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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”

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

NORM Strikes Bleak Alternative Rock Gold with New EP, “Amusement”

Album art by Evan Mulgrave Band photo by Maranie Rae The post-holiday winter blues are upon us—snow, ice, howling wind, complete darkness by 6 PM, and no more Christmas or New Year’s parties to look forward to. And as much [...]

January 4, 2018 Album Reviews, Concert Calendar, Local Artists, Local Releases, Upcoming Shows

LoFi Delphi Find Pop-Rock Balance With Honest New EP, “Tilt”

Poster and EP artwork by Ian White Band photo by Loop Photography Something you gain as you age is an increased knowledge of—and sense of comfort in—yourself. You learn about your strengths, your weaknesses, your likes and dislikes, and how [...]

November 28, 2017 Album Reviews, Concert Calendar, Local Artists, Local Releases, Upcoming Shows

Bindley Hardware Company Bring Comfort and Craftsmanship on New Album, “Ever Satisfactory”

Album artwork by Jon Bindley and Dylan Rooke Band photo by Jamie Wright After many live shows, a few singles, and much anticipation, the debut full-length album from Bindley Hardware Company is finally here. It’s currently available on Spotify and [...]

November 15, 2017 Album Reviews, Concert Calendar, Local Artists, Local Releases, Upcoming Shows

Jeff Betten Takes the Stage at James Street—for a Record Release and a Last Hurrah

Photos by Liz Dutton Poster art by Joe Mruk Additional info provided by Andy Mulkerin If you know the Pittsburgh music scene, you know the name Jeff Betten. Currently serving as General Manager for Misra Records (with previous experience managing [...]

November 3, 2017 Album Reviews, Concert Calendar, Concert Preview, Feature, Local Artists, Local Releases, Upcoming Shows

Paddy the Wanderer Get Gritty with Powerful New Album, “Facts for Whatever”

Photo by Mark Guthrie It’s been a little while since we’ve touched base with the energetic garage rock four-piece Paddy the Wanderer. They’ve kept a decent concert schedule this summer, playing both the Deutschtown and RANT festivals, as well as [...]

October 13, 2017 Album Reviews, Concert Calendar, Local Artists, Local Releases, Upcoming Shows

Ugly Blondes Independently Release Third Album, Drag

Ugly Blondes Drag Released July 27, 2017 By Paige E. Owens After more than a year and a half of fan anticipation and the release of their second full-length album, alt-rock group, Ugly Blondes, released their third independent album, Drag, [...]

September 12, 2017 Album Reviews, Local Artists

The Velcro Shoes Do Indie Rock Right on New Album, “All That You Are”

Photo by Matt Dayak With all the alternative rock bands out there, it can be hard to discern when a particularly good one emerges, with a fresh record worth your attention. But local band The Velcro Shoes (consisting of Eric [...]

September 3, 2017 Album Reviews, Local Artists, Local Releases

Akrasia Offers Impressive Slacker Rock with New Album, “Perfect Is the Enemy”

Some artists take multiple years between their album releases, keeping their catalogue trim. And then there’s Akrasia. Their new record, Perfect Is the Enemy, which dropped on August 17th, is the 16th release from the band since their first incarnation [...]

August 28, 2017 Album Reviews, Feature, Interviews, Local Artists, Local Releases