JUNE 2K18. It's the most busiest time of the year.

JUNE 2K18. It's the most busiest time of the year. Stuff is crazy but a good crazy. Not a bad crazy. I haven't been sleeping well. I don't mind. Let's talk about it. 

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Played a really awesome Sikes set over the weekend in Pittsburgh and met lots of awesome people. Huge thanks to the promoters, artists and everyone who came out sang along to my shit. That was really cool. 

My next show will be with The New Violence behind me on June 23rd at the Get Hip Records Warehouse! We're playing with this insanely rad band from Mexico called Decartes A Kant. They are so fucking good. If you're in or around PGH this weekend you should seriously consider coming out to this event. My buddies in Felipe Pupo (Philly) and Cody Cody Jones are on the bill as well. Shit is nuts. Seriously.

TICKETS FOR DESCARTES A KANT - 6/23 @ Get Hip Recordings are available HERE!

Sikes&TNV recently got to play with a cool band from Brooklyn called Spirit Animal. Here's a little evidence from that.

Also, if you can't make it to the show on June 23rd you'll be able to catch us on July 14th at the Deutschtown Music Festival. We're scheduled to play 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Pittsburgh Winery at James St. - Ballroom 422 Foreland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA
This space is ALL AGES!


In Greywalker news we are less than a month away from dropping our new album! We have a couple events coming up to celebrate. The first being our Dinner with Greywalker event this Thursday - June 14th at The Pear and The Pickle and the second being our Album Release Party on July 7th at The Rex Theater. Flyers and more info below! 

Join us for a night of local heavy metal, independent film, delicious food and craft brews!

Pittsburgh headbangers Greywalker will be in the house giving a sneak preview of their new album "Without Control" along with an exclusive premiere of a short film made for the albums title track directed by Nathan King. Be one of the first people to hear the new album and see the video!!The kitchen will be open so come hungry. Beer from Penn Brewery and Rock Bottom will be available for all the grown ups. Open to the public. All ages welcome!

Mr. Smalls Presents
Greywalker “Without Control” Album Release Party
With Blackmarket BodypartsThe Breathing Process & Victims of Contagion

Saturday, July 7, 2018 · Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm · Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA

Tickets: $12 - $14 · ON SALE NOW · This event is All Ages


In case you missed it we dropped a new Greywalker song and music video last month that you can check out now via YouTube and Spotify. We'll be dropping lots of more stuff very soon so be sure to subscribe/follow/whatever to keep posted with updates!


On the most recent episode of One Minute Or Less I put myself on blast a little bit... You see, I like a lot of music. This isn't a secret. However, theres still some stuff lurking in my record collection that might surprise you... Let's talk about a few reasonably embarrassing albums I own (and don't feel bad about) in ONE MINUTE OR LESS!


The past few weeks have brought us a few new episodes of Start The Beat. Check out some clips and links to full episodes below! 

Start The Beat 169: Jamie Fadden-Cannon | We Are The Weirdos

On Episode 169 I sit down with Jamie Fadden-Cannon for a talk about the recently launched women's storytelling series she runs called We Are The Weirdos. WATW is a a platform for women and those who identify as women to come and share their stories inspired by other story slams such as, NPR’s the Moth and RISK live. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT! 

On Episode 170 I sat down again with Mike Hitt for his 3rd appearance on the show. Mike is a musician, songwriter, producer and one of my favorite people on the planet to talk to. This time we get DEEEEP into conversation about the creative process, marketing, branding, self-discovery and so much more. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT! 

On Episode 171 Brendan Cope returns to the show for a talk about his new music project FOR REST and the artistic transformations he has made since we last spoke back on Episode 102 back in October of 2016. He is getting ready to drop some new material really soon and we dig deep into the creative process and the constant evolutions that exist within the mind of a hungry artist. Sit back, relax and let's Start The Beat!

START THE BEAT with SIKES is available on iTunesStitcherGoogle PlayLibsynEpicast or wherever else you get your podcasts!


Last thing I wanna talk about is that the next Myspace Nite is just around the corner! 

Emo Night PGH presents:
Myspace Nite - Dance Party
with DJ's SIKES and Wyatt

FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST HOSTS & PERFORMERS!!!
Bambi and Company | @bambiqween

at brillobox (Pittsburgh, PA)
Friday, June 15th 2018
10PM / $5 Cover / 21+

Dance, dance all night to your favorites from the “Myspace era” including: Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco, Katy Perry, From First To Last, Gorillaz, The Used, Rhianna, Taking Back Sunday, Chiodos, 3OH!3, Paramore, Say Anything, M.I.A., All Time Low, Cute Is What We Aim For, Kanye West, Motion City Soundtrack, Soulja Boi, New Found Glory, LMFAO, Mayday Parade, Metro Station, Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, AFI, Good Charlotte & more!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON MYSPACE NITE! 


I'm sure I'm forgetting something. Oh well... If you wanna keep up to date with whatever I'm doing on a more frequent basis for whatever reason you can find me across almost all social media @therealsikes. Later gators.

MAY 2K18. Sex, The News and Violence.

MAY 2K18. Sex, The News and Violence. I'm changing my band name. More on that below. ;-)

Here's everything I did in the past month or so that you might have missed and some more stuff coming up that maybe you won't miss now that you're reading about it. Let's dig in.

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Photo: Nick Prezioso

Millvale Music Fest came and went. We played outside in the rain. I got very wet and I ruined a nice pair of shoes but the set was tight and it felt really good to be back on stage with The New Violence behind me. The new songs sounded killer and I can't thank everyone enough who toughed it out with us to watch the set. It meant a lot to see people sticking around and a few homies even managed to capture some footage on their phones which was nice since everyone with the fancy cameras ran for cover once the rain hit.

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Photo: Megan Maureen

Also, THIS happened...

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Sikes and The New Violence will be performing again this Month on May 29th in The Club at Stage AE supporting Spirt Animal. Tickets are only $10 so if you're in Pittsburgh and want to see us in a very comfortable, awesome sounding environment with some great bands come on out! This is going to be a really awesome night. Respond to the Facebook event page HERE and I'll personally nag you about coming. ;-)

Currently, the main focus with Sikes and The New Violence  is getting the new album finished so expect to see some more live action from us in the Fall. In the meantime though we do have a few dates scheduled throughout the rest of the summer. You can check them out below. More will most likely get added but this is it for now. :-)

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In other news my other band Greywalker just dropped the first single / music video from our upcoming album Without Control. The song is called "Pity Capsule" and the video was directed by Nick Prezioso. You can check it out below.

The self-produced album was recorded in part by Matt Very at Very Tight Recordings and was mastered by the legendary award winning engineer Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die) at West West Side Music. 

I mixed the album if that counts for anything. Just saying. :-P

The album is going to be released on July 6th and the on the following day July 7th we will be having an album release party to celebrate with some super awesome bands and friends. We really busted our asses on this release and I'm super proud of it so mark your calendars and come party with us on July 7th! It will mean the world to us to see you all there. Seriously.

RSVP on Facebook
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On the most recent episode of One Minute Or Less I took another audience request and decided to try and answer a question that I have no business really answering. What's the difference between Emo & Pop-Punk? Watch me pretend to know what I'm even talking about in ONE MINUTE OR LESS!

CHECK OUT THE FULL PLAYLIST OF ONE MINUTE OR LESS VIDEOS HERE!


The past few weeks have brought us a few new episodes of Start The Beat. Check out some clips and links to full episodes below! 

Start The Beat 165: Bengt Alexsander of Action Camp & St. Dude

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On Episode 165 I sat down with Bengt Alexsander of the bands Action Camp & St. Dude for a talk about his personal experiences as a musician & sound engineer, the PGH scene so much more.

Explore the wide world of Action Camp & St. Dude and on their Facebooger pages. Links below:
facebook.com/actioncamppgh
facebook.com/stdude
 

On Episode 167 I sat down with Ryan Postlethwait aka Mega Beardo for some super laid back talk about Beer, Video Games, Horror Movies, Heavy Metal and everything else worth talking about. Ryan specializes in original compositions and metal arrangements of retro video game music under the name Mega Beardo but that's only scratching the surface. Sit back, relax and let's Start The Beat!

www.megabeardo.com

On Episode 168 I sat down with Brenda and Thom from the band Old Game. They make really good music and they are nice people to talk to. We had quite the hoot. Join us for a talk about the history of the band, the PGH music scene and plenty more. Sit back, relax and let's Start The Beat!

www.oldgamemusic.com

START THE BEAT with SIKES is available on iTunesStitcherGoogle PlayLibsynEpicast or wherever else you get your podcasts!


