This week's MP3 Monday comes from Essential Machine. The band has a pop/rock sound with a little folk tinge; its new album, Underneath the Earth. The song is called "Road Trip," and it's available for streaming below.
The Squirrel Hillbillies are a folk, country and blues duo that have been making music together since 2010. The duo recently released their second studio album, Goody Shoes, and on Sun., March 30, they will be having an album release party at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill branch. They will be performing tracks from the album. The event will take place from 2-4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Along with the Squirrel Hillbillies will be special guest Jason Rafalak.
Now that you've learned who's playing the Arts Festival and you've also had sufficient time to vent about how angry you are about that, on to the pressing matters of the day, like, who will be our MP3 Monday artist?
The wait is over! It's Father Flamethrower!
The punk band is releasing its self-titled debut with a show Saturday night, March 29, at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern (with an assist from Polish Hill Strangler). We're giving you a sample off of the album — here's "Bear Bait":
It's that wonderful time of year: Time for the outdoor free concerts to be announced, and then for everyone to complain about the lineups of events they're not paying any money to see.
Last week, CMU's Activities Board quietly announced the headliners for the school's annual Carnival event. Fri., April 11, Icona Pop and local boy done good Mac Miller will headline the annual event, which is free and open to the public. (The only catch is, if it rains, it's moved indoors, and students are given preference for tickets in that case.)
Meanwhile, the Three Rivers Arts Festival has been announcing one act per hour today on WYEP; so far, here's what we know:
Fri., June 6: Jeff Tweedy
Sat., June 7: Bluegrass day, featuring Sam Bush
Sun., June 8: WYEP local-music show featuring Colonizing the Cosmos, Townsppl, Brooke Annibale
Sun., June 8: Trampled by Turtles
Tue., June 10: Kaiser Chiefs
Wed., June 11: Amos Lee
Thu., June 12: The Smithereens
Fri., June 13: Curtis Harding
Sat., June 14: Lucinda Williams
Sun., June 15: Jake Bugg
The Jazz Live International Festival, which takes place June 20-22 this year, will be announced in full next Wednesday, April 2.
The Allegheny County Parks series is still coming; those shows should be announced around May 1.
As we prepare for our annual music issue to drop this Wednesday, we're happy to bring you another MP3 Monday. This week's offering comes from Whitney Ann Jenkins and Her Platonic Guy Friends, a folk-poppy three piece. Here's "Twist in My Plot":
Last night, tragedy hit the SXSW festival when a suspected drunk driver hit a crowd of people while fleeing police. Two are reported killed and 23 others injured, five critically. With so many Pittsburgh acts in attendance at the festival, we're working to confirm the safety of as many local musicians and other attendees as possible today.
The following Pittsburgh acts have all confirmed, either via Twitter or Facebook or through text messages, that they're safe and uninjured:
Blue of Colors
White Like Fire
The Winter Brave
Our writers on the scene, Julia and Abigail Cook, are also fine, as are the guys from Altar TV.
We'll update this post as we hear from more Pittsburgh artists in Austin; if you're in Austin or if you have confirmation that other Pittsburghers are safe (or injured), please let us know via email at email@example.com or twitter at @andybotpgh. Here's hoping our Pittsburgh friends are safe, and our thoughts go out to the victims of last night's wreck.
Philly-based folky rock band Marah has an interesting concept behind its new album, Marah Presents: Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania. The band discovered the book Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania, by Henry Shoemaker, and inside the book were some fragmented song lyrics that caught band members David Bielanko and Christine Smith's eyes. The band decided to make an album centered around the book. They created original music while also using some of the fragmented song lyrics from the book.
This Saturday, March 8th, Marah plays at the Kollar Club, on the South Side. (3226 Jane St.) Doors are at 7 p.m.; tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. Marah Presents Mountain Minstrely of Pennsylvania is available now.
As anyone with any tangential relationship to the music industry knows all too well, that annual bacchanal of new bands, old bands, publicists, journalists and some learning, South by Southwest, begins next week in Austin. A few years ago, our former music editor, Aaron Jentzen, took a trip down and reported back; this year, freelancer Julia Cook is making the trip ... with her mom! The result is not a buddy comedy (at least not yet), but a blog filled with interviews, show reviews and video content. We'll be reposting some content here on FFW>>, and linking to much more on the blog itself.
Today, Julia posted an interview with Future Islands, whose Sam Herring remains one of my favorite interviewees ever. The blog also contains plenty of trip-related musings and travel writing. Give it a look-see!