September is #SharePGHMusicMonth! All month! It seems simple enough, share your favorite local bands, preferably publicly, with the hashtag #SharePGHMusicMonth. Nonetheless, Punksburgh wanted to know more, so we pestered the creator, Chip DiMonick, that’s right, from the Hard Rock band Chip DiMonick, to get the lowdown. Chip tells us that:
“#SharePGHMusicMonth was just something that popped into my head one day last year, so I tried it last July. It caught on so well, I wanted to give it another try this year. I thought September might be better because us Pittsburghers like to enjoy that one month of sunshine we get in July.”
We can attest to that! We also can’t argue his reasons behind it:
“#SharePGHMusicMonth is an easy, free way to truly support homegrown music. Just use social media to share your favorite artist’s music video and use the hashtag. And challenge yourself to do it every remaining day in September – it’s fun and addicting!
(The) musicians should see it as a great way to get visibility for themselves and to show what they are always asking for: support for the Pittsburgh music scene! If musicians want support, they have a better chance of getting it if they SET AN EXAMPLE of what support looks like. Plus, it’s the ultimate pay-it-forward game. When your music is shared, sharing the music of others shows that you care about the scene, too.”
A weekly Spotify playlist of all bands reviewed/interviewed/mentioned on Punksburgh.com from 06.06.17-06.12.17
Bands not available on Spotify:
The universe did not conspire against me and I made it to the first of my anticipated shows for June on Tuesday. I ended up meeting a buddy, Ray from the Crooked Cobras, at the show and he graciously agreed to share some thoughts about each of the bands, since he has things like “musical talent” and “an encyclopedic knowledge of punk rock dating back to the late ’70s” that I woefully lack. His comments will appear after my ramblings.
First on stage was Evad & The Ominous Squad. I always enjoy seeing Dave (hint: that’s Evad backwards; ask to see the tattoo) and the rest of the gang. Their music is straight punk with some poppy undertones, and it pays tribute to the solo acoustic performances Dave did before joining up with drummer Jon and bassist Josh. You can next see them playing on July 20th at Moondogs Pub in Blawnox with The Full Monty and Rocky Dennis Face.
Ray sez: they’ve got a melodic, 90s punk rock sound, and would be right at home in that era of Fat Wreck Chords. Or Epitaph, but back when Epitaph didn’t suck. They also had vibes of The Offspring (unless they don’t like The Offspring? I don’t want to insult them). I thought the drummer was especially solid.
A weekly Spotify playlist of all bands reviewed/interviewed/mentioned on Punksburgh.com from 05.25.17-06.05.17
Bands not available on Spotify:
Iʻm back home, (mostly) recovered from Vegas, and the school year is just about over, which means it’s time to become nocturnal and go to all. the. freaking. shows. Here are five (plus a bonus out of town show!) that Iʻm especially looking forward to hitting up this month.
I saw Buffalo’s On The Cinder earlier this year playing at The Fallout Shelter (also with Evad & the Ominous Squad), and they rocked hard. Iʻm looking forward to round two. I’ve also been trying to catch the newly reunited Fuck Yeah, Dinosaurs!, but something has always come up. Not this time, universe!
The Dwarves put on a crazy good show, plus you get local favorites Thunder Vest, Porno Tongue, and those festive lads at the Super Fun Time Awesome Party Band. Itʻs been ages since I’ve seen either Thunder Vest or Porno Tongue, so I’m psyched. Donʻt miss out on this stacked lineup in the cozy comfort of Lawrenceville’s favorite dive bar. I promise you’ll have a super fun time. It will be an awesome party. There will be bands.