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The Quinn’s Daily Spinn: Tuesday, June 18

Earlier this year, we here at UMC had a chance to sit down with MICVH for an enlightening conversation about, among many other things, her debut EP, Singularity. During that conversation, she told us that the EP is a representation of “all the things that exist within me.”

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Christian Lopez: Live at City View Sound

Handsome, thoughtful, and well-spoken, Christian Lopez is less concerned with the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle than with spending time back home with friends, family, and the old cars he and his dad like to tinker with.

At the same time, as interest in his multiple talents heats up, his fascination with discovering places, ideas, and music becomes stronger. Lopez has been stoking that fire for five years, since he began touring and learning how to turn a bunch of bar patrons into foot-stomping, cheering fans.

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Alex Mery and The Townsmen: Live at City View Sound

An emerging folk-punk band from the East Coast, Alex Mery and The Townsmen produce songs that echo throughout small venues and open mikes as they make a name for themselves in eastern Pennsylvania. The band consists of frontman Alex Mery (guitar/vocals) with percussion support from Matt Anderson.

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The Balcony Show Play of the Day: Mar. 26, 2019

It’s another day, which means it’s time for another Play of the Day from our friends in radio, The Balcony Show.

Are you ready? We’re ready!

Hear Monday’s Play of the Day
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The Band of Rivals Throwback to the Future with Two New Songs

Philly’s The Band of Rivals has been working on new music, recently premiering a pair of new songs for Throwback Thursday Philly.

Throwback Thursday Philly is an online publication started by music writer Caitlin Phillips which, in addition to “chronicling the city’s unique connections to the music industry,” highlights current artists by giving them a platform for interviews and new music.

The Band of Rivals played a pair of Den Sessions of new songs: “Her,” a low-key, groovy lament of days gone by, and “The Devil and Daniel Johnston,” an up-tempo foot-stomper that recalls the best of vintage country and folk. Both songs feature the five-piece at their tightest, with Sean Cos’s soulful baritone and Abbey Mertz’ versatile violin leading the charge on both tunes.

We’ve included the video for the latter below. For the full Throwback Thursday Philly piece, follow the link.

Review: John Hufford – Person

Artist: John Hufford
Album: Person (LISTEN)
Released: 2014
Genre: Indie/Folk Rock

John Hufford is the quintessential indie folk artist: just a guy and his guitar, telling stories of love and life. This is reflected brilliantly on Hufford’s 2014 release, “Person.”

Hufford’s guitar work is mostly minimalist on the five-track effort, opting instead to place emphasis on the stories and imagery brought forth in his lyrics. A song like “This Lethal Edge” is a perfect example, as its picking intro leads the listener to focus on the dangerous love Hufford speaks. “To Know the Deeper You” drives this style home further, as it presents Hufford’s longing curiosity to learn about and relate to the object of his affection.

Another bright spot – in a literal and figurative sense – is album closer “Your Hand is in Mine (Freedom).” This is a distinctly more upbeat tune, perhaps with the intent of capturing the wonderment and liberation of being alongside the one you love.

Track listing:
This Lethal Edge
To Know the Deeper You
Your Hand is in Mine (Freedom)

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.

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