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J. Asadi is a Pittsburgh underground Hip Hop artist and President of Dark Mafia Entertainment. With a label like that you would expect it to hit hard, and there’s no doubt about that! He has an exceptionally smooth voice with very clever punch lines, and the delivery is amazing. You can tell this man has the drive to keep moving forward no matter how tough things get. He is willing to put in the work...

Humble Beginnings - Greed

I have only known Russ Burchell a couple years and have always known him just as the talented guitar player for his daughter Aubrey. But as with all great musicians and fathers, there was a life before children and being on stage. This article is the first in an upcoming series where you’ll read some of those stories. The first in this series is, titled ‘Humble Beginnings – Russ Burchell.’  If you’d like me to...

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     Some Faith is a Pittsburgh darkwave/ synth-pop Duo that started to take shape in August of 2019, when poet, vocalist Indigo Baloch sent over lyrics to the tracks that busy, producer Brian Sikes Howe had sent over. Indigo is the founder of the Black Cat Market and is on the board for the Mr. Roboto project while Brian is the front man for metal band, GreyWalker and rap-rockers Normal Creatures, works at Get Hip...

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The music industry is a lot more than just rowdy bands playing their hearts out and swilling cheap beer at their local music venues. Despite the glamour associated with the “live fast, go to work hungover tomorrow” attitude of many in the underground, many people are behind the scenes making sure there are events to play and audiences to play for. A lot of these movers and shakers have just as much enthusiasm for working...

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A song performed by over 60 artists from over 27 bands, SOS 2020 is a call for help in the middle of a pandemic as well as an anthem of hope across the music community of Pittsburgh. Even with the approval of the Save Our Stages Act, there is an immediate need for funds for Pittsburgh’s venues as has been seen with the closure of The Rex Theatre from the coronavirus pandemic. When it comes to...

Craig Ferry

Last month I wrote an article about creating the playlist, ‘Story of Craig’, and the impact that it had on me. Selecting the songs from my past and reliving the memories associated with them was an emotional rollercoaster. Little did I realize how this article would touch other people as well. I received emails, texts and messages from people telling me they created their own playlists. One particular person gave me her top 10 songs...

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As we come to the end of 2020, I can’t help but feel caught between some relief at seeing an end to the craziest year I’ve endured, and looking at the ‘anniversaries’ quickly coming up in a new year that has yet to show change. For some 2020 has been hell, for the music scene it’s been the closest we’ve ever come to music dying. We in the music industry, fans, bands, venues and more,...

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Me Against Death’s (Clock), aka MadClock. A recent addition to the Brutal Business Entertainment roster as of Halloween 2020. Originally known with his former project Two Stoopid Dogs, Nathaniel Rowe can normally be found stomping around his hometown near Erie, Pennsylvania, sharing his stories of triumph and pain through his unique brand of hip hop music. I had the opportunity to get to know MadClock personally when I covered the Brutal Winter 2020 Charity Stream....

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Have you ever stopped to think that no matter how much music you listen to, you will never hear every artist that’s recording today, let alone all that have recorded in your lifetime?  A New State of Mind is an alternative rock band currently comprised of Mark Kapsha, Jim Zewe and Russ Burchell. The band has been together in one form or another for around 40 years. The music they have written over four decades...

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“I looked to the sky, and saw nothing. I looked under the dirt, and found nothing. When I closed my eyes, and forgot the world around me, I found the seed. Oh the seed is small and black, it is The Serpent Seed. I stood before the mirror. I raised one hand, and so did my reflection. I saw eyes, skin, lips, and hair. I saw myself. But this is not me, there is no...

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Look, we all know this year has hit everyone hard. There’s no denying that fact. But one record label has taken the pandemic to new heights – Brutal Business Entertainment. And to close out their year, they are dropping a compilation disc filled with some of the hardest hitting players in the game, crammed full of unlimited talent and tracks from some of their longest standing artists, as well as some fresh new talent they’ve added...

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Chris Connelly invites you onto a journey with his latest album called Graveyard Sex. Even though the title would suggest otherwise,  the album is about death and life, and was inspired by his friend Bill who he was working with at the time he started writing for the album and ultimately passed before they could work on music together. The album itself is a solemn affair filled with Connelly‘s crooning voice backed by passionate and sometimes...

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I  honestly did not expect to post an unprecedented 100 albums on my honor roll for this most tumultuous year of 2020, but COVID-19 and overall societal turbulence seemed to bring out the best in the heavy metal universe, hessians of myriad disciplines and specialties getting prolific without sacrificing quality. Or were they simply not deterred by the zeitgeist as opposed to being inspired by or forced to react to it? Perhaps it’s some of...

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Music That Makes Me I received an advent calendar this year that is all about doing things for other people. Well a couple days back, the thing to do that day was to make a playlist for someone. I hadn’t given it a lot of thought until my oldest mentioned that she’d like to be the recipient of the playlist. Now my brain went into overdrive on the perfect playlist. Obviously I could go many...

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We first saw 9 Stitch Method claw their way into our hearts about three years ago with their full length album, Life After You. Since then, their existence and atmosphere has grown! The progressive, alt metal band; now signed with Brutal Business Entertainment; is ending this savage year with the release of an almost equally savage track. I’m new to their music but instantly loved their sound and I think everyone would have to agree...

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“Satisfaction with what we do is death, never [be] satisfied; [that] vampire shit” – Roe Ether 2020 has been one of the worst years on record. But for musicians, that’s especially true. They’ve had to adapt and overcome immense obstacles to stay relevant. Unfortunately for some, despite all the effort they pour into their work, many have been slept on. Ritual of Ether is no exception to that rule. For me personally, this man’s music...

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Does Anyone Listen? Protest songs have probably been written almost as long as people have created music.  When you’re a musician and your voice is your music, how better to express yourself than in your song?  After all, music normally has some story behind it, sometimes expressed in happiness, sadness or frustration.  To the listener, the song can be just another hit on the weekly top 20 countdown.  We can interpret the composition in our...

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Internal calamity, suicidal tendencies, imaginary reality, and separation anxiety. EMZY ENZY is such a unique project, and this album, Verzion is unique in so many ways I couldn’t describe them all. It’s a tale of overcoming trauma, battling personal demons, and taking responsibility for your own life, regardless of the circumstances. After a long hiatus, due to the unfortunate death of founding member and guitar player Dustin Johnson; Caleb Straus (vocals, guitar, programming, bass, samples)...