Daily Yinz – Short Fictions – Don’t Start A Band

Newly signed to SoCal's Lauren Records, Short Fictions return with a tale about the perils of being Short Fictions. "Don't Start A Band" forgoes the twinkling complexity and climate doomsaying of 2019's Fates Worse Than Death in favor of chunky power chords, self-deprecation, and hooks, glorious hooks. Not content to simply lasso the ears with … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Short Fictions – Don’t Start A Band

Daily Yinz – Gator Shakes – East Coast Fear

Gator Shakes are a metalcore band that puts on one hell of a loud show (god I miss live music); their latest album, Well, Hell, came out last Friday. The album opens with vocalist Jake Morgan barely clinging to the end of a fraying rope, screaming, a capella, "Push! West! Leave! This! East! Coast! Fear!" … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Gator Shakes – East Coast Fear

Daily Yinz – Latecomer – Bet Your Life

Latecomer makes furious punk music full of barked mantras and breakneck tempos. The band released its Bet Your Life EP a few weeks back. The EP's title track gets its strength from simplicity. Sledgehammer guitars alternate between supercharged "Lust For Life"-style riffs and boiling, single-chord passages that ratchet up the sense of clenched-teeth intensity already … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Latecomer – Bet Your Life

Daily Yinz – Calyx – Americana Get A Break

Calyx are a trio that specializes in whirling pop-punk paroxysms; they released their full length debut, Stay Gone, this week. Ever since I saw Calyx blow through a set at The Childlike Empress's Take Care Of Yourself release show at Babyland a few years back, I've been hoping for a full album's worth of the … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Calyx – Americana Get A Break

The Mr. Roboto Project Benefit Compilation Vol. 3

The Don't Let The Scene Go Down On Me! collective has organized another benefit album to support the one and only Mr. Roboto Project, one of Pittsburgh's most indispensable DIY venues. COVID-19 is still happening even if some people ignore it, and who knows when we'll be able to have the full live music experience … Continue reading The Mr. Roboto Project Benefit Compilation Vol. 3

Daily Yinz – Holy Rivals – My Minds Blind Stupid

Holy Rivals are a Pittsburgh trio that specializes in scuzzy, stripped-down punk rock. On most weekdays, it takes until about 2pm for my brain to start working. On Mondays...well, it takes until about 2pm on Tuesday. Luckily, Mind Blinder, the newest release from Holy Rivals, comprises seven tracks whose lyrics can be printed, in entirety, … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Holy Rivals – My Minds Blind Stupid

Daily Yinz – Lilac – Pinocchio pt. 1

Lilac's music exists in a degraded cyberpunk hellscape, in which humans merge with machines and all are exploited by a technocratic elite. Lilac's most recent EP, ConVnet, is a concept album inspired by the twisted 1991 Japanese horror film 964 Pinocchio. The opening track, "Pinocchio pt. 1," draws on classic body horror imagery as it … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Lilac – Pinocchio pt. 1

Daily Yinz – Panta Rhei – 133 189

Panta Rhei, an aleatoric (meaning that some element of composition is left up to chance) black metal project masterminded by prolific Pittsburgh noise artist RJ Myato, released a split album with the ever-bleak Thar Desert last month. The Panta Rhei side of Transmuter sounds like a supergroup consisting of corpse-painted Scandinavians and straight edge punks … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Panta Rhei – 133 189

Daily Yinz – TRVSS – scale model citizen in a scale model town

Pittsburgh noise punks TRVSS follow up last year's frenetic debut, ABSENCE, with New Distances, a mathy affair that manages to crush even harder than the first one did. Where ABSENCE galloped, New Distances stomps and lurches, easing up on the throttle a bit so that the music has room to breathe. I'm not talking deep … Continue reading Daily Yinz – TRVSS – scale model citizen in a scale model town

The Gotobeds – “Have You Checked The Tapes”/ “Blazing Sun of Youth”

Support Sisters PGH's COVID-19 relief efforts by purchasing The Gotobeds's early July release "Have You Checked The Tapes"/ "Blazing Sun of Youth," which contains two unreleased tracks from the Debt Begins At 30 sessions. True to form, the songs are ragged, jagged, and sardonic. ### ### ### Enjoy some Pittsburgh punk and help your community … Continue reading The Gotobeds – “Have You Checked The Tapes”/ “Blazing Sun of Youth”