Album Review: Melancholyfox – Emma’s Home !!

Artist: Melancholyfox
Album: Emma’s Home !!
Released: December 10, 2017
Genre: Electronic

Whether you’re new to the ambient electronic genre, or a veteran of synthesizer soundscapes, you’ll find a lot to like on “Emma’s Home !!”. In regards to the record’s meaning, Melancholyfox notes that the album is “a bunch of dance tracks for my love, Emma.” Despite the lack of lyrics, the New Jersey-based artist’s latest release is able to convey a sense of neon joy to the listener, and the six tracks on the album should be the soundtrack to your next party. Continue reading Album Review: Melancholyfox – Emma’s Home !!

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Oct. 2-8

Man… #LVUFirstFriday is truly just the start of it this week!

As you know, we have 10 performers across six venues this Friday throughout South Bethlehem. We’ll get to that in a minute. But, even outside of that, this week is still 100% stacked!

Get ready, because you’re going to be busy this week. Away we go!

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

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Beat Happening Frontman and K Recs Founder Calvin Johnson Performing at the Bethlehem Area Public Library

Indie rock icon Calvin Johnson is bringing his latest band, Selector Dub Narcotic, to the Bethlehem Area Public Library for a performance on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Also performing will be Lehigh Valley indie rock band VoirVoir and New York City/Washington D.C. psychedelic pop band Secret Cities. The concert will be the second in Tape Swap Radio’s “Library After Hours” series, bringing live music to the library’s newly remodeled performance space.

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Musikfest, Day 9: A Double-Sided Adventure

Dark clouds were again looming over Bethlehem when I got back into town from visiting my brand new niece and going to my friend’s engagement party. It was around 5 p.m., and I wanted to make sure I got to Musikfest before the rains inevitably hit.

Lo and behold, Mother Nature gave us a reprieve this time.

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Musikfest Five-Point Preview: Saturday, August 12

Torrential rain shut down the outdoor portion of the 10-day Musikfest party a little early last night. Today, however, is a new day. Although forecasts suggest that we should keep an eye on the sky, we’re still planning on having ourselves a time on the festival’s final Saturday.

Musikfest Five Point Preview: Saturday, August 12

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Meet the ‘Fest Vets: Matt Molchany

Matt Molchany, co-founder of Tape Swap Radio and guitarist/vocalist of Bethlehem indie rock band, VoirVoir, is a long-time resident of Bethelhem. Matt has attended Musikfest for many years as a patron and performer, making him the perfect candidate to take a few minutes to tell us about his journey through the festival over the years.

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The Quinn Spinn: LVMA18 Preview Edition

This Sunday, the 18th Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards will take place at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. This year’s ceremony promises to be a big day; one meant to celebrate the accomplishments of the people on our local music scene.

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Founder’s Picks: Best Song of 2016

First, let me start by saying that this category, like all of them, could have gone a number of ways. For example, I could have chosen a song with the grit of Roi & the Secret People’s “Hungry.” Just as tempting was the prospect of choosing VoirVoir’s youthful anthem, “I Wanna,” or virtually any track from Rofo Audio. In the end, however, I went a bit south to Philly, where The Wayside Shakeup released their single, “Stay Up,” earlier this year.

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LVU Super Saturday: Going Hardcore with Tape Swap Radio

Last night, I concluded Super Saturday by heading over to Bethlehem’s historic Ice House for the final concert of the summer in Tape Swap Radio’s IceHouse Tonight series. The night featured four hardcore bands — Swimmers Lungs, Manbeast, Tile, and Couch Slut — making for, frankly, the heaviest night of music I’ve ever experienced.

Last night’s show, as well as all of Tape Swap Radio’s efforts, was completely DIY and took a village to make a reality. The series was started by local residents Matt Molchany (whom you might know as the frontman of indie rock band Voirvoir) and Shamus McGroggan. The pair, as well as a host of local musicians and music supporters, make it their mission to showcase a different genre at each Tape Swap Radio show.

I also found it interesting to learn that Tape Swap Radio does more than produce live events. Tape Swap is also a music and video series that exclusively features DIY and independent bands. The show airs every other Friday at 11 p.m. on 88.1 WDIY FM, the Lehigh Valley’s NPR station.

On behalf of Lehigh Valley Underground, I want to send congratulations to Tape Swap Radio for a job well done on last night’s show, and a sincere “Thank You” for their efforts in making our music scene that much more vibrant. You can learn more about Tape Swap Radio online and on Facebook.