Sunday, April 28, 2013

Local Spotlight - Good Jeans - May 2013 - Local Artist - Pittsburgh

Our local artist spotlight for the month of May 2013 is Good Jeans. Derek January is the main driving force behind the band. The project began as an experiment for Derek, borne out of his main focus Forget Right Now. He has recently released his debut EP entitled Amusement. Derek was kind of us to answer our normal questions along with stepping outside the scope. His album is streaming below. 

How did the band come together?

Good Jeans evolved out of my last solo project, Forget Right Now. FRN started as a way for me to experiment with different styles outside of the band I was in at the time. My last band was more of an alt-rock kind of thing, but I had been really getting into shoegaze and noise rock right around then and wanted to create music influenced by that. Bands like Ride, My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth were a huge discovery for me. Anyway, I recorded some stuff as FRN and played some shows around Pittsburgh before taking a break from music and focusing on finishing college. A few months after I graduated in December 2011, I got an M-Audio KeyRig 49 and some new software. I was listening to a lot of electronic stuff at the time, from 80s synthpop, to artists from the newer "chillwave" movement, to the more mainstream EDM artists. Usually what I'm really going crazy over at the time hugely influences the kind of music I want to create, so it was only natural that I start recording more electronic/dance material. Last August I took a month-long trip to visit a friend in England, which was hugely inspiring as well. Up to that point I was still going under Forget Right Now, but when it came time to release the Amusement EP on Bandcamp, I decided that it was time for a new name to fit the new material. Thus Good Jeans.


How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you?

The City Paper has described my sound as "atmospheric synth-pop and mid-paced dancey stuff with psychedelic elements," which I think is very fitting. The EP was mainly influenced by synthpop and dream pop/shoegaze in general, and I think that is very apparent in the songs.

Are you originally from the Pittsburgh area? Family here as well?

Yes, I've lived in the Pittsburgh area my whole life, and went to college here at Duquesne. Most of my family still resides here too.

 Do you create music full time or is this more of a part time venture?

The creating is definitely a part time thing. I wish I had more time to sit down and record. If I could make time to do it every day, I would have my full-length out in no time.

Do you have a day job?

Yes, I'm a marketing and promotions intern at Stage AE and I work at Barnes and Noble. The internship is a lot of fun and also very inspiring. I'm constantly seeing bands live and the job itself is very informative. I see live music as being one of the greatest pleasures in life.


How do you create your music? What is the song writing process?

A lot of the writing happens very randomly. Wherever I am, if something comes to me, I try my best to get it down, whether it's lyrics or a melody or whatever. Usually every time I sit down in front of the synth and start messing around, a song comes of it. Like I said, it's just finding the time to do it that is the hard part! I am usually not thinking about lyrics while writing the music. For the EP I wanted the vocals to act as more of a texture, or another instrument in the mix, so the lyrics were kind of an afterthought. For the next release, I would like to try writing and focusing on the lyrics first. Also I've been getting back into playing guitar a lot more lately because I want the next release to feature both electronic and organic sounds, unlike the EP where it was all electronics and samples.

What are your goals for the band? What would you like to accomplish? Are you trying to get signed to a label?

The main goal is to have fun creating music, and to get it out to people who will hopefully enjoy it. I'm definitely open to meeting with some independent labels and seeing where it goes.


What advice would you give to local acts trying to make it?

It's all about networking, whether it's busting your ass on tour, social networking, or reaching out as much as possible to blogs and related websites. If you want to build a fanbase outside of your friends and the people who know of you, you have to try your best to get your name out there one way or the other.

Have you toured nationally? Or do you usually stay more regionally?

In every other band I've been in, all shows have always been local. I haven't played any live shows with Good Jeans yet, but lately I've been considering working out a live set.

Being in the Pgh area, do you find it more difficult to try and succeed?

Not really. I think Pittsburgh has an excellent music scene, and the city is getting more attention for its music acts and filming locations than it ever has. There is a very broad amalgam of bands, from folk rock to punk rock to the DJ scene to you-name-it. The hip-hop scene is especially on the come up. Sure, some places like Brooklyn may be especially hot right now for indie rock, but I think Pittsburgh is due the credit it is being given lately for all the talent the city has to offer.


What are some of the obstacles you face trying to create some 'success' in Pgh?

