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!  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! 

CLICK IMAGE ABOVE TO BUY TICKETS NOW! 
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 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)

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 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)

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, Warn The Others, Swallowed Alive, Wolves Among Sheep Official, Psalms of Silence, 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, Bonecrusher 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

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 & 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 & 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

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, & 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.

 

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 & 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 & Mr. Smalls Presents Rivers of Nihil with special guests Post Mortal Possession, Victims 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

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 for the annual Halloween Metal Show!  SPECIAL GUESTS: Greywalker 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)  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! 

Live Painting This Weekend at Rhythm & Brews & Other Art Things

Recently, I've been trying to get myself back into drawing and painting. It's going a little slow but I've done more stuff in the past couple months than I have in the past couple years so I'd say I'm at least on the right track.

Live Painting at the Brushes & Brews event on 08/05/17. 

Live Painting at the Brushes & Brews event on 08/05/17. 

This weekend I will be live painting again at the Rhythm & Brews Festival! Super stoked for it. Check the video and flyer below for more info.

For more info visit https://www.redfishbowl.com/

I'll wrap this up with a couple other "art" things I've done recently. If you're at the festival this weekend be sure to find me and say hi! 

Self Portrait. (2017)

Self Portrait. (2017)

"Whiplash Wit" Label Artwork for the new Greywalker beer collaboration we're doing with Penn Brewery and Maggie's Farm Rum! Available to the public at Brewtal Beer Fest 2! TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

"Whiplash Wit" Label Artwork for the new Greywalker beer collaboration we're doing with Penn Brewery and Maggie's Farm Rum! Available to the public at Brewtal Beer Fest 2! TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Shameless plug. T-Shirts available for a Limited Time! 

Shameless plug. T-Shirts available for a Limited Time! 

More info on "Whiplash Wit" and Brewtal Beer Fest 2! TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 

Hey Pittsburgh! Let's talk about this Craft Beer & Heavy Metal Festival.

Unless you have been sleeping under a rock, you should know by now that Brewtal Beer Fest 2 is coming up in just a few weeks on September 9th at Mr. Smalls Theater in Pittsburgh, PA. The festival is a 1 Day Only event featuring 10 Bands, 30 Breweries and LOTS more. Click the flyer below for all the juicy details. 

Tickets available now. Click the image for more info! 

Tickets available now. Click the image for more info! 

Recently, I have been sitting down with with some of the Bands & Breweries participating in this years event to discuss their involvement with the festival. You can check out the first 3 segments below and subscribe to my YouTube channel to keep up with upcoming installments. 

Moving on, It’s that time of year again where Pittsburgh’s finest are nominated for an array of categories under Culture & Nightlife, Food & Drink, Goods & Services, and People & Places. The nomination round has ended and Brewtal Beer Fest was nominated for BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL so if you're feeling freaky, give us a vote! 

Oliver Moss painting a Brewtal Skate Deck at our Brews & Brushes Pre-Party event this past weekend. Photo taken by Ryan Haggerty. 

Oliver Moss painting a Brewtal Skate Deck at our Brews & Brushes Pre-Party event this past weekend. Photo taken by Ryan Haggerty. 

There is so much to talk about regarding this years event. It's insane! If you're interested in keeping up to date with everything we have going on I strongly suggest stopping by our Official Website and subscribing to our email list to be the FIRST to know about everything coming up! There is also a blog on the page filled with all kinds of news and behind the scenes info on the fest. It's super cool. 

Again, Brewtal Beer Fest 2 is happening September 9th at Mr. Smalls Theater. Tickets are available now Here. Cheers! 

More Metal, More K-Pop & More Beer! Upcoming Events + New Music.

Okay, Lets make this shit quick. There is a lot going on. Something for everyone. Fuck yeah. Party time. Here we go. 

First off, we FINALLY announced the details for Brewtal Beer Fest 2 and the lineup of bands & breweries is INSANE. We've been working really hard on this event all year and we're stoked that it's coming up so soon! Check the flyer above for basic details and for more info CLICK HERE. If you don't need to see anything else and just want to buy a ticket immediately CLICK HERE. Word up. 

Me and the Greywalker bois released a new track called "Gold Lust" this past week via Bandcamp. It's only a "Demo" recorded at our practice space but it's definitely a good appetizer for the full length we are gearing up to record this Fall/Winter. Give it a listen. I think it's pretty damn good TBH. 

Me and the homie DJ Naikou are going to be spinning at this upcoming K-Pop Dance Party over at James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy on August 2nd and this should be a pretty rad time. Excited to play a full night of K-Pop alongside my dude Naikou. If this seems like your kinda thing please come on down! For more info CLICK HERE.  

