RAW Artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights up and coming creatives in visual art, film/video, fashion, music, HMU artistry, photography, and performing art.
RAW's mission is to provide up-and-coming artists of all creative realms with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity so that they can be seen, heard and loved. RAW educates, connects and exposes emerging artists in 60 artistic communities internationally through bi-monthly showcase events. Join us in celebrating the work of these artists.
What Can I Expect?
RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases. Each event features a film screening, musical performances, fashion shows, a pop-up art gallery, performance art and featured hairstylists and makeup artists. These artists are all local, hand-picked talent who have been chosen to feature at RAW. http://rawartists.org/pittsburgh/splendor
Brimstone Coven, Argus, Lady Beast
Brimstone Coven is a retro-hard rock / doom band from Wheeling WV. They created their personal blend of "Dark Occult Rock" in the early months of 2011. Corey Roth (Guitar) wrote the first five songs, which would later become the bands self titled album, and hand picked three seasoned musicians from the area's scene... Andrew D'Cagna (Bass), Justin Wood (Drums), and "Big John" Williams (Vocals) to carry out his plan for sonic domination. Echoing the eerie reverberations of hard rock heayweights such as Black Sabbath and Pentagram, mixed with the Classic Rock style of Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd, Brimstone Coven has created a Vintage sound and style all their own brimstonecoven.com | Purchase Tickets Online | 866-468-3401 | Reserve Balcony
Lil Dicky with special guests Joel Kellem, Sheezy Bung
Lil Dicky is the voice of the voiceless. In an era where rap is dominated by racial, social, and economic minorities, LD decided to put the upper-middle class on his frail, Jewish shoulders. The results have been monumental. His debut mixtape, So Hard, has been categorized
as 'funny,' and 'impressive' by his friends. A non-traditional rapper, Lil Dicky uses a mix of comedy, lyrical ingenuity, and self-deprecation
to spew out entertaining and relatable content. When he was 14, he opened up for the R&B group 112 at his overnight camp. He's been rapping ever since. Currently, he's had sex with eleven women, but he's hoping that number goes up with time, patience, and a positive outlook. At night, he'll pee sitting down, due to fatigue. Join him on his quest to change rap forever. lildicky.com | Purchase Tickets Online | 866-468-3401 | Reserve Balcony | Local Outlets
Wire with special guest Julian Lynch
Right from their inception in 1976, back in the first stirrings of punk, Wire went about making music in a subversive, conceptual way, setting themselves apart from both their peers and their influences. "I had this idea that I wanted to avoid things that had a particular kind of tradition," explains singer and guitarist Colin Newman. "I thought the three-chord trick was too simplistic and that the one-chord trick would be better. Or the two chord trick where the second chord is definitely not the right chord."
Clean Bandit is a band with four core members who call on an array of vocal collaborators to create their unique sound. The culture clash of bass, beats and soaring strings evokes memories of classic Massive Attack and their live shows, when they are joined by crazy dance crews, evokes classic Basement Jaxx yet all this is done with a brand new twist.
Red Wanting Blue with special guests Morningsiders, Dan Getkin
In the years since vocalist and songwriter Scott Terry formed Red Wanting Blue, the band has gone on to establish itself as a quintessential example of American perseverance and hard work, building an exceedingly loyal fanbase based on non-stop touring, all without any industry support. Known for making instant fans of the uninitiated with one of the most engaging and passionate live shows on the road today, Red Wanting Blue found even bigger audiences after the release of its 2012 "From The Vanishing Point" album, which landed in the Top 10 of Billboard's Heatseekers chart and at #1 for the band's home region. redwantingblue.com | Purchase Tickets Online | 866-468-3401 | Reserve Balcony | Local Outlets
Soul Asylum / Meat Puppets with special guests Honeyriders
Formed in the summer of 1981, Soul Asylum (named Loud Fast Rules up until 1983) quickly became frontrunners of American college rock, garnering a reputation as the country's best LIVE band. In 1992, they signed with Columbia Records and released Grave Dancers Union, a record that would transform them from underground rockers into international superstars. The first two singles off the album, Somebody to Shove and Black Gold, both came in at high positions at the Modern Rock and Album Rock charts, but it was the album's third track that led them to their major breakthrough. Runaway Train peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, raised album sales to double-platinum level, and won Soul Asylum the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 1994. For over 30 years, legendary desert punks the Meat Puppets have carved a unique niche for themselves with an unmistakable blend of cosmic country and punk rock filtered through countless acid trips, dog-eared comic books and their eclectic record collections. Along the way they've earned the admiration of a pantheon of critics and rock music peers. The certified classics reach back to Meat Puppets I, II, and Up On The Sun and have been book-ended by recent releases Sewn Together and Lollipop. With brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood reunited in 2009 and the 2012 release of the band's graphic tell-all biography, Too High to Die, the Puppets' iconic status seems assured. Soul Asylum | Link | Purchase Tickets Online
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91.3 WYEP presents Heartless Bastards - Restless Ones Tour with special guest Craig Finn
