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Ralph’s Reviews: Taylor Shae – High Stakes

Back in January, you may recall that I brought you a little sample of what Longmont, Colorado’s Taylor Shae had in store for us with her then-upcoming album, High Stakes. Looking into singles “Nunavit” and “As I Please,” we discovered her deep, soulful, bluesy voice and crafty lyricism that set her apart from her peers at such a young age.

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‘Tis the Season: Let’s Get Festive with Dogwood Tales

Artwork credit: Stephen Omark

Festival season is here and it’s one of my favorite times of the year for a number of reasons. As a musician, it provides several opportunities to perform in front of and be heard by larger audiences. It also presents an opportunity to network with those audiences. As a music lover, it’s a chance to discover new music. For me, the latter is as appealing as the former and I rarely, if ever, walk away disappointed.

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Ralph’s Reviews: Anna Rose Reveals Gentler Side on ‘Nobody Knows I’m Here’

New York-based Anna Rose combines a powerful voice and a rock and roll attitude on stage. Her live performances call to mind the likes of Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, or Janis Joplin, and her stage presence screams of an independent woman who is going to play hard, sing hard, and rock hard.

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Back Home: First Friday ‘Springs’ into Action

By now, you might know that Underground Music Collective shows some love back home in Bethlehem, PA by presenting the Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series alongside SouthSide Arts District.

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Ralph’s Reviews: Julia Mark Tells Her Story on ‘Gemini’

Photo credit: Roger Metcalf

One of the more enjoyable things about reviewing music for UMC is discovering, listening to and, on occasion, meeting artists from many different walks of life. Everyone has a story to tell, and I’m intrigued by the stories told by Boston-based singer-songwriter Julia Mark on her latest release, “Gemini.”

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