I think that is plenty enough for now. If you wanna keep up to date with whatever I'm doing on a more frequent basis for whatever reason you can find me across almost all social media @therealsikes. Later gators.

APRIL 2K18. This time it's PERSONAL.

APRIL 2K18. This time it's PERSONAL. I have no idea what that is supposed to mean. I just wanted to sound intense. Deal with it.

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Photo: Nick Prezioso


First order of business: Just an important reminder that SIKES AND THE NEW VIOLENCE has a NEW lineup, NEW songs and a NEW live show that we will be debuting at the Millvale Music Festival 2018! We play at 6PM on the Gap Park Main Stage. Check out the video for more info and mark those calendars. We're less than a month away! OMG!
 

Check out a full list of SIKES shows below. Note: April 23 and May 1 are BOTH solo performances.

Here is a list of upcoming GREYWALKER shows too in case you're curious.


Second order of business: A friend asked me to make a video talking about what social media platform is best suited for bands nowadays and why. My answer is none of them. Find out more about that in ONE MINUTE OR LESS!

CHECK OUT THE FULL PLAYLIST OF ONE MINUTE OR LESS VIDEOS HERE!


Third Order Of Business: MYSPACE NITE is back this Friday once again at Brillobox. Doors open at 10. Me and Wyatt are spinning all night. $5. You know the deal. 

Check out this gallery of photos from some previous events taken by Nick Prezioso.

RSVP TO MYSPACE NITE HERE!


Last order of business: Episode 163 of START THE BEAT w/ Michael T. Nolan of VENUS IN FURS is now available! Check out this clip about the importance of a good live show. 

We also talk about his long history in the Pittsburgh music scene, the importance of putting on a real "show" and all of the creative forces that have been driving him along the way. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!

Listen to the full episode using the player above or find it on whatever other platform you prefer. START THE BEAT with SIKES is available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google PlayLibsyn, Epicast or wherever else you get your podcasts!


Episode 164 w/ Silence is also available! Check out this clip regarding the Pittsburgh scene and some thoughts on one of the most beloved DIY spots in the city. 

We also bout the history and message behind their band, touring the country, the PGH DIY scene and so much more. From playing paintball and making movies, to running a record store and trips to the hospital this conversation goes all over the place but it's really tight. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!

Listen to the full episode using the player above or find it on whatever other platform you prefer. START THE BEAT with SIKES is available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google PlayLibsyn, Epicast or wherever else you get your podcasts!


I think that is all for now. I'm sure there is more but whatever. I'll update it later. Stay tuned. Love ya. XOXO.

March 2K18 Update PART TWO: You WON'T BELIEVE what happens next!

March 2K18. The month so nice I blogged twice. Let's dig in.

  Photo:   Nick Prezioso / Let's Be Animals

Photo: Nick Prezioso / Let's Be Animals


First order of business: WE'RE BACK! SIKES AND THE NEW VIOLENCE has a NEW lineup, NEW songs and a NEW live show that we will be debuting at the Millvale Music Festival 2018! We play at 6PM on the Gap Park Main Stage. Check out the video for more info and mark those calendars. We'll see you in May!


Second order of business: I got a new episode of ONE MINUTE OR LESS available for your eyeholes. If you're a rabid fan of old school horror movies chances are you've already seen and love this movie. However, when looking at the big picture and discussing great 80's classics this movie is way overlooked and way underrated by way too many people. Some people don't even know it exists! I can't live in a world like that. 

If you're looking for a good time and some truly classic 80's horror nostalgia The Gate is a film you should not miss. Me and Killer Wolfson of Just Buried Productions are here to tell you about it in ONE MINUTE OR LESS!


Third order of business: THE FUTURE IS WILD! Especially for music producers like myself and Buscrates who have been in the game since the early 00's and have watched all of this technology develop around us. On Episode 162 of START THE BEAT me and Buscrates talk a lot about these developments and how he has adapted some of them into his personal setup to expand his sound libraries and streamline his workflow.

We also discuss a wide variety of topics from the first pieces of gear we ever purchased, to our love of all things music and being a couple of old heads trying to navigate social media to get our sounds heard. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT

Listen to the full episode using the player above or find it on whatever other platform you prefer. START THE BEAT with SIKES is available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google PlayLibsyn, Epicast or wherever else you get your podcasts!


If you missed my original MARCH 2K18 blog post you can click the image below to give that a read to see what else is going on. I talked about some other events and things coming up that may tickle your fancy. Check it out!

Be awesome to each other. See you next month! 

March 2K18 Update: The end of the F$%KING world.

JK. Everything is fine. Here's what I've been up to the past few weeks. ;-)

One week ago the Pittsburgh music community was in a total panic attack mode after news broke out about the Pittsburgh Music Ecosystem Project's Town Hall Meeting that happened last Tuesday at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. A lot of people had a lot to say.

One of the most prolific sources of generating public commentary came via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the article written by Scott Mervis. It was shared around on Facebook by quite a few people the day after the event and the conversations that developed from all of this were rather interesting to follow. Personally, I couldn't even put my thoughts into words so instead I yelled at my camera for an hour and tried to make sense of it all.

If you want to know my uncensored, unapologetic thoughts on some real shit regarding the Pittsburgh music community here's my two cents. Enjoy. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

NOTE: This was supposed to go up last week right after I filmed it but I had some unanticipated issues with the video files and no extra time to fix them properly over the past few days so I decided to upload it "as is". It's just me talking a bunch of shit anyways. I wasn't planning on this being in an IMAX release. It's fine.


  Greywalker - 12/25/18 @ Cattivo (Photo: Nick Prezioso)

Greywalker - 12/25/18 @ Cattivo (Photo: Nick Prezioso)

We finished recording the new Greywalker album last month and I've been taking whatever free time I have in between other obligations to finish mixing it so we can send it off to the magical land of mastering. We're hoping to have the album out this Summer but we'll see how it goes. These things always take longer than you want them to. Sometimes being "DIY for Life" is literally just a consequence of the reality that doing everything yourself takes forever. The album sounds really good though. We're super proud of it. You'll be hearing it as soon as we can wrap it up! 

If you want to hear some new jams LIVE and come support a great cause our next show in Pittsburgh is a Cancer Benefit Festival at the recently opened Stage At Karma located on East Carson Street in the Southside. If anyone is interested, we have tickets available and all of the money from the sales are going straight to the benefit. Hit us up!

For more info on this event and some other upcoming shows check down below.

 We are gonna help a local girl with her 2nd battle with cancer. All money from ticket sales go directly to offset the enormous cost that comes with the disease. Let’s do what we can to change a life.   Entertainment from:  Improvidence (Pitt death bois)  https://www.facebook.com/Improvidence/  Outcast (Kentucky fried riffs)  https://www.facebook.com/outcastkyhc/?fref=mentions  Greywalker (Steel city thrashmen)  https://www.facebook.com/greywalkermusic/  156/Silence (Dollar Store Norma Jean)  https://www.facebook.com/156Silence/  Hymnless (Sad dads w/ attitude)  https://www.facebook.com/Hymnless/  Nullity (Soundcloud rappers but w/ metalcore)  https://www.facebook.com/NullityPA/  AROSEATHORN (Indy PA Noise boiz)  https://www.facebook.com/AROSEATHORN/  Bury Thy Kingdom (Pittsburgh Prog-men)  https://m.facebook.com/BuryThyKingdom/   No outside beverages/Bar for 21+ with ID/ No drugs or drama or you’ll be ask to leave 12$ presales 15$ at door BUY TICKETS FROM LOCALS. AN ADDITIONAL GOFUNDME WILL BE POSTED SOON SO IF YOU CAN'T ATTEND YOU CAN STILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

We are gonna help a local girl with her 2nd battle with cancer. All money from ticket sales go directly to offset the enormous cost that comes with the disease. Let’s do what we can to change a life. 

