The endurance trial of seismic shifts, dinosaur stampedes, and lightning storms continued in what is still an unassuming venue in Lawrenceville’s Cattivo. Who would be left standing come 1 a.m. was a question that was on the minds of performers, attendees, and observers such as myself. Day 2 saw a more eclectic lineup than Day 1. Pittsburgh’s Urns fired the opening shots of day 2 with a slow, atmospheric set of death-infused black doom. Intelligent,...

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Who is Katie Simone and why should you care? Only one of Pittsburgh’s best-kept musical secrets. Katie has been one of the most sought-after and recommended singers in the Pittsburgh area for quite some time. And she’s working on her first solo release! I have gotten to see Katie work her magic live twice recently, once in a cover band she’s in and once rocking her own material. This review is for her original material....

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  Named after a god from Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian mythos, the Descendants of Crom festival entered its second year of doom-centric celebration late Friday afternoon to what was initially a sparse crowd in Lawrenceville’s Cattivo. Now a 2-day event, the fest–a joint effort between local label Blackseed Records and website Riff Relevant–was loaded with an array of acts that ultimately belong to the Church of Black Sabbath. Yet, the realms of doom...

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We’ve been asked, “How do you decide what bands to run or videos to use?”. Starting with this weeks video we’re going to try to give you a little background. The videos we use aren’t always the newest but they mean something to us. These aren’t random bands, they’re bands that we have found ourselves and have something that draws us to them. Each staff member has a say in who gets picked and we’re...

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Shrouded in Neglect  is this weeks staff pick, coming to you from Pittsburgh, PA. They are a self proclaimed “Punch You in the Face Metal” band who has been bringing neck breaking, head banging, stage shredding metal to all types of stages and have opened for some rather big names. They released their debut EP, “The Haunting”, in 2014 and have followed it up with the recent release of “Kill All Humans”. This five piece brings...

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GWAR returned to Pittsburgh to play a sold out show at Mr Smalls Theater and did not disappoint. Their headlining set was everything you’ve heard it would be and more! The return of Balsac the Jaws of Death was a moment triumph for his fans, who have followed closely as he was battling a rare condition. With the venue draped in black plastic, the show began with a bang, leading up to the moment these alien creatures who...

I had previously dismissed Australian daredevils Parkway Drive in error when last they played Pittsburgh the same night as a decidedly more underground show was taking place on the other side of the city. Perhaps it was their name, which invoked all things “emo” and “nu” and whatnot. However, upon investigating Parkway Drive’s catalogue after their previous show months back, I heard much of what made metalcore a once exciting genre in the high 90’s and...

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Lady Beast is coming at you from Pittsburgh, Pa. Tours, festivals and thousands of CD’s sold – they’re a professional band with a DIY attitude. Not only passionate about what they do, they back that passion with an amazing and energetic performance. Check them out live because they hit the stage hard and make fans wherever they go! They are also this weeks staff pick for the Find your MUSE(ic): Video of the Week – and...

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Held in the ballroom of the Quality Inn in New Kensington, PA, each year during Labor Day weekend, A Concert for Anna is a three day event featuring live music, various genres of bands, and fun. They have people working constantly to make it better every year. Reina Peli , a professional photographer and the woman behind the art used to promote the event, Strobe Lighting and Sound, known for their amazing light shows on various stages in...

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Despite existing as a clandestine recording project since 2014, Deathwhite’s first ever concert appearance occurred the other night at The Funhouse, Mr. Small’s of Milvale’s club-within-a-club, and what a brooding statement of intent it was. A quintet made up of ominous, hooded, mysterious, nameless figures took the stage, their brand of “dark metal” consisting of a brew of melodic and gothic-tinged genres. Bands such as Katatonia, Anathema. Evergrey, Green Carnation, and Nevermore came to mind...

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What happens when an budding audio engineer goes to Berklee and catches the songwriting bug? Some really incredible crossover RnB.   Danielle Walker, professionally known as Inez, did just that. This extremely talented audio engineering student enrolled in Berklee College of Music and caught the song writing bug. I have had the pleasure of being able to watch her grow through the last couple of semesters of school, up through her graduation and better yet, got...

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According to their bio – “Milly is the new musical project from Seth Milberger and Johnny Grushecky. After years of being in various bands together (The Composure, The I Drive) the two formed Milly in 2014.” they’re also this weeks FAM staff pick so check them out! Their new single  can be found on their website and the video is right here!