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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Formula 412 video

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Hey! Good morning. Just popping in to alert you of a new video from local live-band-rock-hip-hop outfit Formula 412 -- Gotta Give was just released today and features some gorgeous/harrowing shots and montages of natural and man-made destruction.

And speaking of man-made destruction, their last video, Step To the Rear, was filmed on a Port Authority bus; if you ride the bus, that's a phrase you'll be hearing every day from now until forever since there are only like five bus routes left in Pittsburgh and there are 146 people trying to cram onto every bus. Just sayin'.

Monday, March 28, 2011

MP3 Monday: Lovebettie

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 4:03 PM


Hey guys! I hope you're not letting the cold weather, global warming and/or the world's potential end in 2012 get you down. But if you are suffering from a bad case of seasonal depression I've got an mp3 to cheer you up!

Pittsburgh natives Lovebettie are taking the indie music world by storm with their new EP, The Red Door, which was released on March 3, right in time for the South by Southwest music festival in Austin. So check out their rhythm rock ballad, "Are You Out There!" It won't cure global warming but it might just get rid of your Monday blues.

Monday, March 21, 2011

MP3 Monday: Truth In Advertising

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 11:22 PM



How about that basketball thing? The thing with the team that we like that was supposed to win. But then it didn't win. In fact it --

What's that? Just give you the MP3? Okay, okay!

Getting down to it: This week's free MP3 download comes from Truth In Advertising. The folky duo of Fred Betzner and Seán O'Donnell (a solo artist in his own right in addition to being a bagpiper-for-hire) goes sometimes by the cheeky moniker T 'n A. They provided a track named with another three letters for us today. It's named after everyone's favorite place to sit and wait and wait and wait and get the worst photo of you ever taken, taken by a 140-year-old person who is part tortoise. It's called: DMV. Download and enjoy! They next play April 1 at Istanbul!

Monday, March 14, 2011

MP3 Monday: Brad Yoder

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 6:31 PM


It's Monday, and that means music. This week's free MP3 comes from Brad Yoder, the ubiquitous and contagiously friendly Pittsburgh folk rocker. It's the first track from his latest effort, released late last year, Excellent Trouble. It's a song with a beautiful arrangement; Brad makes the most of the soft-to-loud-to-soft dynamics he wrote into the song. Download "Again" and enjoy!

Brad's next show is April 5 at Commonplace Coffeehouse in Squirrel Hill.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New video from Pittsburgh-ish band 1,2,3

Posted By on Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Remember Takeover UK? Remember how we ran a CP cover story about the band and how it was really about to take off, then it broke up instead? Well, COUNT THIS ONE AS A PREDICTION THAT COULD STILL SORT OF PAN OUT.

Nic Snyder and Josh Sickels have returned with 1,2,3, a new band, signed to Frenchkiss, that's getting a good bit of buzz (that's right -- new band of the day NUMBER 784! But who's counting?).

They're popping up on our radar today because they just released a new video via Green Screening. It's cool because, see, they don't just green-screen stuff in -- they actually green-screen a second Nic Snyder. Creepy, right?

Feel free to give a gander to the Q&E they did with our friends over at the Draw Us Lines blog as well.

Imminent floods postpone local rock cruises

Posted By on Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Time was when, during a flood, people thought the BEST place to be was on a boat, preferably with one's family, and two of every living creature, clean or unclean. Nowadays, apparently we shy away from the waters when they rise, hence the postponement of this weekend's two Gateway Clipper Fleet rock cruises.

Friday night's Rusted Root boat trip has been rescheduled for April 1, no foolin'. Saturday night's Clarks cruise will now take place April 16. Assuming this stuff doesn't continue for forty days and forty nights before the floodwaters recede.

Now, go forth, be fruitful and fill the earth.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

MP3 Tuesday: Big Snow, Big Thaw

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 6:08 PM


Hi people!

I know. It's Tuesday. I'm a busy dude, okay? Sometimes Monday passes me by without me EVEN noticing.

Regardless, I have an MP3 for you, and it's a good one. You're not going to complain about THAT, are you? It's from Big Snow, Big Thaw, a local bluegrassy duo, one-half of which is also heavily involved in the Draw Us Lines blog.

The song is "Damn Allegheny" -- download and enjoy!


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