December 22, 2010 by

Tame Impala is an Australian psychedelic rock band. They dropped their debut full release called Innerspeaker this year and it's an incredibly groovy and adventurous experience. Words like "trippy" and "sonic" may come to mind, but that's really selling their ambition short. Check out the opening track, called "It Is Not Meant To Be."

The song is replete with trademark psychedelia, prominent guitar pedals, wayward chord modulations and toasty guitar solos. But none of those cliches hurt the song; it's an awesome listening experience.

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December 21, 2010 by

Who is Jann Klose?  Let’s find out more about this singer-songwriter, musician, “citizen of the world” who has a song on an album that has been nominated for a Grammy.

Barb WYEP’s Sunday Mix Host (WYEP): Jann thanks for taking the time to answer some questions via email for the WYEP Music Blog.

WYEP:  You were born in Germany, raised in Kenya and South Africa, then went back to Germany, before going to Cleveland, Ohio as an exchange student.  That’s quite a mixture of cultures.  Is that reflected in your music?

Jann Klose (JK): Yes, I think it is... I've absorbed a lot of different kinds of music. From African roots music to American classic rock to European classical composers... keeps me from getting bored

WYEP:  Your song “Give In To This Life” is on a Grammy nominated (Best Spoken Word Album for Children) called “Healthy Food For Thought:  Good Enough to Eat”.  How did your song get chosen to be included on this compilation double-CD to be among such songs with titles like “Dirty Dishes”, “Sky Doodles” and “I Sailed on a Potato Chip Ship”?

JK: I knew Kevin Mackie, one of the team members involved with the project. I have another song on an earlier compilation, "Serenity House", that he had put together. When Kevin told me about the HFFT project I was eager to be involved again, it's such a great cause, one that I believe in from the bottom of my heart. The album raises money for the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food

WYEP: Your debut CD “Enough Said” was recorded in Youngstown, Ohio and released in 1997.  That seems to be far away from your roots, was it just the right time and place to make this first album a reality?

JK: I had just moved to Cleveland, Ohio and was getting my bearings on the music scene. I had sent out demos to various regional labels. One called 'Scream Records' - from Youngstown, Ohio - responded and I ended up working out a deal with them to record at their studios. I have been coming back to Youngstown ever since to play shows there whenever I'm touring though the Midwest. 

WYEP: Your band members have varied backgrounds;  jazz, orchestra, symphony, and chamber music.  It’s not typical of a singer-songwriter to have an oboe, violin, flute and accordion as accompaniment.  You also have arranged and produced some of your songs, including the strings.  Are you trying to bring a more “classical” sound to your music when you perform?

JK: Not really... I just enjoy hearing instruments and textures in combinations I'm not used to. I've also been very lucky to work with musicians that are into picking up new instruments and just like trying stuff. Chris Marolf, who's been in my band for almost 8 years now just started playing the Kora, a West-African harp. We've been using it on the road a lot. I call it the Harp-to-go.

WYEP: I’ve had the chance to do email interviews with other artists who have gone the “fan funding” route – like Jill Sobule and Luke Brindley.  Your CD “Reverie” was made with fan support and you are now raising money for your new album, The People Records Project. Please tell us more about that process and how well it’s been working for you.

JK: Well, we just started the fundraiser a couple of weeks ago and have – so far – raised $1200. It's amazing for me to see that there's that kind of support out there for musicians and artists. It's inspiring. It's always hard to ask for help but in this new paradigm of the music business, many, many bands have eliminated the middle man and have a much closer relationship with their fans. We still have a ways to go – so I encourage people to check out what we offer in return for a donation at

WYEP: Over the years you’ve had the opportunity to be around artists like Pete Seeger, Les Paul, Roger McGuinn, Rosanne Cash and Marty Stuart.  What have you learned from these encounters with such seasoned performers?

JK: Well, all the artists you mentioned are very kind, hard-working people. I think sitting in with Les Paul and his band was the most humbling – and intimidating experience... his band is just so badass. I felt like a novice. But Les made me feel totally comfortable and at ease. 

WYEP: Your music is being heard all over the world from the USA to England to Indonesia.  What would you like those of us in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to know about you and your music?

