Braden Bales Highlights Honesty in Debut EP Nomad

“How do you feel about Tik Tok?” Almost immediately during his press conference, Braden Bales was hit with a controversial music industry topic: The highs and lows of promoting on TikTok. But instead of freezing under pressure, he laughed off the question with ease. Braden Bales, the 21-year-old dropout from Ontario, knows better than mostContinue reading “Braden Bales Highlights Honesty in Debut EP Nomad”

The Backfires, The Band Light, and Valleyview at Mr. Smalls Funhouse 7/14/23

The Backfires The Backfires, a “rock band from both sides of the Atlantic,” visited Pittsburgh, PA for the first time on July 14, 2023. For their first stop of tour, the band played at the beloved Mr. Smalls Funhouse, located right outside of the city. With a blend of excitement and talented musicians, The BackfiresContinue reading “The Backfires, The Band Light, and Valleyview at Mr. Smalls Funhouse 7/14/23”

Illuminating the Summer Spirit with Milky Chance and Young the Giant

June 18th, 2023 – Columbus OH On a bright evening in the outskirts of Columbus’ city scene, easygoing crowds of people leisurely approached Kemba Live’s grassy outdoor space. At the recent conclusion of Columbus Stonewall Pride Festival, concertgoers gathered for a fun end to an already love-filled day. Typically I find myself dreading a showContinue reading “Illuminating the Summer Spirit with Milky Chance and Young the Giant”

“Everything in Between” and the Latest from Twentythreenineteen

In a world full of indie bands and short attention spans, it takes a certain kind of song to captivate new audiences. Luckily, twentythreenineteen was able to do just that with their latest single, “Everything in Between.”  Twentythreenineteen is a genre-blending, Philly-based band who released their debut EP back in 2018. Their authentic music wasContinue reading ““Everything in Between” and the Latest from Twentythreenineteen”

Declan McKenna at Mr. Smalls – A Mesmerizing Blend of Indie Pop and Electric Energy

On June 1st, Indie Pop sensation Declan Mckenna had a show at Mr. Smalls Theater in Pittsburgh, PA for his The Big Return tour. Known for his infectious melodies, thought-provoking lyrics and stage presence, McKenna took the stage at the sold-out venue, instantly captivating the audience with his contagious energy. Pittsburgh was treated to anContinue reading “Declan McKenna at Mr. Smalls – A Mesmerizing Blend of Indie Pop and Electric Energy”

CULTURE SHOCK MUSIC FEST – GALLERY

SUNY Purchase College held their annual Culture Shock music festival April 28-29, 2023. Photos and words by Madalyn Schaller along with words by Banner Reed. Day One Lineup: Teezo Touchdown, Junglepussy, Wiki, Talia Goddess, Gel, and Danny Singh. Day Two Lineup: Bktherula, Slaughter Beach Dog, Control Top, Laundry Day, and The Kota Dosa Collective. IfContinue reading “CULTURE SHOCK MUSIC FEST – GALLERY”

The Joy of MUNA: A Look Into the Life’s So Fun Tour

No band is able to share queer joy with their audiences quite like MUNA. Somehow managing to encapsulate the intense feelings that come with finding love and yourself in this mess of a life, the band has formed a discography and fan base that both prioritize the importance of being human.  MUNA, who is comprised ofContinue reading “The Joy of MUNA: A Look Into the Life’s So Fun Tour”

To Change or To Stay? Glaive’s New Paradoxical Teen Anthem

18-year-old rising artist glaive continues his string of folk pop releases with his newest single, “as if.” The song is a catchy, gritty recounting of the teenage experience, which is often an overdone concept, but glaive executed it amazingly. As the first single of his debut album i care so much that i don’t careContinue reading “To Change or To Stay? Glaive’s New Paradoxical Teen Anthem”

Riovaz Shines His Stardom on Amsterdam

The chilled wind in a dark, twinkling city in the Netherlands blows through the population; despite this, a spark of energy flows through the Riovaz’s crowd in The Melkweg. Excited chatter from a large group of young Europeans easily spreads like wildfire, as all are awaiting the main act’s appearance. A slight “too cool forContinue reading “Riovaz Shines His Stardom on Amsterdam”

White Reaper on their Asking for a Ride Tour in Pittsburgh, Pa

White Reaper made a stop at Mr. Smalls Theater in Pittsburgh, PA on March 12 for their Asking for a Ride tour. They played their hits “Daisies” and “Might Be Right” along with tracks off their newest LP Asking for a Ride. The crowd held a very calming energy throughout the night, and the alternativeContinue reading “White Reaper on their Asking for a Ride Tour in Pittsburgh, Pa”