Local 913, Episode 5 - Meeting of Important People

Meeting of Important People If you've been listening to WYEP over the past half-dozen years, you've probably heard about the Pittsburgh trio Meeting of Important People. Over the course of their two full-length albums, the group has made some tremendously catchy pop-rock songs that can stick in your head in the best possible way. The band is fronted by guitarist/vocalist Josh Verbanets, and propelled by bassist Aaron Bubenheim and drummer Matt Miller. Each member has been playing in different area bands since they were much younger, and they got together as sort of a local supergroup in 2007. The band released their self-titled debut album in 2009, earning them plaudits from a number of sources including from us here at WYEP who declared them our 2009 Local Artist of the Year. In 2012, Meeting of Important People returned with the album My Ears Are Having a Heart Attack, once again continuing their tradition of crafting engaging songs with big hooks and a bright sound. The band promises on their Facebook page that they keep the "loud parts loud and the pretty parts pretty," and while that's a whimsical way to sum up their sound, they do have a knack for pulling off rock songs with harmonies, a fun sound, and clean production. They can take elements reminiscent of The Kinks, Fountains of Wayne, Guster, and The Who Sell Out-era The Who, and make it sound their own. Their new single, "All Ride Off Together," puts into one song a lot of what the band has been seemingly working towards since they began recording. An energetic rhythm and gentle guitars start the song which builds to a gigantic sound, including a chorus of notable guests from the local music scene, including Chet Vincent, Morgan Erina, and Andre Costello. Find out more about Meeting of Important People at their website.

Local 913, Episode 1 - Morgan Erina

Morgan ErinaBorn and raised in the Bronx, indie-singer/songwriter, Morgan Erina, relocated to Pittsburgh in 2010 after releasing her debut solo album. The goal was to start a new music project with family friend and collaborator Justin Sane of Anti-Flag. Instead, Erina paved her own way musically with her duo Broken  Fences, who released one full length album and an EP over the course of the group’s existence. Since  the dissolution of Broken Fences, Morgan Erina has  maintained a strong local following with her solo  material. Erina’s haunting, sensitive lyrics and finger-picking acoustic guitar, bring to mind names like  Elliott Smith, Kurt Cobain and Sinead O’Connor. Last fall, she released a new single titled “October” with  the hope of finishing a new solo EP in the near future. Check out more information about Morgan Erina at her website: morganerina.com.

Local 913 Live: Cold Weather

WYEP's local music happy hour is now the Local 913 Live. The chamber-folk-pop group Cold Weather performs.- All Is Night- Tough Love- JRT- Whispering Dance- SYITS- When Waking- Start Over- 13,000 Satellites- Pale Ignitions- I Will Suprise You- The Bottom (ft. Fun Home)- Last June (ft. Fun Home)- Functional (ft. Fun Home)

Local 913 Live: Diamond Shapes

WYEP's local music happy hour is now the Local 913 Live. Folk pop duo Diamond Shapes performs.-Yellow Canoe-Wild Strawberries-River Man-Love, Love-Diamond Shapes-Juniper Bird-Sands of Love

Local 913, Episode 3 - Brightside

Brightside Brightside are one of those bands that have a knack for remembering the past and looking into the future at the same time.  Formed in Pittsburgh in 2010, Brightside released their first album a year later.  Brightside have crafted a poignant blend of emo and indie rock with smart lyrics and perfect pop hooks – think Modest Mouse on “The Moon and Antarctica” or your favorite Lemonheads CD. Brightside’s latest album, their third in all, Now & Loud, was produced and engineered by Jake Ewald of the Philly emo band Modern Baseball. While it may not show in Now and Loud’s careful production and spot-on pop sensibility, at it’s core Brightside is a DIY band. Even before joining the independent record label Broken World Media’s roster in 2012, Brightside has been making their own merch and doing things their own way. Guitarist Matt Vituccio admits, “the result isn't always spot on but that is part of the learning process.” Check out more information about Brightside at their Facebook. 

Local 913, Episode 2 - Arlo Aldo

Arlo AldoThis week, we’re highlighting the indie-folk group Arlo Aldo. After relocating from Baltimore, David Manchester started Arlo Aldo in 2011. Originally, Arlo Aldo served as Manchester’s side-project to his primary band, the Baltimore-based Kadman. The move to Pittsburgh marked the end of Kadman with Manchester shifting his focus to Arlo Aldo.  Inspired by the folk, blues and Americana tradition, Arlo Aldo bring something unique and modern with their sublime, calming sound thanks to Manchester’s vision and to the talented group of musicians in the lineup. Multi-instrumentalist, Ariel Neiland Forbes was the original second member, adding beautiful harmonies and the perfect light touch to the keys, bells and melodica. Pittsburgh music veteran Susanna Meyer, formally of Boca Chica, holds down the bassline and adds further to the perfect harmonies that compliment Manchester’s vocals. Also of note, Brandon Forbes on drums, who’s tasteful beat rounds out the band’s sound and brings the songs to life. Arlo Aldo has released one full length album: Zelie in 2013 and one EP: Spin The Twine in 2014. The band hopes to release their next full length album in late summer. In the meantime, we’ll get a song from their latest, which seems to take influence from bands like Low, Iron & Wine and also a strong influence from The Carter Family. Check out more information about Arlo Aldo at their website: arloaldo.com.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: David Wilson

