Welcome to the Lehigh Valley Underground Music Archive at the Bethlehem Area Public Library, a collection of recordings from several decades of punk, alternative and underground rock bands from Bethlehem and beyond. 

Some audio tracks may contain offensive lyrics. Listener discretion is advised.

Liner Notes: Many of these bands have had their works collected and digitized by Frank FOE, who compiled demo tapes and published albums under his record label F.O.E. (Freedom of Expression). From the 2000s to the present, Chris “Reject” and his Bethlehem-based label Square of Opposition has taken up the mantle of publishing albums for the Lehigh Valley underground scene, as well as punk and hardcore bands from all around the USA. They were both kind enough to donate their recordings to BAPL, as was Lance LaBar’s Bethlehem-based Killer Tofu Records. Killer Tofu Records has released a wide variety of punk, indie, electronic, and experimental bands from the Lehigh Valley. We are thrilled to preserve and showcase this unique collection here!

This collection includes professionally recorded CDs, digitized 7″ vinyl records, lo-fi demos, recordings of live shows, homemade tapes, and sessions literally recorded in somebody’s basement. (Ray’s basement, to be exact.)

Music can be streamed here or downloaded for your personal collection. To download a song, click the menu icon at the top of the music player to expand the list. A download icon will appear on the far right end of each track. You can also show your appreciation for a track by hitting the Like button or sharing the track on Facebook and Twitter.

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Tertium Quid
Heavy and noisy rock from the Lehigh Valley. The track below is a live show at Ratmilk in Kutztown, 2014.

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Lehigh Valley punk rock fronted by Ray Gurz. The below track is a live show from 2013.

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Tonight We Escape
Alt-rock band formed by former Weston frontman Dave Weston in the early 2000s.

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Turnbul AC
Speedy punk/hardcore from the Lehigh Valley, active in the early 1990s.

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Ultimate Warriors
Early 1990s grindcore from the Lehigh Valley with a warped sense of humor.

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Under The Clothesline
Psychedelic/rock band from Bethlehem. 2014-present. Killer Tofu Records.

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Punk rock from Easton, active in the 1990s.

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Walter Krug
One of the seminal artists of the Lehigh Valley’s mid-1990s pop-punk scene.

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Influential band in the Lehigh Valley’s 1990s pop-punk scene.

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White-Hot Kid
Hardcore that experiments with synths and distorted sounds.

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Wilsons Wackos
Early 1990s Lehigh Valley punk rock, including members from the Scranton area, and also members of Bethlehem’s Mr. Yuk.

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Experimental/ambient/new wave band from Bethlehem. Circa 2013-2015, Killer Tofu Records.

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Yo Man Go!
Catchy, contemporary pop punk from Bethlehem.

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Early Lehigh Valley punk rock from the 1980s.

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Various Artists (Compilation Albums & Split LPs)

Abysmal Popcorn Compilation #1

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Auryn/Bosque split 7″

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Auryn/Filth Matress split 7″

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Defiant Trespass/Cold Like December split 7″

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For Everest / Carb on Carb split

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Government Satire / Defiant Trespass split CD

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Hypatia / the South split LP

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Jr. League / Le Thief split 7″

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Live in Ray’s Basement

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Masato Tanaka / Pocket Gallows split LP

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Nona / Peeple Watchin’ split 7″

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Paramedic! / Spraynard split 7″

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split CS

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A Singer Songwriter Series in Four Parts

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Big M /  Burp!
Split cassingle, Killer Tofu Records 2015. Both are punk bands from the Kutztown area.

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FOE — Get the Hell Out compilation, FOE Records, 1994

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