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Petal battles despair in the new slow-burner “Tightrope”

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Petal | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Scranton’s Kiley Lotz is releasing her second long-player under the Petal moniker, Magic Gone, on June 15th via Run For Cover Records. After announcing the album with the lively “Better than You” video, a riff-rocker that tackles self-doubt, Lotz slows things down on the latest single, tackling a deeper sort of despair in the slow burner “Tightrope.” Continue reading →

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Petal explores self-doubt in a fun music video for “Better Than You”

Image via Bandcamp @petalpa

In the new Petal video, the world is Kiley Lotz’s stage as she sings and plays guitar on the couch, eats ice cream in a kitchen, and sings while walking a neighborhood sidewalk. There’s also a cute scene involving a giant yellow light switch, and Lotz playing human whack-a-mole, all to the tune of “Better Than You” from Magic Gone, Petal’s new album out on Run For Cover Records on June 15th.

The song itself features bright, catchy guitar riffs and a memorable soprano melody; the tremble in her voice is balanced out by powerful drums and the coarse guitar, and the song has stand-out lyrics like “Maybe if you were you, people would seem to care about what it is you even do.” Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Adult Mom and Petal at PhilaMOCA

Adult Mom | photo via adultmom.bandcamp.com

New York indie outfit Adult Mom announced a string of mid-December solo house shows last week, and just as we were beginning to fear that Philly wouldn’t be on the list, they announced an extra-stacked PhilaMOCA gig. The December 29 show is a welcome addition Philly’s already-lengthy lineup of holiday season gigs, and features sets from Scranton’s Petal and new breakout act Fire is Motion. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at Everybody Hits, The Districts at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, A.M. Mills at Ortlieb’s, and more

Petal | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Petal | Photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com

You may have caught Petal in stunning solo form recently at that fantastic show with Julien Baker and Half Waif, and now the Scranton-based project of Kiley Lotz returns to Philly for another solo performance — this time on a smaller-scale, at Everybody Hits, but the show is sure to be no less beautiful and even more intimate than it was on the big stage. Born Without Bones, Super American and Tombo Crush will also play the Home Outgrown Presents gig. Petal’s latest release is the Comfort EP, which includes a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs.” Listen below and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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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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