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A Pittsburgh kid’s tribute to Mac Miller

A memorial for Pittsburgh musician Mac Miller at Blue Slide Park in September 2018.

By Isabella Colaianni, Staff Writer

September 9, 2019

My friends and I spent our free time bonding over our love of Mac's music. We rode our bikes while listening to “Knock Knock,” played basketball at the local playground with “Smile Back” and hung out on the front porch cracking jokes and making weekend plans to “Senior Skip Day.” His songs about being a kid in Pittsburgh were fun and relatable, and they made me feel free from the responsibilities and woes of growing up.

Nicole Mitchell: an inside look at the new director of Jazz Studies

Nicole Mitchell, an internationally acclaimed jazz flutist, composer and educator, was named to the director of Pitt’s Jazz Studies in January.

By Isabella Colaianni, Staff Writer

August 23, 2019

Nicole Mitchell, an internationally acclaimed jazz flutist, composer and educator, was named the University of Pittsburgh’s William S. Dietrich II Endowed Chair in Jazz Studies in January.

Calling all audiophiles: Pittsburgh’s best record stores

Records on display at Jerry’s Records in Squirrel Hill.

By Melanie Pantano, Staff Writer

August 22, 2019

Any Pittsburghers who’ve fallen under the spell of the “vinyl revival” have a plethora of places to choose from that sell both new and used records, catering to customers seeking a legendary grail record or just their favorite album.

Fall events you ‘autumn’ check out

Singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne will perform at the Roxian Theater in McKees Rocks on Oct. 8.

By Sara Nuss, Staff Writer

August 19, 2019

From hitting up music festivals to attending sporting events, there are many ways for returning students to entertain themselves in the bustling City of Pittsburgh. With fall just around the corner, it’s best to keep in mind any upcoming opportunities to attend concerts, fall festivals and other celebrations that come with the change of the weather. 

Staff Picks: Summer soundtracks

“Cuz I Love You” album cover.

By The Pitt News Staff

July 16, 2019

It’s about halfway through the summer and your perfectly curated summer playlist may be getting a bit overplayed, or you may just have heard Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” a few too many times and are looking for something new to listen to.

Thorgy Thor takes over the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Thorgy Thor and the “Thorchestra” performed at Heinz Hall on June 27.

By Elizabeth Martinson, Staff Writer

July 9, 2019

Synesthesia is a neurological trait that causes people to experience one stimulus in multiple ways — for example, someone sees specific colors upon hearing a specific sound. Thorgy Thor, a Brooklyn-based drag queen, doesn’t have synesthesia, but she did incorporate a pseudo-experiment based around it as part of her Pittsburgh show.

Three Rivers Arts Festival celebrates 60 years

Artwork on display at the Three Rivers Art Festival.

By Sarah Connor, Senior Staff Writer

July 5, 2019

Three multicolored giraffe statues stand at the center of the Wyndham Lawn in Gateway Center Plaza downtown, covered in sporadically placed patches of pink, turquoise, yellow, purple and green. These giraffes are pieces of an art project called Ocean Sole Africa — one of the many major attractions for the 2019 Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Pittsburgh music scene: The FYI on DIY

Clara Kent performing at Pitt Tonight on April 2.

By Maggie Young, Senior Staff Writer

June 30, 2019

For those interested in pursuing a career in the music industry, Pittsburgh is a pretty good place to start.

Pittsburgh Record Convention showcases vinyl revival

The Pittsburgh Record Convention at the Sokol Club on Saturday.

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Culture Editor

May 15, 2019

More than 30 vendors and hundreds of attendees gathered to buy and sell records, CDs, cassette tapes and other music memorabilia.

Treatment with a tempo: A look at the world of music therapy

Music therapy is the use of music, such as singing, songwriting and playing instruments, to improve the lives of others physically, mentally and socially.

By Mary Rose O’Donnell, Senior Staff Writer

April 21, 2019

Music therapy is the use of music, such as singing, songwriting and playing instruments, to improve the lives of others physically, mentally and socially. We got to chat with some local music therapists for our destressing-themed finals edition.

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