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Real Estate let its beach party get a little ‘wild’ at the Altar Bar

Real Estate let its beach party get a little 'wild' at the Altar Bar

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

October 6, 2014

Fans of the band Real Estate know exactly what to expect from the New Jersey alt-rockers by now — a chilled-out beach party. Real Estate brought its beach-bum vibes to the Rust Belt last Wednesday at the Altar Bar in its shy, tight-lipped manner. But newly added keyboardist Matt Kallman and drummer ...

Pitt musician spotlight: The Brothers Craig score first big opening gig for Hoodie Allen

Pitt musician spotlight: The Brothers Craig score first big opening gig for Hoodie Allen

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

October 1, 2014

After winning Pitt’s most recent round of Battle of the Bands, acoustic trio The Brothers Craig will make their live debut opening for Hoodie Allen at Fall Fest.Roommates Stephen Kraus, Paul Carey and Jack Loeffler started the band after months of playing for fun in their apartment.“After a while, w...

WHY? varied their formula at Altar Bar to mixed results

WHY? varied their formula at Altar Bar to mixed results

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

September 29, 2014

Cincinnati indie-rock band Why? is difficult to categorize. “Indie-rock” might not even be an adequate label, given how vague the term has become. Sometimes jangly rock and other times rap, Why? has always seemed to elude the confines of a single sound. Why? performed in Pittsburgh on Thursday at th...

Time Capsule: ‘American Idiot’ captured the zeitgeist like no other, catapulted Green Day to arena status

Time Capsule: 'American Idiot' captured the zeitgeist like no other, catapulted Green Day to arena status

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

September 29, 2014

“I don’t want to be an American idiot.”This phrase is probably still uttered 10 years later under disenchanted breaths when citizens discover that the government spies on them and that the United States launched airstrikes at ISIS.Green Day’s anthemic 2004 album American Idiot channeled bleeding-...

Mr Twin Sister returns with astounding, beautiful new album

Mr Twin Sister returns with astounding, beautiful new album

By Dan Willis / Staff Writer

September 22, 2014

Mr Twin SisterMr Twin SisterGrade: AFor Long Island chintzy pop quintet Mr Twin Sister, formerly sans-Mr, style and genre are entirely porous. Attempts to pin down the band’s influences result in absurd musings about “J-Pop Christmas carols with heavily flanged P-Funk bridges” and “Saint-Etien...

Oakland house shows offer cheaper, more intimate live music

Oakland house shows offer cheaper, more intimate live music

By Shawn Cooke and Lucy Clabby / A&E Staff

September 17, 2014

Forty kids, bobbing their heads together in a narrow North Oakland basement — it might sound like the awkward early hours of a college house party, but there isn’t any Avicii or “Turn Down For What” blaring over the speakers. Instead, Onward Progress, an experimental post-hardcore band from Cra...

Interpol’s latest an uneven, bland release

Interpol's latest an uneven, bland release

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

September 17, 2014

InterpolEl PintorGrade: C+“El pintor” translates from Spanish to English as “the painter.” Interpol takes this title literally by brushing only a few broad strokes of sound across the record’s 40 minutes.Interpol starts its fifth studio album off with a phenomenally charged start. “All t...

Spoon introduces wild new member, strobe light to Pittsburgh

Spoon introduces wild new member, strobe light to Pittsburgh

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

September 16, 2014

After unleashing their psychedelic jam “Who Makes Your Money?” on the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall last Thursday, Britt Daniel of Spoon took a moment to defend the record that it originally appeared on.“That one’s from Transference. It’s been taking some hits lately,” Daniel said.Altho...

Pitt Musician Spotlight: The Balcony Scene takes Altar Bar

Pitt Musician Spotlight: The Balcony Scene takes Altar Bar

By Elizabeth Rakow / For The Pitt News

September 16, 2014

A Google search of “The Balcony Scene” will likely result in anything from Pierce the Veil lyrics to “Romeo and Juliet” references. But after a bit of scrolling, you’ll run into an up-and-coming Pittsburgh band currently making its way through several local venues and breaking into the sce...

U2 gives themselves away, bores on Songs of Innocence

U2 gives themselves away, bores on Songs of Innocence

By Sam Bojarski / Staff Writer

September 15, 2014

No matter how many times U2 reinvents its musical identity, few people are likely to forget the budding young Irish rock band that carried itself to stardom with the early hits “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Pride (In the Name of Love).”For U2, this simple fact is a double-edged sword. Throughout ...

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