FIVE years of Spotlighting independent and diy music in the lehigh valley
Tape Swap Radio began as a radio show and has grown to include HD video and audio archived online, a concert series taking place at venues throughout the Lehigh Valley, and a stage at the annual Allentown ArtsFest. Founded by Lehigh Valley residents Matt Molchany and Shamus McGroggan in 2013, Tape Swap continues to grow and evolve to serve the Lehigh Valley's independent and DIY music scene.
We bring bands into our Bethlehem recording studio, Shards, to record original Shards Sessions and onto the roof of the Cigar factory building in Allentown to record original Rooftop Sessions. Our sessions are made up of a four-song live performance and interview played in front of a small studio audience to capture the energy and feel of a live show. Drawing equally from those who call the Lehigh Valley home and those passing through on tours, Tape Swap aims to provide a unique live snapshot of bands and artists.
Tape Swap's one-hour syndicated radio show features either a new Shards Session or Rooftop Session rounded out with a feature by Tape Swap's Matt and Shamus. This one-hour broadcast features music from bands playing DIY shows in the area, releases from independent record labels across the country we're watching, interviews with people who are shaping the music scene in our community and around the country, and other new discoveries. Tape Swap Radio airs:
The Tape Swap Presents concert series takes place quarterly at The Ice House in Bethlehem with additional shows at other Lehigh Valley venues throughout the year. The proceeds from each of our shows benefits a different non-profit or community organization in the Lehigh Valley. In the past three years, 2,000+ attendees have helped us raise $9,473 for worthy organizations like The Center for Animal Health & Welfare in Easton, The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, and The Homebase Skateshop After-School Skate Program in Bethlehem.
Tape Swap Radio also has its own stage every year at Allentown ArtsFest, a free outdoor arts and music festival hosted by The Alternative Gallery. The Tape Swap Radio Stage is curated by us and allows Tape Swap to showcase the latest bands we've recorded (plus a few new guests every year).
Support Tape Swap Radio
All of us who work on Tape Swap devote our own time and money to this project. We hope one day to make it sustainable, but until then, it is our passion project. Any amount you can give helps make everything we do for the Lehigh Valley's DIY music scene possible--even $5 or $10. Click that PayPal button to give. And THANK YOU!