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As I have done for the past several years, I close out the musical year Downtown with WYEP’s artists of the year. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate.

What can I say about this band that I haven’t said before? How about how cool they are as people and it’s been a great pleasure of mine to meet and eventually get to know them this year. Expect a follow up to their debut sometime in the near future. More photos here.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be backtracking and bringing you a bunch of images from local bands, many who I saw for the first time. These guys aren’t one of them. I really can’t tell you how many times I have seen them perform and it’s so fitting for me for them to be the last band I saw play in 2010. More photos here.

Good Night, States were one of the first bands I saw in 2009. How nice that they were the last. They have become friends of mine and I cannot wait to hear some new music soon. I have to extend regards to my man Joe, who will no longer be in the band, and acknowledge that from a fan’s perspective, he will be sorely missed. Good luck, buddy. More pics here.

I couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to close the year than seeing these guys play. They put out my favorite music in the last twelve and I can’t remember how many times I actually got to see them play. My year (even decade!) was really capped off by having them play (with a dedication no less) my favorite song of theirs and what a way to supposedly retire the tune. Thanks, fellas. The band is working on new tunes in the coming months and I will have exclusive photos from the rehearsal/recording sessions right here! In the meantime, dig this smokin’ session they did for WYEP to hold you over.

Talk about a perfect night. A lovely dinner with my beautiful wife, two sets of incredible music from my favorite bands (‘List Show’ AND ‘Neighborhood Roofs’!!!), and giggling with my children as we welcome 2010. Thank you Pittsburgh! I am one very appreciative and lucky guy.