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Slingshot Dakota and Kississippi announce fall tour, including one local stop

Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

What a DIY dream. Longtime favorite of The Key Slingshot Dakota and recent XPoNential Festival artist Kississippi have teamed up for an awesome fall tour that’s a testament to doing things on your own terms, not accepting the status quo of the business, and, of course, playing kick ass music. They’ll bring the house down on October 9th at the lovable batting-cages-turned-show-space Everybody Hits with a opening performances by a solo Kiley Lotz of Petal and Fake Boyfriend. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Pinegrove and Petal will join Kevin Devine at Union Transfer in December

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Pinegrove | photo by Andrew Piccone | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey indie studs Pinegrove and Scranton favs Petal will join Kevin Devine on a November/December tour that ends at Union Transfer on Sunday, December 11. Sheesh. Now that’s an awesome show.

Devine announced the tour Monday in support of his his ninth studio album, Instigator, of which the release date has not yet been revealed. He also put out two live albums in the past year. Matter Of Time was recorded a few years back with The Goddam Band in studio, while Live at St. Pancras Old Church came from the recordings of a few solo performances across the pond. Both are very well done and span Devine’s lengthy discography. Continue reading →

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Watch Petal’s stripped down cover of “A Bitter Divorce”

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Petal | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Before traveling across the country with Pity Sex and PWR BTTM on tour this summer, Scranton sweetheart Petal filmed a stripped down cover of “A Bitter Divorce” by Captain We’re Sinking with her label Run For Cover Records. In the video, singer-songwriter and guitarist Kiley Lotz says she chose the song by her labelmates and Scranton locals because they’re some of her closest friends. Written by singer Bobby Barnett, Lotz says in the video, “It’s one of my favorite that he’s ever written. It’s very beautiful and sad and dynamic.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at PhilaMOCA, Lizanne Knott at World Cafe Live, Sunflower Bean at Kung Fu Necktie, and more…

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Petal | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Scranton’s Petal – the emo / indie rock project of singer-songwriter-guitarist Kiley Lotz -will be performing at PhilaMOCA tonight. The band’s first album Shame was released last year on Run For Cover to wide acclaim. Also playing will be Somos, The Superweaks, and The Obsessives. More information can be found here. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Petal, Aspiga and more…

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Petal | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Scranton born, Philly based outfit Petal are this week’s Key Studio Session band. Led by Kiley Lotz, the group released its debut LP Shame last October and brought some of those songs in for this live session. Check out “Sooner” below and download the full set here; Lotz and her band play The Menzingers’ annual holiday show in Scranton on the 19th, Underground Arts on the 20th with Bayside and Boot & Saddle next month.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Petal

When Scranton’s Kiley Lotz founded Petal in 2012, she didn’t have a lot of expectations attached to it. A lot of her close friends from were musicians, playing in bands like The Menzingers and Captain We’re Sinking. Surrounded by such a fertile DIY community, a bit of inspiration seeped off, but Lotz wasn’t making music for anybody but herself.

She recorded the EP Scout with Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins of Tigers Jaw, she self-released it online and then something happened. People really dug what they heard. The EP was reissued on Run for Cover Records in 2013 and Petal began emerging on the show scene, all while Lotz pursued a parallel career in theater that had her living in New York City for a while.

These days she calls Fishtown home, and has a fantastic new set of songs to enhance the Petal catalog. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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The Menzingers to play special holiday show in Scranton, featuring Tigers Jaw, Petal, and more

Tigers Jaw | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Tigers Jaw | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Beloved Scranton four-piece group The Menzingers have announced their fifth-annual “Holiday Show,” which is to be performed at the Scranton Cultural Center on December 19th. The concert features a formidable lineup of the region’s best and brightest punk bands, including Tigers Jaw, Captain We’re Sinking, The Sw!ms, Three Man Cannon, and Petal. Continue reading →

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Listen to Petal’s debut LP Shame via SPIN

Photo via facebook.com/petalPA
Photo via facebook.com/petalPA

Petal, the project of Scranton native Kiley Lotz, is releasing its debut full-length this week via Run For Cover. The album, Shame, is streaming now over at SPIN. Since its emergance in 2012, Petal has seen a rotating band line-up backing Lotz, and Shame sees Tigers Jaw members Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh joining Lotz in the recording process.

Shame‘s twelve dynamic tracks flow from soft, delicate pieces like “Feel,” to crunchy, full-band songs like “Sooner.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at PhilaMOCA, Johnny Showcase at Underground Arts, The Not Fur Longs at Ortlieb’s and more

Photo via facebook.com/petalPA
Photo via facebook.com/petalPA

Kiley Lotz, known better by the moniker Petal, is an artist adept at both subtlty and the in-your-face indie rock which she brought in spades on 2013’s Scout EP and which she will surely continue on her upcoming LP Shame, due out on October 23. You can see her tonight at PhilaMOCA at 7:30 p.m. Head to the XPN Concert Calendar for more details. Continue reading →

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Petal explores her personal “Heaven” in new video

Photo via facebook.com/petalPA
Photo via facebook.com/petalPA

Jean-Paul Satre famously stated that “hell is other people,” but in the new video for Petal’s “Heaven,” she seems to be saying quite the opposite.

Petal is the moniker for singer-songwriter Kiley Lotz from Scranton. Lotz recently moved to the Philly area and is about to release her debut LP, Shame, which is set to come out October 23 on Run For Cover Records. It is a follow-up to 2013’s Scout EP and hopes to build upon her pop-inspired indie rock sound. Continue reading →