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Four things we loved about the A.W. show last night at Boot & Saddle

By Chris Sikich
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Tuesday night at Boot & Saddle three rock artists who were each performing in a rare solo setting wowed the Philadelphia crowd. Headlined by A.W.—a highly underrated pop wordsmith delivering heartfelt hooks at a breathtaking pace—it was one of the summer’s most memorable shows. Here are four reasons why:

1. The Sweet, sweet harmony

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Photograph: Courtesy Chris Sikich

A.W. and the audience were in sync for much of the 45-minute set. It got really sweet when the room joined in the singing of catchy tune “Ghost Stories.”

2. The realization that A.W.'s got more up their sleeve

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A.W.’s performance of upbeat recently-released single “Runaway” was certainly a highlight. When the song is paired with the brand-new “Different Now,” it hints that A.W. is ready to dish out more ear candy.

3. Opener Anomie put on a stunning show

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Anomie, a solo side-project of Field Mouse vocalist/guitarist Rachel Browne, showcased the Philly-based singer’s songwriting as well as her vocals, especially on a cover of Sparklehorse's "Piano Fire."

4. Augusta Koch minus Cayetana is worth a listen

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Photograph: Chris Sikich

Philadelphia’s Koch played the middle set with some help from Candice Martello of Hemming. They played through a great selection of Cayetana work and some powerful new songs.

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Photograph: Courtesy Chris Sikich

 A.W. let us sneak a few profile shots before the show. They look good in the Philly light, huh? 

Upcoming shows at Boot & Saddle include Durand Jones & The Indications on August 26, Dermot Kennedy on September 14 and Grieves on September 22. To see more of the schedule and buy tickets, go here.

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