JK:  I love playing live more than anything... every show is a different experience for me. A lot has to do with the people in the audience and the venue, itself. A lot of my friends have played Club Cafe, including The Strawbs and Willy Porter. I'm looking forward to my first time there. 

WYEP: Thanks for your time Jann!

JK: My pleasure. Thanks for a nice set of questions.  

Jann Klose will be performing December 22 along with local songwriters Tim Ruff and Scott Schmitt

Barb S. – Sunday Mix Host

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December 15, 2010 by

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Mervis of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This morning, Scott shares some of his favorites from 2010. Look for his full list in the Post-Gazette right before Christmas. Here's what we heard today:

Spoon, "Transference" - Spare, driving and still filled with smart hooks, "Transference" is another winner from the Austin band. "Is Love Forever?" shows how Spoon locks into a groove and builds around it.

The Roots, "Dear God" - The Philly hip-hop band didn’t make one great record this year, it made two — one as just The Roots, and one a collaboration with John Legend. "Dear God," from The Roots-only "How I Got Over," is indicative of the increasing crossover with hip-hop and indie-rock as The Roots take a sample from the Monsters of Folk song "Dear God," featuring the angelic voice of Jim James, and add their touch of conscious-hip-hop.

Steve Wynn + and the Miracle 3, "Resolution" - Bound to be overlooked, the latest album from the former leader of the Dream Syndicate, "Northern Aggression," could have been made back in the post-punk/paisley underground era of the ’80s. And that’s a good thing. Taking its cues from the Velvet Underground, it’s a guitar record well stocked with melodic tension and dizzying jams, like this one that leads it off.

December 8, 2010 by

"If it wasn't for John Lennon, a lot of us would be some place much different tonight. It's a hard world that asks you to live with a lot of things that are unlivable. And it's hard to come out here and play tonight, but there's nothing else to do."

~~Bruce Springsteen,from the stage the day ofter John Lennon's murder

Here's the list of songs aired during our special "John Lennon: A Life in Song."

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December 8, 2010 by Josh W

MP3: Delta Spirit - "Bushwick Blues"

Delta Spirit rolled into Pittsburgh last Tuesday in support of their excellent new album, History From Below. If you haven’t heard these guys before, you're doing yourself a disservice; the San Diego natives combine folk, Northern soul, and rock and roll into a muscular sound that can hold its own against any band touring today. Continue Reading...

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December 8, 2010 by

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Andy Mulkerin of Pittsburgh's City Paper

This time, Andy shares his Top albums for 2010. Take it away Andy! ....

Here are a few things you ought to know about me:

- I hate quantifying my favorite music. Or, generally, my favorite anything.
- I don't really care that much about telling other people what to like. (I know, I know, it's my job, sort of.)
- I've always liked paying attention to the microcosmic function of the local music scene more than I like paying attention to what big buzz indie band X is up to.
- I'm not very good at following directions.

With all that out there in the open, while I was asked to provide a top ten list of the best albums of 2010, I instead present to you a dual list: five new albums by local bands that I really liked in 2010, and five new albums by not-local bands that I really liked in 2010. In no particular order. Are they the best albums that were released this year? Maybe, maybe not. But they were the albums that spent the most time in my car and/or being pumped on my MP3 player.

My local faves:

Lohio, Family Tree - A light, fun, well-written collection of pop songs from the local stalwarts. Their most exciting material to date.

Meeting of Important People, Quit Music - A more eclectic collection than their first album, this release revealss the trio's versatility and showcases some spot-on pop songwriting.

Satin Gum, EP2 - This is one of my favorite local bands: messy, fun, none too self-conscious, often profane without being overbearing. Most underrated local release of the year.

The Ceiling Stares, S/T Cassette - A great debut from a band that's doing accessible rock (maybe art rock?) that's not formulaic.

Mariage Blanc, Mariage Blanc - An immaculate-sounding full-length from the reserved local indie-pop band.

My not-local faves:

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Let It Sway - This album has seven songs I absolutely love, three that are okay, and two that I just can't get through, but that I'm glad to skip in order to get to the good ones. It's just good, hooky pop-rock.

