<p>Nick Snyder of the folk band Ferdinand The Bull, says playing acoustic music has it’s perks</p>
<p>“My favorite thing about playing acoustically-based, is that we can just get up and play. We don’t have to plug in or anything. Everything’s really visceral and real. You can touch it, you can feel it and just grab a hold of it. It feels natural and right.”</p>

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Gratitude /ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/ (n): the quality of being thankful

<p>The indie rock band <strong>Scratchy Blanket</strong> were formed by married couple Chloe Hodgkins and Shannon Keating about 4 years ago. Lead vocalist Keating has found being in a band a helpful way to present herself properly to people.</p>
<p>“I was voted most shy my senior year of high school. I was so mad about it because I just always tried to be friend with everyone. I didn’t feel shy. I just feel like I didn’t enjoy high school and didn’t have a lot to say.</p>

<p>The hip-hop/rock duo BB Guns is made up of featured MC Bars Blackman and vocalist Lazy JP, who met while they were in high school.</p>
<p>According to JP: “We actually went to same elementary school. [Barz] was a year lower than me. We knew each other, we were cool and on good terms, but we were just in different circles being in different grades. But afterwards, I knew that he rapped and I was getting into hip-hop. I wanted to get more into it and knew he already [was], so we just hit it off.”</p>

<p>The beginning of The Local, a Pittsburgh band, actually has roots in Belfast Northern Ireland.</p>
<p>“I moved to The States from Northern Ireland in the early 2000’s. I had a punk rock background. I was in The States for maybe ten years. I had wanted to write music with people, but I just didn’t. I couldn’t find the right people. Eventually, I met Ben Sweet and we made beautiful music together.”</p>

<p>Most of indie rock band Pittsburgh’s <strong>Same</strong> met at Clarion University and completed their roster after moving into the city, where they found Jake Stern, their guitarist. All of the guys in the band subscribe to a D.I.Y. philosophy.</p>
<p>“All of us have always played in DIY-style bands since we were young. It just feels really natural to all of us for that to be our philosophy. That’s how we like to do things. That’s always how we have done it.”</p>