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Some Kind Of Animal, Essential Machine and The Black Six Get Hip on the North Side

by Whitney Lerch

Itching for some indie folk rock, I headed out to Get Hip Recordings on February 24th to catch Essential Machine and Some Kind of Animal.  Always looking for new music, I was anxious to hear The Black Six for the first time, too!

This was my first trip to Get Hip and it took about 30 seconds to be completely in awe of the massive amount of music they had for sale and in storage at the North Side warehouse.  I wasn’t there to shop that night, but I will surely be back soon for that. It wasn’t long after I arrived that Essential Machine opened the show and scratched my itch for indie folk rock.  With their newest EP, Poison Control, released just six weeks ago, I was pumped to hear some new tunes from the trio and honestly I could have listened to them play The Outsider on loop all night.  Its a real jam and you should give it a listen.

Some Kind of Animal was up next and brought their own ambiance with them, with fluorescent lighting laid out on the floor just before they took the stage that made them appear to be floating in a sea of white.  SKOA had just debuted their new single “Good Ol Days” earlier that week on the WDVE morning show and gave the Get Hip crowd a glimpse with a live performance of “Good Ol Days”, complete with the quintessential, brutally beautiful and despondent melody that is SKOA.  The Black Six took the stage next and picked up the tempo with a high energy and quite literally at some points, head banging set.  It was my first show of theirs and I’m looking forward to hearing more!

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Whitney Lerch

I've always loved music and there's nothing better than live music. There is just something so special about experiencing the music for yourself and feeling the passion that comes with a live performance. So, when I got into photography several years back, it only made sense to merge two of my favorite things in life. With no formal training, I bought myself a decent camera, after getting frustrated with the sub-par images I was getting with my point and shoot. I headed out and started wasn't pretty at first, but I fumbled my way through, did some google and YouTube searches and taught myself how to use my new favorite toy. I started out taking photos at concerts on my own, any time a venue would let my DSLR in to a show, but I wanted more and I wanted my photos to mean something. Sound Scene Express offers me that and offers so much to the local music scene in Pittsburgh. With all of the unbelievable musical talent in the city, as well as all of the great touring musicians that come through, I'm honored to be able to capture moments from some of the best performances you'll find in the city, to share with the community. I spend my days practicing medicine, taking care of some incredibly sick kids and Sound Scene Express has offered me truly therapeutic outlet that I am passionate about and thankful for. There are some unbelievably talented musicians here in Pittsburgh and I'm thrilled that I get to help share their work with you all!