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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...

Run the Jewels ruin lives on nuanced, brutal sequel LP

Run the Jewels ruin lives on nuanced, brutal sequel LP

By Dan Willis / Staff Writer

November 11, 2014

Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 2Grade: AThere’s a moment toward the end of “All Due Respect”, a highlight from hip-hop duo Run the Jewels’ second eponymous album, when the following takes place: El-P tells you that your parents are going through a tumultuous divorce that is entirely your fault and th...

Shut up, Mark Kozelek: your music deserves better

Shut up, Mark Kozelek: your music deserves better

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

November 11, 2014

Fact: Mark Kozelek has a lower approval rating than Congress, Ebola and ISIS. OK, maybe not Congress.It hasn’t been easy to like the Sun Kil Moon singer lately. Even though Kozelek put out one of the most acclaimed albums of the year, the astonishing Benji, he’s dominated music blog headlines in th...

Chad Stokes brought energy, career-spanning set to Mr. Smalls

Chad Stokes brought energy, career-spanning set to Mr. Smalls

By Andrew Fishman / Staff Writer

November 5, 2014

Midway through his set at Mr. Small’s Theater in Millvale, Pa., Chad Stokes asked a question that solidified why he loves Pittsburgh.“Where else could you play to a crowd like this on a Monday night but Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?” Stokes is one of the lead singers and founding members of popular ...

New R&B songstress Tinashe stuns on debut record

New R&B songstress Tinashe stuns on debut record

By Jack Shelly / For The Pitt News

October 28, 2014

Meet Tinashe. She’s a fresh face to the genre of R&B, which has been recently dominated by female talent such as Beyoncé Knowles. But don’t confuse the two — this is no Beyoncé.     This summer “2 On,” the lead single from her debut album, Aquarius, dominated airplay on urban contempor...

Pink and City and Color mesh well for You+Me

Pink and City and Color mesh well for You+Me

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

October 27, 2014

Spinning You+Me’s nascent album, rose ave., via iTunes or Spotify feels utterly anachronistic. It belongs on your parents’ dusty record shelves alongside Peter, Paul and Mary and Bob Dylan, yet it features some of the most contemporary recording artists: Alecia Moore (American superstar Pink) and Dallas...

Sweet Caroline: A history of Pitt’s sing-along tradition

Sweet Caroline: A history of Pitt's sing-along tradition

By Abby Hoffman / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014

As a University with nearly 30,000 students, some may argue that there is no way for the entire Pitt population to rally together and generate enough school spirit to rattle an entire stadium, but one popular ‘60s song makes it a possibility. At home football games every fall, Panther fans anticipate...

Bend, but no snap: The logistics behind a successful Pitt Band show

Bend, but no snap: The logistics behind a successful Pitt Band show

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

October 24, 2014

Right before every Pitt football game, a famous scene from “The Matrix” is duplicated — without any flying bullets or slow motion.Stephen Ruzzini, the Pitt band’s drum major, slowly lowers his back until it’s nearly parallel to the ground, and the feathers of his plumed hat touch the 50-yard-li...

Against Me! and Branan hog the spotlight from Gaslight

Against Me! and Branan hog the spotlight from Gaslight

By Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

October 21, 2014

What Gaslight Anthem lacked in individuality Friday night at Stage AE, it painfully made up with an overactive light show and an arduously long 26-song set. It was the end to the band’s fall U.S. tour, roughly one year after the group visited Pittsburgh to play at Mr. Small’s. The band has since...

Pittsburgh musicians set to celebrate Oakland’s 175th birthday at Oakland Forever festival

Pittsburgh musicians set to celebrate Oakland's 175th birthday at Oakland Forever festival

By Sam Bojarski / Staff Writer

October 9, 2014

A local paper, called the Harris’ Intelligencer, dubbed a neighborhood just outside of Pittsburgh “Oakland” for the numerous oak trees that lined its hills ­— 175 years ago.Now, that once-rural space is nearly unrecognizable. Much Oakland history has been written since then, and the neighbor...

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