Entertainment from: 
Improvidence (Pitt death bois)
https://www.facebook.com/Improvidence/
Outcast (Kentucky fried riffs)
https://www.facebook.com/outcastkyhc/?fref=mentions
Greywalker (Steel city thrashmen)
https://www.facebook.com/greywalkermusic/
156/Silence (Dollar Store Norma Jean)
https://www.facebook.com/156Silence/
Hymnless (Sad dads w/ attitude)
https://www.facebook.com/Hymnless/
Nullity (Soundcloud rappers but w/ metalcore)
https://www.facebook.com/NullityPA/
AROSEATHORN (Indy PA Noise boiz)
https://www.facebook.com/AROSEATHORN/
Bury Thy Kingdom (Pittsburgh Prog-men)
https://m.facebook.com/BuryThyKingdom/

No outside beverages/Bar for 21+ with ID/ No drugs or drama or you’ll be ask to leave
12$ presales 15$ at door BUY TICKETS FROM LOCALS. AN ADDITIONAL GOFUNDME WILL BE POSTED SOON SO IF YOU CAN'T ATTEND YOU CAN STILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

In other news, I completed a little project I had been working on originally for One Minute Or Less that turned out to be a much bigger project than I originally expected. In full transparency I was drunk and on vacation when I decided to do this (If you can't tell already in the video) but it turned out really great and I'm super stoked on it.

If you haven't checked this out yet and you have a few minutes to spare DO IT! There are 2 different versions available online now. Links to both below! :-)

I have some new episodes of Start The Beat available as well featuring Lazy JP of the Hip-Hop duo BBGuns and indie horror filmmaker Todd aka Killer Wolfson of Just Buried Productions. Check out some short video clips and links to the full episodes below! 

I think that's everything worth mentioning for now. There is lot's of other cool stuff coming up. Especially with the new Sikes and The New Violence related stuff. I may not be talking much about it online but it's all happening behind the scenes. Some cool announcements coming soon. Yep. Stay tuned!

Be excellent to each other and don't let the fuckers get you down. Peace!

February 2K18 Update: YOUR BOI IS BUSY AF

Alright. Everything has been a little wild lately. Between a mountain of new projects with Greywalker + Sikes&TNV, producing new episodes Start The Beat and One Minute Or Less, hosting DJ events, juggling freelance art jobs, planning year 3 of Brewtal Beer Fest and the day to day at Get Hip Records PLUS trying to have a reasonably normal/balanced social life things are BUSY AF. So much to talk about. So little time. Let's dig in.

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First off, we just wrapped up recording the new Greywalker album. Next step is mixing and mastering and all that fancy bullshit so it may be a little bit before you get to hear anything but it will be worth the wait. This thing slams and I'm super proud of the album we've put together. We also shot a couple music videos last month for the album so expect to see & hear a lot of new stuff from us ASAP.  

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In the meantime we have a handful of shows coming up including our support date for Darkest Hour on Feb 25th at Cattivo (Pittsburgh, PA). Tickets are available for that Feb 25 show on our website. Links below! 

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Another awesome Greywalker thing is that our hot sauce is back in stock! After selling out the first 2 batches we've teamed up for a 3rd Batch with Allegheny City Farms and gave this run an all new look! I designed the new label art for Batch #3 myself and you can order these online from our website right now! Just click the image below to order. :-)

Things have been moving forward pretty productively in the Sikes&TNV camp as well. I'm not sure if it has been announced "officially" yet but if you pay attention to my social media at all it's pretty obvious that a new guitar player has joined the team. I'm honored to say that Evan Thorsen (Greywalker) is currently working with us on the new album and we have a nice batch of songs we're in the process of recording now.

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I'm also not sure if this was "officially" announced or not but Steve LaRussa (Mace Ballard) has also joined the New Violence gang will be taking over live drums for all future shows. As I mentioned before, we're currently working on wrapping up this new album and getting a new live show together. We're hoping to play out very soon but also taking the time to make sure everything is right before jumping back into it. I do plan on playing some solo sets to keep my chops up though. You can actually catch me and Mandy on Feb 19th at Club Cafe and in I'll be doing a DJ set once again at MySpace Nite at Brillobox on Feb 16th as well. Details below.

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This is the start of my 2nd year hosting Myspace Nite at Brillobox and if you haven't come out to one our events yet you're seriously missing out. It's a fantastic Bi-Monthly party curated by yours truly. Come out, have some drinks and sing your ass off. Everyone else is doing it. ;-)

In other news, There's a few new episodes of Start The Beat floating around. You can check out some clips from Episodes 158 & 159 below along with links to the full episodes! They're both really awesome episodes. Duh.




I also have a new episode of One Minute Or Less where I review the Taco Bell "Nacho Fries". It's quality content. Trust me. ;-)

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In art news I am SUPER STOKED to announce that I'll be working with Rock Bottom Homestead on artwork for a line of cans that they will be releasing this year. Above you can see a test image of the art for the Uppity Jagoff IPA. I also recently did some artwork for Penn Brewery that I'm not sure if I posted about in here before or not. Ah well, here's a picture of me and a T-Shirt I designed for them anyways.

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One final thing that I would like to mention is that if you live in Pittsburgh you may have heard that we officially opened a retail space at the Get Hip Records warehouse with a nice collection of Vinyl, Cassettes and CD's available for sale!

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We're located inside of the RJ Casey Industrial Park - 1800 Columbus Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15233 on the 2nd Floor / FREE PARKING! Open 7 Days A Week! - Sun: 1pm-6pm / Mon-Sat: 12pm-6pm - CALL US: 412-231-4766x12

I still spend most of my time on the 3rd Floor in our main office but if you decide to stop down let me know and I'll come say hi. Speaking of the 3rd Floor we also have a space for live bands on the 3rd Floor as well and have a ton of shows coming up. I'm not playing any of these shows but some other great acts are and I'll probably be hanging around with a beer or two in my hands. Check out the calendar below and come check out the space! 

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AND THAT'S FEBRUARY! Tons of cool stuff going on. I didn't even get into Brewtal Beer Fest or some other things that are going on but I think this is plenty enough for now. Feeling good. Feeling Great. Anyways, thanks for reading all this. I hope to see some of you out in the real world sometime soon. 

Be excellent to each other. Talk soon!

January 2K18 Update: Just a quickie. ;-)

On Episode 157 of Start The Beat I sit down with musician, teacher, DIY touring guru and fellow podcaster Joey Molinaro for a talk about creating art with no boundries and doing whatever it takes to share it with the world. Sit back, relax and let's Start The Beat!

Explore the world of Joey Molinaro on his website. www.joeymolinaro.com

Watch a clip from the conversation below and stream the full episode below that! 

If you are new to Start The Beat or haven't listened in a while there are plenty of fantastic conversations available here on the website. Start The Beat w/ Sikes is also available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and wherever else you listen to podcasts! Subscribe and never miss a beat! 

I also recently uploaded a new episode of One Minute Or Less featuring A Basic Guide on How to Get Things Done! Check it out on my Facebook page below.

You can also watch every episode of One Minute Or Less on my YouTube page. Follow this link for a playlist of every episode and slam that SUBSCRIBE button if you'd like to keep up with my channel. I'd like it. Just saying. ;-)

Also, I just wanted to remind everyone that Greywalker is having a Live Music Video shoot this Friday, January 26th 2018 at The Smiling Moose in the Southside of Pittsburgh, PA. We have an awesome line up and we're doing some cool promos for the event. Check the video below for more details and a link to the event page!

  Click through the flyer for more info! 

Click through the flyer for more info! 

Hope to see all of you this weekend at the Greywalker video shoot! As always keep an eye out for more episodes of Start The Beat and One Minute Or Less. New Greywalker album this year. New Sikes&TNV album this year. Some cool collaborations in the works and plenty more! Good vibes all around. Talk again soon!

HELLO 2018! BOGO SHOWS & MORE!

It's a new year and that means I'll be up to the same old shit as before. Let's dive in!

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January 11th I'll be doing a solo dolo set with my homies False Accusations who will be on tour and playing in PGH at the Mr. Roboto Project. They rip. Come through and check them out. I'll be workshopping a bunch of new material as well. Be there or be square.

In addition Greywalker has a couple shows coming up and me being me, I filmed a video about it. Check out this REALLY FUCKING COOL stuff we got going on.

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For anyone unable to watch the video above Greywalker has 2 shows coming up. JAN 26th we are doing a LIVE MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT & headlining gig at The Smiling Moose. FEB 25th we are playing with Darkest Hour at Cattivo. We are selling tickets to the FEB 25th Cattivo show on our website here and every ticket sold comes with a FREE GUEST LIST SPOT to the JAN 26th show at The Smiling Moose. BOGO RIFFS! 

Expect a lot of new music this year from both Sikes and Greywalker. We have spent a lot of time within both projects working on new material behind the scenes and it's almost ready to be shared with the world. Almost. ;-)

For now though just come out to these shows and keep supporting DIY art or whatever. Word up! 

My Top 10 Albums of 2017!

This week it's just me and you as I babble nonsense and play you some clips from My Top 10 Albums of 2017! I also dig into some of the albums that didn't make the cut and slowly lose my mind as I talk to my computer screen. Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!

For anyone who doesn't feel like listening to the podcast here is the list.

10: Igorrr - Savage Sinusoid
09: Brutus - Burst
08: Scattle - Sketch
07: The Anix - Ephemeral
06: Septicflesh - Codex Omega
05: Hot Sugar - The Melody of Dust
04: Arms and Sleepers - Life Is Everywhere
03: Deserted Fear - Dead Shores Rising
02: Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun
01: Tera Melos - Trash Generator

Sikes' 2017 Top 10 Albums Playlist on Spotify: 
https://open.spotify.com/user/1265658489/playlist/2lyxnHCl97zbtovYazlvUA

Sikes' 2017 Top 20 Singles Playlist on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/1265658489/playlist/13tdlQnViDfjSomiJp0tCm

SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW START THE BEAT ON THE FOLLOWING SERVICES!

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast 
ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG
STITCHER: http://tinyurl.com/stbstitcher
GOOGLE PLAY: http://tinyurl.com/stbgoogleplay
TUNEIN: http://tinyurl.com/stbtunein

FOLLOW ME ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA: @therealsikes

www.therealsikes.com

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The OFFICIAL Greywalker Latte & Christmas Craptacular This Weekend!

OH DANG! Our friends over at Black Forge Coffee House have crafted a SPICY new latte and named it after yours truly! Be sure to stop by and try it while you can. Available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY! :-O

Also, this Saturday is the CHRISTMAS CRAPTACULAR at Excuses in South Side PGH. We'll be sharing the stage with the insanely rad Gahara and our soon to be new friends in The Neverweres. Eat, drink and be merry with this eclectic bill of Pittsburgh's finest Metal, Sludge, Punk and Rock! 21+ with a $5 cover. Doors open around 8PM. <MORE INFO HERE>

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Get your asses up to Black Forge to try that Greywalker drink and I hope to see some of you this weekend at the Christmas Craptacular! Happy Holidays or whatever. Later!

R.I.P. 2017 - Final Sikes Show Of The Year & New Album Updates.

I'll be honest with you all. 2017 was a cool year for me as a human but not the most productive year for "Sikes". While a lot of awesome things happened, there was unfortunately too many distractions to allow for the new "Sikes and The New Violence" album to be completed. Very sad. Much bummer.

However, they say that everything happens for a reason and I would be lying if I said that these "distractions" didn't end up working in our favor. Being forced to spend some extra time on this new material has allowed for me to focus on myself and what I truly want to be doing as an artist moving forward. I know that sounds like some cookie cutter bullshit but I mean it. A year ago when I thought I was ready to record this album I actually wasn't and TBH I'm glad I didn't.

Anyways, fast forward past all the nonsense that happened this year and I'm happy to say that it is really close to being fully tracked now. Finally! With that being said, I have been testing out new material at some more recent solo performances and I'll be showcasing a whole lot of it at my final solo show of the year on December 2 at Blue Canary Coffeehouse in Mt Lebanon. Check the flyer.

  Click the flyer for more info. Wow. Much convenience.

Click the flyer for more info. Wow. Much convenience.

This is a really killer showcase of Underground/Experimental/Indie/Hip-Hop/Rap/Electronic/Whatever featuring some great artists from Pittsburgh along with some of my homies from Philly coming into town for the event. I'm excited to share some of my new music with the world as well as the music of all my other friends playing this evening SOOOOOOOOOOO if you can, you should make some room in your busy schedules to come out and show your support! 

I appreciate the hell out of all of you. See you December 2nd! New "Sikes" album eventually. Pizza always. Peace!

This is what happens when I don't update my website for 3 weeks. #updates

Wanted to start off this post by thanking everyone one last time that voted for Sikes, Greywalker and Brewtal Beer Fest last month in the 2017 Best of Pittsburgh Readers Poll. It has been a really busy year for all of these projects and things are not slowing down any time soon!

I will be performing a solo Sikes set next month with some awesome people here in Pittsburgh at Blue Canary on December 2nd. The people at Blue Canary are really welcoming and this will be an awesome night full of underground sounds. 

In other news, Greywalker is releasing our Hot Sauce collaboration with Allegheny City Farms this Friday at Mr Smalls Funhouse! We've been doing all sorts of fun promo for this including a "Hot Ones' Parody/Tribute with our good friend Sean Valentine of the band Vermithrax. 

Brewtal Beer Fest has launched our Brewtal Alliance Membership Program which is an awesome way for you to stay BREWTAL throughout 2018. Check out this promo video below to learn all about that!

In the middle of all this chaos Start The Beat is still going strong and new episodes have been coming out weekly. I recently had Day Bracey from the Drinking Partners Podcast on my show and it was an awesome conversation. Check out a video clip below along with some links to some other recent episodes!

And of course we can't forget about #oneminuteorless. I've been doing my best to get these out weekly. In case you missed any here are the past few...

And the train just keeps rolling! We opened up the Get Hip Record Store last month as well. Myspace Nite was a blast and yes, I'm still working on the new Sikes album. I promise. See below for photo proof. That's all for now. Later!

New songs. Soon. 👌

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MELO-DEATH: The Greywalker HOT SAUCE - Coming November 10th!!

IT'S HERE! MELO-DEATH: Our highly anticipated collaboration with Allegheny City Farms will be available to the public on November 10th and we're throwing a huge party to celebrate! 

This spicy shindig is going down in The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls Theater and tickets are ON SALE NOW! This first batch of MELO-DEATH is very limited and could very well sell out at this event. Anything not sold will be available online but why risk it? Pick up your tickets now and come rage with us alongside our friends in Stone Cold Killer and Video Tapes on November 10th!

10 EVENTS in October that YOU CAN'T MISS! #NOTCLICKBAIT

Well it's October which naturally means there is a million things going on. Planning costumes, going to haunted houses, juggling Halloween parties and celebrating my fucking birthday to name a few of them. IN ADDITION TO ALL THAT SHIT I somehow have found myself involved with a handful of other FUN events as well so here is a list of everything going on.

(To be honest, this is more for me to keep track than you BUT please feel free to come to any of these things. People are nice. I like people.) 

Below you will find a short list along with flyers for all of the mentioned events and more details regarding each one. Click on the flyers for even more info if you need it. Okie dokie.


OCTOBER EVENTS

OCTOBER 5: GREYWALKER W/ THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER & MORE @ DIESEL (SOUTHSIDE PGH, PA)
OCTOBER 9: BREWTAL BEER FEST "MEAT YOUR MAKER" @ PORK & BEANS (DOWNTOWN PGH, PA)
OCTOBER 10: BREWTAL BEER FEST PRESENTS CHILD BITE @ BLACK FORGE COFFEE HOUSE (ALLENTOWN PGH, PA)
OCTOBER 13: GREYWALKER @ THE VALLEY INN - FRIDAY THE 13TH SHOW (SHADYSIDE, OH)
OCTOBER 14: START THE BEAT LIVE (4:00PM) @ A RATHER FINE ARTS FEST (BUTLER, PA)
OCTOBER 14: SIKES @ MR. SMALLS THEATER (8:15PM) - ALL-SCENE MUSIC FEST (MILLVALE, PA)
OCTOBER 19: CITY PAPER "BEST OF PITTSBURGH" PART @ ACE HOTEL (EAST LIBERTY PGH, PA)
OCTOBER 20: MYSPACE NITE @ BRILLOBOX (BLOOMFIELD PGH, PA)
OCTOBER 24: BREWTAL BEER FEST PRESENTS RIVERS OF NIHIL @ THE FUNHOUSE AT MR. SMALLS (MILLVALE, PA)
OCTOBER 27: GREYWALKER @ MOJO’S (JAMESTOWN, NY)
OCTOBER 28: GREYWALKER @ ROCKIN' BUFFLAO (BUFFALO, NY)


  CLICK IMAGE ABOVE TO BUY TICKETS NOW!&nbsp;  Big Bash Entertainment &amp; AMPD Group present...  The Black Dahlia Murder ============================= Diesel Club Lounge - Pittsburgh ============================= Thursday, October 5, 2017 //6:30PM // All Ages  Nightbringers Tour  Plus Decrepit Birth, Revocation. Necrot, Wormwitch &amp; Greywalker   CLICK IMAGE ABOVE TO BUY TICKETS NOW!&nbsp;

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Big Bash Entertainment & AMPD Group present...

