Profile: Old Game (2019)

Brenda Leeds knows about the feeling. The vocalist and rhythm guitarist of Pittsburgh underground rock band, Old Game, has felt it sneak unsuspectingly, like a disconnected whisper, into the deepest crevices of her ear. When she’s not paying attention, it sometimes can knock the wind out of her. She first encountered that gray, sinking sensation as…

Feature: Crafted Sounds Releases “Bridges”

Connor Murray turned 21 on April 13,  but he didn’t celebrate in the usual way. Yes, there were the obligatory drinks at midnight but, instead of just rising reluctantly the next morning with a horrible hangover, the Pitt senior woke up with a new release on his cassette-centric label, Crafted Sounds. Bridges, the appropriately titled…

Interview: Xandra Metcalfe of Uboa(2019)

You don’t listen to UBOA, the solo act of Xandra Metcalfe, a trans gal from Melbourne. It just overwhelms you. Metcalfe’s latest offering, though, differs in some ways from past outings. For one, The Origin of my Depression, out earlier this year, is more nuanced, less a collection of harsh noise than an intersection of…

Concert Review: The Gotobeds/Wax Chattels/Rave Ami/Late.

Three Pittsburgh bands and an ear-pounding trio from New Zealand filled Lawrenceville’s bare-bones warehouse space The Shop with delicious noise Friday, and the crowd in attendance even stole a few choice listens to songs from the next, much-anticipated record by local heroes The Gotobeds. Yes, yes, yes, the duo Late. performed its brand of synth-rock…

Concert Review: Richard Buckner – Live In Pittsburgh, 06/07/18

It was 1998 when I first heard Richard Buckner, and I instantly was transfixed. The record in question was Since, his MCA collaboration with stalwarts like Syd Straw and David Grubbs, and it was breathtaking stuff, alt-country (or post-country) at its finest — but also overflowing with engaging song-gems beyond the boundaries of the genre….

Video Premiere: The Bipeds – “Dressful of Dreams”

Antique-garde aficionados, take note: The Bipeds has arrived. The Bipeds is a dance-theater company/rock and roll band under the artistic direction of choreographer/dancer Stacy Wolfson and Curtis Eller, the banjo-playing madman at the head of the American Circus. Wolfson and Eller combine the best of both disciplines, blending movement and song in an intoxicating hybrid for the senses. The…

Justin Vellucci’s Year-Ending Top Ten: 2017 Edition

Yeah, yeah, putting the final nail in the coffin of 2017 is a little premature, seeing as there’s still more than 30 days left in the year. But, I’m the music writer compiling this list, so, here you go. It was an interesting year in underground music and, rather than present a conventional Top Ten,…

PROFILE: Black Wine (2017)

Black Wine is dead. Long live Black Wine! Everyone’s favorite New Jersey punk trio played its final show Aug. 13 at Brighton Bar in Long Branch, N.J., bringing to an end a run of calculated chaos chronicled in a stream of engaging records and bombastic live shows. “They felt like one of those bands that…

PROFILE: Christian Frederickson (2017)

It is May 25, 2006. You are sitting in a capacity crowd at Kaufman Center’s intimate Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, listening to Rachel’s perform their last show as an ensemble – though nobody knows that just yet. WNYC 90.3 FM, an NPR affiliate, is broadcasting and Greg King’s scene-setting film is being…