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6th annual Deutschtown Music Festival takes over North Side

6th annual Deutschtown Music Festival takes over North Side

By Darren Campuzano and Sarah Connor

July 18, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

For the sixth year in a row, the Deutschtown Music Festival made noise through Pittsburgh’s North Side. This year, the festival took place over two days — beginning on Friday afternoon and continuing all day Saturday.

Art, music, pets and vets: SouthSide Works Exposed

Art, music, pets and vets: SouthSide Works Exposed

By Shahum Ajmal and Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot | TPN Staff

July 11, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music, Top Stories

As the City of Pittsburgh wound down from Fourth of July celebrations and stormy weather, the South Side neighborhood prepared for the 14th annual SouthSide Works Exposed arts festival from July 6 to 8. The event was sponsored by City Vets PGH, a new urgent care veterinary practice in the South S...

Jimmy Wopo: The man behind the music

Jimmy Wopo: The man behind the music

By Hannah Schneider | Contributing Editor

June 27, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

Local rapper Travon Smart — known by his stage name, Jimmy Wopo — was fatally shot last Monday afternoon at the age of 21. The shooting took place in the Middle Hill neighborhood — the very neighborhood that helped him become famous. Growing up in the Hill District was difficult for Smart. As a yo...

Girls who rock: Ladyfest 2018

Girls who rock: Ladyfest 2018

By Sarah Connor | Culture Editor

June 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

A Google search for “rock bands” yields a long list of well-known results — Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Guns N’ Roses are the first bands listed. The search results show other examples such as The Who, AC/DC and modern bands like the Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay. Aside from being ...

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

June 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Lukas Nelson, 29, was born with a predisposition — a habit to upstage any other acts on a concert bill. He did it back in September 2017 at Pittsburgh’s edition of Farm Aid as a young standout performer among musical vets like Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp. The Southern rocker was on stage at the Thre...

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Mendelssohn Choir sings Bob Dylan

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Mendelssohn Choir sings Bob Dylan

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

June 17, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Bob Dylan once sang “Try imagining a place where it’s always safe and warm / Come in...I’ll give you shelter from the storm?” But on June 5, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh gave the crowd of the Three Rivers Arts Festival a proverbial shelter from the literal storm with a set composed alm...

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Mavis Staples

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Mavis Staples

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

June 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Any Pittsburgh native raised on trips to the Three Rivers Arts Festival can attest that the exhibition of diverse artists and musicians is always accompanied by thick rainfall. Festival season in the ’Burgh never commences without it. Amid fears of rain delays and cancellations, each of the bigge...

Annual Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off downtown

Annual Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off downtown

By Zachary Donovan | Staff Writer

June 6, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music, Top Stories

The City of Pittsburgh’s North Side was filled with the sound of country music and the sight of about 25 tons of trash this past weekend as the Kenny Chesney concert took over Heinz Field and the surrounding parking lots for tailgates. But across the river from the hard-partying country fans, a different crowd...

Royal Blood at Stage AE: How can two people make so much noise?

Royal Blood at Stage AE: How can two people make so much noise?

By Sarah Connor | Culture Editor

June 6, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Two men from Brighton, England, stood on the indoor stage at Stage AE in Pittsburgh’s North Side on the evening of May 31. One of them had a broken foot and the other couldn’t move from the stool he was sitting on. But these two people managed to get a crowd of hundreds of people jumping, screa...

Lawrenceville Art Crawl leaves visitors in awe

Lawrenceville Art Crawl leaves visitors in awe

By Jon Kunitsky | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music, Uncategorized

Betsy Lewis, Emmy Brown and Emily Richards walked down Butler Street amid sun-showers and humidity Saturday afternoon. As rising juniors at Pitt majoring in microbiology, neuroscience and physics, respectively, they ventured out of Oakland to admire local art displayed along the sidewalks of Lawrence...

Free for students: Art, exercise, buses and more!

Free for students: Art, exercise, buses and more!

By The Pitt News Staff

May 30, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Music

One of the best perks of being a student at Pitt is the Panther Card. In addition to all of the traditional purposes a student ID serves, like holding dining passes, granting access to dorms and registering for on-campus events, a Panther Card can be a ticket to a new world of entertainment for stude...

Shawn Mendes moves toward maturity in third album

Shawn Mendes moves toward maturity in third album

By Shahum Ajmal | Contributing Editor

May 29, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

When Vine was still popular in 2013, Shawn Mendes only needed six seconds of camera time to become an overnight internet sensation. Mendes, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter, shared a video of him singing  “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Bieber on the popular video-sharing social media app. The short video quick...

Sneak peek: Free entertainment for this summer in the City

Sneak peek: Free entertainment for this summer in the City

By Sarah Connor | Culture Editor

May 23, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Movies, Music, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Now that college students have finished their finals and high school students are going to prom, the summer season is truly about to begin. The City of Pittsburgh is ready to celebrate the sunny months with some free outdoor events. Typical summer events — like the Independence Day celebration ...

