The Local 913: Best of 2018 townsppl

This week, learn about our #1 local release of the year!

Alex Stanton, who’s project is the Pittsburgh indie rock band townsppl, might have THE best first guitar story you’ve ever heard. 

“My mom used to work for Mr. Rogers, beloved television host. They did a music shop scene where Martin Guitars donated a bunch of guitars for the show in Joe Negri’s music shop. After the episode was filmed, they gave them to the cast and crew and my mom was part of the art department. She was like “I know you don’t play guitar, but I can get you this Martin Guitar.” I was like “I don’t know what that is, but okay!” I still have it; it’s probably my all-time favorite guitar. That’s what got me playing. I started writing songs not too long after that. Since I found it in ninth grade, it’s kind of all I ever wanted to do.”

townsppl’s compelling, playful and light hearted nature comes off very easily on their second album Twigs. Stanton has been hard at work not only on the new record, but in his music school located in Squirrel Hill. 

“Sunburst School of Music is my business that I started in 2011. It’s a music teaching studio, we do lessons and group programs for kids and adults. We do rock band programs, songwriting classes, we do summer camps, that kind of thing. Really the focus is on creativity, not just getting people to write songs and make records, but figure out who they are and what kind of music they wanna play. It’s going really well and it’s an exciting thing to be around. We have 20 teachers now and close to 400 students.”

For more on townsppl, visit their website.
 

Local Music

The Local 913: Balloon Ride Fantasy

Electro-pop band Balloon Ride Fantasy’s sound has shifted over the years from a very tight indie rock outfit, to fantastically layered synth. Listen to The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight and learn more!

The Local 913: Bikini Islands

Despite Bikini Islands' sunny name and surf-rock disposition, the band's name came from an ominous source. Listen to them on this week's Local 913, our weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Jimmy Bucek

Pittsburgh MC Jimmy Bucek has a very interesting vocal delivery. Matched with his unusual lower register, he sounds more like he’s reciting poetry than rapping. More on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913 Ferdinand The Bull

"We don’t have to plug in or anything. Everything’s really visceral and real." - Meet the Pittsburgh folk band Ferdinand The Bull in this week's Local 913. 

The Local 913 Live: Rachel Lynne

Rachel Lynne performs at WYEP's local music happy hour on July 19, 2018.

The Local 913: Scratchy Blanket

Scratchy Blanket is an indie rock band where cats play a big role: "I think the first time you hear the songs about the cats, they could be about cats, but you could apply it to people, too." Meow meow meow on The Local 913

The Local 913: BB Guns

BB GUNS is a hip-hop/rock duo: “The relationships that rock & hip-hop have are not always known as critically the best things... We wanted to do it in more critical, indie way." More on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: The Local

The beginning of The Local, a Pittsburgh band, actually has roots in Belfast Northern Ireland. Check out The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight, for more!

The Local 913: Same

Most of indie rock band Pittsburgh’s Same met at Clarion University. Check out more including their chill new song "Is Midnight" on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Jack Swing

The bluesy garage-rock band Jack Swing is led by Isaiah Ross, who grew up surrounded by musicians. Listen for more on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Hear Tonight

After hearing the indie rock band Hear Tonight’s music, it’s no surprise that most of the members are influenced by pop-punk. Check these guys out on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: The Vindys

The Vindys are a group that’s got a clear affinity for soul and jazz. Check 'em out on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Guy Russo

Formerly one half of the indie-folk do Broken Fences, Guy Russo has just released a solo album. Check it out on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

Local 913: Dinosoul

The spiritually charged indie rock group Dinosoul has a mission statement they recite at every live show. Check out more on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly music spotlight.

The Local 913: Jackson River

Mike Meiers, front man for Jackson River, found early musical inspiration from a Pittsburgh legend. More on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Rachel Lynne

Raised outside of Atlanta, Georgia, singer-songwriter Rachel Lynne can never remember a time where she wasn’t creating music and writing songs. Learn more on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: As Ladders

The Americana Rock band As Ladders is fronted by Mike Berginc, who originally was drawn to songwriting when he was in high school. Learn more on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight. 

The Local 913: Benji.

Pittsburgh rapper Benji. decided to change his stage name to reflect something more personal. Hear more on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Buffalo Rose

The folk group Buffalo Rose calls their style of music “folk and soul-grass." More on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Punchline

Punchline, who have been creating melodic pop-punk for 20 years in Pittsburgh, have a new album out titled Lion. More on The Local 913, WYEP's local music spotlight.

Local 913: Mars Jackson

Mars Jackson spent his childhood in Pittsburgh’s Hill District surrounded by music and family. Learn more on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight. 

Local 913 Live: Jack Swing

Listen to Jack Swing perform at WYEP's Local 913 Live from March 29, 2018.

Local 913: Joe Grushecky & The House Rockers

New music from Joe Grushecky on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

Local 913: Chet Vincent

Chet Vincent's new LP is features harmony-rich folk songs and a new band, Biirdwatcher. Learn more on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Good Sport

Ryan Hizer of Good Sport, took childhood piano lessons at the behest of his parents. Lean more on The Local 913, WYEP's local music spotlight.

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