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In the van with Vita and the Woolf: A SXSW photo story

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by John Vettese
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by John Vettese

“I think we’re parked by that organic coffee shop up the street,” said Adam Shumski. We’re wandering alongside Interstate 35, the highway that divides east and west Austin, and the traffic is intense. During the annual SXSW music festival, the highway effectively becomes a parking lot that slowly trudges out of downtown Austin with vehicles and trailers jutting in at every angle.

Shumski’s band Vita and the Woolf didn’t take any chances. Rather than attempt to negotiate the fray of the downtown, their driver (and unofficial tour documentarian) Jay Miller left their van locked up on the east side of town, though the specific intersection eludes them at the moment.

Up ahead, Miller is jogging alongside Vita’s frontwoman Jennifer Pague; they’re hustling since it’s 1:45 and their gig at in.gredients – an independent grocery not unlike Weaver’s Way in Philly – is at 2:00. Time is of the essence, and it’s not till we get in the car, get the air conditioner cranked and get the GPS punched in with the proper coordinates that everybody breathes a sigh of relief. Continue reading →

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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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Listen to Vita and the Woolf cover Jefferson Airplane on XPN’s Like A Version

Vita and the Woolf performing on WXPN | Photo by John Vettese
Vita and the Woolf performing on WXPN | Photo by John Vettese

On last night’s weekly Like A Version segment, Jennifer Pague and Bobby Cleveland of Philly soul-rock trio Vita and the Woolf to play a haunting rendition of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” with keyboards, acoustic guitar and Pague’s powerful voice. While on the show, she chatted with XPN host Dan Reed about her band’s forthcoming trip to SXSW in Austin, a crowdfunding effort for her new EP and more. Listen to the cover and their conversation with Reed below. Continue reading →

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Listen to the Philly Local Home for the Holidays special ft. Vita and the Woolf, Cole Redding, Samantha Gongol of Marian Hill and more

The 6th Annual Philly Local Home for the Holidays show was recorded at Morning Star Studios in Montgomery County PA. It was a return visit to this studio and once again Glenn Barratt recorded the session. It’s always a wonderful day of music. A time for getting together with friends and making new friendships in the music community. I love hearing the artists warming up and working on arrangements. Continue reading →

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Work Drugs and Vita and the Woolf bring holiday cheer to Boot and Saddle

Work Drugs | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Work Drugs | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Last Friday, seasonal cheer arrived at Boot & Saddle early in the form of Work Drugs’ annual “Christmas Spectacle” show. Their brand of electro rock was just right for a Friday night boogie in South Philly. Santa hats, Christmas songs old and new (including a few of their own concoctions) and a balanced mix of guitar, keyboards and harmonies were received with open arms. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Vita and the Woolf at Ortliebs, Dylan Jane at Kung Fu Necktie, Paolo Nutini at The Trocadero

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by John Vettese
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by John Vettese

Philadelphia’s newest electric soul-pop group Vita and the Woolf head to Ortlieb’s tonight for their EP release show. Frontwoman Jen Pague is expected to impress the crowd with her dynamic vocal range on tracks such as the passionate “Mary” and the circus-inspired “Slipping Hills,” both tunes off of their Fang Song EP, released on Tuesday. The eight-track record is result of Prague’s dedicated two years of writing. For tickets and more information head over to the XPN Concert Calender. Below, check out the eerie video for “Mary”, or click here to revisit their incredible Key Studio Session. Continue reading →

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Kicking back with Vita and the Woolf at Spice House Sound

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Jen Pague and Bobby Cleveland of Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

On one of the last warm days this summer, I ventured past my usual points of familiarity in Fishtown to the newly opened Spice House Sound on Wilt Street. Suddenly finding myself somewhat lost in a tiny alley next to St. Laurentius, I stare at the address on my phone again and frantically call Jen Pague, frontwoman of Vita and the Woolf, explaining I think I’m at the wrong place. She laughs and tells me to stay where I am.  Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Vita and the Woolf, Dr. Dog, Tori Amos

Vita and the Woolf
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

This week’s Key Studio Session featured art-pop outfit Vita and the Woolf, giving us a preview of its forthcoming EP Fang Song along with even newer songs not on the EP.  The band will celebrate the EP’s release at Ortlieb’s on September 20th.  Check out “Mary” below and get the full set here.

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