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Tag along on Slingshot Dakota’s shenanigan-filled tour with video for “You”

Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Bethlehem duo Slingshot Dakota are about to kick off a new tour with label-mates Ratboys, leading them to Austin for SXSW. But before they set out, the band has released a video for their song, “You,” which reminisces on the fun, kooky moments of their past tour with Kississippi — which they booked entirely themselves.

For a song that’s just so dang catchy and fun, this light-hearted video is the perfect, playful match. Giving fans a close look into the kinds of shenanigans that spouses Carly Comando and Tom Patterson get into while on the road, the video ranges from car malfunctions, to a day at the jungle gym, to Patterson’s fabulous news/weather reports, to just simply lounging around — all amidst clips of the two rocking out and Patterson’s bountiful curls magically blowing in the wind. Continue reading →

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Listen to Slingshot Dakota’s ballad of broken love on “Grudge”

Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Bethlehem’s Slingshot Dakota revealed plans for a UK tour with Petal early today, and it came with a little something special in the form of new single “Grudge”. Marking the band’s first new material since the release of 2016’s Break, the tune is a part of the new 7″ Broken, with the full release marked for this Friday.

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Slingshot Dakota and Kississippi announce fall tour, including one local stop

Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

What a DIY dream. Longtime favorite of The Key Slingshot Dakota and recent XPoNential Festival artist Kississippi have teamed up for an awesome fall tour that’s a testament to doing things on your own terms, not accepting the status quo of the business, and, of course, playing kick ass music. They’ll bring the house down on October 9th at the lovable batting-cages-turned-show-space Everybody Hits with a opening performances by a solo Kiley Lotz of Petal and Fake Boyfriend. Continue reading →

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Slingshot Dakota returns home for a record release party at the Blast Furnace Room

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Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Lehigh Valley power couple Carly Comando and Tom Patterson – better known as Slingshot Dakota – played a record release show for their newest album Break at the Fowler Blast Furnace Room at the SteelStacks last Friday June, 10, in Bethlehem, the band’s hometown. Slingshot was joined by two other Lehigh Valley bands, VoirVoir and Summer Scouts. Carly and Tom will be hitting the road again next month with Dikembe, stopping in Philly along the way to play PhilaMOCA on July 21 with special guests JANK. You won’t wanna miss this show, or Slingshot Dakota’s Break. Check out a gallery from the release party below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slingshot Dakota at Musikfest Cafe, Yoni & Geti at PhilaMOCA, John Doe at World Cafe Live

Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

Indie rock duo Slingshot Dakota returns home to the Lehigh Valley tonight after a long tour in support of their latest LP, Break. The record dropped this spring on Topshelf, and it continues Carly Commando and Tom Patterson’s high-energy, honest and engaging songwriting, hitting on topics like marriage, struggling to scrape by and the enduring power of friendship. They headline Musikfest Cafe tonight; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to “Paycheck” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slingshot Dakota at Everybody Hits, Aphra at Bourbon and Branch, The Smith Street Band at Boot and Saddle, and more…

Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

Bethlehem indie-punk duo Slingshot Dakota released their new album Break earlier this month via Topshelf Records, and they will be throwing their Philly record release at Everybody Hits tonight. The bill will also include Petal, Hurry, and Mercury Girls. We also premiered the band’s Key Studio Session on Thursday. Tickets and more information can be found via the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Slingshot Dakota

A lot can change in three years. When the Lehigh Valley indie pop duo Slingshot Dakota first visited The Key Studio Sessions in 2013, drummer Tom Patterson’s hair was short and frontwoman Carly Commando’s hair was brown. They were capital-L Loud – still are, to be sure – but back then, it was so much so that we had to tuck Commando and her keyboard in an impromptu isolation booth (the studio vestibule, actually). Their album at the time was the heavy and melancholic Dark Hearts – released on Topshelf Records, it’s a collection of songs about finding love in the tumult of early adulthood, a time when you’re learning to cope with things like death and distance and change. It was terrific, poignant and very criminally underrated.

Three years later, Patterson’s hair is long and Commando’s is red. The duo is more confident and in control than ever, so much so that they were able to loudly rock out in the same open studio space sans isolation for this week’s Key Session and still sound remarkable. Continue reading →

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Stream Slingshot Dakota’s new release Break

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Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Stereogum is streaming Slingshot Dakota‘s latest LP Break, released last week via Topshelf Records. The Bethlehem, PA duo of Carly Comando and Tom Patterson got married during the writing and recording of Break and that major life change is reflected in the song lyrics. Tracks like “Paycheck” and “Lewlyweds” acknowledge that things might not always be easy from this point on, but as Stereogum’s James Rettig points out below, there is an overarching theme of love and devotion that comes from a very real place.

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