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Bulbasaur and Beethoven: ‘Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions’ caught Heinz Hall last Saturday

Bulbasaur and Beethoven: 'Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions' caught Heinz Hall last Saturday

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

January 19, 2015

Cosplayers might usually feel out of place at the symphony, but a recent Heinz Hall performance was a costume-appropriate gala.A Pokémon-themed symphony, starring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, graced the historic, gilded hall on Saturday, and it was about the most immaculate blend of low and hig...

Strip District Music Fest to spotlight local artists

Strip District Music Fest to spotlight local artists

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

January 15, 2015

Pittsburgh may not boast the famous local music scene of a New York or an Austin, but this weekend, the city will show off its scene-building chops.The Strip District will house more than 70 local bands and artists in at least 10 venues between noon and 2 a.m. on Saturday during its inaugural Strip Dis...

Viet Cong’s debut a visceral fusion of ugliness and beauty

Viet Cong's debut a visceral fusion of ugliness and beauty

By Dan Willis / Staff Writer

January 15, 2015

Viet CongViet CongGrade: AViet Cong have a reverence for menace — the particular dynamic of pain and pleasure that they display on their wiry self-titled debut makes this much obvious. Arising from the ashes of the much-missed Women, this Albertan art-rock quartet co-opts agony into songs that are wild,...

Time Capsule: LCD Soundsystem’s eponymous debut turns 10

Time Capsule: LCD Soundsystem's eponymous debut turns 10

By Dan Willis / Staff Writer

January 5, 2015

It is impossible to feel contempt for LCD Soundsystem. No matter what your opinion is of frontman James Murphy’s three-albums-and-done dance-punk collective, you still aren’t going to roll your eyes at an upfront and razor-sharp song like “Losing My Edge.”That’s because, at a time when ever...

TPN’s picks for the best upcoming concerts

TPN's picks for the best upcoming concerts

By The A&E Staff

January 5, 2015

After a typical end-of-year concert dry spell to close out 2014, the early months of 2015 reveal a manifold forecast of artists storming Pittsburgh. Here are some of The Pitt News’ most anticipated shows of the new year.Hamilton Leithauser — Jan. 15, Club CafeHamilton Leithauser, crooning frontman for ...

Forget Mozart: Studying doesn’t need classical music backdrop

Forget Mozart: Studying doesn't need classical music backdrop

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

December 8, 2014

Some subscribe to the belief that classical music can boost intelligence — the “Mozart Effect.” I’m not here to bust myths, but, when it comes to studying, I’ve almost always favored rock bands over symphonies — and it’s made life impossible.The life of an avid music fan can often mirr...

Trey Anastasio Band rocks Stage AE with lengthy, new jams

Trey Anastasio Band rocks Stage AE with lengthy, new jams

By Sam Bojarski / Staff Writer

December 1, 2014

Outside Stage AE on the North Shore, Brent Milstrom, a 50-year-old seasoned tour veteran and his friend peer into two narrow windows on a double door. It’s 5:30 p.m. — a full 2.5 hours before Trey Anastasio and his band are supposed to take the stage — and the band is about 1.5 hours into its ...

Taylor Swift matures, shocks with her wildly catchy ‘1989’

Taylor Swift matures, shocks with her wildly catchy '1989'

By Elizabeth Rakow / For The Pitt News

November 19, 2014

Taylor Swift1989Grade: B+It’s cool to hate Taylor Swift. She’s a powerhouse female performer who consistently releases hit after hit, giving new meaning to the word “catchy” and a refreshing sense of authenticity to the phrase “stuck in your head all day.” Swift recently declared herself a femin...

However you spell it, Parquet Courts deliver the goods

However you spell it, Parquet Courts deliver the goods

By Dan Willis / Staff Writer

November 17, 2014

Two bands released two albums this year. I know that doesn’t sound that impressive, but this story gets slighly more complicated.I would like to say that the two excellent albums Sunbathing Animal, released in June, and Content Nausea, released in November, are both albums by Parquet Courts — as in g...

This Weekend Rundown 11.13 – 11.16

By The A&E Staff

November 12, 2014

Thursday, Nov. 13ShaggyMr. Smalls Theatre400 Lincoln Ave., MillvaleTime: 8 p.m.Admission: $20Believe it or not, Shaggy has released four albums in the last four years. The reggae fusion singer hasn’t scored a hit like “Angel” or “It Wasn’t Me” on any of those LPs, but both of those songs st...

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