NYC based trio, The London Souls fought off Pittsburgh's rush hour traffic to arrive just in time to support The Black Crowes and Tedeschi-Trucks Band at Stage AE. Taking the stage at 6pm, The London Souls ripped though a 30 minute set filled with older hits and newer gems from their upcoming new record "Here … Continue reading Pittsburgh Please Welcome…….The London Souls
Just south of us in the Mountain State of WV there is a busy sound lab. KR-3 are the technicians (Tim Boyd - guitar, vocals...Shane Lundy - guitar, vocals...Travis Hoard - keyboard, vocals...Ian Varlas - bass...Steve Fullerton - drums). They make way cool music and their latest concoction "Fractures and Sparks" has dropped on the … Continue reading KR-3 Drops “Fractures And Sparks” And We Are Happier For It.
Hey Pittsburgh! Guess what? You probably have family or close friends that know something about the mining business. And we've all heard that the Steel City produced a ton of coal back in the day. Some say diamonds, renowned as a material with superlative physical qualities, most of which originate from the strong bonding between its atoms … Continue reading The Wheals Realize It’s “Diamond Time”
Steelesque has been making headlines as of late. Their debut ep, Johnny on the Spot, is being release by U.K. label, Tuppence a Bag Records, they're playing the Three Rivers Arts Festival on June 11th, they've garnished praise in the Pittsburgh City Paper, and due to their high energy stage presence complete with genuine gratitude … Continue reading The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hierarchy of Steelesque
Real old electric blues had a specific tonality and sound. Robert Johnson, Muddy and even Buddy Guy didn't have any Bonamassa, or Hendrix "Red House" tones, like any of the big "blues" guys today. Missing was the "Dumble" sound or any of what I would call contemp-blues tones in their guitars. Doyle Bramhall III maybe … Continue reading Black Keys “Tighten Up” Their Grip In Pittsburgh
Fletcher Team Clermont-Fletcher began in early 2012 as a basement project between English brothers Oscar and Harvey Baker and their Chicagoan friend Tom Fry. Since then, the group has been steadily creating an incredible buzz as one of rock music’s new, relevant acts. The band has developed a strand of new-age British Rock with quirky … Continue reading Early Spring Trifecta With Fletcher, The End Men & Land Lines
Black Francis Set List w Special Guest Reid Paley Wicked Son California Bound ??? Living on Soul The Scene All Around the World Wave of Mutilation (Pixies song) She Took All The Money Dead Man's Curve All My Ghosts California Bound Bullet That Burnt Out Rock And Roll (Gary Green cover) Los Angeles Nimrod's Son (Pixies song) When … Continue reading Black Francis & Reid Paley Breathe Fresh Air Into Club Cafe
Tick-tock, check the dial please...come in come in. I'm locked in my place with bells from a schoolgirls jewelry box. "Feel like I've been here before....feels like I walked through that door.....here in my head, here in my head". "Electric Eye", the second track on "Sandpaper Eyebrow's" new full length release "Clockwork Utopia", (Tuppence A … Continue reading Sandpaper Eyebrow’s Clockwork Utopia Has Time On It’s Side
Night Moves- Colored Emotions I was hooked on the initial "sell comparisons". A sell comparison ( I made this term up btw) is a short sentence or description sent to a blogger or reviewer, like myself, that compares the band your about to hear to a more popular band. In Night Moves case the bands used were Supertramp, … Continue reading A Couple Of Gems To Kick Off 2013
Brooklyn, New York sent vistors to Pittsburgh Tuesday night when Bear In Heaven and Snowmine shared the stage. The cold and ice was met head on with a solid 2.5 hours of lush-laden guitars and electronica. Snowmine opened the night with a syncopated echo driven pop set best described as a junior varsity version of … Continue reading Bear In Heaven and Snowmine Heat Up Brillobox
PMM's Rob Eldridge will be on assignment to cover to very cool California bands: Tea Leaf Green and Tumbleweed Wanderers. See bio summaries below. It ain't easy being a gypsy, especially if one sings for their supper. San Francisco's Tea Leaf Green are newfangled Lost Boys, a traveling gang dedicated to seeking wisdom and experience … Continue reading Tea Leaf Green & Tumbleweed Wanderers Will Bring Americana To Mr. Smalls Feb 16th.
PMM-December 28th 2012 Here they are folks. My Top 5 Releases of 2012. I've included links to other critic reviews and big hitter reviews. Be mindful that these are my specific keepers and they don't represent my fellow PMMer's (Alan, Kait and Fritz) opinions. 1) Dr. John - Locked Down - with the help of Dan Auerbach Dr. … Continue reading PMM Names Top 5 Alt Rock Records Of 2012
We are pleased to announce that Steelesque signed with Tuppence A Bag Records, East Sussex, England and set a physical release date for “Johnny on the Spot” exclusive to the UK in mid 2013! Discussions surrounding a new EP or even a debut full length CD are in the works. Thanks to David and everyone TAB Records for supporting … Continue reading Steelesque Signs With UK Label Tuppence A Bag Records!
Unfortunately I missed IAMDYNAMITE when they came through Pittsburgh in November because of the head cold that melted my head. Luckily those who attended the show at Altar Bar had their heads melted with a raucous spectacle. Any comments from people that attended the show would be appreciated. The grapevine produced raved reviews. Love this … Continue reading IAMDYNAMITE Likes Pittsburgh’s Beards and Girls With Tattoos
I always like getting an assignment to cover and review new Brit-Rock. When PMM's COO, Alan Welding, sent me the link to KingBathmat's 6th studio album, "Truth Button" ( to be released on Stereohead Records with worldwide physical and digital distribution by Code 7 on January 21st 2013) I was intrigued. I loaded up the album, … Continue reading Brit-Prog Rockers KingBathmat Never Follow The Rules
Ending People has managed to incorporate romanticism within new wave, experimental electronica and prog pop. Clean guitar lines meander through their new synth driven EP, Filling Lungs. "Beat Of My Heart", the first track chugs along like an old Simple Minds record (New Gold Dream-Sparkle In The Rain) or something sublime from the british soundbytes … Continue reading Ending People Getting It Started With Filling Lungs
As the awakening, brisk-cold wind travelled precipitously over the musty outskirts, I made my first eager step towards the ominous entrance leading into the settlement of those once abandoned souls, and into Carnegie Music Hall. While I continued at a steady pace towards the distant booming, I felt the vibration of familiar sounds. The closer … Continue reading My Jerusalem Live From Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA
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
released 24 February 2012 Recorded by Matt Wignall Additional recording by Luke Vander Pol Mixed by Luke Vander Pol Mastered by TW Walsh *vinyl mastered by Paul Gold I looked for the ship early this morning. Upon first sight it grabbed me with both hands. The vessel survived the weekend woes and walked ashore with … Continue reading Deep Sea Diver Finds The Pearl With “History Speaks”