I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy the Millvale Music Festival! Here are some songs from a handful of the bands that I saw yesterday. I mostly hung out at the punk rock stages (Punksburgh is not just a clever name), but caught bits and pieces of other musicians as I wandered around. As always, I was in awe of the talent we’ve got here in Pittsburgh!

The Homisides

Old school, in your face punk rock with a big, angry sound. Fronted by vocalist Daisy Valentine, the Homisides’ songs definitely got my blood pumping for the rest of the festival. This was my first time seeing them, and I highly enjoyed their set.


Nick Graybeal

In desperate need of caffeine, I headed next to Tazza d’Oro where I enjoyed Nick’s laid-back bluesy songs.


Jess Klein

I’ve seen Jess sing with The Park Plan and I saw her do a Cranberries’ cover set with Brenda Leeds of Old Game, but until yesterday I had never seen her solo stuff. Unsurprisingly, that’s awesome too.


God’s Green Apples

This group was totally new to me, though I’ve been told they’ve been around for 20 years or so. They’ve got a solid rock & roll sound with some blues and alt-country influences. Some songs felt reminiscent of Lucero or Old 97’s, while other sounded like ’90s alternative rock. Either way, good stuff.


The Slobberknockers

I’m a sucker for props and the like during shows, and I’m also a sucker for ska; between the Luchador masks and the upstrokes, I was a happy camper during the Slobberknockers’ set.


The Shutouts

These dudes play some awesome Ramones-esque old school pop punk and have a lot of fun doing it. For the festival they also littered their set with a handful of new covers; my favorite was a toss-up between this Tom Petty song and Screeching Weasel’s You Blister My Paint.