The Brothers Reed – Pittsburgh performance @BlackForgeCoffee

The sibling acoustic duo from Southern Oregon, The Brothers Reed, are on a two-month national tour promoting their brand new album “Three” set to release on Jan.6th. They are performing at Black Forge Coffee House in Pittsburgh on February 15th.

“Their melodies make their music exceptional” – Natalie Johnson (music editor for Sneak Preview)

“…intoxicating sound a light in the darkness of the song craft” – Josh Gross (album review in Rogue Valley Messenger)

Despite their brotherhood, Aaron and Phil Reed didn’t start playing music together until two years ago after Phil left their hometown of St. Charles, Missouri to join Aaron in the unsullied mountains of the American Northwest. The brothers family blend of folk encapsulates the grit and humor of Midwest life with the swagger and serenity of the west coast. Their style evokes finger picking folk singers of the 60’s and 70’s with a contemporary and boundless edge. Cultivated from years of performing in bands ranging from heavy metal to reggae and rock, to punk, country, and funk, their musical dichotomy is at the root of their diverse yet seamless folk-brand.

            With their comedic brotherly banter, impeccable harmonic expression, and widely varying influences, a Brothers Reed performance will have you reflecting on lost lives and lovers, laughing hysterically and leaving completely entertained.  

Touring as a guitar-duo, the group incorporates harmonica, percussion and keys into their live performances, soothing your soul with songs that are familiar yet original.   Whether they are finger picking their way through a lamentable ballad or bringing you around full-speed with a barn-burning bluegrass number, The Brothers Reed are masters of their craft.

            Winners of 2014’s “Road to Nashville,” competition as well as finalists and crowd favorites of Britt Festivals 2015 “Rising Stars Contest,” the Brothers Reed have quickly risen to regional renown and now tour extensively throughout the U.S. Their sophomore full length, Monster In My Head (released March 2016), is a power-punch follow up to 2015’s critically acclaimed debut, Sick As Folk. Moving away from the stripped down approach of Sick As Folk, Monster In My Head combines full band instrumentation with the finest elements of folk, rock, R&B, country and reggae, to create a record that at 17 tracks is an ambitious yet fluid piece of work. The album also marks the group’s first effort at collaboration and features several guest artists including Jeff Pevar (Crosby, Stills and Nash; Ray Charles; Jazz is Dead), T.J. Eilers (Synrgy, Buckle Rash, The Illies) and Ambur Rose (Roses and Whiskey).

All aspects of the brand including management, website design, graphics, and album production (engineering, recording and mixing) is done completely by The Brothers.  

Find tour dates, merch., and videos at www.thebrothersreed.comSick As Folk and Monster In My Head are available on iTunes, Spotify, and also at www.thebrothersreed.com

 (Photo courtesy of Daniel McCarty of Focal Fire Productions)

 

Real Friends Returns to Pittsburgh

By Paige Elexis Owens

After taking several months off of the road and the stage, Real Friends performed in Pittsburgh’s South Side at the Rex Theater on June 7th.

real friends band

 

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Bad Seed Rising @Diesel on 5/14

Bad Seed Rising will remain on the road forever! The band will hit the tour circuit with Eyes Set to Kill this spring, and then return to Warped Tour for the second summer in a row. Check out the band’s single “Fighting Gravity” and their recent interview with Buzzfeed. Their Roadrunner debut Awake in Color is out now.

 

The band is playing Diesel in Pittsburgh, PA on 5/14.

Swedish Metallers AMARANTHE Coming to Rock Rex Theater on 3/4

AMARANTHE:

3/4: Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater

On tour with Failure Anthem, Cypher 16, and Smash Into Pieces

Elize Ryd – Vocals
Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson – Screams
Olof Mörck – Guitar, Keys
Johan Andreassen – Bass
Morten Løwe Sørensen – Drums

Formed as a project in 2007 by guitarist Olof Mörck and vocalist Jake E., Gothenburg, Sweden’s AMARANTHE have carved their name into the annals of metal in capital letters. Band with an exceptional vision right from the outset, Amaranthe are an institution; trailblazers of a genre they almost single-handedly forged.

According to some sources “melodic death metal” and somewhere else pegged as “metalcore” Amaranthe keeps driving genre purists loopy. Sporting three singers, each with characteristics of their own, Amaranthe constantly defies pigeonholing and sound like no one – and nothing – else. Morten Løwe Sørensen’s rhythmic thrust and Johan Andreassen’s booming low-frequency assault lay the foundation to Olof Mörck’s surgically precise, almost machine-like guitar riffing and layers of lush, contemporary keyboards. Timeless, glistening pop choruses coated with an icing of three layers of sublime singing from Elize Ryd’s emotive, angelic voice, Jake E.’s forceful delivery and Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson’s screams combine for a mix of edgy, powerful melodic music that is not only unique and unforgettable, it’s trend-setting and inimitable as well. Amaranthe has already proved they’re the next step in the evolution of metal. Sadly, Jake E. has recently left the band to pursue other projects (http://teamrock.com/news/2016-11-09/amaranthe-vocalist-jake-e-quits-band).

amaranthe_picAfter seeing major labels chomping at the bit that was their one song Myspace demo in 2008, in April 2011 their eponymous debut album was released via the prestigious metal hotbed Spinefarm Records to worldwide acclaim, charting high in Sweden and Finland. Right off the bat throbbing to the pulse of the digital music revolution, “Amaranthe” was the 84th most played album on Spotify in the whole world, counting all genres. After a completed run of 92 live shows after the release of their eponymous debut, the sextet returned to Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark where the Amaranthe magic has been plucked from the air since the days of the debut album.

