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Heather Kropf’s New Album “Lights” Shows Flickers of Promise

In a departure from her previous self-produced work, she recruited both a producer (Lex Price) and several instrumentalists with impressive resumes to record with her in Nashville. The results are often gorgeous—but occasionally underwhelming. [...]

May 16, 2017 Album Reviews, Local Artists, Local Releases, Upcoming Shows

Molly Alphabet Shines on Classic New EP, “Traces”

The last original recorded material from local country outfit Molly Alphabet came out in January 2012. So it’s safe to say we’re overdue for their brand new five-song EP, Traces. It officially drops on Saturday, May 13th, with a release [...]

May 11, 2017 Album Reviews, Local Artists, Local Releases, Upcoming Shows

The Me Toos Rock Steady on New Album, “Ghost Fly By”

  With all the genre-bending, experimental acts shaking up Pittsburgh, such as Starship Mantis and Beauty Slap, it’s sometimes easy to forget the virtues and appeal of straight-up rock n’ roll. Luckily, The Me Toos are here to remind us. [...]

April 28, 2017 Album Reviews, Local Artists, Local Releases, Upcoming Shows

Side Eye Offer Captivating Haze with Debut Album, “La Vague”

Album cover by Dave Watt Local music label/collective Golden Magnet has recently added a new band to its already-impressive roster: Side Eye, a trio that blends the brash, fun energy of punk with the hazy dreaminess and cool riffs of [...]

April 26, 2017 Album Reviews, Local Artists, Local Releases, Upcoming Shows

Guest Review: Kayla Schureman Is Timeless In New Album, “Kiss the Ground”

By Jeff Betten, General Manager of Misra Records My tongue-in-cheek response to SSE’s own Melanie Stangl after remarking that she didn’t care for Taylor Swift: “Well, I’m glad you’ve so far managed to live a life in which you haven’t [...]

April 11, 2017 Album Reviews, Local Artists

Lyndsey Smith & Soul Distribution Breathe Life Into Soul-R&B Fusion with New EP, “Rhapsodize Me”

Lyndsey Smith and Soul Distribution “Rhapsodize Me” Released January 14, 2017 Confession: this EP isn’t completely new. Shame on us for sleeping on it. “Rhapsodize Me” was released on January 14th, and the five-track record displays a masterful blend of [...]

March 15, 2017 Album Reviews, Local Artists, Local Releases

The LP Club’s Best Albums of 2016

Meet guest contributor Ethan from the LP Club. At 13 years old he has 114 album reviews and counting to his name over the past year and a half. Ethan has a successful YouTube channel with well over 3500 subscribers, [...]

January 31, 2017 Album Reviews

Jeremy Caywood Offers Sincerity and Skill on Intimate Live Album, “Over and Under”—Track-by-Track Review

Jeremy Caywood “Over and Under” Release date December 2 Review by Melanie Stangl If you’ve ever been to the Acoustic Open Mic Night at Hambone’s in Lawrenceville, you know Jeremy Caywood as its ubiquitous sound guy and occasional host. In [...]

December 1, 2016 Album Reviews, Local Artists, Upcoming Shows

Action Camp “MA” Album Review

Action Camp MA Released October 3, 2015 Action Camp paints with darker colors on “MA.” With their album of cover songs they show a wide range from the giddy playful “Give Me Back My Man” from the B-52s to the [...]

December 14, 2015 Album Reviews, Local Artists, Upcoming Shows

City Steps “Change Your Mind” Single Review

City Steps Change Your Mind (single) Realease date: December 11, 2015 City Steps creates giddy, infectious pieces of indie pop on “Change Your Mind.” With a sound reminiscent of early Belle and Sebastian, the songs positively teem with life. Together [...]

December 7, 2015 Album Reviews, Local Artists, Upcoming Shows