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Listen to Madalean Gauze’s cathartically fun FUNeral EP, see them tonight at Boot & Saddle

Madalean Gauze | via instagram.com/madalean_gauze

Philly rocker Madalean Gauze has a very funny, very true tagline on her Instagram page: “💅🏼 IDC ABT FASHION 💅🏼 .”

This is applicable beyond the jeans-and-t-shirt-and-cat-mask aesthetic of last year’s Cool and Fun EP; it includes “fashion” as far as “what’s cool” or “what the music scene expects you to do.” Like I said earlier this week, Madalean does whatever the heck she wants, she makes art for herself, whether that means launching a stoner doom metal band or releasing an off-the-cuff EP, as she did today with FUNeral. Continue reading →

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Madalean Gauze, Queen of Jeans, Louie Louie and Empath team up for Valley Youth House benefit gig

Madalean Gauze | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

If you’re looking to kick off the new year with a gig that also benefits a good cause, look no further than this Boot & Saddle show. A stacked lineup of locals are coming together January 5 for a benefit show to support Valley Youth House’s Pride program, which provides services for LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia. The show will also be an EP release celebration for headliner Madalean Gauze; the Philly singer-songwriter’s new effort FUNeral will be released that day and is the follow-up to last EP Cool and Fun. The bill is rounded out by dream pop outfit Queen of Jeans, retro rockers Louie Louie and West Philly DIY regulars Empath. Continue reading →

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Meet Dreamswell: The doomy post-rock project of Hemming, Madalean Gauze and friends

Dreamswell | photo via dreamswell.bandcamp.com

In her band Hemming, singer-guitarist Candice Martello yearning, melancholic ballads in a fervent singer-songwriter style; as a solo artist, Madalean Gauze plays energized art rock brimming with riffs and hooks. Together, they turn the volume way up and the tempo way down in the new four-piece band Dreamswell. With a lineup rounded out by Gina Piccari on guitar and Joe Martello on drums, the band lowkey debuted with a few shows last fall at Boot and Saddle and Kung Fu Necktie. This week, their debut EP hit the internet. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Amanda X at Boot and Saddle, Madalean Gauze at Johnny Brenda’s, R. Ring at Everybody Hits and more

Amanda X | photo courtesy of the artist
Amanda X | photo courtesy of the artist

Kensington power punk trio Amanda X will bring their high-energy tunes to Boot and Saddle tonight. Comprised of Cat Park on lead guitar, Melissa Brain on drums and Kat Bean on bass, the group doles out hooky guitar riffs, bumping drum grooves and memorable melody lines. This summer, they will release their second full album later this summer, Giant, and based on opening track “Exquisite,” they keep up with their tendency toward dance-able guitar licks, passionate vocal work and well-crafted melodies. Check out the song below and show details at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Just Released: Listen to Madalean Gauze’s New EP Cool and Fun, Watch “Poison Pill” Music Video

Madalean Gauze | from “Poison Pill” music video

Following 2015’s debut LP Sing, Madalean Gauze‘s next project is here at last. On July 1st the Philadelphia singer-songwriter released her new EP Cool and Fun, and that’s definitely what it is: cool, fun, intense, and all-around awesome. From the beginning everything-goes title track to the beautiful slow burner “Too Hard” to the building, rocking album closer, the indie artist once again realizes a record that was long in the making but worth the wait. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Madalean Gauze returns in the stylish rager “The Fire”

Madalean Gauze | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist
Madalean Gauze and band | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Philly singer songwriter Madalean Gauze has always made art on her own terms.

This goes back to the gripping storm of her debut American War — which was, all things considered, was released quietly amid hazy mystery four years ago. Her 2015 follow-up, Sing, was recorded, scrapped and rerecorded until she knew she had it right. Gauze and her band gigged in support of the record into early 2016, and then she went off the grid somewhat, popping up in late autumn to play a few gigs as a member of Candice Martello’s new band Dreamswell.

But we are happy to report today that Madalean Gauze returns this summer with her latest EP, Cool and Fun — and you can watch the music video for its heavy rocking first single, “The Fire,” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hippo Campus at Union Transfer, George Burton at SOUTH, Madalean Gauze at Bourban and Branch, and more…

Hippo Campus | via the band's Facebook page
Hippo Campus | via the band’s Facebook page

Minnesota indie rockers Hippo Campus are taking their serene, atmospheric sound to Union Transfer this Saturday. Along with Weathers, they’ll support Saint Motel as part of their “saintmotelivision” tour. Hippo Campus’ latest release, 2015’s South EP may have just turned one a few weeks ago, but its punchy drums and infectious hooks haven’t lost any of their luster in the interim. For tickets and more information, head over to Union Transfer’s website. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Moor Mother at ROCKERS, Madalean Gauze and Three Man Cannon at Kung Fu Necktie, Madeleine Peyroux at World Cafe Live and more

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Moor Mother | Photo by Chris Sikich for WXPN | sikichphotography.com

Philly’s Camae Defstar is the longtime organizer of the ROCKERS series, and also creates aggressive spoken-word sound-art under the name Moor Mother, which just signed to Don Giovanni Records. Tonight, the final ROCKERS happens at Community Futures Lab Everybody Hits, and Moor Mother performs along with The Kominas and Ghetto Songbird. More information can be found at Facebook; listen to “Deadbeat Protest” below.

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Key Fest 2016 In Photos: Hardwork Movement to Kississippi, Madalean Gauze to Lou, and much more

Kississippi at Key Fest | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN
Kississippi at Key Fest | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Last weekend we took up residence on the second floor of MilkBoy in center city for our second-ever KEY FEST – a celebration of the Philadelphia music community, curated by us here The Key, spread out over three nights. It was once again filled with great music and positive vibes, and major thanks are due to all the performers, as well as the folks at MilkBoy and Bonfire Entertainment for graciously allowing us to bring artists into their space.

Below, check out an assortment of scenes from the weekend, by Key photographer Rachel Del Sordo and Key editor John Vettese. Continue reading →