Stroudsburg’s The Crowning continue to amaze us with their dynamic songwriting.
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
Artist: Three Strands
Album: Letters to the Light
Released: July 7, 2017
A little less than a year ago, we were invited to attend a live recording session of Roi and the Secret People as part of the WSCI Star City Indie Rock Radio Summer Concert Series. It was our introduction to Studio 73, and a fun and unique experience as the newcomers to the scene that we were at the time.
Artist: Warren North
Album: Game of Love EP
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Roi and the Secret People is preparing for the release of “Truck Stop Sushi,” its limited edition, vinyl-only EP.
To celebrate, Studio 73 in Bethlehem — the headquarters of our newly-announced radio station, WLVU — is hosting an exclusive, invite-only “Truck Stop Sushi” listening party on Saturday, June 10 at 7 p.m.. You can be invited!
Artist: Jesse Bardwell and the Free Union
Album: Self-titled EP (BUY NOW ON VINYL OR DIGITAL)
Released: May 3, 2017
Singer-songwriter Jesse Bardwell — who, since 2005, has been known for his work as part of northwestern New Jersey juggernaut Quimby Mountain Band — has gone out on his own to flex his country muscles.
Album: Where We Left Off
Released: May 11, 2017
You heard it here first: Cubbage will one day headline a large festival stage.
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.”
Artist: Doctor Ransom
Album: Self-titled EP (LISTEN)
Released: March 21, 2017
Genre: Garage Rock