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04 February 2014

Wild Kindness Reviews the Surfin' Christmas Show

So a few days before Christmas the Turbosonics played the annual Surfin' Christmas Show at Nied's Hotel in Lawrenceville.  It was quite a show!  This year the show was filled with Beatles tunes - even a very early Beatles surf-rock song, Cry For a Shadow, penned by George and John.  We always enjoy playing with our good friend, Slim Forsythe.  Good ol' Slim is turning out to be quite the local celebrity.  Here's a recap of the event as reviewed by Ben Soltesz at local Pittsburgh record label, Wild Kindness Records.  Thanks Ben and thanks to everyone who made the night so great!

15 January 2014

10 January 2014

World of Wheels - Autorama - Pitsburgh 2014

aka Cavalcade of Customs

The Turbosonics will once again grace the stage at Pittsburgh's annual WORLD OF WHEELS car show at the David Lawrence Convention Center.   The music starts at 6:30 pm, Friday, January 24. 
That's right FRIDAY - Jan 24 @ 6:30 pm !!!  Don't miss it !!

You can purchase tickets here.

Check out details on Facebook.

You'll be sure to meet some of your friends from the Pittsburgh Raceway at the World of Wheels.  You can also get your picture taken with these fine looking fellows:

See you there!

21 December 2013

Slim Forsythe and The Turbosonics celebrate the Holidays!

Here's a clip from last night's Beatles Tribute show at Nied's Hotel with Slim Forsythe.
The Turbosonics and Slim did their best impression of four fab lads from Liverpool.
It was standing room only and it was quite a show!

04 December 2013

All You Nied is Love

Saddle up pardners and mosey on down to ye ol' Nied's Hotel in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA.  On December 20, 2013 your local surf-rock heros, The Turbosonics, will join Slim Forsythe for the annual Surfin' Christmas Party.  This year we're doin' a Yuletide tribute to the Beatles.  You won't want to miss it.  See y'all there, and have yourselves a Very Merry Christmas!


04 November 2013

Youtube Playlist

Hey  Turbo-heads!  We had a great show the other night at the Obey House with J.J. Bickle and the Liberators.  We had a good time and connected with some new surf-rock enthusiasts.  It's always nice to find other who share the spirit of the surf.  And, we're planning another show there - maybe next February - stay tuned...

In other news, please check out this outstanding Turbosonics Youtube playlist.  There's a collection of live performances throughout Pittsburgh.  Maybe you were there for one or two.  Please share your thoughts about your experiences with the Turbosonics.

-The Turbosonics

28 October 2013

Goodnight Lou Reed

It is always sad to lose a friend.  It is also sad when celebrities or famous musicians pass away.  I didn't know Lou Reed, but still it somehow feels like I've lost friend.  Music is a part of my life, and it has been since I was very young.  Some of my earliest memories involve music: 1st grade music class - Mary Poppins stuff, whatever...but it stuck in my head 'til this day. 

As a teenager, I associated so many experiences with music.  High school dances, listening to albums on headphones, my first boom box, commercial jingles, free concerts at the colleges.  We've all got stories about these early developmental times that center around a band or a song or a concert.

For me, Lou Reed's song "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" was a teenage anthem.  It was about New York City - a crazy place filled with drugs, sex, adventure, transvestites, danger, rock 'n roll.  It was a place you fantasized about, "Let's go to New York!  Road Trip!  It'll be awesome!"  But few rarely made the trip.  It was most often, just a dream, but it was the song that brought you there.  In your head, you were there every time you heard the song.  "Hey Babe, take a walk on the wild side."  And it was always good.

When I listened to Lou Reed, I was inspired, and I bonded with him.  I don't "know him," really, but I do.  We share something: an artist-observer bond; we're comrades, troubadores, artists, fellow musicians.  There is a definite connection, maybe intangible, but real.  Yesterday, Lou Reed passed on to the next world.  I'm saddened by that loss, and I feel for those who knew him personally.  I feel the loss.  I will never see Lou Reed in person again.  But, I know the connection is not lost; the effect his music has on me (and millions of others) is forever.  That's just the way it works.  I will put on a Lou Reed record, and I'll go to New York City in my head, and he'll be there too.

The Turbosonics

(Here's an excellent article about Lou Reed from the New York Times.)

23 October 2013

Surf Guitar 101

Hey all you Surf Rock fans out there!  Do yourselves a favor and check out the Surf Guitar101 website.  There's wealth of surf guitar information, tour dates, discussions and other cool stuff from people just like you who love surf music.  click here: Surf Guitar 101

Cheers and Cowabunga!

-The Turbosonics

30 September 2013

More Surf in the 'Burgh

Thanks to everyone who came out to Moondogs on Saturday (Sept. 28).  It was a small but enthusiastic crowd.  The Turbosonics bring it.  Always.  Please post your photos and videos to facebook or email them to us.

We had quite a few requests on Saturday.  We are working on a few new tunes and we'll be sure to include some of your fine suggestions.  Here's a couple videos of the tunes people suggested:
The Arondies '69 (Pittsburgh surf rock from waaaaaaayyyyy back)

The Ventures, "Diamondhead"

Duane Eddy "Rebel Rouser" (kickin it with the Late night band)

Our next show is at the Obey House Tavern in Crafton, PA - just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.  We're planning the show and we'll let you know our special guests once we nail down the details.

We are also wonderin' if that big yella duck in the river can surf.  We'd like to see it on big wave, how 'bout you?


18 August 2013

Turbosonics Visit WDVE Coffeehouse

Hey all you Turbo-heads !!!  Catch The Turbosonics on the WDVE Morning Coffeehouse !!

Friday, September 6 at 9:00 am, Pittsburgh's Premier Surf-Rock Trio
are guests on Pittsburgh's rockin-est radio station.  
Randy Baumann and the DVE Morning show will get a dose of
Surf Rock at Maximum Impact.  It's sure to get your morning going.  

Make sure you call in during the show to let WDVE know that you want to hear
more of The Turbosonics on the radio !!!  Thanks for your support and Cowabunga !!