Beach House, Teen Dream - I wasn't sure if Beach House could keep it up after 2008's Devotion; their dreamy pop could get old pretty quickly. But solid songwriting saved them from losing me.

Aloha, Home Acres - Aloha has long been one of my favorites, and Home Acres didn't disappoint: the subject matter of the songs has slowly progressed to more grown-up themes, but Tony hasn't lost his ability to find magic in the mundane.

Secret Cities, Pink Graffiti - This one came out of nowhere; I wasn't familiar with Secret Cities until this album hit my desk, then it became a spacey, weird favorite.

Poison Control Center, Sad Sour Future - It's a double-LP that probably could've been a little shorter, but I forgive Poison Control Center because a good three-quarters of the material is stellar. Add an energetic live show to the mix and you've got a band that I hope finds the audience they deserve.

December 3, 2010 by

Enjoy the new Coldplay video ! It was filmed recently in London and features fireworks, levitation and three violin-playing Elvises. A new Coldplay record is due out in 2011.

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December 1, 2010 by

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady of The Beaver County Times

Today, Scott shares his Top 10 albums for 2010:

1. Arcade Fire, "The Suburbs" - A smart, stinging, vibrant and accessible essay on growing up, and then old, in the 'burbs. There's resentment, bewilderment, and equal bits respect and mistrust of rebellion, though a few rays of optimism, or at least acceptance, creep in eventually. Win Butler, the husband half of the spouse-fronted Montreal indie-rockers said he strived for a Depeche Mode-meets-Neil Young vibe. Nice!

2. The National, "High Violet" - Joy Division comparisons are inevitable, thanks to singer Matt Berninger's somber and spellbinding baritone. Textured guitars heighten the drama from these Brooklyn-by-way-of-Cincinnati rockers.

3. Black Keys, "Brothers" - The Akron, Ohio duo slips some funkiness into its raw and blistering, hook-laden blues-rock. "Next Girl" and "Tighten Up" are the best back-to-back songs on any album this year.

4. Titus Andronicus, "The Monitor" - Mine ears have heard the glory of this New Jersey punk band that sticks numerous Civil War references into its songs. Overall, though, the album is a contemporary call-to-arms, with singer Patrick Stickles rallying the troops by saying, "It's us against them, and they're winning," as his band pounds out a Pogues-Dropkick Murphys brand of defiance.

5. Sufjan Stevens, "The Age of Adz" - The alt-folk artist successfully experiments with electronica. His emotional voice is a grabber, especially on the supreme heartbreak track, "I Walked," where amid window-rattling bass thumps he fragilely sings, "At least I deserve the respect of a kiss goodbye."

6. Jason and the Scorchers "Halcyon Times." The unbridled enthusiasm is infectious on this raucous, rollicking comeback by the pioneering cowpunk/alt-country band.

7. Local Natives, "Gorilla Manor" - This L.A. band's rookie effort melds the rustic charm of Fleet Foxes with the more muscular moments of My Morning Jacket.

8. Deerhunter, "Halcyon Digest" - Dreamy, ambient pop-rock with enough feisty blasts of fuzzed-up guitar to keep you on your toes.

9. Gaslight Anthem, "American Slang" - Their "Born to Run" will come, but for now let's savor this "The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle"-caliber effort from a band that's endured its share of Springsteen comparisons because, well, they're from Jersey, and they craft songs with anthemic ardor. By the way, they've got plenty of alt-rock and punk references, too.

10.  ... will be revealed in my Sunday column (, though if the rest of Sleigh Bells' "Treats" is like the 6 songs I've heard from the Brooklyn noise-pop duo, then they'll be a lock. Also under consideration: Taylor Swift (sorry John Mayer fans) and Paul Weller.

November 29, 2010 by Josh W

2010 was a interesting year in music, “indie” finally broke through into the mainstream, Beiber fever swept across the nation, and Lo-Fi, DYI music continued to push boundaries and reach more and more ears. So after millions of hours of intensive research, quite a few adult beverages and a slight case of corporal tunnel from Ipod usage I present to you a list of my 15 favorite releases of the year in no particular order.

Here We Go Magic - Pigeons

The second LP from this Brooklyn band continued on the path their first album sowed with its catchy “Hypno-Pop” songs that build on a backbone of psychedelic swirls and tangential lyrics while remaining strangely danceable. Here We Go Magic continue to develop into one of the most exciting bands around and its only a matter of time until every notices.

