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Golden Magnet’s David Bernabo Releases New Single, “Tap on the Door” and New Album, “Step Down Toomey”

It seems like just yesterday we were talking about the new album from Host Skull, David Bernabo’s band and one of the founding members of local record label Golden Magnet. In fact, it was less than two months ago. But [...]

September 15, 2017 Local Artists, Local Releases

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

The Ruckus Bros. (and Friends) Return: Tribute to Radiohead’s “Kid A” Will Raise Funds for Children’s Hospital

Poster by Joe Mruk After raising $1500 for Planned Parenthood in February, The Ruckus Bros. are returning to Spirit Hall on Friday, August 25th, with another Radiohead tribute show for charity. This time, the album in question is their groundbreaking [...]

August 22, 2017 Concert Calendar, Concert Preview, Local Artists, Upcoming Shows

Spirit Summer Recess Music and Food Festival Will Bring Eclectic Lineup to Lawrenceville

Flyer illustration/design by Joe Mruk Pittsburgh’s original local music party, RANT, might be a few weeks away, but we won’t have to wait that long for the festival bug to arrive in Lawrenceville. Happening multilevel venue/pizza restaurant Spirit is hosting [...]

August 11, 2017 Concert Calendar, Concert Preview, Local Artists, Upcoming Shows

Brika Offers Chill, Sultry Alt-Pop with New Release, “Just Wanna Be Single”

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment when alt-pop exploded into the mainstream. If you had to make a guess, Lorde’s groundbreaking 2013 release Pure Heroine is a decent one. Since then, a plethora of similar artists have emerged, blending [...]

August 5, 2017 Album Reviews

Action Camp Brings Beauty and Menace on New Self-Titled EP

By the time a band has been around for ten or more years, they tend to be pretty confident in their sound. As they progress, they essentially have two options: stick with what they know works, or try something new. [...]

August 2, 2017 Album Reviews, Concert Calendar, Concert Preview, Local Artists, Local Releases, Upcoming Shows

Teenage Takeover to Bring Young Talent—and Fans—to James Street on July 30th

Once you hit twenty-one years old, the amount of concerts you can attend increases exponentially. For some, that day is a distant memory; for others, it’s fresher in their minds. But it’s all too easy to forget how disappointing it [...]

July 29, 2017 Concert Preview, Local Artists, Upcoming Shows

Host Skull Subverts the Expected with New Avant-Rock Album, “Destruction”

Local indie collective/record label Golden Magnet is at it again. On Saturday, July 29th, they’ll debut their seventh release (and fourth album) since their inception last year: Host Skull’s Destruction. The occasion will be marked with a release show at [...]

July 28, 2017 Album Reviews, Concert Preview, Local Artists, Local Releases, Upcoming Shows

Atlas Genius, Faulkner, and Nevada Color Rock the Rex, 7/17/2017

East Carson Street on Pittsburgh’s South Side is a zoo on any given weekend night. But the sidewalks were sparser this past Monday, July 17th, as I walked down them towards the Rex Theater. The occasion? Australia native indie rock [...]

July 23, 2017 Concert Reviews, Local Artists