Bazzi’s beats bring music to the meme scene

Bazzi’s beats bring music to the meme scene

By Shahum Ajmal | Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

“You so f***in’ precious when you smile,” was the only line Andrew Bazzi needed to begin his rise to fame with his 2017 single, “Mine.” These now-iconic lyrics went viral in October when Snapchat released a “Be Mine” lens, which fills the user’s screen with heart-shaped eyes and float...

Bloomfield boasts eccentric music scene

Bloomfield boasts eccentric music scene

By Charlotte Couch and Emma Maurice | Staff Writers

April 19, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

The eclectic, little neighborhood of Bloomfield holds a secret within it: an erupting music scene. Bloomfield’s booming music and arts culture has created a niche community of creators, bands and artists — all aiming for the scene to thrive. One of the most popular hubs in the neighborhood — kno...

Cassettes make a comeback in local music scene

Cassettes make a comeback in local music scene

By Zachary Donovan | Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Popular trends tend to reappear every so often — and in the music world, this is especially true. Genres give way to post-genres, subgenres and genre fusion, and popular tropes of the past seem to pop up 20 years later with little explanation. This trend has taken shape recently in the form of cassette rele...

Lil Yachty headed for wreck in “Lil Boat 2”

Lil Yachty headed for wreck in “Lil Boat 2”

By Zach Donovan | Staff Writer

March 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

So far, 2018 has seen several mainstream hip-hop acts release album sequels in an attempt to call back to a previous style and appeal to die-hard fans. Atlanta trio Migos released the supersized monstrosity of an album, “Culture II,” to mixed reviews at the end of January. The insufferably preach...

Zaki defies genre in debut of self-titled album

Zaki defies genre in debut of self-titled album

By Sarah Connor | Staff Writer

March 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

Jesse Descutner, a 2016 Pitt graduate, heard the environmental term “urban heat island” in an undergraduate urban studies class and immediately thought it would be a good name for his band. In that same class, Descutner, a guitarist, met bassist Sean O’Connor, a 2017 Pitt graduate. The two ...

Review: Tyler the Creator takes over Stage AE with trademark performance

Review: Tyler the Creator takes over Stage AE with trademark performance

By Charlie Garcia-Weger | For The Pitt News

February 22, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

The only venue you’d expect to see an act like Tyler, the Creator performing in Pittsburgh is Stage AE. And the only rapper that wouldn’t even think about the title of the concert hall until five songs through is the notorious “Odd Future” frontman. “What the f***, this is an American Eagle ...

Review: Timberlake tanks crossover in “Man of the Woods”

Review: Timberlake tanks crossover in “Man of the Woods”

By Zachary Donovan | For The Pitt News

February 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Every so often, an established mainstream artist proudly announces they are returning to their roots. In recent years, we’ve heard Lady Gaga trade provocative synth pop for introspective piano ballads, Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish retire his post-grunge flannel and opt for cowboy b...

Cry me a river: Timberlake’s controversial Super Bowl homage to Prince

Cry me a river: Timberlake’s controversial Super Bowl homage to Prince

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

February 6, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Prince once told an audience in Los Angeles, “Instead of hate, celebrate.” Apparently, that memo never reached this year’s Super Bowl — as mutual hatred for all things Patriots stretched from Minneapolis all the way to Forbes Avenue. But for those that had no stake in the game, outrage wa...

Migos’ third album “Culture II” falls flat

Migos’ third album “Culture II” falls flat

By Zachary Donovan | For The Pitt News

February 1, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Migos had every reason to go down as a footnote in the brief history of the trap genre. The collective — made up of Atlanta rappers Quavo, Offset and Takeoff — dropped its breakout single, “Versace,” almost five years ago but failed to recreate the track’s success because of a string of PR and l...

Battle for the band: students trade pop for performance at Hofbrauhaus College Night

Battle for the band: students trade pop for performance at Hofbrauhaus College Night

By Siddhi Shockey | Staff Writer

February 1, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Music

In the great beer hall at Hofbrauhaus every Thursday night, college students dance under the warm light of chandeliers to authentic live music — partaking in a beloved College Night tradition. But when Pitt senior accounting and business information systems major Derek Arnold walked into College ...

Review: Walk the Moon delivers electrifying performance at Stage AE

Review: Walk the Moon delivers electrifying performance at Stage AE

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

January 25, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

If there is a single guideline for bands performing in Pittsburgh, it is to never offend Steel City football. The audience at Stage AE witnessed this cardinal sin committed onstage Tuesday night by the unapologetic Cincinnati band, Walk the Moon. “When I think of Pittsburgh, I think of how badass ...

The Naughties focus on the fans

The Naughties focus on the fans

By Caroline Bourque and Prachi Patel | Pitt News Staff

January 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

The audience at a typical Naughties show can expect anything from bass player Jad Hilal’s usual joke segment to a patriotic onstage reading of the Constitution — backed by red, white and blue stage lights. Lead vocalist and guitar player Jesse Wehner, a Pitt senior and economics major, said th...