I'm not necessarily after success in general. I would love all the attention that Good Jeans can garner, and I'm very happy that I am starting to reach out to audiences outside of my friends. But really I'm not seeking a big record contract and all that. I just want to get the music out there for people to enjoy and maybe bust a move to.

What are the positive benefits of being in the area?

To me, Pittsburgh is a great city. The music scene is very broad, and the night life is great. There is lots of influence to be found all over the place, from the architecture, to the history, to the music, the sports, the people. Even the crazy weather can act as an influence!

Is there a venue you have enjoyed playing more than others in the area?

Like I said, I haven't taken Good Jeans out live yet, but I'm working on it. In previous bands, Shadow Lounge was always a favorite venue of mine. I think I heard that it moved recently? Great atmosphere. You never know what you're going to walk into there. One night could be indie rock marathons and African drum parties, another could be a comedy show followed by an art show. And the owners and bartenders were always very nice and accommodating.

What are some of the more recent bands and artists you have gotten into?

I'm a huge fan of the label Captured Tracks. There are a ton of great bands signed to it - DIIV, Wild Nothing, The Soft Moon, and Craft Spells to name a few. Wild Nothing's Nocturne was my favorite release of 2012. Some other newer artists I love include Washed Out and Twin Shadow. I'm also a big fan of hip-hop, with Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky being two of my favorite newer rappers. 2012 was a great year for music. I released Amusement spontaneously on New Year's Eve because I got this sudden feeling that it had to be out that year alongside all this great music. I'm going to be working hard on my full-length in the upcoming months. 2013 should prove to be another great year for music, and I hope to have my next release out in time to join in.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Ticket Giveaway - Disappears - 4.24.13 - Brillobox - Show Preview - Concert Preview

Disappears will be making a stop next Wednesday, 4.24 at the Brillobox. The band is touring behind their latest release, an EP entitled Kone being released this month. The band features members of well known acts including  Brian Case of The Ponys and Graeme Gibson of Fruit Bats. The project was first seen just as an outlet with no real set goals but to share the music with family and friends. However, that quickly changed as their posting of songs garnered a blog buzz.We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual email us your name at pghmusicreport@gmail.com to enter.



From their press:

It can be confusing doing something when it’s all you know. It means you are constantly sacrificing, whatever it is, to try and get someone to see things your way. It’s personal and it’s a message not everyone will receive. Friendships disintegrate, patterns becoming habits and everyday you wake up the world you know is different. Still, we make ways to relate with people, we search out meaning and make sense of our surroundings. These are themes Disappears have been working out since their formation in 2008. Over the course of three full lengths in three years for the esteemed Kranky imprint, Disappears have taken the raw energy and intensity of post-punk and filtered it into the repetition of dub and minimalism.



With the recent and amicable departure of Steve Shelly,Disappears return with the Kone EP, 30+ minutes of new music that asks the listener to do something rare these days – listen. Abstract and experimental, Disappears use the 12” format to it’s full potential – take chances and get weird. Recorded in Chicago at Minbal and mixed in Dallas by John Congleton, Konetakes every opportunity to stretch out into the void and roar.

Tickets are $10 and can be found here. Show begins at 9:30p with doors at 9p. 

http://disappearsdisappears.blogspot.com/
http://www.disappearsmusic.com/

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ticket Giveaway - Joy Formidable - Stage AE - 4.24.13 - Show Preview - Concert Preview

The Joy Formidable will be making an appearance at Stage AE next Wednesday, 4.24. This is quite a jump from headlining the Smiling Moose less than two years ago to a crowd of fifty. The band is touring behind their new LP entitled Wolf's Law released this past January. Huge in the UK, the band has made tremendous strides the past two years creating multiple billboard singles in the US. The trio is originally from North Whales but now based out of London. This is the band's first tour in the US after releasing their new album. We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual, just email us at pghmusicreport@gmail.com with your name to enter.



From their press:

Not a lot goes down in Casco, Maine. In the winter months, this sequestered hamlet around 30 miles from Portland in the North Easternmost tip of the United States acquires a Siberian stillness as suffocating snow descends and carpets this eerily remote and reclusive region.Yet it was to a forest just outside Casco that The Joy Formidable singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan and bassist Rhydian Dafydd retired at the start of 2012 to dream up their magnificent second album, Wolf’s Law, a record that teems with imagination, yearning and a Carpe Diem restlessness.


