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“Hailing from Newington, Connecticut, 1974 is a 5 piece original rock band that conjures up the memories and sounds of classic stadium rock bands from the 70’s such as Yes, Kansas, Rush, Deep Purple, and Pink Floyd. Since 2007, the band has been awing audiences with powerful guitar driven riffs, Beach Boy-style vocal harmonies, catchy melodies, and high energy stage shows.”

The band was recently featured on the Paste 50 States Project and Connecticut on the strength of their debut album, “1974 & The Death of the Herald“. I want to thank Gary Dionne (Bass/Vocals), Adam Clymer (Guitar), Mike ‘Forgy’ Forgette (Guitar/Vocals), Angela Rhea Piccoli (Keys/Vocals) and Tim Moore (Drums/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, guys. Would love to have you play here. Please let me know if this is a possibility.

1974 Website

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“VIOLENT MAE (Becky Kessler & Floyd Kellogg) was never intended to be a band. Becky asked Floyd to record and produce her first solo album, and as soon as they hit the studio, chemistry and dynamics between the two sparked the evolution of an artistic partnership, VIOLENT MAE. Their self-titled, full-length debut record was released in November 2013. Becky, singer and guitar player, calls the Outer Banks of North Carolina home, where she finally settled as a teenager after moving every year or so, mostly around the Southeast U.S., to 11 different places. It was in North Carolina where she honed her songwriting. A friend invited her to live and work on an organic farm in Connecticut, where she met Floyd, a multi-instrumentalist, engineer and producer. The two began recording at Casa de Warrenton Recording Studio in Hartford, expanding Becky’s songs with Floyd’s arrangements and parts. Together, they ultimately formed VIOLENT MAE after making a
record, playing all the instruments on it and opening for Nels Cline and Julian Lage at one of their first live performances. VIOLENT MAE won Best New Band at the 2013 Connecticut Music Awards and has shared the stage with Bronze Radio Return, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Brad Corrigan of Dispatch and The London Souls.”

The Connecticut ‘alt-rock’ duo was recently featured on the Paste 50 States Project. They have a self-tiled debut from 2013 and are working on new music as I write this. I want to thank Becky Kessler (Guitar/Vocals) and Floyd Kellogg (Drums.Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Becky and Floyd. I wanted to bypass the obvious, Floyd but DSotM? That is quite awesome!

Violent Mae Website

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“Tone really digs fuzz, and fuzz really suits Tone. The sound fits right into the psychedelic garage scene that’s been taking off. Think Ty Segall meets Black Angels meets Fuzz. They’d be right at home in the Burger Records family. Their forthcoming LP will be released via cassette and be available later this year. They are talented and noisy, and we look forward to hearing more from them soon.”Chelsea Conte PASTE

Check out the band on Facebook and BandCamp. The ‘fuzz-rock’ band was featured on the Paste 50 States Project for Delaware. Having released the first single ‘Sunn‘ of their forthcoming cassette release due in July, I want to thank songwriter Brandyn Mark (Guitar) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Brandyn. I am so digging this single! Can’t wait to hear the rest of what’s coming, man.

“Elephant Revival is a soulful, seductive quiver of songwriters and multi-instrumentalists that reign from points all across America. Since Oct 06′ Daniel Rodriguez, Bonnie Paine, Dango Rose, Sage Cook and Bridget Law have herded in a greatly applauded neo-acoustic gyptic revival at festivals, theaters, clubs and house concerts from the acific coast to the rolling hills of New England. The Revival plays entirely original music with a few carefully chosen traditionals and eclectic cover tunes but their precise genre is hard to pin down. As independent film director Mikey Eberle elaborates, “When I hear Elephant Revival I am struck by my inability to define it. I am forced to confront the music as it is, connecting to it with a virgin spirit of mind. Consequently it feels like I am experiencing music and all its joys for the very first time.”