Camila Cabello debuts self-titled solo album

Camila Cabello debuts self-titled solo album

By Zachary Donovan | For The Pitt News

January 18, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

If you didn’t know who Camila Cabello was six months ago, you almost certainly do now. The 20-year-old former member of Fifth Harmony has exploded onto the scene with the success of her solo smash hit “Havana.” Incorporating elements of her Cuban heritage with the dark aesthetics of trap, “Ha...

Review: Miguel makes waves with ‘War & Leisure’

Review: Miguel makes waves with ‘War & Leisure’

By Taylor Robinson | For The Pitt News

January 16, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Miguel’s most recent album is a practice in reflection — asking listeners to re-examine their integrity and take a second look at their treatment of each other. In the chorus of “Now,” Miguel sings, “Is that the look of freedom, now? / Is that the sound of freedom, now? / ‘Cause it's ...

Soda Club creates their own genre

Soda Club creates their own genre

By Sarah Connor | Staff Writer

January 9, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

Jarrett Krause opened the doors to his classroom at Beth Shalom Early Learning Center in Squirrel Hill Friday morning. His prekindergarten students drew colorful, scribbly pictures and asked him about his long, curly hair. One day later, the 2015 Pitt alumnus was tossing that same curly hair onst...

Women who rocked 2017

Women who rocked 2017

By Amanda Reed | Contributing Editor

January 8, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

This past year challenged woman in the United States. A man who was recorded saying, “grab ‘em by the pussy” was sworn in as the president. Title IX, which helps and protects survivors of sexual assault across college campuses, is in jeopardy after Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a review ...

Jazz plays on in Pittsburgh

Jazz plays on in Pittsburgh

By Emma Maurice | Staff Writer

January 8, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

While the riverboats travelling up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers between 1916 and 1970 brought many people to Pittsburgh to work in the booming steel industry, it also brought a wave of musicians who created Pittsburgh’s lasting jazz scene. Jazz in Pittsburgh continues to flourish and sustain years of tr...

Beach Boys bring SoCal sounds to Heinz Hall

Beach Boys bring SoCal sounds to Heinz Hall

By Darren Campuzano / Staff Writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

It was less than 60 degrees in Downtown Pittsburgh Saturday but Mike Love — front man of the Beach Boys — was singing about breaking out the sandals and cruising past palm trees. “First order of business: Thanks for showing up,” Love said jokingly. “I’m a little wacky tonight.” The 7...

Review: Bob Dylan’s never-ending tour stops in Pittsburgh

Review: Bob Dylan’s never-ending tour stops in Pittsburgh

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

What can be said about Bob Dylan that has not been said before? To start, the man cannot sit still. Rock’s modern troubadour and nonpareil songsmith returned to Heinz Hall after three years Nov. 6. It’s a reminder to Pittsburgh that after a 55-year career, he won’t be writing songs about retirem...

Sam Smith sings with sincerity in sophomore album

Sam Smith sings with sincerity in sophomore album

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

November 6, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

Sam Smith is not heartbroken anymore — sad and emotional, sure, but that seems to be a part of who he will always be. The heartbreak that propelled most of Smith’s 2014 debut, “In The Lonely Hour,” is a thing of the past. And while his new record, “The Thrill of It All,” holds onto the e...

TPN’s spooky tunes

TPN’s spooky tunes

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

October 31, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

Halloweekend parties might be over, but there’s still time to listen to a killer playlist of spooky tunes before all the Christmas music sets in. While “Thriller” and “Monster Mash” may be Halloween music staples, there’s more to be listened to before October comes to a close. Whether you...

Women’s Choral Ensemble invites alumni back for fall concert

Women’s Choral Ensemble invites alumni back for fall concert

By Salina Pressimone / Staff Writer

October 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

More than 40 years after her graduation, Phyllis Dato-Timbario added her voice back into the range of voices in Pitt’s Women’s Choral Ensemble. Pitt’s past and present WCE members serenaded an audience of more than 100 people inside Heinz Chapel for its 90th Anniversary Fall Concert Sunday. To c...

The National plays concert to pensive crowd

The National plays concert to pensive crowd

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

As The National lead singer Matt Berninger held up his drink between songs, he said being in Pittsburgh makes him feel like he’s “almost home.” The Cincinnati-based band played the outdoor venue at Stage AE Saturday to a full crowd of fans — mostly young adults in their twenties and thirt...

Tom Petty breaks hearts one last time

Tom Petty breaks hearts one last time

By Darren Campuzano / For Th Pitt News

October 5, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

"I'm just trying to make good quality music, 'cause I do realize this music is going to be around much longer than me. I do know that now,” Tom Petty said. The ample songwriter and classic rock trailblazer Petty died of cardiac arrest at age 66 Monday, Oct. 2. What hurts the most when true music i...

Bob Seger rocks through PGH on ‘Runaway Train’ tour

Bob Seger rocks through PGH on ‘Runaway Train’ tour

By Darren Campuzano / For The Pitt News

October 3, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

“Usually it’s dedication time here,” Michigan-bred rocker Bob Seger said. “I’d like to dedicate this to everyone in the building.” Wearing true blue jeans, a Triumph Motorcycles T-shirt and a wide grin, Seger burst into a kicking rendition of “Old Time Rock ‘n Roll.” He grasped ...

