VIDEO: Shawn Cav Ensemble’s ‘Glass Houses’ EP Release Party

Last night, jazz fans and supporters of original music braved the rain to make the trip to The California Drum Shop in Bethlehem, where Shawn Cav Ensemble was celebrating the release of its new EP, “Glass Houses.” (Review here)

The jazz fusion quartet, supported by an opening set from local piano master Dan DeChellis, played selections from the new release, as well as a few standards. Musicianship was on full display as the band sounded crisp and in rhythm, with improv-based solos highlighting each tune.

In case you missed it, here’s a video taken of the band playing “Looking Busy” off of the new EP. We suggest that you get busy and pick up “Glass Houses” today.

Review: D.S. Bradford – Elemental Evolution

If you’re in the Philadelphia area, catch D.S. Bradford’s “Elemental Evolution” EP release show this Friday, Aug. 5 at the Dockside Bar at Dave & Buster’s.

Artist: D.S. Bradford
Album: Elemental Evolution EP (PRE-ORDER)
Release Date: Aug. 5, 2016
Genre: Alternative Rock

Philadelphia singer-songwriter D.S. Bradford describes his new “Elemental Evolution” EP as being “about evolving into a form of ourselves that is conscious of peace and embraces love.”

While that theme is ever present throughout the effort, there is another “evolution” at play – that of D.S. Bradford into a versatile musician who seamlessly intermingles alternative rock with the progressive and psychedelic.

Perhaps the track that best blends all of those styles together is the album closer, “A Call to the Stars II – A Home in the Sky.” The EP’s longest track, clocking in at just over seven minutes, is a dreamy epic that moves between ideas that represent themselves as movements. “A Call to the Stars II” temporarily forfeits its dreaminess about halfway through, picking up the pace with some killer guitar work, before returning to its roots and transitioning into a tender piano outro that brings about the conclusion of our galactic transmission.

For fans of straightforward alt-rock, you need look no further than “Oceans,” a fun, up-tempo tune, and the crisp, highly accessible title track, “Elemental Evolution.” Both songs contain great hooks and are radio-ready.

 

Track listing:

A Call to the Stars – Ascend the Lost

The Rise

Oceans

The Seasons

Elemental Evolution

The Move

A Call to the Stars II – A Home in the Sky

PHOTOS: Deprived and September Silence at The Originals Music Series

Don’t let the band names fool you — rock was abundant on Thursday night at The Originals Music Series, and it was anything but silent.

We started our evening with Deprived, who delivered on all things heavy music from metal, to punk, to even some grunge (nice Nirvana cover, guys). It was a great start to the night, setting the tone for what was to come.

A bit later, it was time for September Silence to retake the stage at Chicago Restaurant’s Club Gravity. Earlier this year, the band debuted at this very venue, and they returned sounding tight and got plenty of heads moving to the music.

Pre-Order (and then wear) Your LVU Pride!

Ladies and gentlemen, we are living in an exciting time for Lehigh Valley Underground. We’ve been active participants on the scene for months now, both by hitting some Can’t-Miss Shows every week, and by partnering with great local organizations with the shared mission of creating more opportunities for the folks who make this music community what it is.

Surely, we wouldn’t have gotten this far without the support of the musicians, industry folks, and music fans who populate our region. We appreciate your support, and we just might have a new way for you to spread the word about the blog you’ve come to know and love.

Enter the new LVU t-shirt, which will feature artwork like this…

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The guitar will be white, too, but you get the idea.

We have it on good authority that these babies are finished and on their way to us, courtesy of our good friends at The Handsome Prints in Slatington.

Naturally, we want to get them into your hands as soon as possible. That is why, now through Monday, August 1, you have a chance to be among the first to own a piece of LVU history when you pre-order your official Lehigh Valley Underground t-shirt.

Head over to our brand new BigCartel shop, reserve your t-shirt for a discounted rate, and we’ll get them in the mail on Monday! If you’re from the area, that means you’ll have your shirt in time for a popular annual event that happens around here. Proceeds will go toward keeping this LVU train a-rollin’ in the months and years ahead, which means you’ll be an even bigger part of the miracle going forward.

Thanks so much for your support — it’s huge, and means everything to us! We hope that you’ll continue to #GoUnderground.

 

 

VIDEO: Not For Coltrane’s Monday Night Party at The Funhouse

We’re lucky enough to live in an area where A) live music happens seven nights a week and B) the vast majority of the time, the performers are high-quality.

Such was the case Monday night at The Funhouse, where Not For Coltrane (Michael Duck) performed a blend of covers and originals. It was just him and an acoustic guitar, and it made for a Monday night full of good songs, stories, and a dash of humor.

I took a break from photos and opted to take some video instead. Enjoy part of the performance!