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It’s a tough time for those of us who are used to being out and about. It’s even worse when we’ve learned to count on the extra income from gigs, photo and video shoots, weddings, etc. With the quarantine we are all relegated to a very small fraction of our worlds right now. Many artists have taken to putting that time to good use by taking their performances online, providing online lessons and extra videos...

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When Millaze first described her music as Piano Dreamhop, I was thoroughly confused. I got the piano part. It was the “Dreamhop” part that gave me pause. And then I got to listen to her current EP, The Malaise – Teaser Vs. Warning and it all made sense. I have always chosen music that was over-stimulating: Progressive Rock, Classical, Jazz, Heavy Metal. This was definitely not in my comfort zone. Of course, the music I...

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Norwegian Metal act, Tales of Dhvaras had their origins back in the early 90s.   Taking inspiration from the raw, dark beauty of nature, they referred to their genre as “Skogsrock”, which translates to Forest Rock. The band thought the DAT tape originally used to record the album had been forever lost.  That tape, however, was rediscovered in early 2019 and later in the fall, band founder Kyrre Riksen was able to restore the songs...

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In 2012, musical mastermind David Wheeler formed two bands simultaneously. The first and more commercially viable at the time was the Metal act, Carousel, which ended up getting signed to Tee Pee records. Starting as more of a side project was Outsideinside, a much bluesier, 60s- and 70s-Rock influenced project. In September of 2016, Carousel ended and the focus was shifted to Outsideinside. Outsideinside originally started as a trio with David providing guitar work and...

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There was a saying when I was growing up: “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” The first song on the self-titled album from German Progressive Rock band Thybeaux does just that. “The Scope“ starts with the all of the ethereal eeriness of a horror movie soundtrack. As with all good Proggy goodness, it is the musical equivalent of a rollercoaster, twisting and turning it’s way into a soft, arpeggiated...

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The Soul Rebels have done something that is nearly impossible in this day and age: They have invented a new genre. Combining their native, old-fashioned New Orleans Jazz with modern Hip-Hop and R’n’B, this dynamic band has created a unique sound that bridges the ages where soulful vocals meet Jazz rhythms and virtuosity. Listening to The Soul Rebels’ latest offering, Poetry in Motion, was inarguably one of the most pleasant surprises I’ve had when researching...

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“Donny Brook” is the latest single released by Artwork for the Blind. Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Artwork for the Blind is a metal quartet whose current line-up consists of Sean Curry on lead vocals, Sol. E. Williams on guitar and backing vocals, Michael Hoehn on bass and backing vocals, and Larry Myers on drums. They are currently in the studio finishing up their 3rd full-length album, which is, as of yet, untitled. Ahead of the...

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Daisuke Wachi is a one-man Groove Metal band straight from the streets of LA. Recording and performing under the moniker Divine Era, his third and most recent release is called Scripture Codes Summon Suicidal Thoughts. As you would expect, this album is extremely dark, with lyrics covering everything from suicides to snuff films.  Within the darkness, however, there is beauty.  Daisuke’s musicianship is impeccable. Whether he’s playing guitar, bass or programming the drums, there is...

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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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Saturday night was a double kick-off night. First of all, it was the first show in the newly-minted Templars venue, just off of exit 13 on 28 N. More importantly, it was the official release party of 9 Stitch Method’s Jaywalking Somnambulist album. This was probably one of the most fun shows I’ve gotten to see this year.  All of the bands were on point and sounded great and everyone was there to have a...

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R’n’B isn’t normally my thing, so of course I felt completely out of place when I showed up to Pittsburgh’s Very Own 2 on August 10th at Mr. Smalls in time for the closing act: INEZ. This was a very special show for the ‘Burgh. Pittsburgh is not a town known for it’s female R’n’B stars, but after this phenomenal showing by some of the hottest talent in the city, that needs to change. That...

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Rex and Ben are Sometimes Chad. No…that’s actually their band name. What did you think I meant? And on August 30th, Sometimes Chad will be releasing their 5-song EP How Do You Sleep. The first thing that struck me about their debut EP is that it does not sound “indie” at all.  You know what I mean because we’ve all heard the bands. Heck, a lot of my friends are in those bands. “What bands?”...

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I showed up to the newly remodeled Thunderbird Cafe in Lawrenceville for Working Breed’s release of Hieroglyphica on August 24th. Working Breed is one of those insanely talented bands that should be on a world tour somewhere – like the world. Every time I see them play live, that point is again driven home. Really, Pittsburgh, you’re hiding far too many of your musical gems. The first song in the set was “Mo Fo Ro...

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It’s the kind of piano line that should be played in a dark and smoky bar. Simple, emotional, powerful.  The vocals start: soft and sultry. The music keeps its simplicity and emotion as the verse leads the way to the chorus. The guitar is reminiscent of Larry Carlton – every note perfectly tasteful. It’s almost understated, but you couldn’t imagine the song without it. Like a subtle perfume, you’re not really aware of it but...

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OK, so “tragedy” might be too strong of a word, but there was certainly some bad luck flowing. We’ve all been the butt of an April Fool’s joke here or there, but what happens when the joke isn’t a joke?  Pull yourself up by the bootstraps and make things happen! On April 1st, the guitarist and bassist for the Wire Riots decided to quit the band over the phone. The next day, the drummer quit,...

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Me: I’m here with Erika Laing of Working Breed Erika: Hi! Me: One of my new favorite bands! YAY! Erika: Awww! Me: I have actually gotten to see them a couple of times. I don’t know if Erika’s noticed me lurking in the shadows at the shows. (Laughter) Erika: This last one I remember seeing you. Me: Ah, yes this last one! Yes, I was there. Jeremy, your drummer, works on my project, as well,...

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YES! I was one of the lucky ones that was invited to the Working Breed video release party for their single Turtle Race on December 14th at the Spirit Lodge in Lawrenceville. This was well worth the trip into the city and if you know me, you know I don’t do cities.  The video for Turtle Race was absolutely amazing – dark and brooding scenes of captivity interspersed with ironically brighter scenes of a marriage...

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Me: We are here with Jordan from The Breathing Process. Start at the beginning. I know I’ve listened to some of your tunes, of course I’m a metalhead, so there’s that. Jordan: Awesome! Me: Good stuff. Really good stuff. Jordan: Thank you!  Me: You are very welcome! Tell us about the band. How did you guys get together? How did you guys get started? Jordan: Oh, Man! The whole rundown, huh? Me: The whole rundown...