Alpha Zero Three Releases Strong, Anthemic Debut

Artist: Alpha Zero Three
Album: Alpha Zero Three
Released: Sept. 7, 2017
Genre: Rock/Alternative/Hard Rock

Alpha Zero Three has been playing out around the Lehigh Valley for more than a year. All the while, they’ve slowly leaked songs, one by one, from an album that they teased was forthcoming.

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Review: Church Girls – Hidalgo

Artist: Church Girls
Album: Hidalgo
Released: Sept. 15, 2017
Genre: Alternative

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.

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Review: Kayla Avitabile – The Difference Between Fine and Okay

Artist: Kayla Avitabile
Album: The Difference Between Fine and Okay (BUY NOW)
Released: 2017
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.

Track listing:
Alternative Facts
Crystal Blue
Clueless
Good Enough
Awkward & Absent
Remember When

Review: Our Lady Peace — Somethingness, Vol. 1

Artist: Our Lady Peace
Album: Somethingness, Vol. 1
Released: Aug. 25, 2017
Genre: Alternative/Rock

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Review: Doubting Thomas – Mental War

Artist: Doubting Thomas
Album: Mental War
Released: March 15, 2017
Genre: Rock/Hard Rock

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REVIEW: The Lionhearted – Absolution (& Redemption)

Heartbreak is never easy. While that statement is oversimplified, Richie Ares’ solo project, theLionhearted, expounds on this idea exponentially on his debut EP.

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Acoustic Kitty Project’s ‘Saturday Night’ A Well-Crafted, Complete Album

Artist: Acoustic Kitty Project
Album: Saturday Night
Released: July 31, 2017
Genre: Country Rock

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Review: Sonar Lights – Babelonia

Catch Sonar Lights when they rock American Spirits Roadhouse alongside Julius this Sunday, July 30 at American Spirits Roadhouse. Details here.

Artist: Sonar Lights
Album: Babelonia
Released: Jan. 2, 2017
Genre: Heavy Rock

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Review: Zach Russack – Self-titled

Artist: Zach Russack
Album: Self-titled
Released: 2016
Genre: Folk/Alternative

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Rust’s “The Noise on 309” is Two Albums in One

Artist: Rust
Album: The Noise on 309
Released: May 12, 2017
Genre: Punk/Garage Rock

Allentown-based rockers Rust have pulled off a Jekyll-and-Hyde feat with the release of their new, nine-track volume, “The Noise on 309,” delivering punk and indie rock alike with a gritty, lo-fi edge.

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