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Talking divine intervention, self-care, Bohemian Rhapsody and Magic Gone with Petal’s Kiley Lotz

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Petal | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Petal is the project of singer-songwriter Kiley Lotz, a Scranton native whose unflinchingly honest rock draws from some of her favorite singers growing up, including Freddie Mercury, Carole King, and Nina Simone. Her newest album, Magic Gone, takes Lotz’ struggles with mental health and questions about her sexual identity and crafts them into a series of beautiful and intimate punk songs with guitars and drums just as raw. Her live performances are nothing short of awe-inspiring, whether she’s bringing down the house with a full band shredding, or taking it solo and captivating crowds with her steady and transfixing voice. Ahead of her first headlining appearance at the First Unitarian Church, I spoke with Lotz just before the new year, and we talked about her new album, self-care while on tour, her college education in Theatre Arts, and the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Petal, Wu-Tang Clan, Neko Case, Liz Longley and more

Wu-Tang Clan circa 1995 | via Billboard

As I type this, the temperature in Philadelphia is 17 degrees Fahrenheit, and the wind chill brings it just above zero. But let’s forget about that for the moment, since there is an impressive slate of shows to warm you up this week, from garage rock locals to hip-hop legends to a slate of impressive singer-songwriters on Friday night. Here are 14 concerts to see in and around Philadelphia in the next week.
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Petal covers Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” for Devinyl Splits

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Petal | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Petal has been showcasing her songwriting recently with release of her new album Magic Gone, but her latest project takes her fully into cover song territory. Kiley Lotz has teamed up with Brooklyn songwriter Kevin Devine for the latest in his Devinyl Splits series, which periodically releases 7″ splits featuring songs by Devine and different guest artists.

Petal’s half of the split is a rendition of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “You Got Lucky,” the lead single from their album Long After Dark. Minus the psychedelic synths of the 1982 original, Petal’s version takes the song in a new direction that is both heavy and sparse at the same time, with toned-down acoustic guitar and Lotz’s emotion-filled powerhouse vocals at the forefront. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Petal inspires the crowd to live your “life more authentically”

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

In between shows in Asbury Park last night and New York tonight, Petal found time to make a quick trip down to Philly to play today’s Free at Noon, and despite the hectic scheduling, it was evident by the look on Kiley Lotz’s face when she walked onstage that there was nowhere else the Scranton-based artist would rather be this afternoon.

The short break from their co-headlining tour with Camp Cope, which included two sold-out PhilaMOCA shows a month ago, allowed Petal to bring their new album Magic Gone back to town to further celebrate the excellent release. Whether audience members were familiar with the band prior to today’s show or not, Lotz and company seemed to win the crowd over with their warm and welcoming presence before they even played their first song. Continue reading →

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Petal searches for inner peace in new “Magic Gone” video

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Petal | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Themes of self-reflection and authenticity appear throughout Petal‘s new album, Magic Gone, but come alive even more dramatically in the new video for its title track. For Kiley Lotz, the Scranton-based artist behind the Petal moniker, the songs on the record are honest and deeply personal, so it makes sense that she would star in the video as herself…or, rather, a few different versions of herself. Continue reading →

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Read a confessional coming-out essay from Petal’s Kiley Lotz

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Petal | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Last week, Kiley Lotz—the bandleader and sole constant member of Petal—wrote an essay for LGBT magazine OUT to discuss her process of coming out as bisexual and learning to navigate her queer identity. The essay came in advance of her latest album, Magic Gone, which lyrically addresses many of the same subjects. Lotz is unflinching in her examination of the anxiety, depression, and depersonalization that she faced as she came to terms with her identity. Writing of her first experience coming out at 25, Lotz says: Continue reading →

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Petal

Petal | Photo by Katie Tapman for XPN

For this Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session, we’re joined by an artist from NEPA (that’s Northeast Pennsylvania for those of you non-Pocono people). Kiley Lotz has been recording and performing as Petal since 2012. and even joined us for a Key Studio Session when her 2015 album The Shame was released. Three years later, and on release day for her new album, Magic Gone (Run For Cover), Kiley returns to our studio with a borrowed guitar that looks just like hers, and a selection of gorgeous new songs.

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Petal finds closure on the moving new “Stardust”

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Petal | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

With Petal‘s release date for her forthcoming LP Magic Gone rapidly approaching, the Scranton- and Philly-based project of Kiley Lotz has shared one last single — “Stardust,” the new album’s closing track.

We’ve already heard two singles from the record, “Better Than You” and “Tightrope,” both of which are full-blown, uptempo rockers that are sure to easily fill a room when Petal tours full-band this summer. But the first minute and a half of “Stardust” is strikingly reminiscent not of Petal’s new songs, but of Lotz’s last release under the moniker, the solo EP Comfort — all delicate piano and lilting vocals. Continue reading →

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

Petal
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 →