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The Key Studio Sessions: Vita and the Woolf

Photos by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Philly art-pop trio Vita and the Woolf is going to knock you out. The band is about to release it’s vibrant, eclectic debut EP Fang Song, and it’s super-impressive for a first release, a sophisticated collection of songs that can be anthemic and expressive (the winning “Mary”) in the same breath that it’s quiet and withdrawn (“Song For Pedro”). But what’s most exciting is the way the band’s best work is clearly ahead of it. Continue reading →

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Testing out new tuneage with Madalean Gauze and Family Vacation at Ortlieb’s

Family Vacation | Photo by John Vettese
Family Vacation | Photo by John Vettese

It was a quiet pre-Labor Day Thursday night and Ortlieb’s wasn’t exactly packed, but that didn’t daunt singer-songwriter Madalean Gauze or indie rock four-piece Family Vacation. The two Philly artists used their time and the warmly receptive group of folks listening to test out new tunes from their respective projects in progress. Continue reading →

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Philly Tapes Philly takes things on the road with Lobo Marino and Langor for Volume 6

Lobo Marino | photo courtesy of the artist
Lobo Marino | photo courtesy of the artist

This months Philly Tapes Philly collaboration brings us a special edition featuring Richmond, VA’s Lobo Marino and Philly’s Langor.  In the past, the installments were recorded to tape at the Gun Shop, home to PTP founders Commonwealth Choir.  This time around the group takes things down the street and west a few blocks to Ortlieb’s, where the tape will be recorded in front of a live audience during the free release show.

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Show Alert: Indie rockers Eternal Summers to play late night at Ortlieb’s tomorrow with locals Tinmouth

Photo by Eric Schuman
Photo by Eric Schuman

If you’re a night owl, make sure you head out to Ortlieb’s Saturday night to see a free show from Roanoke, Virginia rockers Eternal Summers, who recently recorded a killer studio session with the Indie Rock Hit Parade a few months back. The special late night show, which is 21+, starts at 11:45, with local indie pop band Tinmouth opening.

Eternal Summers released their PledgeMusic-funded latest record, The Drop Beneath, earlier this year via Kanine Records and it’s got a darker undercurrent than we’ve heard from the band in the past; check out this interview The Key’s Kate Bracaglia did with the band back in March. Tinmouth released their recent Avon Fisher Demos back in the fall.

Information for the event can be found here.

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Air is Human, Grethen Lohse will collaborate on the June Philly Tapes Philly release

Photo by Scott Troyan | via instagram.com/gretchenlohse
Photo by Scott Troyan | via instagram.com/gretchenlohse

Philly Tapes Philly is back with their June installment.  This month the concert and split cassingle will feature experimental rock group Air is Human and singer/songwriter Gretchen Lohse. This spring AiH took over Ortlieb’s in Northern Liberties, while Lohse just the other week played a Double Decker Music concert (read more here). Both bands will perform at the tape release party at Ortlieb’s on June 26th.  You can find full info for the event here. Check out music from both artists below.

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Get a sneak preview of this month’s Philly Tapes Philly mash-up with Roof Doctor and Mo Lowda & The Humble

Philly Tapes Philly vol. 3 | photo by Melissa Roderman
Philly Tapes Philly vol. 3 | photo by Melissa Roderman

Philly Tapes Philly‘s third release show is just around the corner, and they’ve shared some behind-the-scenes footage of last weekend’s recording session with Roof Doctor and Mo Lowda & The Humble.  The local bands recorded and collaborated on two songs, a new one from Roof Doctor called “Two Brothers” and a re-worked version of “Throw Me a Bone” by The Humble.  The songs will be released on limited edition cassettes, given away for free to the first 50 people through the door at next week’s show at Ortlieb’s (also free).  More information can be found on the event page here.  Check out the preview video below, filmed by Bob Sweeney and featuring “Two Brothers,” followed by photos of the session taken by Melissa Roderman.

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Mo Lowda & The Humble, Roof Doctor tapped for this month’s Philly Tapes Philly collaboration

 

Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com
Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com

Local collaboration-curators Philly Tapes Philly have announced the next pairing for their experiment in straight-to-tape recording, this month featuring Mo Lowda & The Humble and Roof Doctor.

The project began in March when members of Commonwealth Choir and Big Tusk recognized an opportunity to cross local genre and scene divides by inviting bands into their home studio, The Gun Shop, for one-off recording sessions.  The resulting tracks, one from each band, are recorded through an entirely analog process onto 50 limited edition cassette tapes that are given away for free at the subsequent release show at Ortlieb’s, which is also free.

This month will see the Bucks County-bred alternative rock of Mo Lowda & The Humble split with the surf / punk-leaning rock of Roof Doctor, two bands that already eschew tight genre definitions in favor of intricate arrangements and jazzy instrumentation.

Nick Cislak of PTP / Commonwealth Choir was excited to get two bands together that move in different circles but share a passion for supporting and expanding the local music community.

“I already knew Mo Lowda, but hadn’t heard Roof Doctor. When Roof Doctor reached out I checked out [their new album Mobile Freedom Home] and loved it. Getting this many great musicians who were this passionate about the project in the same room together was too good of an opportunity to pass up.”

Listen to “Where the Whitetails Go” off of Mo Lowda & The Humble’s recent debut LP Curse the Weather below, followed by “Bulldog” off of Roof Doctor’s new Mobile Freedom Home full-length.  The free release show will take place at Ortlieb’s on May 29th; more information can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Check out the show flyer after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: A.M. Mills at Ortliebs, Dawn Hiatt at Tin Angel, The Warhawks at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Philly singer-songwriter A.M. Mills celebrated Record Store Day at AKA Music and tonight he plays at Ortlieb’s. Last month, he released a stellar track titled “Wreckin’ My World” which has a ’70s California-rock ballad feel to it (think Tom Petty). It’s simple, melodic and feels good all around. Check it out below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Weekender / Delco Pacers at Ortlieb’s , Oldermost at Boot and Saddle, Vacationer at Underground Arts and more

Philly Tapes Philly collaboration with Weekender and Delco Pacers | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com
Philly Tapes Philly collaboration with Weekender and Delco Pacers | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com

Local pop bands Weekender and Delco Pacers will hit the Ortlieb’s stage tonight in celebration of their collaborative mixtape, Philly Tapes Philly Volume 2. The first 50 people to the show will receive a free copy of the limited edition cassette. More details here.

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Go behind the scenes of the new Philly Tapes Philly release with Weekender and Delco Pacers

Photo by Wendy McCardle
Photo by Wendy McCardle

Before their limited cassette release at their show this Thursday at Ortlieb’s, Philly Tapes Philly have shared a sneak peek of their collaboration Weekender and Delco Pacers. Originally conceived by members of Commonwealth Choir and Big Tusk, Philly Tapes Philly brings local bands together to play each others’ music, record it in the old analog format, release it on cassette tapes, and hopefully gain some new fans.

Philly Tapes Philly Volume 2: Weekend in Delco is out this Thursday, April 24th, at the release show at Ortlieb’s. But before you go grab a FREE copy of their joint tape (if you’re one of the first 50 people in the door) at the show, check out this preview of the recording process. Watch a video below via Bob Sweeney, see a gallery of photos by Wendy McCardle and get more details on the show here.