Thrival revival: fall music fest returns to Pittsburgh

Thrival revival: fall music fest returns to Pittsburgh

By Dieer Hu and Luke Stambaugh / For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

“Here’s to my city!” Wiz Khalifa said to thousands of elated festivalgoers as the melody of his Pittsburgh Steelers-inspired anthem “Black and Yellow” began to play. The Pittsburgh native and award-winning rapper performed as headliner of the 2017 Thrival Innovation + Music Festival this week...

‘Just in a rut’: The Killers’s new album disappoints, but not without hope

‘Just in a rut’: The Killers’s new album disappoints, but not without hope

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

September 26, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

In the chorus of “Rut” — the third song off The Killers’ new album “Wonderful Wonderful” — front man Brandon Flowers croons against a catchy beat, “Don’t give up on me / ‘cause I’m just in a rut.” And it’s hard to hear the words as anything other than a direct plea to the lis...

WPTS creates playlists after hectic day at Pitt

WPTS creates playlists after hectic day at Pitt

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

September 18, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

With the Cathedral flooding and Pitt students standing up to homophobia in a counter protest at Towers yesterday, our news writers had more than enough to write about. The hectic Monday inspired the new media director of WPTS, Josh Chamberlain, to create two playlists to match the mood — Cathy ...

Tailgate tunes: Pitt vs. PSU game day playlist

Tailgate tunes: Pitt vs. PSU game day playlist

By Jack Mulligan / For The Pitt News

September 7, 2017


Filed under Culture, GameDay, Music

Every college football fan in Pennsylvania has a reason to get excited for this Saturday’s game. Thousands of fans from both teams will meet at the massive Beaver Stadium for the in-state matchup. After Pitt’s stunning victory last year at Heinz Field, a lot is riding on this game for both teams....

Summer Album Analysis

Summer Album Analysis

By TPN Staff

August 27, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

From the moody, morbid “Melodrama” to the introspective “Witness,” the songs of the summer were filled with self-discovery, disappointment and apologies. And with so many new releases over the course of three short months, it can be difficult to keep up with what’s essential and what you can tune ...

Slice of life: Dave Pirozzi’s music makes waves at Pitt

Slice of life: Dave Pirozzi’s music makes waves at Pitt

By Jack Mulligan / For The Pitt News

June 28, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

While most artists draw inspiration from love and heartbreak, Pitt student and musician Dave Pirozzi finds inspiration in seemingly strange places — video games, cartoons and the changing of seasons. “I really have this weird obsession with fall,” Pirozzi said. “For my future writing with...

No sudden sounds: PSO performs sensory-friendly show

No sudden sounds: PSO performs sensory-friendly show

By Matt Maielli / Contributing Editor

June 21, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

Donning a red and gold Gryffindor tie and a pair of rounded glasses, Conductor Lawrence Loh guides the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra through a song from “Harry Potter” with a wizard’s wand in place of a baton. The “Harry Potter And the Sorcerer’s Stone” theme was just one of the many po...

GALLERY: Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

GALLERY: Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

By Maria Heines

June 20, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Music, Visual

The annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival was held downtown from Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18 and included more than 140 local musicians. ...

Injustice and Introspection: “Witness” tackles existence in a world of hard truths

Injustice and Introspection: “Witness” tackles existence in a world of hard truths

By Matt Maielli / Contributing Editor

June 20, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

Punk blues rocker Benjamin Booker says that his new album “Witness” asks two questions he thinks every American needs to ask themselves — “Am I going to be a witness?” and, in today’s society, “Is that enough?” The 28-year-old New Orleans singer-songwriter poses these questions at the...

One prolonged party: Lorde’s “Melodrama” masters love and heartbreak

One prolonged party: Lorde’s “Melodrama” masters love and heartbreak

By Amanda Reed / Senior Staff Writer

June 20, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

The early 2010s were a beautiful time for pop music. Songstresses like Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry kept the genre alive by pumping out award-winning albums with numerous hit singles in thousand-dollar studios with world-renowned producers. Then Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” came along in 2013 and shook t...

Digital Plaza hosts Pitt musicians

Digital Plaza hosts Pitt musicians

By Matt Maielli / Contributing Editor

May 16, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

Bathed in a reddish, pre-sunset glow, the Forbes Digital Plaza attracts a crowd of passers-by investigating the dream pop tunes that can be heard around the corner. It’s an image that feels both distinctly Oakland and refreshing. Recently, local musicians have utilized the plaza for live concerts. The Jazz Im...

Playing the streets: Pitt students take music outside of the classroom

Playing the streets: Pitt students take music outside of the classroom

By Eric Heckler / For The Pitt News

April 20, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

Shane McLaughlin, a 24-year-old recent Pitt graduate, finishes singing his rendition of Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” to a group of strangers in Schenley Plaza on a 75 degree day in April. Strumming an acoustic guitar, his case open in front of him, Mclaughlin gets a smattering of applaus...

