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This was shot by a fan (it's actually not bad quality!) at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Band of Horses were opening for Pearl Jam- they invited Bridwell on stage to fill in for the part of Chris Cornell on Temple of The Dog song, "Hunger Strike". Results: Bridwell nails it. Oh man.

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You Gotta Hear This features an inside look into a new release you may have missed, hosted by Cindy Howes. Nik & The Central Plains are a great Pittsburgh band. Their self-titled debut features the masterful songwriting of Nik Westman. His meandering lyrics and dynamic folky vocals give you that back porch summer-time feel. Fans of The Shins, The Kinks and Pavement would enjoy.... You can hear a review and clips from the self-title debut on the latest YGHT.


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New local music featured on WYEP’s The Local News during the month of June. Podcast it or tune in to The Local News (Mon-Thurs @ 9 PM). These tracks begin airing on Monday May 24th and will posted to the 'cast very soon. Lemme know what you think of that Cry Fire song- WOWZA.
--- Cindy


Joy Ike - "Like A Picture" Rumors

The sophomore release from Pittsburgh's piano playing sweetheart, Joy Ike. Joy's wonderfully engaging on her records, on stage and in person. You would be hard pressed to find a nicer person- plus she's a tremendously talented performer. Her fans proved that she was #1 by voting her "Best Solo Artist" by City Paper two years in a row and this new CD, "Rumors" was fan-funded. Although she has a different sound, Ike has the potential to gain a Tori Amos-like devotional fan-base at a regional or even national level (she was recently featured on NPR!). Joy's music would appeal more to fans of Ingrid Michaelson, Elliott Smith and Josh Ritter.

Small Cities - "Hit My Door" Jackson Purchase
My favorite new Pittsburgh band- they are six members and 2.5 doctors strong. Small Cities emulates a classic southern rock sound reminiscent of The Band, Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris and Tom Petty. You can trust you're in for something good when all the guitars are Rickenbacker guitars (even the bass). There's some sweet southern charm going on here as well, four members moved to Pittsburgh from Kentucky (specifically to start this band). Their live shows are a really exciting experience- you can see them for free at WYEP on Oct 21st for Third Thursday.

Cry Fire - "The Spark" If I Don't See You Again
Listen. I tried to fight the urge to like this album.... I can't- it's so good and smooth and I don't even care to tell you all about it. Cry Fire doesn't care what cool hipsters think about them, either! This is from their press release: "Where a lot of current groups shy away from clean production, strong vocals and classic lead guitar work, Cry Fire tastefully embraces all these elements." And how! This record is good start to finish. It is further made great by backing vocals from well-known regional country singer, Katie Orlofske. Embrace it! Feel good about life!

Round Black Ghosts - "Thick As Thieves" Line Up
Round Black Ghosts features former members of Waking Matthew and other local bands of the past. While I enjoyed their previous release, they've developed in a few ways on their new CD that's been in the works since January 2009. Titled Line Up, it features stronger songwriting from Aaron Shafer, who shines with his Jay Farrar like vocals. This record will further increase their already strong presence in the local music scene.

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It's been seven years since Natalie Merchant's last album (2003's The House Carpenter's Daughter). That's a pretty big gap in albums, but it all makes sense, now that she has revealed the story behind her latest, Leave Your Sleep. It's a research-based project that had Merchant digging into 19th and 20th century poetry about childhood (sometimes composed by children) from America and England. Check out the making of video and pay your respects to this incredible concept album!

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You Gotta Hear This features an inside look into a new release you may have missed, hosted by Cindy Howes. Lissie is a bad@$$. She's got a ferocious cover of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and history of spitting in people's faces. Those two facts are not related, but they're reasons to turn your head/raise your eyebrow when you get to know Lissie- a midwestern girl who's been living in the LA area for a few years. Soulful, rootsy, and a bad@$$. Update: since this podcast was made, a release date for her debut Catch A Tiger has been announced for June 21st. YES!.... You can hear a review and clips from her EP Why You Running on the latest YGHT.


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On Thursday April 15, 2010, City Dwelling Nature Seekers blew the roof off The WYEP Community Broadcast Center for Third Thursday. They played stuff from their self-titled EP (including "Will and A Way" which was featured on The Local News) and also an upcoming release. Check out the recording from that night on the recently posted Third Thursday podcast. It's on your Mp3 player or listen below. More photos here.

MP3: Third Thursday with City Dwelling Nature Seekers

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Official music video for Jack Johnson's single "You And Your Heart" off his new album To The Sea (2010).

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You Gotta Hear This features a monthly inside look into a new release you may have missed, hosted by Cindy Howes. Teen Dream is the new LP from Beach House. The Baltimore duo's highly anticipated third release does not disappoint! You can hear a review and clips from the album on the latest YGHT.



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New local music featured on WYEP’s The Local News during the month of May. Podcast it or tune in to The Local News (Mon-Thurs @ 9 PM). These tracks begin airing on Monday April 26th and will posted to the 'cast very soon :D
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Scott Weitzenfeld - "Helps Ease My Pain" (Born An Outsider)
SW grew up outside Washington, D.C. and played in bands that covered acts like The Stones and Van Morrison. All the while, he had to keep his haircut short in order to participate in his other life passions, baseball and football. His guitar playing is a skilled soulful blues while his voice is reminiscent of Steve Forbert. From the looks of the video for "Helps Ease My Pain", he's adjusting quite well to his new hometown.

Justin Andrew - "Fuses" (Transplant EP)
This little gem of an EP will appeal to fans of modern indie Americana (The Watson Twins, Deertick, The Low Anthem). It comes from Massachusetts-transplant, Justin Andrew, who's been making a name for himself in the local scene since this CD was released last year. You may have seen Justin working the soundboard at your favorite local rock club or your favorite local children's radio show or walking his cute little dog, Parker.

Caleb Murphy - "Oil Lamp Life" ([digital single])
Not quite sure how old this Indiana, PA resident is, but he's definitely got talent that's beyond his years. He's a fan of The Beatles, Switchfoot and Iron & Wine- 3 acts that have very different sounds. "Oil Lamp Life" has cutesy indie instrumentation and a bountiful amount of hand claps (!). It's available as a free download at CalebMurphy.com

Horse Or Cycle - "Oh Captain My Captain" (Flood Season)
Not a supergroup, HoC is made up of former and current members of Lohio, Boca Chica and Mariage Blanc. It first served as a solo project for Liam Cooney, but has now transformed into one of the most exciting slowgrass bands to rise out of the East End music scene. If you like My Morning Jacket, Nickle Creek or Band Of Horses, chances are Horse or Cycle are right up your alley. Produced by Jake Hanner (of Donora).

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May 25th Bettye Lavette releases Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, featuring interpretations of 13 classic British rock songs.

Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook tracklist:
1. The Word (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
2. No Time To Live (James Capaldi/Stephen Winwood)
3. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Bennie Benjamin/Gloria Caldwell/Sol Marcus)
4. All My Love (John Baldwin/Robert Plant)
5. Isn't It A Pity (George Harrison)
6. Wish You Were Here (David Gilmour/Roger Waters)
7. It Don't Come Easy (Richard Starkey)
8. Maybe I'm Amazed (Paul McCartney)
9. Salt Of The Earth (Michael Jagger/Keith Richards)
10. Nights In White Satin (David Hayward)
11. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Eric Clapton/Bobby Whitlock)
12. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me (Elton John/Bernard Taupin)
13. Love Reign O'er Me (Peter Townshend) [BONUS TRACK]

FIRST LISTEN: Cover of The Rolling Stones "Salt Of The Earth"

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