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Hannah Lorimer Celebrates Debut Single, 'Alive'

Photographer: Courtney Kehr

Photographer: Courtney Kehr

After tireless hard work & dedication, we are excited to announce the celebration of a debut release from Philadelphia’s own, Hannah Lorimer.

The Illinois native has been creating, performing and supporting local music & artists since 2013 here in Philadelphia - and has now, finally, put out her debut single, “Alive.” The track is sweet, sultry, and romantic in all ways that we’ve all always known & loved with Lorimer’s music. The singer & songwriter has really crafted something special & unique, which can be a feat in itself: a track that shows off Lorimer’s distinct sound.

Check it out below!

“Alive” is upbeat, but remains grounded in gentle lyricism, and the powerhouse that is Lorimer’s voice. There isn’t a single moment in the song where you’re questioning where Lorimer is bringing you. It feels confident, fluid & matured, as if Hannah herself knows that the content she is putting out is content that needs to be heard - and so, we hear it.

The 5-minute long track is what we hope is the first of many, whether that be more singles, or even a full album. Either way, Hannah Lorimer is always gigging here in Philadelphia, and we’ve included her social media down below so you never miss a beat!

Hannah Lorimer: Facebook // iTunes // Spotify // Instagram

The Catharsis of Bleeder & The Single Series

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The comeback stories of all comebacks, Bleeder is fluent in catharsis - and they’re using their new single series to highlight it.

After being born with hemophilia & then medically infected by HIV & Hepatitis C at age 10 - Shelby Smoak has a lot to talk about. After almost dying at 24 when the HIV had become AIDs, Shelby survived & wrote a book, but he wasn’t done there. Creating Bleeder meant creating another way to feel, and Bleeder has a lot to give.

Their most recent single, “Rose In The Rain” is the first of many from their new Single Series. Check out the music video down below to get a taste of this smooth folk rock vibe!

“Rose In The Rain” is an emotional slow down, allowing you into Bleeder’s frame of mind. An easy listen, the song is reminiscent of rock & folk. You can check out the track on Bleeder’s bandcamp, but otherwise you’ll definitely want to stay tuned as the Single Series begin to ramp up over the next few weeks!

Check out Bleeder’s social media down below to never miss a beat!

Bleeder: Website // Facebook

Exclusive Premiere: Serencia Shares 'I Touch Heaven'

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What kind of Valentine would we be if we weren't giving you a gift? Well, don't you worry, we didn't forget - and neither did Pennsylvania favorites, Serencia; because what better gift is there than the gift of music?

The 4 piece indie/folk band from Lancaster, PA is comprised of Derek (Vocals-Guitar), Lily (Cello), Hannah (Vocals), and Bryce (Guitar). Together, with AGL Sounds, Serencia made their most recent album Morning Blues, which released in November of 2017. Both Morning Blues & their first album, A Leap of Faith, A Violent Shove, are available for stream & download. 

However, we're not here to talk about that - as much fun as it is. We're here to exclusively bring you a Valentines Day dreamboat of a song. "I Touch Heaven" is Serencia's latest release, a tribute to Grandfather, Dick Hanna, and his original song "I Touch Heaven (With My Hand)" recorded in the 1980's. 

Check it out exclusively streaming below via Serencia's bandcamp & The Hook Journal and get the tissues ready!

The sweet, somber track is right in line with Serencia's current sound - a perfect addition to the discography and collection they're currently building. 

"This song is especially important to me, it is a song that my Great Grandpa wrote back in the 1980's and had pressed onto vinyl. I've always loved the song and wanted to honor his work by bringing it to a new generation. Lily (Eckman) and I originally recorded it on our first album A Leap of Faith, A Violent Shove, but since we added Bryce (Sadler) and Hannah (Hensely) and had such a great experience working with AGL Sounds on our new album Morning Blues, it felt like this was a great time to revisit this song as a full band interpretation," says Derek Paris Frantz of the revival track.

So, spend this Valentines Day with someone or something you love, put on "I Touch Heaven" and drink lots of water. Check out Serencia on their social media, and definitely check out their most recent album release Morning Blues if you dig this. Otherwise, as always, thanks for reading and make sure to catch up on their social media links to never miss a moment!

Serencia: Facebook

Dominy Celebrate Album Release With New Music Video

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Philadelphia's own Dominy are a feel good, indie-rock/folk mashup that have a lot of good vibes to share - so, ya' know, we're taking advantage of it. Fresh off the high of their most recent album release, Wet Leather, Dominy continue to live up to their own hype with their most recent music video for track "Leather Jacket Song."