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Wrapping up Sikes gigs for the year me and Mandy will be taking the stage at this years VEGFEST on August 5th at Allegheny Commons Park East in the North Side. This will be our final live performance of the year as we are going to be taking the remainder of the year off to finish the new Sikes and The New Violence album and everything else that goes along with that. Which is a lot. The new album is sick though so get excited for it. I think you're gunna like it! 

On the same day as VEGFEST I will be packing up my gear and heading straight up to Black Forge Coffee House for BREWS & BRUSHES. A collaborative Art Show and Pre-Party for Brewtal Beer Fest 2. I am hosting the event and live painting alongside 8 other artists at the event. In addition, I will even have artwork on display for the first time in a LONG time at this event. SHEESH. Got some awesome bands playing and there will be plenty of beer as well. Fuck yeah. Should be an awesome time. Don't miss it! For more info CLICK HERE.

Okay, I think that is enough information for now. Time for a beer. Hope to see you at one of these events!! 

Millennials rejoice! It's the future and all of our music is weightless.

Millennials rejoice! It's the future and all of our music is weightless. No longer must we burden ourselves with physical goods to engage with music (but it's still pretty cool if you do).

With that being said, I Just wanted to remind everyone that Sikes and The New Violence is available on Spotify and that you should probably follow us since you know... I think we are friends PLUS we have been working on a new album so whenever it drops we want  Y O U  to be the  F I R S T  to hear it!  *wink wink* *nudge nudge* 

To make this easy for you I have a button right here that you can click to follow us. I love you.

I also have put together a playlist of some of my favorite tracks from 2017 and if you're looking for new music or want a reason to make fun of me you can check out the playlist below! Give it a FOLLOW if you feelin' freaky. ;-)

Also, if all this digital shit isn't your cup of tea we still have plenty of physical goods available in our MERCH STORE. Vinyl, CD's, Cassettes, Shirts. You know. Merch stuff. Check it out here.

Blah blah blah DIY blah blah blah. New album soon. Later! 

Support Local Music, Art & Beer At These Upcoming Events!

Raise your horns and glasses high! We've been working really hard behind the scenes over the past few months getting everything prepared for Brewtal Beer Fest 2 and next week we will finally reveal those details to the world! In the meantime though we have set up a couple events to get things started. Lets talk about it! 

CLICK THE FLYER TO CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE :-)

CLICK THE FLYER TO CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE :-)

This Friday, July 14th we will be kicking everything off with our first Band & Brewery collaboration release of the year! Argus & Big Rail Brewing have teamed up to create "Summer Of Helles" and it will be available for maximum consumption at this event. Check out this video for more info on the collaboration and the event! 

A few weeks later we are going to be teaming up with Redfishbowl to take over Black Forge Coffee House for an insane party featuring live music, live painting, a freshly installed art exhibit and of course, plenty of BEER! Check out all of the details on the flyer below.  

CLICK THE FLYER TO CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE :-)

CLICK THE FLYER TO CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE :-)

Again, we so excited for both of these events and even more excited to announce the details for Brewtal Beer Fest 2! If Beer & Extreme Music are your thing then you really need to be involved with this awesome community we are starting to build. Keep an eye out for more details in the near future and if you're super bored check out this extended conversation from my interview with Argus & Big Rail Brewing. See you in the pit! 

Catch SIKES&TNV This Saturday at Deutschtown Music Festival!

The 5th annual Deutschtown Music Festival will feature 220 bands, 30 stages, 8 outdoor stages, 20+ food vendors, a beer garden and will be held on 2 days this year, July 14th and 15th. All performances are FREE. Come discover live local music on Pittsburgh's historic Northside!

Sikes and The New Violence will be performing at Allegheny City Brewing at 10PM. This will be one of our last "full band" shows of the year so we're hoping to see a lot of you out there for this one. It's FREE and there is a ton of cool shit going on all day. Full Schedule available now at: www.deutschtownmusicfestival.org

Boats, K-Pop, Final Sikes Shows of 2017 & A New Oldfears Song.

It's July already and that's just insane to me. Whatever. I got some stuff going on. Let's talk about it. 

Start The Beat: Episode 138 w/ Issac Holeva

LOOK! I am enjoying "cold ones with the boys". That's trendy now. Right? 

LOOK! I am enjoying "cold ones with the boys". That's trendy now. Right? 

This week I sit down with my friend Issac Holeva as he takes me for a little cruise down the Allegheny and we chat about how the Pittsburgh scene has developed over the past decade. Issac is involved with A LOT. Faded Industry Entertainment, Premier Innovations Group & Pittsburgh Norml just to name a few and this is an awesome talk with an experienced business mind that has plenty of experience under his belt. Sit back, relax and lets Start The Beat! 

