Philly-based indie rockers Ceramic Animal are no strangers to the Lehigh Valley or Musikfest. The foursome will perform at their fourth Musikfest this year, with three performances (and a main stage opening slot for Kesha) on tap.
We caught up with the guys, to get a veteran perspective on the nation’s largest free outdoor music festival.
It’s been a minute since we checked in with Sing, Bird of Prey, the self-proclaimed “f***ed up rock n’ roll” band hailing from the Lehigh Valley.
Tape Swap Radio has announced that Psychic Teens, the three-piece post-punk band from Philadelphia, will be performing at the Ice House in Bethlehem on Saturday, February 3, 2018 in a fundraiser for NAMI Lehigh Valley–National Alliance on Mental Illness. Also performing will be Philadelphia/Lehigh Valley hard rockers Big Terrible and Lehigh Valley psychedelic rock band Under the Clothesline. The show is the latest event in Tape Swap Radio’s concert series, which hosts DIY and independent music events throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Artist: Ceramic Animal
Album: The Cart
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
Genre: Psych pop/indie rock
Philadelphia-based psych rock favorite and ArtsQuest “Artist in Residence”, CERAMIC ANIMAL is headlining the Fowler Blast Furnace Room at SteelStacks on Thursday, November 9.
The band’s previous appearances in the Lehigh Valley include Musikfest performances in 2015, 2016, and 2017, along with an opening slot ahead of Father John Misty’s 2017 Bethlehem debut, Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks, South Side Arts & Music Festival, and an opening slot for Jukebox the Ghost.
There is still much buzz about their debut full-length, The Cart, attaining more than 37,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and more than 1.4 million streams across various platforms. The retro-fitted, psych-pop four-piece is continuing to hone their craft and wow live audiences while working on their sophomore album.
The band has captured audiences around the globe; their tune “Dreams Via Memories” has received much attention specifically, with more than 221,000 views on YouTube and upwards of 525,000 streams on Spotify. Watch it below.
CERAMIC ANIMAL will be joined on the bill by Lehigh Valley locals, Pool Radio. Doors open at 7 p.m. for a start time of 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information, head to SteelStacks.org.
Tape Swap Radio — whose indie rock showcase you can hear every Thursday at 8 p.m. on WLVU: The Sound of The Underground — have returned to the rooftop of Allentown’s Cigar Factory, with veteran indie rockers The Insidious Rays in tow.
Earlier this decade, Kill the Broadcast was one of the most successful original bands on our local scene. The band played multiple Musikfests in their first incarnation, and were recognized as the 2012 winners of WZZO’s now-defunct Backyard Bands competition. In addition, the band had notable gigs in Philadelphia, playing venues including The Grape Room and Legendary Dobbs.
The spirit of independent art was in the air at Allentown’s Cedar Beach Park on Saturday afternoon, where long-awaited (by some) brisk fall conditions didn’t stop the crowds from coming out to enjoy Day 2 of Allentown ArtsFest.
July looks to be finishing strong. As we inch closer to Bethlehem’s annual, ten-day party, there’s plenty going on around the Valley to get you warmed up, concluding with another special event put on by LVU and American Spirits Roadhouse.
Enjoy, if you will, another heapin’ helpin’ of…
Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!
Artist: The Wildlings
Album: Shed Sounds
Released: March 26, 2017
Genre: Alternative/Surf/Psychedelic Rock
Allentown’s The Wildlings have recently released “Shed Sounds,” a hazy, lo-fi surf rock collection recorded at the compound of frontman Isaac Brieninger’s family.