The Black Dahlia Murder
=============================
Diesel Club Lounge - Pittsburgh
=============================
Thursday, October 5, 2017 //6:30PM // All Ages

Nightbringers Tour

Plus Decrepit Birth, Revocation. Necrot, Wormwitch & Greywalker

CLICK IMAGE ABOVE TO BUY TICKETS NOW! 

 Join the  Brewtal Beer Fest &nbsp;crew as we celebrate the success of our second annual part beer festival, part music festival with the fine folks at  Pork &amp; Beans   So come MEAT YOUR MAKERS!&nbsp; Brewers &amp; band members will be around to high-five, talk shop or hug (if that's your thing.)  We will have a few of the collaborations on tap for your enjoyment. Line-up as follows: - Penn Brewery &nbsp;- Whiplash Wit (Collaboration with  Greywalker ) - Rock Bottom Restaurant &amp; Brewery &nbsp;- Daily Grind: Omega (Collaboration with  See You Next Tuesday ) - Spoonwood Brewing Co. &nbsp;- Virulent Euphoria (Collaboration with  Victims of Contagion ) - Rivertowne Brewing &nbsp;- Dungeon Crawler (Collaboration with  Dethlehem )

Join the Brewtal Beer Fest crew as we celebrate the success of our second annual part beer festival, part music festival with the fine folks at Pork & Beans

So come MEAT YOUR MAKERS! 
Brewers & band members will be around to high-five, talk shop or hug (if that's your thing.)

We will have a few of the collaborations on tap for your enjoyment. Line-up as follows:
-Penn Brewery - Whiplash Wit (Collaboration with Greywalker)
-Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery - Daily Grind: Omega (Collaboration with See You Next Tuesday)
-Spoonwood Brewing Co. - Virulent Euphoria (Collaboration with Victims of Contagion)
-Rivertowne Brewing - Dungeon Crawler (Collaboration with Dethlehem)

  Black Forge Coffee House  teamed up with  Brewtal Beer Fest &nbsp;to bring  Child Bite &nbsp;back to Pittsburgh!  CHILD BITE -&nbsp; https://youtu.be/pea3W1ckNLo  Support acts: Glow Worms Solarburn Riparian  Cost - $7adv | $10atd TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE 9/21  Doors - 6:30pm Bands - 7:00pm  This is an all ages event Free beer provided by Brewtal Beer Fest for 21+ (must have valid ID to Drink)

Black Forge Coffee House teamed up with Brewtal Beer Fest to bring Child Bite back to Pittsburgh!

CHILD BITE - https://youtu.be/pea3W1ckNLo
Support acts:
Glow Worms
Solarburn
Riparian

Cost - $7adv | $10atd
TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE 9/21

Doors - 6:30pm
Bands - 7:00pm

This is an all ages event
Free beer provided by Brewtal Beer Fest for 21+ (must have valid ID to Drink)

 Friday the 13th, October 2017 @ The Valley Inn SHOWS  - Doors open at 4PM, all ages - Bands start at 5PM, on the dot $7 at the door, $6 from the link below ---------------------------------------------------- Dig out your costume for Halloween, and come to a show! This October, Friday the 13th, come watch  Fall Before Your Creator ,&nbsp; Warn The Others ,&nbsp; Swallowed Alive ,&nbsp; Wolves Among Sheep Official ,&nbsp; Psalms of Silence ,&nbsp; Greywalker , and Deadlift, at the Valley Inn. We will be projecting "Friday the 13th" movies, behind the bands!  We are hosting a costume-contest, and will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes! There will be vendors such as  Nacho Average Taco ,&nbsp; Bonecrusher Clothing , Winkin' Sun Hemp Co. , &amp;&nbsp; Tha Spot Skateboards and more ... Pizza, chips, and various drinks will be served at the concession stand.&nbsp; ---------------------------------------------------- - Fall Before Your Creator// Charleston, WV Deathcore  https://www.facebook.com/FallBeforeYourCreator/  - Warn the Others// Athens, OH Metalcore  https://www.facebook.com/warntheothers/  - Swallowed Alive// Ohio Valley Aggressive Metal  https://www.facebook.com/swallowedaliveband/  - Wolves Among Sheep// Parkersburg, WV Deathcore  https://wolvesamongsheep.bandcamp.com/  - Psalms of Silence// Wheeling, WV Heavy Metal  https://www.facebook.com/PsalmsofSilence/  - Greywalker// Pittsburgh, PA Metal  https://www.facebook.com/greywalkermusic/  - Deadlift// Wheeling, WV Metal/ Hardcore  https://deadlift1.bandcamp.com/releases  ---------------------------------------------------- GET YOUR TICKET, FOR LESS, by ordering online. $6 @&nbsp; https://tinyurl.com/friday13ticket

Friday the 13th, October 2017
@The Valley Inn SHOWS
- Doors open at 4PM, all ages
- Bands start at 5PM, on the dot
$7 at the door, $6 from the link below
----------------------------------------------------
Dig out your costume for Halloween, and come to a show!
This October, Friday the 13th, come watch Fall Before Your CreatorWarn The OthersSwallowed AliveWolves Among Sheep OfficialPsalms of SilenceGreywalker, and Deadlift, at the Valley Inn. We will be projecting "Friday the 13th" movies, behind the bands!

We are hosting a costume-contest, and will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes! There will be vendors such as Nacho Average TacoBonecrusher Clothing,Winkin' Sun Hemp Co., & Tha Spot Skateboards and more... Pizza, chips, and various drinks will be served at the concession stand. 
----------------------------------------------------
- Fall Before Your Creator// Charleston, WV Deathcore
https://www.facebook.com/FallBeforeYourCreator/
- Warn the Others// Athens, OH Metalcore
https://www.facebook.com/warntheothers/
- Swallowed Alive// Ohio Valley Aggressive Metal
https://www.facebook.com/swallowedaliveband/
- Wolves Among Sheep// Parkersburg, WV Deathcore
https://wolvesamongsheep.bandcamp.com/
- Psalms of Silence// Wheeling, WV Heavy Metal
https://www.facebook.com/PsalmsofSilence/
- Greywalker// Pittsburgh, PA Metal
https://www.facebook.com/greywalkermusic/
- Deadlift// Wheeling, WV Metal/ Hardcore
https://deadlift1.bandcamp.com/releases
----------------------------------------------------
GET YOUR TICKET, FOR LESS, by ordering online.
$6 @ https://tinyurl.com/friday13ticket