The band spent the summer of 2017 at Gradwell House Studios in Hadden Heights recording Wet Leather, and you're not going to want to miss it. The retro aesthetic, the feel good attitude, and the respectable, smooth music of Dominy make the music video for "Leather Jacket Song" one you should sit down and watch.

We even made it easy for you, streaming below!

If you're into this, then you should definitely check out the album streaming on Spotify! Dominy has a few shows coming up in February to look forward too, and otherwise they've entered 2018 with a positive start, and that's more than some of us!

To keep up with this Philly foursome, check out their social media down below to never miss an update!

Dominy: Website // Facebook

New Music Video Out Now From Amanda Jayne

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Hailing from Long Island, NY Amanda Jayne has been bringing the energetic, emotional touch to her music since her debut album back in 2016. To wrap up 2017, however, Jayne has shared the second part to her first music video, 'Bruising.'

'Bruising Pt. II' video was filmed inside the Pollock-Krasner House in East Hampton, NY: the home to artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. As the music and meaning converge, this historic landmark becomes the space that Jayne and her characters inhabit. In addition, the video was shot in one continuous take.

Check out the video below!

“This song and video are extremely personal to me,” says Jayne. “I am creating from
experience. Every detail you hear in ‘Bruising’ is accurate to the situation I was in. Making
this song has been a cathartic experience, and I’m glad I got to rework it to highlight the
themes and attract the listener even more.”

Check out the video up above, and if you dig it, check out Jayne's social media down below to keep up with what she's got in store for the new year!

Amanda Jayne: iTunes  // Spotify  // SoundCloud  // Bandcamp

America Part Two End The Year With New Music Video

Photo:  Dieter Unrath

After their summer release of EP, Pure, America Part Two are wrapping up their 2017 with a music video to celebrate Pure, and their track 'America Part II.' 

Check out the music video below!

The track is a sentimental, somber piece accompanied by a music video that is full of reminisce and memories. What better way to end 2017 then by looking back, both thoughtful and hopeful at the core of their sound. Definitely check out the video above, and we have America Part Two's social media links down below for your consideration!

America Part Two: Facebook // Website

Brookelyn Rose Shares 'Promises' Music Video With Listeners

Off of her EP Does She Know, Brookelyn Rose storms in to steal the spotlight and your heart with a brand new track and music video!

Originally from Philadelphia, PA (we know that place) Brookelyn Rose has been hard at work in LA, California making sure her music gets heard. "Promises" is the second track after "Does She Know" from her EP, Does She Know.

Check out the video below!

With a mix of rock/pop and country/folk vibes, this little diddy is as heartfelt and fun loving as they come. You definitely don't want to miss out on Brookelyn Rose as she comes up in her own, unique, genuine way. 

To keep up with the songstress, check out her social media down below!

Brookelyn Rose: Instagram | Youtube | Soundcloud | Facebook

'Going Away' From Andrew Huston Is Not To Be Missed

Andrew Huston has a lot planned this summer, most of which includes making music, but all of which is exciting!

"Going Away" is the latest track from the acoustic artist, which is anticipating the upcoming album with Jon Covert of The Levee Drivers. Their album is expected out via all music sharing platforms on July 28th, while Andrew Huston is awaiting an August 4th Release Show at Dawson Street Pub!

Check out "Going Away" below

According to Huston's Bandcamp, "Andrew Huston is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Huston has been playing music in several different bands in and around the Philadelphia area for about ten years. Over the past two years, Huston has struck out on his own, writing his unique brand of folk-rock and playing at open mic nights and bars while still drumming and performing in other bands."

Definitely check out the single above, and stay up to date with the fantastic Andrew Huston via his social media links down below!

Andrew Huston: Facebook

Where Is My Spaceship Shares New Music

After a recent February release of his newest album, Mostly Crocodile, Where Is My Spaceship (mostly Josh Evensen) has spent his time release two new singles!

"I wanna be Tim Tebow" and "nothing/no one/no distinction" are the most recent endeavors for Where Is My Spaceship, and both follow suit in Mostly Crocodile's footsteps. The DIY punk mentality is strong with both of these tracks. While they aren't completely punk, the tracks both have an indie, garage rock type feel.

