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.
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 →
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.
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →