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Is this the BEST Chicken in Pittsburgh?

I live in Pittsburgh, and I'm obsessed with fried chicken. Can you relate? Grab a seat, friend. Let's chat about Troy Beck and the ridiculous work he's doing with Given to Fly. First, though, let's back up. We need to set some expectations. This chicken is not served via drive-thru. There's no physical restaurant. If [...]

By |2022-02-23T13:23:11-05:00February 23rd, 2022|blog|Comments Off on Is this the BEST Chicken in Pittsburgh?

Real Media vs. Pretend Media: WTF Are We Even Doing Here?

We need to talk about “pretend” media. And “real” media.  Scroll Pittsburgh sports Twitter, and you’ll see the arguments. Bloggers and green, unproven podcasters challenging established radio hosts and reporters. Established radio hosts and reporters firing back.  You’ll even find those established radio hosts and reporters beefing with one another. Somewhere along the way, the [...]

By |2021-07-16T11:29:43-04:00July 16th, 2021|blog|2 Comments

Alluvial Might’ve Created the Metal Album of the Year

Alluvial 'Sarcoma' represents the perfect marriage of technical and palatable metal — and the result is freakin' beautiful.  Alluvial slays. I knew this before diving into the band's latest release, "Sarcoma," which dropped May 28 via Nuclear Blast Records. But this album bears little similarity to Alluvial's first full-length showcase, "The Deep Longing for Annihilation." [...]

By |2021-07-23T09:35:08-04:00June 10th, 2021|blog|Comments Off on Alluvial Might’ve Created the Metal Album of the Year

How Gojira Goofed with ‘Fortitude’ | Album Review

Gojira 'Fortitude' features some classic moments that will resonate with fans — emphasis on *some*... Look, Gojira rules. If you analyze my Apple Music listening history over the past three years, Gojira would account for a tremendous portion of my total listens. From their earlier work on The Link to 2016's Magma, Gojira is responsible for creating some [...]

By |2021-05-21T14:02:55-04:00May 21st, 2021|blog|Comments Off on How Gojira Goofed with ‘Fortitude’ | Album Review

Blue & Brown: A Short Story

Randall yanked his pickup left onto E Street, sending Janice into the passenger-side door with a light thud. She huffed.  “So close to home,” Randall thought, “and I give her a reason to complain. Guess I’ll dip into that bottle of brown tonight. Again.”  Randall dodged a pothole — then another — and made the [...]

By |2021-05-21T10:54:10-04:00March 10th, 2021|blog|Comments Off on Blue & Brown: A Short Story

Guitar Lesson: 3 Easy, Cheap Tips for Killer Metal Tone

Getting the perfect metal guitar tone represents a lifelong, never-ending quest for some guitarists. As amp and processor technology continues to improve, the options to tweak your guitar tone follow suit, growing exponentially seemingly every day. Do you need the latest Axe-FX to sound good? Should you stick to a classic, like a Peavey 5150 or [...]

By |2020-09-01T11:57:59-04:00September 1st, 2020|blog|1 Comment

Recipe: How to elevate your BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP game

Buffalo chicken dip rules. For me, it's a food group of its own, a cheesy, spicy, creamy blend of perfection. I first tasted buffalo chicken dip as a freshman/sophomore in high school. My family headed to my cousin Blainey's house for a UFC pay-per-view event, and he had whipped some up for the occasion. Love [...]

By |2020-08-21T11:51:48-04:00August 21st, 2020|blog|Comments Off on Recipe: How to elevate your BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP game

Black Crown Initiate – ‘Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape’ review

Black Crown Initiate murders me. Check my most-played songs over the past six years, and you'll see tracks from the band's debut 2013 EP Song of the Crippled Bull as well as plenty of offerings from their first two full-length albums, The Wreckage of Stars (2014) and Selves We Cannot Forgive (2016). So when Black Crown Initiate dropped Violent Portraits of Doomed [...]

By |2020-08-18T16:15:02-04:00August 18th, 2020|blog|Comments Off on Black Crown Initiate – ‘Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape’ review

Listenin’ with dad: Black Label Society’s ‘Order of the Black’

It's August of 2010. Home before college kicked back into swing for the fall semester, I sat down inside my childhood house, patiently awaiting the latest mail delivery. Online tracking tells me my present should arrive today. And when you pre-order an album, you want it to arrive now.  It did. At 1:04 p.m., the mailman [...]

By |2020-07-13T10:51:14-04:00July 13th, 2020|blog|1 Comment

The Wiggles: Making sense of Aunt Cathy’s crazy superpower

No, not those Wiggles. Jesus. These wiggles were better. It'd make a better story if I could tell you how I got there, why I was in a bedroom looking at my aunt locked in a spiritual trance. But such is a memory from 1995-ish, yinz. I don't know what led to this. I was, like, [...]

By |2020-07-08T20:13:07-04:00July 8th, 2020|blog|Comments Off on The Wiggles: Making sense of Aunt Cathy’s crazy superpower