Both tracks are streaming above, and are anticipation tracks for Where Is My Spaceship's upcoming album, DIEFALLING. For more on Where Is My Spaceship and what they're up to, check out the links below so you don't miss anything they have to offer!

Where Is My Spaceship: Website // Tumblr // Twitter

Check Out "The Sand Song" From Lauren Scott

Lauren Scott introduces brand new song "The Sand Song" for listeners. The smooth, folk inspired song is the perfect introduction to a cool spring evening. 

Check out the stream below!

In celebration of "The Sand Song," Lauren Scott will be at Connie's Ric Rac in Philadelphia, PA for Femme Freedom. Check out the event here.

Influenced by artists such as Laura Marling, Dan Auerbach, and Lianne La Havas, Lauren Scott creates soulful music that is earnest and enchanting. Lauren has been playing in and around Philly since 16. Her progressions dynamic and enthralling. She has also played at World Cafe Live, and Musikfest, as well as a variety of spaces along the East Coast. "The Sand Song" is just the beginning for Lauren, as she plans on releasing her debut EP "Stuck in Time" in the fall of 2017.

To keep up with Lauren Scott and her upcoming adventures, check out her social media below!

Lauren Scott: Facebook

Alex Di Leo Releases EP

A few months back, singer-songwriter Alex Di Leo teased the release of his debut EPSo We Go, with his single "Make it Easier". Fast-forward to early November, the Florida-based musician streamed the eagerly-awaited EP exclusively on Substream Magazine before its official release on November 4th.

Hyping up this first endeavor as a solo artist, Alex put out a video for "Waking Up", the final track off the work, which you can stream below:

Alex takes listeners through an indie, pop, and sometimes folk journey throughout the 6-song release. His sound brings to mind bands like Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, etc. He offers that crisp, light pop sound - the kind of artist you'd expect to hear at an outdoor music festival or in your top-down convertible driving along the ocean on a cloudless day.

So We Go tracklist:
1) So We Go
2) Make It Easier
3) I've Been Waiting

4) When We First Met
5) Reason
6) Waking Up

 

 

 

Unfortunately, you can't get the work for free, but So We Go is available for streaming on Spotify, iTunes, etc. Alex Di Leo is definitely an artist worth checking out for fans of easy listening indie pop. I'm intrigued to see where he goes from here in that this is but his first release as a solo artist - it will be cool to see how he approaches a full length release.

Otherwise, if you haven't already, check out my interview with the lad and keep up with Alex on his social media!

Alex Di Leo: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube // Soundcloud

Dirty Dollhouse Premieres "Moonshine" Video

Philly's very own, Dirty Dollhouse is back, having dropped a music video for their single, "Moonshine", which recently debuted on WXPN's The Key!

The "Moonshine" video is a cut from the folk trio's new album, Vinyl Child, whose release is still TBD. The brains behind the group, Chelsea Mitchell, had this to say regarding the new album:

"The themes are darker, the guitars are louder (thanks in part to August John Lutz II), and the vocals are bigger. I love how Bob Sweeney put this video together with so many layers…it seems like a perfect representation of where we’re going. Brian Strouse (of The Lawsuits) and I have been working for almost a year on Vinyl Child, tweaking and reinventing the Dirty Dollhouse sound. There is still a folk/country heartbeat throughout the album, but it’s definitely multi-genre. I think it’s good to maintain a certain ambiguity; at the end of the day, I’m not a country singer, or an indie rock artist, or a throwback – I’m a songwriter. There’s so much freedom in that."

Otherwise, while you wait for Vinyl Child to drop, you can keep up with Dirty Dollhouse on their social media below!

Dirty Dollhouse: Facebook // Instagram // YouTube // Soundcloud

Ira Lawrence Shares Brand New Track

Lo-Fi Bedroom Folk artist Ira Lawrence and His Haunted Electric Mandolin has just released a new single. The song is called “All My Fake Friends” and it's off his new album, 
MAPAGKAWANGGAWA, due out October 7th. 

The album is sure to be a stellar example of this sort of modern pop-infused jangle folk. “All My Fake Friends” is a catchy tune, and you can check it out over on SoundCloud.

Ira Lawrence, playwright, inherited a haunted electric mandolin from his estranged mother in 2014. Since then, he's been making music with it. MAPAGKAWANGGAWA features only Lawrence's hazy vocals and sounds from his haunted electric mandolin. It's a bare-bones approach to folk and it feels as minimalist as you can get.  

