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Image of the Day-“KOZ is GOD!”

Posted on August 21, 2008

Doors @ 7, Show @ 8. No problem. I head out the door and arrive at the venue about ten to eight. Walking a couple blocks to the club (nightmare Southside parking) I notice Mark on the sidewalk on his phone. I linger for about a minute till he’s done and I guess he notices the CD’s in my hand. He immediately does a 45 degree angle and walks into the middle of the street. Undeterred, …

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Image of the Day-“Patience”

Posted on August 20, 2008

Southside Brewhouse Gallery Final band of the night to perform. They sounded good considering the few songs I heard. I reluctantly bailed early. I had to get up the next morning for the college bands competition @ N.A.M.U.

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Image of the Day-“Victim Is A Saint”

Posted on August 17, 2008

Southside Brewhouse Gallery I am hoping there is new Lohio music this year. It’s comforting to know that one of my favorite bands right now is local…

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Image of the Day-“Shhh”

Posted on August 15, 2008

Southside Brewhouse Gallery This was my first time seeing Donora. I thought they were good. Really good. They reminded me of some hip surfer girl group from the sixties. Maybe the free beers had something to do with my judgement but who cares. The room was kinda crowded up front so I just chilled during their set and my photos suffered from it. I’ll have more from them tomorrow…

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Image of the Day-“Paper Way”

Posted on August 11, 2008

Southside Brewhouse Gallery This was an ‘unofficial’ after party to the N.A.M.U. Fest taking place a few blocks away. There were four local bands playing to support the release of the fantastic comp “Playing Favorties“. Boca Chica started the night with a set on the front stoop. I will be featuring them this week…

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Image of the Day-“Ah La La”

Posted on August 7, 2008

Southside Local boys opening for Dr. Dog. I only saw them once before and liked them then and really liked them now. They seem to have a loyal fanbase in town which is always nice to see. Very energetic straight forward pop. Too bad they were dealing with technical gremlins that had them stop the show for ten minutes before their last song….

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Image of the Day-“The Breeze”

Posted on August 6, 2008

I decided at the last minute to go to this late night show. Bummer for me that they sold out earlier in the day. Hanging out in front of the club I counted ten other people who needed tickets as well. Eventually we all got in and enjoyed a fabulous set…

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Image of the Day-“Impress You”

Posted on July 23, 2008

The Andy Warhol Museum There was a band called Forever Flowers that was scheduled to open for Lightspeed Champion. They bailed without notice and local songwriter Sonji filled in at the last minute…

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Image of the Day-“Go-Go-GODZILLA!!”

Posted on July 20, 2008

South Park Amphitheater Since Dr. Dog cancelled their show for tonight, why not hit BOC for a free show in the park? I guess that’s what SEVERAL thousand other people were thinking as well. I never saw the place this crowded before. It was pretty crazy. Every other show there before,..

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Image of the Day-“Listen”

Posted on July 18, 2008

This mini in-studio set from Amos was pretty cool. He seemed like a really gentle and humble dude. It was interesting to find out he had some heavy hitters in Doyle Bramhall, Spooner Oldham and Don Was, among others, playing on his latest album…

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Image of the Day-“Sea And The Sun”

Posted on July 18, 2008

Rootz: The Green City Music Festival Mellon Park Any chance I get to see these guys I try to take it. They have a new album coming out later in the summer called “History, The Destroyer”. If their last song in the set is any indication, Lohio is gonna rock out!…

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Image of the Day-“The Women of Arsenal”

Posted on July 13, 2008

Rootz: The Green City Music Festival Mellon Park Highly enjoyable day in the park. We brought out the kids and listened to some ‘wooden’ music. This set featured a bunch of local musicians taking turns on new songs written about Pittsburgh. Emily and Erik’s song was a standout for me…

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Image of the Day-“Avalanche”

Posted on July 12, 2008

Border’s Eastside Local musician Ben Hardt has a unique band going. He often performs with a string section that adds a very cool element to his music. Check him out if you can…

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Image of the Day-“I Dig A Pony”

Posted on July 6, 2008

St. Vincent Thursday February 21, 2008 Andy Warhol Museum Another purty pic of Annie. Did I mention how difficult it is to take a decent shot at the Warhol? It’s like taking a photo in a cave. I gotta say this one rocks!

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Image of the Day-“Teenage Kicks”

Posted on July 5, 2008

p>Andy Warhol Museum As my brother reminded this would be the second time seeing The Waco Brothers. We saw them several years ago and considering the literally hundreds of concerts I’ve been to over the years I just don’t remember the show. Unfortunately, I was so blitzed at this one I hardly remember it as well. I do remember jumping onstage and dancing at one point… don’t mix liquor and beer kids, take it from me. No harm done though…

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Image of the Day-“Midnight Surprise”

Posted on July 4, 2008

Andy Warhol Museum This show was kick-ass. Devonte Hynes used to be in a hardcore thrash band called Test Icicles. He goes solo and releases a lush folky album called “Falling Off The Lavendar Bridge”. It’s a good album but the live show added a harder edge to the music…

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Image of the Day-“The New Kid”

Posted on July 3, 2008

This was my favorite concert of the year so far. I took a ton of pictures and will trickle them out in the coming weeks. They have soooooo many great songs to choose from for a show. What a band…

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Image of the Day-“Just Like Heaven”

Posted on July 1, 2008

Schenley Plaza I absolutely LOVED Jenny Lewis’ 2006 release Rabbit Fur Coat. Getting a co-billing on that album as well as significantly contributing to the overall sound of it were then unknown sisters Chandra and Leigh Watson on background vocals…

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Image of the Day-“Marry Me”

Posted on June 30, 2008

St. Vincent Thursday February 21, 2008 The Andy Warhol Museum I was debating on whether to go to this show or not. It was a toss up between seeing her or Vampire Weekend a month before at the museum. Neither of their respective albums were doing anything for me. I chose to see Annie and […]

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