Woods - At Echo Lake

At Echo Lake is a psych/folk-rock album that is as eerie as it is beautiful. The music pays homage to 60’s hippie,classic rock and most of the songs are recorded in the minor key. But its front man Jeremy Earl’s falsetto that brings a unsettling element to the music and that coupled with his existentialist lyricism creates something that is altogether unique. Woods allow just enough sun to shine through their otherwise ominous and dark sounding music,resulting in one of the most multi-layered and interesting releases of the year.

Summer Camp - Young EP

Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey make up Summer Camp. On their debut EP Young the duo have created a summery synth-pop sound that sounds like it could be straight out of the 80’s movie Say Anything. Sankey’s melancholic vocals tug at the heartstrings while meshing nicely with the synth effects. “Ghost Train” remains one of my favorite songs of the year and if this tantalizing 6 song EP is any indication we should expect big things from Summer Camp in 2011.

Phantogram - Eyelid Movies

Yet another guy/girl duo who make wildly original sounding music. Phantogram are a cross between Portishead and Massive Attack so how could you go wrong. Eyelid Movies is undoubtedly a Trip-Hop record that is full of atmospheric beats that at times just make you feel cool. Sarah Barthel's angelic and breathy vocals draw you in and never let go. Just listen to “Mouthful of Diamonds”, its makes you want to put on a pair of dark sunglasses, a leather coat and walk into a dimly lit bar in slow motion, Matrix style.

The Black Keys - Brothers

If you would of told me 5 years ago that The Black Keys would be featured in a Cadillac and Verizon Wireless commercial in 2010, I would of asked you what your smoking. But alas they were and it looks like they will be featured in many more commercials,movies, and television shows in the future. Brothers is the breakthrough album Black Keys fans knew they have had in them since their debut album The Big Come Up in 2002. Its wonderfully produced, full of catchy blues inspired hooks and oh ya, it freaking rocks! I have a feeling this is just the beginning for The Black Keys, they have shown time and time again that Blues Rock can be endlessly entertaining and vital if done with creativity and soul.

The Morning Benders - Big Echo

Big Echo is practically overflowing with sunny and effervescent pop gems. It is full of Phil Spector-like production that creates a grandiose wall of sound that baths you in its poppy warm glow. There isn”t a track this is more evident on than “Excuses”. The ramshackle orchestral arrangements and soaring chorus is something to behold. All the songs are ambitious and flush with instruments which can be dizzying at times but its all held together with terrific pop sensibility. For such a young band The Morning Benders have achieved something with Big Echo that most bands can only aspire to.

Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty

This album is by far my favorite Hip-Hop release of 2010. Its full of ridiculously tight raps and production that will even have your Momma dancing. After multiple listens I can honestly say there isn’t a dud on the entire album. Big Boi started my love for southern rap and with Sir Lucious has reignited it. Further solidifying himself as one of the freshest rappers alive.

Various Artists: Afro-Beat Airways

Here we have a collection of songs dating from 1972-78 Ghana and Togo. If you are not akin to African music then this album would be a great introduction. It brings the funk and never lets up with layers of percussive rhythms that add up to a loose, funky flow throughout the entire 75 minutes. If anything this compilation will be like nothing you have heard all year and that is at least worth a listen or 20 in my case. Highly recommended for the adventurous music fan.

Caribou - Swim

Dan Snaith A.K.A. Caribou had become a somewhat of a prolific electronic artist. He has evolved from a ambient electronic musician to a artist that is diverse and hard to define. His music nowadays conjures 60’s psychedelia but is layered with samples, synths and atmosphere so meticulously that the past begins to sound like the future and all definitions go out the window. Still with me? Swim adds to a already impressive resume and its trance/dance/funk beats surprise you at every turn, it pushes boundaries and commands the listeners attention from the moment you push play and usually leaves you wandering what it is you just heard.

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

This Is Happening was perhaps one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2010. Blogs speculated for months about how good it was going to be leading up to its release. But was there ever really any doubt? James Murphey has consistently impressed with his ability to dig up disco’s past and put a modern spin on it. From the epic opener “Dance Y’r Self Clean” to the heartfelt closer “Home”, This Is Happening has kept dorm rooms and dance floors shaking all year long.

Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

There are tiny snippets of all the classic rock bands I grew up listening to but with a twist on this album. The lushness and beauty of Innerspeaker is what keeps you coming back for more and the rhythm section is amazing. If The Magical Mystery Tour mated with Apples In Stereo and decided to take mushrooms the result would be Innerspeaker, and who doesn’t want to hear what that sounds like?

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

A few years ago Arcade Fire released Funeral to critical acclaim, it ended up on countless best of the decade lists and etched them a spot in the hearts and minds of a generation of burgeoning indie rock fans. As successful as Funeral was in “Indie Rock” terms, the band remained relatively obscure. After a luke warm response to their follow up Neon Bible the band retreated to Montreal to record The Suburbs. Fast forward to present day and Arcade Fire are bonafide rock stars, selling out Madison Square Garden and every other venue in the world and becoming Merge Records first number 1 album beating out Eminem for the top spot. The way The Suburbs is able to create such epic, emotionally captivating music out of such everyday subjects as suburban sprawl and the disconnect with school friends is remarkable and deeply enriching. Arcade Fire prove with The Suburbs that our everyday normal lives belie something much more than what waits on the surface. The epic sweep of the music and lyrics on this album is truly breathtaking and classic.

Twin Shadow - Forget

The debut album Forget by Twin Shadow initially sounds like a 80’s pop revival record with lots of heavy synth lines and electronic noises but as it unfolds you become pleasantly surprised by the scope of the music. George Lewis Jr. a.k.a. Twin Shadow showcases his musical tastes and talents throughout this captivating album with odes to everything from Scott Walker to Neu!. Most of the lyrical content is of the nostalgic variety and centers around past indiscretions and seasonal love affairs but remains endearing and easily related to. For a debut album Forget is remarkably mature and diverse and will keep your ears on their toes, if ears had toes that is.

Girl Talk - All Day

Local boy Gregg Gillis proved once again that he is the undisputed sample king on All Day. With over 300 samples crunched into just over a hour long mix, Gillis amazes the listener with the broad mixture of genres he is able to combine into a seamless mix that is guaranteed to rock the dance floor. Each listen reveals more and more of his genius and command of the beat. To top it off Gillis released All Day for the amazing price of Free 99. So if you haven’t listened to this mix you have no excuses.

Local Natives- Gorilla Manor

Gorilla Manor is full of soaring harmonies and gang chorus’ you can sing at the top of your lungs to. It manages to combines the best of several Indie rock bands I like into a tightly packaged, well oiled rock machine. If you are a fan of My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Fleet Foxes or Grizzly Bear this is a must listen. There are several killer tracks on Gorilla Manor and its maintains a mid-tempo beat throughout that keeps your toe tapping but the vocal harmonies are the real star on Gorilla Manor. On songs like “Airplanes”, “World News” and Camera Talk” the choruses become intoxicating and rapturous, elevating the song to a whole new level. I had the pleasure of seeing them live this past year and I assure you their pipes are the real deal and not just fancy production.

If you would like to hear a selection of songs from the Best Of list just click here for the streaming playlist.

November 24, 2010 by

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs, contributing writer to Relix Magazine, AOL's and Pittsburgh's City Paper. This morning, Justin shares his top picks for 2010.

In case you missed it here's what he played:

Suckers, "A Mind I Knew" -  This band, who made my favorite album of the year, creates off-kilter, exotic sounding anthems. Each song builds and twists unexpectedly, usually marked by a wild yelp of gang vocals or some explosive guitar. The weirdest, and most fun, record of the year.

Dr. Dog, "Where'd All the Time Go" - These Philly boys are the success story of the year - the band's been toiling around playing mid-level venues for almost a decade, but with this year's Shame, Shame, they're finally among indie's elite bands. This is my favorite jam from that album.

Cee-Lo, "No One's Gonna Love You" - The man behind "Fuck You"/"Forget You" cut a cover of the best Band of Horses song this summer, and this version hit the internet (with a very NSFW video) by storm. Unfortunately, the version on Cee-Lo's new album, The Lady Killer, is kinda lame, but no matter — this cut is utterly gorgeous and haunting. Who knew the best song of the year wouldn't come from an album at all?

