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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ron Gallo at the First Unitarian Church, Kool Keith at Kung Fu Necktie, David Crosby at Scottish Rite Auditorium

Ron Gallo | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Ron Gallo | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

If you’ve been loving XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week, which come in the form of two tracks off a split EP from Ron Gallo and Naked Giants, then deciding which show to attend tonight is easy. Both artists will appear at the First Unitarian Church, and it’s Gallo’s first “homecoming” show since the February release of Heavy Meta (Gallo moved from Philly to Nashville a while back, but we’ll still claim him as our own). Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week: A split single from Ron Gallo and Naked Giants

Ron Gallo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

While he’ll always be a Philadelphian to us, the singer, guitarist, songwriter and rocker Ron Gallo is now based in Nashville, and has gotten together with the Seattle indie rock trio Naked Giants to release a split 7-inch via New West Records. The single features his new song, “Sorry Not Everybody Is You,” backed with Naked Giants’ “The Age Of Information.” Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Ron Gallo returns to Philly at The Church this November

Ron Gallo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly-bred,  Nashville-living, sardonic rock ‘n roller Ron Gallo is making his way back home this fall with announcement of a First Unitarian Church show on November 21st.

Since the February release of his incredible record, Heavy Meta, Gallo and crew have been touring extensively — wowing various festivals, Europe (yep, just the collective whole of the continent,) and Non-COMM back in May, with their intense and critically self-aware jams. And soon enough, they’ll be bringing these catchy existential riffs for a hometown show along with support from Seattle’s Naked Giants. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Ron Gallo rocks the socks off of day two

Ron Gallo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

I should have known that Ron Gallo‘s set was going to be quite something when he walked out in a jumpsuit. Little did I know what shenanigan-filled jams would ensue from there on out.

This was my first time seeing the brilliance that is Ron Gallo live, and holy cannoli, it did not disappoint one bit. Starting the set off by carefully unfolding a piece of paper, Gallo prepared the crowd for his dry humor by meticulously reading and annunciating each and every word — thanking “Radio Shack employees” for being so supportive of them throughout the years.

Cannon-balling headfirst into their first tune (and one of my absolute favorite jams of the moment,) “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me,” Gallo and crew gave every ounce of themselves into the performance, in which they performed tracks of their new album, Heavy Meta. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Ron Gallo brings his raw power and character to the World Cafe Live stage

Ron Gallo | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Ron Gallo | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Man, this Ron Gallo guy, he’s something special. His eloquent lyricism, blues-like guitar riffs, and overall raw attitude defines him as his own, and it all came into full effect as he took the World Cafe Live stage for a round of pure rock and roll.

Gallo’s return trip to XPN found him performing material from his soon-to-be-released record Heavy Meta, along with some of his past discography. Matching the manic nature of all those damn stage lights, Gallo and friends flowed through fifty minutes of some fantastic garage rock, as songs like “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me” and “Kill the Medicine Man” felt like a White Stripes and Costello Music baby. Continue reading →

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Ron Gallo wants you to try airijuana in new “Kill the Medicine Man” video

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Ron Gallo | photo by Tim Duggan

While we’re gearing up to welcome Ron Gallo back to Philly for a Free at Noon concert later this week, Gallo is gearing up to release his new Heavy Meta LP on February 3rd. The Nashville-via-Philadelphia bandleader has been dropping preview tracks left and right over the last few months and this week shared a video for album cut “Kill the Medicine Man.”

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Ron Gallo disrupted Nashville traffic for his one-take “Please Yourself” video

Ron Gallo | still from video
Ron Gallo | still from video

Wordy garage rocker Ron Gallo has a new album coming out this February 3rd. It’s called Heavy Meta, and if drivers in downtown Nashville had known that, they might have been more prepared for Gallo’s latest antics. It makes for better entertainment that they weren’t, but if you don’t want to take my word for it, stream the new video for “Please Yourself” below. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ron Gallo

If we’ve learned anything watching Philly-bred songsmith Ron Gallo for the better part of the past decade, it’s this: dude can do it all. Propulsive electric blues? Check. Sprawling big-band Americana? Check. Jangling global pop? Check. Leon Redbone-esque roots folk excursions? Check.

After logging innumerable Philly hours as leader of Toy Soldiers, a solo artist, a variety show promoter and sometimes comedian, Gallo skipped town late last year for a new start in Nashville, which suits his current musical interests quite well. Sure, it’s the capital of twang, and Gallo’s back-catalog has twang in spades. But the city has experienced a massive garage-punk resurgence in the past decade, from JEFF The Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet and The Ettes to Jack White making the city the home base of his Third Man Records.

Gallo’s new Heavy Meta LP fits right into that zeitgeist, with propulsive riffs, hair-raising howls and a fierce power trio configuration: Joe Bisirri on bass, Dylan Sevey on drums, all three chipping in on vocals. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head