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2011 Music Guide

Photo by Heather Mull / Poster Design by Michael Artman

A city's music scene is represented most visibly by its performers. Their names are on the fliers; they're the faces on the stage; and when visitors scope out a city, they often want to know what national artists came up there.

But there's more to a scene than the bands, MCs, singer-songwriters and DJs. Many of those artists wouldn't be successful -- or be in music at all -- without a strong local-music infrastructure. Perhaps they were turned on to new sounds at a local record store. They got a start at a small venue, and got a boost from local music bloggers (or zinesters).

This year's Music Guide centers on some of those background characters. We take a look at the team behind the revival of The Mr. Roboto Project, a DIY venue re-opening this summer in Bloomfield. We examine the local music blog Draw Us Lines and its young but promising video series. We tour Machine Age Studios, which could be a museum of recording equipment, were it not all in everyday use. And we talk to a few prominent Pittsburghers outside the music scene about their music collections.

We devote a lot of music coverage year-round to local bands and artists; this week, we look at some of the folks who helped to get them where they are.


 The Mr. Roboto Project Moves to Penn Avenue

 Local blog produces monthly music videos

 Inside Machine Age Studios

 Facing the Music: What's on the MP3 players of Pittsburgh celebs? We find out.

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