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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”

Vita and the Woolf
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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Alabama Shakes at Mann Center, Joie Kathos at Red Bull Sound Select show at Underground Arts, Vita and the Woolf at Johnny Brenda’s and more

 

Alabama Shakes | Photo by Brantley Gutierrez
Alabama Shakes | Photo by Brantley Gutierrez

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 →

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Watch Vita and the Woolf wake up ReAnimator Coffee with the new “Springtime Foxes”

 

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Phobymo Photography
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Phobymo Photography

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 →

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Watch Vita and the Woolf play “Mary” at #XPNFest via VuHaus

 

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

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 →

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Philly Music 101: The wild world of Philly’s modern rock scene

A few of the talented artists that make up Philadelphia's alternative rock scene
A few of the talented artists that make up Philadelphia’s alternative rock scene (Clockwise from top left: Hop Along, Cruisr, DRGN KING, Tutlie, and Vita and the Woolf)

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 →