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Got A Pop To It: Pittsburgh rapper Real and The Xperience knows he has the cheat code on ‘Big Comfy Couch’

As he flicks the controller to where he wants to be at, Real and The Xperience keeps it real as he shows us what each day is like in his world on ‘Big Comfy Couch‘.

Real & The Xperience is an unorthodox Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based hip-hop solo artist. He fuses that real life story music that is relevant, and shows you into the current mentality of where he is from.

Since the age of 6, rapping has always been his passion since watching his oldest brother create melodic sounds.” ~ Real & The Xperience

With a consistent flow and bars that are hard but never too much to consume, this is a new track all about staying calm when there is much chaos at every turn. He knows the cheat codes and wants to ensure that he stays eating, as there are some hungry dogs ready to bite him savagely if he isn’t too careful.

A high level of storytelling ability is on full display here for our ears to warm up inside, with a consistent style that is certainly likable and has you turning up the volume a bit louder, to ensure that you don’t miss a word.

Big Comfy Couch‘ from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based rapper Real and The Xperience, is a take-a-trip into your mind type of track that has you nodding your head and tapping your feet to the busty beat. He raps with a smooth style and there is much to enjoy here – with an underground poppin’ soundscape – that has your mind alive with the possibilities in abundance, outside in this strange world.

Check out the YouTube link to hear more and follow their story on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I Like To Watch You On My Television: Pittsburgh band Bikini Islands shape-shift our intrigued ears on ‘Midnight Lizard’

As the brilliantly named Bikini Islands are back from their short pandemic-fueled hiatus with more deliciously lip-licking music after 2019’s ‘Vines‘ and ‘Psycho Killer‘, they have us looking around for potential slimy creatures roaming around unexpectedly on their new slick single named ‘Midnight Lizard‘.

Bikini Islands is a super chilled and highly unpretentious four-piece Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based indie garage-rock band. Their style is a blend of steel city edge and surfer mellow, as they make thrilling music that reminds you of simpler times.

On a riff-laden track with much to like on this tv-swirling song that wraps a palm-tree blowing freshness into your awaiting mind, you quickly feel the weekend beach smooth-talking track flow beautifully into your atmosphere. This is a song to turn up loud and just let go – as the solos are something specially mixed to please – combined with confident vocals that keep things sweet and pure for the gasping soul to lap up thirstily.

Midnight Lizard‘ from the pulsating Pittsburgh garage-rockers called Bikini Islands, is that awesome catchy track you aren’t quite sure what is all about, but you love it anyway. They have a very likable style and you feel enraptured by the soundscape provided and feel like they would be an epic band to watch live. As long as there are no slippery lizards crawling around at the gig however.

Stream this fine new single on Spotify and see more news on their IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Floats Away Into The Dawn: Talented young Pittsburgh musician Victoria Montgomery hears the calming voice of freedom with ‘Never Let Me Go’

After years of gaining confidence with open mics and taking the time to improve her songwriting skills, Victoria Montgomery flourishes brightly on her new single taken off 2021’s debut EP A Song For You‘, with the soulfully sweet ‘Never Let Me Go‘.

Victoria Montgomery is a Washington, Pennsylvania-born, Pittsburgh-based indie folk/pop singer-songwriter, and Washington and Jefferson College graduate in International studies. She sings with such a vividly innocent imagination, which shows us that it is still possible to float around freely chasing your dreams, if you so wish to do so in this often dark world.

Her smooth and tranquil voice opens up your mind to see within your own soul, as you are taken aback by such a relaxing artist, who has fought hard to overcome her own fears. She sings with a growing sense of belonging, with a pleasant soundscape that has your soul feeling content again.

Never Let Me Go‘ from the thoroughly enthralling Pittsburgh-based indie pop/folk Victoria Montgomery, shows us a emerging artist with a beautifully peacefully tone and a heartfelt lyrical ability, which shines through on this lovely new single. This is the story about finding that sweet love that sets you free and makes you so happy inside.

Closing your eyes and opening your heart is the only way to be truly happy, when you find that special soul.

Stream this fine new single on Spotify and see more moves on her Facebook music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Never Lose Your Imagination: Banjiboi leads the way with the attitude we all need to have on ‘Cigar Boxing’

Sounds from the Waltz Mine by Banjiboi

Formally known as Aro who still frequents the world on occasion, Banjiboi blesses our hungry souls with his incredible single from debut album ‘Sounds from the Waltz Mine‘, that is called ‘Cigar Boxing‘ and features some of the best quotes ever written mixed with insanely awesome guitar skills.