Records on the rise: vinyl making a comeback among Pitt students

Records on the rise: vinyl making a comeback among Pitt students

By Emma Maurice / Staff Writer

April 11, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

Cassette tapes, eight-tracks and Walkmans may be things of the past, but not vinyl. In the last decade, records have been making a considerable comeback. A large factor to the recent vinyl resurgence? Young adults. Although digital music streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and Tid...

Forgive and forget?: When rappers are accused of sexual assaults, fans’ response matters

Forgive and forget?: When rappers are accused of sexual assaults, fans’ response matters

By Matt Moret / Contributing Editor

April 6, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

A rapper drops his first mixtape and builds a cult following off of a positive Pitchfork review. He steadily expands that fan base, earning critical acclaim along the way. But then, something happens. He gets shot at, he goes to jail or some combination of the two. This story could apply to countless artists ...

Beats and bars: CMU Cyphers make rap a lifestyle

Beats and bars: CMU Cyphers make rap a lifestyle

By Salina Pressimone / Staff Writer

March 30, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

Without pausing or even setting his backpack down, Oliver Liburd walks up the cement steps to his friend’s porch, where a deep bass beat is pulsing. Still in his CMU Engineering T-shirt, Liburd steps into the loose circle of his friend and launches into a freestyle rap, forming the next line in...

Controlled chaos: exploring Oakland’s house show culture

Controlled chaos: exploring Oakland’s house show culture

By Dan Day / For The Pitt News

March 20, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

On weekend nights and weekday evenings, musicians across the city set up their instruments and step up to the microphone, flanked by eager crowds of modern groupies and casual fans. But a growing number of students and Oakland residents are skipping concerts at Stage AE and the Petersen Events Ce...

Q&A: Tommy Emmanuel on music and memories

Q&A: Tommy Emmanuel on music and memories

By Emily Brindley / Culture Editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Tommy Emmanuel picked up his first guitar at four years old — and has spent the rest of his life with a guitar in hand. Emmanuel, a 61-year-old Australian guitarist, has played on stages around the world, from Poland to Italy to Russia. As part of his U.S. tour, Emmanuel played at the Byham Thea...

OBITUARY: Remembering John Goldsmith

OBITUARY: Remembering John Goldsmith

By Caroline Bourque / Staff Writer

February 28, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

On a cold Sunday afternoon at the end of January, about 50 people gathered outside the home of John Goldsmith, retired director of the Heinz Chapel Choir, to serenade him one last time. Even in his last few days, Goldsmith could make his choir laugh. “[Goldsmith] was singing along and then he ...

Finals and folk music: Pitt professors jam out

Finals and folk music: Pitt professors jam out

By Caroline Bourque / Staff Writer

February 23, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

The acoustic sound of Patsy Cline’s slow-burner ballad, “She’s Got You,” filtered back from the stage to the brick walls of Biddle’s Escape in Wilkinsburg. An older couple slow danced in the only open space in the packed coffeehouse, while the rest of the 50-person audience cradled steaming...

Pitt a cappella group snags second place at quarterfinals competition

Pitt a cappella group snags second place at quarterfinals competition

By Emily Brindley / Culture Editor

February 21, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

Pitt’s all-male a capella group, Pittch Please, took the stage over the weekend with song choices as wide-ranging as their vocals. At a quarterfinal competition for Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, Pittch Please sang Andy Grammer’s peppy “Good to be Alive” and Jam...

Don’t expect pop stars to be politicians

Don’t expect pop stars to be politicians

By Emily Brindley / Culture Editor

February 6, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

When Lady Gaga took the stage for the Super Bowl LI’s halftime show, viewers worldwide stared at their TV screens waiting for an overt political statement about President Donald Trump. They didn’t get it. Instead, Gaga put on a 13-minute pop performance, complete with a sequined leotard, a mid-set costume c...

Ditch big-time musicians for local jams

Ditch big-time musicians for local jams

By Emily Brindley / Culture Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

Lauryn Hill continued her long string of canceled shows and late appearances at Heinz Hall Tuesday night, feeding into the stereotype that top-notch fame comes with top-notch arrogance. The R&B singer/songwriter — who peaked in the late ’90s — did eventually come on stage, but it was at 11:...

Come together: Pittsburgh bands form collective, record label

Come together: Pittsburgh bands form collective, record label

By Emma Maurice / Staff Writer

January 26, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

WPTS Radio is teaming up with Golden Magnet — a collective of four Pittsburgh-based bands — to show college kids that there is more to music than what’s playing on the Top 40. Golden Magnet is musical support group, a record label and a collective made up of bands Delicious Pastries, Sleep Expe...

TPN’s No Sleep Soundtrack

TPN’s No Sleep Soundtrack

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

December 12, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music, Uncategorized

Staying up until the wee hours of morning and studying is not fun — and doing so in silence is even worse. During hours-long study sessions, iTunes libraries and Spotify are crucial in preventing your brain from just shutting down and falling asleep at your desk. Here’s 10 songs that will help you get t...

