Billy Pilgrim Gears Up for “Big Empty Things” Digital EP Release

Published On February 16, 2015 | By Zoe Hannah | Music
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A mural by Billy Pilgrim.

Pittsburgh’s very own, Billy Pilgrim, is a man of many talents, with a resume boasting accomplishments and titles including rapper, musician, visual artist, and collaborator. His rap-rock band, Mega Def, has gotten a ton of local recognition, and he’s hosted multiple other shows in the area, including weekly open mic nights and visual art shows – one of which he presented a series of his own paintings highlighting African-American blues and jazz artists. His “Big Empty Things” EP debuted as his first solo music project in December, garnering a massive amount of attention from Pittsburgh radio stations, artists, and fans.

On Thursday, February 19, Pilgrim is performing “Big Empty Things” in its entirety at Howlers Coyote Cafe. The party will be concurrent with the EP’s official digital release.

His track, “Pilgrimage” (featuring rappers Shad Ali and Unsung), is the only song from “Big Empty Things” that has been released digitally thus far. The piece features a light oboe melody set under three verses with nostalgic ambiance and details about where the trio finds inspiration. Check out the music video for “Pilgrimage” below:

Shad Ali started writing poetry at the age of nine and hasn’t stopped since. He sets intense lyrics against heavy, ominous beats, exploring topics like family, trust, and the music industry. Unsung, a Morgantown, WV artist, explores a wide range of sounds and tempos in his work, including synthetic psychedelic sounds, pianos, acoustic guitars, and rap.

The three artists will be performing at the party in addition to several other unannounced musicians. Doors open at 8PM with a $10 cover. Enter the giveaway below to score two tickets, plus a free download of the new EP.


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