About the Author
Jana Lee Macheca, a.k.a, Lady Jaye, is a writer, professional music photographer and the owner of First Angel Media, which focuses on bringing the emotion of music to it's fans through articles and photos. The company has local, national, and international aspects. Working as editor and photographer for Chimera Magazine, a fast growing online publication that focuses on National and regional names, she is able to bring attention to our area bands in a unique way. Whether working with bands as a PR rep, heading up groups designed to help Pittsburgh's local music scene, or any other of the many projects she's involved in, she tries to bring a positive and passionate approach to the Pittsburgh Music Scene.

Victor Gann III

Often the challenge of instrumental music is that, with a lack of vocals, the music must tell the entire story with feeling rather than images. The musician has to put together their music in a way that will bring their soul to the front of everything they play in order to bring the audience to the brink of the message and allow them to add their own variation of what they have experienced. Victor Gann does this well enough to create a soulful journey with the use of guitar, bass and drums.
At times soaring, at times hard rock style riffs, but always great music would be the quick way to sum up these tracks, however, I’d like to point out that it was done without the types of sounds often found in instrumental music. There’s always that sweet scrape of electric guitar sound, hard drum sounds backing it up and, while “Evie’s Smile” is a great representation of a lighthearted melody that includes the singing, happy squeals, and laughter of a child and family, there are no super special effects or keyboards… Just outstanding music that takes the listener on an emotional rollercoaster. At times reaching in to those darker recesses of the mind, at others a flight of fancy.

“Another Migraine” seems to be a poetic journey; Starting soft it has a dreamlike quality to the sound that takes on an edge, like that moment in a dream when you feel it turning into a nightmare but hope you can wake up before it does. Not to be simply set aside the ‘nightmare’ kicks in halfway through to let you know this insanity has you in it’s grip and it’s not letting go. Not good for a dream but for this music, it does wonderful things.

Another track I’d like to mention is “Never Forget”. This song makes me feel like I’m standing still in those moments of reliving good times from my past. It honestly amazed me that this song made me think about my own ‘good old days’ while listening to it. It takes some serious talent to bring a person to their own memories as you play a soundtrack to your own. My hat is off to you, Victor Gann, for pulling those sweet moments and kick ass times out of the recess of my mind and into the front of my thoughts on a bleak morning over coffee.

In all, this is a notable collection of music that I’d recommend to anyone out there. Well written, amazing performance and quality stuff all around. You can find this on Facebook at (Don’t forget to hit that like button while you’re there) or simply go online to For those of you who are “Insta” lovers, look up victor_gann and see what is going on next!

Great music, good times and as always….


Lady Jaye.

Three Vultures – Rebirth Album Review

    Coming out of Lisbon Ohio, we have the trio three vultures with their new album “Rebirth”. Members Dustin Cutright (Lead vocals/Guitar), Austun Dunnington (Bass/Vocals), and John Lane (Drums/Vocals) have come up with a new way to bring you an old sound. The record is produced in a way that it sounds like a throwback to the days of Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains and the like with a heavy twist. Three vultures describes their sound as “The result of coming up in the angst filled small towns that litter the fallen Steel Valley. Dark and brooding, but vicious.” I’d have to say this album reflects that well.

    The eight tracks begins with “Circus Clowns” and gives a real impression on the listener. The softer intro and raw vocals begins the ride through the roller coaster like ups and downs of their music. The entire CD is rather edgy, found in the guitar and in the sharp drum sound. I enjoy the sound of a drum that has almost an ammunition type of blast to it. It catches the heart between beats and takes it with the music.


    The entire collection swings between harsh rock verging on a metal sound and a softer feel without losing the forward motion of music. “Black Mirror” begins really soft, and almost melodic in a sense, before rolling hard. I admit the song “Glass Houses” had me listening hard to the purposeful tin quality you might find in some Stone Temple Pilots songs because it’s not so often used but that was the part that stuck with me the most after hearing it. The song has a very rough quality to it that draws the listener in. It almost has a more live experience to it than I’m used to on most produced music but I was hooked by the second time I listened to it and it’s become one of my favorite songs off the CD.