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud and MySpace. Featured on the Paste 50 States Project representing Colorado, the ‘experimental/folk/americana’ band’s latest album is “These Changing Skies” from 2013. I want to thank the ladies of the group Bonnie Paine (Washboard/Djembe/Stomp-Box/Musical-Saw/Vocals) and Bridget Law (Fiddle/Octave-Violin/Vocals) for taking the time t participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, gals. You seem to be touring constantly, so please let me know if Pittsburgh is ever on the horizon!

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“You Me & Apollo started as a musical exploration of Colorado-born Brent Cowles. His first EP, How To Swim, How To Rot, was released in 2007 while attending school in Arizona. His inevitable return to Colorado summoned the 2011 release of his debut full-length, Cards With Cheats, bringing a full band sound with hints of doo-wop, soul, and alt-country.”

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook, SoundCloud, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and BandCamp. Hailing from Colorado, the band is featured on the Paste 50 States Project and has just released their latest album, “Sweet Honey“. I want to thank songwriter Brent Cowles (Guitar/Vocals) for taking a few to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Brent. Wold love if you ever make it out to Pittsburgh. Make sure you drop a line if you ever do.

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“It was once noted that Colorado-raised / Nashville-based Samantha Frances would be the one you’d want on your team for Trivial Pursuit: the 90’s Edition. A short time ago when ‘jagged little pills’ were prevalent and My So Called Life, or MTV (when it was MTV), swirled in the background of your mind while your taste in music evolved with the culture. You learned how to really move forward, but not without the breakup sex and mixtape-sounds of bands like Frances & the Foundation.”

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and BandCamp. Returning to Colorado for the Paste 50 States Project, I’d like to introduce the indie-alternative trio Frances & the Foundation who now call Nashville their home. They are working on new music to follow up their 2013 EP “One Voice Among Many” and as they do I want to thank Samantha Frances (Bass/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Samantha. Feels good to get finally that NKOTB secret out after all these years, isn’t it? Well… maybe not.

“This is the debut full-length by Joseph Childress. The ten songs on this record, dubbed “The Rebirths” by fans, were penned on the road during nearly two years of “hard traveling” – hopping freight trains, hitchhiking, and eventually living out of a car. All this came to a halt shortly after finding trouble in New Orleans, prompting Joseph to find his way back to his childhood home in the Colorado Rockies. Once there, he locked himself in the bathroom with his road-worn guitar – its neck cracked while jumping from a train – and recorded this album. Filled with young wisdom, heartbreak, and spirited jubilee, this self-recording of Joseph Childress is a stirring introduction to a young songwriter with a soul-piercing voice and an undeniable gift of song.”

Check out Joseph at his official Website and Facebook. Recently featured on the Paste 50 States Project reppin’ Colorado, Joseph’s debut, “The Rebirths” is available via Empty Cellar Records. I want to thank him for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Joseph. A British dude blabbing endlessly on about Cricket reminds you of Pittsburgh? That is a first!

“Listen to this: there’s a new EP by a new New York City band coming straight out of Connecticut. That’s right: Connecticut. The 100 WattSuns, with their singer Steve Broderick who is a seen-it-all Lower-East-Side-after-hours veteran, has traded in the Manhattan apartment for a suburban spread in Mystic, Connecticut. And yeah, maybe any right minded guitar hero would consider that deal some kind of admission that working those Bleeker Street clubs on your way to the Beacon and then one day sitting in with Steven Tyler at the Meadowlands like Steve did back in the day—all that is for a younger crowd, so let me hand over my six-string, the Marshall stack, and the fifth of Jack, along with that iPad with the Garage Band software we downloaded to demo our next ground-breaking track, and you can issue the keys to my brand-new ride-on lawn mower.”

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook, SoundCloud, YouTube and Twitter. We continue to chillout in Connecticut on the Paste 50 States Project tour with 100 Watt Suns. The band latest is their self-titled debut and I want to thank songwriter Steve Broderick for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Steve. Can definitely hear the Stones love/influence on your music. Good stuff, man.

