Friday, May 6
88.5 WXPN Welcomes
Vita and the Woolf - Abi Reimold - Gill Landry

8:00PM   |   $8 Members  |   $10 General

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Vita and the Woolf - Abi Reimold - Gill Landry

WXPN and Arden Concerts presents an outstanding triple bill featuring two emerging indie acts and an icon of the Americana scene all sharing our hallowed stage at the Gild Hall.

Vita and the Woolf is the brain child of Jennifer Pague. It is an electronic soul pop group from Philadelphia that began in 2012 as a 7piece and has since become a trio. The band name was inspired by the love relationship between novelists Vita Sackville and Virginia Woolf. Much of the music is vocal driven and includes a wide range of harmonies such that many compared Pague's voice to that of Florence Welch. Her romantically tragic and adventuresome lyrics tie into her European travels to Belgium and the Netherlands during her time in college.The haunting harmonies and vocal layering combined with crazy instrumentation and simple drumming produce a sound that reflects R&B, soul, jazz, and powerful choral ballads.

Abi Reimold of Philadelphia writes dynamic, cathartic songs that are darkly colorful. Rough around the edges in a way that is more honest than careless, Reimold's music has a distinctly human quality about it. Unpredictable yet natural, Reimold's songwriting style builds tension using dissonance both harmonically and lyrically. Her voice rides a range of octaves and emotions, exploring dark inner worlds, adeptly contouring melodies to starkly vivid lyrics. Reimold has honed her songwriting ability and chops into an amalgam of rock influences huge riffs are countered by thoughtful phrases and lyrics that are firmly rooted an introspective tradition. Her debut full-length Wriggling was released January 26th on Sad Cactus Records.

Theres an interplay between restraint and dramatic fireworks, lyrics that beg to be unraveled and embraced, and towering, singular voices around which everything revolves. --Stereogum

Part of what makes Wriggling so captivating is Reimold's voice itselfit isn't perfect, it's stirring, it has the same capacity for lullabies as it does for savagery. --The Fader

For a meat and potatoes opening to his bio, Louisiana native, Gill Landry, is a singer-songwriter, multi- instrumentalist, adventuresome photographer, rubber tramp gentleman, self taught painter, shade tree mechanic, and then some. It would take a novel to tell his tale. From hustling the streets of Paris to hitchhiking America on day labor and daydreams, he's slept beneath bridges with his brothers and in the beds of lordly estates. After cutting his musical teeth in New Orleans and chewing up half of America, he started writing songs about it; interpreting life from the curb up. He released his first solo album "The Ballad of Lawless Soirez" in 2007 on the Nettwerk label.

Gill's self titled third album is his first on the ATO label, but he is not new to the family. He's played guitar, banjo, pedal steal, and been a contributing songwriter in Old Crow Medicine Show since 2004. Although Gill's music is influenced by some of the same sources as Old Crow, from Dylan to old delta blues songsters, his music is very much his own. As one reviewer, Jeff Tamarkinput it, "Landry's too sharp a storyteller, too tuned-in a craftsman, too real, to find himself on the wrong side of suspicion. Like Tom Waits, John Prine, Steve Earle... Landry is down-to-business believable. His songs carry their own persona, and though they may be creepy and otherworldly at times and nasty and grubby at others, they're familiar while remaining at arm's length."