From Pop City Media's 'Filter' on 3/16/11:
"Pittsburgh's underground and experimental music scenes seem to be enjoying an infusion of creative energies and outlets, from the recent Fantastic Voyagers and Winter Void festivals and the VIA new music and media project, to locally-run vinyl and cassette tape labels.
Helping to fuel this activity and providing an informal venue for local and national underground acts is multi-disciplinary events arts space The Shop, located in an reused industrial space that bridges the city's Bloomfield and Lawrenceville neighborhoods.
This Friday, March 18, fans of the more free-form variety of the current freak-folk explosion won't want to miss a special record release show with Sagas--the solo project of Pittsburgh-based musician Matt McDowell.
Known for his work with Dire Wolves, WaterFinder and Arco Flute Foundation, McDowell's latest LP, , is out now on Greenup Industries, the new Cincinnati-based label headed up by experimental guitarist Pete Fosco.
Featuring artwork by Foxy Digitalis maestro Brad Rose, the LP spotlights McDowell's interest in blurring boundaries between rural American musical traditions and repetitive improv-based Eastern sounds. Pairing interwoven melodies skillfully played on the oud, with feedback drones, chant-like vocals, and hypnotic loops, McDowell's latest offering is an impressive contribution to the current electric-folk movement.
Fans of Krautrock masters like Amon Düül II and Neu, or Seattle's inimitable Sun City Girls, won't want to miss Sagas' multimedia collaboration with with Oregon-based video artist, Andrew Ellis. McDowell, who has performed with Daniel Higgs and Eugene Chadbourne, recently released on Portland's Stunned Records.
Also performing are Fosco, Brooklyn-based drum, bass and tuba ensemble Dan Peck Trio, sound collage artist Inez Lightfoot, and experimental band Hunted Creatures."
Many thanks, Pop City Media. -BR