* Pittsburgh band The Daily Grind brings a number of influences to the table -- citing Incubus, the Arctic Monkeys, Muse and Queens of the Stone Age -- but there was something about doing a cover of "Don't Forget Me" that helped the band to gel.
"There's something about the Chili Peppers that all of us in the band feel close to, and the first time we played together we weren't aware of that connection ... it felt magical," says frontman Brad Hammer.
The Daily Grind formed in 2012 with singer-guitarist Hammer and guitarist Myles Mahoney, friends from Pine-Richland High School, joined by a rhythm section, bassist Matt Majot and drummer Chris Petteys, from Port Allegheny, Pa.
"I grew up on the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Dave Matthews, writers with great senses of melody, so I try to song check my melodies with those artists," the frontman says. "But Myles grew up in the punk scene and Matt's big into harder alt-rock like Brand New and Billy Talent, so I think those few scenes come out in our music in an interesting fashion."
People can judge for themselves Friday when the band releases its full-length debut, "The Green Plan," which should be prime local material for The X.
"We're aware it's not $100,000 studio quality, but we're 100 percent with the product, which is something I haven't been able to say in the past," the singer says, referring to a previous EP.
The band, which has headlined the Hard Rock Cafe a few times and opened for such bands as Crash Kings and Nico Vega, is about to venture off on a 60-date national tour.
"We're just doing the whole dive bar, get paid enough to get to the next venue thing," Mr. Hammer says.
The release show is at Altar Bar, Strip, at 6 p.m. Friday with The Semi Super Villains, Blue Van, Ferdinand and The Bull, The Mellophants and Antz Marching. Tickets: $10 advance/$12 door; www.thealtarbar.com.
Girls Rock! release
* Last August, 30 girls age 7 to 16 gathered for a summer camp where you don't go hiking and sing "Kumbaya."
Girls Rock! Pittsburgh was a band camp where, says Madeleine Campbell of Treelady Studios, "they broke up into six bands, learned instruments, wrote original songs and lyrics together about topics of their choice."
The results can be found on the "2013 Girls Rock! Pittsburgh" camper band CD, being released Sunday with a show at Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland.
The CD features songs by The Evil Howlers, The Fearless 5ive, Rebel Girls, The Firecrackers, Electrocat and The Fabulous Falcons.
"The six songs are really varied," says Ms. Campbell, who recorded the bands. "Lyrics range from love for baby animals to girl power to getting through arguments with your friends. One band in particular, Rebel Girls, has a louder, edgier vibe while the Fearless 5ive made more of a structured pop ballad -- almost seven minutes long!"
The release show runs 3 to 9 p.m. and will feature screenings of the "Girls Rock!" documentary at 4 and 7 p.m. $6. www.girlsrockpittsburgh.org.
Scott Mervis: firstname.lastname@example.org.