  As the final offerings are given they bring in a heavy acoustic in “Wasteland” that breaks up some of the heavier music before and “Ghosts of Enemies” begins the climb back up to heavy and hard in the same way fireworks begin to build to the end of the show. It leads well into “Rebirth”, which owns it’s dramatic qualities as well as tying the whole CD together with its varying sounds and separate feel.In all, this CD is certainly something that people who enjoy the grunge type of rock should check out. It’s got that old fashioned vibe in many ways that modern music doesn’t really bring to the table anymore and it’s really a raw and emotional collection that is also easy to listen to all the way through.


    Check out more of Three Vultures on Facebook, don’t forget to hit the like button to show your support while you’re there, at and be sure to not only check out the CD but their live shows as well!

Music Review – Shattered “Blackout Sessions”

     Shattered, a hard rock band originating in Greensburg, PA, has been rocking the Pittsburgh area since 2006 and they have just released their EP “Blackout Sessions” and their influences of Alice In Chains, Godsmack and the like can be heard all through this release, including in the vocals of Josh Comp. His alto voice with a rough edge brings an interesting sense of originality and yet familiarity to the music for those of us who grew up on some of those fine bands of an era.


    This CD is really smooth yet comes with a hard edged sound in the back, a comfortable vibe that still gets your head moving. On the first play they are good songs but after walking away you find that they are stuck in your mind enough to start the tracks over again. Nothing in your face, more a collection of fluid, well done, music that has the ability to be played anytime, anywhere while drawing you in to listen more closely and want to turn up the volume on a couple of your favorites. A quick look over the band’s page,, and I can say that they have stuck to their unique brand of music in a way that will make their fans proud and make new fans easily.


    “Love/Hate/Obsession” has a comfortable 90’s feeling to start you off with an introduction to their sound and a slight intensity through the song. The drum beats of Kevin Dick are clear on this and tend to keep you attention through the song. “The Reckoning” is probably one of my favorites as I personally enjoy it when a band can bring in acoustics yet keep the feel of hard rock. A pleasant surprise to that song was the blend of vocal harmonies between Comp and fellow vocals of guitarists Erik Rhodes and Evan Schlege, who later came in with the electric guitars as well as bass from Tim Noel. “Martyr” had a darker sense to it with the low riffs adding to the overall feel but “Hellbent” was almost a melody with a deeper side that made me envision fans in front of the stage with lighters… or maybe the bright screen on their cell phones if I’m going to think modern. The final song “Catalyst” picked it all back up and put me back on my feet, a great way to end a CD.


    If you haven’t had a chance to check this band out, do so. You’re going to be happy with what you find. They have an original take on the type of music people now look to as one of the best periods of modern rock. This is the stuff many of us grew up listening to and the sound we often search for still. Pick up a copy of “Blackout Sessions” today for your collection!


Music Review by: Lady Jaye


The PA Rock Show Anniversary Event is almost here!!! –

Thanksgiving is coming and there is a show this very weekend that embodies the love and giving of this holiday – the Pennsylvania Rock Show’s Anniversary Showcase!!! This year it’s being held at the Leechburgh Moose with a strong line up of Homicide Black, The Art of Burning Bridges, Divine Tragedy, Tilted Shadows and A Common Crown with doors open at 7:30. This one event ties into so much in the Pittsburgh music scene and more, so hold onto your hats!!

The PA Rock Show got it’s start September 14, 2004 and since then it has been a way to get the behind the scene information on so many bands in the area music scene. Bands have formed on the show, new music has played, acoustic versions of songs never heard performed that way before and it gives a “Sit down and chat a bit” feel for the fans of these artists to really get an idea of the more fun and personal side of the people they see on stage. On September 29, 2012 the owner and operator of the show, Bill Domiano, held an anniversary benefit in honor of a student having serious health problems. So much good came from that night. Not only were funds raised to help the student, it was decided that a yearly lineup would begin and proceeds would be donated to area charities, including Rock For Life – an organization that has multiple shows per year to raise money for those individuals in the area who have life threatening illness.

