Editorial Staff

Michael Allshouse

Assistant Editor

Steven Regina


The Wayward Stranger

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“A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.”

The above quote is to the other founding member. There were bouts of animosity mixed with a feeling there was always something more at work, forcing their hand to play cards they may not have wanted. It’s is a vague notion at best, but after having two years to contemplate their leaving. And especially with the level we have grown to there is more a sense of empathy than disgust. A sense if one spoke instead of falling into the void of silence, things may have been different. It is still a bitter pill to swallow at times.

The three of us that are here and will continue to be, have at one time or another shouldered the burden of the site. We are pushing the acts that the mainstream media misses or won’t cover. We feel we have succeeded on that level as just look at our archives and current site. We are the only local site to regularly interview the acts that tour through town, not just give an opinion on them. It is for the reader to decide if they like something or not.

Now it is time to grow.

We are not going anywhere, no matter how bad some wish we would disappear. We aim to keep highlighting the up-and-coming groups like the Vintage Troubles, Fitz and the Tantrums, Nicole Atkins, Jukebox the Ghosts and the Jenny Owen Youngs.

We are here to show Pittsburgh that it has a thriving concert life, if you are willing to look for it. And with us coming into existence, you only have to look at our site. Plus we are looking to expand both east and west to cover more acts that may skip Pittsburgh this tour for Philly or Cleveland.  Plus both cities are well within driving distance for a great show.

No one thought we would make it this far, yet we have and who knows what the next couple years hold in store. If they are like the last few, it is going to be a hell of a ride.

Michael  Allshouse

editor in chief 

Professional information:

  1. -worked nearly 10 years at two major metropolitan newspapers with (over 100,000 circulation daily ), The Tribune-Review and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

  2. -Worked in the extremely fast-paced sports department where turnaround on stories were in minutes instead of hours.

  3. -Founding member of Curb. Magazine (2002-04), a local print magazine, designed to highlight entertainment to the 18-34 age demographic which the major print media was missing.

  4. -Editor in Chief of University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg’s newspaper (2001-2002). Took the bi-monthly newspaper to a weekly format and online, while cutting budget costs.

  5. -Proficient in the following software: Photoshop, Pixelmator, FTP protocols, Apple iWorks, iWeb, IOS, and Microsoft Office products.

  6. -shoots photography with Nikon D5100 with various lens. 

Fun stuff:

Not as a firm believer as I once was in the Nick Hornby philosophy of “What really matters is what you like, not what you are like. Books, records, films -- these things matter. Call me shallow, but it’s the fucking truth,” as the hipsters have eroded that credo quite well over the last few years as they will roll with what makes them look cool instead of having any knowledge on the subjects.

But speaking for me, feeling like the total elitist that feels like the unappreciated scholar, so I shit onto people who know lesser than you, here are a random list of top-five lists to give a shallow background.

Top-Five Favorite Movies

  1. 1.“Kicking and Screaming,” (dir. Noah Baumbaugh)

  2. 2.“Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight”

  3. 3.“The Dark Knight”

  4. 4.“Almost Famous”

  5. 5.“High Fidelity”

Top-Five Books

  1. 1.“The Great Shark Hunt,” Hunter S. Thompson

  2. 2.“Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic Rock-n-Roll as Literature and Literature as Rock-n-Roll,” Lester Bangs

  3. 3.“Drinking With Stranger: Music Lessons From a Teenage Bullet Belt,” Butch Walker

  4. 4.“When Things Fall Apart,” Pema Chodron

  5. 5.“Love All The People: The Essential Bill Hicks,” Bill Hicks

My Favorite Top-Five Albums

  1. 1.“Automatic for the People,” R.E.M.

