Daily Yinz – Kallan – Honeybee

Pittsburgh's Kallan Elizabeth (or just Kallan, for short) released The Impermanent Spectacle of Now, a poetic, assured folk album, in mid-August. For someone with such a minimal catalogue (just this album, preceded by one single, is available on Bandcamp), Kallan brings a unique, fully-formed sound to the table. Searching lyrics, often containing nature imagery and/or … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Kallan – Honeybee

Daily Yinz – Merce Lemon – Those Eyes

Merce Lemon, a Pittsburgh artist who specializes in warm, homespun balladry, is slated to release her latest album, Moonth (Crafted Sounds/Darling Recordings), in mid-August. "Those Eyes," one of the album's first singles, sounds like Soccer Mommy by way of Steve Belfer's "Seaweed" theme from Spongebob. Bluesy acoustic guitar, tinged with old saloon smoke, introduces a … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Merce Lemon – Those Eyes

Daily Yinz – Katie Dee & the Quaking Aspens – Lunatic Lighthouse

Katie Dee and her gothic Americana outfit, the Quaking Aspens, release quirky, homespun murder ballads, the latest collection of which, From the Sea, features watery graves and aquatic creatures. After I saw Robert Eggers's depraved black & white psych-horror film The Lighthouse (starring Edward Cullen and the Green Goblin) in December, I went to a … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Katie Dee & the Quaking Aspens – Lunatic Lighthouse

Daily Yinz – Morgan Erina – Are You Happy

Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter Morgan Erina makes autumnal music that gives off that feeling of warm, comfy sadness. Erina's latest single, "Are You Happy," conjures some serious "For Emma" vibes, especially the interaction between acoustic and slide guitar, the former instrument delicate and precise, the latter silvery and glinting as it flows down over the fingerpicked latticework … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Morgan Erina – Are You Happy

Daily Yinz – Slow Bluff – Fool’s Gold

Pittsburgh's Spencer Geer and Zach Bronder are Slow Bluff, an acoustic duo whose stripped-down sound disguises intricate arrangements. Slow Bluff's first release, "Fool's Gold," is chock full of BWHE (Big Wild Horses Energy), with plenty of blues sway, double-stop guitar flourishes, and lyrical yearnin' to go around. The Bluff boys, busting out some truly tricky … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Slow Bluff – Fool’s Gold

Daily Yinz – Lem – Twin Mattress (Washington Heights)

Lem are a Pittsburgh-area "joke-folk" duo that use acoustic instrumentation and pastoral harmonies to deliver witty, irreverent tales of slackerdom and youngish ennui. Last week, Lem released Just A Bunch Of Demos (2016-2019), which is (surprise surprise!) a collection of iPhone demos recorded over the past few years. Lem's demos are about as brief as … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Lem – Twin Mattress (Washington Heights)

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 – 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-Parking Lot Bandits-Cashin’ Out

Parking Lot Bandits are a Pittsburgh folk-punk quartet whose EP, Some Call It Utopia, is due for release later this month. "Cashin' Out," the first single released from Some Call It Utopia, is a weary, gray flag of not-quite-surrender. Guitarist Jon Ha (backed by the vocals of harpist/ukuleleist Natasha) snarls his way through a litany … Continue reading Daily Yinz-Parking Lot Bandits-Cashin’ Out

Daily Yinz-The Childlike Empress-Far Rockaway

The Childlike Empress is a Pittsburgh (by way of New York) singer, songwriter, and banjoist whose heartfelt confessionals act as emotional salves for both artist and listener. Their debut album, Take Care Of Yourself, was released last week. The most striking thing about the Childlike Empress's album release show at Babyland last Friday was the … Continue reading Daily Yinz-The Childlike Empress-Far Rockaway