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Bell X1, Vita and the Woolf make a stunning duo at Boot & Saddle

Bell X1 | photo by Joe Del Tufo | moonloopphoto.com

The Bell X1 / Vita and the Woolf tour swung through Philly last night, with Vita getting a strong showing from a hometown crowd in the packed Boot & Saddle. Vita and the Woolf played a strong and especially 80s-infused set, with vocalist Jennifer Pague showing her goth side. They played a strong selection from their excellent forthcoming album Tunnels, due in April. “Brett,” “Qiet,” “Super Ranger” and Mary “have” become live staples, and got the loudest response from the crowd. I could overhear Bell X1 fans comment positively after the Vita set. Big things for this band in 2017, and I look forward to seeing them at Firefly Festival in June. Continue reading →

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Vita and the Woolf’s fall tour brings them to Johnny Brenda’s in October

Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz
Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Philly electro-rock outfit Vita and the Woolf released their impressive LP Tunnels back in June, and has spent its summer focusing on festival appearances around the country — including an upcoming one in a couple weeks on Helen Leicht’s local showcase at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Looking further ahead, the band announced a quick fall tour late Friday, and it includes a handful of dates with fellow Philadelphians Queen of Jeans and a headlining tour-closer at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, October 20th. (Right now, QoJ is not on that JBs show — it’s listed simply as Vita — but hopefully they get added ’cause that would be a double bill and a half.)  Continue reading →

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Vita And The Woolf talks Firefly Festival, Barcelona, and inspirations for the new TUNNELS

Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz
Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Jen Pague and the rest of her band that makes up Vita And The Woolf has been pretty busy recently. For the past two years, they’ve been working on the followup to Fang Song, Vita’s first EP, recorded by Pague as a demo while she was studying at Temple University. Since then, the band has evolved from an 8 member band to a 3 piece that incorporates drummer Adam Shumski and guitarist Dane Galloway.

Since beginning their journey to TUNNELS — their debut LP out today, read our review here — the band has built a following not only in Philadelphia but also around the world. In the past 6 months, they’ve toured opening for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah across the United States and filmed a music video in Spain. Tomorrow, they play the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, a major stepping stone for a band who has worked a lot for their accomplishments.

TUNNELS shows Pague and the rest of Vita And The Woolf at their finest. It’s an outstanding collection of not only modern synth-pop but also conducive songwriting. Pague channels her influences like a magician; sweet melodies blend with dark textures that bring not only a feeling of melancholy but also overwhelming joy.

I recently spoke with Pague over the phone about TUNNELS, read our conversation and watch the album teaser below. Continue reading →

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Greg Sover, Jesse Hale Moore, and Vita and The Woolf will play the XPN Local stage at Philly Folk Fest

Greg Sover | photo via facebook.com/gregsover

Although the Philadelphia Folk Fest is a couple months away, they’ve still got some artists to announce. Thankfully, our good friend Helen Leicht is in on the action, announcing her XPN Local showcase for August 19th from noon to 2 p.m. The showcase (hosted by Leicht) features some of the best up-and-coming locals in the scene, including blues rocker Greg Sover, smooth singer-songwriter Jesse Hale Moore, and electro-rock trio Vita and The Woolf.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dirty Dollhouse at MAAS Building, The Burgeoning at William Street Common, Vita and the Woolf at Ortlieb’s and more

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Dirty Dollhouse | photo by Kristina Beese

Singer-songwriter Chelsea Mitchell’s long-running project Dirty Dollhouse heads up the MAAS Building for the record release show of their album Vinyl Child. The group’s harmonic focus mixes with century-spanning influences, from country to doo-wop to R&B, creating a sound both old and new. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Vita and the Woolf cover Clap Your Hands Say Yeah; see them on tour together this spring

Vita and the Woolf | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Philadelphia soul-pop favorites Vita and the Woolf have a busy spring ahead of them, leading up to the April release of their next LP, Tunnels. On January 25th, they head out on a tour of the southeast, later teaming up with Irish pop-rock outfit BellX1 for a run of dates in the northeast in late February. Then, after playing the Savannah Stopover festival on March 10, they connect with Philly art-rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and will open for them for the rest of the month across the midwest and on the west coast.  Continue reading →

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Follow Vita and the Woolf on a quest in an abondoned building in new “Qiet” video

Vita and the Woolf | still from video
Vita and the Woolf | still from video

The music Vita and the Woolf makes has always bursted at the seams with raw, powerful emotion, even when the song title and subject matter suggests otherwise. Their latest single, “Qiet”, for example, is anything but, and now, it’s received an equally arresting music video, which showed up today on Impose. Continue reading →