“McLovins specialize in the creation of dynamic and improvised sound, influenced by the members’ disparate and eclectic music influences. The band consists of Jason Ott, Jake Huffman, Justin Berger and Atticus Kelly. These early twenty-year-olds embrace simultaneous and intricate improvisation with a more versatile front line in which all members are singing in four-part harmony, writing lyrics and music, as well as expounding on one another’s musical ideas. Set list segues and fiery improvisations are a staple of the band’s performances, keeping their audience always guessing what’s coming next and wanting more. In the short time McLovins have been performing together, they have been invited to appear at an impressive number of well-established, as well as many new music festivals, and some of the most well respected venues in the North East. These guys are constantly writing and playing music,to continue to build on their own foundation, towards a long career of original rock music to their growing fan base.”

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and BandCamp. As I sporadically continue my coverage of the Paste 50 States Project, we arrive in Connecticut to visit with The McLovins. Their latest release is “Beautiful Lights” and I want to thank songwriter Jacob Huffman (Drums/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Jake. Summer in Pittsburgh, huh? Drop a line if you do make it over, man.

“You’ve got that neo-gothic Portishead vibe going on, laced with clear and delicate vocals, but then again, you’re so psychedelic. You’ve been reviewed by the NY Times but still remain totally obscure. You rock really hard but then you shoegaze away. You’re great, that’s all.”

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook and Twitter. The band is featured on the Paste 50 States Project reppinMaryland. Their latest album is “Rainer” from February via Friends Records. I want to thank Jeffrey Lewis Silverstein (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?

A CD Single of Mase’s ‘Feel So Good’. It had the actual single as well as just the instrumental version as well. Sometimes I would put the instrumental version on repeat and just try to ‘rap’ over it. I was obsessed with the horn intro. Still such a good music video also. Other than that, I remember having the ‘Space Jam’ soundtrack really early on, as well as a Barenaked Ladies album that had ‘One Week’ on it and the Presidents of the United States of America album with ‘Peaches’. Thankfully soon after that my brother showed me “License to Ill”.

Your last album bought?

I recently picked up the new Bars of Gold Record on Bellyache Records. Members of Bear Vs. Shark went on to form this band and it is just as raw and honest as all of the Bear Vs. Shark releases. They are from Detroit and just have such a well-rounded approach to songwriting. The lead singer Marc Paffi is one of the best frontmen I’ve ever seen and a fantastic lyricist.

Favorite album of all time?

“Akron/Family” (self-titled). This album and band entered my life at a really pivotal time for me and I’ll forget the first time I heard tracks like ‘Franny You’re Human’ and ‘I’ll Be on the Water’. It was also produced by one of my favorite musicians, Michael Gira from Swans.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?

I just don’t get Radiohead.

First concert attended?

The first local show I ever went to was a Ska band called Face First from Rockaway, NJ. My parents came inside first to make sure things were cool and then let me have at. I bought a t-shirt that I would wear at least twice a week for a long time. The first ‘real’ show I went to was Weezer with Saves the Day.

Last concert?

Went and saw my friends Quilt play with Happy Jawbone Family Band at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn.

Least favorite concert?

Father John Misty at GoogaMooga Festival. I normally love the dude but either his banter is on point and hilarious or you just really want him to shut up. It was the latter that evening. The rain wasn’t helping.

Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

The first time Secret Mountains ever played in Pittsburgh it was at a punk house that I wish I could remember the name of. Everyone that lived there was total sweethearts and it was the last night of a very hit or miss tour. We would up playing with a band called Dangerous Ponies from Philadelphia who we all bonded with immediately. There was a night on that tour where we played to the sound guy, he might have gone upstairs at one point so playing a packed basement show and meeting a band that we would remain close friends with for years is always something I associate with Pittsburgh.

Thanks, Jeffrey. Awesome call on Akron/Family. Love everything those guys do.