Wolf’s Law is a driven, hugely emotive record, an alluring and attitudinal follow-up to The Joy Formidable’s keenly received 2011 debut, The Big Roar. It’s an album that was recorded in very different circumstances to its predecessor, both geographically and emotionally. It’s evident that the stark serenity of snowbound Casco impacted on the marrow of Wolf’s Law. Themes of the raw beauty and majesty of nature are laced throughout the album. The buzzsaw, ragged yet beautifully melodic Cholla was inspired by the giant cacti of the Joshua Tree National Park, yet also details familial breakdowns; The Leopard and the Lung was written in honour of a doughty environmentalist campaigner.

The show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are only $10 and can be found here.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Ticket Giveaway - Generationals - 4.19.13 - Club Cafe - Show Preview - Concert Preview

The Generationals will be appearing with SPLASHH at Club Cafe next Friday, 4.19. The duo has just released their third album on Polyvinyl Records entitled Heza. They play a hook driven brand of indie pop that is some of the most catchiest that have heard. They have had a few songs featured in commercial jingles including "Exterior Street Day" for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and "When They Fight, They Fight" for a Bloomingdale's ad. Heza takes them into another direction with less fueled pop and more opaque, melancholy sounds. It takes possesses varied understandings of pop music and draws from a variety of decades including both the 60's and 70's. While not the sun-shiny pop of the 80's, it still leaves you with a good, fun feelingAs a reminder we are giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual just email us with your name to pghmusicreport@gmail.com to enter.



From their press:

Recorded in phases at Jim Eno’s Public Hifi in Austin, producer Daniel Black’s Bent Black studio in D.C., and the band’s hometown of New Orleans, Heza finds Generationals more satisfied in writing songs that breathe and grow over time. These songs show restraint, with hooks developing in the spaces between sounds. The attention to rhythms and textures reveals a more patient band — one willing to dig for deeper gems than in their previous work. Tracks like “You Got Me” and “Put a Light On” use minimalist electronic frameworks to match the intensity of more straightforward guitarwork on “Spinoza” and “I Never Know,” all of them paying more attention to layers and textures than to forcing the hook. On Heza, Generationals aren’t so much shedding their old skin as growing more comfortable in the one they’ve always inhabited.



Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer struck up a friendship as high school freshmen in New Orleans, LA. While attending Louisiana State in Baton Rouge, the two formed The Eames Era with three classmates in 2003. The dissolution of that group in 2007 led to a return to New Orleans where Joyner and Widmer started writing songs as Generationals. Baton Rouge-native and Eames Era producer Daniel Black (The Oranges Band) invited them to record their debut LP, Con Law, at his Washington, D.C. studio, Bent Black in 2008, where incessant coverage of the presidential campaign between Barack Obama and John McCain, and the issues dividing the candidates’ viewpoints, gave rise to the band’s name.
Show begins at 10:30p with doors at 10p. Tickets are $10 and can be found here.



Monday, April 8, 2013

Ticket Giveaway - Ivan and Alyosha - 4.23.13 - Stage AE - Show Preview - Concert Preview

Ivan and Alyosha will be making a stop next Tuesday, 4.23 at Stage AE. They are touring behind their debut LP All The Times We Had out on Dualtone Records. Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary are the Seattle based duo that make up the band. They play a charming bit of folk rock with pop-hooks embedded over layers of sound. The eleven song album album effortlessly captures the warmth and immediacy of Ivan and Alyosha’s live performances, lending added resonance to such lyrically compelling, melodically arresting tunes as “Be Your Man,” “Running for Cover,” “Don’t Wanna Die Anymore,” “The Fold” and the album’s’ bittersweet reflective title track, which features guest vocals by the band’s frequent touring partner and longstanding admirer Aimee Mann. We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. Just email us your name at pghmusicreport@gmail.com to enter.



From their press:

Ivan and Alyosha’s prior releases and live shows have won the band copious critical acclaim. They’ve also done successful stints opening for the likes of Aimee Mann, Brandi Carlile, the Low Anthem, Rosie Thomas and John Vanderslice. Since early in its existence, the group has been embraced enthusiastically by alternative radio, performing multiple on-air sessions for NPR as well as receiving notable support from such key stations as KCRW, KEXP, WFUV and WNYC.



