Tape Swap Radio is an original live music series that grew out of the Shards recording studio in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tape Swap Radio was started to spotlight DIY and independent music in the Lehigh Valley. Over the past five years, a dedicated group in the Valley's DIY music community has helped create Tape Swap's many parts: radio broadcasts, podcasts, online videos, zines, and a concert series.
Watch videos from Expert Timing’s Shards Session. The three-piece Orlando band stopped by Shards in May 2019.
Three-piece Orlando band Expert Timing perform a Shards Session; we also listen to a mixtape of Florida D.I.Y. bands by Amanda Starling, host of the podcast Angry Grrrl Music of the Indie Rock Persuasion.
See photos from Tape Swap Radio’s Grill & Chill event in the Eskandalo backyard on Saturday, June 1, 2019; including performances of North Carlolina’s Sarah Blumenthal (Alright), Lehigh Valley’s Food Truck, and Brooklyn’s Sandy Beamer.
The next event in our concert series will be a free outdoors cookout and concert held at SouthSide Bethlehem’s Eskandalo on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Live performances include a solo electric set from Sarah of North Carolina fuzz pop band Alright, Brooklyn psych rockers Sandy Beamer, and Allentown grunge-y alternative band Food Truck.
Watch video from Bethlehem, PA garage punk band L.A. FASTLIFE’s Shards Session.
Bethlehem garage punk band L.A. FASTLIFE perform a Shards Session; plus we feature new releases from Lehigh Valley artists Slingshot Dakota and Pretty Lousy appearing at an upcoming album release show as well as a spotlight on Baltimore DIY bands.
See photos from the 2019 Lehigh Valley Punk Rock Flea Market that was held in Bethlehem, PA on Saturday, April 27th.
Watch video from Austin, TX post-punk band Beth Israel’s Shards Session.
We dig into our archives for a recently recovered Shards Session from Austin, TX post-punk band Beth Israel who stopped by Shards while on tour in 2014. Plus, in honor of Beth Israel releasing their album on the Dull Tools record label, we listen to a mix of other recent releases from the label.
Watch video from Philly garage rockers Line Leader’s Shards Session.