First/Last – Luxury Machine

July 5, 2019

Image courtesy of Luxury Machine

“Pittsburgh based grunge/blues three piece band. drums. keys. whiskey.”

Luxury Machine are grunge rock duo taking a cue from The Black Keys in adding soul and blues to the mix to create an energetic sound that reminds the listener of a classic rock vibe while still sounding fresh. Experience the band as they perform tonight (Friday, July 5) on the Southside for a late show with fellow locals Levi Bronson. I want to thank Ben Portz (Keys/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?
Billy Joel – Glass Houses.

Your last album bought?
Lou Reed – Rock n Roll Animal.

Favorite album of all time?
Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
Lord Huron – Vide Noir.

First concert attended?
Herman’s Hermits (parents took us to Disney and he was playing).

Last concert?
St. Vincent.

Favorite concert ever?
John Butler Trio in Chicago.

Least favorite concert?
Train – had to open for them in a previous band… so obligated to stay.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
In general… I’ve been highly impressed with the Pittsburgh music scene – every time I go out, I end up finding solid players. Plus with more venues opening up, it’s exposing me to a ton of great music.

Thanks, Ben. The old double edge sword of venue proliferation. Is more better? That is a situation that has to play itself out to see if it results in a positive.

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