Emily Kinney Enchants Philadelphia

By Rhiannon Levengood

Photo by Zack Knudsen

Emily Kinney never fails to put absolutely every fiber of her being into each and every show, and a small venue in Philadelphia doesn’t change her energy one bit. On Friday, October 12, Kinney brought her A-game back to the Milkboy with a packed set list, featuring the entirety of her newest album Oh Jonathan and a few throwbacks for her older fans. Along with her own songs, she performed a cover of Waxahatchee’s “Be Good” and sang a duet called “Figure You Out” with her sweetheart, Paul McDonald.
Kinney’s Same Mistakes tour kicks off with a small acoustic set performed by the hilariously charming Paul McDonald, who is almost a full band all on his own. Despite standing alone with a guitar and his powerful vocal range, McDonald filled the upstairs room with relatable and transparent lyrics, a strong stage presence, and a few mighty stomps here and there to build his sound. His charisma not only captivates his audience, but keeps them focused on him as he gets them pumped for Emily. McDonald ended his set with an unplugged version of his song “Come On” before snagging a picture with the vivacious crowd.

The Same Mistakes tour feels like a story from beginning to end. Emily takes you on an emotional journey through love, heartache, and revenge. Like a mermaid, Kinney reels you into her world and captures your heart as she sweetly sings to you her stories of faraway lands such as Los Angeles and New York City, and the boys she fell in love with there. She paints a masterpiece of skyscrapers and sunsets, and hot nights at the cusp of summer and autumn. You laugh with her as she reminisces about the has-beens she used to love and the dumb girl named “Julie”, who’s with the man that she wants. And when Emily serenades you with her final song, you almost forget that you’re on the outskirts of Chinatown in the heart of Philadelphia.
If you haven’t seen Emily Kinney on tour yet, try to catch at one of her last shows this fall! It’s a show you definitely do not want to miss.
Thursday, October 18 – Chicago, IL, SPACE
Sunday, October 28 – Atlanta, Georgia, Eddie’s Attic
Tuesday, November 13 – Los Angeles, California, Teragram
Thursday, November 15 – Sacramento, California, Goldfield
Friday, November 16 – San Francisco, California, Café Du Nord
Sunday, November 18 – Carmel-by-the-sea, California, Folktale Winery and Vineyards

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