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Yes, he’s at it again. Those who savored Dave Wheeler’s delectable licks in his former band, Carousel, a Pittsburgh act that remain one my personal local favorites ever, have an obvious reason to get excited over his new project, Limousine Beach. Think of the inaugural EP (part of a series of “concept” pieces) as the first course in a 70’s Metal tasting menu that will leave your belly gnawing for more. I recently spoke with...

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I was fortunate enough to chat with Blues Diva, Miss Freddye, who was the 2018 Blues Foundation Double Nominee for Best Emerging Artist and the Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female). Miss Freddye, tell us how you got your start, and why you wanted to sing the blues. I started singing at a young age with some neighborhood kids. I did not think I could sing. Started singing in church at 15 and, oh boy!...

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Post-hardcore kids Skies of Terra have begun to make their impression on the scene here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this past year. With an emotionally charged and diverse sound via their album Lunar, there’s a reason the name Skies of Terra has begun making its way around the City of Steel. The most notable thing about Lunar that reveals itself early on is that it is an album not afraid to wear its influences and heart...

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What do you get if you mix the slight vocals of Smashing Pumpkins and the chaotic art noise from Cage the Elephant? If you said Friendo then you would be correct! Friendo is a punk band based out of Philadelphia/New Jersey. Putting out their self-titled album in May of 2019, Friendo brings a full range of chaos and and a whirlwind of emotions to your ears. Friendo is like your modern-day garage band, something that you...

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I was fortunate enough to chat with Xander Demos, of Xander Demos Band (XDB), formerly of Ghost of War and Sabbath Judas Sabbath. I have been a big fan of Xander’s after seeing XDB open up for Stryper at the old Altar Bar. Here is our conversation: 1) First of…where in the hell did you learn to shred like you do?? Well, first of all, thank you for the compliment! As far as where I...

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A few months back I was tagged in comments on a Facebook post. Kylie Thomas, a Freshman studying Journalism at Point Park University, had to write a journalistic style paper and wanted to focus it on the music scene and what it meant to those in the industry. I offered to help and tagged her in a post on my personal page that received a mountain of comments. The music scene isn’t just a business...

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Name: Rod Wilkins  I got to chat with Rod Wilkins from Rod Wilkins and the L.O.C. band recently. Rod Wilkins is from the Connellsville Area and has been an active musician for many years. The L.O.C. band members Dan Jones (drummer) & Fancy Mike Hixson (bassist) are also from Connellsville. Guitarist Denman Dennis Ricci resides in Plum while newcomer and guitarist ‘Sid’ Jason Sadekoski lives in Greensburg. Position in the band: Songwriter, Singer, All Guitars,...

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Band: Frantic Amber Name: Elizabeth Position in the band: Vocals 1) If you didn’t decide to be in a band, what do you think your passion would be? I am a person of many passions, beside the band I also dance, model and have many creative projects. I guess if I wasn’t in a band I would do something more with my other interests. Or pursue my other career as a software programmer full on...

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Beginning the evening of Friday September 20th at Howler’s and running through until Saturday September 21st and Sunday September 22nd at Cattivo, Pittsburgh’s third annual Descendants of Crom festival brings doom and stoner metal to the forefront while touching on some other sub-genres and leaving no hessian dissatisfied. I chatted with the event’s organizer, Shy Kennedy, who also fronts the band Horehound and heads up Blackseed Records when she’s not promoting shows. Here’s what she...

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania art rock quintet Working Breed are about to unleash their debut album “Hieroglyphica”. With their diverse and eclectic sound, the band plans to hit the stage hard and heavy Saturday, August 24th in support of their blood, sweat, and tears. Let’s make this clear, upon a passing glance “Hieroglyphica” sounds and gleams like a top 40 alternative album, but below the surface lies many complex layers that shift and sway seamlessly. Imagine this:...

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Roger Romero is a man of the sax. During his solos, the twenty-six-year old goes into a zone, becomes a part of the soundscape. His tight dark curls form a tidy mop that springs as he gesticulates, his horn like another limb of his body. Behind his clear-framed glasses his eyes are shut tight. His fingers fly, rippling the muscles in his forearms. You can see that he is feeling his way around the space...

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Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” Here is a man that is famous for his 19th century philosophical musings on nihilism, yet many don’t know that he suffered great pain and mental illness throughout his life, severe migraines from childhood, psychiatric disturbances, and depression. Fewer still know that one of the ways he coped with these obstacles was...

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Kechi is a smile. Kechi is a laugh. She is a voice, a lyric, a message. She shares hope, demonstrates strength, and manifests bravery. Her charisma emanates from her core like an infectious melody. Around her, you will sense ease, peace, and tranquility. Once you’ve met her for two seconds, the last thing you will ever consider are the scars that mottle her face and body. Her story is one of a transformation of faith,...

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Today, I sat down with DiGregorio brainchild & lead guitarist Suzanne DeCree to find out about her history and vision for DiGregorio’s future: Denman: How long have you been playing guitar? Suzanne: Oh dear Lord! It will be 43 years this year. I started noodling with my dad’s old classical guitar when I was 6. But if we’re talking when I seriously started playing….that would be 10 years later. Denman: Do you play any other...

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Her voice is soft but confident in the way of a purposeful young woman on the cusp of adulthood, “I’ve always known that I definitely have to do something with music.” That’s seventeen-year-old Maleena Dominick, the fresh-faced, pink-haired bassist that holds down the groove for Pittsburgh-based power-pop rock band, Chip & The Charge Ups. Her musical nature runs in her blood, inherited from her father, Chip Dominick, the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter for...

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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...