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Season Two of CoverClub wraps up with Ali Wadsworth, Tutlie and Vita and the Woolf

Vita And The Woolf records at Cambridge Sound | Photo by Bob Sweeney
Vita And The Woolf records at Cambridge Sound | Photo by Bob Sweeney

Root Down in the Shadow‘s excellent CoverClub series now boasts its own fancy website, and today released a slew of videos to wrap up a productive second season.

The video blowout started around 10 this morning and continued hourly until the final video from Vita and the Woolf was released at 2. Along the way we heard Ali Wadsworth’s power-packed vocals covering The Districts’ “Stay Open,” with local rockers Satellite Hearts acting as her backing trio. Her own take is just as driven and distinct as The Districts’ singer, Rob Grote, and Sattelite Hearts accompanies with their own harmonies as well. Continue reading →

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Satellite Hearts head back to their rock ‘n roll roots with “Doing Things Right”

Satellite Hearts | via Facebook.com/SatelliteHearts
Satellite Hearts | photo by Charles Shan Cerrone | cerronephoto.com | via Facebook.com/SatelliteHearts

Over a year since their last release, Philly bluesy rockers, Satellite Hearts, have gone through a change in lineup and pared down to a trio. Their September 2013 release, Four to the Floor, had a much lighter blues EP than their formerly aggressive rock ‘n roll sound, as was their contribution in the Philly Tapes Philly series.

But after a period of hibernation – where they performed as the backing band for Ali Wadsworth and Kuf Knitz – Satellite Hearts is back with its original indie rock sound. Continue reading →

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Go behind the scenes of the next Philly Tapes Philly release with Wilbur and Satellite Hearts

 

Philly Tapes Philly Volume 5 | photo by Wendy McCardle
Philly Tapes Philly Volume 5 | photo by Wendy McCardle

Philly Tapes Philly will present its fifth monthly collaboration this Thursday at Ortlieb’s, featuring local acts Wilbur and Satellite Hearts.  The two bands spent some in the PTP headquarters earlier this month to create a pair of brand new songs that will be recorded onto cassette tapes and given away for free to the first 50 people through the door at the release show.  Videographer Bob Sweeney was on hand to film the recording session, and you can see some behind the scenes footage (along with an instrumental preview of one of the tracks and photos taken by Wendy McCardle) below.  More information for the free release show can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Learn more about the Philly Tapes Philly project here.

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Download Ali Wadsworth and Satellite Hearts’ live cover of Pearl Jam’s Ten

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photo via aliwadsworth.bandcamp.com

This past Groundhog Day, a lineup of Philly musicians paid tribute to classic 90s records, capped by Ali Wadsworth and Satellite Hearts doing Pearl Jam’s Ten from front to back. The record just showed up on Bandcamp as a name-your-own-price download; listen below, and take it home with you here. Ali Wadsworth backed by Satellite Hearts will open for TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb’s album release show on April 18th; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Big Terrible at MilkBoy, Satellite Hearts at World Cafe Live, Psychic Teens at Boot & Saddle

Big Terrible | photo via www.facebook.com/bigterriblemusic
Big Terrible | photo via www.facebook.com/bigterriblemusic

Local blues-rockers Big Terrible headline MilkBoy.  Endorsed by Tommy Conwell, the three-piece released its third record, the Rotten City EP, in mid-2013.  The six-track album balances blues ballads with amped up, plugged in rock jams a la Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Broad Street Music Group kicks off 2014 with The Tressels, Thee Idea Men and more (at World Cafe Live on 1/3)

Daniel Delaney | photo via www.facebook.com/DanielDelaneyMusic
Daniel Delaney | photo via www.facebook.com/DanielDelaneyMusic

Broad Street Music Group takes their quest to showcase local talent into the new year with their first event of 2014, happening at World Cafe Live on January 3rd.  The featured artists for next month’s concert are cellist / singer Daniel Delaney, rock four-piece Satellite Hearts, quirky alt-rockers Thee, Idea Men, Drexel Hill’s The Tressels and jammy experimental band The Jawn.  Check out videos from the performers below and pick up tickets to the all-ages show here.  More information can be found on the Facebook event page.

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Download Satellite Hearts’ new Four to the Floor EP (playing New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival on 9/28)

Satellite Hearts performing at SoFAR Philly | Photo by John Vettese
Satellite Hearts performing at SoFAR Philly | Photo by John Vettese

Philly-area four-piece Satellite Hearts are a bunch of bruiser rock and rollers, big riffs and loud amps and thunder drums. But folks who attended this Sunday’s SoFAR Philly show on West Spring Garden Street got to hear a different side of the band. They traded their Les Paul Customs for acoustic guitar and mandolin, their Matchless amps for an unamplified living room, and showed their sound’s versatility. Plugged in, they’re totally raucous and Blues Explosion-y; acoustic, it takes a more Beatles bent, and the group wears both sides well.

The new EP Satellite Hearts released on Friday definitely takes the former approach; Four to the Floor burns across three tracks in just about ten minutes, leaving Black Keys style skidmarks. The set was recorded at New York’s Converse Rubber Tracks Studio this April, and it’s the band’s final release before entering an autumn / winter hibernation for songwriting purposes. It told the SoFAR crowd on Sunday that their last area show for a while is on Saturday, September 28, when it plays an afternoon set at the New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival; its set happens at 2 p.m.., more information can be found here. Below, listen to Four to the Floor, and grab a download at Bandcamp.

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Rasputin’s Secret Police, Satellite Hearts and more playing Walla Fest (happening at The Centre Theater on 7/6-7/7)

Rasputin's Secret Police
Rasputin’s Secret Police

Walla Fest has announced the line-up for its first two-day music and arts show, taking place at The Centre Theater in Norristown, PA on July 6th and 7th.  The local music showcase began as a school project in 2011 and has since grown to include several events each year.  July’s festival will feature sets by local bands including heavy rock duo Rasputin’s Secret Police, reggae / soul outfit The Snails, psych-rock quartet Satellite Hearts, electronic producer Moon Bounce and several more, alongside an art show on the 6th and a film screening on the 7th.  More information can be found on the Facebook event page here.  View the full line-up here and watch a few videos of the bands below.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Sleepy Hollow, The National, Peter Murphy)

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Market East shared a new song called “To Walk With You” ahead of the release of Children of Summer, out May 27th [link]

The 52nd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival line-up is jam packed with sets by Richard Thompson, Toy Soldiers, Black Prairie and more [link]

Alo Brasil brought tropical sounds and rhythms to their Key Studio Session earlier this week [link]

The National debuted the first video for their upcoming LP with the song “Sea of Love” [link]

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week featured San Francisco’s John Murry and his deeply personal song “Southern Sky” [link]

Get ready for tonight’s Peter Murphy show at The Trocadero with a video-playlist of five songs we hope he plays [link]

The Swollen Fox and WXPN have announced a show with The Districts, Goodnight, Texas and Satellite Hearts on 7/19 [link]

Sunday morning marked Keith Brand’s final Sleepy Hollow show on XPN; listen back to the full broadcast [link] and check out the song he chose to close out his 27-year run [link]

In a special Folkadelphia Session, we meet Nadia Sirota and Valgeir Sigurdsson and a mix of reinterpretations and original material [link]

Download a 44-track mixtape from 100 Years of Solid Dudes featuring samples of Elvis Costello, Bowie and more [link]

Get a glimpse inside The Breeders‘ Sunday night show at The Trocadero with a photo recap and set list [link]