Sound Scene Express

All posts by Melanie Stangl

Local Electronic Scene Expands with Impressive New EP, “Towers,” from Kahone Concept

Despite the notable diversity of the Pittsburgh scene, local electronic music acts have been a little trickier to find. Emerson Jay, Chalk Dinosaur, and Balloon Ride Fantasy are three of the big names, but a Pitt student has recently added [...]

March 6, 2017 Album Reviews, Interviews, Local Artists, Local Releases

Local Rockers Tackle Radiohead: The Ruckus Bros. (and Friends) Pay Tribute to “OK Computer” for Charity

Poster by Joe Mruk When you think of the most influential bands who rose to prominence in the 90’s, chances are Radiohead is close to the top of that list. And for good reason: their staggering musicality, constant reinvention and [...]

February 23, 2017 Concert Preview, Feature, Local Artists, Upcoming Shows

Local Blues Rocker Tim Vitullo to Open for The Marcus King Band on 2/23

Photo by Rich Pantaleo There’s something to be said about the timelessness of classic rock and blues styles. Decades after their first rise to prominence, many artists are still delivering those passionate, tried-and-true elements in innovative ways, to the delight [...]

February 22, 2017 Concert Preview, Local Artists, Upcoming Shows

Jordan DePaul’s “Sleepwalker” Tour Enchants Liveburgh Studio

Jordan DePaul and His Band w/ Jess Nolan LiveBurgh Studio February 10, 2017 Photos and recap by Melanie Stangl Snow lined the roads, chilled the air, and crunched under tires as I pulled into a makeshift parking spot outside Liveburgh [...]

February 20, 2017 Concert Reviews

The Telephone Line Blend Passion and Swagger With New Single, “Caving In”

The Telephone Line “Caving In” Single Release Released February 13, 2017 By Melanie Stangl It’s been over a year since we’ve heard new material from local pop/rock/soul band The Telephone Line—their debut full-length, “Tied Up,” came out in November 2015. [...]

February 13, 2017 Album Reviews, Local Artists, Local Releases

Ten Years of MOIP: A Conversation with Josh Verbanets About the Pittsburgh Scene’s Past and Present

By Melanie Stangl Our Best of 2016 Awards are coming up on Saturday, February 11th, and anticipation is running high. Of course, the event itself is about reflection—celebrating the best of the past year, both with the awards themselves and [...]

February 9, 2017 Concert Preview, Feature, Interviews, Local Artists, Upcoming Shows

Golden Magnet’s Showcase Concert Brings Creativity and Cool to Pitt’s Campus

Golden Magnet Showcase featuring Delicious Pastries, Mariage Blanc, Sleep Expiriments, and Host Skull William Pitt Union Assembly Hall January 27 Photos and recap by Melanie Stangl The first-ever Golden Magnet Label Showcase last Friday, safe to say, was a smashing [...]

February 2, 2017 Concert Reviews, Local Artists

Free Golden Magnet Label Showcase Hopes to Crack the College Demographic

Poster by Joe Mruk By Melanie Stangl Golden Magnet Showcase featuring Delicious Pastries, Mariage Blanc, Sleep Expiriments, and Host Skull William Pitt Union Assembly Hall January 27 When you think of music hotspots and places to catch a show around [...]

January 26, 2017 Local Artists, Upcoming Shows

New Album “Chalk Dinosaur and Friends:” A Masterful Blend of Collaboration and Innovation

By Melanie Stangl Artwork by Pierce Marratto After three single releases, much anticipation, and even more hard work, the newest collaborative album from local electronic artist Chalk Dinosaur (a.k.a. John O’Hallaron) has finally been released. “Chalk Dinosaur and Friends” is [...]

January 25, 2017 Album Reviews, Local Artists

Exclusive: Chalk Dinosaur Releases New Single, “The Chalk Reads,” From Upcoming Collaborative Album

By Melanie Stangl Artwork by Pierce Marratto   The new music just keeps coming from rising Pittsburgh artists: local musician John O’Hallaron, who releases under the name Chalk Dinosaur, is gearing up to release a new eight-song album on Wednesday, [...]

January 18, 2017 Album Reviews, Local Artists