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Music Talks’ guest performer for this particular episode was local Westmoreland County pop music singer Brad Abbott. Music Talks, a local access television show on Armstrong Cable produced by Rick Fike and hosted by Chelsea Ritenour. Brad Abbott has been on the local western PA music scene for roughly ten years. I’ve had the opportunity to watch him perform the last three years at various music venues in the area.  His recently released LP, “How Are...

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  The story behind Redemption’s Cry is kind of a mysterious one. I remember that it was a warm September evening. I went down to my studio to just play my guitar. I really just wanted to play and not to write, but somehow this song was ready to be birthed. When the baby is ready to come out, there is no stopping it. So as I was noodling around I started to play this...

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Wicked Earth – “Light the Shadow” “Light The Shadow is about the Spirit of 1776. A modern interpretation is the awakening of men to the political powers that be, that doesn’t necessarily have our best interests at heart. This song represents spreading the message of freedom and keeping that fire of liberty alive in us, so that we may endure in this great country, recognizing when the elite are trying to own us through their...

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On this week’s “A Look at the Lyrics” we learn the very in depth meaning behind the song from Pittsburgh rock veterans After The Fall- “New S.A.”.  Read what lead singer Doug has to say about their new song and watch the lyric video.  Show some love, leave a comment and let us know what you think. “New S.A.” is a song about where we are as a country at this point in time.  Our...

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The Fading Light “In the Morning” This is a song I wrote about someone in my life who would constantly disparage themselves, they would always seek assurance that I thought they were pretty, always refer to themselves as ugly, and even give me push back when I said I thought they were beautiful. It was frustrating, to say the least, to try to express to someone that you think they’re wonderful only to be met...

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The story behind “Shine Again” is very personal.  In 2015, my band at the time had grown to its biggest stature in its 10-year history.  We were playing to capacity crowds, our latest album had been positively reviewed internationally, and we were writing the best songs of our time together. However, in December 2015, both of my parents became extremely ill.  My father nearly passed away from pneumonia and my mother’s weight had dwindled near...

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On this weeks “A Look at the Lyrics” we give you an inside view to the meaning behind Conflict Cycle – Dark Days Ahead “Dark Days Ahead is about the messed up political and social environment we currently live in. We are repeating similar mistakes made throughout history, like the whole tactic of “bread and circus” used by the Roman oligarchy to distract people from the ensuing collapse. Today, instead of bread and circus, we...

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On this weeks “A Look at the Lyrics” we give you an inside view to the meaning behind The Anxious Hearts “Sadness“. “The story behind this song is that Jordan, the founder, guitarist, and singer originally wrote it with his ex wife about a troubled relationship. Originally the main lyrics were written from Jessica with the wife’s perspective and focused on feeling sad from a fight and feeling like she does everything wrong. The rap...

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Chip & The Charge Ups is using this opportunity to spread the holiday spirit to those in need in its hometown. The band has partnered with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Under this partnership, the band will donate profits from the sale of Black and Gold Christmas t-shirts to the Food Bank. Chip & The Charge Ups Black and Gold Christmas   “Coming back to the 412, I got all my presents bought Mom...

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On this weeks “A Look at the Lyrics” we give you an inside view to the meaning behind The Recasts – Zombies Everywhere.   “The song is about returning from combat, which is what I tapped into being both a combat veteran as well as a Behavioral Health leader.  PTSD is a hell of a thing for anyone to go thru. This is a snapshot of a combination of everything.”  – The Recasts   ZOMBIES...

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On this weeks “A Look at the Lyrics” we give you an inside view to the meaning behind FUBAR – Junk We are usually a funky reggae rock/ ska punk band but this particular song is loud, fast and about as punk rock as it gets. It’s easily our heaviest song by far and starts with a slamming fast drum beat and a shredding guitar solo! The song itself is about heroin and the current...

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Gator Shakes is a band you’ve probably seen on a flier or two if you’re a follower of the Pittsburgh metal scene. After a memorable performance at Deutschtown Music Festival and a conveniently-timed epidemic of alligators running wild in the city streets, Gator Shakes has been shrouded in a fog of intrigue and mystery. To cap off an active summer, they unveiled a 7-track album on August 24th with a release party at Cattivo. There...

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My first observation of Pittsburgh Crossover heavyweights, Crooked Cobras newest release: “Appetite for Distraction” was the eye catching and colorful album art, though, who isn’t a sucker for Reapers and hypnosis? The opening track, “Dead Eye” strikes me as the quintessential thrash anthem, with their hard hitting dual guitars provided by frontman Ray Kolcun and guitarist Bill Jasper. The third track “Midnight Driver” with its early era punk opening bass line got my blood pumping...

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Ever have an angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other? Ever wonder what it would be like if they actually worked together instead of whispering conflicting narratives in your ear? My friends I’m here to tell you that unison would sound like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based trio Dematus‘ Ep “Ghost Carnivale”. Dematus has slowly been building a buzz for some time now and with an Ep like “Ghost Carnivale” it’s easy to see...

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Featured Video of the Week: SIKES and the New Violence – Whatever I Want – Genre: Hip Hop This week we’re deviating just a little bit… did you notice? Yes, this is a hip hop video, more than likely the only one you’re going to see here. So, why would a company that brings you Rock and Metal do this? Probably because this particular artist has a huge tie-in to the Metal genre. SIKES is the lead...

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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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We have a brand new, early release of a project coming to you from separate countries! Pittsburgh, Pa and Brazil have teamed up to bring you South of Clarity!! Their Brand New Video is a perfect example of how amazing music unites! This project is so new, you’re going to have to keep tabs on them because their pages are just getting rolling – but we couldn’t wait to share on of our favorite Pittsburgh metal...