Friday night, the 30th Annual Celtic Classic kicked off in Historic Downtown Bethlehem. The weekend-long celebration of Celtic, food, apparel, and sport also features live music rooted in the traditions of the culture.
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.
Artist: Three Strands
Album: Letters to the Light
Released: July 7, 2017
Artist: Church Girls
Released: August 2017
Genre: Indie rock
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
Matt Molchany, co-founder of Tape Swap Radio and guitarist/vocalist of Bethlehem indie rock band, VoirVoir, is a long-time resident of Bethelhem. Matt has attended Musikfest for many years as a patron and performer, making him the perfect candidate to take a few minutes to tell us about his journey through the festival over the years.
New York City alt-Americana band Evening Darling has a unique sound that has gained a lot of steam beyond the confines of the Big Apple. Their debut, self-titled album (which you can hear at the bottom of this article) is an exciting blend of influences that range from new wave to the folk and Americana of their previous incarnation, The Hunting Party.
We checked in with the band in advance of its performance this Saturday, August 5 at the Red Stag Pub Liederplatz stage at Musikfest to hear all about what makes them tick, and what we have to look forward to when they come to town this weekend.