Widow’s Work Recalls the ‘Last Time We Spoke’

With “Last Time We Spoke,” fresh alt-rock five-piece Widow’s Work is doing their part to prove that screamo is still alive and well.

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Oct. 9-15

The magic this week? It’s in the weekend.

Of course, we’ll be celebrating even bigger and better things for WLVU: The Sound of The Underground up at Broadway Pub this Friday. No matter your flavor, however, there’s a lot to like about what’s coming around the bend in the Valley. Behold these…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Sept. 4-10

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!

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Tape Swap Radio Launches New ‘Rooftop Sessions’ Series with Lehigh Valley Indie Band, This Way to the Egress

Tape Swap Radio is celebrating its fourth anniversary recording bands and hosting concerts in the Lehigh Valley with the launch of a new live series dubbed, ‘Rooftop Sessions.’ Tape Swap Radio, started by Lehigh Valley residents Matt Molchany and Shamus McGroggan in 2013, has partnered with The Alternative Gallery in Allentown to record live sets from bands on the roof of the four-story Cigar Factory Artist Studios building in South Allentown.

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Mar. 27-Apr. 2

Winter appears to have finally left us! Spring is in the air, and there’s a buzz about all that is to come in the warmer months ahead.

And, true to form, we head into April with another thrilling slate of…

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PHOTOS: Summer Scouts, Hugs, & Georgia Foreman at The Alternative Gallery

Due to a scheduling conflict, Friday night’s IceHouse Tonight benefit for the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center was unexpectedly not at The Ice House.

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Jazz, Coffee, and Limitless Possibilities

Nestled in Allentown’s 10th Ward is a quaint, quirky space where art, music and community collide.

I’m talking about Coffee House Without Limits, a Queen City gem that has begun to make a name for itself in artistic circles. Located at 707 N. 4th St., Coffee House Without Limits serves up hot beverages and cool vibes with equal ease, sharing a conjoining door with the popular Alternative Gallery.

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Bryan Tuk, right, keeps time while Bill Warfield improvises on trumpet.

On a rainy Thursday night, I had the opportunity to visit Coffee House Without Limits for the first time, which was packed with patrons young and old to see The Bryan Tuk Complex. It was the perfect night for some intricate, experimental jazz from the always-on-point Tuk and his band, which consisted on this night of B.D. Lenz on guitar, Bill Warfield on trumpet, and Tony Marino on bass. The evening also served, to me, as a microcosm of what our scene can be, every night of the week: people of all ages, demographics, and backgrounds, coming together at a cool, upstart venue for the sake of enjoying some original tunes.

Perhaps this diversity is a byproduct of the many offerings Coffee House Without Limits gives to the community at any given moment. Artists can work with Coffee House Without Limits to schedule music, poetry, or other performances, or participate in open mic nights. Coffee House Without Limits also offers performers “CWOL Sessions;” opportunities to tape intimate, in-house performances, akin to NPR’s Tiny Desk sessions. A full schedule of events can be found on CWOL’s homepage.

Coffee House without limits is no longer a secret to me, and I look forward to heading back, sooner rather than later.

Lisa’s Saturday Night: Gettin’ Alternative

While I was in Cape May over the weekend, LVU contributor Lisa Robinson did me a solid and spent a little time at The Alternative Gallery in Allentown, which hosted its Hullabulubula 6 event on Saturday night.

Lisa is having a very busy week at work this week, but wanted me to pop by, share her photos, and tell you about this interesting night of music, comedy, and appreciation for the arts. In our conversation, Lisa described that there was a youthful energy at The Alternative Gallery on Saturday night. She caught two of the 13 performing acts that night — Silent Animals and the Allentown Ocean Good Times Band — and observed musicians who flexed their creative muscles to bring across their passion, exposing her to new, previously uncharted corners of our music scene.

Sounds like I’ll need to take a trip to The Alternative Gallery when Hullabulubula 7 comes around. Until then, let these photos tide you over.

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Aug. 29-Sept. 4

We’re so sorry for the delay with our weekly list of unmissables. Things are quite busy – in a good way, of course – for LVU. We’ve had projects to work on, loose ends to tie up, and people to meet.

Don’t think for a second, though, that we won’t be hitting the scene, because you’ll surely see us at some of these…

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Wed., Aug. 31 | 8 p.m.
WZZO’s 28th Annual Backyard Bands Competition
Venue:
The Great Allentown Fair, Allentown Fairgrounds, 302 N. 17th St., Allentown
Admission: FREE with admission to the Fair
Description: Acoustic Kitty Project, Another Day Dawns, The Beautiful Distortion, Monoceros, and September Silence vie for more than $6,500 in prizes.

Fri., Sept. 2 | 7 p.m.
Soul Folks
Venue: Easton Public Market, 325 Northampton St., Easton
Admission: FREE
Description: Enjoy some genre-bending tunes alongside delicious food and drink to kick-start your holiday weekend.

Sat., Sept. 3 | 6 p.m.
The Alternative Gallery Presents: Hulubulubula 6

Venue: 707 N. 4th St., Ste. 103, Allentown
Admission: $5
Description: We have no idea how to pronounce that event title, but we do know that there are 13 great comedy and musical acts lined up for Saturday night!

Sun., Sept. 4 | 7 p.m.
Godfrey Daniels Open Mike
Venue:
Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. 4th St., Bethlehem
Admission: $3.50
Description: Mance Robinson is the featured artist for this night of newcomers and seasoned veterans alike.

PHOTOS: Pete Hill, Voirvoir, CRUISR, Cheerleader at The Alternative Gallery

The inviting and inclusive atmosphere of The Alternative Gallery in Allentown proved to be the perfect host for a night of indie-pop rock ‘n roll this past Sunday.

 

Pete Hill & Friends kicked the show off with their own style of folky pop tunes. Their upbeat rythms combined with catchy choruses grabbed everyone’s attention and set the tone for the night.

 

The next to take the stage was Voirvoir.  This local 5-piece played an arrangement of synth-heavy melodies and hard-hitting harmonies that seemed to permeate the painted gallery walls and captivate the audience.


Cruising up to join us was CRUISR, the dancey pop rockers from Philly. Now, the term “dancey” is used quite literally – they invited people from the crowd to sing and dance along with them while they played. These guys clearly know how to party!

 

Also joining us from Philly were the heavy-pop headliners Cheerleader. Their bright, eclectic style of indie rock was both enthralling and energetic, and the ideal conclusion to a great night of local music.

 

Check out The Alternative Gallery for more upcoming events.