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.

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.


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. 


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! 

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!!