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MKNLY's "When I'm Lonely" For When You're Lonely

North Carolina 4-piece are celebrating their most recent release, “When I’m Lonely,” this week!

”When I'm Lonely" is the first look into their upcoming EP, due out later this year. After spending a year preparing for their upcoming release, MKNLY aims to showcase a more vulnerable side to their sound.

Check out the single below!

About the single, the band states, "“When I'm Lonely” is the title track for our upcoming EP release. This song truly encompasses the emotions of the one night stand mentality. Scared to be alone but yet at the same time completely scared to love or be with someone."

With plans to release an EP in the winter, “When I’m Lonely” is setting the stage for something great. For fans of that bridge between emo, pop, and alternative, MKNLY is going to be the band you’re looking out for. We’ve got their social media links down below, so check it out!

MKNLY: Facebook

Action/Adventure "Parachute" Into Fall

Photography: Kaitlyn Johnston

Photography: Kaitlyn Johnston

Chicago’s very own Action/Adventure are here to turn pop punk upside down & right side up with their melodic, passionate vibe. The band is enjoying themselves after their most recent music video release for their track, “Parachute.”

The five piece premiered the track at ThePunkSit - an anthem to the Creatives in the hustle, and damnit we’re listening. Check out the energetic camaraderie of Action/Adventure in their music video for “Parachute,” down below!

“It's about confronting the unknown," says vocalist Blake Evaristo. "It’s really easy to have fears and doubts that prevent you from reaching your desires and goals; however, it takes real courage to attempt a try amongst all odds. We’re at this point in our lives where the band dream is dwindling, but we’ll be damned if we give up without a fight. We hope the video illustrates that. Shout out to all the cast, crew, and friends that made our first video a reality. We can’t thank them enough. We hope people enjoy the song and dig the video."

If this music video isn’t enough to quench your Action/Adventure thirst, check out their social media down below so you never miss a beat in what these guys have got coming their way!

Action/Adventure: 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

BLOOMER's Latest Release 'Last Star' Sure To Catch Your Ear

Photography: Marie Machin

Photography: Marie Machin

BLOOMER have been killin' it in Baltimore since 2012, and now they're making some noise with their latest release, "Last Star." The track is a pure rock jam that'll definitely get you pumped up and into BLOOMER (if you aren't already, why aren't you).

With a release two weeks ago, BLOOMER are riding the high of a brand new track - and we are too. Down below we've got "Last Star" streaming for you to check out, so let us know what you think!

Let BLOOMER know what you think as well!

The track is a hard hitting, poignant sound that is easy to listen to, but also fun. BLOOMER definitey have something with this track, and we're looking forward to what they've got coming up next!

Until then, check out BLOOMER's social media links down below to never miss an update!

BLOOMER: Website

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

Secret Nudist Friends Start Off 2018 With 'Lima Beans'

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Secret Nudist Friends jump started their 2018 with a brand new music video to accompany their track "Lima Beans," and we can't share it enough with you!

One of the hardest working Philadelphia DIY bands encompasses all areas of DIY that we love, and their music video doesn't fall short in that area at all. With that do it yourself mentality, and sheer musicianship, it's not hard for Secret Nudist Friends to succeed - and we're here to share that with them!

Check out "Lima Beans" below!

Their fun loving nature and good vibes radiate out of this music video. Set in the infamous Tralfamadore, Secret Nudist Friends are playing to a host of artists (or maybe people who just like looking at it) and the video moves between images of the band playing (live!!!), newest member Missy, and spectators surrounded by Philadelphia basement aesthetic. 

Leave it to SNF to give us exactly what we want!

Keep up with Secret Nudist Friends in the future, the band is playing Johnny Brenda's on February 6th, so you can catch a live performance of "Lima Beans" and support a great band! Otherwise, check out their social media down below!

Secret Nudist Friends: Facebook // SoundCloud // Twitter // YouTube

Flounder Warehouse Shares 'What To Do'

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Philadelphia & NYC prog-pop band, Flounder Warehouse recently shared their debut music video for single, "What To Do." The Femme-Fronted band is an emotional, cathartic experience that all at once feels large and small.

