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The Key Studio Sessions: Dominic Angelella

There was a time that, whenever I’d write about Philly singer-guitarist-multi-instrumentalist Dominic Angelella, I’d begin by launching into a litany of local and national acts he’s been involved with over the past ten or twelve years. I’m not going to do that here — at this point, there are too many of them. And beyond being an exceptionally busy person in the supporting cast of other local and national bands, Angelella is a tremendous songwriter in his own right, and this spring he blessed us with a whole new batch of tunes. Continue reading →

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On Road Movie, Dominic Angelella shows that he’s one person who won’t quit too easily

Dominic Angelella | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

While it seems like Lithuania singer/songwriter, former DRGN King frontman, mewithoutYou touring bassist and general man about the Philly scene Dominic Angelella never takes a breather from any of his countless projects, he’s also been recording quite a bit of solo music under his first name lately. Dominic released his first LP, Goodnight, Doggies., last year, and has just returned with a follow-up — Road Movie is out now on Bandcamp.

The seven-track album is filled with reflective, narrative-driven, lyrically intricate songs that see Dominic putting his songwriting and storytelling chops to full use. Continue reading →

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Dominic Angelella is detained in uncertain surroundings on “Red State”

Dominic watching Eric Slick | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Dominic Angelella is one of the busiest dudes around the Philly scene, between his gig playing bass with punk road warriors mewithoutYou, busting smooth dance moves on late night TV in Natalie Prass’ band, sharing songwriting duties in Lithuania with Eric Slick, and rocking the occasional solo release when he has a minute to come up for air.

After many years fronting DRGN King, Angelella made his solo debut last year with the Goodnight Doggies. LP on Lame-O Records; this spring, he follows it up with the Road Movie EP, out May 4th on Lame-O, and a new track just premiered today via Brooklyn Vegan. Continue reading →

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The High Key Portrait Series: Dominic Angelella

Dominic | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Dominic | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.

There’s a bit of a music scene in-joke that circulates about Philadelphia psych-rock cult faves Lilys; so many people have contributed to that band in its 25-year existence that founder and songwriter Kurt Heasley probably couldn’t tell you all of them. Dominic Angelella has experienced sort of the opposite situation in his career; he’s founded, jammed with, recorded and parted ways with so many bands since coming to Philadelphia from Baltimore in 2005, there will probably never be a true and complete chronology of them all.

We’re pretty sure Angelella has never been in Lilys, for what it’s worth. But looking just his higher-profile projects: there was the long running DRGN King, which disbanded last year after two great records on Bar-None; there’s Lithuania, his longer-running punk duo with Eric Slick of Dr. Dog; there’s mewithoutYou, with whom he is currently a touring bassist; there’s Hop Along, where he was an early touring guitarist. And, of course, there’s Dominic.

That’s his first name, true, and it’s also the name of his first truly solo project, which releases its debut LP Goodnight, Doggies. this Friday on Lame-O Records. Back in the fall, The Key brought you the news of his new album alongside a wide-ranging conversation with his onetime bandmate / current roommate, Hop Along frontwoman Frances Quinlan, where the two unpacked Dom’s musical journey. This week, we specifically talk Philly for his High Key Portrait Series spotlight. This interview took place in early 2016, and he shares favorite faces and favorite places in the city — and is our first interviewee to give a diplomatic answer about Philly beer! This Friday, February 3rd, Angelella headlines Johnny Brenda’s (his fav venue) to celebrate the release of Goonight, Doggies. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to Dominic Angelella’s pizza-themed tour mixtape

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DRGN King | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Dominic Angelella is no stranger to the tour van. He’s crisscrossed the country numerous times with DRGN King, with Lithuania. Most recently, he played bass on mewithoutYou’s European tour.

