Before he moved to Nashville Ron Gallo promised us new music, and new music is what we have today. “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me,” the first offering from Gallo’s forthcoming Heavy Meta LP, is a crunchy garage-blues song that takes the former Philadelphia resident’s country roots in a darker direction. The video features a deadpan Gallo singing the song in a basement while background visuals trace the lyrical story. Watch the clip below and read more about Gallo’s plans for his new home here.
Before packing up and hitching a ride down to Nashville, singer-songwriter Ron Gallo treated his musical home of eight years to a farewell show at Bourbon & Branch while drawing inspiration from the wild spirit of Iggy Pop.
Former Toy Soldiers frontman Ron Gallo is a Philadelphian through and through, and that will not change even as he is set to head south to live in the bustling music town of Nashville, TN. You can say goodbye to the fuzz-rocker tonight at Boot & Saddle alongside old friends and former Toy Soldiers band-mates Matt Kelly and Dom Billet now of Coin Purse. Head to the XPN Concert Calendar for details on the farewell show tonight. Continue reading →
I first met Ron Gallo in 2008 when his then-duo Toy Soldiers was making a lot of noise on the Temple house show scene. The band consisted of him backed by drummer Mike Baurer, and their rough-hewn bluesy grit and taut minimalism – best exemplified by a set of demos posted on their MySpace page called It Is What It Is. Is It What It Is? – reminded me a hell of a lot of The Black Keys. Carney and Auerbach were still a duo at that point too. Things change, bands evolve, the big wheel keeps on turning.
Tonight Howard and Guy Lawrence bring Disclosure back to Philadelphia for a two-night stand at The Fillmore. The band released its sophomore album Caracal last month, and it features a solid slate of collaborations with pop vocalists from Lorde and Sam Smith to The Weeknd and Miguel. Tickets and more information on tonight and tomorrow’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out the video for “Holding On” featuring Gregory Porter below. Continue reading →
Today’s Free At Noon featured local bluesy alt rocker Ron Gallo, who opened for rock and roll quintet Diamond Rugs. After strolling on stage, he remarked that the event was a bit unexpected, explaining that he woke up to a phonecall telling him “You got a gig.” Now rocking it solo, the former Toy Soldiers frontman unveiled some of his most recent work, solely playing songs off his album currently in the works. Continue reading →
For those of you who don’t know about NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, you may want to head over to their site and root through their enormous and equally impressive archive. Their 15-minute videos feature live performances from artists of all genres held in the quaint offices of NPR at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk.
Ranging from big names like Adele and Alt-J to up-and-coming artists such as Angel Olsen and Rubblebucket, viewers are able to watch the artists perform in the intimate setting, giving the performances a stripped-down, no B.S. vibe. While these videos are ultra fun to watch (perhaps continuously, one after another…), NPR kept things interesting this winter by kicking off a contest to feature a new artist in their series.
Based entirely off of video submissions from all over the United States, an artist will be chosen to perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. as well as snag a slot in the big Lagunitas Couchtrippin’ showcase in Austin, Texas. Philadelphia, brimming with the amazing musical talent that it is, seems to have jumped at this opportunity. Continue reading →
Bernhardt Family Band performs at Boot & Saddle tonight with local friend Ross Bellenoit and South Dakota / Brooklyn’s Rachel Ries. Brother and sister duo Jerry and Kate have spent time on stage with Levee Drivers, The Get Real Gang and Toy Soldiers over the years, but they’ve recently been cultivating their own harmony-rich material. We first got a taste of their perfectly-balanced collaborations with a Cover Club session of “Tomorrow Today,” originially by Ron Gallo. Check out that video below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here.
Framing up romantic detachment like an impasse in a hostage interrogation, Ron Gallo sits at an empty table in an empty room, wearing a military jacket and sitting across from his adversary in the new video for “I Started A War.” The song, a bruised bluesy downbeat moment, comes from his 2014 solo debut, Ronny. In the somewhat surreal video directed by Caitlin McCann – who’s been making a bit of a name for herself this year working with the various artists in Philly’s greater Americana scene, from Pine Barons to Dirty Dollhouse – Gallo faces off with his partner, portrayed in a few different costumes by Paige Fletcher, and goes through a few rounds of face-offs but progress barely follows. “I started a war,” Gallo croons, “and all I said was nothing.” Check out the video below. Continue reading →