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The Hook Launches: What Music Means To Me

Photographer: Rich Sanders

Photographer: Rich Sanders

We have spent a lot of time writing about music. Three years of our time, in fact, just writing about our friends, peers, colleagues, faceless emailers. We’ve loved every moment of it, but what does this all mean? We made it out of our terrible two’s, and we spent a lot of time refocusing our agenda on what’s important to us here at The Hook Journal.

Community is one of the biggest driving forces that we, as people who enjoy music, play music, make music, listen to music, archive music, would agree upon, right? What makes music this experience for all of us, no matter where we are in relation to it? Whether it’s behind a microphone, behind a camera, through headphones, in a packed basement in South Philly, a coffee bar in New Hampshire, an abandoned Warehouse in South Carolina, music gives us something to hold onto - so, we decided to ask about it.

What Music Means To Me is our forthcoming project that has been carefully asked of contributors all over the United States. The contributors are unique music creators, enjoyers, opinion havers, & art makers who identify all in different, creative & unique ways - ways that make them just them.

Music is one of the oldest art forms, and has been a constant source of power, of courage, of enlightment, of togetherness, of vulnerability - and we hope this project shows that. What Music Means To Me can be as abstract or as literal as human beings allow it, it can be in the form of words, of song, of art, of understanding and silence. We hope to create community by giving a platform to people, by giving the opportunity for others to feel understood, to give and receive empathy, to promote local music, and most of all to be meaningful humans.

Over the course of the next month and a half, beginning on April 10th, a new contributor’s story will post in the morning hours, and we hope that you read these stories, share these stories, take in these moments and apply them to What Music Means To You - and then let us know what you think, tell us your biggest fears, your highest moments, how to be better, who to listen to. What we want most of all from this project is a sense that people are heard, and this is a community that cares for every person, no matter how small or large their part - so, come be part of it with us!

Love,
The Hook Journal & Emily Famularo

New Single From Foxanne To Knock Your Socks Off

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In anticipation of their upcoming EP release, Hafling, Foxanne is celebrating the new year with new music and we couldn't be happier! The Brooklyn 3-piece took inspiration from a night spent with someone not so worth spending time with - which we basically all can relate to.

"Whiskey and Strawberries" captures the essence of that feeling, and bottles it up for one heck of a listening experience. Lucky for you (and us) we've got it streaming below for you via Soundcloud!

Lead singer/songwriter and guitarist Foxanne is supported by synth player Michael J Harris and Julliard trained percussionist Andrew Funcheon. The band are regulars around the east coast, especially Philadelphia and New York City. With a sound like that can you blame them?

Of course we're excitingly awaiting Hafling, but until then, stream this bad boy and check out Foxanne's social media down below to never miss an update!

Foxanne: Instagram // Youtube

Show To Watch: April 17th at The Barbary

Let's face it, there are a ton of shows going on literally all the time, every day of the week. So how do you know what show is worth going to, and which you can catch the next time around? The Hook is interested in keeping every one up to date, so we're filling you in on a show to watch within the next few months!

Monday, April 17th at The Barbary is going to feature a ton of local Hook favorites including Secret Nudist Friends, Honeytiger, When Ships Collide, and The Big Drops! Doors are 7PM with a $10 cover, but be sure to get those $7 advance tickets for a few bucks off!

We've even got the set times for you, just so you really don't miss the show! Check 'em out!

April 17th At The Barbary:
07:00pm - When Ships Collide
07:50pm - Honeytiger
08:45pm - The Big Drops
09:40pm - Secret Nudist Friends

For more on this upcoming show to watch, check out the bands pages, or the Facebook event! Save this date in your calendar, a Monday night show you definitely don't want to miss!

CoolDad Music Celebrates 5 Years

Being a writer myself, it is always an accomplishment when a peer has something to celebrate - and this year, fellow music blog, CoolDad Music are celebrating their 5th year! And what a celebration to be had.

The award winning music site will be spending this special occasion (how else, honestly) by throwing a fantastic show - looking back and applauding 5 years of countless reviews, local show bookings and all around support of local music credited to Jim Appio!

Jim Appio had this to say on the exciting, upcoming event: 

"I've never worked harder on anything than I have on CoolDad Music; and not one, single moment of it in five years has ever felt like work. I've become that cliché about following your passion. In that way, I feel like I can identify with many of the bands I cover.

"dolllys, Smalltalk, The Rock N Roll Hi-Fives, and Shellshag are all close friends of the site and continue to inspire me. dollys are students of classic pop music and, simply, one of my favorite bands. Smalltalk take me back to those days of tooling around the Jersey Shore and listening to WHTG. The Rock N Roll Hi-Fives are a shining example of how the family who rocks together, stays together. And Shellshag exemplifies staying true to your passion and doing things on your own terms.

"I'm honored that the Asbury Lanes Family have agreed to co-present the show. There would be no CoolDad Music without Asbury Lanes, and I hope we can achieve a little bit of the vibe of that place at the anniversary show."


The big party will be happening Saturday, March 25th at The Overlook at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ featuring performances by ShellshagdollysSmalltalk and The Rock N Roll Hi Fives!

You can check out the Facebook event right here, and be sure to get to the celebration! Check out CoolDad's links below for more info!

CoolDad Music: Website // Facebook // Twitter

Electric Halloween An Experience Not To Miss

Still looking for something to do this upcoming Halloweekend? We know you've got a really solid costume idea and no where to show it off.

We'll meet you over at Electric Halloween, a three day music/camping fest that takes place right in New Jersey's Pine Barrens. You want spooky, Electric Halloween has spooky. Entering it's fifth year, the three day festival is sure to have something for everyone. During the day you can expect traditional Halloween activities such as face painting, pumpkin carving, tarot reading, mummy wrap game, and more! 

It's like a three day long Halloween party, October 28th - October 30th!

According to the event page, there will even be a magic show, fire spinners, and artists painting live on stage. Not to mention costume contests, apple cider, and best of all: live music. Electric Halloween is unique because it offers not just camping, but also 60 of the best bands within the tri-state area! Consider every genre on the spectrum represented, post hardcore, metal all, jam, electronic, you name it! 

Check out the flyer below!

We're all about the local scene here at The Hook, and we're stoked to be getting some coverage on Electric Halloween! The festival is located at Paradise Lakes Campground on Route 206 in Hammonton, NJ, and tickets are still on sale, check out the prices below!

3 day passes: $60
Day Passes: $30

Camping is included with all ticket purchases, and there is a $5 parking fee, but re-entry is free! Which is a huge steal if you ask us! We're not gonna miss this, and neither should you. Check out the links below for more on Electric Halloween, and get your tickets fast!

An event that's sure to be a really spooky time & Hook Approved!

Electric Halloween: Website // Facebook 

The Hook Announces September Show

Poster Art: Jena Stevens Mar

Poster Art: Jena Stevens Mar

The Hook Journal is proud to announce that we are beginning our show series this September at The Tralfamadore right here in Philly!

We'll be using these shows to present to you the really rad, and hard working scene that we're constantly surrounded in. By collaborating with featured artists, we'll be able to bring the music right to you! Read about it, hear about it - that's the goal. 

This debut show will take place on September 9th at 7pm. We're featuring some of The Hook's OG faves including Weatherhead, Semiotics, and Halogens. Joining them is one of our newest features, Dear Friend!

Check out our Facebook event here, more info coming on this soon!!!!!