I recently gushed about these guys and was thrilled to discover they were coming to town. Their live sound wasn’t as polished as their recorded stuff but just as great nonetheless. It’s a shame that only a handful of people were there to see them. Throw in the sweet Budai poster for the gig and this is a definite contender for show of the year.

A bunch of snot nosed punks from Nashville that probably aren’t old enough to buy beer but are touring the East Coast this summer tearing up rooms as they go. It’s amazing to me where you can find great music these days.

These two are raw, young and have an exciting vibe going on. I love seeing confident bands not paying attention to anything else and seemingly taking on the world. Check out more of them here.

It’s hard to imagine that as I write this, I will be shooting U2 at Heinz Field later on in the evening. Declared THE highest grossing concert tour in music history, I can’t think of a more different show than this one I saw last week. Three of the bands on the bill I had never heard of and this particular group seems to have almost no internet presence whatsoever. That’s not taking anything away from this band at all. Nothing thrills me more than to see a bunch of musicians pouring their heart out in a room with a few people there to witness it. In other words, U2 who?

There were several people in the audience who said they never saw the band and were just as excited to see them as the headliners. After the exuberant set, they came away fans. They sounded so good. Their record is gonna smoke!

Cool opening set to get the crowd in the mood for the highly anticipated live debut of 1,2,3. I don’t know if I (along with the rest of the crowd) had enough beers in me by that time to truly get my groove on but fun nonetheless.

This show was a blast. With free beer flowing, everybody seemed to be psyched to be finally seeing the live Pittsburgh debut of 1,2,3 for their big hometown CD release gig. They had a lot of expectations to fill and I am so happy to say they were met and then some. This is a fun live band and I have been listening to their debut all day. Their next and only scheduled Pittsburgh gig is July 11 supporting Cut//Copy at the Altar Bar. More photos here.

Seldon Hunt produced image courtesy of the band’s MySpace

We are taking a well deserved left turn here on the blog today. Hunted Creatures are a band that specializes in ambient, experimental music. A cleansing of the palate of sorts from all the humdrum indie pop I tend to focus on. They are playing a gig this Friday with a whole mess of other bands and if you like what you hear from the sampling of the links provided, go out and see them. It appears this is the last local gig for the near future. Continuing this special week long First/Last segment is band member Ryan Emmett, who stresses that his views do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the others in the group. Duly noted.

The first album you ever bought?

I can’t exactly remember… I have memories of a 99 cent CD of Mozart’s “Jupiter Symphony” but also of the Beastie Boys’ “Sounds Of Science”. I remember my dad cracking up at the idea of the Beastie Boys having an anthology album in 1999. Actually, it is pretty funny.

Your last album bought?

A Dead 3xLP bootleg titled “Farewell to Winterland”. It’s the audio recording of what later became one of their most popular DVDs. The set is outstanding and the cover is the best ever with Jerry smiling real big holding out an empty wine glass. Big ups to Mind Cure Records for the hook up.

Favorite album of all time?

That’s a very tough call. I sincerely can’t pick one because it’s so hard todecide what is a culmination of all music styles and perspectives all expressed in one album. Even if that was possible it would probably be really shitty mess honestly. Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” might possibly be one of the most sublime albums of all time though. It hits hard on all fronts.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?

I can actually answer this. William Brittelle’s “Mohair Time Warp” is one of the worst albums I’ve heard in my life. Total clusterfuck. I wrote a review of this for Foxy Digitalis where I stated, “I haven’t hated an album this much in a very long time.” This guy is going to track me down and try to beat me up.

First concert attended?

Smashmouth when I was 14. There was so much weed at that gig.

Last concert?

Like in an arena type deal? I saw Furthur in Buffalo this summer. I was impressed; they did pretty bang up versions of Bird Song and Dark Star. Locally, I was at the VIA Festival… that was outstanding. And before that saw Aaron Dilloway, Spykes, Failing Lights and Dog Lady at an Oakland house gig. Those dudes all slay so much. Wolf Eyes had a huge influence on me when I was 17, as with thousands of other 17 year olds I am sure, have toured the world numerous times, been on the cover of Wire, had features in mainstream music publications and yet they are the most real down to earth guys who just like listening to Brain Handle on a cell phone drinking beers in someone’s basement.

Favorite concert ever?

Smashmouth when I was 14. There was so much weed at that gig.

Least favorite concert?

Any where you’re touring and nobody shows up, the creepy ass prick promoter doesn’t even offer you $5 for gas and you have to smoke shitty weed in a shitty motel outside of Detroit praying that the trucker addicts in the parking lot don’t break into your room and that the domestic violence in the room next door will be quiet when it’s time to sleep. And the toilet backs up getting shit water all over the bathroom floor. That is my least favorite gig. Hey Dustin, you’re an asshole.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

Pierogies rule but the weather sucks and Bloomfield is charming but kind of a dump. Also, too much hatin’ on Yuengling. Great beer.

Thanks Ryan, I appreciate it. There is something hypnotic about your sound that I really love. Never pegged you as a ‘DeadHead’. Come to think of it, that whole ‘Space’ vibe they practically invented…