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On this week’s Find Your Muse(ic) we have Pittsburgh based Power Metal outfit Iron Brigade and their debut single “Out of the Urn“. Featuring a blistering gallop and melodic lead guitars, Iron Brigade charge through unabashed with technical flair and melodic gusto. The band sets the perfect backdrop for singer Jared Carns to lead the way with his soulful bravado in a rather commanding and powerful vocal performance. I’ve been waiting a long time to...

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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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ThunderStruck America’s AC/DC Tribute – Neutral Loss – Tommy Magik and the Wonderfulls take over The Crafthouse with a SOLD OUT crowd.  From elbows to shoulders, butts to backs, weaving your way through the crowd was a hard task to accomplish!  I actually got stuck behind the stage but you’ll hear no complaints from me.  I had a clear view of the action on stage and action it was!  Thunderstruck rips the stage to pieces....

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Saved by the Scene Vol. 2 – Depression The holidays coupled with depression are a hard pill to swallow. Often times we feel we are alone in the midst of it, which couldn’t be any further from the truth. We often lose sight of the silver lining in it and the joy the holidays bring when in the throes of it. First Angel Media and Ambriek Creations bring you four individuals with their stories, their...

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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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A few months back I was tagged in comments on a Facebook post. Kylie Thomas, a Freshman studying Journalism at Point Park University, had to write a journalistic style paper and wanted to focus it on the music scene and what it meant to those in the industry. I offered to help and tagged her in a post on my personal page that received a mountain of comments. The music scene isn’t just a business...

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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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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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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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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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Find Your MUSE(ic): The Fading Light – “I Will” Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania alternative rockers The Fading Light recently dropped a new video for their single “I Will” and boy is it a scorcher. The track tells the tale of a long distance relationship as it wears it’s heart on it’s sleeve throughout the heavily acoustic arrangement. Sorrowful, yet full of hope, “I Will” is sure to tug on the heart strings and having listeners everywhere wondering...

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On a night when many in Pittsburgh were attending Breaking Benjamin, I was at a small venue, Get Hip, for a DIY show with three bands, one stage, no genres. Sometimes you have to go back to the roots of where you felt the pull of music to have the best experiences. National shows are like the Wizard of Oz in his chamber with lights and smoke – but if you pull back the curtain...

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Every year, Rock for Life Concert Series Inc. puts on shows at the Iselin Ballfield near Saltsburg, PA. These shows are charity, benefiting sponsored children and their families through tough times with medical expenses and also moral support. It’s way more than a fundraising event. Gigaroo and the main event, Rock For Life are two day events with free camping. These shows go on rain or shine and are staffed by some of the most committed...

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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...