Live Review: Lady Lamb, Philadelphia, May 23, 2019

It’s been gratifying to see Lady Lamb’s Aly Spaltro going from hushed rooms of people hung on every delightfully surprising lyric to large clubs that can accommodate her full-on rock band along with the growing number of fans singing—or shouting—her words back to her.

She held our attention from the moment she strolled onstage at the Foundry At The Fillmore Philadelphia to sing “Even In The Tremor,” the title track of her latest album (on Ba Da Bing), and kept it for a solid 80 minutes. In between, “Without A Name” and a solo “Young Disciple” were standouts among her recent work, and older songs like “Bird Balloons,” “Spat Out Spit” and “You Are The Apple” sounded as epic and intimate as you could hope.

Labelmate Katie Von Schleicher and Alex Schaaf (who also plays in Spaltro’s band) opened the show.

—M.J. Fine; photos by Chris Sikich