Above the Mendoza Hits a Home Run with ‘A Shoulder to Lean On, But Not a Crutch’

Artist: Above the Mendoza
Album: A Shoulder to Lean On, But Not a Crutch
Released: May 15, 2017
Genre: Pop punk

Our first encounter with Above the Mendoza was on Record Store Day at Spin Me Round, when they performed among a host of alternative and punk bands who brought high energy to the Jersey side of the Valley all afternoon and evening.

That energy continues on “A Shoulder to Lean On, But Not a Crutch” – 21 minutes of pop punk goodness from this rising Philly-area band.

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Review: Ray Sam – On Sight

Artist: Ray Sam
Album: On Sight (LISTEN)
Date: April 2, 2017
Genre: Acoustic rock/Americana

Back in March, we saw a band named Psychoskunk open a great night of music at The Grape Room in Manayunk; a night which also featured the Valley’s own Roi and the Secret People.

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Review: The Wildlings – Shed Sounds

Artist: The Wildlings
Album: Shed Sounds
Released: March 26, 2017
Genre: Alternative/Surf/Psychedelic Rock

Allentown’s The Wildlings have recently released “Shed Sounds,” a hazy, lo-fi surf rock collection recorded at the compound of frontman Isaac Brieninger’s family.

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Review: Houston and the Dirty Rats – RAT EP

Artist: Houston & The Dirty Rats
Album: RAT EP (LISTEN)
Released: March 5, 2017
Genre: Rat Rock/Punk

Phillipsburg punk band Houston and the Dirty Rats has come forth with a strong first impression in its introductory six-track statement, the recently-released “RAT EP.”

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Review: Church Girls – Thousand Lives

Artist: Church Girls
Album: Thousand Lives
Released: January 2016
Genre: Indie rock/post-punk

See Church Girls headline the Fowler Blast Furnace Room this Friday at SteelStacks. Details in this week’s Can’t-Miss Shows!

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