Daily Yinz – Short Fictions – To Leave Forever or Die Alone in South Oakland

Short Fictions recently released their Lauren Records debut, Every Moment of Every Day. Where the group's last album wended its way toward climate catastrophe, this one takes a direct route to depressed pop euphoria. When I first moved to Pittsburgh, I lived in an overpriced one-bedroom in South Oakland, a few blocks off Forbes Ave. … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Short Fictions – To Leave Forever or Die Alone in South Oakland

Daily Yinz – Essential Machine – Almost Outta Here

Essential Machine, a trio comprising two parents and their son, recently released the aptly titled Exponential Crisis (Lemon Tree Records). Album highlight "Almost Outta Here" taps into the retro road warrior energy of "Red Eyes"-era War on Drugs, riding metronomic drums, swirling guitar, and bargain-bin synths toward the far horizon in search of something just … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Essential Machine – Almost Outta Here

Daily Yinz – The Zells – Hell Car

The fuzzy, slack-happy (slack-sad?) Zells take a ride in the "Hell Car," the second single from their upcoming album, Ant Farm (Crafted Sounds). While The Zells have always cranked up the distortion, slumped their shoulders, and fixed their eyes downward in response to the alienating drudgery of modern American life, they've got a TV sitting … Continue reading Daily Yinz – The Zells – Hell Car

Daily Yinz – Partly Sunny – GOD BLESS

Partly Sunny, comprising Alex Gleue and Zach Bronder (Bat Zuppel, Slow Bluff, Flower Crown, Astrology Now, Good Sport), recently released Fesh, which features Rave Ami's Evan Meindl on drums. Partly Sunny (and I have to take a minute to appreciate their name, because it is the most appropriate Pittsburgh moniker I've ever heard) play a … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Partly Sunny – GOD BLESS

Daily Yinz – Lindsay Dragan – Skin Deep

As the culmination of a multi-year string of excellent singles, Lindsay Dragan released The Forests, The Mountains, The Desert At Night earlier this month. The album contains familiar tunes like "The Radiant Light," "Desert Palm," and "Everywhere," and complements them with several new ones. "Skin Deep," one of the previously unheard cuts, accomplishes a tricky … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Lindsay Dragan – Skin Deep

Daily Yinz – String Machine – Churn It Anew

String Machine returns with Hallelujah Hell Yeah (Know Hope Records), a buoyant reimagining of the septet's rustic maximalism. Where String Machine's previous album, 2019's excellent Death of the Neon, ambled its way through chilly, late-autumn atmospheres, seeking a warm burrow in which to nestle, Hallelujah shakes itself awake after a winter of hibernation. Everything feels … Continue reading Daily Yinz – String Machine – Churn It Anew

Daily Yinz – Sober Clones – The Other Side

Psych-rockers Sober Clones recently released a 27-track behemoth called Maggots Turn to Flies. Maggots contains such an array of styles--washed-out funk, crusty punk, swirling daydreamery-- that it's tough to pick one track that represents the entire project. That being said, "The Other Side" is a personal favorite. A noisy, exuberant burst of dance floor drums, … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Sober Clones – The Other Side

Daily Yinz – The Arden Room – Pastor Wren

On their debut album, Leave It All Behind, The Arden Room add a touch of prairie-bound wistfulness to a spacious indie rock sound. Leave It All Behind comprises nine expansive tracks, on which shimmering guitars interlock with steady drumbeats while glimmers of brass and glockenspiel fly longingly on by like scenery viewed from a moving … Continue reading Daily Yinz – The Arden Room – Pastor Wren