 / Vita and the Woolf tour swung through Philly last night, with Vita getting a strong showing from a hometown crowd in the packed Boot & Saddle. Vita and the Woolf played a strong and especially 80s-infused set, with vocalist Jennifer Pague showing her goth side. They played a strong selection from their excellent forthcoming album Tunnels, due in April. “Brett,” “Qiet,” “Super Ranger” and Mary “have” become live staples, and got the loudest response from the crowd. I could overhear Bell X1 fans comment positively after the Vita set. Big things for this band in 2017, and I look forward to seeing them at Firefly Festival in June. Continue reading →

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Watch Vita and the Woolf cover Clap Your Hands Say Yeah; see them on tour together this spring

Vita and the Woolf | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Philadelphia soul-pop favorites Vita and the Woolf have a busy spring ahead of them, leading up to the April release of their next LP, Tunnels. On January 25th, they head out on a tour of the southeast, later teaming up with Irish pop-rock outfit BellX1 for a run of dates in the northeast in late February. Then, after playing the Savannah Stopover festival on March 10, they connect with Philly art-rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and will open for them for the rest of the month across the midwest and on the west coast.  Continue reading →

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Follow Vita and the Woolf on a quest in an abondoned building in new “Qiet” video

Vita and the Woolf | still from video
Vita and the Woolf | still from video

The music Vita and the Woolf makes has always bursted at the seams with raw, powerful emotion, even when the song title and subject matter suggests otherwise. Their latest single, “Qiet”, for example, is anything but, and now, it’s received an equally arresting music video, which showed up today on Impose. Continue reading →

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Vita and the Woolf share second single “Qiet” from new LP

Vita and the Woolf | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist
Vita and the Woolf | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Vita and the Woolf wrapped up a national tour this past weekend so now all eyes are aimed toward the winter release of TUNNELS, the electro-pop trio’s sophomore LP. Lead single “Brett” is a song we’ve been digging for several months now, and it finally has a companion in the just-released “Qiet.”

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Vita and the Woolf announce TUNNELS, new record out in 2017

Vita and the Woolf | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist
Vita and the Woolf | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Philly electropop duo Vita and the Woolf just announced their new album, TUNNELS, which comes out on January 20th.

TUNNELS is Vita’s first return to a full-length LP since 2014’s Fang Song. Bringing back frontwoman Jennifer Pague’s haunting vocals and percussionist Adam Shumski’s heavy backing beat, the record is poised to build on Vita’s already-enveloping synthpop sound. Continue reading →

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Vita and the Woolf is going on tour and bringing the limited edition Pretty Boys tape with them

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

Philly electropop outfit Vita and the Woolf kicks off its North American tour next Thursday. Frontwoman Jennifer Pague has been making dreamy pop music since 2012, matching her haunting vocals and ethereal synthetic beats with live drummer Adam Shumski and, more recently, guitarist Dane Galloway. This month-long run with Rasputina will be their first full U.S. tour, and to celebrate, they’re brining a taste of their long-in-the-making new album Tunnels. Continue reading →

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Watch Vita and the Woolf re-invent “Mary” on electric guitar in The Temple News offices

Vita and the Woolf | still from video
Vita and the Woolf in The Temple News offices | still from video

Philly modern rock outfit Vita and the Woolf just had something of a back-to-school moment. The band’s core duo, Jennifer Pague and Adam Shumski, are both alums of Temple University, and they traveled back up North Broad this week for a visit to The Temple News offices.

The editorially independent, student-run news organization produces an occasional Tiny Desk-esque video series called Hear All About It where Philly musicians perform in their offices – in the past, it’s featured Open Wide, Hungry Ghosts and Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five.

For the Vita session, the band took a new approach to the song “Mary” — and its songs in general. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hemming and Vita and the Woolf at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Pine Barons at Ortlieb’s, India.Arie at Dell Music Center

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Hemming | photo by Matthew Shaver | www.brightloud.com

The Spruce Street Harbor Park summer music series continues this week with a pair of local favorites. We fell hard for Candice Martello’s solo Hemming project last year when she released her debut self-titled LP, and even harder this year when it turned into a full band after recording a Shaking Through session. Vita and the Woolf, meanwhile, remains the primary electro-pop outlet of Jennifer Pague and drummer Adam Shumski, who are working on a follow-up to their 2014 debut Fang Song. More information for the free, outdoor show can be found here; watch Hemming’s video for “Some Of My Friends” below.

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Just Announced: Vita and the Woolf will headline Boot and Saddle on 10/6

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

Philly electro-pop/rock act Vita and the Woolf will headline Boot and Saddle on Thursday, October 6th before heading to the midwest and west coast for a string of dates. Fellow locals Square Peg Round Hole and imprssive Massachusetts artist Mal Devisa join the bill as well, making for a deep lineup that will surely provide a great evening. Continue reading →