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 →
Alabama Shakes released Sound & Color, one of the most popular pure-rock albums of the year, back in April. They continue to support this album with a show at the Mann Center tonight along with specials guests Drive-By Truckers. Led by talented and overall badass lead singer Brittany Howard, the band matured with their second album, exploring new realms of pop and soul with relentless energy. It won’t be long before they are selling out arena shows, so you might want to catch them tonight while they are still playing somewhat personal venues. For more information on tonight’s show, go to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Vita and the Woolf’s Jennifer Pague has not a voice that can easily be ignored or forgotten. Comparisons to Florence Welch are common, but are not overstated in the least as the lead singer of Vita and the Woolf brings sultry heart to all her songs through a vocal prowess few can lay claim to. She no doubt turned more than a few heads during her stripped down set at Fishtown’s ReAnimator Coffee, and with the help of Philly’s Out of Town Films, we can all feel as if we were their sipping a latte as Vita and the Woolf plays the new song “Springtime Foxes.” Continue reading →
Philly duo Vita and the Woolf opened the show on the second day of the XPoNential Music Festival this year, performing a set of anthemic pop songs from their debut Fang Song as well as debuting material from the new EP they’re releasing this fall. Frontwoman Jennifer Pague’s powerful vocals and piano playing captured the attention of the crowd, matched with dynamic drumming by Adam Shumski; you can listen to the entire set here, or watch a new video of the band playing “Mary” at XPoNential below. Continue reading →
Philly Music 101 is our regular series guiding you through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving participants, from artists to venues to studios and more.
The complex web of artist that make up Philadelphia’s amazing music scene can be difficult to categorize. Ask any musician, and they probably won’t want to be pigeonholed as purveyors of any single type of music, but sometimes genre communities are an easy step towards understanding and digging deeper into the well-rounded scene that we have today. With that in mind, Philly Music 101 is going to occasionally bring you genre spotlights – with the understanding that labels are of course limiting, and most of our fave musicians work outside the box.
The first segment of our genre spotlight will focus on Philly’s flourishing modern and alternative rock scene that has seen musicians advance their way from rock bar stages to major venues to the pages of Rolling Stone. Continue reading →
This weekend, a couple Philly musicians will take the field at Citizens’ Bank Park to serenade baseball fans. Both Good Old War and Vita and the Woolf will be performing “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch of separate Phillies games; Good Old War will perform on Friday, June 26th in the Phils’ game versus the Nationals (the game starts at 7:05 p.m.), while Vita and the Woolf will play on Sunday, June 28th (the game starts at 1:35 p.m.). Continue reading →
Philly and The Key favorites Vita and the Woolf will return to Johnny Brenda’s on September 17, this time headlining the Fishtown venue.
Vita and the Woolf’s music comes from the mind of 24-year old Jennifer Pague, from Downingtown, PA. She’s been writing songs under this moniker since 2012.
Though Pague’s voice has continuously been compared to that of Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, it’s backed by pounding soulful piano and electronic instrumentation, as well as experimental endeavors with vocal layering and shifting. These elements distinguish the band from their contemporaries. Continue reading →
Starting next Wednesday, May 6, and continuing every Wednesday through June 24th, the Dilworth Park Live @ Lunch weekly music series, curated by WXPN, will present free shows featuring a mix of local and national bands. Continue reading →
Last week, soul singer Milton and art-popper Jen Pague of Vita and the Woolf hit me up last week about doing an on-air collaboration for the XPN Philly Local Show, and what happened was totally unexpected. I figured maybe they’d come in and do a cover, or play one song from each of their albums. So it took me aback when, as I was letting them in the studio, Pague told me “We wrote a song today.” Continue reading →