The 9:13 Buzz with Scott Mervis

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. In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott: Meeting of Important People, "Got a Clean Head" - What a polished pop gem here from the Pittsburgh power-pop trio! MOIP has a few different tricks, including sounding like vintage Who or flat-out punk. This is Josh Verbanets and the band in "Village Green"-era Kinks mode, pulling off that percolating Britpop with impeccable vocal harmonies. The Harlan Twins, "Mama Jo" - The Pittsburgh-based Americana band has a pair of talented and very different singer-songwriters in Carrie Battle and James Hart. This is Carrie at her sweet, Appalachian-sounding best with the Harlans carrying on like The Band behind her. Although the title and sound might evoke the South, it's actually about Mary Jo (aka Momjo), who books the bands and serves as a mom to them at Howler's Coyote Cafe in Bloomfield.