Indeed, All the Times We Had demonstrates the positive effects of the band’s extensive roadwork, underlining just how far Ivan and Alyosha has progressed since its humble origins.“I think that we all feel pretty strongly that this is what we’re supposed to be doing, playing music, trying to write good, timeless songs, and trying to connect with people,” Wilson states. “I think that we have a pretty deep sense of purpose, that this is not just some accident. I guess that the essence of faith is having felt or experienced something that maybe you can’t hold in your hand, and I think that’s how I’d describe my attitude towards music. And it’s OK if it’s hard, because anything in life that’s worth doing is hard.

The show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are $10 and can be found here. More information about the band at these sites:

www.ivanandalyosha.com/
www.facebook.com/ivanandalyosha

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Ticket Giveaway - SPLASHH w/ Generationals - 4.19.13 - Club Cafe - Show Preview - Concert Preview

London based SPLASHH (by way of Australia/New Zealand) will be opening for the Generationals next Friday night, 4.19. The young quartet are touring behind their soon to be released LP Comfort (June) on Kanine Records. This will be their debut tour to the US. Their music reminds you of garage rock mixed with new wave and the nostalgic voice of 90's indie rock. New Zealand born Sasha Carlson (guitar/singer) began the band with Aussie born Toto Vivian (guitar/keys/BV’s) adding British born Thomas Beal (bass) and Jacob Moore (drums) New Zealand). We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of the band. As usual just email us your name to pghmusicreport@gmail.com to enter.





From their press:

New Zealand born Sasha Carlson (guitar/singer) loves to go on vacation. He basically lives for it. During one such vacation, he met Aussie born Toto Vivian (guitar/keys/BV’s), and the two bonded over a strong love of life and music. Spending the summer in the idyllic setting of Byron Bay, the two soaked in the sun and spit it out into a bunch of well-crafted, neo-shoegaze, pop songs.

With summer coming to a close, Sasha convinced Toto to help him continue his vacation by taking a trip to London. After hanging out in the East End of London, they decided to make the vacation a permanent one. Joining up with British Thomas Beal (bass), they took up in a Hackney bedroom to self-record. Booked for their first gig, they had one problem – no drummer. Flying buddy Jacob Moore (drums) in from New Zealand a week before the gig, SPLASHH, named after a favorite childhood water park, has gotten off to a furious start and has never looked back.



Described as making happy, sun-drenched music that is inspired by the nostalgic spirit of the 90’s, Splashh’s sound is based on distorted grooves, dreamy nostalgia and melody. Filled with carefree attitude, their music transports the listener to the summers of yesteryear kicking back with good friends. It sounds of dreamy fuzz being thrust through the walls of your neighbor’s garage as the ‘slackers on summer holiday’ dream of adventure, fun and the open road. Leaving the beaches behind for a small bedroom in Hackney, the result is a myriad of floating fuzz laden grunge pop tunes with a punk twist.
Show begins at 10:30 with doors at 10p. Tickets are $10 and can be found here. More information about SPLASHH can be found at these sites:

www.facebook.com/splashh.band
www.splashh.co.uk/

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Ticket Giveaway - Suuns - 4.17.13 - 6119 Penn - Show Preview - Concert Preview


Suuns will be appearing at 6119 Penn next Wednesday, 4.17. The Montreal, Quebec based band is touring behind their new LP Images Du Futur out on Secretly Canadian Records. Their sound resembles dreamy rock with layered textures and driving synth pop that forms a bit of post-punk mood. The album is written about student protests against raising university tuition and that time period in the city. We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to show. As usual just email us at pghmusicreport@gmail.com with your name to enter.



From their press:

It didn't take long for Montreal's Suuns to resurface with a second full length, Images Du Futur, and, as one would anticipate, this latest exploration takes on even greater visceral depths. At the outset it appears we're still ensconced in the warehouse, whether it's the grinding opening explosives of "Powers of Ten" or the crude, ominous rise-and-fall riffs in "2020." Broken up by Ben Shemie's melodious and angst-ridden murmurs, the industrial low-end throb presides early on, lulling us into thinking the band has picked up right where they left off with their debut LP, Zeroes QC. "Minor Work" builds steadily around a nostalgic, fuzz-infused beat and bares a soothing, contagious harmony. "Mirror Mirror" departs from the frenzied earlier pace, decelerating to a lethargic drawl; the droning, almost tedious undertones are paid off with flurries of synthesized flute that announce the dawn of the dreamscape ahead. We aren't to be disappointed.