As he does with all of the work he does in the scene, Bill makes certain to bring the best area bands to the public in a fun way and fuel the scene in the ways he knows best. The positive response speaks for itself. Not just from the bands who are happy to be chosen for each years event but also from those who attend and those who benefit. This is an event that show the heart of the music scene and all who support it!! To see some of the past shows and music you might want to check out, go to and look over the information listed there as well as flyers from previous shows. The cost for admission is $5 for members/$10 for nonmembers and all proceeds go to the charities. Bring the family that’s come to visit and treat them to some of the area’s best music while nursing that turkey hangover. After all, you’ve probably reached your limit of rich food and holiday movies on television so this gives them something to go home and talk about that’s a whole lot better than whether or not the pumpkin pie was exactly like grandma used to make!!!

For more information on the Rock For Life Concert Series check out their website: and to find out more about the show that’s at the root of this event you can find music, interviews and more at their website: While you’re there, you can find a host of other ways to get your music fix!!!



The Bail Jumpers – “Swamp Songs” Music Review

There ain’t nothin’ like the Blues… And the Bail Jumpers know a whole lot to make you want more of it!!

   For those of you not familiar with the blues, this is a genre you might even find the heaviest metal bands jamming out to when not on stage. It’s a classic cornerstone of the music genres and just about everyone I know of can get behind it. It’s one thing that goes beyond boundaries, reaching into the heart and soul of it’s listeners and pulling out the good and the bad of life. Deep resonating vocals, sad guitar, upbeat grooves, Three measures in and you’re along for the ride and never wanting to go home!

   If you know the Blues, but not The Bail Jumpers – you need to get to know them. This amazing group of musicians is made up of Dave Lenavitt (Drums), Joe Riskosky (Guitar), Jeff Claypool (Vocals, Harp), and Darin Hepler (Bass) out of Ford City, PA. Their EP, “Swamp Music”, is a perfect compilation of everything I love about the Blues, and I know you will, too.

    There’s something about the Blues, and these songs, that’s hard to put into words. You find your body puts it into movement, just like the songs on “Swamp Song” The old time blues infused with jazz of “Party Dress” with it’s emphasis on the drums, or with “Once Again” The soft and soulful groove brings a smile to your face. The open, slightly gritty vocals Of Jeff Claypool reach inside your mind and drag you out of yourself. As I listened I couldn’t help but think of an old bluesy tavern stage, surrounded by couples delighted by the sound of the harmonica. The men, taking their ladies by the hand and moving to the dance floor to sway to the music. I’m talking a different age, a different time and place where manners mattered and people joined together in music dens, where sharply dressed men tapped their polished black shoes to the time of the drummers beat.

    “Modern Problems” is… well.. more modern. Tracing Blues through the ages to an open area with a makeshift stage and groove flowing from the band, the vocals changing slightly to be a bit faster, more smooth. Upbeat, shoulder moving with sass. You can’t help but smile before that bass solo takes over and puts the funk into the song. Drum solos the way they should be for this type of music, interspersed between the song in it’s own special pocket of music. And can we get a standing ovation for that twang in the guitar solo? Not being a musician I will never know how that special sound happens but to me, that’s the magic of it.

    “I gotta know” Get’s those hips shaking and that special raise of the face towards the sky to go with the shoulders you already had moving. It’s slower and a bit more ‘hard’ than the others, really seeing where Rock got it’s roots. Lyrics of heartbreak handed over in the best way possible. A bit of a throwback feel to a not so bygone day.  

  That special spontaneity in the Blues is really present in the feeling of “Come Home”. Back to the grittier vocals, very well controlled, raising and lowering in a wild type of way that’s both soulful and practically sinful. This is where they have you completely. Body trying to tell you how to put it into words, chest pumping to some hidden beat as you shake your head and laugh out loud at how good it feels!!! This would be the destination where you will find them now, having rolled through the ages of Blues to find them here, in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, in places like Moondogs or Sidebar. In fact, you can find them in the modern world of Facebook right here – Visit them, find out where they’re at next, listen to the music and transport to another world where the Blues make it all better!!

