The Hu at Mr Smalls, Pittsburgh PA

“Who’s The Hu?” You may ask yourself. Well my metal loving lovelies, you are in for quite the treat. These top notch gents hailing from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia may be new to the scene since their formation in 2016, but the rate at which they have gained international stardom is simply astounding. Their name stems from the Mongolian root word for “Human”, and the way they have managed to combine traditional Mongolian throat singing, metal, and...

Nile Smites The Steel City! (11/11/2019)

A casual Hard Rock Café-style venue in the unassuming suburb of Baldwin was the place where crypts opened, sandstorms raged, curses were realized, and long-dead pharaohs were resurrected last week in Pittsburgh. Nile, led by founder and metal archaeologist Karl Sanders, were in town to support the release of their latest opus Vile Nilotic Rites and represented it duly. “Long Shadows of Dread,” “Snake Pit Mating Frenzy,” and the title track proved to be highlights...

Rock for Life Presents: The Jamaroo 2019 a Gigaroo Redo

So, if your buddy said to you, “We’re gonna hold an event where we post a public set list of songs and open it up to all musicians and let them randomly jump on stage and take the place of a member of the band.” You’d probably say he’s totally nuts and wish him luck on that madness!  Well I said that to my guys and they said “Well alrighty then, let’s go!!!!”  So that’s...

The Neighbourhood at Stage AE

Friday night was a trio of great acts at Stage AE in Pittsburgh as California band The Neighbourhood came to town. Opening up the night was the band Claud out of the Chicago area. They are led by lead singer Claud Mintz. They entertained the crowd with a pop sound with heart felt lyrics. They have only been around for a little over a year but are skyrocketing in popularity. Doing a awesome job of...

NeverWake’s Third Annual SleepWalker Ball: Entertainment For A Worthy Cause

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...

Warbringer & Enforcer Fight to the Death at Cattivo! (10/7/2019)

  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...

9 Stitch Method – Jaywalking Somnambulist Release Party

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...

Thrival Festival still Going Strong in it’s Seventh Year!

Thrival is Innovation, technology, music and more – and it happens each year in Pittsburgh! The seventh annual Thrival Music Festival happened last week, turning Schenley Plaza into a true festival with artists, vendors, installations and fitness classes. Thrival Festival is presented by PNC and supported by UPMC Enterprises, Comcast, Sheetz, Dell, the Pittsburgh Innovation District, and many others… including a recent partnership with Uber and their recent development of self driving vehicles. First Angel...

Descendants of Crom III: Day Two (9/22/2019)

The air outside was arid and the overall climate broiling, making the gentrified neighborhood of Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville seem as if it were a battlefield in a hellscape of a forgotten world and therefore appropriate for the conclusion of a music festival that Robert E. Howard himself may have dreamt up had he lived in our era. White Alice broke the champagne bottle with a set of Sunn O)))-like sounds in the vein of yesterday’s opener...

Descendants Of Crom III: Day 1 (9/21/2019)

Mollie Black (Clea Cutthroat) from local shock rockers Hot Pink Satan emceed what would be yet another decathlon for Steel Town hessians, her risqué, dominatrix image and hip-wiggle giving Descendants of Crom III a fun, classy, Midnight Special vibe. She was the hostess with the mostest for sure and was the siren who led us to our collective doom. Chris Tritschler from local trad metal stars Lady Beast opened the first official day of Descendants...