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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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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,...

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When a band describes themselves as “progressive grunge rock with metal, punk, blues, jazz and mathcore influences” it leaves a lot to the imagination as to what exactly that combination of influences results in. Is this a band that sounds like Cobain fronting a jazz quartet with a denim clad thrash guitarist cranking a Randall amp and screaming about algebra? In the instance of Baltimore, MD rockers Malander Words Unspoken,the answer to that question is...

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This week’s Find Your Muse(ic) we present you with California one man power act Divine Era and his new video “Vanity of Vanities”. Divine Era offers us a dense slab of groove metal very akin to the likes of Pantera and Canadian metalcore act Threat Signal that will keep you rocking for days. The song features an almost proggy pull off/tapping riff that serves as the epicenter of the song while it’s thrashing chugs fill...

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Saved by The Scene is the first of our documentary style videos bringing you a look at the story behind the music scene. #savedbythescene is our nonprofit outreach that focuses on the connection between music and mental health. We do benefits to help places that help those trying to get their lives back from mental illness, create documentaries to raise awareness, and in 2020 we plan on taking steps to give back to the music...

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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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My first observation of Pittsburgh Crossover heavyweights, Crooked Cobras newest release: “Appetite for Distraction” was the eye catching and colorful album art, though, who isn’t a sucker for Reapers and hypnosis? The opening track, “Dead Eye” strikes me as the quintessential thrash anthem, with their hard hitting dual guitars provided by frontman Ray Kolcun and guitarist Bill Jasper. The third track “Midnight Driver” with its early era punk opening bass line got my blood pumping...

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It is no surprise that I have been seeing the band Ignition Point pop up more and more lately. With an energetic live show and a knack for metalcore tendencies, the band are sure to be a hit with the Pittsburgh metal scene as they grow. I’ve always considered these guys a sort of hidden gem, as they have some time under their belts. With an album like “Natural Causes”, it evades me why they...

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Find Your Muse(ic): Video of the Week Losing September – “Rise of the Loser” Alternative metal heads and modern day pirates, Losing September, have recently dropped the video for their anthemic single “Rise of the Loser”. The title strikes a chord with the band, aptly sharing a name with their popular music festival held each year in Indiana and giving glory to bands that come from all over to join them. Coming in with big...

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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...

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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...