December 2, 2018

Photos by Melanie Stangl

BBGuns performs at their Thirst album release show at The Stage at Karma, February 2018.

If you thought the extent of quality hip-hop from Pittsburgh starts (and stops) with Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa, then clearly you haven’t listened to BBGuns yet. The duo, comprised of singer/MC Lazy JP (real name Justin Pitkavish) and rapper Barz Blackman (Joel Carter), have been making big local waves since the rele...

December 2, 2018

Every year, NPN bring together 350+ arts leaders from around the country to explore building a more just and equitable world through the arts. The NPN conference is a vibrant exchange of ideas that includes plenaries, sessions, workshops, performances, tours and special events. This year’s gathering marks  the start of a new chapter for the NPN network, comprised of 77 Partner organizations and a diverse community of fearless...

November 1, 2018

Bat Zuppel is a Pittsburgh four-piece consisting of Zach Bronder, Matt Ruppel, Spencer Geer, and Gordy Brash. Formed in 2013, their last album Dylar, which was released last year, introduced the Steel City to their “high-energy, fuzzed-out garage rock” sound, as described by Meg Fair of City Paper. One year later and they’re back with a new album to be released on November 9th.

Their latest LP entitled MIRROR|RORRIM is a heavil...

November 1, 2018

Brendon Hawkins is a local artist, musician, dancer, and all around renaissance man who has been working with various artistic platforms for years to make him one of the most recognizable and standout artists in the city. Because he creates in many various avenues, it can be difficult to define the work he does, but the through line theme at the heart of it all seems to be Hawkins defining himself by his own terms and no one e...

November 1, 2018

Band Photo by Nicholas Dicaprio

Album Cover Art by Annie Tomak

It’s a serious world out there these days. If you’re overdue for something generally lighthearted and genuinely fun, Our EP from Pittsburgh rock band Stone Throwers might be for you. The four-track record, produced by local collective The Attic Music Group, dropped everywhere on October 27th. Describing themselves as “Groove Americana,” the band combines the infectio...

November 1, 2018

I’ve been noticing a phenomenon happening in Pittsburgh: we have an alien invasion going on. At first, I thought Starship Mantis was the only group of aliens to walk among us yinzers, but just recently, I met my new favorite “humanoid girl from Planet Puff,” as she described herself to me. If you haven’t yet, you must meet the Alien Rap Goddess herself: Lexa Terrestrial.

At the PBR AV Showcase that we featured last month, someb...

October 4, 2018

Within the last 5 years of my life here in Pittsburgh, Pabst Blue Ribbon has sure been a main catalyst in many interesting experiences for me. I know they’ve been around for much longer then that, but you see, I’m from a more rural area that enjoys Keystone & Coroes Light ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ As far as an affordable light laugher goes, here in the city, I’ll drink PBR, and I'll probably even buy it, though I am a cider or wine kinda gal....

October 1, 2018

October brings a new local music festival aiming to keep our waterways clean and reduce the use of plastics. Jonathan Fisher and James Drakes of James Drakes and the Chris Taylor Trio have been planning the Follow These Rivers music festival since January, and are set for an evening full of live music, food trucks, good booze, live art, and all to support a good cause.

Jonathan has always been environmentally conscience, and Ja...

October 1, 2018

Photography by Stephanie Tsong

Typography by Joshua Dotson

It’s been over three years since we’ve heard new material from local indie pop band Mariage Blanc. But the extended wait will soon be over. The group is set to mark its ten-year anniversary with its fifth album, the nine-track Mirror Phrase. A local release show is scheduled for October 12th at Brillobox, with psych-rockers Delicious Pastries and folk-rock group Andre Co...

October 1, 2018

There were a lot of great artists and a lot of love at Full Pint Wild Side Pub on September 22nd for Words and Sounds Volume 2, a music and art event hosted by Sierra Sellers. You could tell in the air, there was a bit of extra collective love from all of the musicians to the night’s featured artist, Stew Frick. Heavily involved in the local music and art scene in the city, Stew is a popular artist specializing in custom cloth...

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