This week's MP3 (holiday) Monday is a track by local country/pop crossover songstress Maddie Georgi, a young lady with major potential whom our Manny Theiner wrote up a couple months back.
Maddie's got a new EP to be released in a show this Friday, May 29, at Hard Rock Cafe -- she's also got a bunch of other shows coming up locally, so if you're interested, cruising on over to her Myspace page is recommended.
Here's the song of the week: Maddie Georgi - Back to You
The idea of a solo musician accompanying themselves with sampling and looping pedals isn't a new idea -- Andrew Bird, for one, has made it the core of his performances for years. For better or worse, at this point, live looping seems fairly normal, rather than a novelty.
Armed with only an acoustic guitar, Pittsburgh native Jeff Miller, now based in Nashville, uses the looping pedals to create rhythm tracks, backing vocals, extra guitar parts -- all live, all on the fly. You can hear how he builds up each layer in this week's mp3, "Can You Hear the Music?," the title track from Miller's new live-in-Pittsburgh album, recorded last December at The Church recording studio. (For more about the making of the album, check out my December article here.)
Fortunately, Miller's not just some gearhead, but a talented songwriter with a strong, clear voice -- also in evidence on this track. Enjoy!
In December, I interviewed Jeff Miller, a singer-songwriter who travels all over the country performing, and uses looping pedals to overdub acoustic guitar and backing vocals on the fly. The former Pittsburgher, now based in Nashville, was back in town to record an album in front of a live audience at The Church recording studio in Overbrook.
Now Miller's back to play a release show for that same album on Sat., May 16, this time at Club Café. The show starts at 7 p.m., and includes a set by special guest Joel Lindsey.
Thanks to all who came out for last Thursday's CP Remixed featuring Joy Ike, Meeting of Important People and Donora. Click here to go to CP Video and peep a song from each artist in case you missed it, or in case you loved it so much, you want to relive it, over and over.
Also, here are a few photos courtesy Hugh Twyman of the HughshowsRedux blog; he has a bunch more photos up over at his site, as well as a ton of pics from other shows. Check it!
Check it: Monday is here again, and so is the MP3. This week it's courtesy Satin Gum, a local outfit that's gotten the blog world abuzz and to whom our Margaret Welsh paid one of the great music review comliments: admitting that their songs were totally stuck in her head.
If you're ready to get a song with a not-so-savory theme, but some wholesome hooks, stuck in yours, go download Satin Gum's I Got a DUI, Babe for free right now.
This past Sunday marked the 90th birthday of the remarkable Pete Seeger, possibly the 20th century's most famous folk singer. There was a huge celebration in New York City, but for those who couldn't make that, local promoter-about-town Maree Gallagher has put together a bill of some popular local folk/folk-rock types to celebrate Seeger's life and raise money for a good cause.
The show is Saturday night at Your Inner Vagabond (4130 Butler St. in Lawrenceville), and features Bill Toms, Rick Malis, Mark Dignam, Tom Breiding, Jason Kendall, Mike Strasser, Mike Gallagher, and Bob Banerjee. It benefits Focus On Renewal, a non-profit that's responsible for myriad projects that help those who need assistance in the McKees Rocks area.
It starts at 7, and $7 for FOR gets you in. No better way to celebrate the life of an activist musician than a concert that benefits advocates for those less fortunate!
Here's something you've probably never seen before: a Japanese power-pop band that dresses up in Power Rangers-looking superhero costumes and sings about stuff like having a karaoke party. Don't believe me? Check out Peelander-Z here (the end of the karaoke party song actually features some pretty painful key changes, but you get the idea from it) then, curious kid that you are, check them out tomorrow night at Howler's in Bloomfield (4509 Liberty Ave). With The Stitches and The Cheats, starts at 8:00, $7.
Our regular MP3 Monday feature is taking a break this week -- we'll be back next week with brand-new music by local faves Ben Hardt & His Symphony. Until then, take advantage of these free downloads by recently featured local musicians: