collision – golden melodies

Purchase golden melodies, a compilation album featuring local indie, experimental, ambient, and noise artists, to support Collision, one of Pittsburgh's most treasured DIY spaces, during the COVID-19 crisis. Not sure if the melodies found here are golden in the traditional sense (I'd substitute words like "decaying", "neon", "foreboding", "dystopian", "hyperactive", "lugubrious," etc), but who needs … Continue reading collision – golden melodies

Daily Yinz – Rex Tycoon – Birthday Cake

Rex Tycoon (not to be confused with Rex Kwon Do or Rex Orange County or RollerCoaster Tycoon) are a Pittsburgh indie rock act whose recently released 2020 demo has that wonderfully raw, iPhone-voice-memo quality. Amid pixelated guitar strums that alternately scorch and caress, Rex Tycoon frontman Austin Reesman waxes bored and exhausted about bad habits, … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Rex Tycoon – Birthday Cake

I’d Be Lying If I Said I Know Exactly What I’m Doing – A Q+A With Connor Murray of DIY Label Crafted Sounds

Photo provided by Connor Murray Crafted Sounds is a Pittsburgh-based DIY label that has organized countless events around the city and released excellent music from The Zells, Flower Crown, BBGuns, and more. Connor Murray, the omnipresent Energizer Bunny behind the Crafted Sounds operation, was kind enough to answer some questions for Bored In Pittsburgh. Check … Continue reading I’d Be Lying If I Said I Know Exactly What I’m Doing – A Q+A With Connor Murray of DIY Label Crafted Sounds

Daily Yinz – Vireo – Drink Pine Needle Tea

Vireo, a Pittsburgh artist/band that makes wistful, blown-out "eco-folk" music, returns with Here Comes The Driftler. Here Comes The Driftler is a loose, unmastered concept EP (mastered version due out in the fall) about the titular Driftler, a figure that "embodies and transcends" all things winter (see: magical snowfalls, the wholesome cheesiness of the holiday … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Vireo – Drink Pine Needle Tea

Daily Yinz – Swither – Keep Going

Swither are a Pittsburgh "seltzer-punk" quartet whose lyrics delve into life's manifold anxieties, members' fears and worries laid bare over sunny power-pop riffs. The band released its self-titled debut album (preceded by the excellent lead single "Dead to the World") last week. Eli Enis, Julia Carbone, Hayden Ferry, and Patrick Crossen share vocal duties over … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Swither – Keep Going

Daily Yinz-Leila Rhodes-Where You’re Going

Pittsburgh polymath Leila Rhodes is back with another excellent electric blues track, "Where You're Going." "Where You're Going" is one of those songs that is made stronger by featuring only two guitar chords (by my count, at least). And these are some tasty chords, strongly resembling the dominant seven sharp ninths preferred by players like … Continue reading Daily Yinz-Leila Rhodes-Where You’re Going

Daily Yinz-Weeknight Hangover and Statehood Silver Medalist-Hiding

Weeknight Hangover and Statehood Silver Medalist, two Pittsburgh-based lo-fi artists, join forces for a brief new release called self. With "Hiding," the first of self's two tracks, the duo has captured lightning in a half-empty beer bottle. The recorded-on-a-brick aesthetic of Weeknight's recent halloween ep (an evocative listen in its own right) is polished up … Continue reading Daily Yinz-Weeknight Hangover and Statehood Silver Medalist-Hiding

Daily Yinz-Son Of None-Digging 2 China

Son Of None, a Pittsburgh lo-fi duo active in the early-2000's, mined sparse instrumentation and rudimentary recording techniques to unearth nuggets of oddball pop gold. The product of Son Of None's work from 2003-2005, called Blizzard of '77, has just recently seen the light of day (or the light of Bandcamp, at least). On the … Continue reading Daily Yinz-Son Of None-Digging 2 China

Rough Edges – A Q+A With Kurt Gainfort of Pittsburgh DIY Label Mirkwood Recordings

Image "borrowed" from Mirkwood's Facebook page Mirkwood Recordings is a Pittsburgh label that specializes in idiosyncratic music made by eclectic artists, some from our own backyard and others hailing from across the world. Its latest release, Side Stepping The Abyss by ambient/drone artist D√ľne Kankel, was featured on Bored In Pittsburgh a few weeks ago. … Continue reading Rough Edges – A Q+A With Kurt Gainfort of Pittsburgh DIY Label Mirkwood Recordings

Daily Yinz-Wwoman-Chuchi

Wwoman (the musical moniker of artist g smee) fashions and unleashes neon-lit bedroom pop anthems from the recesses of a North Side Pittsburgh apartment. I first heard wwoman's new single, "Chuchi," about a week ago, before I headed to New York for a much-needed vacation. While there, I found myself humming the song's hook under … Continue reading Daily Yinz-Wwoman-Chuchi