  2. 2.“Sleepyeyed,” Buffalo Tom

  3. 3.“All Things Must Pass,” George Harrison

  4. 4.“Earth vs. The Wildhearts,” The Wildhearts

  5. 5.“Cold Roses,” Ryan Adams and The Cardinals

Top-Five Artists I would drive miles to see

  1. 1.Butch Walker

  2. 2.The Wildhearts

  3. 3.Tom Waits

  4. 4.Bob Schneider

  5. 5.Nicole Atkins

Top-Five Favorite Quotes

  1. 1.“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend,” Bruce Lee

  1. 2.“Don't talk like one of them, you're not! Even if you'd like to be. To them, you're just a freak, like me. They need you right now. But when they don't, they'll cast you out, like a leper. See, their morals, their code... it's a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you, when the chips are down, these... these civilized people? They'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster, I'm just ahead of the curve.” The Joker (“The Dark Knight”)

  1. 3.“The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it's very brightly colored, and it's very loud, and it's fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, "Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?" And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, "Hey, don't worry; don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride." And we … kill those people. "Shut him up! I've got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real." It's just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok … But it doesn't matter, because it's just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace,” Bill Hicks

  1. 4.“I don’t have pet peeves. I have major psychotic hatreds,” George Carlin

  1. 5.“You know, every day I get out of bed and drag myself to the next cup of coffee. I take a sip and the caffeine kicks in. I can focus my eyes again. My brain starts to order the day. I'm up, I'm alive. I'm ready to rock. But the time is coming when I wake up and decide that I'm not getting out of bed. Not for coffee, or food or sex. If it comes to me, fine. If it won't, fine. No more expectations. The longer I live, the less I know. I should know more. I should know the coffee's killing me. You're suspicious of your suspicions? I'm jealous, I'm so jealous. You still have the heart to have doubts. This is the deal. This is the law. This is my day. I have no doubts or suspicions about it. Heart has nothing to do with it any more. It's all in the caffeine,” Frank Pembleton (“Homicide: Life on the Killing Street”)

Short Bio

The last  few years have been a labor of love getting this site up, established and accredited. Personally, it has been a weird ride the last four years culminating in doing something I never thought I would do. I got two tattoos a red brick and a question mark. One part homage to Michael Stipe who got me interested in real music and writing. The other symbolic reminder of why bang your head against a brick wall that isn’t going to move until the mortar starts to rot away until then move along.


Steven Regina

assistant editor

Professional information:

  1. Held various editorial positions on the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg newspaper (1999-2002)

  2. Primary entertainment writer for the Latrobe Bulletin (2002-03)

  3. Contributing writer and columnist for Curb. (2003-09)


Fun stuff:

Top-Five Movies

  1. 1.“The Shawshank Redemption”

  2. 2.“The Princess Bride”

  3. 3.“Spirited Away”

  4. 4.“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”

  5. 5.“Amelie”


Top-Five Comic-Based Movies

  1. 1.“Sin City”

  2. 2.“Superman”

  3. 3.“X2: X-Men United”

  4. 4.“Watchmen”

  5. 5.“Josie and The Pussycats”


Top-Five Favorite Comics

  1. 1.“Crisis on Infinite Earths,” Marv Wolfman and George Perez

  2. 2.“Starman,” James Robinson, Tony Harris and Peter Snejberg

  3. 3.“Daredevil: Born Again,” Frank Miller and David Mazzuccelli

  4. 4.“Preacher,” Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon

  5. 5.“Nextwave: Agents of Hate,” Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen


Top-Five Current Comics

  1. 1.“Saga,” Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

  2. 2.“Hawkeye,” Matt Fraction and David Aja

  3. 3.“Sergio Aragones Funnies,” Sergio Aragones

  4. 4.“Archer and Armstrong,” Fred Van Lente, et al.

  5. 5.“Fables,” Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham


Top-Five Video Games

  1. 1.“Final Fantasy VI”

  2. 2.“X-Com: UFO Defense”

  3. 3.“Marvel Ultimate Alliance”

  4. 4.“WWF Wrestlefest”

  5. 5.“Star Ocean: The Second Story”



After working as a freelance writer contributing to various local publications for years, circumstances led me to focus my attention on endeavors outside of journalism. I will be channeling my love for the geekier side of entertainment into my work for this site.