I was drawn to albums from all different genres this year - there wasn't one trend that resulted in the most great music.

Here's Justin's Top 10 Albums of 2010:

10. Sharon Van Etten - Epic
9. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
8. Baths - Cerulean
7. LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
6. Twin Shadow - Forget
5. Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame
4. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
3. Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea
2. Janelle Monae - The Archandroid
1. Suckers - Wild Smile

Just barely missed the list:
Big Boi - Sir Lucious Leftfoot, The Son of Chico Dusty
Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
The Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
Liars - Sisterworld

November 17, 2010 by

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady of The Beaver County Times

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott (plus a bonus song):

Atlantic/Pacific, "Patters" - Lush vocal harmonies and looped instruments highlight the softly alluring sound of this Brooklyn indie-folk duo, recently featured on The World Cafe. They remind me of a mix between '80s Aussie rockers The Church and solo artist Aqualung.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, "Nowhere" - This never-before-heard song was believed to have been lost in 1979 when the band was moving its box of studio tapes daily to avoid the possibility they'd be confiscated as part of a record label lawsuit against Petty. Recorded for the band's breakthrough "Damn the Torpedoes" album, the original studio version was discovered recently, and added to the brand-new Deluxe Edition of the album, along with another never-before-released '79 tune, "Surrender." The band's Byrds influence is evident here.

Bryan Ferry, "Olympia" - When I grow up, I want to be as cool as Ferry. The ex-Roxy Music frontman sounds as sophisticated as ever on this album that has both a vintage and contemporary appeal. He enlisted some impressive help, including David Gilmour, the Scissor Sisters, Flea, Nile Rodgers and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, as well as former Roxy Music mates Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay.

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November 16, 2010 by

Enter to win front row tickets at

w/ North Mississippi Allstars
Band of Joy includes Buddy Miller & Patty Griffin!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at the Petersen Events Center

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November 16, 2010 by

Check out the new Adele song & video for “Rolling In The Deep”. The album, 21, is out February 22.

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November 10, 2010 by

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Andy Mulkerin of Pittsburgh's City Paper

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy (plus some bonus songs):

Sharon Van Etten, "A Crime" - This is the first track from Sharon's new LP, Epic. She's one of my favorites right now with respect to simple, folky guitar-and-voice songwriting -- this is one of the more upbeat tracks from the new one, and might be my favorite.

Smith Westerns, "Weekend" - This is a young Chicago garage rock-pop band that's picked up a lot of attention in the past year or so; this track is the first glimpse of the band's forthcoming album, Dye It Blonde, coming out in early 2011 on Fat Possum.

Kelley Stoltz, "I Remember, You Were Wild" - This is a fun, poppy track from Stoltz's recent LP, To Dreamers, issued on Sub Pop. Shimmery guitars, simple harmonies and a triumphant chorus make it a nice little addition to a mix CD.

The Chapin Sisters, "Palm Tree" - This might be my favorite track from the new disc by the two-piece band of sisters, who played in Pittsburgh last week. It's a relaxed (maybe even resigned) country tune and exhibits some of their better lyrics, I think.

November 8, 2010 by

If you dig bluegrass the fast-twanging, heavy stomping, whiskey-swilling party music of Appalachia, being in Pittsburgh this fall is a good choice.

Just last month, bluegrass titans Yonder Mountain String Band sold out Mr.
Smalls. This Thursday, rising stars Greensky Bluegrass hit the Rex Theater.
If you missed Yonder, Greensky is your best bet for a taste of bluegrass this season. Since winning the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2006 as relative unknowns, the Michigan-based band's been collecting fans in peers like Railroad Earth, Tony Rice, the legendary Sam Bush and, of course, regular-folk music lovers.

While Yonder Mountain String Band, Old Crow Medicine Show and Railroad Earth may own the bluegrass game right now, Greensky's looser, laid-back approach makes for a perfect liquor-sipping show.

Check them out at The Rex, Thursday, Nov. 11.

Contributor Justin Jacobs posted this concert preview.

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