As part of our 2017 local release roundup, we’ve made a playlist including tracks from all of the albums. Check it out to see just how incredibly talented the people in our city are! If your band is missing, please contact us!
Becki Gallagher first came to my attention in June when I caught her side project Garter Shake at LadyFest. I finally got around to seeing her main gig LoFi Delphi at a show in September and spent the rest of the night kicking myself for not seeking them out earlier; I was absolutely enamored with their brand of synthesizer-tinged indie pop, which mixes catchy melodies and powerful vocals with elements of rock ‘n’ roll to create music that’s just plain fun.
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.”
If you’ve been following Punksburgh, you already know that I fell hard for the band Garter Shake when I saw them play at Ladyfest, so I had to track Jenn down for an inquisition.
List the names of every band that you’ve ever played in ever.
After being blown away by Garter Shake during Ladyfest on Saturday, I knew I had to see them again as soon as possible. Luckily I did not have to wait long, as they had a show booked at Howlers on Thursday with NYC punk rockers Jigsaw Youth and newish locals Aloe, which includes members of Brazilian Wax and The Fuckies.
After a long day of Ladyfesting on Friday (see my coverage of The Shop and Gooski’s), I went back out again on Saturday to catch more music at Cattivo. Both the upstairs and downstairs stages were running, meaning that the music never stopped.
Kicking things off upstairs was traveler Samm Bones. Some of you may be familiar with her, as she lived in the city last year until she got the itch to move on. She alternated between banjo and keyboard for her songs, and took a break in the middle to read a passage from her travel memoir, “Heavy Metal Meditations.”