Profile: Urns (2019)

Pittsburgh’s Urns descends from the dirgy, often glacially paced punk-metal of Melvins, Earth, Sunn O))) and other icons whose guitar riffs are sludgy and molasses-thick. But the quartet is releasing its self-titled debut this week, and frontman and Urns founder Mike Myzak is hesitant to break down the minutia of his band’s sound into careful…

Profile: Loscil (2019)

Scott Morgan doesn’t listen to his work as Loscil after it’s been released. The Canadian avant-ambient sound-sculptor has little concrete sense of his discography. But, before the recordings are available commercially, they’re fair game. When he was mixing the Sea Island LP, from 2014, for example, he literally would wander Sea Island – an island…

Profile: Spotlights (2019)

The band Spotlights played its first show in Pittsburgh in 2017, opening for Melvins at Rex Theater in South Side. At the time, the group – husband and wife team Mario and Sarah Quintero – lived in Brooklyn. On Tuesday, July 16, the band will make its latest appearance in Pittsburgh, headlining Black Forge 2…

Profile: Deutschtown Music Festival (2019)

Almost a decade ago, Cody Walters and Ben Soltesz saw a transformation on the horizon in Pittsburgh and they wanted to make sure their North Side neighborhoods were in on the boom. “I go to see a lot of live music,” says Soltesz, of Spring Hill. “I just started asking bands I liked – ‘We’ve…

Profile: Wild Kindness Records relaunches

Wild Kindness, the Pittsburgh label that once defined the city’s alt-pop aspirations through records by Andre Costello and Chet Vincent & The Big Bend, is back. Chief operating officer Jeff Betten relaunched the dormant label June 12. Betten, a 10th-generation Pittsburgher who flirted with a City Council run this spring, became general manager of Misra…

Profile: David Mnemo (2019)

At a Pennsylvania house party around 2007, Penn State students John Dubosky and Eric Goeller heard a sound that blew their minds. “There was this infectious bass line coming from the first floor,” said Dubosky, 33, of Polish Hill, then the drummer in State College, Pa. band Electric Lemonade Stand. “Eric discovered it and introduced…

Profile: Microwaves (2018)

Microwaves is at a crossroads. The Pittsburgh trio, which has been soldering together noise-rock, no wave and art-metal for 18 years now, has a new record out September 28 – a barn-burner titled, Via Weightlessness on Three One G, a label run by The Locust’s Justin Pearson. And while the band has been down this road before…

Profile: Marc Ribot (2018)

The separation of immigrant children from their parents. The trashing of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The white nationalism. The Mueller investigation. The Tweets. The wall. There’s been no shortage of reasons to hate Donald Trump and his lie-filled House of Whiteness. Marc Ribot’s heard more than a few of them. But what prompted…

Profile: Mark Deutrom (2018)

Every 10 years, Mark Deutrom goes through some fresh hell. Take 1998, a couple of hells ago. Deutrom was recording his first solo record – the excellent The Silent Treatment, which gets the 20th-anniversary reissue treatment today from Season of Mist – as his first marriage dissolved and he then was kicked out of the…

Profile: The Gotobeds (2018)

“It’s always the easiest and least interesting route to have a preconceived notion of what band you want to sound like and then go do that.” Eli Kasan’s riffing again. And I’m listening close for clues. “We were terrible early on ‘cause we wanted to sound like too many things, and weren’t sure which suited…