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Album Review: Super Fun Time Awesome Party Band’s “…And Out Come The Balloons,” out 2/3/18!

On a surprisingly welcome mild January afternoon I half-heatedly checked my mail seeking a package nearly three weeks overdue. It wasn’t there, but something else was. It was roughly record sized and the sender’s name mysterious if vaguely familiar. I tore open the box and out came the party!

I now have in my possession one copy of Super Fun Time Awesome Party Band‘s highly anticipated second effort “…And Out Come The Balloons!” Originally titled “Pinata,” other names had begun to be tossed around and the band took its fans’ input to heart, finally settling on the perfect play on the classic album by Rancid. With a slightly modified image of drummer Randall on the cover in place of Lars Frederiksen and vibrant and intricate artwork by singer/guitarist Polka Kapolka gracing the back, the record jacket explicitly tempts the listener with all of the fun that is about to begin once the needle is dropped. And mine is a gorgeous purple smoke colored pressing! There’s no telling what you may find when you open yours; the album itself could be any number of colors and designs from a random lottery of options, which is also fun. Collect them all! Trade with your friends!

 

 

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Show Review: Night Night Boy, the Lopez, and Shin Guard @ Café Verona (1/13/18)

This guest post was written by Steven W. Allen

Basement shows are the best shows, especially when they feature three local bands with completely different sounds coming together on a common ground.  Last Saturday, 1/13/18, I had the pleasure of witnessing Shin Guard, The Lopez, and Night Night Boy play in the basement of a DIY venue, known only as Café Verona (“msg a friend for the addy” type of venue), and I had an incredible time.  Admittedly, I mainly went to see my friends in Night Night Boy, but what I experienced was so much more than that.

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Aaron Myers-Brooks/ Radon Chong/ Patchwork/ How Things Are Made – Live at Brillobox, 11/30/17

Time in all its awkward majesty was the unannounced theme of the evening at Brillobox Thursday night, as a quartet of bands performed songs in Bizarro-world time signatures, warped the edges between stops and starts, or blurted fragments of sound-color into the crowd.

The show started with a solo set from Pittsburgh-based, avant/experimental guitarist Aaron Myers Brooks. During his down time from post-metal band Night Vapor – they can go far in this organization! – Myers-Brooks concocts textured prog fare assembled with prepared drums and electronics, and fronts it with guitar sometimes played through wicked fingers. On display Thursday were an Orthrelm cover and a track from his 2016 EP Thought Party, as well as other selections that went to great lengths to underline the guitar-composer’s dexterity. From his mannerisms, though, which included swaying with deft use of pedals, you’d think he was just taking a stroll down Forbes. Guy makes it look effortless.

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Review: Farewell Glowworms & HELL-O, Buildings! – The Rock Room 11/18/17

I can’t even recall how I caught wind of the band Buildings, regardless I had and I was very excited to see the trio self-described as a punk outfit. I had previewed the band a bit on bandcamp and even though I liked it I wasn’t quite sure that it lived up to the possibly self-inflicted hype or that they were truly “punk.”

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Weekend Roundup: 11/10 – 11/12

This weekend is going to be full of release shows, rad punk, some metal, a sprinkle of ska, and overall a good time. We hope to see you out at a show!

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May Day Marching Band: a band by, of, & for the people (and their parties!)

On a beautifully mild and pleasant October evening, Pittsburghers of all stripes gathered in the normally quiet hamlet of Greenfield to rejoice in the re-opening of The Greenfield Bridge, a main thoroughfare connecting the community to Schenley Park and Oakland! Crafts, games, and delicious food trucks abounded, but my main reason for attending, and the perfect musical accompaniment, was a performance by the city’s own community-based band, The May Day Marching Band.

After a bombastic announcement that the bridge would, indeed, be dedicated in the spirit of Wonder by a colorful and impish Master-of-Ceremonies of sorts, The M.D. Marching Band led the procession to the “Wonder” maypole and back with a rousing rendition of “Song for Wonder,” a tune based on “Daniel Prayed” by the late, great Dr. Ralph Stanley and personalized for the event with words by Connor Sites-Bowen. The Marching Band did a fantastic job, especially considering that they had been presented with the song a mere twenty minutes before their performance. Once returning to center-bridge, the band really had a chance to shine, playing a song by Lokonon Andre & Les Volcans, “Mi Kple Dogveckpo” and a cover of the Peruvian folk song “Bella Andajena” in a spirited circle jam complete with frenzied dancing swirling around them.

Much to the disappointment of myself and the crowd, their set and celebration was cut short for some prolonged oration rife with political name-dropping prior to the bridge’s ribbon cutting. Although fun and carefree, the whole event seemed a bit disorganized. There was even a “parade” across the bridge in which the Marching Band didn’t appear to be invited to play in, a true loss.

Undeterred, the MDMB pulled double-duty that day by playing a full set at the burgeoning Glitter Box Theater, only breaking for a group meal, which is one of their only indulgences when compensated for their performances. The group of anywhere up to twenty musicians at any given appearance pride themselves on their volunteerism and have got an impressive resume to boast it, having played this year’s Women’s March on Washington and as far away as Boston’s renowned HONK! Festival in their seven or eight year career.

What’s so punk about a marching band? How about a Crass cover? Filmed by & featuring Punksburgh‘s own Thomas Koraido!

Meanwhile, back at home in the ‘bugh, the band have been a mainstay at Pittonkatonk‘s free-for-all May Day Brass BBQ. Ever evolving and expanding, the band invites musicians of all skill levels to join them under the Bloomfield Bridge from 2 – 4 pm for open practice every Sunday for as long as the weather remains above fifty degrees, after which you are invited to join them in the toasty indoors! I’ve been assured that dancers are welcome as well, although the inside spaces may prevent such revelry. Email for inside practice locations: maydayband@riseup.net.