This is Lawrence's fist full-length release, after his EP, Elegant Freefall, which is available on his Bandcamp. Ira Lawrence is bringing his haunted electric mandolin on tour in September and October. Here are the upcoming dates!

Tour Dates:
9.15 Brooklyn, NY @ Friends & Lovers (MONDO)
9.18 New York, NY @ Pianos (MONDO)
9.24 Boston, MA @ House Show
10.13 Kansas City, KS @ Buffalo Room
10.17 Saint Louis, MO @ Foam 

Ira Lawrence:  Website // Facebook // Twitter // Bandcamp

Gallows Band U.S. Tour Dates Announced

A six piece folk/punk band with a bluegrass influence.

If that catches your attention that you should be checking out Gallows Bound, a band from Winchester, Virginia bringing a unique take on some traditional music.

This summer Gallows Bound will be joining WhiskeyDick on a coast to coast U.S. tour! The tour begins on Chicago on July 1st and ends in Seattle on July 31st, you can check out the dates below!

Jordan Joyes had this to say about the upcoming tour: "Summer is finally here and it’s time to head back out on the road and do what we love to do most. We are all very excited about this tour, will be visiting some of our favorite spots and playing a few new cities too. We really are looking forward to hanging out with all our friends new and old, this is going to be one hell of party…"

For more on Gallows Band and what they're up to, check out their social media below!

Gallows Band: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Bandcamp

Philly's Former Belle Shares New EP

The Philly alt-folk natives, Former Belle, have recently shared their newest EP - an inimate, and vulnerable collection.

Foreign Bed is a steady collection of new songs mixed with revisited old material, and the EP is available for stream below.

With beginnings in 2010, Former Belle has walked down many different paths, all led by frontman, Bruno Catrambone. Former Belle also put out an animated video for "I Woke Up In Chicago" which you can also check out right below if you haven't gotten enough of this really awesome group.

For more on Former Belle and what they're up to, check out their social media below!

Former Belle: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Soundcloud // YouTube

Lesley Barth Shares New DIY Music Video

Rising singer/songwriter, and Philadelphia native (now living in New York), Lesley Barth, has released a new single and a charming new music video to go along with it! 

Having spent the last few years in New York honing in on her folk/pop/rock and soulful sound, Lesley was inspired on a recent trip to Silver Falls state park in Portland, where she gained inspiration for her new DIY video. 

“Good For This” is described as a heartfelt piano ballad and Barth says, “It was so green, overwhelmingly vibrant and lively. I think that there’s something related about the setting and the meaning behind that song.” Lesley has partnered with SunCity Paradise to give you this enchanting music video with an accompanying travel profile of her adventure in Portland. 

Check it out below!

After her first album was crowd-funded by her loyal fanbase, Lesley has committed to keeping her honest and personal touch through this new video and is returning to the studio in 2016 to record and release her first full length album!

For more on Lesley, check out her links below!

Lesley Barth:  Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Soundcloud

Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties Release New Track

Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties recently released a brand new song from their upcoming EP, Bittersweet.

Bittersweet is due for release on May 20th and will feature three new songs, and the recent new track “Goodbye, Carolina Blues,” is one of them! The song starts soft and somber, and grows in volume and instrumentation as it builds up the emotion. The horn section stands out against the acoustic guitar and banjo sounds in the climax. 

You can listen to the song here!

Dan Campbell, the brains behind the concept of “Aaron West” as a project, continues the storyline of the title character of the band. “This EP serves as a bridge to future full lengths. The songs place a period at the end of We Don’t Have Each Other and open up a new chapter for Aaron to start rebuilding,” Campbell says. 

The EP is available for preorder here!

Check out the EP Tracklist below!

Bittersweet EP Tracklist:
1. '67, Cherry Red
2. Goodbye, Carolina Blues
3. Green Like the G Train, Green Like Sea Foam

Dan Campbell is also taking Aaron West on the road in a tour from May until mid-June, featuring Allison Weiss, Can’t Swim & Cold Collective. We have those tour dates for you right here!

Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties Tour Dates:
May 28—Howell, MI—Bledfest*
May 31—Boston, MA—The Sinclair
June 1—New York, NY—The Studio @ Webster Hall
June 2—Philadelphia, PA—Underground Arts
June 3—Syracuse, NY—The Lost Horizon
June 4—Buffalo, NY—The Studio @ Waiting Room
June 5—Cleveland, OH—Mahall’s
June 7—Chicago, IL—Subterranean
June 8—St. Louis, MO—The Firebird
June 9—Nashville, TN—The End
June 10—Charlotte, NC—Visulite Theatre
June 11—Atlanta, GA—The Masquerade
June 12—Orlando, FL—Backbooth
June 14—San Diego, CA—House of Blues
June 15—Anaheim, CA—Chain Reaction
June 16—Oakland, CA—Oakland Metro House
*Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties only

Fore more on Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties, check out their social media below!

Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties: Website // Facebook // Twitter

Quinnell Premiers New Music Video

Pacific Northwest folk singer/songwriter Quinell [for fans of Noah Gundersen, William Fitzsimmons, Passenger] has been garnering attention in his hometown - and is excited to share his exclusive premier with fans and listeners!

The folk singer/songwriter partnered with The Alternative Root for the exclusive premiere of his video for "Space to Breathe." The song is a spine-tingling, acoustic track dripping in emotional catharsis depicting the breaking of a relationship. It is also the first video from Quinell's Village Hall Sessions, and was directed by videographer Justin Frick and features violinist Erica Aamod.

The video has a raw, and live atmosphere that captures the melancholy embodiment of the song. You can check out the video above, and vibe to the quiet sounds!

Quinnell had this to say about the video and song, "The song, 'Space to Breathe', is written about the end of a relationship. That time in the relationship when one of the two involved decides they need some space and while you'd like to believe that there's still a chance, you know it's really over. As a student at Walla Walla University, my favorite building on campus was always "Village Hall". Now, as an alumni and a musician, I was very excited to be granted the opportunity to record a couple of my own songs in this beautiful building. What started out as a random idea to shoot a song in Village Hall has turned into the "Village Hall Sessions", something that I hope to continue coming back to for years to come."

For more info on this rising artist, check out Quinnell's social media below!

Quinnell: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Youtube

Andrea Nardello Releases New Track

Andrea Nardello - a folk artist based out of Philadelphia, PA (represent) recently released a new track after making the announcement for her upcoming EP, Fire!

Fire is expected out on April 15th via Noble Steed Music. As Nardello's latest project she's released the title track, "Fire" in anticipation! The artist partnered with AfterEllen for an exclusive premier of the track!

Meanwhile, Nardello had this to say about her release, "When I wrote 'Fire' I thought about life and how often you need to pick yourself back up after being broken. We as individuals need to keep our internal light burning. No one else can do that for you. Life is short so it's critical to feed your soul, enjoy what you do, and figure out what lights you up."

Andrea has been busy touring in support of her EP, entitled ECHO, opening for Brandi Carlile, Tony Lucca, Gabe Dixon, Ron Pope, and Emerson Hart of Tonic fame. Andrea's refined accessibility draws from folk, rock, soul, and even the swagger of hip-hop. Andrea is once-again collaborating with trusted producer Matt Chiaravalle (Warren Zevon, Josh Joplin) for this emotional new EP.

For more info on Andrea Nardello, check out here links below!

Andrea Nardello: AndreaNardello.com // Facebook // Twitter // Youtube // SoundCloud

Roanoke Release Debut Single

Straight out of Nashville, Tennessee, Roanoke announced the release of their first track off of their upcoming album!

"Jordan," is the Americana/Folk group's first track off of their anticipated self-titled album in April! Today they partnered with The Boot to debut the song! Roanoke sounds like The Civil Wars, The Head and the Heart, as well as The Lumineers - which should get fans amped for Roanoke which comes out on May 13!

You can check out the stream of "Jordan" here.

"'Jordan' is about the personal journey to find faith and redemption. Everyone makes mistakes, and the search for forgiveness is often being sought after, whether it be through faith, love, family, etc. 'Jordan' explores the personal search for forgiveness, and the ultimate realization that you cannot find true forgiveness until you forgive yourself." - Taylor Dupuis

Check down below for the tracklisting off the upcoming album!

Tracklisting
1. Jordan
2. The Light
3. This Love
4. Without You
5. Heavy Goodbyes
. Interlude/Mountain Man
7. Trouble
8. Losing You
9. Makeup
10. Red and Gold
11. Never Gonna Love Again


For more information on Roanoke and what they're up to, check out their social media below!

Roanoke: Facebook // Twitter // Youtube // SoundCloud