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Rosu Lup and friends knocked an LP release show out of the park

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Rosu Lup | photo by Matthew Shaver | www.brightloud.com

(Full disclosure of the writer: Since discovering Rosu Lup a bit more than a year ago, I have become friends with a few of the members, and contributed the biography to their website)

The past few weeks have been a stark reminder that the largest portion of the creative landscape are not the millionaires or even thousand-aires I sometimes get to cover. Many of them are working class, as blue collar as the city they call home. Philadelphia has been an explosion of working class musical talent is the scant 5 years that I’ve lived and loved here. For Rosu Lup, that has culminated in a breezy album called Is Anything Real.

They sure know how to throw a hell of a party to celebrate.

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Explore the midwest with Rosu Lup in this photo diary from their Is Anything Real tour

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Green room at the Rozz Tox. | photo by Katie Jean Photography

This week marks the release of Rosu Lup‘s debut full-length Is Anything Real, a long in the making effort for the ever-evolving atmospheric rock outfit. In preparation for this milestone, the band set out on week-long tour through the midwest in early March and took photographer Katie Richards along for the ride.

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Listen to Rosu Lup’s new single “Halloween Ghost”

Rosu Lup | Photo courtesy of the artist
Rosu Lup | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philly chamber-folkers turned atmospheric-rockers Rosu Lup are longtime faves over here at The Key, and we’re very much looking forward to their debut LP Is Anything Real, due out March 18th.

This week, the band gave the beyond-Philly public their first taste of it with a PureVolume premiere of the song “Halloween Ghost” – one they played for us here at The Key during their October 2015 Key Studio Session – and it’s a soaring anthem about the personas we put on in our day to day life. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Rosu Lup

Philly’s Rosu Lup has existed in a few different forms over the past three years. There’s the haunting, minimal trio that caught our ear with the Currents EP in the spring of 2013, and there’s the orchestra-backed band that recorded a Folkadelphia session that fall. There’s the explosive chamber-pop outfit that delivered moving existential ruminations from regional stages, and there’s the current configuration that recorded this week’s Key Studio Session. The Rosu Lup of today is a tightly-practiced five-piece with an affinity for spectral synthesizer lines and a bit of Springsteeny-ness by way of The War on Drugs. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Key Fest At-A-Glance, Part Two: A folk / rock ramble with The Lawsuits, Rosu Lup and Dylan Jane

The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

While Thursday night starts out Key Fest with a indie / punk bang, Friday opens it up into something more spacious with a night of expansive, Americana-tinged folk / roots / rock and roll. Continuing our series of preview rundowns for this first-ever Key-curated celebration of local music, today we’ll take a closer look at the three artists joining us for the second night at MilkBoy. Continue reading →

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The Friends With Wolves Festival looks like it’s going to be great

 

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Rosu Lup | photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia is in for a treat come March 14th when the Friends With Wolves Festival moves underway. From 2 until 9 p.m., Underground Arts will host the festival made up entirely of Philadelphia talent including the organizers of the initiative, orchestral folk ensemble Rosu Lup. The lineup also includes local experimental quartet Square Peg Round Hole, art rock collective The Chairman Dances, folk groups Liz & the Lost Boys and Sympathy and the Lion, singer/songwriter Gretchen Lohse, Sierra Cooke and DJ sets from The Key’s own John Vettese. Continue reading →

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A solemn but explosive set from Rosu Lup capped a solid local bill at World Cafe Live

Rosu Lup | Photo by John Vettese
Rosu Lup | Photo by John Vettese

“Life and death are opposing shores,” sang Josh Marsh to the upstairs crowd at World Cafe Live on Tuesday. “But we walk along till our feet are sore.”

Maybe it was the grey afternoon and licks of ice patching the sidewalk. Maybe it was the reminder of a ridiculously treacherous travel conditions not 36 hours before that had semis plummeting around the highway, claiming the lives of four commuters and injuring dozens more. Maybe it was my friend at the bar, moved by the headlines, talking about the preciousness of life.

In any case, the Tuesday night tour homecoming by Philly’s Rosu Lup struck a tremendous chord in that regard, imbuing tragedy with beauty in an explosive catharsis. Continue reading →