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The Balcony Show Play of the Day: March 8, 2019

Our friends in radio from back home, The Balcony Show, are back with another Play of the Day, featuring a hot song from a noteworthy independent artist from anywhere in the world.

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Sunday Thought Series: We’ve Had Ourselves a Month

May has been so busy and exciting that it’s hard to believe that we were in the middle of our first media partnership with Allentown JazzFest only a few weeks ago. We started the month with Scott Tixier in Emmaus, and the festival would continue during the month’s opening week with performances from Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Lucy Woodward and many more.

The fun continued all month long. We’ve seen debuts, international rising stars, industry veterans, and long-time local favorites. We successfully closed the return season – and first on LVU – of our official podcast, The Quinn Spinn, with great hope for the future. And, of course, we met more great people and had insightful conversations that will surely help us all work toward the betterment of our original music community in the months and years ahead.

Through it all, there’s a sense of satisfaction in knowing that so many people in our music community have been positively impacted by Lehigh Valley Underground, both throughout this month and dating back to January. The fact that people are hearing about us on their own – and not just from my incessant, daily social media posts – means that we’ve strengthened the music scene, and that we can only get better from here together.

It should be an amazing summer. A lot of big things are beginning to take shape. Although I can’t talk about them yet, please know that May was just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a lot more #BuildingBetter where this came from.

PHOTOS: Site Unknown, Dissension Rising, Autoerotica and Alpha Zero Three at The Originals Music Series

Thursday night at The Originals Music Series was a reminder why those of us on the local music scene do what we do. Not only was it a night showcasing great talent, but it was a night of togetherness. It was a night highlighted by the community that we all continue to create together. Friends, family, other bands, local music fans, and even Neue Regel Radio was in the house to support our local scene here in the Lehigh Valley.

The bands were all on-point, too. Whether it was Site Unknown’s emotionally jarring cover of Purple Rain, Ireland’s Dissension Rising and their hard-hitting rock, Autoerotica’s incredible presence, or the impressive debut of Alpha Zero Three, there was much to enjoy musically throughout the night.

Review: Dissension Rising – Retribution

Dissension Rising joins Site Unknown, Autoerotica, and Alpha Zero Three at The Originals Music Series this Thursday at 7 p.m., only at Chicago Restaurant’s Club Gravity in Allentown.

Artist: Dissension Rising
Album: Retribution (EP)
Released: 2015
Genre: Hard Rock

Dissension Rising’s EP “Retribution” has everything you could want in a hard rock record. It’s fast, it’s high-energy, and contains more face-melting guitar riffs and solos than any mortal band would be able to fit into a four-track EP. Yet, the Irish quartet does all of that and more so effortlessly, leaving their listeners pumped up and ready to take on the world.

Singer Danni Carroll makes a statement on “Retribution” as one of hard rock’s emerging female stars, possessing a soulful voice and vocal presence that puts her among the genre’s best. She’s supported by driving, head-banging drum beats from Kian Johnston and masterful guitar work by the duo of Keith Garrett and Romulo Albuquerque.

The thing about critiquing this EP is that it’s tough to pick out highlights, only because every track could be considered one. From the beginning of opening track “From the Inside,” the band lets you know that they aren’t playing around. Then, we keep the high energy going with “Heaven Knows She Tried,” a big-sounding track destined for rock radio that features a standout performance from Carroll. “Left Behind” is another fun performance, which seems like a great early-set fit to get the crowd moving.

The apex of “Retribution,” however, is the closing track, “Shame.” Johnston’s drum work in particular Is downright impressive, and it makes this the type of track you turn up to 11 while driving with your windows down on the highway – the faster, the better!

Track listing:
1) From the Inside
2) Heaven Knows She’s Tried
3) Left Behind
4) Shame

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: May 16-22

Autoerotica (pictured) shares a bill with the debuting Alpha Zero Three on Thursday night.

Debuts, outdoor festivities, and more await you in the Lehigh Valley this week. It may have been cold last night, but things are bound to heat up with these…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

Thurs., May 19 | 7:00 p.m.
Alpha Zero Three Debuts at The Originals Music Series
Venue: Chicago Restaurant, 1179 Airport Road, Allentown
Admission: FREE
Description: The upstart band highlights a night of hard rock alongside Autoerotica, Dissension Rising, and Site Unknown

May 20-21 | 7:30 p.m.
Levitt Pavilion Preview Weekend, Presented by the Lehigh Valley Music Awards
Venue: Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks, 1st St., Bethlehem
Admission: FREE
Description: The outdoor free concert series kicks off for the summer with performances by Jordan Kenzie and James Supra on Friday, and Jacqui Armbruster and Lou Franco on Saturday

Sat., May 21 | 8 p.m.
Soul Folks and Not for Coltrane
Venue: Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. 4th St., Bethlehem
Admission: $10 suggested donation
Description: Bethlehem’s mainstay folk venue features two high-energy local acts.

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Apr. 18-24

So much great music in the Valley this week. Man… are we sure LAUNCH can’t wait until next weekend?

It’s another big week for the live scene in eastern PA, including a Super Saturday of shows both in the Valley and a little ways away (hello, LAUNCH Music Conference). Learn more as we present the…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

Thurs., Apr. 21 | 7 p.m.
The Originals Music Series
Venue: Chicago Restaurant, 1179 Airport Road, Allentown
Admission: FREE
Description: Julius returns this week alongside September Silence to the weekly showcase, presented by The Fyre & Ice Show.

Sat., Apr. 23 | 6 p.m.
Scott Marshall & Marshall’s Highway: Sounding Out Against Heroin
Venue: ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem
Admission: $20 advance, $25 day of show
Description: Nine-time 2016 LVMA winner Scott Marshall returns to the Musikfest Café with his band to raise heroin awareness.

Sat., Apr. 23 | 8 p.m.
Autoerotica Unplugged w/ Dissension Rising & Rofo Audio
Venue: The Riegelsville Tavern, 1274 Easton Rd., Riegelsville
Admission: FREE
Description: Hard rockers Autoerotica play a rare acoustic set, supported by Ireland’s Dissension Rising and rising local rockers, Rofo Audio.

Sat., Apr. 23 | 10 p.m.
Roi & the Secret People w/ Nameless Victims
Venue: Pearly Baker’s Alehouse, 11 Center Sq., Easton
Admission: FREE
Description: You can come from one of the evening’s earlier shows and keep the rock going with a set from the Easton mainstay, fronted by the charismatic Mike Roi.