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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


Filed under Culture, Music

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


Filed under Culture, Music

“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


Filed under Culture, Music

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


Filed under Culture, Music

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


Filed under Culture, Music

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


Filed under Culture, Music

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


Filed under Culture, Music

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


Filed under Culture, Music

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 ...

Time Capsule: Arcade Fire’s masterpiece found medium between intimacy and stadium-ambitions

Time Capsule: Arcade Fire’s masterpiece found medium between intimacy and stadium-ambitions

By Dan Willis / Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

Time Capsule is a new series for The Pitt News that commemorates seminal releases in entertainment at or around a milestone anniversary. As the years pass, a work can gain greater context or significance than when it was first released. This retrospective series will strive to illuminate our favorite p...

Drusky promotes charity alongside Pittsburgh’s concert scene

Drusky promotes charity alongside Pittsburgh’s concert scene

By Evan Malachosky / Staff Writer

September 8, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

In 2012, Brian Drusky decided to arrange a philanthropic Christmas competition.Drusky, the founder of local concert promoter Drusky Entertainment, asked fans in the community to submit photographs of themselves donating toys or food or volunteering at shelters to the Drusky Entertainment Facebook page. Th...

S. Carey talks power of nature, his early days with Bon Iver

S. Carey talks power of nature, his early days with Bon Iver

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

September 1, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

If you know only one thing about Bon Iver, there’s a good chance it has something to do with the log cabin. Over the band’s transformation from quiet Wisconsin folk project to festival headliner and Kanye West-collaborator, its origin story has taken on mythical proportions. It’s widely documented that foundi...

The Talkbox dissects under-the-radar upcoming fall releases

The Talkbox dissects under-the-radar upcoming fall releases

By Dan Willis & Shawn Cooke / The Pitt News Staff

September 1, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

After a mostly cool summer for new music releases, a whole bunch of artists will be rushing to drop albums in the coming months before they head out on fall tours. Although some of the more high-profile releases  — such as new records from Flying Lotus, Foo Fighters, SBTRKT and that Taylor Swift will ga...

Mr. Smalls Venue

Mr. Smalls Venue

By Courtesy of Mr. Smalls venue

August 26, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

The Gaslight Anthem favors reliable consistency on ‘Get Hurt’

The Gaslight Anthem favors reliable consistency on ‘Get Hurt’

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

August 26, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music

The Gaslight AnthemGet HurtGrade: BGruff, grating vocals mixed with trills, finesse, melodious riffs and smooth chords certainly seems like a counterproductive and illogical combination.Except it’s the formula molded by New Jersey pseudo-punks The Gaslight Anthem on their new album Get Hurt. The guitars, bass and drums provide an almo...

Pittsburgh’s large performance spaces draw diverse lineup

Pittsburgh’s large performance spaces draw diverse lineup

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Mr. Small’s Funhouse400 Lincoln Ave.MillvaleMr. Small’s more than makes up for its quaint size with an awesome, earsplitting PA sound system. Shows are often filled to bursting at a 650-person capacity, and it can get cramped and hot inside, especially when the metal, hardcore and thrash bands get...

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