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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”

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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 →