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The Halloween season is one of many traditions; candy, costumes, goth kids drinking cheap beer while trying to summon Satan in a graveyard and of course NeverWake’s SleepWalker Ball. The third annual rendition of the latter was held this Saturday at the Hard Rock Café in Station Square. The Ball featured live music, a costume contest and the raffling of a guitar autographed by the bands that was generously donated by Schecter Guitar Research. As...

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There’s so much to go over in the back office of Facebook, but I’ve gotten so many questions about Facebook ads that we’re going to talk about them before we introduce you to your stats. So many people feel that they’re throwing their money away with ads, so here’s to hoping this advice will help you get the most out of your money! What are ads on Facebook? When you buy an ad space on...

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Something gruesome comes this way from the wicked west. Washington-based horrorcore act Lyrizone is about to drop his highly anticipated debut album (ironically) titled “Sweet Relief”. With a molotov cocktail of deprecating catharsis, slasher film aesthetic, and schizophrenic charisma, Lyrizone’s “Sweet Relief” promises to be quite the opposite of it’s title……. I want to start off by saying something about this album: from the very get go it is very clear there was a lot of...

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As the sun set over Millvale this past Saturday the Funhouse at Mr. Smalls filled with witches, ghouls, goblins, steam punks and more otherworldly beings. What was the impetus for such gathering you may ask? Why, none other than the latest collaborative effort by The Crucible Project and Twist of Fate Productions. The all ages event was a Halloween themed show that saw four bands perform for costumed fans young and old. Opening the show...

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#findyourmuse – Heartsick “Shadow” Heartsick have dropped the brand spanking new video for their single “Shadow“, and boy is it a doozy. Featuring a dark industrial vibe, the track creeps and crawls with enough emotional anguish to wake the dead. Heavy, low tuned guitars crush and pound with rhythmic precision amongst the band’s electronic and ambient backdrop. It’s been done before, but man these guys hit the mark in all the right places with dynamic...

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Are you a fan of blues rock? Do you often find yourself looking for guitarists who can use a wah pedal for more than just making pornographic movie theme songs? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then The Jay Trainer Band may very well be what you are looking for. The band’s latest release “A Whisper of Ruin (Deluxe Edition)” is a fifteen-track album with a lot to offer. A Whisper of...

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The pen is mightier than the sword, but Stosh Jonjak’s guitar virtuosity is mightier than both. I’m speaking, of course, of the PGH stoner rock veterans MaxXouT’s hottest new single, “Chasing Ghosts”. A hard charging, fist pumping ode to the insecurities of modern life. One of which definitely proves that no matter the adversity, sometimes a creative soul’s will to perform never dies. Upon first listening to this blazing hot track, one immediately notices Stosh’s...

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#findyourmuse: Icons of Industry – “When the Sky Fell” Icons of Industry from Austin, Texas show they are more than a force to be dealt with on their new video “When the Sky Fell“. The band rock like the better parts of Jet and The Black Keys during a bout of “Roid Rage”, and swag with the likes of Wolfmother and Queens of the Stone Age. The track hits hard with a simple, yet effective...

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Rock Your Social Media: Vol 1 – Facebook, The Party at Your Friends House.   Managing social media for a page is time consuming and confusing. Facebook is the platform used most often and it provides more opportunities for audience and growth than others but the ‘rules’ can be hard to keep up on. After finding that there’s an interest and a need for this information I’ve decided to share what I’ve learned through growing...

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Most musicians dream of writing THE album. The album that defines you. The album into which you’ve poured every ounce of your heart and soul. The album that IS you.  THE album. Most musicians probably can’t fathom taking thirteen years to write that anthemic album. If you could write the soundtrack of your life, how long would it be? What type of music would you choose? Would you be willing to take more than a...

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    A new contender in the black metal community has emerged from the depths of hell named Horse Drawn. When this was given to me, I was quite excited as I was on night shift. Listening and taking notes on this demo sampler was gonna carry me the rest of the night and boy was I in for a treat.        Horse Drawn have recently dropped their sampler Nonbeliever in preparation for their upcoming album. The band...

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  The unseasonably humid air was thick with fog and mystique that wafted into the underground lair of Cattivo as two bands who have dueled before in Pittsburgh chose to engage each other once again, on a Monday night no less. Warbringer and Enforcer are each intensely devout regarding their respective metal denominations, the former worshipful of German thrash as the latter prays to the gods of the NWOBHM. Having seen them on two other...

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Gator Shakes is a band you’ve probably seen on a flier or two if you’re a follower of the Pittsburgh metal scene. After a memorable performance at Deutschtown Music Festival and a conveniently-timed epidemic of alligators running wild in the city streets, Gator Shakes has been shrouded in a fog of intrigue and mystery. To cap off an active summer, they unveiled a 7-track album on August 24th with a release party at Cattivo. There...

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#findyourmuse Supertired – Sunday This week on Find Your Muse we are bringing you Supertired’s new single Sunday. Ranging from various styles of emo, indie, and pop; Sunday offers many arrays of emotion in their most timid form. There is a certain emotional duality that comes with Supertired’s brand of laid back emo-pop and this single is no exception. On the surface the listener is met with a good times, good vibes attitude while depression...

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Blue Clutch released their new album Silent Oblivion!! An awesome eclectic evening of alternative, metal, and funk occurred last weekend at the Funhouse for Blue Clutch’s Silent Oblivion Album Release. The riff heavy Pittsburgh based headliners were joined by friends We Were Telepathic and The Night’s Watch, and it was an amazingly unique evening of what the local scene has to offer in alt rock! Photography by Amanda Baker Blue Clutch The Night’s Watch We...

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In a world full of synthesizers, auto-tune and drum loops it can be very easy to buy into the worn-out saying of “rock is dead”. Texas outfit Icons of Industry prove the exact opposite on their latest effort Alchemy in Waves (2nd Anniversary Edition). The Ep is a showcase of solid rock n’ roll through in through, beckoning back to the likes of Cream, Steppenwolf and Led Zeppelin while simultaneously remaining fresh and modern. The...

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On Friday, September 13th, Chicago-based progressive deathcore act Psithurism released a new single titled Bloodlust. While the track maintains the style I’ve come to expect from the band, there’s a bit more genre-fusion when compared to their self-titled EP from earlier this year. The EP was filled with brutal, battering riffs, a mixed bag of bone-crushing screams from vocalist Matt Matigian, and ambient sections designed to build anticipation and anxiety. Bloodlust contains those same elements,...

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Revolutionary Party Punk, The Debut 5 track EP from Maryland Ska-Punk heavyweights: Strong Zero, is a wonderful insight into the grassroots Anti-Establishment DIY Punk scene. The opening track: fittingly entitled “Open Arms” is a straight-up “four on the floor” high octane party anthem. Following, is the Green Day influenced heavy hitter, “Throw em’ Over” with its wonderfully simple and memorable refrain. My friends and I were comparing it to an early 2000’s “skater” cartoon theme,...