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Bandcamp names six notable bands from Pittsburgh’s "flourishing DIY scene"

click to enlarge The band members of feeble little horse pose in front of colorful wallpaper while eating tacos
Photo: Lydia Slocum
feeble little horse
Bandcamp has become a major platform for independent musicians to share their work with, and sell albums to audiences all over the world. The self-described "online record store and music community," which has existed since 2007, now hosts countless artists and claims to have facilitated the sale of 14.7 million digital albums, as well as tons of physical merch, to listeners.

A massive reach like that makes it hard to narrow down what artists are worth checking out. A new article on the site titled "Six Bands to Know from Pittsburgh’s Flourishing DIY Scene" has cast a spotlight on a few of the city's rising acts.

click to enlarge The band The Zells pose outside in the dark.
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The Zells
Written by Ethan Beck, the story touches on Pittsburgh's storied, but often "lost" punk era, before going into how the city has become a "breeding ground for excellent bands that never seem to escape the tri-state area." Some venues and labels, including the Mr. Roboto Project and Crafted Sounds, also get a shout-out for having an active role in growing the local indie scene.


The list includes The Zells, described as a "shaggy five-piece," the "enthralling indie punk" trio CALYX, and String Machine for their ability to produce "bright indie folk." Beck also highlights the "broadly fuzzed-out indie rock group" Rave Ami, the emerging feeble little horse, and the emo-tinged pop sounds of Short Fictions.

Readers will also find a generous helping of singles and albums from each band for listeners to dive into.

While not a comprehensive look at the city's indie scene and its many acts, the article at least gives a much broader audience a taste of the musical talent coming out of Pittsburgh.

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