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New Jersey indie folk outfit Ortolan returns with the eminently hopeful video for “Come On”

Ortolan | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Ortolan has evolved quite a bit since they formed in South Jersey almost a decade ago. But after some quiet time, the long-running band is readying to make their first re-entry into the scene since their last album was released in 2014 — and they’re back in a very visible way, with their first-ever music video.

The video accompanies “Come On,” the lead single from Ortolan’s new EP down deep, which is out next week. Directed by famed Philly videographer Bob Sweeney, the video shows lead singer Stephanie Cottingham taking us through a nostalgic, sepia-drenched journey that matches the song’s sweetly retro, indie-folk-meets-60s-pop sound. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: LVL UP at Union Transfer, Ortolan at Boot and Saddle, Failure / Hum at Electric Factory, and more

LVL UP | Photo via artist's Facebook
LVL UP | Photo via artist’s Facebook

Purchase, NY’s LVL UP open for Basement with Palehound and Adventures at Union Transfer this evening. The band most recently released EP Three Songs after the success of third full-length Hoodwink’d. Though they have not hit the “mainstream,” LVL UP excel in the quieter spaces of the music world – a must-see live act. Get tickets for the show here. Continue reading →