LVU Review-a-Palooza: The Hook – “Moonshine & Honey”

Artist: The Hook
Album: Moonshine & Honey
Released: March 12, 2018
Genre: Roots/Rock/Reggae

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Dec. 25-31

Now that the gifts have been unwrapped and the egg nog has been consumed, we find ourselves smack in the middle of the final week of the year. One thing you’ll notice here is that there are no New Year’s Eve shows listed below. That’s because it deserves its own list, and that is coming a bit later in the week.

For now, let’s take a look at everything else going on, and let’s plan to finish strong!

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Oct. 30-Nov. 5

We roll into November with an exciting week on tap. Of course, this week marks the third installment of the Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series, but there’s even more in store out there.

Speaking of more in store, a partial spoiler alert: Next Monday, November 6 at 9 a.m. ET, we’ve got a special announcement for you guys. Make sure you have your eyes right here at that time.

Anyway, onto this week’s…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

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Tyler Rothrock to Release Live Album at SteelStacks Nov. 2

Tyler Rothrock, the Nazareth-bred, New York City-based comedian who recorded his upcoming debut album, “Tyler of Nazareth,” at SteelStacks earlier this year, will return to the ArtsQuest Center for the album’s official release party on Thursday, November 2.

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Beyond the Valley: A ‘Conversation’ with Civil Youth

Philadelphia’s Civil Youth has been generating buzz in advance of their new album, “Conversations,” which will hit on Friday, May 19. The guys will be celebrating the release of the new record at the Theatre of the Living Arts the following night alongside Sonnder, The GoAround, and The Moxy.

With so much excitement in the air, we took a few minutes to ask the guys a few questions.

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The Tank Releasing New Album Thursday at The Originals Music Series

Bethlehem power trio The Tank (LISTEN) has a new album coming out, and you’ll have an opportunity to get your hands on it and hear some tracks live this Thursday at The Originals Music Series.

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Review: The Jumping Juvies – Laddy​-​O

On September 9th, The Jumping Juvies released their new EP, “Laddy-O”. The Juvies’ sophomore album balances the energy of their punk mentality with fantastic production value courtesy of Drexel Studios. Simply put, “Laddy-O” is 20 minutes of garage rock greatness.

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Ladies of Rock: Slingshot Dakota Record Release Show with Voirvoir and Summer Scouts

It was a packed house Friday night in the Fowler Blast Furnace Room at SteelStacks in Bethlehem for the hometown heroes Slingshot Dakota‘s record release show with fellow Lehigh Valley comrades Voirvoir and Summer Scouts.

With everyone excited for the start of the summer, spirits seemed high as we anticipated hearing songs of the brand new record, “Break,” the release of which was officially being celebrated by Slingshot Dakota that night.

The always excellent Voirvoir started off the show with their distinctive sound of heavy, synth-infused indie punk. The generally soft vocals and hard synth leads of singer/keyboardist April Smith, combined with the fuzzy guitar riffs and strident, pleading vocals of guitarist/singer Matt Molchany, are some of the defining characteristics that make this band great.

Summer Scouts were next on the bill, and they were noticeably excited to be on the stage playing for us. This punk rock/indie band hyped the crowd as much as possible in between their fast-paced repertoire of punk rock and indie songs. Lead singer Katherine’s impressive vocal range was met with gang vocals by the rest of her band to provide an even heavier appeal.

And finally, it was time for Slingshot Dakota to do what they came to do – play an incredible set to a room full of their closest fans, friends, and family. For those who may not know, they are a 2-piece band from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Husband-wife duo Carly Comando and Tom Patterson have been touring and performing around the country for the past 10 years. This band seems to radiate happiness and positive energy, and it is certainly expressed in their music. Even between songs, both members frequently thanked their friends and family — many of whom were in the audience — and showed nothing but gratitude and respect for the local scene and everyone involved.

With Carly expertly navigating the keyboard while singing raw, introspective lyrics — and drummer Tom Patterson holding it all together with his unrelenting style of heavy, deliberate drumming — there wasn’t a person in the room who wasn’t grinning ear to ear.

Review: Slingshot Dakota – Break

Artist: Slingshot Dakota
Album: Break (LISTEN)
Released: March 11, 2016
Genre: Indie punk

On Friday night, Slingshot Dakota returns home to Bethlehem to hold a hometown album release show for its newest release, “Break.” The duo, which released its newest effort on Topshelf Records, blend indie pop instrumentation and atmospheric distortion to re-imagine popularized genres.

“Break” grabs you right away with dreamy distortion on album opener, “You,” which pulls a listener into an atmospheric soundscape that is contrasted on the next track, the grunge-influenced, fuzzy “Monocacy.”

Pop sensibilities reign over a couple of tracks, like the laid-back “Lewlyweds,” which carries a Minus the Bear-esque vibe, and “Paycheck,” an anthemic tune and clear candidate as the album’s first single.

Slingshot Dakota shows an affinity for balladry on “Break.” The searching, stripped-down “Too Much” laments a love on its last legs, while the album’s title track closes things out with a sweet-sounding performance from vocalist Carly Comando.

Overall, Slingshot Dakota’s “Break” builds a wall of sound that should carry well into the Bethlehem night on Friday. The duo returns home this weekend with much to celebrate.

Track listing:
1) You
2) Monocacy
3) Lewlyweds
4) Stay
5) Doreen
6) Paycheck
7) Too Much
8) Storytellers
9) Break