Jack Hays aka Banjiboi is an outlaw indie-rock artist and music producer from hard working Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has a style that screams underground king – as he makes quality music without wanting the fame – as he is doing this for the love of the lifestyle.

Banjiboi, a rumored relative of the notorious Jesse James and descendent of Tex “Gold-Fingers” Calloway, a successful gold panner during the California gold rush, took a different trail to establishing himself as a household name during a time when social media and digital streaming started to change the ways of the wild and lawless West and the landscape of music forever.” – Banjiboi

With sounds derived from blues origins of The Mississippi Delta to darker country tones and blazing banjo licks, Banjiboi combines the best of modern and vintage styles in an attempt to breed positivity and unify a very polarized nation.” – Banjiboi

With country inklings emanating swiftly from the cozy van belonging to Banjiboi, bass driven electronic music, old school hip hop beats and acoustic finger pickin’, this is a top song that has you in raptures for its pure authenticity.

Cigar Boxing‘ from the humble Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania producer/rock artist Banjiboi, is a testament to an outlaw artist who travels from state to state, gaining knowledge from his travels, and puts it all together so skillfully for us to consume. This might be one of the most interesting musicians in the world, who cruises around like an invisible legend with his trusty dog and laptop, keeping things simple and making incredibly underrated music that actually has real unifying soul.

Stream this new single on Bandcamp and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Close The Door: MG II move on before more pain is inflicted by selfish former lover on ‘Same Old Ways’

The lead track taken off their recent four-track album, MG II show us the path to end things if they get too much on ‘Same Old Ways‘.

MG II is a stunningly voiced two-piece twin sister indie-pop duo Maddie and Gaby Capozza, who are from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and based in Los Angeles, California. They make that pure music about love and how sometimes it can be so complicated, when it really shouldn’t be.

You feel the pain thrust into their lungs, as you heal from trusting the wrong person with your heart again. This is the story about closing the door on their nonsense — healing up and then learning to love again — with someone who is worth it.

They sing with such unison, their minds and souls are united as one, each note is performed with such tender loving care and you feel a bit sad, but happy that they have found the strength to move on from something that wasn’t going to work out long-term.

Same Old Ways’ from the sweet twin sisters MG II, is the quintessential moment when you realize your self-worth and vow to never let someone who is only into themselves, ever take you for a ride again and bring you down to their level.

Life is about being happy and being supported, not being sad and wondering what your partner is up to half the time. Finding your own tribe, is the lock and key to true vibrations that last forever.

Stream this breakup single on Spotify and see their beach-filled escapades on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The Right Tribe: AJ Raggs brings us the good energy on the vibrant vibe ‘My Kinda People’

Bringing his catchy positive energy to wipe away the gloomy and sad faces, AJ Raggs is all about finding the good vibes that helps manifest into helping others see what is possible on ‘My Kinda People‘.

Angelo Ragghianti aka AJ Raggs is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-born, soon-to-be Nashville, Tennessee-based singer-songwriter and local cantor at various churches and festivals too. He brings that soulful soundtrack that immerses you closely to his light that burns bright and with such meaning.

His voice carries you to the promised land, where you are with only friends and family that are going to help you find your true purpose through encouragement, not doubt and games that you don’t want to play.

This is the true story of how you can only be great if you surround yourself with those real humans, not the fake alien-type people that seem to be on their own selfish planet that is not a good place to be at all. Staying away from the television helps too as that just adds to your anxiousness, rather than hanging out with kind people who smile and ride the wave of life with a chilled mindset.

My Kinda People‘ from the passionate Pittsburgh-based singer AJ Raggs, is a feel-good song for any day, any month or any year. He sings with that self-aware tone that has you locked in gently to his message of finding your real team. Being with people that don’t get you is bad for your soul anyway.

See this YouTube video here and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The introvert anthem of 2021: Bilal Abbey breezes past the fake hype merchants on ‘Social’ (feat. Clara Kent)

Bilal Abbey drops more truth on the superb new single ‘Social‘ taken off his latest seven-track project ‘Mellowhead‘, that also features his fellow music collaborator and soulfully real singer-songwriter; Clara Kent.

Self-aware Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania hip-hop artist, audio engineer, and music producer Bilal Abbey performs his deep-rooted blend of music solo, and also with the hip-hop collective Tribe Eternal.

After being exposed to music his whole life, in fifth grade the bug really bit and hasn’t let go since. By the ninth grade he was already making his own beats and started rapping. From there, the rest as they say, is history.

After studying and recording in Atlanta a few years ago, he used that valuable time to perfect his craft and hone his skills into the sound that he felt fully reflected, what he wanted to portray to the world.