Top 10 albums of the year

Top 10 albums of the year

By John Hamilton / Senior Staff Photographer

December 6, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

A lot happened in music this year. David Bowie and Leonard Cohen died, but not before they each left behind one last album. Both Beyonce and Solange Knowles examined the experience of black women in 2016, and made some great music in the process. Kanye West released an album, then changed it, redefin...

Ding, dong: Pitt’s Handbell Ensemble builds its ranks

Ding, dong: Pitt’s Handbell Ensemble builds its ranks

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

December 1, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

“One, two-and-three-and-one, two-and-three-and-one,” Mary Johnson, student conductor of the Pitt Handbell Ensemble, calls out over a cacophony of ringing bells. The students of the ensemble continue to follow Johnson’s count for a few measures then slowly start to drag behind the beat. Johnson ...

Diwali celebration showcases Indian culture

Diwali celebration showcases Indian culture

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

The lights dimmed. A voice from above prayed for a celebration where “light wins over darkness when happiness wins over sadness.” “Diwali: A festival of lights, is a celebration of good over evil,” said emcee Deveshi Chandan, her magenta and gold sari illuminated on stage in front of an ...

Growing up: Allegra Eidinger releases EP, launches solo career

Growing up: Allegra Eidinger releases EP, launches solo career

By Caroline Bourque / Staff Writer

November 21, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

One night, senior musician Allegra Eidinger jolted awake, still in that dreamy state between wakefulness and sleep, and quickly typed out on her phone a few words: “My Legs Are Growing.” The phrase, crafted in the middle of the night, would become the namesake of Eidinger’s first solo EP, ...

Like Miles: Pitt musicians turn Nordy’s Place into jazz club

By Sarah Schneider / Staff Writer

November 1, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Except for a few commuter students and late-night Taco Bell-goers, Nordy’s Place is fairly desolate after 9 p.m. Last Thursday night, a few guys racked up shots at a pool table in one corner of the room while a small group rallied a pingpong ball back and forth in the other. It seemed like just anoth...

A cappella groups to unite for annual Halloween show

A cappella groups to unite for annual Halloween show

By Deanna Druskat / For The Pitt News

October 27, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

The members of Pitt’s a cappella group Pittch Please usually sport matching jet black suits for their performances, belting out renditions of Top 40 and throwback hits. But for this year’s Halloween concert, which will feature all seven a cappella collectives on campus, Pittch Please will di...

Medicine meets music at Rock the Block

Medicine meets music at Rock the Block

By Salina Pressimone / For The Pitt News

October 17, 2016


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Music

Rarely does an outdoor block party give an attendee the opportunity to sit down with a cold beer as a pharmacist-in-training presses two fingers to her wrist, feeling for a pulse. But on Saturday, Pitt’s chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, or APhA-ASP, defied the conventional stree...

The show goes on: PSO plays free concerts during strike

The show goes on: PSO plays free concerts during strike

By Kevin Lynch / Staff Writer

October 14, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Over the years, fans of Pokemon, Star Wars and even Nelly have gracefully assembled in Heinz Hall, donning their finest dress, to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra recreate their favorite soundtracks and hit singles. That isn’t quite the case these days. The striking musicians and thei...

Get jiggy with it: Hip-Hop Dance Crew preps students for the big stage

Get jiggy with it: Hip-Hop Dance Crew preps students for the big stage

By Lauren Lotka / For The Pitt News

October 4, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

A group of about 30 students dropped to the floor in the Baierl Student Recreation Center, kicked their legs out and stepped to a mashup of contemporary hits Thursday night. As part of the Hip-Hop Dance Crew beginner class, some members of the group were there to learn the choreographed routine, o...

GALLERY: CSSA Mid-Autumn Festival

GALLERY: CSSA Mid-Autumn Festival

By Elaina Zachos | Visual Editor

October 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music, Uncategorized, Visual

Members of Pitt's Chinese Students and Scholars Association organized its annual Mid-Autumn Festival event Saturday night to bring Pittsburgh's local Chinese population together. Traditionally, the celebration consists of gathering, thanksgiving and praying. At the Pitt version, attendees ate baked...

Thrival Countdown: Q&A with Metric’s James Shaw

Thrival Countdown: Q&A with Metric’s James Shaw

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

During his enrollment at the Juilliard School, James “Jimmy” Shaw, co-founder of the band Metric, found the curriculum a little stiff — his professors, he said, didn’t appreciate his abundant creativity. So within the first month of attending the School of Music, Shaw started a band, sold all ...

Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo brings offbeat vibes to Carnegie Music Hall

Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo brings offbeat vibes to Carnegie Music Hall

By Sarah Schneider / Staff Writer

September 15, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Gray man buns, velvet seats and antique organs set the scene for Yo La Tengo’s Wednesday night concert at Carnegie Music Hall. Yo La Tengo returned to Pittsburgh for the second time in a year.  However, they performed this tour with all three original band members — Georgia Hubley with husban...

Fall Fest Preview: Newcomer Johnny Walylko, rap duo Rae Sremmurd primed for Bigelow takeover

Fall Fest Preview: Newcomer Johnny Walylko, rap duo Rae Sremmurd primed for Bigelow takeover

By The Pitt News Culture Staff

September 15, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

As is tradition, Pitt Program Council hosted its annual Battle of the Bands last week to determine who would get to open for Saturday’s Fall Fest acts NAWAS, FRENSHIP and Rae Sremmurd. The winner, singer-songwriter Johnny Walylko, a music composition major, edged out Pitt rapper Kenny Greene and...

“This is my turn”: Pitt rapper Josh Baldelomar dreams of past legends, future success

“This is my turn”: Pitt rapper Josh Baldelomar dreams of past legends, future success

By Brady Langmann / Culture Editor

September 6, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

Every rapper has an origin story — the first hip-hop album they ever heard, why they started rhyming, how they made it big. Josh Baldelomar’s tale starts with a sheet of paper, A Tribe Called Quest jam and a girl named Molly. A few years ago, Baldelomar, now a junior communications major at Pitt,...

/mu/: 4chan’s best kept secret

/mu/: 4chan’s best kept secret

By Ian Flanagan / Culture Editor

August 20, 2016


Filed under Music

Described by Urban Dictionary as “a place of sheer genius and utter stupidity,” 4chan — the birthplace of memes — is known mostly to the few who already prowl and post anonymously on the site’s various imageboards. 4chan is home to nearly 70 boards devoted to topics ranging from manga and...

Fall Concert Preview

Fall Concert Preview

By TPN Staff

August 16, 2016


Filed under Music

Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor Atmosphere — Nov. 18, Stage AE Rap fans have a lot to look forward to as Slug and his producer Ant, the duo out of Minnesota, tour this fall to support their newest album, “Fishing Blues.” Their ninth together, the huge selection of tracks put Slug and...

YG’s Trump protest is the song of the summer

YG’s Trump protest is the song of the summer

By Matt Moret / Editor-in-Chief

July 19, 2016


Filed under Music

“Am I trippin’? Let me know / I thought all that Donald Trump b******t was a joke,” is the year’s most relatable rap line. Most songs with a claim to notoriety don’t come close to perfecting the mixture of political expression and thumping bass found on Compton rapper YG’s “FDT” —...

Full Swing: JazzLive weekend overcomes heat and humidity with bumping performances

Full Swing: JazzLive weekend overcomes heat and humidity with bumping performances

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

June 28, 2016


Filed under Music

For Kirk Palmer, defining jazz is pretty straight forward. “It's all about expressing yourself,” the Highland Park resident said, as the sound of keyboard, bass and saxophone swirled around him at the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival. Organized by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the...

Kesha caps off Pride in the Streets

Kesha caps off Pride in the Streets

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

June 14, 2016


Filed under Music

Despite falling at the heart of a weekend plagued by tragedies and setbacks, Kesha’s Saturday night performance gave attendees of Pittsburgh PrideFest something worth celebrating. After waiting almost seven hours for Kesha to perform, many disappointed fans poured out of the stage area on Liberty...

Still where it’s at: Beck’s ‘Odelay’ turns 20

Still where it’s at: Beck’s ‘Odelay’ turns 20

By Ian Flanagan / Culture Editor

June 14, 2016


Filed under Music

The jigsaw jazz and get-fresh flow of “Odelay” has only improved with age. Two decades hasn’t been enough time for many people to fully make sense of Beck’s alphabet soup raps or absorb all the details of the Dust Brothers’ stellar production, which just gets fresher with each listen. The...

Soaking up Three Rivers: local artists and performers converge at annual Arts Festival

Soaking up Three Rivers: local artists and performers converge at annual Arts Festival

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

June 7, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture, Music

People huddled around a blocked-off street in front of a stage Downtown, clapping for a partially obscured performance. At the center was The Famtrons, a traveling break-dancing troupe of all black members in teal basketball shorts. The crew’s director was a charismatic leader who answered to the...

Banding together: Pitt-made music

Banding together: Pitt-made music

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Music, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Four students, strapped with instruments, are shoved between a pair of speakers in the corner of a Bouquet Gardens apartment as a spectrum of colors stream from a strobe light. The crowd is stuffed into the rest of what would normally be the living room and kitchen — the first few rows listen in...

Defining the college experience in three albums

Defining the college experience in three albums

By Ian Flanagan / Culture Editor

May 31, 2016


Filed under Music, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Whether it’s introspective headphone listening in a dark dorm room, or being knocked out by subwoofers at a loud party, music permeates college life. Though it frequently surrounds us, music is only truly rewarding when it validates our emotions and shortens the bridge of empathy between friends and stra...

Staff picks: finding the city’s best music venues

By TPN Staff

May 31, 2016


Filed under Music, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Pittsburgh attracts a variety of bands and musicians — from acts touring on a global scale to the nearby talent of its thriving independent music scene. We know you’ve heard about Queen Bey and the Biebs making stops in the Steel City this summer, but living in a mid-sized city means even your f...