At this juncture it's clear that Suuns are a different beast now. They're tighter, slicker, and even more calculating in their approach. It's no surprise after more than a year of touring North America and three trips overseas. "Images Du Futur started as some jams written (during that time), some of which appeared live towards the end of our Zeroes QC tours," says Shemie. In 2012 they returned to the jam space. Set against the backdrop of the student manifestations, they built on their new songs and started writing and rehearsing a bank of new ones in January. "The climate was one of excitement, hope and frustration, and we found ourselves lucky to be in Montreal at the time, and not on the road," adds Shemie. "We were trying to look at our music from further and further away, seeing more details in the picture as we expanded the landscape." The opening lyrics sum up that mood: "Got it together, I read in the paper, all of these strangers, stranger and stranger... No, no, no, no, how you try and remember, how all of these pieces, all fit together."



Suuns took to the studio in May, and again in September, with Breakglass producer Jace Lasek. The end result is a profound sense of poise, not only from their sound, but in their creative vision. They've been praised in the past for their compelling restraint, their ability to morph the sonic mood within a song, and this type of shape-shifting is taken to new dimensions in the slick, opiate-laden swells of "Edie's Dream." It has a fetching swagger, a dream-state motion that unifies the album and offers a soothing interlude to the harder edges sculpted earlier on.

Show begins at 9p with tickets only $10 and can be found here. More information about the show here

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Local Spotlight - Stosh - April 2013 - Local Artist



Our local musician spotlight for the month of April 2013 is Wisconsin transplant Stosh (Stosh Jonjak). He just released his new self titled LP this year. He was kind enough to answer our normal range of questions (with a great sense of humor) about how he creates his music, what brought him to pgh and what he finds as the benefits in the area music scene.

Are you all originally from the Pittsburgh area? Families here as well?

I hail from the land of cheese and dairy known as Wisconsin (pronounced ‘Sconsin to locals there, and pronounced Wiiiis-consin here in the ‘burgh). Back in ‘Sconsin, for 6 years I saw a lot of asphalt with Clovis Mann (blues rock power trio). We used to average around 60-100 shows a year, so I definitely experienced the weekend road warrior approach of spending Saturday and Sunday in the back of a mid-1980s Chevy Astro Van with my bandmate buddies, having Dio sing-alongs at 4 a.m., replacing my blood with caffeine, subsisting on beef jerky and Taco Bell, playing every roadhouse in the Midwest, and getting home at absurd, ridiculous hours. In fact, one of the songs on my new album, “Life Intervenes,” is specifically about these times; the song has a nostalgic perspective on these adventurous times with that band in the past—though, the song underscores that time is indeed in the past…as the chorus states, “ain’t it funny how life intervenes? I don’t change it, but it changes me.”
Long story short, love brought me to this area. My wife grew up in Pittsburgh. I figured if this place could make her, it must be a pretty good place to live, and I wasn’t wrong. Since the move, my life has revolved around pierogies (Gosia’s), riding inclines, walking city steps, meeting other people named Stosh, correcting my mom when she mails me something and drops the H, and listening to great music, of course! I won’t give up the Packers though (I’m a part owner, after all), and I have the NFL Sunday Ticket bills to prove it.


Do you all create music full time or is this more of a part time venture?

I have yet to find the song that will pay my mortgage, so until that happens, music is a passion and not a career. Those songs are rumored to be out there, so it’s worth the effort to try and find them, but they must keep weird hours or something.

Do you have day jobs?

I am gainfully employed during the day and habitually can be found in a downtown office building from (roughly) 8 to (roughly) 5. I also moonlight as the stunt coordinator for a toddler who happens to call me Dad, which definitely has the best benefits of any job I’ve ever had. She got her little self a couple of songs on this new album too, but I don’t want to ruin the mystery of which ones they are.

How do you create your music? What is the song writing process?

