Daily Yinz – Same – Bluish

Same are a Pittsburgh indie rock act that dreamified a guitar-heavy sound for their latest release. Plastic Western (Lauren Records) sparkles in places where previous Same entries may have brooded or churned. The rambling, start-stop sway of "Bluish" reminds me of something you'd hear from the exurban emo-folkers of Pittsburgh's own String Machine, whose Death … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Same – Bluish

Daily Yinz – Heirloom – Roses

Heirloom makes emo-tinged rock music that is both jagged and elegant; the group's debut, Figures in Dust, dropped last month. On "Roses," the album's closer, clean guitar spreads outward like ripples in an otherwise still pond, before the band explodes into a soaring passage that features powerful harmonies between frontwoman Candice McDermott and guitarist Stephen … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Heirloom – Roses

Daily Yinz – The Mixus Brothers – To the Music World Unknown

Pittsburgh's Mixus Brothers approach their rootsy Americana tunes with a sense of homespun enthusiasm. Chapter One of the duo's seventh album, The Lonesome Gods, was released last week. The release's second track, "To the Music World Unknown," is a brief, wistful singalong that finds Jebbh and Red Mixus intertwining high and low harmonies overtop acoustic … Continue reading Daily Yinz – The Mixus Brothers – To the Music World Unknown

Daily Yinz – Leila Rhodes – Principles

Leila Rhodes, purveyor of six-string fuzz, is back with "Principles," the first single released from her upcoming album, Attunement. "Principles" contains all the Leila Rhodes staples: tons of reverb, shaggy blues licks, self-confidently psychonautic lyrical koans , a face-melting meld of psych atmosphere and R&B attitude. To start, a decayed, Tycho-esque synth drifts into frame … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Leila Rhodes – Principles

Daily Yinz – Watererer – Toweringly Ambitious Array

Watererer is a bustling, freeform, experimental rock music collective whose debut album, To Finding Out, was released last month. The music on To Finding Out is a heap of curlicue guitar, clattering percussion, free jazz blowin', and dazed lyrical snippets. My personal favorite track is 'Toweringly Ambitious Array," which sounds like an outtake from Paul … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Watererer – Toweringly Ambitious Array

Daily Yinz – Century III – Hot Feng

Century III is a Pittsburgh trio that specializes in a blown-out, heavily-reverbed take on 60's surf music. The group's latest EP, Here Today, technically came out last fall, but was only released on Spotify a few weeks ago. So, that's new enough for our purposes! The EP's second track, "Hot Feng," centers on Carrie Battle's … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Century III – Hot Feng

Daily Yinz – Scratchy Blanket – On Top

Scratchy Blanket is a Pittsburgh emo-adjacent band that describes its "kind and polite indie rock" as "the musical equivalent of the phrase 'If it's ok with you'." The group's upcoming debut album, Something For Everyone, is due out on Leap Day, which makes its release a true once-in-a-quadrennial event, as the common phrase goes. "On … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Scratchy Blanket – On Top

Daily Yinz – Water Trash – My Dear

Water Trash are a Pittsburgh quintet that pepper their slackery garage tunes with extended passages of virtuosic jamming. "My Dear" is a single from the band's new album, Pleasure Palace, which is slated for release tomorrow. What begins as a head-bobbing jaunt--a la Weezer before they sucked or, more specifically, Philadelphia band Free Energy's 2010 … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Water Trash – My Dear

Daily Discovery 02.17.20

UVB-76 - Jet Engine "UVB-76" is a notorious shortwave radio station that plays an endlessly repeating buzz tone, sometimes interrupted by voices speaking Russian. UVB-76 is also a band from Austin, TX, whose shoegazey post-punk anthems also sound like they're being beamed in from some distant transmitter. "Jet Engine," from the group's new album, Haunted … Continue reading Daily Discovery 02.17.20

Daily Yinz – Merce Lemon – Moon Shots

Merce Lemon is a Pittsburgh indie-folker whose first two EPs are being reissued in March (along with some bonus material) on the Crafted Sounds label under the title Ride Every Day. Ride Every Day's lead single, "Moon Shots," was originally included on Crafted Sounds's April 2019 Bridges compilation. It's an aching lo-fi ballad that glows … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Merce Lemon – Moon Shots