Brimming with confidence and creativity, Arrow sees Heartless Bastards pushing their distinctive sound forward with their most eclectic, energetic collection thus far. The album - the Austin, Texas-based band's first release with Partisan Records - is marked as ever by singer/guitarist/songwriter Erika Wennerstrom's remarkable voice, at turns primal and pleading, heartfelt and heroic. Songs like "Parted Ways" and the searing "Low Low Low" expertly capture the Bastards' multi-dimensional rock in all its strength and spirit. Following upon the difficult introspection of 2009's acclaimed third album, The Mountain, Arrow stands as a powerhouse new beginning for Heartless Bastards. theheartlessbastards.com | Purchase Tickets Online | 866-468-3401 | Reserve Balcony | Local Outlets
Paul Weller with special guest Hannah Cohen
Continuing his ever soaring creative peak, Paul Weller releases his 12th studio album "Saturns Pattern" on May 11th on his new label Parlophone. The follow up to 2012's No. 1 album "Sonik Kicks", Paul continues to push the boundaries with another kaleidoscopic tour de force delivered with a verve and ambition to shame his contemporaries as he continues to adapt and evolve to stay one step ahead of the pack. Written and recorded at de facto HQ, Black Barn Studios in Surrey, "Saturns Pattern" was produced by Jan 'Stan' Kybert and Paul himself. Passion, progression, languid grooves and, as ever, spine-tingling rock'n'roll - Paul Weller has, yet again, delivered another masterpiece. example: paulweller.com
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Timebomb and Opus One present M.O.P. with special guests Boaz, B White, TimeCapsoul, DJ Big Phill
Lil' Fame (Jamal Grinnage) and Billy Danze (Eric Murray)grew up together in the neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn and formed a gang called Mash Out People. With a desire to express themselves through rap, they formed a hip-hop group named after their gang. Originally, Fame was the DJ of the group. With encouragement from his older brother, Fame began to write his own rhymes. After contributing to the 1992 compilation The Hill That's Real, M.O.P. debuted in 1993 with the single "How About Some Hardcore?", which appeared on the soundtrack for the film House Party 3. The underground success of the single, promoted by a low-budget video from then-unknown director Hype Williams, led to their debut album To the Death. It was released in 1994 on the small label Select Records, almost fully produced by DR Period. mashoutposse.com | Purchase Tickets Online | 866-468-3401 | Reserve Balcony | Local Outlets
The Mowgli's with special guests Vinyl Theatre, Handsome Ghost
Love is all you need. It's been said many times and many ways of course, but it's truer now than ever. When The Mowgli's first landed on the scene, their message of positivity and love resonated with audiences everywhere. The group's 2013 major label debut, Waiting for the Dawn [Photo Finish], debuted at #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and yielded the hit "San Francisco". Following its release, the seven-piece - Colin Louis Dieden [vocals, guitar], Katie Jayne Earl [vocals, percussion], Dave Appelbaum [keyboards], Josh Hogan [guitar, vocals], Matthew Di Panni [bass], Spencer Trent [guitar, vocals], and Andy Warren [drums] - performed on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CONAN, Watch What Happens Live, and more. Between headline tours and runs supporting everybody from Walk The Moon to Manchester Orchestra, they even cut a song for the Relativity Media hit film Earth To Echo. Along the way, their interpretation of love became even clearer, and it defines their sophomore outing, Kids In Love. www.themowglis.net | Purchase Tickets Online | 866-468-3401 | Reserve Balcony | Local Outlets
Tanlines with special guest Mas Ysa
Tanlines -- singer/guitarist Eric Emm and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Cohen -- will release their sophomore album, Highlights, on May 19th, 2015. Produced by the band and Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, Highlights began in a basement in Pittsburgh and ended in a church in Brooklyn. It trades world music sounds (as heard through YouTube) for a more alive, realized approach, the result of Emm and Cohen wanting to break from their "two guys, one screen" writing style. The transition came suddenly: when they sat down to write Highlights in Emm's childhood home in Pittsburgh, their computer blew up, quite literally, "with a burst of sparks and clouds of smoke. Whatever had just happened felt like some kind of omen," says Emm. Stranded without the samples and sounds that had previously defined their musical palette, they spent the rest of the week in Pittsburgh writing songs the old-fashioned way -- with a guitar and drums. They found themselves falling back on facility they'd gained with their instruments over the previous two years of touring, and an alternative, simpler process evolved, one that set the tone for Highlights immediately. facebook.com/tanlinestheband | Purchase Tickets Online | 866-468-3401 | Reserve Balcony | Local Outlets
562 Productions + Smoothvega Presents DMX with special guests smoothvega, Da Deputy, Donny Boy, Nuk, DJ Yemi
Following the deaths of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., DMX took over as the undisputed reigning king of hardcore rap. He was that rare commodity: a commercial powerhouse with artistic and street credibility to spare. His rapid ascent to stardom was actually almost a decade in the making, which gave him a chance to develop the theatrical image that made him one of rap's most distinctive personalities during his heyday. Everything about DMX was unremittingly intense, from his muscular, tattooed physique to his gruff, barking delivery, which made a perfect match for his trademark lyrical obsession with dogs. Plus, there was substance behind the style; much of his work was tied together by a fascination with the split between the sacred and the profane. He could move from spiritual anguish one minute to a narrative about the sins of the streets the next, yet keep it all part of the same complex character, sort of like a hip-hop Johnny Cash. The results were compelling enough to make DMX the first artist ever to have his first four albums enter the charts at number one. dmxbloodline.com | Purchase Tickets Online | 866-468-3401 | Reserve Balcony