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Watch Vita and the Woolf re-invent “Mary” on electric guitar in The Temple News offices

Vita and the Woolf | still from video
Vita and the Woolf in The Temple News offices | still from video

Philly modern rock outfit Vita and the Woolf just had something of a back-to-school moment. The band’s core duo, Jennifer Pague and Adam Shumski, are both alums of Temple University, and they traveled back up North Broad this week for a visit to The Temple News offices.

The editorially independent, student-run news organization produces an occasional Tiny Desk-esque video series called Hear All About It where Philly musicians perform in their offices – in the past, it’s featured Open Wide, Hungry Ghosts and Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five.

For the Vita session, the band took a new approach to the song “Mary” — and its songs in general. Continue reading →

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Get a glimpse of Vita and the Woolf’s tour life in this photo diary

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Jennifer Pague of Vita and the Woolf | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Getting out of town, even if it’s still technically for work, can be good for the creative process. Earlier this month local electro-pop outfit Vita and the Woolf took a weeklong break from putting the finishing touches on their forthcoming Tunnels LP, hitting the road for the second time this summer. Joining Jennifer Pague & co was photographer and Key contributor Rachel Del Sordo, who just posted a great photo tour diary on her website.

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Vita and The Woolf, Hemming bring it all home to Spruce Street Harbor Park

Vita and the Woolf | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Vita and the Woolf | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Throughout the whole summer, Spruce Street Harbor Park has been holding their “Waterfront Sessions,” where they invite Philly’s best and brightest musicians to grace kicked-back audiences to an evening of delight and thoughtful music. The riverside grotto consisting of hammocks and hanging fluorescent lights features several attractions for all ages to enjoy, from pop-up beer gardens for the grown-ups to plenty of wide open areas for the kids to run around and catch a couple dozen Magikarps (I have to admit that I got a couple for myself as well.)

It’s an interesting change up to see these bands play in front of smiling children playing giant chess rather than in a packed basement or a dimly-lit bar. Last week’s crowd got an extra treat as both Vita and the Woolf and Hemming‘s show on the waterfront went on after being rescheduled from a couple weeks ago due to the rain.

Vita and the Woolf started off the evening with their first Philly show since returning from tour the night before, so the band was in fine form. Vocalist Jen Pague thanked everybody for coming before starting off their set with “Brett,” the first single from their upcoming album, Tunnels. The band, now joined by new guitar player Dane Galloway along with drummer Adam Shumski, continued with tracks from their previous record, Fang Song, such as the bombastic “Mary” and the driving “Diamond Halls.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hemming and Vita and the Woolf at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Pine Barons at Ortlieb’s, India.Arie at Dell Music Center

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Hemming | photo by Matthew Shaver | www.brightloud.com

The Spruce Street Harbor Park summer music series continues this week with a pair of local favorites. We fell hard for Candice Martello’s solo Hemming project last year when she released her debut self-titled LP, and even harder this year when it turned into a full band after recording a Shaking Through session. Vita and the Woolf, meanwhile, remains the primary electro-pop outlet of Jennifer Pague and drummer Adam Shumski, who are working on a follow-up to their 2014 debut Fang Song. More information for the free, outdoor show can be found here; watch Hemming’s video for “Some Of My Friends” below.

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Just Announced: Vita and the Woolf will headline Boot and Saddle on 10/6

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

Philly electro-pop/rock act Vita and the Woolf will headline Boot and Saddle on Thursday, October 6th before heading to the midwest and west coast for a string of dates. Fellow locals Square Peg Round Hole and imprssive Massachusetts artist Mal Devisa join the bill as well, making for a deep lineup that will surely provide a great evening. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hurry at Everybody Hits, Vita and the Woolf at Arden Gild Hall, Cate Le Bon at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Hurry | Photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist
Hurry | Photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist

Indie pop favorites Hurry celebrate the release of Guided Meditation at Everybody Hits tonight. We premiered the album last week, calling it “polished, pristine and endlessly catchy.” Frontman Matt Scottoline drew on 90s Britpop influences for the songs, one of which you can hear below. More information for the all-ages show can be found here.

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Vita and the Woolf returns with a soaring anthem called “Brett”

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Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Call it a promising taste of things to come. Fierce Philadelphia electro-rock duo Vita and the Woolf has been working on their new LP for a little bit over a year now, and has been keeping the material tightly under wraps – until today. NYLON Mag premiered the towering anthem, “Brett,” which traverses peaks and valleys in a Bat for Lashes style wilderness. Frontwoman Jen Pague told Nylon that it’s not about a person, per se, but a means of coping with personal lows. Continue reading →

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Vita and the Woolf, Lil Dicky, Joie Kathos, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more to play an #AmplifyPhilly SXSW showcase

Lil Dicky | Photo by Morgan Smith for WXPN | phobymo.com

The folks at RECPhilly are once again packing up and heading to Austin for the SXSW music festival, and they’re bringing a roundup of artists to rep the Philly music scene along with them.

The SXSW Philadelphia showcase takes place on Tuesday, March 15th at 8 p.m. at The Main, a venue at 610 E. 6th Street in downtown Austin. The lineup features the piano driven-soul pop of Vita and the Woolf and the fierce flow of rapper Joie Kathos, along with the charismatic Lil Dicky, local legend DJ Jazzy Jeff spinning a two-hour set. Continue reading →

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Vita and the Woolf says “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com

Another “happy holidays” musical message comes from Philadelphia’s Vita and the Woolf, who yesterday shared their cover of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (recorded over the years by Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Sam Smith and many more). Listen below, and do like she says – have a great Christmas. Continue reading →

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Vita and the Woolf headlines a fantastic all-Philly bill at Johnny Brenda’s

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Johnny Brenda’s was filled with an awesome triple bill of live local music on Thursday night, capped by Vita and the Woolf‘s biggest hometown headlining appearance to date. She just wrapped up production on an EP that she plans to release in the spring, and was kicking off a short fall tour acorss the Northeast. Continue reading →