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     In 2015, Breaking Benjamin re-emerged after a 4-year hiatus due to a mixture of health issues and legal battles with a new team, (Keith Wallen, Jasen Rauch, Shaun Foist and Aaron Brusch) and new energy with the release of Dark Before Dawn. While received positively, the album fell short in the eyes of some fans because the material itself had been quite old; being written almost single-handedly by Ben during the hiatus period,...

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     I wanted to write this review as something special. No it’s not just because I love these guys. It’s because I truly believe the world needs to hear this music. Its heavy, its got amazing deep meaning, it crushes, it’s the true definition of Hardcore. I was given this EP as a gift from the band themselves, but that does not at all affect my opinion.  Listen to the EP for free or check out...

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    The Crowning comes to us out of Stroudsburg, P.A., with a sound that crosses Rock genres. A level of professionalism in all that they do, combined with the major talent of each member, is quickly making fans for them everywhere they reach with good reason. When Micah Martin first sent me the unreleased copy of their single “Stay” I knew by the third chord that I needed to stop everything I was doing and listen...

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     NeverWake is a leading metal band that has roots in the Pittsburgh music scene. First formed in 2010 they have crafted a sound that is dark, melodic, and a twisting road of metal mixed with enough rock to keep it in a world of its own. They have shared the stage with members of Disturbed, Slipknot, Korn, and Nonpoint, just to name a few, and can be found at many national shows during...

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    Half Wheel is a two piece instrumental band that brings together the existing talents of Jazz Byers and Sean Nestor. Originating in Pittsburgh, PA, and often seen teamed together in their heavier band, Homicide Black, Half Wheel seems to be the lighter creative side of two of the best known members of the Pittsburgh music scene. In live performances these guys show how much they love their work with a fun vibe, smiles, and the...

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     When you bring together some of the best known musicians from previous bands, you can rest assured that the resulting sound is going to be something amazing, and Reign of Z is no exception to that. Formed just this past year, this band has an appetite for success that they fulfill at every turn. Already hitting the studio, they have newly released singles, “Whispers in the Walls” and “Pray for Her”, both stunning...

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HOOKED ON REPTILES!!!!!!!!        While there are many events in the Pittsburgh area each year involving music, this was certainly a first in my book. A full day of fun that involved some of the more… interesting… sides of of many. On display were reptiles of all types from mundane to the exotic and the same could be said for those in attendance. Groups of happy people in street clothes to Gothic styles, and...

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     I love to bring you gems of bands you’re going to love, and this week is no exception. I was given the music of ATL&S to review and it turned into one of those bright moments in a day. As soon as the music began I knew I’d be smiling while I wrote this. After listening it didn’t even surprise me that their genre listing on their facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ATLS-188055511696072/, had not one...

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    Coming out of Philadelphia, Pa is a very cool and funky vibe of Holy Smoke, recent visitors to our lovely city for the Steel City Showcase. A five piece heavy, psychedelic groove rock band formed in early formed in 2015, it’s members are David McNally (Vocalist/Lyrics), Brian Schmidt (Guitar), Justin Ulrich (Guitar), Aaron Morgan (Drums/Precussion), and Mike Forte (Bass). Not only do these guys put on a high energy performance on the stage, their five...

     This is story about a band with no home to claim, so for today, I’ve adopted them for Pittsburgh. I have to say, it’s a different band than I’m used to. Members all over the local states, getting together for select shows they choose at venues they feel meet up with the type of music they play. They describe themselves as “too weird” for rock stardom… but for a band to have amassed...

FAM is a Pittsburgh, PA based music media company that’s all about the personal, emotional and social experience of music. The internet is awesome for finding music – living it is better! We’re bringing you professional photos from shows, articles, videos and more to remind you that your weekend doesn’t have to be spent here in the virtual world but with people who have at least one thing in common with you – a shared taste for music. Music media has been done before, but we flipped the script and concentrate on the stuff you haven’t seen yet – the local and regional bands that aren’t just a name on a billboard and a face on a stage. You’re probably still going to find some national level stuff happening around the Pittsburgh area but that’s because when they come to town, they’re part of our family… and once upon a time they were a local band from somewhere.

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