“Led by vocalist, drummer and Seattle music fixture Dean Whitmore, Unnatural Helpers have been bludgeoning Northwest listeners over the head with their raw, wheels-off brand of garage punk since they got together while working for Sub Pop. Their only full-length album, Cracked Love & Other Drugs, was released by local label Hardly Art in 2010, and apparently they’ve just finished recording a second album. Best enjoyed while sipping a PBR…or maybe chugging a PBR…or actually, probably, hurling it at the stage.” – Ryan Bort PASTE

Check out the band on Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation and MySpace. The Washington band was part of the Paste 50 States Project with their 2010 Hardly Art release, “Cracked Love & Other Drugs“. My thanks to Dean Whitmore (Drums/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Dean. It may be heresy to say around these parts but I agree with you on the Super Bowl win. I speculated and was proven a few weeks after the game that Pittsburgh would gobble up more swag than Seattle and I was right. The NFL is a BUSINESS and… ah, don’t get me started.

“Sun Club serve as a brilliant amalgamation of various styles that swirl together into one cohesive and incredibly satisfying result. They carry a certain spontaneity that makes their music inherently enjoyable, you’re never too sure of when they’re going to stick to a catchy rhythm or break into a primal flash of shouts and percussive breakdowns. Combining Afropop rhythms with contemporary pop melodies, Sun Club has crafted an original sound that careens through various soundscapes, creating an eccentric and enjoyable listening experience.” – Grant Golden PASTE

Check out the band on Facebook, Twitter and BandCamp. The indie-pop band are featured on the Paste 50 States Project representing Maryland and their latest release is the “Beauty Meat/Language Juice” 7″. I want to thank Shane Justice McCord (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Shane. As I am expressing to many of the young out of town bands possibly swinging through Pittsburgh, drop a line. Maybe we can work out a gig?

“Levek is the multifaceted project bearing the surname of front man, songwriter and musical jack-of-all-trades, David Levesque. The first showing of Levek’s versatility surfaced back in 2009, when a handful of a capella cover songs, embellished with what would become his signature Mickey Mouse tribal sound, became an overnight viral phenomenon. His deep-rooted infatuation with Disney nostalgia traces back to the childhood he spent overseas, where the only thing he could get his hands on were vintage VHS tapes from the company’s vault.”

Check out the band on Facebook, BandCamp and Twitter. As part of my coverage of the Paste 50 States Project, I return to Florida with Levek. The band’s latest effort is “Look a Little Closer” from 2012 and I want to thank songwriter David Levesque (Keys/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, David. If you ever make it up this way, drop a line. Maybe we can put a gig together.

“Faux Paw is a band from Lafayette, IN formed in the fall of 2011. Gordon Wantuch and Garrett Ney met while doing the singer/songwriter thing at open mics around town and decided to start a rock n roll band together. They met Tom Lageveen and Stephen Freeman at a show or a party and yada yada yada, slugs and snails, puppy dog tails, Fleetwood Mac, Television, Steely Dan, Wilco…”

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook, Twitter and BandCamp. Recently featured on the Paste 50 States Project, the young Indiana band has one full-length under it’s belt in 2012’s entitled, “Too Close Is The New Too Far“. I want to thank Gordon Wantuch (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Gordon. “A Ghost is Born” to me is the last truly great Wilco album. I have confidence they will get back to those ‘glory days’ sometime in the future.

“Sound of light, fleeting darkness, wave of enlightenment. Droning echoes, whirling, driving, pushing, pulling, morphing the atmosphere. Reverberation, saturation, intoxication. Noise bleeds through a cloud of cascading layers until unity is acquired, lost in a sea of sound. Dark and hypnotic, MM’s live performance also carries a lasting effect. The energy shared between the four-piece spills into the crowd as each member’s presence is fiercely intense. Glenn seems possessed, leading the others and the crowd through some sinister labyrinth of distortion.”

Check out the band on Facebook, BandCamp, Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud, Tumblr and Instagram. Hailing from South Carolina, the band was featured on the Paste 50 States Project and their latest release is the EP, “Small Wave Tapes“. My thanks to Davis Allen Glenn (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Allen. That’s a pretty strong relationship to Pittsburgh you got there, man! Surprised you haven’t got the key to the city yet?

