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Music Video Follows For Port Lucian Fans

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Back in November we covered Port Lucian’s first single, “Lucid Dreaming II,” a dreamy, love song for those romantic at heart. The recent Philadelphia transplant is making sure to pick up the pace as they debut the accompanying music video for “Lucid Dreaming II.”

The music video is just as soft as the track itself. A collection of retro images and graphics that stand idly by, being experienced. Enjoy it for yourself down below, debuting today!

The track: a layered collective of vocals & instrumentals lends itself perfectly to layered, tapered images of calm, and longing. Port Lucian has already proven the gravity of their emotions, as well as ours - and we’re ready for more. What’s to expect in the New Year for this newfound favorite!

To follow along with us on Port Lucian’s remarkable journey, check out their social media down below!

Port Lucian: Website

Hope Vista Shares Brand New Single

One of the hardest working women in music & a peer I admire greatly, Hope Vista has been spending her downtime productively, and with Hope, there never is downtime (lucky for us).

Her first solo release since 2015, Hope now spends the majority of her time leading her full band VISTA. “Skin & Bones” is due out on December 28th, and harkened to be the only release from her solo act in the foreseeable future.

About the single, she states, “For the last three years, my life has been VISTA. It will remain VISTA, and that will always be my main priority. While VISTA is focusing on writing, I wanted to share with you all a song I wrote this fall that I felt was important to share. I have no further plans to release any other solo music again, but I felt this one was special.”

December 28th, we expect you guys to be right here for “Skin & Bones” debut! The single is a tantalizing teaser not only as a solo single, but for the future of VISTA. We can’t wait to see & hear what happens as the year ends with this fast moving, hard working band & artist.

Check out their social media links below to stay in touch!

Hope Vista: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

The Hook: A Comeback Story (Or Something Like It)

Photographer:  Richard Sanders

Photographer: Richard Sanders

This is the beginning.

In 2016, we started our site in a dimly lit bedroom on the corner of Locust & 15th in a basement apartment. Since then, we have grown exponentially and without limit. We could not be more appreciative of the music scene, not only here in Philadelphia, but the entire East Coast. We would not be who we are without the bands & artists that fuel us further, push us harder than what we believed.

In the two years since our beginning, we have hosted dozens of showcases, reviewed hundreds of albums, and put our stickers on lots of stop signs in different places around the country. We have been supported by volunteer writers, photographers and artists. We have paid every artist who has worked with us, and donated more than three-hundred dollars to different Philadelphia non-profit organizations. Without our scenes, near and far, we would not be where we are.

So, here we are. Two and a half years later, and we’re ready to get started. We will continue to host shows, to create charity EP’s to donate to important non-profit organizations, we will continue to review and talk about local music. We hope to begin to give voices to those who don’t always have them in our scene, we want to create critical op-ed pieces to, not only fuel and better our scene, but to also better ourselves as people in a world. It’s time to talk about it, so we will. We welcome guest writers, bloggers, and artists to host their work on our site. We welcome those who are in need of a safe space, of suggestions for shows, albums, groups that will allow every body in our scene the place it deserves.

If you're interested in learning more about us, we've got a handy video now, so check it out below!

To begin, we have our first returning showcase on July 13th at our place, so if you’ve never been to a Hook Show, this would be the one to get to. We will be hosting a show on July 17th at Century Bar, and future shows will soon be announced. We are in the works for a 5th Charity EP, featuring all unheard, local music for a good cause.

As always, you can check out our social media down below to keep up while you're on the move. More announcements to follow, so stay tuned!

The Hook Journal: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Album Announcement Out Now From A Story Told

Comprised of vocalist Alex Chaney, guitarists Josh Allen and Jason Lieser, bassist Zach Holley, and drummer Casey Hardman, A Story Told are an emotionally forward and irresistibly catchy five-piece outfit that are pioneering their way through the West Virginia scene!

The band recently released a brand new music video for their track, "Good As Gold," and their follow up full-length, Good Looks also came as a brand new announcement, due out October 13th.  The 10-track album was produced/mixed by Jason Lieser with additional production by Kyle Grass and mastered by Brad Blackwood.

Check out "Good As Gold" below!

The band had this to day about the upcoming record: "Good Looks" is a record that we are tremendously proud of and we can't wait to share it with the world.  The album contains a message that weighs heavy on our hearts and we are thrilled to present a collective expression of a subject that is so relevant to our generation.  We have seen firsthand over the past two years how much of an impact music can make, and we are excited to continue to evolve and spread our message with this release."

In addition, the band will hit the road this October to celebrate theGood Looks release with 7 Minutes in Heaven, see dates below!

For more on A Story Told, check out their social media down below!

A Story Told: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

The Tambo Rays Share New Single Off Of Debut Album

Pop-rockers, The Tambo Rays, are busy preparing for their upcoming release of Recharge, and to celebrate they've recently shared their brand new single, "Yes or No," from it!

Check out the track below from the Oakland natives!

The track premiered along with a music video via Wonderland Magazine where the band shared, "This song is about letting go of old habits and beliefs, and the uncertainty that ensues the unfamiliar territory of new begins. It’s about confronting the difficulties of going in a direction different than the status quo, and releasing the expression of our most honest form of self, regardless of what others think."

To keep up with The Tambo Rays, check out their social media below!

The Tambo Rays: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Soundcloud // Youtube // Spotify

Makeshift Starts East Coast Tour for Morale EP

Long Island-based DIY rockers Makeshift are embarking on an East Coast tour to promote their upcoming EP release, Morale, which they will release after the tour concludes. 

Makeshift has been around since 2012, steadily gaining recognition in the DIY pop punk scene. The band follows in the tradition of successful acts such as Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, and Bayside. In 2015, the band performed on the Ernie Ball stage at the Vans Warped Tour, Today's Mixtape Festival, and Launch Music Conference plus tours along the east coast. 

The EP will be released on January 13th and the band will celebrate with a release show that caps off the tour on January 20th. The new Morale EP is the first release from Makeshift since 2014's Better Off album and the band is excited to showcase their improved and refined sound with fans and first-timers alike. 

Here are the Morale EP Tour Dates:
1/07 - Winter Park, FL @ House Show
1/09 - Margate, FL @ Inkwell Pub
1/10 - Orlando, FL @ Uncle Lou's
1/11 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
1/13 - Mays Landing, NJ @ The Watering Hole
1/14 - Hamden, CT @ The Space
1/15 - Yonkers, NY @ The Donck
1/20 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall (*EP Release Show)

Follow Makeshift on social media to keep up with them as they head on tour and for any future announcements!

Makeshift: Bandcamp // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // SoundCloud