If the player above does not work for you Start The Beat is available across many other platforms. Here are a few you may have heard of. 

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/startthebeatpodcast 
ITUNES: http://apple.co/1MXMNSG
STITCHER: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/start-the-beat-with-sikes


Sat. July 8: Bubblepop for Girls Rock

This is Red Velvet. I love them. Listen to this and come dance on Saturday at Brillobox.

This is Red Velvet. I love them. Listen to this and come dance on Saturday at Brillobox.

Bubblepop is back and this time we are partying to benefit Girls Rock! Pittsburgh We'll be playing the best global pop, plus jams you will always love from the 80s, 90s and whatever universe we are in now.

Suggested donation of $5 benefits Girls Rock campers! This can help cover the cost of camp for these girls who just wanna rock n roll!

CLICK THIS FOR MORE INFO & STUFF


Sat. July 15: Deutschtown Music Festival

A FREE two-day indoor/outdoor music festival. July 14th & 15th in Pittsburgh's North Side.

A FREE two-day indoor/outdoor music festival. July 14th & 15th in Pittsburgh's North Side.

Sikes and The New Violence will be making our FINAL full band performance of 2017 on Saturday, July 15th at the Deutschtown Music Festival. We'll be performing at Allegheny City Brewing alongside some really great bands. Friends, beer and free live music? Sign me the fuck up. 

We play at 10PM. See the full lineup for the Allegheny City Brewing stage HERE and find out more about the entire festival HERE.


Sat. Aug 5: Pittsburgh VegFest

Pittsburgh VegFest is the largest gathering of food & animal lovers in the city! 

Pittsburgh VegFest is the largest gathering of food & animal lovers in the city! 

Wrapping up Sikes performances for the year, me and Mandy will be performing a set of all new material (sans live band) at VegFest! We'll be sharing the stage with a lot of good friends and eating lots of great vegan food. Depending on how things go they might have to roll my ass on and off that stage.

You can find out all you need to know about this glorious event HERE.

We'll be taking the remainder of the year off to focus on the next phase of Sikes and The New Violence. We have a new album to finish recording and a whole heck of a lot of stuff that comes along with that. I want to make this as awesome as I possibly can but it's going to take some time to do it. Especially with everything else going on like working on new material for THIS and THIS  and THIS as well as a couple new projects that I'm not even going to get into yet and THIS...


old hopes. old dreams. oldfears 2017.

If you've been around for a while you may or may not remember my time spent in oldfears. We played from 2010 - 2013. Then we stopped for a few years. Then, not too long ago we randomly got together and wrote a new song. Then recorded it. Then released it yesterday. It's called "Swing Back". I like it a lot. 

Maybe more will come soon. Maybe it won't. I genuinely have no idea.

Okay. That's enough for now. There's a lot coming up. I'll tell you about it later. Bye bye.

DJ Sets, More Music Festivals & OMG a Greywalker show!

July is just around the corner and here is a list of upcoming events I'm involved with that you should check out. Click the links for more info and come get shake your butt or bang your head or whatever peels your banana! 

Photo: Mia Conte

Photo: Mia Conte

JULY 08 - DJ SET / SUM 412 @ ROBOTO

Don't Let the Scene Go Down on Me! Collective presents... SUM 412: A summer party at Roboto featuring: Secret Stuff (TN), Early Riser (NY), The Weak Days (VA), The Homeless Gospel Choir (PGH), The Childlike Empress (PGH) with SIKES will be DJing in between sets serving up the hottest summer jams! PLUS food for sale by Vegan Mom Saves the World (Menu TBA)!!


JULY 08 - DJ SET / BUBBLEPOP @ BRILLOBOX

Bubblepop is back and this time we are partying to benefit Girls Rock! Pittsburgh We'll be playing the best global pop, plus jams you will always love from the 80s, 90s and whatever universe we are in now. Suggested donation of $5 benefits Girls Rock campers! This can help cover the cost of camp for these girls who just wanna rock n roll!


JULY 14 - BREWTAL BEER FEST SHORT POUR

Official Brewtal Beer Fest Kick-off Event! We'll be releasing our FIRST collaboration brew of the year between Big Rail Brewing & Argus! Including Special Performances By: Slaves BC, Tartarus & MidKnight Rose.


JULY 15 - SIKES&TNV @ DEUTSCHTOWN MUSIC FEST - ALLEGHENY CITY BREWING STAGE

The 5th annual Deutschtown Music fest will feature 200 bands, 28 stages, 8 outdoor stages, 20+ food vendors, a beer garden and will be held on 2 days this year, July 14th and 15th. All performances are FREE. Come discover live local music on Pittsburgh's historic Northside!


