So, as you may have heard (because we’ve been talking a lot about it), our podcast is coming back on Monday. It’s going to feature conversations with music industry folks about music industry topics which, we hope, will provide some insight and inspiration for you on your creative journey.Read more
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The dream for so many local and independent musicians is to “take the leap”: that is to say, quit the day job and pursue music full-time.
The following (after the foreword) is a conversation with Lehigh Valley with Love Founder George Wacker about the organization’s rise from an anonymous satire blog, to a prominent multimedia organization in our region.
Sometimes a band can become so commercially successful that their artistic merit vanishes underneath the fame. In the late 1970s and 1980s, the punk rock movement was sweeping across the UK and America in reaction to the psychedelic rock of the 1960s and the yacht rock that dominated radio in the early 1970s. Punk was simple and aggressive, and it didn’t care about airplay, or authority or convention.
The Police were a band that brought together several threads and wove them into radio friendly rock that was simply inescapable from their first album in 1977 onward. The Police were sui generis. There was no other band that sounded like them. From the first few notes or moments of a song, you could easily tell that it was a Police song.
Johnny Cash is rightly credited with being the father of outlaw country music. This is not the country music of today, the one that has been taken over by the Carrie Underwoods and the other improbably telegenic performers that populate and dominate the genre. Cash’s music, and the style he created, was the one of Merle Haggard, Hank Williams and Willie Nelson. Cash exuded the idea that if you weren’t against the system, you were part of the system.
Some of you reading this may have no idea who District 97 is. So, for Day Three of The Tuk Ten (rock edition!), let me acquaint you with them. D97 hails from Chicago, Illinois, and have followed an indie rock pathway across the United States and throughout Europe, all on a DIY and crowdfunded model. This is very much a rock band for modern times. For reasons explained below, In Vaults is definitely in my very own personal Top Ten.
Today’s edition of The Quinn Spinn is the biggest show we’ve had in a long time.
This week, we sit down with Bryan Tuk who, in addition to running law practices across Pennsylvania as the namesake behind Tuk Law Offices, is the founder of Performing Arts Live!, Inc., which produces Allentown JazzFest. Bryan shares what’s new and exciting about this year’s festival, taking place May 3-7 in downtown Allentown, PA, and how it all fits into his vision for a more vibrant Allentown.
Also, we have a couple more May-riffic Music Festival artists, a world premiere, and classic Stupid News and Somethin’ Good.
Thanks to The Valley Ledger and Tuk Law Offices for their ongoing support.
Today, The Quinn Spinn is joined by Josh Klein, the multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire behind Hairy Dudini. Hairy Dudini’s new album, “Vol. 1,” drops this Thursday, so you can be sure that we’ll hear a couple of live, in-studio tracks from the record on today’s show.
Coming off the heels of Lehigh Valley Underground’s official, final lineup announcement for the May-riffic Music Festival, we present a few selections from May-riffic artists on today’s edition of The Quinn Spinn. Plus, we make a left turn into the world of EDM and present other choice tunes.