The 9:13 Buzz with Andy Mulkerin

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 two bonus songs): Nikki Lane, "Coming Home to You" - I played a tune from Nikki Lane's debut EP a few months back on the Buzz and noted that her forthcoming full-length would prove whether she had staying power. In late September, that album came out, and the answer seems to be: Absolutely. Great songwriter, wonderful voice, cheeky sense of humor (as is evidenced by the title of the full-length, Walk of Shame). This is a delightful re-figuring of a song that first appeared on the EP. Real Estate, "It's Real" - This Jersey-via-Brooklyn indie rock band released its latest, Days, last month on Domino. It's full of catchy, straightforward tunes; this one's the catchiest, I think. Catch them live in Pittsburgh later this month. Boca Chica, "Long Range Guns"- The local Americana group headed by Hallie Pritts has returned with a new full-length called Get Out of Sin City. It's another crop of solid songs, and this one's my favorite. Black Crash, "Sometimes Dreams" - This is the title track from the local band's newest release; recommended for fans of Britpop along the lines of Travis, and maybe Radiohead or even (*shudder*) Coldplay. Great vocals, solid tunes.