 Please join us on Main St. Butler, PA for a two day arts festival that we consider to be rather fine. Yes, its the first ever A Rather Fine Arts Festival happening on Friday October, 13th and Saturday October, 14th. This event is geared up to be one heck of a fun time and we are so excited to share the schedule with yinz.  // FRIDAY SCHEDULE //  ***Foddie Friday Food Truck Event*** *** Butler Area Polyculture booth all weekend***  Live Music / Comedy / Art Showcases @ the Basement of The Arts Center **doors 430pm**  ART SHOWCASES: Infected By Dummies The Jefferson Glass Company (Sean McDonald) Tiny Book Dragon Art Zofia Chrzanowska **more tba**  LIVE MUSIC: 5:00 - 5:25 // Karter Schachner, Composer &amp; Songwriter  https://solpersona.bandcamp.com/album/new-traditions  5:40 - 6:05 // Ugly Americans - Band  https://uglyamericans.bandcamp.com/album/pfizer-demos  6:20 - 6:45 // Lem  https://lemmakesmusic.bandcamp.com/releases  7:00 - 7:25 // Portrait People  https://portraitpeople.bandcamp.com/  7:40 - 8:10 // String Machine   https://stringmachine.bandcamp.com/   A Very Good Comedy Show: 8:30pm // Robert Punchur 8:40pm // Daniel Laitman 8:50pm // Brandon Johnson 9:00pm // Meghan Walsh 9:10pm // Aric Grooms 9:20pm // Day Bracey  // SATURDAY SCHEDULE //  Live Podcasts @ Reclamation Brewing Company hosted by Day Bracey 12:00pm // Ya Jagoff!  http://yajagoff.com/category/yajagoff-podcast-episodes/  1:00pm // Cinema Psychos  http://cinemapsychosshow.com/category/podcast/  2:00pm // Election College  http://electioncollege.com/podcast/  3:00pm // Breaking Brews Pittsburgh  http://breakingbrews.com/podcast/  4:00pm // Start The Beat w/ SIKES  http://epicastnetwork.com/startthebeat  5:00pm // Handsome Phantom  https://www.handsomephantom.com/  6:00pm // Grownup Human Comic People  http://epicastnetwork.com/grownuphumans  7:00pm The Mike Sasson Show  http://www.riversedgepgh.com/sasson  Live Music / Comedy / Art Showcases @ the Basement of the Arts Center **doors 1:00pm**  Art Showcases: Ronnie Hicks Art The Jefferson Glass Company  Alex Coggon Isabel Horgon  Live Music: 1:30 -1:55 // Cities Under Cities  https://citiesundercities.bandcamp.com/  2:10 - 2:35 // Nic Temple  https://portraitpeople.bandcamp.com/  2:50 - 3:15 // Dave Ziggy  https://c-levelmusic.bandcamp.com/  3:30 - 3:55 // Still Life  https://www.facebook.com/stilllifetheband/  4:10 - 4:35 // Sam Pellegrino  https://sampellegrinomusic.bandcamp.com/releases  4:50 - 5:15 The Summercamp  https://soundcloud.com/thesummercamp  5:30 - 5:55 Distant Futures  https://distantfutures.bandcamp.com/album/mosaic  6:10 - 6:35 Apalachian Doom Gospel 6:50 - 7:15 Ugly Americans - Band  https://uglyamericans.bandcamp.com/album/pfizer-demos  7:30 - 8:10 Ghost Pressure  https://ghostpressure.bandcamp.com/   A Very Good Comedy Show: 8:30pm // Robert Punchur 8:40pm // Daniel Laitman 8:50pm // Cory Chappo 9:00pm // Meghan Walsh 9:10pm // Aric Grooms 9:20pm // Mike Sasson  **The podcast day is free to attend** **Art Center is a suggested donation of $10.00** **Most artists will have merch to buy so come do some early christmas shopping**

Please join us on Main St. Butler, PA for a two day arts festival that we consider to be rather fine. Yes, its the first ever A Rather Fine Arts Festival happening on Friday October, 13th and Saturday October, 14th. This event is geared up to be one heck of a fun time and we are so excited to share the schedule with yinz.

// FRIDAY SCHEDULE //

***Foddie Friday Food Truck Event***
*** Butler Area Polyculture booth all weekend***

Live Music / Comedy / Art Showcases
@ the Basement of The Arts Center
**doors 430pm**

ART SHOWCASES:
Infected By Dummies
The Jefferson Glass Company (Sean McDonald)
Tiny Book Dragon Art
Zofia Chrzanowska
**more tba**

LIVE MUSIC:
5:00 - 5:25 // Karter Schachner, Composer & Songwriter
https://solpersona.bandcamp.com/album/new-traditions
5:40 - 6:05 // Ugly Americans - Band
https://uglyamericans.bandcamp.com/album/pfizer-demos
6:20 - 6:45 // Lem
https://lemmakesmusic.bandcamp.com/releases
7:00 - 7:25 // Portrait People
https://portraitpeople.bandcamp.com/
7:40 - 8:10 // String Machine
https://stringmachine.bandcamp.com/

A Very Good Comedy Show:
8:30pm // Robert Punchur
8:40pm // Daniel Laitman
8:50pm // Brandon Johnson
9:00pm // Meghan Walsh
9:10pm // Aric Grooms
9:20pm // Day Bracey

// SATURDAY SCHEDULE //

Live Podcasts @ Reclamation Brewing Company
hosted by Day Bracey
12:00pm // Ya Jagoff!
http://yajagoff.com/category/yajagoff-podcast-episodes/
1:00pm // Cinema Psychos
http://cinemapsychosshow.com/category/podcast/
2:00pm // Election College
http://electioncollege.com/podcast/
3:00pm // Breaking Brews Pittsburgh
http://breakingbrews.com/podcast/
4:00pm // Start The Beat w/ SIKES
http://epicastnetwork.com/startthebeat
5:00pm // Handsome Phantom
https://www.handsomephantom.com/
6:00pm // Grownup Human Comic People
http://epicastnetwork.com/grownuphumans
7:00pm The Mike Sasson Show
http://www.riversedgepgh.com/sasson
Live Music / Comedy / Art Showcases
@ the Basement of the Arts Center
**doors 1:00pm**

Art Showcases:
Ronnie Hicks Art
The Jefferson Glass Company
Alex Coggon
Isabel Horgon

Live Music:
1:30 -1:55 // Cities Under Cities
https://citiesundercities.bandcamp.com/
2:10 - 2:35 // Nic Temple
https://portraitpeople.bandcamp.com/
2:50 - 3:15 // Dave Ziggy
https://c-levelmusic.bandcamp.com/
3:30 - 3:55 // Still Life
https://www.facebook.com/stilllifetheband/
4:10 - 4:35 // Sam Pellegrino
https://sampellegrinomusic.bandcamp.com/releases
4:50 - 5:15 The Summercamp
https://soundcloud.com/thesummercamp
5:30 - 5:55 Distant Futures
https://distantfutures.bandcamp.com/album/mosaic
6:10 - 6:35 Apalachian Doom Gospel
6:50 - 7:15 Ugly Americans - Band
https://uglyamericans.bandcamp.com/album/pfizer-demos
7:30 - 8:10 Ghost Pressure
https://ghostpressure.bandcamp.com/

A Very Good Comedy Show:
8:30pm // Robert Punchur
8:40pm // Daniel Laitman
8:50pm // Cory Chappo
9:00pm // Meghan Walsh
9:10pm // Aric Grooms
9:20pm // Mike Sasson

**The podcast day is free to attend**
**Art Center is a suggested donation of $10.00**
**Most artists will have merch to buy so come do some early christmas shopping**

 All-Scene Entertainment Festival - Music, Art, Comedy &amp; more  This year a yoga session at 4:15 pm presented by Millvale Yoga Collective ( millvaleyoga.com ), an open b.y.o.drum, drum circle starting at 5:00 pm celebrating October as International Drum Month as well as Sarcastic Month bringing back comedy into the festival.  This All-Scene will mark the 2nd “Battle of the Brushes,” a live-painting contest sponsored by PWAT Pittsburgh West, Mount Lebanon, and East Liberty ( paintingwithatwist.com/pittsburgh-west ).  Visuals Artists and vendors interested in displaying work or participating in the “Battle of the Brushes,” should contact allscenefest@gmail.com for more information by Oct. 11 for submission deadline.  Music:&nbsp; Akono Miles -&nbsp; https://soundcloud.com/akonomiles/tracks  Anjroy -&nbsp; https://www.facebook.com/anjroyband/ &nbsp;  http://www.anjroy.com/  Chillent -&nbsp; https://www.facebook.com/chillentband/   http://www.chillentband.com/  Different Dan and Pete  DJ Polysonic - https://soundcloud.com/a1audiosauce/polysonicdemo1 -31-17part2wav DJ Stealth -&nbsp; https://www.facebook.com/ron.s.chunn  The Dusty 45s -&nbsp; https://www.facebook.com/dusty45s/   http://www.dusty45s.com/  Jenny and the Jags -&nbsp; https://www.facebook.com/jennyandthejags/   http://jennyandthejags.com/  Jeremy Colbert -&nbsp; https://soundcloud.com/musicbyj/sets/spirit-maze-by-jeremy-colbert-on-terrapan  Joe Plastino -&nbsp; https://www.facebook.com/joe.plastino.9  Kped -&nbsp; https://www.facebook.com/kpeddd/  Lady Jessica -&nbsp; https://m.facebook.com/ladyjessicamusic/   https://www.instagram.com/p/BYpIqb9hHkf/  Lexa Terrestrial -&nbsp; https://www.facebook.com/lexaterrestrial/   https://lexaterrestrial.com/  Little Good Bad -&nbsp; https://www.facebook.com/littlegoodbad/   https://www.littlegoodbad.com/  LKHD -&nbsp; https://www.facebook.com/lkhdmus/   https://langstonkelly.com/  The London -&nbsp; https://www.facebook.com/TheLondonOfficial/   http://thelondonofficial.com/  Sikes -&nbsp; https://www.facebook.com/therealsikes/   https://www.therealsikes.com/  Swampwalk -&nbsp; https://www.facebook.com/burghwalk/   https://swampwalkin.bandcamp.com/  Tim Vitullo -&nbsp; https://www.facebook.com/officialtvb/   https://timvitullo.com/  UllNevaNo -&nbsp; https://magnetikmoments.bandcamp.com/track/bias-vs-jordan   Comedians: Garret Titlebaum, Harry Gilliland, Cumi Ikeda, James J. Hamilton; Hosted by Too Stoopid.  Saturday, October 14, 2017 Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 3:45 pm Yoga: 4:15 pm / Drum Circle: 5:00 pm  Mr. Smalls Theatre &nbsp;&amp; The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls Pittsburgh, PA  TICKETS: $10.00 - $12.00 Tickets on sale now -&nbsp; ticketfly.com ! This event is all ages

