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Rosu Lup and friends knocked an LP release show out of the park

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Rosu Lup | photo by Matthew Shaver | www.brightloud.com

(Full disclosure of the writer: Since discovering Rosu Lup a bit more than a year ago, I have become friends with a few of the members, and contributed the biography to their website)

The past few weeks have been a stark reminder that the largest portion of the creative landscape are not the millionaires or even thousand-aires I sometimes get to cover. Many of them are working class, as blue collar as the city they call home. Philadelphia has been an explosion of working class musical talent is the scant 5 years that I’ve lived and loved here. For Rosu Lup, that has culminated in a breezy album called Is Anything Real.

They sure know how to throw a hell of a party to celebrate.

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Explore the midwest with Rosu Lup in this photo diary from their Is Anything Real tour

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Green room at the Rozz Tox. | photo by Katie Jean Photography

This week marks the release of Rosu Lup‘s debut full-length Is Anything Real, a long in the making effort for the ever-evolving atmospheric rock outfit. In preparation for this milestone, the band set out on week-long tour through the midwest in early March and took photographer Katie Richards along for the ride.

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Listen to Rosu Lup’s new single “Halloween Ghost”

Rosu Lup | Photo courtesy of the artist
Rosu Lup | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philly chamber-folkers turned atmospheric-rockers Rosu Lup are longtime faves over here at The Key, and we’re very much looking forward to their debut LP Is Anything Real, due out March 18th.

This week, the band gave the beyond-Philly public their first taste of it with a PureVolume premiere of the song “Halloween Ghost” – one they played for us here at The Key during their October 2015 Key Studio Session – and it’s a soaring anthem about the personas we put on in our day to day life. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Rosu Lup

Philly’s Rosu Lup has existed in a few different forms over the past three years. There’s the haunting, minimal trio that caught our ear with the Currents EP in the spring of 2013, and there’s the orchestra-backed band that recorded a Folkadelphia session that fall. There’s the explosive chamber-pop outfit that delivered moving existential ruminations from regional stages, and there’s the current configuration that recorded this week’s Key Studio Session. The Rosu Lup of today is a tightly-practiced five-piece with an affinity for spectral synthesizer lines and a bit of Springsteeny-ness by way of The War on Drugs. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Field Mouse at PhilaMOCA, Rosu Lup at Bourbon and Branch, Joan Shelley at World Cafe Live

Anomie | Photo by John Vettese
Rachel Browne of Field Mouse | Photo by John Vettese

The main project of singer / songwriter Rachel Brown is Field Mouse, and the Philly / Brooklyn project takes to the stage of PhilaMOCA tonight to rock your face off since it’s Labor Day weekend and you probably don’t have to go to work tomorrow. (If you do have work – I’m sorry. But it’s going to be a great show and you should go anyway.) The band put out its record Hold Still Life last year; listen to “Tomorrow is Yesterday” below and get tickets and more information on the show at its Facebook Event Page.   Continue reading →

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Key Fest At-A-Glance, Part Two: A folk / rock ramble with The Lawsuits, Rosu Lup and Dylan Jane

The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

While Thursday night starts out Key Fest with a indie / punk bang, Friday opens it up into something more spacious with a night of expansive, Americana-tinged folk / roots / rock and roll. Continuing our series of preview rundowns for this first-ever Key-curated celebration of local music, today we’ll take a closer look at the three artists joining us for the second night at MilkBoy. Continue reading →

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A solemn but explosive set from Rosu Lup capped a solid local bill at World Cafe Live

Rosu Lup | Photo by John Vettese
Rosu Lup | Photo by John Vettese

“Life and death are opposing shores,” sang Josh Marsh to the upstairs crowd at World Cafe Live on Tuesday. “But we walk along till our feet are sore.”

Maybe it was the grey afternoon and licks of ice patching the sidewalk. Maybe it was the reminder of a ridiculously treacherous travel conditions not 36 hours before that had semis plummeting around the highway, claiming the lives of four commuters and injuring dozens more. Maybe it was my friend at the bar, moved by the headlines, talking about the preciousness of life.

In any case, the Tuesday night tour homecoming by Philly’s Rosu Lup struck a tremendous chord in that regard, imbuing tragedy with beauty in an explosive catharsis. Continue reading →