music of 2017

End Of Summer Playlist From Writer Larry Iaccio

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Long time Hook writer and overall drummer extraordinarre Larry Iaccio is sharing his top 10 for End Of Summer Playlist this week! This stuff is perfect to blast in the car on your drive to work or walk to school. Let's get pumped up!

1. "Amsterdam" - Nothing But Thieves

2. "Sorry" - Nothing But Thieves

3. "One Night Only" - The Struts

4. "No Reason to Run" - Cold War Kids

5. "Rose Colored Boy" - Paramore

6. "Crutch" - Matchbox 20

7. "Rise Out of the Ashes" - Out of the Beardspace

8. "Portugal" - Walk the Moon

9. "Silvertongue" - Young The Giant

10. "All Time Low" - Jon Bellion cover by Walk Off The Earth

Of course we've got the Spotify playlist for you below!

As we get ready for school, check out Larry's playlist for the week for some new tunes!

End Of Summer Playlist From Writer Rowan Butler

This week's End Of Summer Playlist comes from Hook writer Rowan Butler! With a lovely list of ladies and new music alike, Rowan is sure to help you beat away those end of summer blues with her Top 10 for end of summer!

Check them out below!

1. "Hustle" - Sundara Karma

2. "Fire" - Barns Courtney

3. "Just Breathe" - The Unlikely Candidates

4. "Best Friends" - grandson

5. "Praying" - Kesha

6. "Cherry" - Lana Del Rey

7. "Unfucktheworld" - Angel Olsen

8. "Dirty Gold" - Angel Haze

9. "Equal Mind" - Beach House

10. "Goodbye" - Echosmith

As always, you can find the Spotify playlist below if you dig Rowan's playlist!

Be sure to stay tuned for more playlists, and definitely check out Rowna's playlist this week!

PA Band To Follow - Serencia

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Serencia is a sweet little project that stems from Lancaster, PA, and we can't stop listening!

The project was born with the collaborative effort of Derek Paris Frantz and Lily Eckman! While mostly an acoustic, singer/songwriter group - Serencia is constantly working on covers and creating! They recently released a brand new EP, A Leap Of Faith, A Violent Shove as well.

The 14-track album is a beautiful, tender, and warm hearted experience that touches upon aspects of folk, indie, and classic singer/songwriter fundamentals. Serencia recently put out a music video for their track off the album, "There She Goes," so check it out below!

Serencia has been busy since the spring, with the release of their new album, as well as a myriad of shows and small tours, they've been going out and making sure they're getting heard! We're adding them to The Hook's featured artists because Serencia are bringing out a quiet, but provocative sound that you definitely don't want to miss.

Here is one of our favorite tracks off of the new album, "Feels Like This" below via Bandcamp!

The mysticism of Serencia is captivating, and this track specifically feels so, so well rounded and tender. I want to hold it in my hands and listen to it like a shell. Does that make sense? Listen to it until it does.

Check out Serencia's social media for amazing covers of some of your favorite bands, as well as their own original music! You can catch up on tour dates and the new EP as well, and The Hook definitely approves!

Serencia: Facebook // Soundcloud

PA Artist To Follow - Overwinter

We've been busy listening to new music and going to shows, so it's safe to say we've been slacking in featuring amazing music that we've been hearing. But who better to make this comeback with than Philadelphia native, Sarah Ponton, otherwise known as Overwinter.

Overwinter is a singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist from right here in Philadelphia, PA who has been hard at work being heard, and thank goodness we're hearing it. Inspired by Motown and soul, as well as modern indie electronic, Overwinter crafts melodies driven by deep emotions and trials. She has performed live at PVD Festival in Providence, RI, and regularly performs in the Philadelphia area.

An impressive repertoire for Overwinter, and her sound fits in a perfect loop of what is exciting about contemporary indie electronic music, with clear influences from aforementioned soul and Motown. Check out the original track off of Overwinter's Demo, "Not Mine," streaming via Soundcloud below!

Overwinter's sweet, provocative voice is captivating and exciting especially in a genre that is really on an interesting come up. The Philadelphia native has been busy playing shows in basements as well as venues, including one of The Hook's most recent showcases! 

When we asked Sarah of Overwinter what inspired her to make music, her response was the reason we all make art, "I started in music when I was four, when I picked up the violin. It's been my instinct ever since, to just play. It's also a great catharsis for all my stress and struggles that I deal with on a daily basis."

We couldn't agree more on that, and with electronic indie & singer/songwriter coming together in Overwinter, you're in for a treat. As of right now, Overwinter has plenty of instrumental demos as well as a few cover songs and original demos available to stream on Soundcloud, so you should check that out.

If you're into Overwinter (like we are) we hope you check out her social media accounts to keep up with upcoming shows and releases. You don't want to miss this one!

Overwinter: Facebook // Soundcloud

NH Band To Follow - The City View

My favorite kind of music is the kind of music you aren't looking for, the kind of music that pops up in the background of some place else, so absent minded it's like you made it up in your head. The City View was just the band I wasn't looking for - and I'm so glad I found them.

Let me back track to the beginning.

The Hook throws shows, you guys know this, we do it once a month all around in the tri-state area. I had put together a show at The Meatlocker in Montclair, NJ - the band I manage WAYNOWAY offered up The CIty View as a last minute replacement for a band who had dropped or something like that - a band who was willing to drive 6+ hours each way to play my Wednesday night show.

Of course, I was stoked to have a full bill and everything was going to be going great! That's not how the story turned out, and that show was one of the worst I had ever put together, but hey you win some and lose some, but I think in this instance I definitely won.

The City View played last, and as I stood, tired and wet and cold in this venue not meant for us, I listened to the pure ethereal static that filled the room. I was standing still in this moment that felt so perfect - the kind of music I had been trying to find for years, so deep seeded in my brain I don't even know I'm looking for it.

The City View are still working on finalizing a collection of music - but, I couldn't be more excited for that day. Until then, The City View has a few singles on their Bandcamp to show off that dreamy bedroom pop sound that I've just fallen in love with - one that uses traditional instrumental sound, guitar, bass and drums - while also exploring how to manipulate noise with electronic technology.

Honestly when I saw them I was just so fascinated by the performance and the ability to incorporate all of these different elements to create a sound that mimicked early 2000's bedroom/electronic pop, but was modern and exciting.

Anyway, if I haven't turned you on to The City View, I've got a few bandcamp links streaming for you to check out - and definitely do listen for yourself. In the meantime, while I impatiently wait for TCV to put out new music (so I can fangirl some more), check out their social media! Give them a like, tell them why you also are now in love with them, eat a cookie near them, you know the drill.

The City View: Bandcamp // Facebook