All-Scene Entertainment Festival - Music, Art, Comedy & more

This year a yoga session at 4:15 pm presented by Millvale Yoga Collective (millvaleyoga.com), an open b.y.o.drum, drum circle starting at 5:00 pm celebrating October as International Drum Month as well as Sarcastic Month bringing back comedy into the festival.

This All-Scene will mark the 2nd “Battle of the Brushes,” a live-painting contest sponsored by PWAT Pittsburgh West, Mount Lebanon, and East Liberty (paintingwithatwist.com/pittsburgh-west).

Visuals Artists and vendors interested in displaying work or participating in the “Battle of the Brushes,” should contact allscenefest@gmail.com for more information by Oct. 11 for submission deadline.

Music: 
Akono Miles - https://soundcloud.com/akonomiles/tracks
Anjroy - https://www.facebook.com/anjroyband/ 
http://www.anjroy.com/
Chillent - https://www.facebook.com/chillentband/
http://www.chillentband.com/
Different Dan and Pete
DJ Polysonic -https://soundcloud.com/a1audiosauce/polysonicdemo1-31-17part2wav
DJ Stealth - https://www.facebook.com/ron.s.chunn
The Dusty 45s - https://www.facebook.com/dusty45s/
http://www.dusty45s.com/
Jenny and the Jags - https://www.facebook.com/jennyandthejags/
http://jennyandthejags.com/
Jeremy Colbert - https://soundcloud.com/musicbyj/sets/spirit-maze-by-jeremy-colbert-on-terrapan
Joe Plastino - https://www.facebook.com/joe.plastino.9
Kped - https://www.facebook.com/kpeddd/
Lady Jessica - https://m.facebook.com/ladyjessicamusic/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BYpIqb9hHkf/
Lexa Terrestrial - https://www.facebook.com/lexaterrestrial/
https://lexaterrestrial.com/
Little Good Bad - https://www.facebook.com/littlegoodbad/
https://www.littlegoodbad.com/
LKHD - https://www.facebook.com/lkhdmus/
https://langstonkelly.com/
The London - https://www.facebook.com/TheLondonOfficial/
http://thelondonofficial.com/
Sikes - https://www.facebook.com/therealsikes/
https://www.therealsikes.com/
Swampwalk - https://www.facebook.com/burghwalk/
https://swampwalkin.bandcamp.com/
Tim Vitullo - https://www.facebook.com/officialtvb/
https://timvitullo.com/
UllNevaNo - https://magnetikmoments.bandcamp.com/track/bias-vs-jordan

Comedians: Garret Titlebaum, Harry Gilliland, Cumi Ikeda, James J. Hamilton; Hosted by Too Stoopid.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 3:45 pm
Yoga: 4:15 pm / Drum Circle: 5:00 pm
Mr. Smalls Theatre & The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls
Pittsburgh, PA

TICKETS: $10.00 - $12.00
Tickets on sale now - ticketfly.com!
This event is all ages

    SIKES: Nominated for Best Local Hip-Hop Performer GREYWALKER: Nominated for Best Metal Band START THE BEAT: Nominated for Best Local Podcast BREWTAL BEER FEST: Nominated for Best Local Music Festival  PARTY WITH PITTSBURGH'S BEST You nominated. You voted. Now, you’ll party. Grab your crowns and don’t miss the chance to drink with winners from our annual Best Of Pittsburgh readers’ poll.  BOOZE, BITES, &amp; BEATS a.k.a. PARTY DETAILS - Food from some of the winning restaurants - Silent Disco with beats from DJ Selecta and DJ ADMC - Caricature Artist - GIF Booth - Live performance by DJ Get Nasty and the Pgh Circus Arts Collaborative - An art car to be a working art piece during the party courtesy of Ron Lewis Automotive - Two drink tickets + cash bar - Free admission and one free drink at our official after party at Element Nightclub  See you at Ace Hotel on October 19th. This event is 21+.  For more info, tickets, and getting involved please visit www.cpbestofparty.com.

 

SIKES: Nominated for Best Local Hip-Hop Performer
GREYWALKER: Nominated for Best Metal Band
START THE BEAT: Nominated for Best Local Podcast
BREWTAL BEER FEST: Nominated for Best Local Music Festival

PARTY WITH PITTSBURGH'S BEST
You nominated. You voted. Now, you’ll party. Grab your crowns and don’t miss the chance to drink with winners from our annual Best Of Pittsburgh readers’ poll.

BOOZE, BITES, & BEATS a.k.a. PARTY DETAILS
- Food from some of the winning restaurants
- Silent Disco with beats from DJ Selecta and DJ ADMC
- Caricature Artist
- GIF Booth
- Live performance by DJ Get Nasty and the Pgh Circus Arts Collaborative
- An art car to be a working art piece during the party courtesy of Ron Lewis Automotive
- Two drink tickets + cash bar
- Free admission and one free drink at our official after party at Element Nightclub

See you at Ace Hotel on October 19th. This event is 21+.

For more info, tickets, and getting involved please visitwww.cpbestofparty.com.

 RAWR! PC4PC!  Emo Night PGH presents: Myspace Nite - Dance Party with DJ's SIKES (Brian Howe) and Wyatt (Remy LaVey)  at brillobox (Pittsburgh, PA) Friday, October 20th 2017 10PM / $5 Cover / 21+  Dance, dance all night to your favorites from the “Myspace era” including: Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco, From First To Last, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Chiodos, 3OH!3, Paramore, Brand New, All Time Low, Cute Is What We Aim For, Motion City Soundtrack, New Found Glory, LMFAO, Mayday Parade, Metro Station, Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, AFI, Good Charlotte &amp; more!

RAWR! PC4PC!

Emo Night PGH presents:
Myspace Nite - Dance Party
with DJ's SIKES (Brian Howe) and Wyatt (Remy LaVey)

at brillobox (Pittsburgh, PA)
Friday, October 20th 2017
10PM / $5 Cover / 21+

Dance, dance all night to your favorites from the “Myspace era” including: Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco, From First To Last, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Chiodos, 3OH!3, Paramore, Brand New, All Time Low, Cute Is What We Aim For, Motion City Soundtrack, New Found Glory, LMFAO, Mayday Parade, Metro Station, Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, AFI, Good Charlotte & more!

  Brewtal Beer Fest &nbsp;&amp;&nbsp; Mr. Smalls Presents   Rivers of Nihil  with special guests  Post Mortal Possession ,&nbsp; Victims of Contagion &nbsp;&amp; Everyone Hates Everything   Tue, October 24, 2017 Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls Pittsburgh, PA  TICKETS: $10.00 - $12.00 Tickets on sale now -&nbsp; ticketfly.com ! This event is all ages

Brewtal Beer Fest & Mr. Smalls Presents
Rivers of Nihil
with special guests Post Mortal PossessionVictims of Contagion &Everyone Hates Everything

Tue, October 24, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls
Pittsburgh, PA

TICKETS: $10.00 - $12.00
Tickets on sale now - ticketfly.com!
This event is all ages

 Come on, what's a little DEATH METAL?!  Join  Discidium &nbsp;for the annual Halloween Metal Show!&nbsp;  SPECIAL GUESTS:&nbsp; Greywalker &nbsp;Pittsburgh, PA  $5 // 21+ // 10PM

Come on, what's a little DEATH METAL?!

