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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Jan. 8-14

With 2018’s first First Friday behind us, we find ourselves marching ever closer to the Lehigh Valley Underground 2nd Birthday Spectacular at SteelStacks on January 19.

BUT… we have 11 days until we get there. Fortunately, there’s plenty to hold you over with these…

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Nov. 20-26

It’s Thanksgiving week! While you prepare to spend time with loved ones, work your way into a food coma, and hit the stores, don’t forget to add music to your life.

Once again – and, as usual – the Valley delivers with these…

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Nov. 6-12

Well… that was an eventful morning!

We are buzzing from the amazing response so far to this morning’s announcement of the Lehigh Valley Underground 2nd Birthday Spectacular, taking place at SteelStacks on Friday, January 19. In case you missed that one, here it is.

We admit, it’s hard not to get ahead of ourselves with all of that excitement, but let’s not forget that we all have quite a week ahead of us, here and now in November. It’s highlighted by these…

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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…

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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…

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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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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.


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.

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