David Wilson performs at WYEP's local music happy hour Third Thursdays on March 20th.- Pennsylvania Line.- Jefferson- I Miss Those Days- Oh My Sweet Carolina (Ryan Adams)- Breaking Down- Be My Darlin'- Ghost- Don't Mess Around with Jim (Jim Croce)- All I Wanna Do- Railroad Man

Third Thursdays: LoFi Delphi

LoFi Delphi performs at WYEP's monthly local music happy hour on February 19, 2015.Set list- Birds- PVC- Fracture- Goodbye- Record- Boys Only- Tarzan Boy - Buck Monroe- Hey- Sass- Lonny- Only Time

Third Thursdays: Brightside

Brightside played WYEP's local music happy hour on January 15, 2015Setlist: JetpacksThe High PriestessCirca 2006Next I'll Be Deadly SeriousNext TimeTemperanceThe WorldStellarSpeculose

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Jim Mullet, Morgan Erina & Clinton Clegg

Jim Mullet, Morgan Erina and Clinton Clegg performed at WYEP's local music happy hour on November 20, 2014

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Don Strange & The Doosh Bears

Don Strange & The Doosh Bears performed at WYEP's local music happy hour on October 9, 2014.Set List: MiyagiImaginary FoeWolvesHold OnSpidermanLove Will Follow YouDictator!MillionaireDevilReject Pile

Third Thursday with Lucid Music

Lucid Music performed at WYEP's local music happy hour on September 19, 2014.Set List: 320 RemixCall of DutyKeep PedalingDeathChangesBringin It BackThe BreaksSo Amazing320 Remix

Third Thursday with Road Runner

Road Runner performed at WYEP's local music happy hour on August 21, 2014.Set List:FirestartersBlack CarsZombieOatmeal RacerFreight TrainHopePole DancersThe BiggerGhostsTwo Beds

Third Thursday with Essential Machine

Essential Machine performed at WYEP's local music happy hour on July 17, 2014.Set List: - Broken Record- Highway Daisy- Underneath- Road Trip- Examination- Ring- Away- Half Nelson- Pints- P+S- Les Squelettes

Third Thursday with The Nox Boys

The Nox Boys performed at WYEP's local music happy hour on June 19, 2014.Set List: Desperate GirlNoveltyMilitary SchoolTake My Heart and Break ItSusie LeeMrs. JacksonI Don't Care AnymoreRich PeopleMr. No OneO' KatrinaSave MeLouie LouieRumble

Third Thursday with Wreck Loose

Wreck Loose played "Third Thursdays," WYEP's local music happy hour, on May 22, 2014. 

Third Thursday with Kai Roberts

Kai Roberts in the WYEP Studios on April 17, 2014.

Third Thursdays at WYEP: The Natural Way of Farming

The Natural Way of Farming played WYEP's Third Thursdays on March 20th, 2014. Set List:YouGoodbye, Good LuckIn BetweenAirVideo GameLike A GhostHangmanTake Some Time

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Grand Piano

Grand Piano plays WYEP's Third Thursday on Febuary 20th, 2014.Setlist: -Potato Bug-Rain-Trainhound-Sun-Feb-Golden Boy-Trucks-Cali-Goin Country-WindDadfad-Daddylong Legs-Lady Bugs-Army Ants-Cruisin-Shaped-Starfish 

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Nightly Standard

Nightly Standard performs at Third Thursdays, WYEP's local music happy hour on January 16, 2014.Set List:SagaBye ByeOur DaysAll of YouOff the Beaten TrackNot Meant to BeHawaiiHold Them AboveSadNothin' to SayI Just Wanna Make Love to You

Third Thursdays at WYEP: The Red Western

The Red Western performs at Third Thursdays, WYEP's local music happy hour on November 21, 2013. Setlist:Family Song Behind the Wheel Everything reminds of you 16In your bedChange your mindLove for freeWhy aren't u lonelyFloodArrows Ohio Dreams. 

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Steven Foxbury

Steven Foxbury performs at WYEP's local music happy hour on October 17, 2013.Set list: Lock and KeySo HappyFake ProblemsWhat's Gold AgainHomeTiny Damaged LungsGoodbye NoteUntil She Finds MeRaised By WolvesSlow Collapse Roses Will Never Grow Here Carflips

Third Thursdays at WYEP: The Brushfire

The Brushfire perform at WYEP's local music happy hour on September 19, 2013.Set List:BFMMDFor Lil WhileYour Hands in MineThings He DoesRosesFor YouSwear It's TrueCliche 54Wake UpNot Letting GoUnder SkyCan't Always Get

Third Thursdays at WYEP: TWNSPPL

TWNSPPL perform at WYEP's local music happy hour on August 15, 2013.Set List:1) Love From Your Side2) Last King of the Wild3) Whatever Your Destination4) Still Young5) Your Dreams of Killing Me6) Off White Knight7) Love from Kansas8) The Gardener9) Buckets10) Cut Hair

Third Thursdays at WYEP: Round Black Ghosts

Round Back Ghosts perform at WYEP's local music happy hour on July 18th, 2013.Set List:1) Sea Song2) On With It3) Eggs In Basket4) Flood Flames5) Dark by 56) Year Stinkbug7) Advice Baby Bird8) Money Back9) Monkey Town10) This Old Town