Experience the socially-conscious party that is the May Day Marching Band for yourself when they play at Howlers on October 25th with L.A.’s folk-metal The Manx and locals Joey Molinaro playing grindcore violin, and Crisp Lake (Chris Blake, ha!) playing hobo street music, from what I gather. Sounds like a good time to me!

Weekend Roundup: 10/06-10/08

So much going on this weekend! Pick a show and have a good time.

~~ FRIDAY 10/06 ~~

 

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Three up and coming bands come together for one night of music, featuring short fictionsSurf Bored, and Slugss. Hosted by Crafted Sounds, a unique Pittsburgh tape distributor.

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Happy Birthday, Nate! Children of October / Playoff Beard / Whitethrash @ the Fallout Shelter (09/30/17)

Nasty Nate of the Scratch ‘n’ Sniffs and Thunder Vest was turning dirty 30, an event that he decided to celebrate with a show–and what a rager it was, featuring Beaver county locals Whitethrash and Children of October alongside Pittsburgh poppy punks Playoff Beard. I arrived at the Fallout Shelter around 9:30 and the place was already hopping. I love seeing shows in such intimate spaces, especially when they’re packed with so many friendly faces.

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“The Modern Printing Press” – The River’s Edge Pod Party Recap

Saturday, September 30th was International Podcast Day – and our friends over at the River’s Edge celebrated the occasion in style.  Broadcasting live from Panza Gallery in Millvale, the night’s festivities included a nonstop livestream of all original musical acts, River’s Edge network podcast performances, beer from North Country Brewing Company, and mead from Laurel Highlands Meadery.

The night started with a solo performance from Jessica Fisch of Jenny and the Jags, and then launched into the first show:  Liss Victory’s podcast That BROAD Cast.

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Weekend Roundup pt 2: 9/30-10/1

~~ Saturday, 09/30 ~~

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The Deutschtown Music Festival wanted to fit in one more outdoor party for the year. The Skyline Party features 7 bands  and will be hosted by Hugh Twyman of HughShows Photography. The stage will be located in Allegheny Commons Park next to Sue Murray Pool (across the street from the Allegheny Elks Lodge). Bands playing include God’s Green ApplesLondon Johnson‘s Magnificent Street Entertainers, KaelberColonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime BandOld GameTimbeleza, and Dinosoul.

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Metal fans, get your asses to Cattivo for an all-day metal/sludge/doom extravaganza! This amazing event is being put on by Shy Kennedy of Blackseed Records and is sure to be an amazing time.

The line-up is: CANTEnhailer – Monolith WielderArcharusHorseburnerWasted TheoryFoghoundEYEClouds Taste Satanic – Lady BeastBrimstone CovenSolace – The Midnight Ghost Train –  Earthride – Stinking LizavetaPenance – Valkyrie.

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Nate from the Scratch ‘n’ Sniffs and Thunder Vest is turning 30 and he’s celebrating with a banger of a show, featuring Playoff BeardChildren of October, and Whitethrash! Head down to the Fallout Shelter tonight to see the bands he’s handpicked and celebrate since he never throws parties and “no ones guaranteed another (birthday)”

Support Michael Devine (Zombo)’s campaign to be a state representative! Version Mary (from Ohio), Action Item (debut show), the return of the Allegheny Rhythm Ranger, Elkhound and Jim Storch will be heading up this event! Head out to Howlers for fun for your entire 21+ family, raffles, prizes, and no clowns.

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Weapons Of Choice, The Homisides, and Cumplete Basturds will be playing Sidebar tonight for Punk Night! They’re guaranteed to get you feeling something with their hard and fast playing.

Slim Forsythe & the Turbosonics!! This show will be outside (weather permitting) so dress accordingly! This is an all ages show and it’s for the best price of FREE. Rock, rockabilly, and some classic instrumental surf rock!

Thë Nërd Hërdërs, Rule of TwoJIFF will be playing at the Rock Room “where the PBR is cold and the pizza boats are cheap.” What’s not to like?

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LoFi Delphithe dark lines, The Park Plan, and Jeremy Caywood are helping us say “goodbye” to the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern (do you really have to go?) with some rockin’ jams. Be sure to grab some perogies and stuffed cabbage before they’re gone.

Dead River / Reflex Machine / The Russells / Father Flamethrower will be playing tonight at Gooski’s. Word is to “bring your passport, we’re going wild.” If you like fun, you’ll come out. Check out our review of the last time Reflex Machine was in town!

Molly Drag / Past Life / The Bird Hour / Shin Guard will be playing at Cafe Verona (if you don’t know where it is, you’ll need to message Don’t Let the Scene Go Down on Me! Collective for the address). This is a BYOB show if you’re 21+ and has a $5-$10 suggested donation. We’ll see you there to support some awesome touring bands as well as locals.

~~ Sunday, 10/01 ~~

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There will be no punk time for this punk show. Zombii will be coming in from Connecticut to join the Shutouts and Fuck Yeah, Dinosaurs! for a good time at Ruggers on a Sunday evening.

Black PussyStone Cold KillerOld Lords keep the rock, beer, and fun flowing with us tomorrow night at the Smiling Moose.

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This is Bren (from Modern Baseball)’s birthday-road-trip-acoustic-tour. Come out, celebrate, and hear some great music from Caitlin Bender (from CALYX) and Distant Futures (acoustic) on a Sunday night.

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