I surround myself with notebooks and to-do lists and fill them with weird, short, and generally nonsensical phrases that I feel could potentially become the theme, chorus, or lyrics for a song. Then, I forsake my fatherly and husbandry duties, grab a guitar, and sit alone in a room trying different chord progressions and riffs until something starts to cohere. Once the bowling ball starts rolling, I program a robot to play drums, speed up and slow down the tempo until it’s right, and then begin mic’ing up various nooks and crannies in my basement, trying to find what surface sounds the best when music is bouncing off of it. The voice and guitar are the skeletal structure I record first, and then I layer with multi-tracking different instruments I play until I have an army of Stoshes. Lastly, it turns into a process of knowing what to cut and exclude, and what matches up the best with what you’re hearing in your head.


What are your goals for the band? What would you like to accomplish? Are you trying to get signed to a label?

Music is so excitingly accessible now; all the prior obstacles to the actual business of music—production, distribution, promotion—have basically been lifted by technology. With not too significant of a cost, I can create and install a digital recording studio in my house that’s arguably as powerful as any used to record any of the great albums of the past 40 years. And with just elbow grease and pretty insignificant real dollar costs, I can create a real, physical product, market to everyone I know via social media, and submit my album to multiple, high-traffic electronic marketplaces. The impediment to being a musician has shifted from being an issue of access to being an issue of overabundance—music is too easy to get. I remember when I first stumbled across pirated torrents of Clovis Mann albums, it made me realize that this is now inevitable, that technology isn’t on a cafeteria plan—if you want this ease of access, marketing and distribution, then you also have to accept the pirating, and I’d take that trade-off any day (Metallica might not, but we can’t agree on everything). So, never before has it been so beneficial to be the type of musician I am, and this environment really affects the goal I have for this album, which is simply to reach anybody who would enjoy listening to it. It’s a little old-fashioned, maybe anachronistic, but I envision people sitting down and listening to the whole album, all the way through—like we used to do in our parent’s basements, before the internet, when music and having our drunken dads beat us in pool was a good night’s entertainment.
  
What advice would you give to local acts trying to make it?

Drink copious amounts of coffee and try not to sleep too much. Play tons of shows because you will meet and become best friends with all the local musicians because they’re the actual people at shows because they’re the same people who are really passionate about music; best of all, you will gain a bevy of hilarious road stories, probably about seeing yetis or having your van break down in bizarre locales, maybe about getting stiffed. Then, once you get that out of your system, learn pro tools, hole up in your basement, and write albums.


  
Have you all toured nationally? Or do you usually stay more regionally?

We almost hit a moose at a Wyoming ski resort once, on the way back the van broke down in Omaha as Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page” was ironically playing on the radio. We had a bar owner throw a crumpled-up twenty at us in Milwaukee (or was it Chicago?) and say “this is your gas money”, after we found out they didn’t cover the door like they said they would. Some antique part went out in my terrible hatchback once, and I could only go 35 mph on highway 61 (the same one Dylan wrote an album about) while going home from the twin cities, or La Crosse, or somewhere—I remember the sounds of air horns blasting—like the beginning to War Pigs—as giant semi-trucks careened around my piddling ride. One time, true story, in Green Bay, or the Fox Valley, or somewhere, I almost hit a mystical animal referred to as a “Bear Wolf”—my level-headed future wife was in the car with me and can affirm this. It was the size of a small horse, yet looked like a wolf, and had completely white fur with red eyes. I remember swerving around it and staring at it eye-to-eye from the vantage of my driver’s seat, so that’s how tall it was, if that gives you an idea. It remained almost motionless, only locking with and following my eyes, despite having 3-tons of steel hurtling towards it at 65 mph.

What are the positive benefits of being in the area?

There is more support in the music scene here in Pittsburgh than in any other place I have lived. It’s the ideal size—it’s big enough to support the local legends of the area, and small enough to be inclusive of newer talent coming up. Clearly, there are many great media outlets, a whole host of blogs—this one included, strong radio play on the indie stations, and good coverage in the pen & ink press. And very importantly, there are some really strong venues for every slice of the musical pie—from art spaces for the really avant garde stuff to big venues for the mid-and-major-sized touring acts, and a whole host of more genre-specific venues. And beyond all the live music, you can sing karaoke every night of the week too, which is awesome.

More information on Stosh's self titled album can be found here:

http://www.stoshsounds.com/