First/Last – Hemlock for Socrates

“Heather and Kegan have been making music together on and off for over twenty years, taking breaks to explore projects in photography, classical singing, computer programming, and multimedia collaborations” Hemlock for Socrates is Pittsburgh based (originally from Texas) experimental alt-pop duo who have been making music for over 15 years and are prepping their latest […]

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First/Last – Soulios

Soulios is a ska punk band from California, PA who are currently working on the follow up to their debut Jamisun EP which was released in 2016. Playing out often this fall, you can catch them at Howler’s next Thursday, November 14th as they support The Scotch Bonnets from Baltimore along with fellow locals The […]

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First/Last – Merz, Miller & The Wolves

“Exploring this thing called life.. expressing our interpretations through sounds and lyrics.“ Merz, Miller & The Wolves are Pittsburgh based alternative folk rock band who formed last year to showcase the songwriting of Isaac Merz. With a full band, his acoustic based tunes can really stretch out and fill a room with Leslie Miller providing […]

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First/Last – Bruiser Beep

Photo courtesy of Zim Syed Bruiser Beep, aka Seven Dee, is a Pittsburgh-based experimental composer and performance artist who uses hyperbolic performance to explore themes of inner-child healing, delusions and psychosis, rapid observation, and romanticism of failing and learning. She composes swelling epics of dissonant electronic soundscapes with loose, deconstructed melodies and dramatic vocals that […]

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First/Last – Swiss Army

“Something for everyone is how you could describe the nostalgia-punk of Swiss Army. Fury. Mistakes. Empathy. All of the ingredients of personal growth as told through blazing riffs and deep lyrics.“ Swiss Army is a punk band from Pittsburgh on A-F Records who’s latest release is the barn burner “On Top of the World” featuring […]

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First/Last – SUREFIRE

Posted on October 4, 2019

“Music can bring you closer to someone else, and when you’re family, it can strengthen an already unbreakable bond. Natalie Flango and Jason Duty formed Surefire as two musician/songwriters (and in-laws) getting together to merge passions and communicate stories via chords and lyrics.” SUREFIRE is a pop duo from Pittsburgh who have and EP and […]

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First/Last – The Anxious Hearts

“Drawing inspiration from their own struggles with love, life, and mental health issues the group bares their souls for all to see as they take listeners on a musical journey of faith and optimism that is bound to get heads bobbing, toes tapping, and hearts beating.” The Anxious Hearts is a Christian genre-busting band from […]

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First/Last – Take Me With You

Take Me With You is an electro synth wave band from Pittsburgh who released their debut full-length this past summer entitled a building, a dreaming.  This album immediately takes me back to the early eighties when punk gave way to new wave and the first generation of alternative music. You can catch the band this […]

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First/Last – RonManGone

“I am a young Artist from Pittsburgh trying to get a message across and hope to spark a mind.“ RonManGone is an up and coming Pittsburgh based hip-hop artist who’s message of positivity and hope in these dark times is a refreshing take on the genre when it is most needed. I first met Ron […]

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First/Last – The Richard Move

Photo courtesy Crawfo Productions “C’mon guys…It’s punk rock. Maybe you need a refresher course. Between the late 16th and the 18th centuries, punk was a common, coarse synonym for prostitute; The term eventually came to describe “a young male hustler, a hoodlum, or a ruffian” The Richard Move is a brand spankin’ new punk band […]

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First/Last – INEZ

Posted on August 30, 2019

Photo courtesy of Nicolette K. INEZ is a Pittsburgh based singer-songwriter, musician, producer, and audio engineer who is quickly gaining attention in the local music scene. Unapologetically breaking down barriers and refuting long held stereotypes by bringing out front and center the discrepancies between artists and opportunity while becoming an essential collaborator in the exciting […]

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First/Last – Berry Breene

Posted on August 16, 2019

“A thoughtful, honest songwriter with a unique voice ranging from mellow to full, balancing between traditional folk and outsider.“ Berry Breene is a folk musician who also is an accomplished visual artist. Her vibrant work ranges from commissioned portraits and landscapes to public murals dotting Western PA public spaces. Her solo music reflects her art […]

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First/Last – Sarlacc

Posted on August 10, 2019

“Star Wars, head banging, ancient video games, destroying every vehicle we tour in.“ Sarlacc is a grind/doom metal duo from Pittsburgh who incorporate science fiction (particularly Star Wars) into their vibe. As stated in a recent post, “We didn’t turn on Star Wars. Star Wars turned on us.” Aren’t we all kind of feeling that […]

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First/Last – Drauve

Posted on August 2, 2019

“four pals making hazy tunes for hazy days“ Drauve is a brand new dream pop band from Pittsburgh who are playing out all over town promoting their fantastic debut single “Haunted”, which was released last month. Catch the band tonight (Friday, August 2nd) as they perform at The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls with The Vics […]

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First/Last – Chris Hannigan

Posted on July 26, 2019

“Chris Hannigan is a nationally touring singer/songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Today, he’s playing shows locally, working on his new record, and working on living the good life.” Chris Hannigan is an indie folk singer-songwriter who is currently just beginning to produce his next album. A regular fixture at Acousticafe at The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls […]

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First/Last – Mark Browning

Posted on July 19, 2019

“Born into a military family, I have traveled all my life. Must have gotten into my blood. Never cared much for routine. I started out in biology, collecting reptiles for zoos and museums, but then traveled. Pruned apple trees in NY, farmed wheat in WA, painted houses in Key West, drove truck in NYC, published […]

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First/Last – niku daruma

Posted on July 12, 2019

“niku daruma is three hopeful young women loving each other the only way they know how to“ niku daruma is a industrial noise band who came to my attention through the Deutschtowm Music Festival submission process. They are totally on their own wavelength as a band and perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea but I […]

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First/Last – Luxury Machine

Posted on 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 […]

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First/Last – Andrew Hendryx

Posted on June 28, 2019

“The Andrew Hendryx Band was formed as a musical outlet for electric mandolin pioneer Andrew Hendryx (Yarn) and saxophonist J. Wall. Thriving on playing live and reflecting the energy of its growing fan base, the AHB fuses all-star collaborations, jam-infused covers, spacey sonic explorations, and grooving earth-conscious originals.“ Mandolinist Andrew Hendryx is a best known […]

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First/Last – Water Trash

Posted on June 21, 2019

“Water Trash is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based 5 piece rock and roll club that consists of vocalist/guitarist Carter Vannoy, vocalist/guitarist Ryan Hartman, bassist Victor Tonti, keyboardist Ryan (Ocean) Killen, and drummer Cheyenne Raithel.” Water Trash is a Pittsburgh garage rock band who who just released their latest EP Jazz Feet which, as the title implies, […]

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