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This past Saturday was a double dose of great music. I went to Jergels in Pittsburgh to photograph the well known Lez Zeppelin band. I had not looked at the lineup before I arrived so wasn’t aware they had an opener. I’ve checked out a lot of bands in the Pittsburgh area but had not heard of Storm Dragon before. The band did not know that I was coming to the show and as soon...

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So, if your buddy said to you, “We’re gonna hold an event where we post a public set list of songs and open it up to all musicians and let them randomly jump on stage and take the place of a member of the band.” You’d probably say he’s totally nuts and wish him luck on that madness!  Well I said that to my guys and they said “Well alrighty then, let’s go!!!!”  So that’s...

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Friday night was a trio of great acts at Stage AE in Pittsburgh as California band The Neighbourhood came to town. Opening up the night was the band Claud out of the Chicago area. They are led by lead singer Claud Mintz. They entertained the crowd with a pop sound with heart felt lyrics. They have only been around for a little over a year but are skyrocketing in popularity. Doing a awesome job of...

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The Halloween season is one of many traditions; candy, costumes, goth kids drinking cheap beer while trying to summon Satan in a graveyard and of course NeverWake’s SleepWalker Ball. The third annual rendition of the latter was held this Saturday at the Hard Rock Café in Station Square. The Ball featured live music, a costume contest and the raffling of a guitar autographed by the bands that was generously donated by Schecter Guitar Research. As...

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As the sun set over Millvale this past Saturday the Funhouse at Mr. Smalls filled with witches, ghouls, goblins, steam punks and more otherworldly beings. What was the impetus for such gathering you may ask? Why, none other than the latest collaborative effort by The Crucible Project and Twist of Fate Productions. The all ages event was a Halloween themed show that saw four bands perform for costumed fans young and old. Opening the show...

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Blue Clutch released their new album Silent Oblivion!! An awesome eclectic evening of alternative, metal, and funk occurred last weekend at the Funhouse for Blue Clutch’s Silent Oblivion Album Release. The riff heavy Pittsburgh based headliners were joined by friends We Were Telepathic and The Night’s Watch, and it was an amazingly unique evening of what the local scene has to offer in alt rock! Photography by Amanda Baker Blue Clutch The Night’s Watch We...

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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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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...

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Summertime is always the best for concerts. Why? Because it invites opportunities to catch memorable shows such as the one I attended Sunday night. On tour right now are three of the Alternative Rock’s most talented artists… Bad Wolves, Asking Alexandria and Papa Roach. Currently the trio is on this summer’s “Who Do You Trust?” tour and I’d like to say if you have never any one or all of these bands then go and...

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Last Saturday night was a mosh of grindcore and death metal when Get Hip Records hosted Vomit Forth on their way back from Chicago Domination Fest. They were joined by Leprosy, E.F.6., and Feast on the Fallen that made for one bloody fantastic evening! Photography by Amanda Baker Vomit Forth Leprosy Feast on the Fallen E.F.6.

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Breaking Benjamin took Keybank Pavilion by storm this past Friday night with Chevelle, Three Days Grace, along with special guests Dorothy and Diamante! The crowd for this one was epic, topped only by the bands compassion for them.   Photography by: Amanda Baker     Diamante         Dorothy         Three Days Grace         Chevelle         Breaking Benjamin          

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This year’s Pittsburgh Hard and Heavy at SUB Alpine was pure, joyous, hard hitting insanity. Featuring local bands Oceans to Ash, Shrouded In Neglect, and Conflict Cycle, as well as North Carolina based Outliar. The beast was brought, faces were melted. As always, band and venue links are in the comments!   Photography by: Amanda Baker     Oceans to Ash           Shrouded In Neglect         Outliar        ...

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The Keynote Cafe in Jeannette, PA started twelve years ago because the owner Jill Sorrels wanted to hear more music. The last Saturday in June was the venue’s final show. Jill had decided it was time to retire. The show started at noon and there was act after act continuously until after midnight.  Even though the venue is in a small town in southwestern PA, the amount of talent that played the last day was...

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A night of fun, music and raising awareness about the topic of suicide and mental health. This benefit hosted by Family Behavioral Resources raised $1000 to donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Bands that graced the stage that night: The Long Hunt, Old Game, Carrie Collins Music Debbie Wilkinson & Guidon Bear Photography by Craig Ferry Full Show Review