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.

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.  


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!! 

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!