TWIN GUNS – Saturday, March 23 – 9:00PM @ 31st Street Pub

The powerhouse duo of Andrea Sicco and "Jungle" Jim Chandler give the full blown sound out of a two person front that is reminiscent of the Black Keys, but with a unique sound core that defies any one genre of rock n' roll. On tour for their late 2012 album Sweet Dreams, listen for a … Continue reading TWIN GUNS – Saturday, March 23 – 9:00PM @ 31st Street Pub

Twin Guns are Dealing Western Devils Out of Brooklyn

The double-edged sword of contemporary, ubiquitous music releases on the Internet is that bands like Twin Guns are out there and you haven’t heard them yet. While a reviewer might use this line for many albums by bands recently discovered, “Scene Of The Crime” by Twin Guns, released in March 2011,  is the one that … Continue reading Twin Guns are Dealing Western Devils Out of Brooklyn

What’s Popping With Lauren Winans

It was a rainy Monday afternoon. Sitting in a truck down by the Allegheny River, Heinz Field was visible in the distance beyond the streaky windshield and it was natural to ruminate on the Steelers’ hard luck after week 6 of the 2012 season. The scene was set for a lonesome, drizzly country song, but … Continue reading What’s Popping With Lauren Winans

Rupa & The April Fishes: Thunderbird Cafe, Wednesday, October 10, 2012

If you haven't heard of Rupa & The April Fishes you aren't alone... yet. The diverse sound quality and powerhouse instrumentation that this San Francisco based international phenom is bringing to Pittsburgh should be a treat, not the least because the ideas  that Rupa Marya imbues their multilingual, gypsy rock songs with is as prescient … Continue reading Rupa & The April Fishes: Thunderbird Cafe, Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Expression of Life: The Rupa Marya Interview

Pittsburgh Music Magazine had the enlightening opportunity to catch up with the incomparable Rupa Marya, front woman and pilot of the expedition that is Rupa & The April Fishes. But, as if to exeplify the humanism she espouses, Rupa is far more than simply a star musician. The San Francisco band has built a major … Continue reading Expression of Life: The Rupa Marya Interview

Rosco Bandana Is Beginning It With Real Swagger

The rockabilly resurgence, alt-country movement has been exploding in the American music atmosphere over the past decade... to the point that American rock n' roll feels like it is has truly revolted against the British Invasion and reestablished itself as the source, rather than recipient, of influence that inspired that cultural surge (for example, Muddy … Continue reading Rosco Bandana Is Beginning It With Real Swagger

The Honeymoon Is Far From Over For Zulu Pearls

In addition to fantastic music, the Zulu Pearls offer some international spy intrigue. Double booked in the annals of Internet research as both a Berlin, Deutschland band and as Arlington, VA jammers, the band last logged into their Myspace account on August 18, 2011 - though it seems apparent from their breadth of hits on … Continue reading The Honeymoon Is Far From Over For Zulu Pearls

Steelesque Is Meta-Rocking With Johnny On The Spot

A quick way to describe the sound of the June 2012 release "Johnny On The Spot" is the word "Olympian,” both in the sense of athletic power-lifting and in the sense of large columns of marble (i.e. “rock”). But it isn’t in your best interest to be too hasty in trying to describe what Rob … Continue reading Steelesque Is Meta-Rocking With Johnny On The Spot

River City Rebels, Cause…

The River City Rebels' two-track 7” vinyl EP release, "Headed To Hell" leaves little to the imagination as it fills in the senses and disavows any silences with solid instrumentalism. A certain constancy of rock-a-billy reverb and alt-country echo keep the lead track "Hades" ballooning out to fill the ear with desolation and cowboy blues, … Continue reading River City Rebels, Cause…

The Cheats Ain’t Just Some Punks

Reviewer disclaimer: Listen to The Cheats' Pussyfootin'" before reading their promotional literature. Better yet, as their promotional literature suggests (which may be ironic to say after forewarning against reading it), see them live before taking their word for what to expect in their sound. The carpet does not match the drapes, but fortunately the carpet … Continue reading The Cheats Ain’t Just Some Punks