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I had previously dismissed Australian daredevils Parkway Drive in error when last they played Pittsburgh the same night as a decidedly more underground show was taking place on the other side of the city. Perhaps it was their name, which invoked all things “emo” and “nu” and whatnot. However, upon investigating Parkway Drive’s catalogue after their previous show months back, I heard much of what made metalcore a once exciting genre in the high 90’s and...

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Steamy, funky, and anarchic were the operative words of the evening. Whatever “stoner mountain metal” is, West Virginians Horseburner are churning out quite a tasty brew as evidenced by an impressive, late-night stand at Polish Hill’s Gooski’s. The smoky, humid environs only seemed to enhance the Kadavar/Mastodon/Thin Lizzy pyrotechnics that Horseburner, who were a runaway highlight last year’s Descendants of Crom festival, have a tyrefitter’s grip on. Riff after riff assailed the hazy gloom and...

On a sinfully humid night in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield early yesterday evening, one could hear the ghosts of bands past haunting the alleyways. The reconfigured music of acts such as Thin Lizzy and Wishbone Ash wafted into the thick summer air from Howler’s, that perennial classic of the local dive bar scene. There was something alluring and familiar yet new afoot. Ah yes, it was axe crazy mastermind Dave Wheeler’s new band, Limousine Beach, and they...

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     Metal Night on Main street was a very special event put together by the bands playing, and the Main street Tavern in Monongahela. This event proved that the Mon Valley music scene is back and very much alive. Very special thank you to the tavern, the bands and all the faces, familiar or not who showed up.      First band to hit it hard was someone new to me, but that’s the...

The progressive blackened death metal of Erie’s Bravura seemed somewhat out of place at the other night’s Rex Theater metal extravaganza, yet one would not expect to see Swedish power metal mainstays Hammerfall touring with grizzled, second-tier American thrashers Flotsam and Jetsam either, despite the latter playing what used to be known as power metal until the former, assembled originally by a group of Gothenburg melodic death technicians, revitalized and redefined the genre in the...

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    Coming out of Pittsburgh, PA, 9 Stitch Method is a Progressive Alternative Metal band that recently released their album “Life After You”, a full twelve tracks of metal that finds the line between the divide of growls and actually understanding the lyrics, giving it a full sound that anyone who loves headbanging music will want to own.       It’s good. It’s aggressive. It’s METAL. The end.       On second thought, let’s go a little deeper....

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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