Artist: Church Girls
Released: Sept. 15, 2017
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.
Artist: Kayla Avitabile
Album: The Difference Between Fine and Okay (BUY NOW)
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.
Awkward & Absent
My plan for Saturday night was always to head to Northampton’s Hammerhead Lounge. That’s where Signs of Madness and VICTIM would be performing Part 1 of their two-part No Remedy for Madness series, which will conclude this coming Friday in Atlantic City.
With a late start time, though, there was time for a pit stop.
Happy Labor Day! After a very successful opening installment of the Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series, we took a couple days to get in some beach time and wave goodbye to the Summer of 2017.
We’re back in the saddle now, though, and ready to go with some new…
Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!
Hear Kayla Avitabile perform this Friday, September 1 at Lit Roastery & Bakeshop at 5:30 p.m. as part of the Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series, presented in conjunction with SouthSide Arts District.
Artist: Our Lady Peace
Album: Somethingness, Vol. 1
Released: Aug. 25, 2017
When you hear the sounds of Billy Bauer Band nearby, it’s hard not to stick around a while and enjoy the quartet’s bright brand of acoustic rock. That’s what I did on Thursday night — during a festival with so many stages running at any given time, I dedicated a full set to enjoying this Bethlehem-based band.
This year, LVU is seeing contributions from members of our music community who are out on the scene at Musikfest to catch the action. One of those people, WLVU Station Manager John Paul DeBard, caught up with Philadelphia indie rockers June Divided (who we saw at another festival earlier this year) and shared his thoughts on their set.