March 2013 saw the release of “The Nexus” where everything was upped a notch. Featured was more of the band’s innovative mix of melodic pop, harsh screamo metal, and techno-influenced hard rock. Extensive touring followed, more chart entries garnered (Top 10 entries both in Sweden and Finland, #12 on US Billboard Heatseeker chart etc.).

Now their career on an ever-upward trajectory, October 2014 saw the release of Amaranthe’s 3rd outing MASSIVE ADDICTIVE. Third time seemed to be the charm, as the album immediately charted in six countries, even manning the pole position on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The album also yielded Amaranthe’s first major single hit with “Drop Dead Cynical”, which stayed several weeks at the top of USA‘s premier rock station, Sirius XM Octane, and had massive airplay all around the world.

With their 4th album now nigh, the secrets and evolution of the sound yet remain behind a veil, but now it almost goes without saying that connoisseurs of shiny modern metal have much more to look forward to from this unstoppable hybrid metal record-breaking machine!

Followers and copycats come and go, but Amaranthe remains the leader of the pack.

Concise stats of what is Amaranthe:

• 3 album released with a total sale of over 250 000 items worldwide
• 3 gold discs in Sweden for 20 000 cd-singles each
• 2 gold discs in Finland for 10 000 albums
• 1 gold disc in Finland for 5000 singles
• 4 carried out European tours and 3 US tours in 4 years. The 3 last tours as headline in both US and Europe
• 100 000 000 (ONE HUNDRED MILLION) plays at Spotify and over 40 000 000 on YouTube
• Headline at Liseberg in hometown Gothenburg with over 10 000 visitors
• Last album, “Massive Addictive” reached #1 on the US Billboard Heatseekers list
• 2 last albums both reached Top 10 status on the Swedish and Finnish album charts
• The first single from “Massive Addictive” album – “Drop Dead Cynical” – is played frequently on the biggest sporting events in the US, such as NHL games, etc.
• The same single – “Drop Dead Cynical” – spent several weeks at #1 on the US’s biggest rock radio station SiriusXM Octane
• All the singles released have been frequently played on Bandit Rock in Sweden. These have a total play quota of several thousand times
• During the band’s recent appearance at the Sweden Rock it was several thousand more spectators than the specified capacity of about 6000

 

Trophy Eyes @MrSmalls Theatre on 9/30

SET TO PLAY MR. SMALLS THEATRE
ON SEPTEMBER 30TH
 
NEW ALBUM
CHEMICAL MIRACLE
TO BE RELEASED ON OCTOBER 14TH ON 
HOPELESS RECORDS
 
 

WATCH THE MUSIC FOR “CHLORINE”

 

ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
 
ON TOUR WITH
 
Newcastle, Australia natives, Trophy Eyes, are set to play Mr. Smalls Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA onSeptember 30th on their current USA tour supporting The Amity Affliction! Check out a full list of tour dates below –
The band recently released a brand new song “Heaven Sent” from their upcoming album Chemical Miracle! Fans can now stream the track on the official Hopeless Records YouTube channel, here: http://goo.gl/xLfzL1
Chemical Miracle is set for release on October 14, 2016 via Hopeless Records and is now available for digital and physical pre-order.
Watch the official music video for their first single “Chlorine”, here: http://goo.gl/rnp6V5
Preorder Chemical Miracle
 
When pre-ordered digitally, fans will receive “Chlorine” and “Heaven Sent” as an instant grat tracks!
 
Chemical Miracle Track Listing:
1. Chlorine
2. Counting Sheep
3. Nose Bleed
4. Heaven Sent
5. Rain On Me
6. Chemical
7. Breathe You In
8. Home Is
9. Miracle
10. Suicide Pact
11. Daydreamer
Hailing from Newcastle, Australia, Trophy Eyes have created a new wave of alternative punk music. Chemical Miracle is the follow up to the band’s debut full length Mend, Move On, which was released in late 2014.
Trophy Eyes is currently on a sold out run in Australia supporting The Amity Affliction and will rejoin them in North America for nationwide tour!  A full list of upcoming tour dates can be found below.
Trophy Eyes – Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sep 11 – Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
Sep 13 – The Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
Sep 14 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
Sep 15 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Sep 16 – The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY
Sep 17 – Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY
Sep 20 – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD
Sep 21 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Sep 22 – The Beacham – Orlando, FL
Sep 23  – 1904 – Jacksonville, FL
Sep 24 – Boone’s – Charleston, SC
Sep 26 – The End – Nashville, TN
Sep 27 – The Ready Room – St Louis, MO
Sep 29 – Deluxe at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
Sep 30 – Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA  
Oct 01 – Double Happiness – Columbus, OH
Oct 02 – Northside Yacht Club – Cincinnati, OH
Oct 04 – Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
Oct 06 – The Opera House – Toronto, Canada
Oct 07 – The Crofoot – Detroit, MI
Oct 08 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
Oct 09 – Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
Oct 10 – The Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE
Oct 12 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 14 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Oct 15 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Oct 16 – CATALYST – Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 17 – Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 18 – Vinyl – Las Vegas, NV
Oct 19 – The Glass House – Pomona, CA
Oct 20 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Oct 21 – Nile Theatercase – Mesa, AZ
Oct 22 – SOMA – San Diego, CA
Nov 05 – The Workers Club – Launceston, Australia
Jan 14 – Unify Gathering 2017 – Tarwin Lower, Australia
For more information:
Follow Trophy Eyes:
Twitter: @trophyeyesmusic

Giada Valenti to appear on KDKA Pittsburgh Today Live!, Thursday, September 15

KDKA Pittsburgh Today Live!, will feature Giada Valenti Thursday, September 15  and she will do a cooking-demo making a Tiramisu as well as talk about her upcoming concert.
gv_pittsburgh-poster-2016Giada Valenti – From Venice With Love
Saturday, September 177:30pm
Byham Theatre
101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222