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More than two months ago, intensely morbid, violent, and technical Toronto death metallers Tomb Mold branded the psyches of those who were fortunate, sturdy, and brave enough to attend Migration 2 over the course of their set. On a misty Monday in November, they returned to a nearly full house at Bloomfield’s Howler’s Coyote Café, slamming skulls into gravestones with funereal aplomb. Percussively impressive was skinsman/larynx Max Klebanoff, who was able to growl and rumble...

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  There was a time when acts in the vein of Icarus Witch were the temporarily exiled aristocracy of the heavy metal scene. However, Icarus Witch are no nostalgia show. While paying tribute to the past in their singular way, they also look forward, blazing paths with the precision of lasers and the aplomb of a fireworks display. Icarus Witch are on their fifth album and fourth singer, current throat Andrew D’Cagna also moonlighting in...

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Featured video of the week: Alter The Design – Rock/Alternative – Pittsburgh, PA – Video Title: Feathers This week we broke the news that Alter The Design has an Upcoming Show with Puddle of Mudd. That’s happening December 8th, but just three short days later Undivided will drop! Physical copies and new merchandise are available the night of the show and tickets are flying fast! Get yours before it’s too late!! Like what you hear in this weeks feature...

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Alter The Design has been taking steps in the right direction! Not only sharing the stage with well known names but also changing direction with an updated sound for their upcoming release Undivided. Due out December 11th the December 8th show with Puddle of Mudd will be how they celebrate!! As an added bonus, new merchandise and physical copies of Undivided will be available at the show. That’s a full THREE DAYS before anyone else can grab them...

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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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Featured Video by:  Jakethehawk – Hard Rock/Mixed – Pittsburgh, Pa Jakethehawk is a little bit of a mixed bag. Recently this rock genre band blew away the crowd at a weekend long Metal Fest “Descendants of Crom”. They bring fire and a passionate sound with a dark edge, and would be a welcome addition to any show or playlist. They have a brand new release “To Build A Fire” coming out this month with a Release Party to kick it...

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Robb Flynn is a warrior born. Early in the year — the team captain of a band with a very complicated trajectory that took them from groove metal to nu-metal to thrash to a place where they embrace their entire history–stopped a show 45 minutes into what was to be a 2 1/2 hour spectacular after a throat infection put up an insurmountable wall. A date was rescheduled. Tickets from the prior date were honored....

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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...

It was like a well-attended family reunion that was being held on a misty Saturday night close to Halloween in a decidedly industrial part of town. The venue, Get Hip Records, also doubles as a record label, shop, and warehouse and was highly apropos for such a historic event and a general showcase for Icarus Witch, one of Pittsburgh’s most exciting metal acts. Andrew D’Cagna, a multi-instrumentalist known for his work in Brimstone Coven and...

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Thirty years ago, my father, then a limousine driver, chauffeured Alice Cooper around Pittsburgh when he toured here. To this day, my dad can’t get over how “normal” and decent he was. Since then, I’ve had an affinity for the gruesome old devil and his violent vaudeville spectacle, which I’ve caught on numerous occasions since 2010. Alice Cooper, rock’s most macabre villain, made it to The Steel City yet again the other night at a...

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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