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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Perhaps you've been thinking, "Hmm, i wonder when local '90s slack-rock trio The Lampshades are planning to release a follow-up to their 2014 record Numbskull Nothinghead?" Well, the answer is ... sometime in 2016. In the meantime, they've released a new single, "Gotta Do," as well as a music video for the song, which we're premiering below.

In typical Lampshades fashion, "Gotta Do"  is lose, catchy, a tad jammy and kind of a bummer, and the same could be said of the video, which — incidentally — gave me flashbacks to middle school chess club. (Trigger warning?)

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Though he's now based in Illinois, singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons was born and spent his formative years in Pittsburgh. Last October, when his grandmother died, he returned for a few days, and - in tribute to her, and his native city - wrote a seven-song album called Pittsburgh, which comes out May 12. Today, we're premiering "Ghosts of Penn Hills," from that new record. 

"Pittsburgh has been the home of my family for generations," Fitzsimmons says of  the inspiration for the song.  "My Grandmother was raised and spent her whole life in the city and, later, in Penn Hills. It's the city of some of my best memories and my worst ghosts. And even though I now live in the Midwest, it will always be what I think of first when I hear the word "home." Coming back to perform there is as special as it is surreal. And getting to play a record which was inspired by the city, in the city, is something I've thought about since the day I started writing it."

Check out the video for the delicate "Ghosts of Penn Hills" below, and don't miss Fitzsimmons when he comes to Mr. Smalls Theatre on May 18. 

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 9:45 AM

Last year, local fuzz-rockers The Lampshades put out an excellent record called Numbskull Nothinghead; today, we're premiering the video for the song "Restless," from that release.  

Directed by Camila Centeno (daughter of exiled Venezuelan author Israel Centeno, who you can read about here), the video skillfully captures that unique brand of frustrated isolation one feels when surrounded by people who are having fun. 

The Lampshades leave for tour next week, so be sure to catch them at one of the dates below (and/or alert your out-of-town friends.)

May 5, Velvet Lounge, Washington DC.
May 6, The Sidebar, Baltimore, MD.
May 7, North Star Bar, Philadelphia, PA.
May 8, Kilkenny's Ale House, Newark, NJ
May 9, Bowery Electric, NYC
June 20, The Shop, Pittsburgh.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 2:14 PM

More Pittsburgh video action today: We just got this brand-new spooky video for a creepy new song from local creepy creepers 1,2,3. Just in time for Halloween, the song is "Darkly Through the Valley"; enjoy, and while you're at it, read our feature on the band from earlier this year, when they released the epic (and awesome) two-LP album Big Weather.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Posted By on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Dylan Ryan bridges a lot of musical gaps: The Chicago-born, L.A.-based drummer came up on heavy metal, moved on to jazz, and has toured with the first-generation emo band Cursive. His current main project is a trio called Dylan Ryan / Sand — he shares the band with Timothy Young and Devin Hoff, both noted session and touring players. Recently, the band released Circa, its sophomore album, on Cuneiform Records. Today, we're premiering a brand-new video from the trio; the songs is "Trees, Voices, Saturn," and the video features lots of found footage and aerobics and jiu jitsu and weird computer landscapes.

Ryan and band are about to embark on a Midwest tour that brings them to Thunderbird Cafe on Tue., Nov. 11; see the full tour agenda below.

Dylan Ryan upcoming tour dates:
Oct. 24 - Los Angeles, Eagle Rock Arts Center
Nov. 03 - Milwaukee, Sugar Maple
Nov. 04 - Lafayette, Black Sparrow
Nov. 05 - Iowa City, Gabes
Nov. 6 - Omaha, O'Leavers
Nov. 7 - Columbia, MO, Cafe Berlin
Nov. 8 - St. Louis, Heavy Anchor
Nov. 9 - Louisville, Dreamland
Nov. 10 - Cincinnati, The Comet
Nov. 11 - Pittsburgh, The Thunderbird
Nov. 12 - Columbus, Double Happiness
Nov. 13 - Chicago, The Burlington

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Dom Flemons is bringing back old-time music with unbridled enthusiasm. As a former member of grammy-winning Southern string group Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons has extensive experience with traditional African-American string bands, and brings this bluesy flavor to his new solo album, Prospect Hill. It’s his first since leaving the group, and it features him on banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, and jug. The album showcases his mastery of a variety of styles, including Jazz, R&B, blues, and also includes a few original tracks.

Flemons is known for his outrageous playing style and energy, so make sure to see him at Club Cafe on September 28th. In the meantime, check out our exclusive premiere of the video of his new song off of Prospect Hill, “Have I Stayed Away Too Long.”

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Down-tempo/hip-hop producer Derek Dumont earned props from national critics for his production of "Mia Wallace" and "Number 16" from Wiz Khalifa's 2012 mixtape release, Taylor Allderdice. Well, prior to those placements, Dumont could often be found at the Shadow Lounge's open mic showcase. As he's seen playing in this new music video, Dumont is never far from his MPC drum machine. In the new video, "Home Sweet Home," Dumont is seen stopping by some of his favorite spots in Pittsburgh, such as the legendary Jerry's Record Store. The video was directed by Vernacular Observatory and features apparel by ISVERA.

"Home Sweet Home" by Derek Dumont from vernacular observatory on Vimeo.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Good morning!

You may remember last year when I profiled White Wives, the punk band headed up by Roger Harvey and Anti-Flag's Chris No. 2. Harvey used to play under the name Dandelion Snow; his new project, though, is called Bluebird Midwest.

Today, we're premiering a brand-new video from Bluebird Midwest. If you like it, feel free to check Roger out tomorrow night at Brillobox; Bluebird Midwest is playing there on a bill with Eureka Birds and Horse Or Cycle, in a show put on by the local music blog Draw Us Lines.

Without further ado — "I've Always Loved You," the new video from Bluebird Midwest:

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 12:01 AM


A couple months ago, I told you all about The Long Time Darlings. This week, we're premiering the band's brand-new video, for the song "Downtown Sugar." It's directed by Chris Lockerman, who's done a number of other local music vids. When last we talked with frontman Brett Staggs, he said his dream was for "things to get out of hand." In this delightfully ridiculous video, they seemingly have.

The Long Time Darlings play this Saturday, Feb. 18, at Club Cafe; it's the late show (10:30) and Molehill and Casino Bulldogs (who are releasing a record) play as well. Without further ado:

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