Beer and Clothing (and Music) in East Allegheny – Deutschtown Music Festival 2019

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(To be clear, this piece is not about alcohol or apparel--although, at the festival, I did enjoy a few beers and buy some clothing from the awesome Ooh Baby--I just really needed to make that admittedly terrible Hunter S Thompson pun) ### "How is it that you guys can't just make us a flatbread?!" The … Continue reading Beer and Clothing (and Music) in East Allegheny – Deutschtown Music Festival 2019

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Deutschtown Music Festival Artist Spotlight–Princess Nostalgia

Part 5 of the 2019 Deutschtown Music Festival In Review Photo "borrowed" from the artist's Bandcamp page Princess Nostalgia is a producer and singer (emphasis on producer) from Pittsburgh. She makes sleek pop music with a strong R&B influence and a philosophical lyrical bent; her songs have the ability to get both your body and your … Continue reading Deutschtown Music Festival Artist Spotlight–Princess Nostalgia

Deutschtown Music Festival Artist Spotlight–ForeverWEST

Part 4 of the 2019 Deutschtown Music Festival In Review Photo "borrowed" from the artist's Facebook page ForeverWEST is the stage name of Devin West, a rapper/musician/photographer/videographer/etc from Pittsburgh. Possessing a relentless work ethic, he produces his own songs, creating hard-hitting beats and then rapping over them with a ferocious energy. After watching The Sun Champs … Continue reading Deutschtown Music Festival Artist Spotlight–ForeverWEST

Daily Discovery-Japanese Heart Software-Loner

Japanese Heart Software could easily be the name of some a e s t h e t i c, vaporwavey project full of ironic 90's television samples; in reality, the name actually refers to the lo-fi sythpop created by Melbourne, Australia's Nat Chippy. "Loner," off Japanese Heart Software's new release Lonely Hearts, blends driving percussion … Continue reading Daily Discovery-Japanese Heart Software-Loner

Deutschtown Music Festival Artist Spotlight–The Sun Champs

Part 3 of the 2019 Deutschtown Music Festival In Review Photo "borrowed" from the band's Facebook page The Sun Champs are a funky jam band from Pittsburgh, made up of five guys with serious musical chops. I'd like to think that the band's name was inspired by the Dayman character featured in the notorious song from … Continue reading Deutschtown Music Festival Artist Spotlight–The Sun Champs

Tapes From The Garbage–A Q+A With The Mastermind Behind Experimental Music Label Autumn Sounds

Stephen Metejka A little while ago, during my near-daily scrolls through Pittsburgh-based Bandcamp pages, I started coming across releases from a label called Autumn Sounds. The music found on these releases was unfailingly bizarre; it seemed like every weird or unconventional album being uploaded to the site by a Pittsburgh artist was associated with Autumn … Continue reading Tapes From The Garbage–A Q+A With The Mastermind Behind Experimental Music Label Autumn Sounds

Daily Discovery-Sicayda-Only Worried

Sicayda is a four-piece band from Toronto that creates hazy, echoey guitarscapes in the vein of the classic 90's shoegaze groups. Their new EP Sown ranges stylistically from delicate, crystalline balladry to whirring, distorted rushes of sound, sometimes pulling from both simultaneously. "Only Worried" is a towering, majestic track whose air of celestial sadness reminds … Continue reading Daily Discovery-Sicayda-Only Worried

Deutschtown Music Festival Artist Spotlight–Fuck Yeah, Dinosaurs!

Part 2 of the 2019 Deutschtown Music Festival In Review Photo borrowed from the band's Facebook page Fuck Yeah, Dinosaurs! are Pittsburgh's resident dino-punkers. From what I can tell, they're into two things: herbal tea and prehistoric mammals. Just kidding; they like beer and dinosaurs, of course. After The Petals' set at Max's Allegheny Tavern ended, … Continue reading Deutschtown Music Festival Artist Spotlight–Fuck Yeah, Dinosaurs!