JULY 21 - GREYWALKER @ BOBBY'S PLACE (ERIE,PA)

Greywalker has been taking the summer off from playing shows to focus on new material but we have decided to make a special exception. We'll be returning to Bobby's Place with MANOKIN from Meadville w/ Erie's OBELUS & SACRED DECAY! Come bang your head outdoors and crack open a cold one with the homies.

Also, if you can't make it out to Erie (or Metal just isn't your "thing") you should strongly consider checking out the LAWN CARE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY. I was scheduled to host/emcee this event but am no longer able to because of the Greywalker gig. This is a bummer but the show is still going to be amazing. Lots of crazy talented friends on the lineup. Please check it out if you can!!!


Plenty of events already lined up for the rest of the year. MORE TBA! 

Podcasts. Take the time and get involved!

For me, podcasts are a great way to sit in on conversations with other people and stimulate my brain with all sorts of new and valuable information. History. Art. Politics. Video Games. Music. Whatever. I have learned so much about the world thanks to this platform and a few years ago I decided that I wanted to contribute.

Photo: Nick Miller / Epicast - Taken from Episode 091: Chris Fox of See You Next Tuesday

Photo: Nick Miller / Epicast - Taken from Episode 091: Chris Fox of See You Next Tuesday

In my show, Start The Beat with Sikes - I dive into the complex minds of people driven by their creative ambitions to make the world around them a better place. Over the past 3 years I have recorded over 135 episodes with a wide variety of people from all walks of life and I just wanted to send a reminder to everyone out there that you’re all invited to be a part of these conversations with us!

Photo: Buzzy Torek / Epicast - Taken from Episode 073: Live at the Strip District Music Fest

Photo: Buzzy Torek / Epicast - Taken from Episode 073: Live at the Strip District Music Fest

I started this podcast to learn more about the community around me and give other creatives a platform to share their stories so I highly encourage everyone to take a look at my list of conversations.

Find a familiar name and learn more about them or find someone who you have never heard of and take a blind journey into what’s going on outside of your bubble. You’ll never know what’s out there if you don’t take a look. Hell, it doesn't even have to be my podcast. Just go listen to any podcast! Perhaps something on the Epicast Network. *insert winky face here*

I know life can be uncomfortably busy but if people like me have the time to tell these stories then people like you have the time to listen. Take the time and get involved!

Sit back, relax and let's START THE BEAT!

A Note: I know that I already have plenty of dedicated listeners who support the podcast and if you are one of those people this post is not for you. This post is for the people who still “don’t get it” or are “too busy” to listen to podcasts in general. Please feel free to share this with your friends and spread the word. A little bit goes a long way. Trust me.

Dance Parties, Music Festivals and Rap Shows THIS WEEKEND!

It's fucking summer which means you're supposed to go out and play shows or whatever. This month in particular has been over the top busy for me and the gang. We got a few more events coming up to round out the month and if you're looking for something fun to do this weekend from dance parties to music festivals to DIY Rap shows we got you covered. 

This Friday (June 16th, 2017) I will be hosting & DJing the Myspace Nite Dance Party at Brillobox alongside DJ Wyatt.  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! 

This weekend is also the 4th River Music Fest which is a 3 Day DIY Festival full of Music! Food! Art! Poetry! Workshops! Zines! Sideshows! Fire Performance and Good Folks! We're performing on Saturday (June 17th, 2017) at 6:40PM but there are fantastic things happening the entire weekend.

I also recently recorded an episode of Start The Beat highlighting the 4th River Music Fest with my pal Joey Schuller who is an amazing human AND one of the people responsible for organizing the event. Check out the conversation below and learn all about the fest!  

After our performance this Saturday (June 17th, 2017) at the 4th River Music Fest we'll be shooting straight over to The Smiling Moose to play THIS BANGER alongside longtime friends Amuck, Basick Sickness & Moemaw Naedon. I have never met CPX3 before but I'm sure they are a nice person. Regardless, this lineup is STACKED and a great way to close out the weekend. I'm just happy to actually be on a Hip-Hop bill for once. It's been a while since I've played a show with other rappers. Wurdle turtle. 

After these shows we'll be taking a break for about a month to focus on getting the new album recorded but we'll be back for the Deutschtown Music Festival - 5th Annual on July 15th on the Allegheny City Brewing stage. Long story short you have a lot of opportunities to catch us over the next month and there's something for everyone so you have no friggin excuse. Come dance!