Tag Archives: classic rock

Ralph’s Reviews: Stoney Run Group – Self-titled

Stoney Run Group’s self-titled album, released in October 2017, has a definite 70s vibe with a few twists, for a sound that can be described as psychedelic indie rock. There a some hints of reggae (“All the Reasons”), jazz (“Only Waiting For You”) and blues (“Red Car”). You can hear the influence of jam bands like Little Feat, The Grateful Dead, and Phish, without the long, drawn-out 20 minute delivery of a 5-minute song which is often pretty cool live, but not necessarily ideal listening in the recorded version.

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Sister Salvation Wants to See You at One Centre Square Next Wednesday

Sister Salvation, a Frenchtown, NJ-based band that has recently emerged with a series of Lehigh Valley dates, has a big show coming up. The rockers will be opening for punk legend Richie Ramone at One Centre Square on Wednesday, March 14 — and they want you to join them!

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Review: Mosey Beat Soars to Exciting Heights with ‘Flight’

Artist: Mosey Beat
Album: Flight
Released: 2017
Genre: Jam/Funk/Progressive

Back in August, we saw funky Lehigh Valley jam band Mosey Beat perform on a beautiful Tuesday night at the Provident Bank Main Street stage at Musikfest. It was there that bassist Dave Abraham estimated that approximately 75% of their live performances are improvised.

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WATCH: Tape Swap Radio and The Insidious Rays’ ‘Time For Two’ Rooftop Session

Tape Swap Radio — whose indie rock showcase you can hear every Thursday at 8 p.m. on WLVU: The Sound of The Underground — have returned to the rooftop of Allentown’s Cigar Factory, with veteran indie rockers The Insidious Rays in tow.

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Review: Elwood James Band – Forgetting the Sound EP

Artist: Elwood James Band
Album: Forgetting the Sound EP (LISTEN)
Released: Nov. 16, 2015
Genre: Rock ‘n Roll/Blues

Elwood James Band comes to us from nearby Bucks County with “Forgetting the Sound,” a five-track EP that showcases a little bit of everything the band does best.

Whether you’re a fan of blues or rock and roll, there’s something for you here. The opening track – and album’s namesake – kicks things off with crisp harmonies and a British Invasion vibe, which are married together with modern pop rock sensibilities. Another straightforward rocker, the mid-tempo “Soulful Look,” is driven forth by keys and crisp vocal harmonies.

As mentioned, Elwood James Band isn’t afraid to get bluesy on “Forgetting the Sound.” “Riding the Storm” features a rhythm section that slightly resembles Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold,” while being driven forward by down and dirty guitars and a striking keyboard melody. Album closer “Black Cherry” also features drums and bass that set a bluesy tone, before becoming more progressive with an intense instrumental break about halfway through the tune.

With “Forgetting the Sound,” Elwood James Band has a collection of songs that has the potential to appeal to our Valley’s masses. For sure, these tracks would hold up well alongside SteelStacks’ usual Saturday night lineup.

Track listing:
Forgetting the Sound
Riding the Storm
Alabama
Soulful Look
Black Cherry

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