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Live Review: Val Emmich & The Veeries at Maxwell’s Tavern (09/17/16)

Val Emmich & The Veeries

Val Emmich & The Veeries at Maxwell’s Tavern (09/17/16)

Seeing Val Emmich & The Veeries again clearly made my Saturday.  Val Emmich is an extremely talented singer-songwriter and The Veeries are an exceptional band.  I won’t bore you with my words I just hope that these photos and videos give an idea of the caliber of awesomeness that was displayed at this show.

VIDEO: Val Emmich & The Veeries “Wooly Mammoths” at Maxwell’s Tavern (09/17/16)
VIDEO: Val Emmich & The Veeries “Just To Feel Alive Again” at Maxwell’s Tavern (09/17/16)

Christina Alessi & The Toll Collectors opened the show performing as a three-piece band instead of their usual five-piece band arrangement.  Christina Alessi provides the vocals on Emmich’s “Hey Hey Hey”.  A song that Val Emmich & The Veeries performed during their set in the audience unplugged with Christina Alessi.  An absolutely beautiful moment.

Val Emmich & The Veeries 09-17-16

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Live Review: The Album Leaf / Rituals of Mine at Johnny Brenda’s (09/15/16)

The Album Leaf

The Album Leaf @ Johnny Brenda’s 09/15/16

Thursday night The Album Leaf returned to Johnny Brenda’s, a Philly venue that Jimmy LaValle and band have played several times in the past, and this time they brought a newly released album, Between Waves, on a new record label (Relapse Records) to showcase.  The Album Leaf delivered an awe-inspiring performance filled with lush soundscapes, subtle visuals, beaming lights, machine-made haze, and an overwhelmingly beautiful ambiance.  Some things that I have become accustomed to when involving a The Album Leaf performance.  But strip away all the added elements and get to the core of the music and it is still simply amazing.  Wow!

VIDEO: The Album Leaf “Window” LIVE 09/15/16

Rituals of Mine

Rituals of Mine @ Johnny Brenda’s 09/15/16

Rituals of Mine was Thursday night’s opening band.  I don’t remember much from the first time I saw Rituals of Mine (at the time they were known as Sister Crayon) open for The Album Leaf several years ago at Johnny Brenda’s except the intense energy that the vocalist had and thankfully Terra Lopez has not lost that energy.  It makes her connection to Rituals of Mine’s music pure and uninhibited after all, what might seem like stage gaffes are actually things that happen when you’re completely in the moment like Lopez was.

Thursday night turned out to be a wonderful night of music thanks to The Album Leaf and Rituals of Mine.

The Album Leaf 09-15-16

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