Check out the video below!

With your main instruments being a piano, violin and percussion you're getting an earful that is reminiscent of a singer/songwriter genre on a larger scale. According to front-woman Seann, "This project was really personal for me. The song is based off a life experience. It’s from the point of view of a woman who is falling in love with someone, but she is hesitant to reveal her feelings to him. As she’s struggling with that decision though, she is unaware that there is no real possibility for a future between them: he’s leaving, to somewhere she can’t follow. By the last verse, she discovers his impending departure, and she is sort of left helpless, scrambling with her emotions. Hence, “What to do”."

The video is a clean, clear representation of that. The warm, light colors open up a sense of vulnerability that can be shared between listener and musician which I can definitely appreciate. To keep up with Flounder Warehouse check out their social media links below, you definitely don't want to miss this one!

Flounder Warehouse: Site // Spotify // Bandcamp // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Archie Alone Releases "Motives"

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Since truly forming in early 2012, Archie Alone has been connecting with audiences with their impassioned blend of emo and post-hardcore. Comprised of Nicole Mesce (vox/guitar), Cindy Ward (vox/guitar), Tony Mastrolia (bass) and Pete Clark (drums), the band is now getting ready to release a new, 6-track, self-titled EP!

In anticipation for the new EP, Archie Alone has recently shared their brand new track, "Motives." You can check it out streaming below!

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Ward says “Motives,” the EP’s lead single, “is about trying to establish genuine relationships with others. Then becoming disappointed because most people are concerned with only getting what they want instead of reciprocating an altruistic friendship.”

Look for Archie Alone out September 30th via self-release and be sure to follow the band on any of their social channels detailed below.

To keep up with Archie Alone and their latest updates, check out their social media down below!

Archie Alone: Facebook

Moth Wings Shares 'Sleepy Eyes' Music Video

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Texas-based Moth Wings is an over the top rock band, ready to prove that they're more than just loud. They recently released their new single "Sleepy Eyes," a chilled out departure from their usual abrasive sound, accompanied by a stop motion music video. The track premiered with Idobi Radio and is from the new mixtape DragonFruit.

Check out the track & music video streaming below!

Frontman Spencer Fort says "When I went into 'DragonFruit' I spent a lot of time talking back and forth with myself. I remember asking myself 'Really? We're going to put the guitars down already?' And though it is not a permanent move by any means, it was still weird to start up a release with little to no guitar tracks. That's why we're treating it as a Mixtape more than an actual album, because I want the chance to express a side of myself that isn't masked so heavily in loud drums and distortion."

"This Mixtape is to be listened to more like a letter, from me to you," Fort continues. "I didn't clutter it up with noise and theatrics because I want people to be able to sit down and actually listen to what I'm saying, hopefully find a relation to it, or let it speak to them in a way that I haven't been able to previously. Some moments of 'DragonFruit' felt like an open nerve to record, and all I can ask is that someone understands it. This is my most honest work."

DragonFruit is available now on iTunes and Spotify.

For more on Moth Wings, check out their social media down below!

Moth Wings: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Raising Cadence Make New Announcements

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Alternative pop-rock outfit, Raising Cadence, are thrilled to announce the details for their newest EP, Take Me Higher, which has been set for release on October 27th!

arlier this year, the band gave fans a taste of what's to come when they released the EP's title track, "Take Me Higher," an uplifting, danceable groove that brings out the best in you. Take Me Higher was produced by Randall Karriker (Stages and Stereos, The Dangerous Summer) at Red Oak Collective.

Check it out below!

The band states, "Our debut EP 'Northbound' was written when we first became a band as we were developing our sound. This upcoming EP 'Take Me Higher' has been three years in the making.  We have been writing non stop and hand picked our favorite songs together to make an eclectic mix of all our styles into one dynamic release."

Keep up with Raising Cadence as they prepare for their upcoming release, and check out their social media below!