As far as rock and roll tour stories go, you tend to hear a lot about triumphant gigs at legendary venues, about wild shenanigans behind the scenes. Less romanticized are the long, long (so very long) van rides from gig to gig where you and your bandmates listen to music, introducing one another to new artists and indulging in guilty pleasures. Continue reading →

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Watch Dominic Angelella of Drgn King strip down The Dead Milkmen classic “Punk Rock Girl”

Dominic Angelella of Drgn King | Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Dominic Angelella of Drgn King | Photo by Joe Del Tufo

Dominic Angelella of Philly indie-pop quartet Drgn King revived an old local favorite when he played for Root Down in the Shadow‘s “Cover Club” series recently at Nomad Recording Studios. With his electric guitar in tow, Angelella took on The Dead Milkmen’s 1988 hit single “Punk Rock Girl,” and delivered it just as endearingly as the original. This Friday, Angelella joins his Drgn King bandmates, who released their debut album Paragraph Nights a little over a year ago, for a show at Johnny Brenda’s. Get tickets here and check out the “Punk Rock Girl” clips below.

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Watch DRGN King’s Dominic Angelella perform “the most stripped down version of ‘Holy Ghost’ ever” at SoFAR Philly (record release at PhilaMOCA on 2/2)

Another reason you should follow SoFAR Philly on their Facebook page – you get to find out the latest on their monthly showcase of secret-lineup house shows. This past weekend was a great one: crowded in a cozy West Philadelphia living room, we got a solo set from Aaron Brown of Aaron and the Spell, an ensemble performance from The Gallerist and Dominic Angelella acting as a one-man DRGN King. Watch a video of Dom playing “the most stripped-down version of ‘Holy Ghost’ you will ever hear” below. (You can see me bobbing my head in the lower righthand corner for a second.) And don’t forget, DRGN King released the excellent Paragraph Nights LP last week; the band celebrates its release at PhilaMOCA on Feb. 2nd with Dangerous Ponies and more. Information on the show can be  found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dominic at Johnny Brenda’s, Ladybird at The Barbary, David Wax Museum at Union Transfer

Dominic | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Dominic | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Local guy Dominic is celebrating the release of his debut solo LP Goodnight, Doggies at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, along with fellow record-releaser Norwegian Arms and No Thank You. Though this is Dom Angelella’s first outing under his own name, you’ll no doubt recognize him from his roles in DRGN King, Lithuania, and Hop Along. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Listen to “Birthday Song” below

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Listen to Dominic’s Goodnight, Doggies, see him Friday at Johnny Brenda’s

Dominic | photo by C.J. Harvey | courtesy of the artist
Dominic | photo by C.J. Harvey | courtesy of the artist

Philly staple Dominic (aka Dom Angelella, the man behind DRGN King, one half of Lithuania, current bassist of mewithoutYou, former member of Hop Along and many more) releases his debut Goodnight, Doggies. LP this Friday via Lame-O Records, and celebrates Friday night with a headlining gig at Johnny Brenda’s.

We’ve already brought you the lead single “Birthday Song” (plus a must-listen conversation with his former bandmate Frances Quinlan), stomped our feet to the raw rocker “Savior” and shared the “Emotional Businessman” video; today, we’re happy to share Goodnight, Doggies. in full with you. It runs the gamut: a bit of Steely Dan’s breezy downbeat pop, a bit of Harry Nillson’s quirky contemplation, and some fuzz punk in the vein of Harvey Danger.  Continue reading →

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Norwegian Arms and Dominic team up for joint record release show next month

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Dom Angelella and Brendan Mulvihill | Photo by Joe Del Tufo

It makes a lot of sense that the new records from Norwegian Arms and Dominic would arrive at nearly the same time. The former’s Brendan Mullvihill and the latter’s Dom Angelella have become quite the BFFs over the years, collaborating on each other’s projects in both live and studio settings. In recognition of this friendship (and also because this just makes for a total party of a billing) they’ll celebrate the releases of Girard Freeloader and Goodnight, Doggies respectively at Johnny Brenda’s on February 3rd.

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