Sound Scene Express

All posts by Melanie Stangl

This Summer, Wild Kindness Records Brings Local Music Residency to Scratch Food & Beverage

Spring has finally sprung in Pittsburgh. Temperatures are approaching eighty degrees, and flowers and trees have burst to life in every yard, hillside, and street corner. But it’s not just the greenery that’s making a comeback—we’re heading into prime concert [...]

May 1, 2018 Concert Calendar, Concert Preview, Local Artists, Upcoming Shows

Dinosoul Delivers Powerful, Dark Indie Pop on Debut Album, “Eleven”

Band Photo by Scott Kostelnik Album Artwork by Gary Henzler Allen Donny Donovan is no stranger to the Pittsburgh music scene. I first saw them as part of the grunge group Roulette Waves, and later on as one-half of the [...]

April 20, 2018 Album Reviews, Concert Calendar, Local Artists, Local Releases, Upcoming Shows

Grand Prismatic Glows on Gorgeous New Instrumental Album, “Thoughts in Translation”

Album artwork by Patrick McCafferty Band photo by Tyler Amos One beautiful September morning, back when the leaves were still (mostly) green and Pittsburgh had been ice-storm-free for six months, my friend Dan and I drove to Ohiopyle State Park. [...]

April 19, 2018 Album Reviews, Concert Calendar, Concert Preview, Local Artists, Local Releases, Upcoming Shows

Singer-Songwriter Liss Victory Pushes Beyond Protest Rock on New Album, “Quelque Chose”

Photo by Erin McCandless If you’ve ever been to the Girlie Show at Hambone’s, the Pittsburgh Art House in Highland Park, or one of many local open mic nights, the name Liss Victory probably rings a bell. Between her solo [...]

April 6, 2018 Album Reviews, Concert Calendar, Local Artists, Local Releases, Upcoming Shows

Third Annual Indie-Rockfest Will Return to Cattivo on April 14th

Text by Nathan Jay and Brian Crawford Edited by Melanie Stangl On Saturday, April 14th, the third annual Pittsburgh Indie-Rockfest is coming back to Cattivo. The event aims to showcase independent artists in the Pittsburgh area, and features everything from [...]

April 3, 2018 Concert Calendar, Concert Preview, Feature, Local Artists, Upcoming Shows

Buffalo Rose Blooms on Dazzling Full-Length Debut, “The Soil and the Seed”

Album artwork by James Bristol Band Photo by Handerson Gomes In typical Pittsburgh fashion, winter this year has extended into late March. A few fifty-degree days aside, the trees are still bare, the grass is still matted down and muddy [...]

March 28, 2018 Album Reviews, Concert Calendar, Interviews, Local Artists, Local Releases, Upcoming Shows

Interview: Aris Paul Band Hits the Gas with New Roots-Rock Album, “Drive All Night”

While Starship Mantis rocked the Stage at Karma’s Grand Opening on the night of March 2nd, another accomplishment was being celebrated a few blocks down the street. Instead of elaborate costumes and funky sax solos, the musicians at Club Café [...]

March 6, 2018 Album Reviews, Feature, Interviews, Local Artists, Local Releases

The Stage at Karma Gets Official With Electric Grand Opening Weekend, March 2nd-3rd

Photo by Pat Bruener When James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy closed its doors last November, nearly everyone I talked to seemed to be lamenting its loss. It was a historic hub of local music, home to a wide variety of [...]

February 28, 2018 Concert Calendar, Concert Preview, Interviews, Local Artists, Upcoming Shows

Chet Vincent Takes Flight on New Solo Record, “Where the Earth Opens Wide”

Photo by Mindi Harkless The Get Hip Records store on the North Side is a little off the beaten path. Blocked-off streets, tall fences, and warehouse buildings don’t exactly give the impression that this is a musical hotspot. On the [...]

February 12, 2018 Album Reviews, Local Artists, Local Releases

Paul Luc Spins Masterful, Immersive Stories on New Album, “Bad Seed” – Ticket Giveaway

Photo by Steven Jonathan If you didn’t know, Paul Luc is a Pittsburgh bard with folk/country tendencies; sharp, biting lyrics; and a voice like honey. His interests include riding motorcycles, playing with Randy Baumann’s Ramble band, and drinking good whiskey. [...]

February 7, 2018 Album Reviews, Local Artists, Local Releases