An ode to ‘Pet Sounds’: the enduring genius of Brian Wilson

An ode to ‘Pet Sounds’: the enduring genius of Brian Wilson

By Ian Flanagan / Culture Editor

May 17, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Before The Beatles truly blossomed, The Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” represented one of the most seismic shifts in the rapidly evolving landscape of popular music during the latter half of the ’60s. Brian Wilson’s magnum opus turned 50 years old May 16, and the record remains a remarkable lis...

Radiohead makes strong return with “A Moon Shaped Pool”

Radiohead makes strong return with “A Moon Shaped Pool”

By Ian Flanagan / Culture Editor

May 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

England’s most perplexing rock band has finally broken its five-year silence, returning to the same hallmark glumness, lyrical oddity and eerie musicality that make up Radiohead. After its members went their separate ways for various solo works and collaborations, Radiohead came together again to ...

Kanye’s jest?: the revised ‘Life of Pablo’

Kanye’s jest?: the revised ‘Life of Pablo’

By Nick Mullen / staff writer

April 20, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Hip-hop’s most obsessive artist might be getting too finicky for his own good. When Kanye West released his new album, “The Life of Pablo,” on Apple Music, Spotify and other streaming services on April 1, he brought along some revisions. The album was initially released as a TIDAL exclusive, ...

Parquet Courts get spirits high

Parquet Courts get spirits high

By Sarah Schneider / Staff Writer

April 18, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

The only audience member who could have been bored at Parquet Courts’ show in Spirit Hall Sunday night was the baby wearing noise-canceling headphones. Despite one of the band members, singer-guitarist Andrew Savage, suffering from the flu, Parquet Courts inspired mosh pitting and stage diving at its...

Warhol welcomes Mali rockers Songhoy Blues

Warhol welcomes Mali rockers Songhoy Blues

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

April 13, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Despite escaping violent oppression in the band’s native Mali, Songhoy Blues doesn’t make mournful music. The Andy Warhol Museum hosted the Mali blues band, Songhoy Blues, Tuesday night as part of its Sound Series, bringing a slice of Mali rock ’n’ roll to the Steel City. Songhoy Blues has...

Weezer extends hot streak with ‘White Album’

Weezer extends hot streak with ‘White Album’

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

April 5, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

What Bob Dylan is to protest songs, Rivers Cuomo is to lovesick ballads. Weezer’s fourth self-titled album, nicknamed “The White Album,” is just as inspired as their first comeback, 2015’s “Everything Will Be Alright in the End,” which followed 2010’s forgettable “Hurley.” But whe...

Wolf proposes funding for Kanye West

Wolf proposes funding for Kanye West

By Nick Mullen | Staff Writer

April 1, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

After calling on the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page for help with his $53 million in personal debt, Kanye West is looking to an unlikely source for funding: Gov. Tom Wolf. The Republican-controlled state legislature refused to pass Wolf’s original budget, which contained a multi-billion dollar tax...

“Pablo” unites divided Kanye

“Pablo” unites divided Kanye

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

February 16, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

I consider myself a Kanye West apologist. When stories of Kanye’s antics — read: the “BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!” tweet — pervade the news, I’m jump to defend him, citing his artistry and creative talent. Besides, Kanye West’s music and his public persona have historically been at odds wi...

Chasing the Greene: Pitt student has rapping aspirations

Chasing the Greene: Pitt student has rapping aspirations

By Annabelle Hanflig / Staff Writer

February 5, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Kenny Greene is a sophomore finance and economics major, but he would drop school in a second if it meant getting his big break. “If anything, I could see music not only substituting college but [a typical career],” Greene said. “Plan B is to take [my major] and use it out in the world and mak...

Garner, Glaser honored with exhibit

Garner, Glaser honored with exhibit

By Noah Coco / for The Pitt News

February 3, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture, Music

Just as Jackie Robinson had Branch Rickey, Pittsburgh native and jazz pianist Erroll Garner had Martha Glaser. The University will unveil a display in the William Pitt Union today that showcases jazz memorabilia featuring Garner and Glaser, his manager and a civil rights champion. The memorabilia...

Laser turns in stunning debut

Laser turns in stunning debut

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

February 2, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Toronto indie-rock supergroup Broken Social Scene’s four-year hiatus hasn’t kept its 20-plus members quiet. Now, it’s singer Lisa Lobsinger’s turn to break out. Since the band quietly dissolved after 2010’s brilliant “Forgiveness Rock Record,” many of the band’s 20-plus members have...

Reign Check: Future’s latest a misstep

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

January 28, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

After collaborating with Drake on the popular track “Jumpman,” Future’s latest solo venture won’t be jumping over anybody. Future released his latest mixtape, “Purple Reign,” on Jan. 17. As his thirteenth mixtape,  the 40-minute collection is 13 tracks of recycled trap motifs and thumping ...

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