The Full Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series October Lineup

Earlier this month, we announced that Billy Bauer Band and Acoustic Kitty Project would be teaming up to take the Godfrey Daniels stage during the next installment of the Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series on Friday, October 6.

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Baltimore’s ellen cherry to bring ‘Portraits in Song’ to Allentown

Photo credit: Bonnie J. Schupp

Continuing the trend of our local libraries hosting full-time touring musicians, Allentown Public Library (1210 Hamilton St.) will be joining the action on the evening of Wednesday, October 4.

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American Spirits Roadhouse to ‘Rock the Wall’ on Saturday

Our partners across the Delaware at American Spirits Roadhouse are heading back to The Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, NJ — and this time, their plan is to Rock the Wall.

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Beat Happening Frontman and K Recs Founder Calvin Johnson Performing at the Bethlehem Area Public Library

Indie rock icon Calvin Johnson is bringing his latest band, Selector Dub Narcotic, to the Bethlehem Area Public Library for a performance on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Also performing will be Lehigh Valley indie rock band VoirVoir and New York City/Washington D.C. psychedelic pop band Secret Cities. The concert will be the second in Tape Swap Radio’s “Library After Hours” series, bringing live music to the library’s newly remodeled performance space.

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PHOTOS: Riverside Festival of the Arts Easton

I spent a couple of hours at the festival at Scott and Riverside Parks along the Delaware River, and had the opportunity to enjoy sights and sounds that included live music, unique hairstyles, interesting talents, and a little bit of street art.

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Sept. 18-24

Opportunity is abound this week. Whether it’s a new performance opportunity, a chance to have your face melted, or an opportunity to fest it up in Bethlehem yet again, one thing you shouldn’t be this week is bored.

Let’s discover why together with another installment of our famous…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

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Blind Richi Returns with “U L O V E”

Artist: Blind Richi
Song: U L O V E
Released: Sept. 7, 2017
Genre: Hip Hop

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Review: Church Girls – Hidalgo

Artist: Church Girls
Album: Hidalgo
Released: Sept. 15, 2017
Genre: Alternative

Philadelphia indie rock quartet Church Girls have been looking forward to the release of their album, “Hidalgo,” for quite a while. Upon a first listen, it’s easy to hear why. These 11 tracks of dreamy, new wave-fused alt-rock comprise a strong effort, complete with the shimmering ambiance that gives this band its unique place in the indie landscape.

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LVU Wants to Know the One Album You Can’t Live Without

I was catching up with LVU Contributor Lisa Robinson last night during a visit to Hardball Cider in Bethlehem. As you might expect from two people so involved in our local music scene, the conversation included the music that is important to us.

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Review: Kayla Avitabile – The Difference Between Fine and Okay

Artist: Kayla Avitabile
Album: The Difference Between Fine and Okay (BUY NOW)
Released: 2017
Genre: Alternative Rock

Prior to the first ever Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series earlier this month, we reviewed Kayla Avitabile’s single “Awkward & Absent,” which gives a title to the young singer-songwriter’s debut album, “The Difference Between Fine and Okay.”

As it turns out, the single was a nice introduction to what we can expect from Avitabile, as it contains several key features present throughout the record: ambitious songwriting, profound lyrics, and a voice that may be the most powerful and seasoned among her school-aged contemporaries.

Avitabile is unafraid to experiment on “The Difference Between Fine and Okay,” mixing in tempo shifts to keep listeners captive through six dynamic and unpredictable tracks. The EP, recorded and mixed by Matt Molchany at Shards studio in South Bethlehem, brings the singer’s immense vocal abilities to the forefront, showcasing Avitabile’s range and command that makes her one to keep an ear on going forward.

Track listing:
Alternative Facts
Crystal Blue
Clueless
Good Enough
Awkward & Absent
Remember When