“Whistle Peak is pop music in disguise and experimentation at its core. It is music that takes you on a journey of the imagination, inhabiting fantastical lands while drawing from life experience. It is the particular phrased in the universal. It is children’s stories told by grown men. The music is upbeat and hypnotic, pulling you closer with each listen and surprising you with small amulets layered beneath continuous melody. Whistle Peak’s style combines folk and electronic music, blending synthetic and acoustic instrumentation with songs of love and loss, joy and darkness. Not to say these boys are downers, rather their songs are quite optimistic and redemptive, bringing a small smile to man, woman and child alike. Chill out, strap on some ear muffs and enter a world where nature rules and men and women are entranced in dream-filled slumber.”

The band is featured on the Paste 50 States Project as part of that Kentucky contingent. Their latest album is “Half Asleep Upon Echo Falls” from 2012 via Karate Body Records. I want to thank Billy Petot (Ukulele/Xylophone/Keys/Tambourine/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Billy. I hate to hate on Wilco anymore than one should but they really seem to be insisting on attaining that ‘Dad-Rock’ crown as of late. I would love to see that band blow me away as they did in the late 90’s.

Whistle Peak Website

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“Here’s an inventive songwriter who understands how to use retro sounds as a tool, not a crutch. Although Matt Duncan’s soulful (and very well-produced) Beacon sounds like it could have been recorded in the early ’70s with it’s nimble, defined bass parts and close-miked drum sound, the group’s personal stamp is inked with tracks like “Puritan Heart” and “Beacon.” – Tyler Kane PASTE

Check Matt out at his official Website, Facebook, and BandCamp. Matt was featured on the Paste 50 States Project reppin’ Kentucky with his latest release, “Soft Times“. Many thanks to him for taking a few to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Matt. First time I think I ever heard the statement “Sgt. Pepper kind of sucks.” Way to stand your ground, bro. Love it! Also, I totally dig the line in ‘All Sails’, “…rustbelt green in the Summer sun.“

“Us and Us Only is a sharp combination of sleek indie rock with a hint of folk styling. Their songs contain a dichotomous divide between crunchy guitar riffs and smooth violins, but the two coalesce with brilliant results. Vocalist Kinsey Matthews seamlessly weaves his tumbling melodies into the instrumentation, drawing as much attention to his heartfelt lyricism as there is to the grandiose arrangements.” – Grant Golden PASTE

Check out the band on Facebook, Tumblr, SoundCloud, Last.fm and BandCamp. I am chilling in Maryland today with Baltimore’s Us and Us Only as featured on the Paste 50 States Project. Compared to Okkervil River and Cursive, their last release was “Dark Cloud Past” from 2012. Many thanks to Kinsey Matthews (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Kinsey. Trash bags full of bagels and donuts… if that’s not Pittsburgh, I don’t know what is!

Trippy, psychedelic and groovy would just cover half of Thee Open Sex’s most recent and self-titled LP. Its the group’s third since 2009 and is extremely tight and cohesive—just like its live performances.” – Patrick Filbin PASTE

The ‘stoner droners’ are featured on the Paste 50 Project representing Indiana and their latest release is a self-tilted 12″ via Magnetic South Recordings. I want to thank Rachel Weidner AKA Miss Mess (Organ/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?

Mariah Carey “Rainbow” on CD.

Your last album bought?

Today I got a mono original pressing of The Rolling Stones “Aftermath”, a Gangsta Boo “Nasty Trick” 12″ single, and the Lee Hazlewood album “Houston”.

Favorite album of all time?

In no particular order, these all tie: Scarface “The Fix”, The Velvet Underground “The Velvet Underground”, UGK “Underground Kingz”, and The Troggs “Wild Thing”.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?

I compulsively purchase beat up soul and country records from dollar bins and sadly, I have been burned once or twice.

First concert attended?

Peter Frampton and Kansas in Muncie, Indiana. Some awesome all-lady Heart cover band opened.

