Third Thursdays at WYEP: Ben Hardt and His Symphony

 
00:00

Ben Hardt and His Symphony at WYEP's local music happy hour on January 17th, 2008. Hosted by Cindy Howes.

Local Music

The Local 913: Ghost Hounds

"I almost lost everything," says Johnny Baab, guitarist in Ghost Hounds. "I was riding my bike in Brooklyn and I got hit head-on by a car. I got run over, subsequently, and my arm snapped in half. It was a very real thing for a few month of like, ‘Hey...

The Local 913: Brightside

Brightside are an indie rock band with strong pop leanings. I think they’re kind of emo too, but maybe emo is a dirty word, at least according to frontman Matt Vituccio, "It is. But, we came from an emo revival scene, so we have to embrace it."

Brightside were poised for success almost...

The Local 913 Live: Brightside

Brightside performed at WYEP's Pittsbugh Music Happy Hour on August 15, 2019

The Local 913: The Chad Sipes Stereo

Chad Sipes is a busy guy who often finds himself splitting his attention between his family, his business, and his band. "You beg, borrow, and steal from each one of those," he says. "If you have a pie chart of the three things, not one of them can ever be full at the same time. But,...

The Local 913: Chalk Dinosaur

Music doesn’t have to be blunt to make a point. Sometimes the meaning of art is in the eye – or ears – of the beholder. John O'Hallaron from Pittsburgh band Chalk Dinosaur says, "I used to write every song with words. It was based on lyrics and words, but at a certain point, I started to be...

The Local 913 Live: Essential Machine

Essential Machine played WYEP's Pittsburgh Music Happy Hour on July 25th, 2019

The Local 913 Live: Balloon Ride Fantasy

Baloon Ride Fantasy played WYEP's Pittsburgh Music Happy Hour on July 18, 2019.  

The Local 913 Live: The Living Street

The Living Street played WYEP's Pittsburgh Music Happy Hour on July 11, 2019.

The Local 913: Bikini Islands

I thought Bikini Islands got their name form a Japandroids song, but according to Kyle Wacker... "Actually, it’s from a Gang of Four song – "I Found That Essence Rare.” I covered it with a band I play in with my father in law and they turned me onto a lot of post punk stuff like Gang of Four....

The Local 913: Los Vampiros Amarillos

Jesse Baldoni used to be in a band called The Me Toos. They didn’t break up, but they did decide that calling themselves The Me Toos in 2019 was probably not the best idea. Luckily for us, they were able to rebrand themselves, taking inspiration from a different era. According to Baldoni, "Kevin...

The Local 913: Molly Alphabet

The title track to Molly Alphabet’s new album – Broken Record ­– just might make you laugh out loud. "I think humor absolutely belongs in music," she says. "All of my favorite songs are songs where the writer managed to wield humor in a way that was still inspiring or poignant or...

The Local 913: BBGuns

You never know who’s watching you out there and, in the case of Joel Carter and JP Pitt from BBGuns, that’s actually a good thing. "One day I was walking down the street," says Carter, "I was listening to music and whenever I go ahead and listen to music and I walk down the street and I have my...

The Local 913: James Wolff

James Wolff is the type of artist who believes in a higher power. "Some songs feel like they’re given to you," he says, "Kind of like you’re channeling something, per say." Wolff remains ever vigilant, waiting for the moment when the muse decides to...

The Local 913 Live: Dan Getkin & the Twelve-Six

Dan Getkin and the Twelve-Six perform at WYEP's Pittsburgh music happy hour on June 20th, 2019.  

The Local 913: MKV

Part of being a Hip-Hop star has always been bragging about how good you are at making music. However, that wasn’t always the case with Marcus Vaughn who records under the name MKV. "I never really wanted to perform before," says Vaughn, "I never even thought the music was good...

The Local 913: 3 Easy Secrets

"I like weird oddities and old stuff," says Kirk Salopek from 3 Easy Secrets, "My wife might say I’m a bit of a junk collector, but I find value in some of those things if they’ve been around. It makes you wonder what was happening to them 40 or 50 years ago. Who was messing with it? Who had it...

The Local 913: Brittney Chantele

Brittney Chantele is rarely seen without her signature bandana, but she also wears a lot of hats. Her day job finds her managing building projects around the city while her passion for art drives whatever time she’s not in the office. She’s made a...

The Local 913: 66

Kirk Salopek has a lot of music inside of him just waiting to get out. While taking a break from his band Silencio, he found that the amount of music pouring out of him could fill a few albums. However, Salopek says, "Unfortunately, we live in an era...

The Local 913: The Vics

The Vics got their start at Cal U, but it wasn’t just a “let’s mess around in the dorms” type of situation. Singer and guitarist Bobby Dugan says they knew from the start this was a project they wanted to take seriously and were lucky to find...

The Local 913 Live: Buffalo Rose

Buffalo Rose performs at WYEP's local music happy hour on May 16, 2019. 

The Local 913: The Nox Boys

The Nox Boys started playing together when most of the group’s members were in high school. After discovering their love of garage rock, they began writing songs, making demos, and getting those tapes into the right hands. "We went to go see The Cynics at Mr...

The Local 913: The Summercamp

The Summercamp is bit of a melting pot of musical influences. "Camp counselor" and guitarist Mitchell McDermott describes the band’s inspirations in scientific terms. "It’s like a Venn diagram, he says, "We listen to a lot of the same music, but I think the strengths come from the outer...

The Local 913: Dan Bubien & The Delta Struts

Dan Bubien picked up his guitar as a teenager and never put it down. After a sports injury found him laid up for a while, he discovered that the blues had an irresistible draw for him. Bubien says, "I’ve heard before that people like music for 2 reasons; one being pain and one being happiness. I...

The Local 913: Essential Machine

Robert Dietrich has been playing in Essential Machine for 5 years now, which may not seem like that big of a deal until you consider the fact that he’s only 17 now. His interest in making music, though, was piqued even earlier, "In 4th grade, when you’re able to pick a band instrument...

The Local 913: Grand Piano

Grand Piano is a band that’s been in the making for almost 20 years. "We all grew up in the Pittsburgh punk scene," says bassist Wesley Conroy, "playing in various bands with each other." However, Grand Piano isn’t really a punk band, though their members bring a lot of that influence and...

Pages