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Ron Gallo talks confronting frustration, having fun in new video profile

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Ron Gallo | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly-bred, Nashville-based songwriter Ron Gallo is gearing up for the release of Heavy Meta, his latest solo LP. And while it should not be confused with the 2015 album of the same name by Cali death metal band Nekrogoblikon, by the sound of the tracks we’ve heard so far, it is a departure from his folk roots – this one’s shaping up to be a blistering rock and roll bruiser. Continue reading →

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Ron Gallo previews new LP with “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me”

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Ron Gallo | photo courtesy of the artist

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ron Gallo at Boot and Saddle, Darlingside at MilkBoy and The Arcs at The Fillmore

Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic
Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic

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 →

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Exit Interview: Ron Gallo on packing up for Nashville

Ron Gallo | Photo courtesy of the artist
Ron Gallo | Photo courtesy of the artist

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Disclosure at The Fillmore, Ron Gallo at Kung Fu Necktie

Disclosure | Photo by Kate Bracaglia | underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com
Disclosure | Photo by Kate Bracaglia | underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com

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 →

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Worlds Collide: Ron Gallo covers Pissed Jeans

Ron Gallo | Photo via soundcloud.com/rongallo
Ron Gallo | Photo via soundcloud.com/rongallo

Philly’s Ron Gallo has taken his career on some bizarre twists and turns since his roots-rock outfit Toy Soldiers disbanded last year. He’s landed residencies in New York hotel lobbies in the style of the jazz greats he admires. He’s made nervy and somewhat trippy music videos. He slapped a slice of pizza on his face for an album cover.

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Free At Noon Flashback: Ron Gallo unveils new tunes downstairs at World Cafe Live

Ron Gallo | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Ron Gallo | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

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 →

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Philadelphia is blowing up NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest and it’s amazing

Levee Drivers' Tiny Desk submission | photo by Bob Sweeney
Levee Drivers’ Tiny Desk submission | photo by Bob Sweeney

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 →