Monthly Archives: February 2016

Puddle of Mudd Brings Traveling Circus to Lehigh Valley

A few weeks ago, we asked you to name the most disappointing show you’ve ever attended. This came off the heels of news that Puddle of Mudd’s Wes Scantlin had another bizarre onstage meltdown to prematurely end the band’s set.

Well, the traveling roadshow came to The Gin Mill and Grille the other night, as Scantlin went on a profanity-laced tirade against the venue’s sound engineer.

Certainly, this was an unfortunate turn of events for the venue, which is working hard to bring more national touring acts to the Lehigh Valley. It’s also more disappointment for the band’s fans, who spend their hard-earned money to see a band that can’t seem to finish a set these days.

Here at Lehigh Valley Underground, we hope for a couple of things. First, it becomes more apparent with each meltdown that Wes Scantlin needs help, and we sincerely hope that he gets it.

Secondly, we hope that local music fans will still head to The Gin Mill and Grille for other shows (Trapt is playing on Feb. 28, for the record). Sometimes, things happen that are out of a venue’s control. This Puddle of Mudd fiasco was clearly one of those instances.

LVU Wants to Know: What’s the Best Place for Live Music?

Pictured: RED performing at The Originals Music Series at Chicago Restaurant and Club Gravity on Feb. 4, 2016.

We all know that there is a growing number of live music venues popping up all over the Valley. Which one is the best to see a show?

Do you prefer the historical ambiance of SteelStacks? Or, how about the intimacy of a venue like Club Gravity at Chicago Restaurant? Are you a Funhouse patron, or is Godfrey Daniels more your speed?

Or… are there venues you feel don’t get the recognition they deserve? Let us know about those, too!

Review: Rod McCoy – Smoke & Murals

Catch Rod McCoy on Monday, when he joins The Quinn Spinn on SoundCloud, iTunes and here on Lehigh Valley Underground!

Artist: Rod McCoy
Release: Smoke & Murals (LISTEN)
Label: Audible Hustle
Genre: Hip Hop

Rod McCoy has spent the past few years building his reputation as both a performer and supporter of hip hop that deviates from the mainstream norm. His most recent work, “Smoke & Murals,” might be the strongest example of his efforts to date.

Slick production, mellow instrumentals and clever, thought-provoking verses highlight the seven track EP. Whether he’s offering poignant social commentary (“Intro”; “Urban Culture”), declaring his love for cannabis (“Funky Junkie”), or offering smooth motivational verses (“Conquer the World”), you can’t help but hang on every word Rod says. His delivery demands your attention, no matter the subject.

“Smoke and Murals” also boasts a number of great features. Neo-soul singer Candace K offers her rich vocals to “Funky Junkie,” and supports solid verses from Rod, Abib Jahleel, No Suh Foster and Truez on “Souls 4 $ale.” Singer Ron Shirley II offers a soulful refrain on the love song, “My Queen & My Mistress,” while Frank P.’s quick flow shines in the rapper’s verse on album closer, “La$t Day.”

On “Conquer the World,” Rod McCoy boldly states that “there’s no limit to who we are.” Perhaps that line is equal parts motivational and autobiographical, as it is clear on “Smoke & Murals” that Rod McCoy is a hip hop artist with limitless potential.

We’re on Vacation! (Well, sort of…)

I’m off on a fantastic voyage (no, not with Coolio) to my favorite place in the world, Siesta Key, FL. I’m really looking forward to it – not only am I escaping winter at its most boring and pointless juncture in favor of white sand and sunshine, but I have plenty of time to take a step back, relax, collect my thoughts and let them flow before I return next Friday.

I am promising myself that I’ll keep a reasonable distance from technology for the majority of the trip (my eyes and “text neck” will thank me), so any kind of breaking updates may be limited. Not to worry, though – next week’s Quinn Spinn and QSLehighValley are already recorded, and I have plenty of content already in the queue to give you a reason to come back every day. Not to mention, I may share a surprise treat or two with you along the way, if anything catches my eye.

And man, after getting all of that ready, I need a vacation. For now, I leave you with the aforementioned Coolio. See you soon!

QSLehighValley: Feb. 18, 2016

Philadelphia-based artist D.S. Bradford joins us on today’s show to talk about, among other things, his upcoming album, “Elemental Evolution.” Plus, we feature music from several winners of our recent ReverbNation campaign!

Track listing:
ThreatPoint – Devil You Know
Avi Wisnia – Sky Blue Sky
D.S. Bradford – Elemental Evolution
D.S. Bradford – Oceans
Michael Meade – Walkin’ That Line
Lauren Marsh – We Hit The Ground
The Wayside Shakeup – Stay Up

D.S. Bradford: More Than a Rock Star

Tomorrow on QSLehighValley sponsored by The Valley Ledger, you’ll hear from Philly-based artist David “D.S.” Bradford. David joins us to talk about all of his projects, including his upcoming album, “Elemental Evolution” (You’ll hear a couple tracks on the show, naturally).