Last concert?

The memories in Los Angeles (my buddy Mikey’s band) with Colleen Green.

Favorite concert ever?

Tough one. BITCHPORK wins all-around fave freaky music and homies, but every Nobunny show I have ever attended has been wild and ecstatic in the best way. Seeing Roky Erickson in Louisville was life-changing. I’ve also seen Tom Petty like 5 times and never been disappointed. Chatting with Fred Cole and Toody after seeing Pierced Arrows the first time was amazing. I’m so inspired by them. Geto Boys at SXSW this year, fuuuuuuck.

Least favorite concert?

Shows suck all the time, but I almost always enjoy them. However, music school juries and recitals can suck a big one. So much talent, but so incredibly boring.

Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh is awesome! Great records, great hoods. Also, Steelers win hands-down best football jerseys–bumblebee swag. Gotta shout out to The Lopez, My favorite band from the ‘burgh!

Thanks, Rachel. Nice shout out to The Lopez. Love them as well.

Thee Open SexFacebook

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“Sugary and nostalgic Baltimore synth-pop. A mix of influences from the 50s and 80s. An extremely accessible sound that will please twee-ginas and hipsters alike.”Ongakubaka

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook, Spotify, Twitter and BandCamp. Hitting up Maryland on my travels through the Paste 50 States Project, I discover Raindeer who’s latest album, “Tattoo” as released this past July. I want to thank Charlie Hughes (Synth/Guitar/Lead Vocals) for taking a few minutes to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?

Technically the first album I ever actually bought with my own money was a cassette of the Nirvana compilation, “Incesticide”, but was forced to immediately return it when my mom saw the album title. Since I never actually got to hear it I believe my first album was either Queen “Greatest Hits” or Guns N’ Roses “Appetite for Destruction”.

Your last album bought?

Arcade Fire “Reflektor”.

Favorite album of all time?

Impossible question, but if I had to pick one album that is consistently really special I’d have to go with…Pixies “Bossanova”? Or maybe “Gorillaz” Self-Titled… or Mr Bungle “California”. Did I just cheat? (Echo and the Bunnymen “Porcupine”)…

Least favorite/most disappointing album?

I know if I hear the song ‘Summer of ‘69’ by Bryan Adams one more time I might explode into a thousand spiders that crawl our way into the nearest body of water to drown. As for worst album though, I’d have to go with whatever album that song is on.

First concert attended?

Long Beach Dub All Stars at 9:30 Club in Washington DC.

Last concert?

Gary Numan at Black Cat in Washington DC.

Favorite concert ever?

Grandaddy with Super Furry Animals at 9:30 Club in Washington DC. I believe it was in 2003. First time ever seeing a band with a strong presence of visuals alongside the music. I remember the best moment was during the song ‘The Crystal Lake’ by Grandaddy, feeling really overwhelmed and weird in the best possible way. Close second was during the song ‘Man Don’t Give a Fuck’ by Super Furry Animals with accompanying visuals of different dictators and evil people edited to look like they were almost dancing to the music. Then there was a 10 minute solo with the keyboardist doing an insanely loud electronic section kinda in the style of a really intense Aphex Twin. The band finished the song/show coming back on stage dressed in Yeti costumes.

Least favorite concert?

I’ve seen a TON of bad concerts working in music venues running sound, but the worst that I actually paid to see I guess would be Limp Bizkit at a festival in Washington DC. They were headlining and for some reason I stayed to watch them. I left pretty shortly into their set and on my way to the exit a girl with a pacifier and really big pants jumped in my face and sang “I did it all for the nookie” at me really aggressively. I was really frightened.

Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

I’ve never been to Pittsburgh. Something I plan to change very soon as we’re currently booking a tour with our friend Gage in mid to late January with Pittsburgh being one of our planned destinations. I’m definitely excited to experience it.

Thanks, Charlie. I too have vivid memories from that final Grandaddy tour where the band was jamming while seemingly totally mesmerized by the visuals behind them.