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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dominic at Johnny Brenda’s, Ladybird at The Barbary, David Wax Museum at Union Transfer

Dominic | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Dominic | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Local guy Dominic is celebrating the release of his debut solo LP Goodnight, Doggies at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, along with fellow record-releaser Norwegian Arms and No Thank You. Though this is Dom Angelella’s first outing under his own name, you’ll no doubt recognize him from his roles in DRGN King, Lithuania, and Hop Along. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Listen to “Birthday Song” below

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The High Key Portrait Series: Dominic Angelella

Dominic | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Dominic | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.

There’s a bit of a music scene in-joke that circulates about Philadelphia psych-rock cult faves Lilys; so many people have contributed to that band in its 25-year existence that founder and songwriter Kurt Heasley probably couldn’t tell you all of them. Dominic Angelella has experienced sort of the opposite situation in his career; he’s founded, jammed with, recorded and parted ways with so many bands since coming to Philadelphia from Baltimore in 2005, there will probably never be a true and complete chronology of them all.

We’re pretty sure Angelella has never been in Lilys, for what it’s worth. But looking just his higher-profile projects: there was the long running DRGN King, which disbanded last year after two great records on Bar-None; there’s Lithuania, his longer-running punk duo with Eric Slick of Dr. Dog; there’s mewithoutYou, with whom he is currently a touring bassist; there’s Hop Along, where he was an early touring guitarist. And, of course, there’s Dominic.

That’s his first name, true, and it’s also the name of his first truly solo project, which releases its debut LP Goodnight, Doggies. this Friday on Lame-O Records. Back in the fall, The Key brought you the news of his new album alongside a wide-ranging conversation with his onetime bandmate / current roommate, Hop Along frontwoman Frances Quinlan, where the two unpacked Dom’s musical journey. This week, we specifically talk Philly for his High Key Portrait Series spotlight. This interview took place in early 2016, and he shares favorite faces and favorite places in the city — and is our first interviewee to give a diplomatic answer about Philly beer! This Friday, February 3rd, Angelella headlines Johnny Brenda’s (his fav venue) to celebrate the release of Goonight, Doggies. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Norwegian Arms and Dominic team up for joint record release show next month

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Dom Angelella and Brendan Mulvihill | Photo by Joe Del Tufo

It makes a lot of sense that the new records from Norwegian Arms and Dominic would arrive at nearly the same time. The former’s Brendan Mullvihill and the latter’s Dom Angelella have become quite the BFFs over the years, collaborating on each other’s projects in both live and studio settings. In recognition of this friendship (and also because this just makes for a total party of a billing) they’ll celebrate the releases of Girard Freeloader and Goodnight, Doggies respectively at Johnny Brenda’s on February 3rd.

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Pop rock charm conquers evil on Dominic’s “Savior”

Dominic | photo by C.J. Harvey | courtesy of the artist
Dominic | photo by C.J. Harvey | courtesy of the artist

After contributing his talents to countless Philly projects — Lithuania, mewithoutYou, Hop Along and more — Dominic Angelella is finally putting a record out that bears his name. Goodnight Doggies is the debut from his eponymous new band Dominic, and lucky for you, they’ve just premiered its second track, “Savior.” For a song that deals with acolytes, messiahs, and evil itself, it sounds awfully carefree, but that’s just part of its charm. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Dominic debuts with “Birthday Song,” hear him interviewed by Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan

Dominic | photo by C.J. Harvey | courtesy of the artist
Dominic | photo by C.J. Harvey | courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Dominic Angelella has been in more bands than anybody else I know. Going back a decade to his time in Dice Raw’s Nouveau Riche, his versatile chops have carried through Zoe Kravitz’ first band Elevator Fight, his own long running DRGN King project and Lithuania, his punk duo with Eric Slick of Dr. Dog. Not to mention his stint playing guitar in Philly favorites Hop Along.

This winter, Angelella is releasing music under his own name for the first time, first name only; Dominic‘s Goodnight Doggies drops on Lame-O Records on February 3rd. You can pre-order a vinyl copy here, and get a digital pre-order here. It was recorded with Brendan Mulvihill of Norwegian Arms, who plays in his current live band along with Andy Molholt of Laser Background.

The record has an eclectic and super lively vibe, very much reminiscent of another prolifc and fun artist, Harry Nillson. The first single, “Birthday Song,” is out today, and we’re excited to bring you a first listen to it below. Continue reading →