This is the story about how some people are way too social and don’t put enough effort in and just expect everything. This is the voice of the chilled introvert that makes music to be mellow with and keep the vibe just right, the way it should be. There is no flashy swag here, only enlightened mystique that puts your heart in a good place.

With Clara busy manifesting her dreams and singing with a sweetly coasted honey-dipped style that makes your neck and back shiver in exhilaration, this is a combo that packs a hug full of top vibes for your soul to be replenished by.

His easy-going rap style reminds you of that classic old school energy that is sadly lacking in most modern day hip-hop, that is drowned in polluted plastic that does nothing but suffocate the brains of the youth, and has no lasting value. Right here, this is that consciously real music that will be timeless.

Social‘ is an excellent single to start 2021 with Pittsburgh’s Bilal Abbey and Clara Kent are in sensational form on this soulful track that is best listened to with the candles on, wine chilled, and lights down low.

After all, keeping true to yourself is the only way forward while you ignore the fake flashy posers and knowing that they aren’t real at all, is the way to finding your own tribe and to follow your dreams. Real knows real.

Hear this underrated emcee show the kids what quality hip-hop sounds like on Soundcloud and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Anti-5G in full force: Felix & Cyko show their growing frustration on the raw and rebellious ‘Shotout’

There is fire everywhere, guns are casually swung around like kids toys, and the Rap-Rock is so ravaging and extremely raw. These young men are clearly angry with the world and 2020 has just added more paraffin to an already burning mosh pit of disillusionment. With job losses at record levels, so much hate around and twisted 5G news strewn all over TV sets globally, this is the worrying state of affairs currently for many. When drugs are easier to find than work, this creates a flaming fire-pit as Felix & Cyko join forces with Treeburke to light the fuse on this dangerous Halloween track called ‘Shotout‘.

The Rap-Rock is so fearsome and this is a video that you will either love or hate. The visuals are disturbing and the raps blow a massive whole into the speakers. The clear frustration is so obvious to see as these young rapper shred everything in their path on the streets of Pittsburgh.

Your eyes are opening wide here and this will be a song you won’t forget too easily. Love is furthest from their minds as the hate has split over like a tanker truck that has T-boned and flipped over, gas has filled the roads and the match has already been lit. Felix & Cyko are the match and with Treeburke’s help, have shown us a world that most of us had no clue existed.

See more of the modern rebellion against the current world here on the YouTube link and see more on Insta.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Bluesy Jack Swing from Pittsburgh makes us dance with the brilliant visuals for ‘Get What’s Mine For You’

Jack Swing from Pittsburgh makes us dance with his new release and with the brilliant visuals for ‘Get What’s Mine For You‘.

Funk, disco, soul, blues and rock are all included here and this is a washing machine full load of clean fresh music, to keep us smiling during this weird time in the world.

Their latest single ‘Get What’s Mine For You’, taken from the same titled EP and is a wonderful assortment of different genres, all packaged into one bow full of incredible music. You can’t help but like this band. They play like a proper band and this varied music is a winner with so many different fans.

With a groovy vibe, this is a fine video that shows us these Pittsburgh natives in full flow with their cool tune. With a fun video that shows us the unpretentious energy of this band, this is a great listen. Jack Swing get us to turn the volume way up on ‘Get What’s Mine For You‘. This is a band on a mission and together, you can tell that this is a tight outfit that are destined for big things.

Click here for the YouTube page.

Head here to the Facebook link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The Hawkeyes rip the chord to entertain us on ‘Wanted Man’

The Hawkeyes rock in with their latest rock infused song called Wanted Man.

The Hawkeyes of Pittsburgh in the USA is a steel city rock 4 piece powerhouse band that forges a pure unique blend of driving rock, rust-belt grit, and big stage headlining attitude persona.

Ripping guitars and pulsing rhythm propel the band’s raw and working-class roots and constant desire for growth. This song is all about knowing who is wanted and who is innocent. Only a wanted man would run and this band ain’t running from nobody. They are on a mission to entertain.

The band’s mentality is one that is focused on elevating to the biggest stages that any working/touring band could imagine but also pays an endearing tribute to its working-class rock ‘n’ roll roots that draw inspiration from the city in which it has lived in, worked for, breathed and loved. I love this mentality and fighting attitude no matter what.

Taken off their latest album ‘Ever for After’, ‘Wanted Man‘ is a fiery rock thunderbolt through the sky and into our souls. This band really rocks and I love the fire in their music style. There is a lot of grit and determination from the Pittsburgh group The Hawkeyes who just make awesome tracks.

Stream here on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen