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Listen to Petal’s cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs” featured on upcoming 7″, Comfort

Petal | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of artist

Scranton’s Kiley Lotz, a.k.a. Petal, has some new tunes coming our way. On September 15th, she’ll be releasing a 7″ titled Comfort via Run for Cover Records. But even before then, we get to hear one third of the record right this very moment, with Petal’s cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs” located below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Talib Kweli at The Foundry, Petal at Everybody Hits, Levee Drivers at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Talib Kweli| Photo by Joe del Tufo | Moonloop Photography

Rapper Talib Kweli headlines at The Foundry tonight. He’s fresh off the April release of The Seven, a collab EP with Styles P, of which you can hear the single “Last Ones” below. Vikter Duplaix will also perform. For more information on the all ages show, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch PWR BTTM’s World Cafe performance of “Now Now” with Kiley Lotz of Petal

PWR BTTM | photo by Galea McGregor for WXPN
PWR BTTM | photo by Galea McGregor for WXPN

Adorned in rainbow face-paint and glittery makeup, and surrounded by special-guest friends, PWR BTTM shared their forthcoming sophomore effort Pageant with Talia Schlanger and the World Cafe crew in a session that premiered yesterday over on NPR.

In addition to the VuHaus video of “Answer My Text” that accompanied the session, which highlighted just one of the standout singles we’ve gotten to preview ahead of the LP’s May 12th release, the team also captured the short and spunky “Now Now” featuring backing vocals from Petal‘s Kiley Lotz.

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Watch Petal’s Kiley Lotz cover “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” by Talking Heads

Petal | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Petal | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

My wife has a pretty solid rule about making mixtapes — if you’re ever stuck, just add some Talking Heads. It never fails, and applies equally awesomely to cover songs in concert setlists as well — as we recently saw when Petal opened for Kevin Devine and Foxing and slayed with a solo rendition of “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” from David Byrne & co.’s 1983 outing Speaking in Tongues. 
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NEPA Holiday Show returns with The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw, Petal and more

The Menzingers
The Menzingers | Photo by Rocco Peditto for WXPN | roccopeditto.com

So many big players in the local punk rock community got their start a couple hours north in Scranton. And every holiday, they play a show back home for charity. On December 17th, The Menzingers will headline the Scranton Cultural Center with Tigers JawCaptain We’re SInkingThree Man CannonThe Swims and Petal. Tickets to the all ages show are $25, are available now, and will benefit youth art and music programs at NEPA. Tickets are available now, more information at the XPN Concert Calendar and the show’s website. Below, listen to music and watch videos from everybody on the bill. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Pinegrove and Petal will join Kevin Devine at Union Transfer in December

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Pinegrove | photo by Andrew Piccone | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey indie studs Pinegrove and Scranton favs Petal will join Kevin Devine on a November/December tour that ends at Union Transfer on Sunday, December 11. Sheesh. Now that’s an awesome show.

Devine announced the tour Monday in support of his his ninth studio album, Instigator, of which the release date has not yet been revealed. He also put out two live albums in the past year. Matter Of Time was recorded a few years back with The Goddam Band in studio, while Live at St. Pancras Old Church came from the recordings of a few solo performances across the pond. Both are very well done and span Devine’s lengthy discography. Continue reading →

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A powerful Sunday night set with Pity Sex, Petal and PWR BTTM

Pity Sex | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Pity Sex | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Last week, the Michigan indie rockers Pity Sex set out on a month long tour with support from their friends in Petal and PWR BTTM. The tour made its way to Philly Sunday night, where each band was welcomed with a tremendous applause from the packed crowd at Union Transfer. Petal kicked off the show, followed by PWR BTTM, and then Pity Sex. Continue reading →

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Watch Petal’s stripped down cover of “A Bitter Divorce”

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Petal | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Before traveling across the country with Pity Sex and PWR BTTM on tour this summer, Scranton sweetheart Petal filmed a stripped down cover of “A Bitter Divorce” by Captain We’re Sinking with her label Run For Cover Records. In the video, singer-songwriter and guitarist Kiley Lotz says she chose the song by her labelmates and Scranton locals because they’re some of her closest friends. Written by singer Bobby Barnett, Lotz says in the video, “It’s one of my favorite that he’s ever written. It’s very beautiful and sad and dynamic.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at PhilaMOCA, Lizanne Knott at World Cafe Live, Sunflower Bean at Kung Fu Necktie, and more…

Petal
Petal | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Scranton’s Petal – the emo / indie rock project of singer-songwriter-guitarist Kiley Lotz -will be performing at PhilaMOCA tonight. The band’s first album Shame was released last year on Run For Cover to wide acclaim. Also playing will be Somos, The Superweaks, and The Obsessives. More information can be found here. Continue reading →