Raising Cadence: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

New Music Video Out From Lunch Ladies

With a successful past couple of months, Lunch Ladies are back at it again with a brand new music video! After a premiere on What Youth with commentary like "their blend of hazy, jangle-pop rhythms and melodies reflect a wistfulness and longing that naturally comes with growing up on the east coast," you should definitely want to check it out!

We've got it here for you.

"Pick Yourself Up" is off of the Lunch Ladies' debut LP, Down on Sunset Strip, out now via Good Eye Records.

Lunch Ladies: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Soundcloud // Bandcamp

The Used Announce Upcoming Album

The Used have announced they will be releasing their seventh studio album titled, The Canyon due out October 27th on Hopeless Records. Produced by Ross Robinson (The Cure, At The Drive In), the 17-track album is the most raw, unadulterated and personal piece of art the band has ever released.

The Canyon will take fans on a lyrical journey through the intimate psyche of Bert McCracken.

"I've learned as an artist that a great idea is such a gift. If I don't stop whatever it is I'm doing, even if while driving, if I don't pull over at that moment, then maybe I didn't deserve the idea to begin with. I learned to respect and worship the ideas in that way, that they are and will always be something sacred. Stopping in that moment was a brand new approach for us during this process" says McCracken.

To keep up with this upcoming album, check out The Used's social media down below!

The Used: Facebook

Becomes Astral Release 'Paleblood Sky' Play-through

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Ontario-based progressive death metal outfit Becomes Astral recently released their album, Paleblood Sky, with 6 tracks recorded and mixed by Christian Donaldson and Marco Frechette (The Grid). As the band continues on their tour in support of the album, Becomes Astral has teamed up with Gear Gods to unveil a killer guitar play-through video for the album's title track, "Paleblood Sky," that the band recorded while on the road!

Check it out below!

Becomes Astral's album, Paleblood Sky is out now and can be purchased here. The band is currently wrapping up their national Canadian tour with Eye of Horus and Into Eternity, and dates can be found below. Follow Becomes Astral online for new music, announcements, shows, and more.

Becomes Astral: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter  // YouTube

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

Andi Shares New Single 'Half Home'

Andi is a Toronto based artist who is very involved in her music making process, producing original tunes that might make you feel a little better than before. Recently, the songstress shared brand new single "Half Home."

She released her debut EP Sketches last year and is currently working on her first full length inspired by issues she sees in herself and in the world. Subjects include women’s empowerment, toxic views on masculinity, LGTBQ+ issues and her lived experience as a bisexual woman. Her relatable music communicates everyday experiences of self-conflict, emotionality, and love, qualities that characterize the human condition.

Check out "Half Home" below

"This song is about being young and in a transitionary stage of life. When I wrote the track I was alone on the road, floating from recording sessions to rehearsals, and crashing in my car between gigs. Writing this song helped me embrace living in a state of change," says Andi of the track.

For more on Andi, check out her music video above and then her social media to keep up to date!

Andi: facebook // instagram // twitter // bandcamp

Darling Waste Debut Brand New Album

Darling Waste began in Cleveland, OH before chasing the dream to NYC and England. True DIY road warriors, Darling Waste have played almost 700 shows in 11 countries, playing self- booked tours of basements, VFW halls, and clubs while building a fiercely loyal army of devoted fans along the way. Darling Waste has sold more than 15,000 albums while their music has been in rotation on over 100 radio stations and has been featured on dozens of TV shows and feature films.

Recently, the band released their label debut, The Skeleton Key! The band's members are all in the LGBTQ+ community with them hitting the road in a couple of months in promotion of the release. The 12 track record is streaming currently, and witnessed an exclusive Facebook Live Premiere on August 10th!

About the record Darling Waste says, "This album was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. It took four years to write and record, and I almost gave up on it several times. The album weaves in and out of itself lyrically with each song on this album having a companion song as well. This batch of songs tells several stories from the past couple years of my life, written in real time as they were happening.