David has a lot more going on, though. Not only does he have a background in visual art, but he is a versatile musician that can stretch far beyond the rock sphere. For example, there’s this:

That’s a video game soundtrack for an upcoming MMORPG, “Saga of Lucimia,” from Stormhaven Studios. We post this not necessarily to preview tomorrow’s show, as it’s quite different from what you’ll hear. Rather, we bring this to your attention to provide a glimpse at just how talented an artist David is.

Check out the newest QSLehighValley starting tomorrow on SoundCloud, iTunes, and right here on Lehigh Valley Underground!

Review: The Wayside Shakeup – Stay Up (Single)

Philly-based Americana band The Wayside Shakeup released their newest single, “Stay Up,” on Feb. 2. Recorded at Dr. Dog’s former Philadelphia studio, the band adds support from trumpeter Greg Rosen of Swift Technique and Philly roots rocker Reed Kendall of Up The Chain, who produced, engineered and lent backing vocals to the track.

With “Stay Up,” The Wayside Shakeup has released a heartfelt traveler’s ballad that could quite easily serve as the soundtrack to a film montage featuring two long-distance, estranged lovers. Lead singer Rob Volansky’s vocals soulfully project the longing that accompanies being on the road and away from the one you love, while a listener can’t help but feel it on every note played by lead guitarist Chris D’Antonio during his solo around the two-minute mark.

Just before three minutes, the song begins to wrap up with a beautiful, a capella sing-and-clap-along moment before the full band re-enters to close out this expertly-crafted roots rock tune.

Watch the official lyric video for The Wayside Shakeup’s “Stay Up” below, and listen for the track on this Thursday’s edition of QSLehighValley!

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Feb. 15-21

It’s snowing, and it’s Presidents Day. It fits…

Winter weather may be putting a damper on your Presidents Day plans, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make them for the rest of this week!

Also, it should be noted that The Originals Music Series is taking a rare night off this week. With that being said, we’re happy to direct your attention to some other…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

Fri., Feb. 19 | 10 p.m.
Moondogs 5
Venue: Pearly Baker’s Alehouse, 11 Center Sq., Easton
Description: Bring your dancing shoes and start your weekend right with this five-piece!

Sat., Feb. 20, 8 p.m.
Lauren Marsh
Venue: ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem
Admission: FREE
Description: Indie singer-songwriter Lauren Marsh plays songs from her five-track EP, “Veracity,” among other selections.

Sat., Feb. 20 | 8 p.m.
Project Mayhem Collective
Venue: Longswamp Tavern, 20 Gap Rd., Macungie
Admission: FREE, 21+
Description: Four local bands join together for a night of unforgettable hard rock and metal.

Sun., Feb. 21 | 10 p.m.
Ian Gallagher Music & The Frequency Collage
Venue: The Funhouse, 5 E. 4th St., Bethlehem, PA
Description: Bethlehem’s very own original jam band takes the stage once again at the South Bethlehem live music staple.

The Quinn Spinn: Feb. 15, 2016

We are joined on Presidents Day by Marc Ambrosia, a South Jersey singer-songwriter who released his first full-length solo effort, “Footprints,” last fall. Hear all that Marc has to say about this great album!

Track listing:
REVEL 9 – All I’ve Become (Opening Theme)
Southern Storm – Where We’re Going
Stereo Treason – Fall In Line
Marc Ambrosia – Nineteen
Marc Ambrosia – Footprints
Leaders in the Clubhouse – Hater
Tormentor Bestial – Almost Human
Midnight Mob – Ghosts

Review: Marc Ambrosia – Footprints

Make sure you tune in to tomorrow’s edition of The Quinn Spinn on SoundCloud, iTunes and Lehigh Valley Underground to hear Marc Ambrosia discuss his full-length debut, “Footprints.”

Artist: Marc Ambrosia
Album: Footprints (LISTEN)
Release Date: Oct. 9, 2015
Genre: Rock/Singer-songwriter

Marc Ambrosia is an artist who writes from experience and the heart. On “Footprints,” he uses his unique and powerful voice to deliver his young life’s observations with a sense of wonder and imagination.

You can feel Marc’s optimism on “Nineteen” and “Every Day,” triumphant mid-tempo tracks that seem to embrace the mystery of finding one’s way in the world. That optimism is at its most inspirational on the album’s title track, a journeying, five-and-a-half-minute song about achieving dreams, inspired by swimmer Diana Nyad’s swim from Cuba to Florida and the footprints she left in the sand.

There are plenty of songs on “Footprints” that touch on relationships. “Outside the Lines” is a summery story about young love, while a killer duet with Megan Knight on “Love Like Rock and Roll” combines soulful vocal harmonies with country-influenced guitars.

Going beyond the romantic, “Take Good Care of Me” is particularly powerful. The track features blues-tinged guitars that support Marc as he is forced to come to terms his mother’s addiction struggles, and the associated loneliness and powerlessness he felt as a child. On a happier note, album closer “Little Song” is a sweet, acoustic lullaby inspired by new life – in particular, the births of Marc’s niece and nephew in 2014 – and the positive influence and change it brings.

“Footprints” is a thoughtful album from a young man with profound life experience, big dreams, and a lot to say. A listen through just might inspire you to embark on a journey and leave some “Footprints” of your own on the world.

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