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Show Preview: SubSanctuary pt. 3 w/ Brightside, Wink, & Cryoverb

If I had to pick the moment I fell in love with psy-bass music, I’d happily offer you the story of my dear friend Wink and I’s journey deep into the woods early Sunday morning at Rootwire Music and Arts Festival 2K13. I had finally taken his advice and rested up during the day to save some energy for the slew of underground artists playing from midnight-7am. We were in prime condition to find the funk, and le funk, we did find! That morning, I recall bouncing on the handrail of a retro-fitted stage on top of an old school bus to the salacious sounds of Push/Pull, Erothyme, Soulacybin and last but not least, Futexture. That 5 hour span of existence, to this day, remains one of my most prized memories. A handful of months later, we just couldn’t let go of the idea of throwing our own art/culture-centric psy-bass event here in Pittsburgh, PA. With some late-nights and ample planning, we threw together our first SubSanctuary back in April 2014. Our good friend Eric Tully, leading Brightside Movement, and dear Wink set the tone for what was sure to not be the only one of its kind. Round two came by in June, headlined by West Coast psy-trap lord Yheti alongside a slew of local painters and artisans.

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So please, this Friday, Oct. 24 join us as we blast off into our third evening of friends, family, art and lush low frequencies at 4041 Bigelow Blvd, N. Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA. The line up features SubSanctuary O.G’s, Brightside and Wink, and introduces Cryoverb to our new community. Admission is only $5 with the action stretching well into the morning, starting at 11pm, and ending at 5am.

Costumes are highly encouraged and special prizes will be awarded to those with the funkiest, freshest apparel!! Don’t hold back!!

Event is BYOB and features and outdoor rooftop lounge so dress appropriately!

We hope to see plenty of new and old faces, and promise a beautiful evening of collective consciousness and co-creation :)

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Show Preview: Umphrey’s McGee and Dopapod @ Stage AE in Pittsburgh, 10/24

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Pittsburgh, it’s that time of year again! Umphrey’s McGree is playing this Friday with Dopapod as the opening band. You can get tickets here, or the day of when the doors open at 6:30.

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If you haven’t yet, check out their most recent album, Similar Skin, which was released back in June. In brief, it’s like a tight bundle of 1980s King Crimson meeting The Police and Yes, with a pinch of Queens of the Stone Age.  Most popular songs? “No Diablo”, “Puppet String” and “The Linear”. If you want my opinion, “Puppet string” and “Educated Guess”,  are my favorites.

Here’s a video of “Puppet String” to get you ready to rage

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Show Review: Escape Music Festival Day 1

Disclaimer: Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to attend day 2 of this event.

It was a cold, cloudy October afternoon when Escape Music Festival set up on New York City’s Governor’s Island, a tiny island adjacent to the southern tip of Manhattan, only accessible by ferry. Due to the infrequency of the ferry — I believe it runs once every hour, but takes just five minutes to reach the island — the event didn’t begin to get crowded until late, after the sun went down. This made for an intimate festival experience until any other I’ve experienced — an Escape, if you will, from the typical overcrowded, long-line-waiting, over-the-top experiences I’ve seen in the past.

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Photos: Escape Music Festival Day 1, 10/11/14

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Envision Festival Drops 2014 Recap Video

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Envision Festival was one that caught my eye last year (that lineup!) just around this time. They’ve just dropped their recap video, and it is beautiful! Envision is much more than just a festival, but rather, an experience. It is much more than music, including yoga & movement workshops, performance artists, art installations, and these awesome things called adventure tours.

The festival takes place in the beautiful, lush lands of Costa Rica, and is a celebration of music, nature, life, and culture. It’s about the connection between us and our environment, and a place where we can work on making that bond stronger. Concepts of permaculture and conscious living flourish in at an event like this, and we can only hope to be a part of it this year! Check back with us for more updates as information is released in the following months!

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Show Review: STS9 @ Stage AE in Pittsburgh, 10/10/14

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Last Friday, I attended my first Sound Tribe Sector 9 show. Before then, I’d only seen and heard them live through video and albums, and that might have ruined my experience. I was a little disappointed with the lighting and effects, since it’s supposed to be a year of innovation for these guys. However, they were true to their promise of delivering better sound quality.

DSC_0271STS9 started as an experimental trip-hop band, then later began to add electronics to their sound, which is accomplished with a synthesizer. They are considered “jamtronica”, because they have all of the elements of an old-school jam band, with a modern electronica twist. They also have their own record label, and they’ve signed and released collaborations with dozens of DJs, musicians and music groups. Bassnectar, Elliot Lipp, Emancipator, The Polish Ambassador, The Glitch Mob, and Big Gigantic, to name a few.

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Show Preview: Wink, Phutureprimitive, & Kaminanda @ The Rex Theater 10/19/14

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Join us this Sunday night at The Rex Theater in Pittsburgh’s South Side to express yourself within the dreamscape of Wink, Phutureprimitive, and Kaminandas’ music. Pittsburgh’s resident artist, Wink will be kicking off the night, preparing our minds and bodies for what Phutureprimtive and Kaminanda will bring.

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