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‘Every memory of lookin’ out the back door’: Natty Light and Nickelback both bland, vital stepping stones

'Every memory of lookin' out the back door': Natty Light and Nickelback both bland, vital stepping stones

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

April 9, 2015

There comes a turning point in every adolescent’s life — or, shall we say, every 21-year-old’s life — when he or she must make the conscious decision to start liking beer. By college, beer is nearly unavoidable — far more commonplace than the occasional sip from dad when mom wasn’t looking. ...

Godspeed You! Black Emperor turns in brisk look at apocalypse

Godspeed You! Black Emperor turns in brisk look at apocalypse

By Marcus Ranii-Dropcho / For The Pitt News

April 8, 2015

Godspeed You! Black EmperorAsunder, Sweet and Other DistressGrade: BCritics often throw around the term “atmospheric” when discussing post-rock acts of the last decade. I hesitate to describe genre pioneer Godspeed You! Black Emperor with a single word, but something like stratospheric might be a mo...

Earl Sweatshirt brought somber tunes and militant stage banter to Mr. Smalls

Earl Sweatshirt brought somber tunes and militant stage banter to Mr. Smalls

By Nick Mullen / For The Pitt News

April 6, 2015

Earl Sweatshirt likes to keep things slightly somber. “Make the lights look like your cat just died,” he told the lighting technicians at Mr. Smalls Funhouse on Friday night. Honoring Earl’s request, the technicians dimmed the lights to a deep blue.Unlike many rappers who infuse their lyrics with sinc...

Nickelback rock anthem to replace ‘Sweet Caroline’

Nickelback rock anthem to replace 'Sweet Caroline'

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

April 1, 2015

Editor's note: This is a satirical story.Diamonds aren’t forever. At least Neil Diamond’s legacy at Pitt isn’t.Pitt announced on Tuesday that the singer-songwriter’s hit “Sweet Caroline” will no longer signal the culmination of the third quarter of home football games at Heinz Field.Repl...

You’ll never believe what happened when Tyga crashed the Indoor Show

You'll never believe what happened when Tyga crashed the Indoor Show

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

April 1, 2015

Editor's Note: This is a satirical story.Halfway into “The Show Goes On,” Tyga took to the Fitzgerald Field House stage at the annual Indoor Show on Saturday and grabbed the mic from Lupe Fiasco.“What are you doing here? I didn’t offer you a guest spot on this joint — that was ‘Dumb It Dow...

Lupe Fiasco preached, brought the hits to Pitt

Lupe Fiasco preached, brought the hits to Pitt

By Evan Malachosky / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015

On Saturday night, Lupe Fiasco advised audience members at the Fitzgerald Field House to be more skeptical of the genre that made him famous.Fiasco asked a female concertgoer in the front row about one of his songs, “Did you like that beat? Did you like the chorus? Did you like my lyrics?”Pitt Pr...

Waxahatchee takes hazy, but triumphant head trip on third album

Waxahatchee takes hazy, but triumphant head trip on third album

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

March 26, 2015

WaxahatcheeIvy TrippGrade: A-Katie Crutchfield’s third LP as Waxahatchee, Ivy Tripp, should be in the music library of every college student approaching graduation. She reaches some inconvenient truths about adult life on this record, which she translates into piercingly sincere words for the rest o...

Courtney Barnett sits, thinks and emotes on excellent debut LP

Courtney Barnett sits, thinks and emotes on excellent debut LP

By Dan Willis / Staff Writer

March 23, 2015

Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just SitGrade: ANo one asked “SNL”’s Dan Aykroyd to make Crystal Head Vodka. No one sat around wondering when singer-songwriter Nathan Williams from Wavves would start releasing instrumental hip-hop. No one picked up Toby Keith’s 1993 debut albu...

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Butterfly’ a rich, vitriolic masterpiece

Kendrick Lamar's 'Butterfly' a rich, vitriolic masterpiece

By Dan Willis / Staff Writer

March 19, 2015

Kendrick LamarTo Pimp a ButterflyGrade: AEarlier this year, New York pop critic Sasha Frere-Jones left his post to become executive editor of the user-generated lyric annotation website Genius (formerly Rap Genius). In an interview with Newsweek, he said that his goal for the site was “raising the stan...

Better off dead?: The heartbreak of finding a band past its expiration date

Better off dead?: The heartbreak of finding a band past its expiration date

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

March 19, 2015

Last March, the ’90s indie rock pioneers Neutral Milk Hotel came to Pittsburgh for the last time in the foreseeable future. It was part of a massive farewell tour that won’t end until June. As was the case in Pittsburgh, the tour gives the fans, most of whom are in their early-to-mid thirties now,...

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