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Petal searches for inner peace in new “Magic Gone” video

Petal
Petal | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Themes of self-reflection and authenticity appear throughout Petal‘s new album, Magic Gone, but come alive even more dramatically in the new video for its title track. For Kiley Lotz, the Scranton-based artist behind the Petal moniker, the songs on the record are honest and deeply personal, so it makes sense that she would star in the video as herself…or, rather, a few different versions of herself. Continue reading →

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Petal

Petal | Photo by Katie Tapman for XPN

For this Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session, we’re joined by an artist from NEPA (that’s Northeast Pennsylvania for those of you non-Pocono people). Kiley Lotz has been recording and performing as Petal since 2012. and even joined us for a Key Studio Session when her 2015 album The Shame was released. Three years later, and on release day for her new album, Magic Gone (Run For Cover), Kiley returns to our studio with a borrowed guitar that looks just like hers, and a selection of gorgeous new songs.

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Petal finds closure on the moving new “Stardust”

Petal
Petal | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

With Petal‘s release date for her forthcoming LP Magic Gone rapidly approaching, the Scranton- and Philly-based project of Kiley Lotz has shared one last single — “Stardust,” the new album’s closing track.

We’ve already heard two singles from the record, “Better Than You” and “Tightrope,” both of which are full-blown, uptempo rockers that are sure to easily fill a room when Petal tours full-band this summer. But the first minute and a half of “Stardust” is strikingly reminiscent not of Petal’s new songs, but of Lotz’s last release under the moniker, the solo EP Comfort — all delicate piano and lilting vocals. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Adult Mom and Petal at PhilaMOCA

Adult Mom | photo via adultmom.bandcamp.com

New York indie outfit Adult Mom announced a string of mid-December solo house shows last week, and just as we were beginning to fear that Philly wouldn’t be on the list, they announced an extra-stacked PhilaMOCA gig. The December 29 show is a welcome addition Philly’s already-lengthy lineup of holiday season gigs, and features sets from Scranton’s Petal and new breakout act Fire is Motion. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at Everybody Hits, The Districts at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, A.M. Mills at Ortlieb’s, and more

Petal | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Petal | Photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com

You may have caught Petal in stunning solo form recently at that fantastic show with Julien Baker and Half Waif, and now the Scranton-based project of Kiley Lotz returns to Philly for another solo performance — this time on a smaller-scale, at Everybody Hits, but the show is sure to be no less beautiful and even more intimate than it was on the big stage. Born Without Bones, Super American and Tombo Crush will also play the Home Outgrown Presents gig. Petal’s latest release is the Comfort EP, which includes a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs.” Listen below and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Julien Baker and friends create a contemplative community at Union Transfer

Julien Baker | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Julien Baker | Photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com

There’s a word that’s often used to describe Julien Baker‘s music: devastating. I think I’ve seen it in almost every review and feature surrounding the release of Baker’s new album Turn Out the Lights; I think I’ve even used it myself. And it’s true, listening to Baker’s songs sometimes verges on painful — but in the most achingly beautiful way. From the Tennessee songwriter’s 2015 debut Sprained Ankle to the just-released Turn Out the Lights, Baker’s music is quiet but powerful, sparse but resonant, and sad in a way that makes it just about impossible to stop listening.

The heart-aching melancholy of Julien Baker may beg a quiet solo listen to her recordings (especially when unpacking the rich layers of the new album), but in a live setting, any sense of despondence that may accompany Baker’s music dissipates, replaced by an overwhelming sense of community. The persistent feeling of “we’re all sharing this special moment together” remained constant throughout Julien Baker’s headlining show at Union Transfer last night, and was shared not just by the audience but by all three sets of performers onstage. Continue reading →

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Listen to Petal’s cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs” featured on upcoming 7″, Comfort

Petal | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of artist

Scranton’s Kiley Lotz, a.k.a. Petal, has some new tunes coming our way. On September 15th, she’ll be releasing a 7″ titled Comfort via Run for Cover Records. But even before then, we get to hear one third of the record right this very moment, with Petal’s cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs” located below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Talib Kweli at The Foundry, Petal at Everybody Hits, Levee Drivers at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Talib Kweli| Photo by Joe del Tufo | Moonloop Photography

Rapper Talib Kweli headlines at The Foundry tonight. He’s fresh off the April release of The Seven, a collab EP with Styles P, of which you can hear the single “Last Ones” below. Vikter Duplaix will also perform. For more information on the all ages show, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch PWR BTTM’s World Cafe performance of “Now Now” with Kiley Lotz of Petal

PWR BTTM | photo by Galea McGregor for WXPN
PWR BTTM | photo by Galea McGregor for WXPN

Adorned in rainbow face-paint and glittery makeup, and surrounded by special-guest friends, PWR BTTM shared their forthcoming sophomore effort Pageant with Talia Schlanger and the World Cafe crew in a session that premiered yesterday over on NPR.

In addition to the VuHaus video of “Answer My Text” that accompanied the session, which highlighted just one of the standout singles we’ve gotten to preview ahead of the LP’s May 12th release, the team also captured the short and spunky “Now Now” featuring backing vocals from Petal‘s Kiley Lotz.

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