Sikes | Pittsburgh Indie Hip Hop & Podcast News

Sikes is an Indie Hip-Hop artist & producer from Pittsburgh, PA. He also hosts a weekly podcast focused on the Pittsburgh Music & Entertainment scene called Start The Beat with Sikes.

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:

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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!

VOTE NOW! Pittsburgh City Paper - Best of 2017

The nominees for the Pittsburgh City Paper's "Best of 2107" Readers Poll were announced a few weeks ago and if you have still not cast your votes you only have until 8/18 @ 11:59PM (EST) to do so! Get on it! 

The annual Readers Poll highlights anything and everything Pittsburgh from the "Best Food Truck" to the "Best Place To Take A Bath In Public" and I have been lucky enough to be nominated in a handful of categories alongside some of my favorite people in the city. 

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

This is really awesome. Huge thanks to anyone who threw any of those names out there and got us nominated! Again, you only have until 8/18 @ 11:59PM (EST) to cast those votes so don't sleep on this opportunity to support your favorite local businesses, art, music and plenty more!