Everybody Loves Lovebettie

“I’m standing here in the dark as over 100 lights sway to music, children dance and people with lit up hula hoops play in front of a stage of musical talent…. My God my heart is full right now…”

That was my impromptu Facebook post from the Show Lovebettie headlined at the Brian T. Rusnock Amphitheater, on August 12th, in their home turf town of Greensburg, PA. I can still feel that moment as the deep and soulful voice of lead singer Alexandra Naples resonated with the lyrics of their original “Stranger”. It’s one of the few times I have ever turned my back on a band but the view was worth it. Children and adults standing in front of the stage, faces lifted in delight as Alexandra’s smile shone down on them, a woman to the side of the stage with an LED hula hoop circling her hips in time to the music and helping her daughter to do the same, fans spread across the sloping hillside on that clear night, cell phones replacing what I remember once being lighters, swaying in time to the music, everyone smiling and so much shared happiness it made my heart full. This is the type of experience that made me love music as deeply as I do.

It wasn’t all just rainbows and butterflies, though. Lovebettie is known best as Swagger Rock. To me it seems a blend of Rock/Blues/and a Country twist thrown in to even things out every so often. They did a cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” which blew me away as it’s usually only attempted by sopranos but they made it unique in sound, keeping the original intact, while adding the alto vocals they are known for. They had begun the night with “Red Roses”, a sweet rock tune that displayed their talents well. Alexandra at her piano in front of the stage, that special smile on her face and a playful look in her eyes, and guitarist/vocalist C.T. Fields took a leap of faith during that performance… physically I might add… when the notes hit a harder edge. Bass player, Nicholas Quinn, added his thumping jazz sound to the mix with a grin and drummer, Shawn King, had a devilish and confident light in his eyes as he hit those skins with skill. The result? A song that will stay with you even when it’s the first time you’ve heard it. I admit, I looked it up on YouTube on the drive home because I found it rather addicting. (You can watch the live WDVE performance by scrolling to the bottom of the article).

You’re gonna fall in love with Lovebettie, just like everyone else seems to have. Though I was delighted to catch them at a special hometown performance, this is a touring band with a ton of dates. I was told that by the end of this year they will have done almost 300 shows.They were named one of Rolling Stones listed “Band’s to Watch”, “Pittsburgh’s hottest band” by Microsoft, and they have received praise from many media outlets. They cross several genres with this special style allowing them to have shared bills with 311, Imagine Dragons, Hinder and even playing The Official Lady Gaga Afterparty. It’s no wonder their 2013 EP “RISE” was such a hit! Their video for “Sleep”, published 2016 on Youtube, shows they are still on top of their game beautiful display of what you’ll find from this band that brings every element you want in music and then some!! Their facebook bio showcases the fascinating trip they have taken so far, such as performances at the top venues across our great nation and Warp Tour 2013, but I know it doesn’t end there. This amazing band has had some of the normal lineup changes but the one thing that doesn’t change is the quality and feeling they bring in their music. The sky’s the limit for this band fronted by a beautiful pink haired rockabilly chick!! Make sure you give them some love right back at their Facebook page and the easiest way to keep up on dates to see them is at Check out some of their YouTube videos and photos from the recent show below. You might also want to listen to them at Any way you find them you’ll see why Everybody Loves Lovebettie!!







Music is a Universal language

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

Albert Einstein   


 This is one of my favorite quotes because I understand it so very well. While scientists see math as the universal communicator, I see it as music. I am not a musician, but my life is intertwined with them. I’m a self proclaimed ‘Music Addict’ and I hope I’m never cured. I’m a writer and photographer and I enjoy using these skills to create a way for people to see the music, a way to translate what I feel when I watch shows. I try to be an artist of this language that all can understand. I watch my friends work so hard on their skills, finding their place in the melodies they play. They harmonize in ways that make my soul take flight and when they close their eyes I know they feel it in their soul as well. Those are my favorite moments, as well as when they break out into smiles as they feel the energy of the crowd. These are things I remember well… and apparently for good reason.


    Music moves us emotionally but it wires us to the moment. A study from Stanford Medicine ( shows that while we drift in our emotions, caught up in the music surrounding us, during moments of quiet or changes in the movement we become very aware. Our minds push to grab onto the next moment and we remember the things happening much more clearly. That time you looked at your love during a concert and watched their eyes shine, when you saw your best friend smiling and throwing horns as they delighted in the sounds of their favorite band… perhaps the moment the lead guitarist seemed to lock eyes with you in the crowd. These are times that will burn into your memory so that you can recall the emotional state surrounding it.  


Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”

Victor Hugo


    The emotions of music connect us to each other and to certain times in our lives. Think of it this way, when you meet a person at a concert and find that they are fans of the same band, you have just made a connection and an important discovery – this person is wired just like you in a way. This goes beyond age, race, lifestyle. Once, sitting outside of a venue, I met a man who had just retired. His wife was shopping and they were visiting Pittsburgh. We began to share music tastes, each looking up songs we loved and sharing them, finding elements in the songs that moved us. I’m metal, he’s country, but we shared something and when his wife came to collect him I heard him telling her, as they walked away, about the band I would be seeing that night, the venue and it’s history, the song he loved that I introduced him to that he wanted her to hear. The connection causes ripples. Shared experience. Even at your loneliest times, you know that you’re not really alone. Happiness, love, sadness, rage, music expresses when we can’t fully put into words things inside of us that we need to let out, even when we can’t find a way. It’s the reason our movies have a soundtrack. Our advertisements have songs written for them.  

    Your life has a soundtrack too. It changes as you do, the days are happier, angrier or more determined and so is the music you look to hear. Whether you are washing dishes, driving, sitting at work, music helps time go faster. You can find it all around you. You were born with music in you. Your heart beats in drum-like rhythm, breathing creates a supporting pulse like a bass, you began to coo as a baby and delighted at the sound the sounds you made. Music creates it’s own world, a place you can feel everything, live countless lives or remember moments in time. My life is backed by a soundtrack of varying artists, different genres. I may start my day with something classic, end it with something hard. As I write this, I’m listening to Starset – It Has Begun Do you feel the connection? What’s your soundtrack like?


First Angel Media Interview w/ Big Atlantic

Something brand new at First Angel Media & AK Music Scene – a video interview with one of Pittsburgh’s biggest name bands! Big Atlantic took some time to sit down with Lady Jaye during a recent photo shoot to talk about their music. If you’d like to see a little behind the scenes action, look up First Angel Media’s photography page on Facebook at

Nightly – Tour Stop!! April 18, 2017

If you don’t know much about this band, now is the time to find out! You may be asking yourself why I would be bringing your attention to a national band when I generally promote the local music scene but the answer is simple – these guys are exactly what I hope to see happen with all of our local musicians! Jonathan Capeci and Joey Beretta are from our beautiful state of Pennsylvania but have reached national acclaim and have one date with Kesha and they’re currently on tour with Saint Mesa. They also have dates with The Struts in early May and Urban Cone in late May.

They have decided to make Spirit, one of the best known venues in Pittsburgh, an off date stop from the tour. They are currently based in Nashville and signed with Interscope Records, which came about from their amazing single “XO”, and continues with the EP “honest” as well as working on a full length release.

Nightly is a play on the words, “Night, Love You”, in our modern world of text and the play on modern themes continues into their music. These guys started into the music scene early in life but were determined to carve their own niche from the very beginning. Once they moved to Nashville they brought in the talents of Stevie Cunsolo (Synth/Keys) and Nicholas Sainato (Drums), forming Nightly and quickly amassing massive attention online as well as becoming part of the regular rotation on Nashville’s ALT 98.3 radio station. Considered an alternative Indie-pop band they refuse to fall into the category of average and instead excel in making their music stand out by refusing to dress up casual lyrics with typical radio play instrumentals. They have gone so far because their lyrics are based on a deeper emotional feeling than you would expect and their songs reach through ranges of vocal and instrumental usage that aren’t typical with other bands in their category. While “XO” is a sample of their work, it is only one aspect of their music. Their “honest” EP features several songs and on review the phrases “soaring vocals”, “sprawling guitar work” and “hard hitting rhythms” are certainly not what you would expect from any band considered part of the ‘pop’ culture but certainly something you experience with their special brand of music.

These cousins took their dedication to music to a new level at every chance, and took chances at every turn. Starting with matching Fender Squier Strats as kids (the oldest of them being only 13 at the time), they began playing in bands and experimenting with song writing at the ages of 15 and 17, respectively. While they did try the ‘normal’ approach to life by heading to college, they quickly realized music was their true passion and left the college experience behind them for one so many only dream of. Their hard work, dedication and refusal to compromise their music has not only led to making a name for themselves in an industry so many find it hard to break into, it has brought them to a place where they belong. This place is a musicians dream, writing their songs with passion and energy while being able to share those musical creations with their audience in a way that connects their emotions about real world situations to fans both new and current.

