Allure of the Earth Announces First Wave of Bands for Winter’s Wake Festival!





Ladies and gentlemen, it’s here: half of the line-up for the two-day Winter’s Wake festival has been confirmed!

Brought to you by Allure of the Earth Productions, this event will be held on Friday and Saturday, 22-23 February 2013, in Pittsburgh.

There will be fourteen bands altogether between those two days, and seven of them were announced today:


Lots more details will be emerging soon (possibly as soon as next week) — such as the exact location, ticket information, the remainder of the bands, and scheduled times — and I will be sure to share all of that with you as soon as I hear anything! So stay tuned!

UPDATE 05 December: four more bands have been announced!

UPDATE 19 December: three more bands have been announced, leaving just one more to be confirmed…


What To Do In Pittsburgh Tonight (29 November 2012)


Drusky Entertainment Presents:

Texan Psychobillies Reverend Horton Heat

with The Cheats, Ben Dumm and the Deviants, The Turbosonics


at the Altar Bar

1620 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh (Strip District)


Thursday 29 November 2012 | 7:30PM (6:30 Doors) | $17 ADV / $20 at Door | 21+ only

With a history dating back nearly three decades now, the legendary country/punk/rock trio Reverend Horton Heat nevertheless seem to have no intention of slowing down their nearly nonstop touring schedule.

In fact, the band (who just recently signed with Victory Records) have tourdates scheduled all over the country, nearly every night for at least the next three-and-a-half months (see the full list here).


Appearing along with a handful of highly-respected local opening acts that range from punk rock to surf music, this is pretty much guaranteed to be a memorable night. Get more info on the show here, buy your tickets here, and don’t forget to RSVP here!

MAKE – Axis EP


MAKEAxis (01 November 2012, Black Iron Records)

Hellooooooooo out there, readers! I vaguely remember that I used to do this thing where I’d listen to music, and then write about it, and then you’d read it and listen to the music too, and then everyone was happy. I don’t know why I haven’t been doing much of that recently — I guess a variety of reasons which could pretty much be summed up as “life getting in the way” — but I do want to get back into the habit.

Today let’s talk about this EP that was released by the North Carolinian post-atmospheric-ambient-blackish-doomy band MAKE back at the beginning of this month. I told you it would be coming (here and here) and if you’ve been reading my stuff for a while you already know how much I fawned over their debut LP Trephine (reviewed here).

Somehow during the course of all of that, I neglected to share the preview video for the EP — for which I apologize, but I shall make up for it by adding it here:
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What To Do In Pittsburgh Tonight (26 November 2012)


Opus One Productions Presents:

GWAR – Fate or Chaos Tour

with DevilDriver, Cancer Bats, Legacy of Disorder


at Mr. Smalls Theatre

400 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale PA


Monday 26 November 2012 | 7:15pm (doors 6:30) | $29 | ALL AGES

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Happy Black Friday!

Well, good day to all you fine people out there! It’s the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S., traditionally known as Black Friday — and legions of idiots have been lining up outside retailers for hours (or days, in some cases) to get their hands on TVs and junk at discounted prices.

I hate shopping, and I hate crowds of people (or more accurately, I hate most people in general), so would be pretty much the worst possible time for me to go out. Therefore, I won’t be anywhere near any stores today.

However, there are some other good deals out there, if you know where to look — lots of record labels and music stores are offering discounts or bonus gifts or incentives — and this is stuff that interests me way more than anything that people will probably be fist-fighting for at Wal-Mart or Target!

Since many of you readers probably feel the same way (why else would you be reading a music-related blog?) I’ve thrown together an assortment of these special offers right here in this post, for your shopping convenience. Enjoy!


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What To Do In Pittsburgh Tonight (22 November 2012)

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

Turkey and beer and football and… every obnoxious relative that you only see on holidays, which you only need to spend about five minutes with them to remember why you only see them on holidays.

If this sounds familiar, later this evening you’re probably going to be looking for something — anything — as an excuse to get out of the house for a while.

As luck would have it, there’s a show happening later that might be just what the doctor ordered.

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What To Do In Pittsburgh Tonight (21 November 2012)

What’s up, readers! It’s Thanksgiving Eve, which around these parts is officially the BIGGEST party night of the year! That’s right, bigger than Saint Patrick’s Day, bigger than Cinco de Mayo, bigger even than New Year’s Eve.

Believe me, I spent enough of my younger years working overnight in a 24-hour convenience store — one that is famous for its “Made To Order” food, and in particular, one that was located in a small town where the ratio of bars to houses is practically one-to-one — so I’ve got enough empirical data to back up this claim.

Anyway, if you’re looking for somewhere to go tonight, I’ve got you covered. Just please be careful out there, and please be safe getting home! I’ve got lots of exciting new content planned for the near future, and you won’t want to miss any of it. (I know it seems like I’m making light of the situation, but seriously, go out and have a good time — but for your own sake and everyone else’s, just don’t be stupid, ok?)

Here we go…

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What To Do In Pittsburgh Tonight (20 November 2012)

Hey folks, what’s up??

It’s Tuesday, but it’s also Thanksgiving week, so I know a bunch of you are off work or school this week (or you conveniently got real sick all of a sudden) — and for those of us who still DO have to work tomorrow, everyone knows we’re just going to slack off most of the day and then leave early anyhow, right?

Either way, if you’ll be around the Pittsburgh area tonight, you’ll have plenty of choices if you feel like getting your holiday celebrating started early!

Check it out:

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What To Do In Pittsburgh This Weekend (16-17 November 2012)

Hello, world. No new posts yesterday or this morning, sorry about that — I’ve got a ton of stuff partly written but life and work keep getting in the way of finishing anything! Stay tuned.

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Fistula and Hellbastard Vinyl/Merch Preorders — HURRY! ENDS TOMORROW!!


Preorder the new Hellbastard and/or Fistula LPs, get exclusive woven patches, colored vinyl, test pressings and T-shirts!

From Patac Records head honcho Dan Harrington:

Let’s face it, you have to be crazy to start a record label. It costs a lot of blood, sweat and tears… and a whole lot of cash. Working on a DIY level, I try to do as much as I can for my bands. Pressing a record is one thing, but a record needs touring, ads in zines, etc.

So here’s my plan: I have two records ready to press, the Hellbastard Sons of Bitches 12″ and the Fistula Northern Aggression 12″. The money to complete this project is already secured, we just hope to raise additional funds to create the line of merchandise, new colors of vinyl and provide additional press to help out these two incredible bands. The t-shirts, patches and white vinyl are exclusive to this Kickstarter project, so don’t miss this opportunity to get a bunch of killer collector’s merchandise!

All the merchandise is designed and ready to print. With your pre-orders these records will be released ahead of schedule, promoted to the fullest extent and in addition, both bands will be repaid all proceeds.

One thing that always blows me away has always been the loyalty of my distro customers and fans of the music I have released. My goal is to create a bunch of killer merch and raise some money to help press the records; when the record is out and selling, I’m going to pay back 100% of the money raised to each band to help out with their touring costs. 2013 is going to be a great year — Fistula is negotiating some extensive tours in the US and abroad, and Hellbastard will be pretty much living on the road as well.

All merchandise orders will ship in early December, we hope for vinyl orders to ship by January. The production of vinyl is costly and production times vary, Test pressings will ship in January, however colored vinyl may encounter delays if the pressing plant is backed up.

Thanks so much, hope to see you all on the road!!!

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