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The 9:13 Buzz with Scott Mervis

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Mervis of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Cults, “Abducted” – Continuing with the ‘60s girl-group theme — last month I played the Love Me Nots — this is a New York duo that takes a cooler, more ethereal approach with plenty of reverb. Madeline Follin provides the white-hot vocal, backed by her boyfriend Brian Oblivion (who took his name from the David Cronenberg movie “Videodrome”). It’s only appropriate that the song begins like it’s on a faraway AM station before launching its sonic explosion. Thematically, it leads nicely into …

Pump Fakes, “Heal” A band is only as good as its influences, which makes the Pump Fakes pretty good. The Pittsburgh band, which has been bouncing around since the mid-’00s, isn’t going to win a lot of points with the Pitchfork crowd, but if you love Stonesy rock ’n’ roll, they deliver. In fact, this soaring midtempo heartbreaker practically sounds like a long-lost Stones track, with a soulful vocal by Patrick Maloney.

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