Music has the ability to transcend age and genre and with the talent displayed by these musicians you will quickly be drawn into their world. Check out their video for “XO”, a song written about the strange situation we often find ourselves in of being only half heartedly in a relationship that could cause more harm than good despite the love we have for the other person, on YouTube here but remember, there’s more than just this melodic piece up their sleeves for a night in Pittsburgh at the beautiful and relaxed Spirit Lodge. It’s always great to have the opportunity to see a touring band and even more so when you’re welcoming musicians from your home state. We are blessed to be a city where talent like this can be brought to us live and even more so in a setting where you are up close but in comfort and style. Let’s show them that Pittsburgh love of music and support of those who have come from our home state by welcoming them to the stage in our amazing town. The doors open at 8 p.m. so be sure to get there early and let them prove themselves to be the band you heard about here by catching this show from the very beginning. Find out more about them through their website or Facebook page, as well as finding other tour dates you may want to follow or tell your friends about!

Skell ~ “Everything’s Fine” –

Everything's FineThe long awaited Skell CD was released this year and there will be very few fans who can’t agree that it is worth the wait! This is an amazing compilation of the current members; Mike Palone (guitar), Mike Ekis (bass), Wally Wright (vocals) and using tracks recorded by late drummer, Kieth Kweder. As Skell is still searching for the right drummer for their band it seemed only right that they use Keith’s already recorded tracks in tribute to him. Not by chance, the release happened at KwederFest, a yearly benefit event that has been going since Keith’s untimely death.

Skell is a well known Hard Rock/Metal band from the Pittsburgh area that has been going strong for ten years, and “Everything’s Fine” is a CD that will prove just why they are so popular. The production quality is amazing and the band made special effort to thank Rob Deaner (Contagious Music) as well as Sean McDonald (Red Medicine Recording) for their talent. The five track release Contains:

Track #1 – Deaf Ears
Track #2 – Loose Myself
Track #3 – Everything’s Fine?
Track #4 – Menschheit
Track #5 – Everything’s Fine? (Radio Edit)

On a personal note, when I popped this into my CD player at the beginning of a long ride I didn’t expect to let it play for almost an hour but I was caught up in it from the first notes. While all genres have their own sound Skell keeps their originality in the front from start to finish. Their influences of Sabbath, Slipknot, Slayer, and some added influence of Deep Purple can be found as trace elements in the songs but their own sound retains its identity. There is obviously a ton of talent in this band and the production quality brings it to you in a way that makes you feel like they are in front of you on stage. I was so excited by what I heard that I hoped from the first play through that I would get to do this review.

What you’ll find from the very beginning are drum beats that make something in you move, that top body nod you get at concerts because the feeling has hit you and you have no choice but to give in to it. The wonderfully rough-edged vocals grab you and rather than bleeding into the music they force you to listen and catch every word. The laughter in “Deaf Ears” is perfectly maniacal and growling at the same time. An accent to the music and song that fits perfectly. From “Loose Myself,” I can almost promise you will be screaming “If I lost myself, do you think you could find me” right along with it. These two songs are hard hitting and energetic with real meaning behind the words. The title track “Everything’s Fine” slows things down a bit. Certainly not a ballad but filled with moments, such as the guitar solo, where you close your eyes and let it all flow through you. While retaining the hard rock feel it brings you to a place inside that’s almost soothing at times. It never gets too slow and “Menschheit” brings you immediately to a fever pitch that continues through the song before setting you back into the radio edit of the title track.

In all, this is a wonderful CD and shows the amazing talent of this band. Crisp clean sound with everything hard rock and metal are supposed to be but carving its own path with its originality and feel. By the release of this review Skell’s “Everything’s Fine” will be available to the public online at iTines, Amazon, Best Buy, Target as well as streaming on Pandora, Spotify, Deezer and even more to come. There’s also the option of seeing one of their shows, which you can find listed on their Facebook page or their website and purchase one directly from the band. That may be the best option because if this is what Skell sounds like in a studio, I can only imagine what it would be to see them live!