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Watch Wallace try to keep her cool in the band’s latest video

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Wallace | photo by Katy Mauer | courtesy of the artist

A classic coming of age song, frontwoman Wallace Gerdy finds herself disapproving her best friend’s choices on her most recent single, “Keeping Composure” by Wallace. The track was released last month, and earlier this month the single received the music video treatment, animating the lyrical content of Wallace’s displeasure of her friend’s choices at parties, or maybe just in general. A song birthed by change, Wallace sings “It’s hard to keep composure when your best friends are getting high in the next room.” Continue reading →

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Rock out to Wallace’s debut studio recording, “Sunny Monday”

Wallace | photo courtesy of the artist

Earlier this winter, in the midst of a show at Ortlieb’s, I found myself describing Philly rocker Wallace to a friend via text message as “kind of like Sheer Mag without the radical politics and if Tina and Kyle were one person.”

What did I mean by that? Well, firstly, the band — really the artist, a nom de stage of Wallace Gerdy, lead guitarist of Philly’s Mattress Food — is also a rock band in the most classic sense: tasty 70s / 80s riffs, speedy rhythms, wry delivery and hooks hooks hooks. Second, it’s not to say that Gerdy does not care about society and the world around her, but society is not necessarily what her songs are about; they take a very personal outlook, there’s no revolutionary call-to-arms like Sheer Mag’s “Meet Me In The Street,” and there’s not necessarily anything wrong with that. Last: in Sheer Mag, Tina Halladay fills the role of charismatic frontperson with the gripping, gravelly voice while Kyle Seely is the lead shredder, establishing the band’s guitar identity; Gerdy, however, does both, often simultaneously. Continue reading →

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The Wallace Brothers Band brings country music back to Connie’s this weekend

The Wallace Brothers Band | photo by Lisa Schaefer | courtesy of the artist
The Wallace Brothers Band | photo by Lisa Schaefer | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia roots scene regulars The Wallace Brothers Band threw a pretty sweet party last year at South Street watering hole Bob & Barbaras; they took over the stage for an entire day and filled it up with a lineup of the city’s hardest working Americana artists, Hurricane Hoss to Hezekiah Jones. The event went over so well the Wallaces decided to bring the event back for a second year, and it touches down and Italian Market joint Connie’s Ric Rac this weekend, Saturday August 27th. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Wallace Brothers Band at Bob and Barbara’s, Ill Fated Natives at The Fire, Matisyahu at The TLA

The Wallace Brothers Band | via reverbnation.com/thewallacebrothersband
The Wallace Brothers Band | via reverbnation.com/thewallacebrothersband

South Philly’s Wallace Brothers Band headline a free show at Bob and Barbara’s tonight, bringing lively countrypolitan vibes to Broad and South. The band has been around for since 2007, and has had solid showings at the past two Philadelphia Folk Festivals – one year on the campground’s Front Porch Stage and one year on the main stage. Their music blends witty storytelling with sharp playing; check it out below a performance of “Jail” recorded live at the 2013 Philly Folk Fest, and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Lera Lynn and The Wallace Brothers Band bring Eagleview two sides of Americana

Lera Lynn | Photo by  Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Lera Lynn | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

On Tuesday a sublime summer night was the backdrop in Eagleview Town Center in Exton, PA for a double-header free concert of Lera Lynn and The Wallace Brothers Band. Both artists pulled from the roots music / singer-songwriter tradition, but with two distinctive takes on it.

First up was the alt-country Lynn. Touring behind her new release of The Avenues, Lynn and guitarist/producer Joshua Grange stung the night with notes of rock and Americana. Continue reading →

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A tribute to Sun Ra, curated by King Britt and Kate Watson-Wallace featuring Vernon Reid and Tendai Maraire of Shabazz Palaces

A tribute to the jazz musician Sun Ra curated by King Britt and choreographer/visual artist Kate Watson-Wallace will take place at Fringe Arts on Friday, June 6. The event is a live improvisational “re-contextualization” of Sun Ra’s music featuring Tendai Maraire of Shabazz Palaces on percussion, Vernon Reid of Living Color on guitar, King Britt on beats and electronics, Anthony Tidd on bass, vocalist Imani Izuri, and Marlo Reynolds on keyboards. Live video will be provided by Jason Senk and “movement” by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko of Philadiction Movement. The event, says King Britt, is the first of several that “music/multidimensional events” that the Fringe is presenting in its new space.

The jazz musician, originally from Birmingham, Alabama, relocated to the Germantown section of Philadelphia in 1968 where he resided until his death in 1993. King Britt came up with the idea of a tribute to Sun Ra since it was close to Sun Ra’s birthday. “I suggested we do a tribute to him by creating a beautiful ensemble of music, video and dance,” Britt told me in an e-mail. “Everyone involved has been touched by Ra and his legacy. Sun Ra always embraced the art of improvisation within a construct of his compositions. He also embraced technology and used it in a way that propelled the music to new places.”

“We felt that everyone involved would be comfortable in this context and non obvious samples and loops, from some of Sun Ra’s improvs, will steer the direction of the journey,” said Britt. “Everyone involved, including video, which will be mixed live, are all very good improvisors and it will be a one time only experience. This is event is important because it will bridge the gap between generations. A lot of the older Sun Ra fans will love to witness a new spin on his legacy and the young fans who have come to know Sonny, through samples, hip hop and alternative music, will get to learn a bit of the history through multidisciplinary lenses.”

Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, check out a documentary about Sun Ra by film maker Robert Mugge, A Joyful Noise.

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The Wallace Brothers Band opens a four-week residency at Bob and Barbara’s on South St. tonight

 

The Wallace Brothers Band | photo via www.facebook.com/the-wallace-brothers-band
The Wallace Brothers Band | photo via www.facebook.com/the-wallace-brothers-band

Country Music at Bob and Barbara’s kicks off tonight with Wilbur, John Francis, The Wallace Brothers Band and Red Skiles and the Country Ramblers.  The four-week residency at the South Street lounge will showcase local musicians playing original tunes alongside some covers of classic country idols like .  With The Wallace Brothers Band acting as host and houseband, they’ll be joined by Sweetbriar Rose, Ansel Barnum, The Miners and more over the course of the residency.  More information for the no-cover nights can be found on the Facebook event page.  Below, watch The Wallace Brothers Band perform “Duck River” at this year’s Philadelphia Folk Festival.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Wallace Brothers Band at Ortlieb’s Lounge, Jackie Paper at The Fire

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The Wallace Brothers Band of Kutztown make some solid Americana, finding influence from artists from Merle Haggard to Crosby Still Nash & Young.  Tonight, the group plays at Ortlieb’s Lounge along with Jet Watson and his Atomic Ranch Hands.  If you’re in the mood for a little country tonight, be sure to check out the show.  You can find ticket information here and check out a song by The Wallace Brothers below.

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