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The Bastard Bearded Irishmen
The Bastard Bearded Irishmen

First: The Bastard Bearded Irishmen is a slightly misleading name for this band, as there's clearly at least one member who is neither bearded nor a man. With that out of the way: If you think you might like a band with a name like "The Bastard Bearded Irishmen," you'll definitely like this band. Several originals and a few traditional covers ("Molly Malone," "Whiskey In the Jar") from a local, semi-traditional Irish-rock band (think mandolin, fiddle, electric guitar), done quite well. If you're not the type who goes in for this kind of music there's nothing here to change your mind, most likely – except maybe spending a night at the pub with them. 

The Bastard Bearded Irishmen CD release 8 p.m. June 10. Altar Bar, 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. 


Pete Bush and The Hoi Polloi

This eight-track album is the first effort from the band fronted by Salena Catalina guitarist Pete Bush. It's a mix of jazz-inflected pop tunes, from angular rockers like "How Appropoe" to tender, soft tunes like "Montebean." At times Bush's rhythmic flow is reminiscent of Soul Coughing; overall, his renaissance-man tendency to cover a lot of musical ground on one album is akin to a Ben Folds-type character songwriter. Maybe not mind-blowing, but an interesting listen for sure. Not bad at all.


The Pump Fakes
Falling to the Occasion

If a band that's named after a football term (and one used so often by Ben Roethlisberger no less) makes you think 'DVE-rock, you're on the right track. The Pump Fakes, led by Patrick Maloney, present 12 new tracks on this album, most obviously influenced by The Boss. There are guest spots by some Clarks, fittingly. (This band sounds a good bit like The Clarks did in the mid-'90s.) They're the quintessential Pittsburgh rock band, with songs about love, drinking and South Side debauchery.


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