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Formed: 2000
From: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Microwaves News

Below is our complete Microwaves news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Benefit Show For Feral Cats Coming To Pittsburgh

The Big Hair Bash for Cats, organized by Mary Bielich (Mythic, Derketa, November's Doom) will use the power of heavy metal to save kitties through charity. A number of local bands in the Pittsburgh area (and one L.A. band) have agreed to donate their time, and any profits, to local charities that benefit homeless cats. They're going to be performing songs from their favorite 1980's hair metal bands. The Big Hair Bash will take place on Saturday, May 12th, at the 31st Street Pub in Pittsburgh, PA. Mary will post updates and any other bands confirming for the event on Facebook.

Here's the current working lineup:

The Cheats as POISON
Ladybeast as GUNS N’ ROSES
Abysme/Icon Gallery as W.A.S.P
Molasses Barge as KISS
Microwaves/Conelrad as VAN HALEN
Sexy Cobra as SKID ROW
Bloated Sluts as DEF LEPPARD
Thrashcon "Cliff ‘Em ALL lineup" as RATT
Carousel as SCORPIONS
The Taints (from L.A.) as MOTLEY CRUE


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Harpoon Announces US Tour Date

Chicago grindcore band, HARPOON, has set out on a week long tour this week. Hitting towns between their Midwest hometown and the Northeast US, they will be supporting SUNN O))), EAGLE TWIN, THE HUMAN QUENA ORCHESTRA, LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR and more along the way. The dates are as follows:

7/10/2009 House Cafe - Dekalb, IL w/ Sunn O))), Eagle Twin
7/12/2009 O'Brien's - Boston, MA w/ To The Wolves, In The Shit, Mast
7/13/2009 Lit Lounge - New York, NY w/ Unearthly Trance, Casket Architects
7/14/2009 The Charleston - Brooklyn, NY w/ We Are All Savages, Hunter/Gatherer
7/15/2009 The Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Microwaves, The Human Quena Orchestra
7/16/2009 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH w/ Total Abuse
7/17/2009 Zanies - Indianapolis, IN / DudeFest After-Party Too w/ 7000 Dying Rats, Lair of the Minotaur, Christ Beheaded
8/01/2009 The Mutiny - Chicago, IL w/ Lord Mantis, Czar More...

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Microwaves Writing New Album

Microwaves are currently writing material for a new full length to follow up 2006's blistering no-wave thrash attack Contagion Heuristic. So far, the band has about 9 new songs completed. In the meantime, Microwaves are playing a handful of shows in the Pittsburgh region in September and October, the dates for which you can check out on our TOURS page. Microwaves are also looking for a show somewhere east of Pittsburgh for Saturday, October 20th...if yer interesting in having them play your town, hit up John Roman from Microwaves at roman.jm@gmail.com.

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Crucial Blast Signs Microwaves and Black Elk

Crucial Blast Records has announced the addition of two bands to their roster, Microwaves and Black Elk.

Pittsburgh's Microwaves features drummer John Roman (ex-1985), guitarist/vocalist David Kuzy, and bassist Adam MacGregor (ex-Creation Is Crucifixion). Here's a description from the label: "In the anti-tradition of whitebread Bay Area thrash metal, the violent morass of New York no wave, and a familiarity with Ralph Records insanity, Microwaves draws from a palette that is somehow as wide as it seems limited. " The band's new album, "Contagion Heuristic," will hit streets in November through Crucial Blast. You can check out some of their material online here.

Meanwhile, Portland, OR outfit Black Elk plays a "creeped out conglom of carnivorous charred hardcore punk, the sludgy power of primo Pacific Northwest tarpit rawk (think Karp, Melvins, and early Soundgarden as reference points), twitchy Midwestern noise rage somewhere between Am Rep Records (circa-1991) and a more rabid Die Kreuzen, and a goatheaded psychedelic backwoods black mass/dance party risen to a freakin' fever pitch." Black Elk's new ten-song album was produced at Smegma Studios by Mike Lastra and will hit stores on November 7th. You can check them out here.

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