For more on Darling Waste, check out their social media to stay up to date with any exciting news!

Darling Waste: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Bella Rose Drops Music Video

Hard rock group, Bella Rose, recently shared their new single and video, "Trouble." 

The video comes as a prequel to the group's debut music video, "The Wayside," with the first scene of the new video, leading in with an inebriated stumble into the opening location for "The Wayside."

Check out the video below!

"'Trouble' is was written lyrically to make you question what the song is about. What this song means to me, and the trouble in a black dress, could be interpreted in many different ways by the listener. It's opened ended for you address your own temptations and vices." says Vocalist, Zachary Rutter

Watch "Trouble" below and stream the new single on Apple Music today. To keep up with Bella Rose, check out their social media below!

Bella Rose: Website // Facebook // Instagram

The Wonder Years Announce Acoustic EP

The Wonder Years are excited to announce the upcoming release of a very special acoustic EP entitled Burst & Decay. The EP will be co-released with Hopeless Records as well as through a new venture created by the band called Loneliest Place On Earth.

The EP will be officially released on September 22nd, 2017, and is now available for pre-order. A very limited pressing of the EP on 12" vinyl is available on Hopeless Record and Loneliest Place On Earth.

Vocalist Dan Campbell shares a note to fans and explains, "To whom it may concern, We've begun a new venture. I'm hesitant to give it a title because I don't want to limit what it could become but, for now, I'm going to call it a collective - an avenue for music and art and writing and performance. The first order of business will be to pair up with Hopeless Records to co-release an acoustic EP we recorded in May called 'Burst & Decay'. In the coming months and years, we'll be rolling out releases, artists and events. The seeds are being planted. This is just the beginning but for now, thank you. We love you. We'll see you soon."

To keep up with this special EP and The Wonder Years, check out their social media down below!

The Wonder Years: Facebook // Twitter
 

New Music Video From Sleeptalk

After their recent release via Artery Recordings, Sleeptalk is celebrating the high of their new music with a brand new video to go along with it!

After self-releasing their debut EPs Pure, a straight-laced indie rock offering and Young, the more experimental spaced-out release, the band sought to marry the best qualities of both on Sleeptalk."Bright Eyes" is a short and crisp track is an innocent song about an infatuation that finally blossoms. 

Check out the new video for "Bright Eyes" below!

Vocalist Anthony Fitzpatrick says this about the music video, "It's about being with the girl you have wanted to be with for so long and realizing you both were meant to be together." The video uses footage the band shot while they were on their most recent tour. Hotel room jam sessions, meeting fans, and parking lot footraces gone wrong are a few highlights.

Sleeptalk is available now on iTunesMerchNow, and all other digital retailers. Check out the video above, and then check out Sleeptalk's social media links down below!

Sleeptalk: Facebook // Twitter // Soundcloud // Instagram

Levy & The Oaks Share New Remix Of 'Out Of The Blue'

Levy & The Oaks Americana/Folk style had a facelift recently in the form of an electronic remix of their track "Out Of The Blue," by Johnny Fung!

The remix premiered on All Things Go where the band shared, "'Out Of The Blue' is the song that made us realize what the future could hold if we just kept doing what we love to do. It’s one of our favorites. It was a pleasure working with Jonny Fung on this remix. He took the song to the next level and we couldn’t be happier. We’re excited to do more work with him in the future."

Check it out below!

The feel good track is just one of a few new tracks that Levy & The Oaks have been hard at work on, and you don't want to miss out on this fun Avicci-esque remix!

Levy & The Oaks are also on tour currently, and you can check out the dates below! Beyond that stay plugged in with their social media to never miss a beat!

Levy & The Oaks Upcoming Show Dates:
7/28 Chubby Pickle, Highlands NJ
8/19 Arlene's Grocery, New York City NY
8/25 House Of Independents, Asbury Park NJ
9/1 The Asbury Hotel, Asbury Park NJ
9/23 Rahway Culture Crawl, Rahway NJ

Levy & The Oaks: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Bandcamp // Youtube