Join Discidium for the annual Halloween Metal Show! 

SPECIAL GUESTS: Greywalker Pittsburgh, PA

$5 // 21+ // 10PM

 Pigrectum: Grindcore/Death Grind ( Buffalo NY)  https://www.facebook.com/PigRectum/    Greywalker: Melodic Death Metal( Pittsburgh PA)   https://www.facebook.com/greywalkermusic/   Short Attention Span Theater: Progressive Metal (Buffalo NY)&nbsp;   https://www.facebook.com/Short-Attention-Span-Theatre-1521077571528047/   1TBA  THERE WILL ALSO BE A COSTUME CONTEST  $ 8.00 (21+) $ 10.00 (18-20)  Doors @ 7:30  First band @ 8:30  More details TBA

Pigrectum: Grindcore/Death Grind ( Buffalo NY)
https://www.facebook.com/PigRectum/


Greywalker: Melodic Death Metal( Pittsburgh PA)

https://www.facebook.com/greywalkermusic/

Short Attention Span Theater: Progressive Metal (Buffalo NY) 

https://www.facebook.com/Short-Attention-Span-Theatre-1521077571528047/

1TBA

THERE WILL ALSO BE A COSTUME CONTEST

$ 8.00 (21+)
$ 10.00 (18-20)

Doors @ 7:30

First band @ 8:30

More details TBA


One Minute Or Less: A New Web Series Thing.

Hey all. I started a new web series called One Minute Or Less where I am going to be talking about random shit that I think you should know about... in one minute or less. It's really simple. You're gunna love it. I hope. Watch the Introduction video below to learn more! 

The plan is to upload these once a week (probably on Tuesday) and keep it going until I don't feel like doing it anymore. The first episode is available now via my Instagram & Facebook & YouTube channels. Hell, by the time you read this the second episode might be available as well so be sure to stop by the links in the previous sentence and LIKE/SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW to never miss an episode. Watch Episode 1 now down below!  

I have added a new "VLOGS" section to my page where new episodes will be added alongside any other vloggy stuff that I happen to do from this point forward. Also, One Minute Or Less is NOT replacing Start The Beat in any way, shape or form. New Episodes of Start The Beat will continue to drop every week via EpicastiTunes, Stitcher, Libsyn, this website you are currently on & wherever else you listen to podcasts.*

*If Start The Beat is not currently available on your podcast platform of choice let me know and I will do my best to change that. 

That's all for now. As always, more shit coming soon! 

Episode 147 of Start The Beat w Josh of Spare Change TV!

JOIN THE MOVEMENT! Today I sit down with Josh Corcoran from the web series Spare Change for a talk about utilizing your resources to make a change. No pun intended! HAH! If you don't know, Spare Change is a Pittsburgh-based web series documenting their journey playing music to raise money for those in need and it is real awesome. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat!

New Interview on PUNKSBURGH.COM!

I recently interviewed punksburgh.com's Lauren Stein for a recent episode of Start The Beat and in return, she interviewed me for her blog! Lauren is awesome and I totally suggest checking out my recent podcast with her. I also suggest reading her interview with me on her site. Links below for both things! 

 Click through to interview.  Photo: Ryan Michael White

Click through to interview. Photo: Ryan Michael White

LISTEN TO EPISODE 145 OF START THE BEAT WITH LAUREN STEIN OF PUNKSBURGH NOW!

Who wants some #lovejuice?

I recently sat down with my good friends and adorably gross couple, Meg & James Evans to discuss the beer they are collaborating on for their 3rd wedding Anniversary!

I was there to capture all the magical moments making this beer and put together this little promo video. Check it out! 

Mark your calendars and come drink some #lovejuice on Septemeber 20th at Rock Bottom - Homestead

Brewtal Beer Fest 2 - This Saturday! Beer, Metal & So Much More!

The time is here! The big event that I have spent a large chunk of my year helping coordinate and organize is finally happening this Saturday! BREWTAL BEER FEST 2, BABY!!!!

I've already been talking about this for months but I wanted to put together one final post to get all of the updated info in one spot for anyone who missed anything. Again, the event is THIS Saturday (September 9th, 2017) at Mr. Smalls Theater & Funhouse in Millvale, PA. It features 10 Bands performing live on 2 Stages, 30 Breweries and SO MUCH MORE! 

Some of you may have noticed a recent lineup change. It's a huge bummer, but due to unforeseen circumstances Black Crown Initiate had to drop off of the Festival. However, the guys in Byzantine have stepped in and this lineup is still as badass as it ever was! We're really excited to have them on the event! 

One of the most exciting elements of Brewtal Beer Fest is the EXCLUSIVE Beer Collaborations between the bands & breweries. This year we will have 10 Collaboration brews available in addition to all of the other beer that will be available. Check out this series of videos highlighting most of the collaborations below!

Baroness will have an exclusive beer at the festival as well! Brewed in collaboration with DC BRAU. Helltown Brewing will also have "Fit For A Hoptopsy" available at the event. Brewed exclusivley for Fit For An Autopsy. 

In addition to all of this awesomeness, Black Forge Coffee House & Pittsburgh Retro Gaming are going to be teaming up and taking over the War Room at Mr Smalls to create a Pop-Up Cafe & Retro Arcade Cafe! Black Forge Coffee House will be serving up hot and iced coffee, cold brew, tea, and vegan baked goods! PRG will be setting up a bunch of your favorite old retro video games! Open all day in the War Room at Mr. Smalls during the festival! 

Black Forge Coffee House also just made a beer with Full Pint Brewing Co that they will be debuting at the Festival! It will be on "tour" throughout the city and it's first stop is September 9th at Brewtal Beer Fest 2! 

Tickets are still available online so if all of this stuff sounds good to you then what are you waiting for? Get your tickets today! Below is a graphic detailing the different options and how everything works. 

Need help with travel plans for Brewtal Beer Fest 2?! No worries! We’ve also got you covered on that. Our pals over at Comfort Inn & Suites will be taking care of you! Click the image below to get an exclusive 25% discount on their BEST RATES for that day. It’s a quick 15 Minute drive to Mr. Smalls Theatre, so be sure to down load the zTrip app and get $10 off your ride using the promo code “BREWTAL” September 9th and 10th!

And that pretty much covers it. As you can see, It's going to be an insane day and we're all very excited. There are a lot more articles posted on the Brewtal Beer Fest website and you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well. I hope to see everyone this weekend at Mr. Smalls Theater and Funhouse for Brewtal Beer Fest 2! Cheers!

New Art & A Couple Solo Shows!

I had a blast this weekend at the 3rd Annual Rhythm & Brews Festival. I met some great new people, saw some old friends, saw some good bands, drank some good beer, ate some good food and made new art! Check it out.

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I'm pretty stoked on how this turned out and I'm happy to be getting back into this stuff again. It feels great. More to come soon! 

Okay, Now back to the music bullshit. I said I was "done" with shows for the year but a couple things I had previously committed to got some late announcements and I've decided to honor my agreements and perform 2 more solo sets to round out the year. These 2 sets will be 110% all new material off the album I am currently recording. The first one will be this weekend at Arsenal Bowling Lanes for the 6th Annual RANT Festival in Lawrenceville. 

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For anyone in PGH who doesn't know, RANT is Lawrenceville's massive music annual outdoor/indoor walking tour concert. Sept. 1, 2, 3 Over 20 blocks! It is a multi-venue event. Offering 3 large outdoor stages during the daylight hours spanning all 3 Wards of Lawrenceville.. From Nieds Hotel to Arsenal Park and everywhere we can find a space in between.. . there will be music...

I don't think the other show I am playing has been officially announced yet so I'll hold my tongue for now BUT I can tell you that it's another huge festival happening in October at Mr. Smalls Theater. More details TBA. 

So yeah. I did some art and I'm playing a show this weekend. Come dance!