Review: Megan Knight – Self-titled

Artist: Megan Knight
Album: Self-Titled (BUY)
Released: Dec. 7, 2015
Genre: Country/Rock

The marriage of country and rock has become increasingly popularized in recent years. This trend is brought out in full force on Megan Knight’s self-titled effort, which successfully straddles a line between the two genres.

Knight’s powerhouse vocals render her capable of doing great things in either genre. This much is apparent right off the bat on up-tempo album opener, “Go Home.” Meanwhile, tracks like “Half of a Man” and “How to Say This” have a definitive rock flair, with the former showcasing pointed, angry vocals from Knight, and the latter featuring a bit of power balladry and an opening riff that recalls Bon Jovi’s “Thank You for Loving Me.”

The shining moment, however, is the Jewel cover, “Who Will Save Your Soul,” which closes out the album with a bang. Knight’s vocal chops are again present here, as she expertly nails the essence of this folk rock classic with her own flair.

Track listing:
Go Home
Fall for Two
Half of a Man
A Lifetime’s Not Long Enough
Time Machine
How to Say This
Subconsciously Attached
Desperate for Acceptance
Everything You Said
In Case You Cared
Who Will Save Your Soul

PHOTOS: Acoustic Bite Trio at Pearly Baker’s

And so, we complete the trifecta from Saturday night!

After I had my socks thoroughly rocked by Acoustic Kitty Project and Roi & the Secret People at Rivals, and after Lisa had a great time capturing the Allentown Freak Out Fringe Festival, I popped over to Pearly Baker’s, where Acoustic Bite Trio was set to play some”acoustified” favorites.

I was only able to stay for a little while (unfortunately, I had to wake up before 7 a.m. on Sunday), but while I was there, the trio featuring Shawn Cav (bass), Scott Harrington (guitar), and Dave Deubler (drums) ran through a jukebox-worth of hits, both classic and contemporary. It was a nice cap to a fantastic evening of live music.

And, of course, I got a few shots while I was there. They’re below!

PHOTOS: Allentown Freak Out Fringe Festival

It doesn’t get much more Underground than this.

While I was rocking out in Easton on Saturday night, LVU contributor Lisa Robinson did us a huge favor by heading to Allentown for this year’s Freak Out Fringe Festival. Lisa went to the main stage, where she the Unholy Sideshow, as well as the Gas House Dance Hall Revue.

This event showcases the alternative arts scene in the Lehigh Valley, and just how diverse and vibrant the region’s culture is. Lisa’s photos capture the essence of the evening — a fun festival of avant-garde entertainment, where people are free to be themselves.

Enjoy the gallery! We look forward to coming back in 2017.

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: June 27-July 3

Summer is in full swing, and we are coming up on a holiday weekend. While you will surely have an opportunity to enjoy grilled burgers, ice cold beverages, and maybe even a trip to the shore this weekend, there is, as always, plenty of live music to enjoy right in your backyard. Exercise your independence as you travel across our section of this great land for some…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

Tues.., June 28 | 9 p.m.
Raven Lounge Open Mic featuring Marc Ambrosia
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St., Philadelphia
Admission: FREE, 21+
Description: Feel like making a mid-week trip to Philly? Be sure to check out Marc Ambrosia, who will surely be performing tracks off of his album, “Footprints.”

Wed., June 29 | 10 p.m.
The Moondogs at The Funhouse
5 E. 4th St, Bethlehem
Admission: FREE
Description: The Moondogs howl for a Wednesday night party at the stalwart South Bethlehem venue.

Thurs., June 30 | 7 p.m.
Musos at The Originals Music Series
Chicago Restaurant, 1179 Airport Rd., Allentown
Admission: FREE
Description: Musos returns to rock the stage at Chicago.

Fri., July 1 | 8 p.m.
Whiskey Hollow Debuts (w/ special guest Crossroads Duo)
Chicago Restaurant, 1179 Airport Rd., Allentown
Admission: FREE before 10 p.m.
Description: Start July with the debut of the Valley’s newest country band.

PHOTOS: Summer Blowout Show with Roi & the Secret People and Acoustic Kitty Project

In case there was any doubt left, Saturday night at Rivals Sports Bar & Restaurant proved once again that Easton Rocks.

The stage at Rivals was graced by the presence of Acoustic Kitty Project, fronted by Carter Lansing, and Roi & the Secret People, who are currently competing in a music video contest for a $5,000 cash prize.

Both acts performed brilliantly, with Acoustic Kitty Project setting a country rock tone during their hour-plus set. Roi & the Secret People then followed with another trademark performance that blended sounds from the rock, pop, and progressive spheres.

Hats off to both bands for another enjoyable night of music (and for the stylish hats of each band’s frontman). Enjoy the photos!