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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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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...

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Me: We are sitting here with some very delicious Mexican food after the gig with Unfinished Evolution, or at least three-fifths of it. We have Julia on vocals, Brandon on drums and Connor on guitar.  The other two band members, Pete and Logan, had other appointments unfortunately, so they missed all the fun.   It seems like every time I see you play live, it’s at the Smiling Moose so that must be your favorite...

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Me: I am sitting here in Starbucks, yet again – story of my life, with Katie Simone, singer extraordinaire, voice for hire. Katie: (laughing) That’s right! Me: That is right. Katie and I met through Dave, because all things come through Dave. Dave Sykut is my audio engineer. Katie is actually singing on my project and I believe the first time you’ve attempted Heavy Metal. Katie: Heavy Metal of that nature, yes. When I was...

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What happens when an budding audio engineer goes to Berklee and catches the songwriting bug? Some really incredible crossover RnB.   Danielle Walker, professionally known as Inez, did just that. This extremely talented audio engineering student enrolled in Berklee College of Music and caught the song writing bug. I have had the pleasure of being able to watch her grow through the last couple of semesters of school, up through her graduation and better yet, got...


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     If you’re a concert junkie like me, one thing you love is finding ‘that’ band. You know the one, the band that seems to come out of nowhere, the one who you didn’t know what to expect but blew you away. A Notion of Silence did that to me in spades with their very first show.       Headlining the Collision show at Mr Smalls Funhouse this band is not a normal hard rock...