It’s July 4th and that can mean only one thing here in Philadelphia: The Roots will be throwing down an epic celebration on the Parkway. As previously announced, this year’s Wawa Welcome America line-up features R&B singer Miguel, country music star Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland), Non-COMM alum Zella Day, pop duo MKTO and local acoustic soul singer Twin Ghost. There will also be activities on the Parkway throughout the day, along with special events around the city. Details can be found here. Watch The Roots perform with Common, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Queen Latifah at the 2012 concert below.
Two years after their Four To The Floor EP, Satellite Hearts are back with a video for their latest single “Doing Things Right.” Familiar but not lacking originality in the slightest, the trio dons wigs and makes use out of some very clever camera work and quirky effects. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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.
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.
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.
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 burnsacross 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.
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.