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Jimmy Wopo: The man behind the music

Jimmy Wopo, an up-and-coming rapper based in Pittsburgh, was fatally shot in the Hill District June 18. He was 21. (Courtesy of Taylor Maglin)

By Hannah Schneider, Contributing Editor

June 27, 2018

Local rapper Travon Smart — known by his stage name, Jimmy Wopo — was fatally shot last Monday afternoon at the age of 21. The shooting took place in the Middle Hill neighborhood — the very neighborhood that helped him become famous. Growing up in the Hill District was difficult for Smart. As a yo...

Girls who rock: Ladyfest 2018

Full Bush, a heavy post-punk band based out of Philadelphia, traveled to Pittsburgh to perform at Ladyfest Sunday evening. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Visual Editor)

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

June 20, 2018

A Google search for “rock bands” yields a long list of well-known results — Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Guns N’ Roses are the first bands listed. The search results show other examples such as The Who, AC/DC and modern bands like the Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay. Aside from being ...

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Lukas Nelson, 29, son of country star Willie Nelson, began performing with his southern rock band, Promise of the Real, in 2008. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

June 20, 2018

Lukas Nelson, 29, was born with a predisposition — a habit to upstage any other acts on a concert bill. He did it back in September 2017 at Pittsburgh’s edition of Farm Aid as a young standout performer among musical vets like Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp. The Southern rocker was on stage at the Thre...

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Mendelssohn Choir sings Bob Dylan

Under the direction of Matthew Mehaffey, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh takes the stage at Point State Park on June 5 to perform a set of Bob Dylan tunes. (Photo by Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer}

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

June 17, 2018

Bob Dylan once sang “Try imagining a place where it’s always safe and warm / Come in...I’ll give you shelter from the storm?” But on June 5, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh gave the crowd of the Three Rivers Arts Festival a proverbial shelter from the literal storm with a set composed alm...

Three Rivers Arts Festival music recap: Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples, 78, the last original member of her family’s group, The Staple Singers, was the first musical act to perform at this year’s Three Rivers Arts Festival. (Photo by Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer)

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

June 13, 2018

Any Pittsburgh native raised on trips to the Three Rivers Arts Festival can attest that the exhibition of diverse artists and musicians is always accompanied by thick rainfall. Festival season in the ’Burgh never commences without it. Amid fears of rain delays and cancellations, each of the bigge...

Annual Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off downtown

A variety of musical groups, including folk and soul performers, take to the main stage during Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh’s annual free ten-day arts festival. (Photo by Anne Amundson | Staff Photographer)

By Zachary Donovan | Staff Writer

June 6, 2018

The City of Pittsburgh’s North Side was filled with the sound of country music and the sight of about 25 tons of trash this past weekend as the Kenny Chesney concert took over Heinz Field and the surrounding parking lots for tailgates. But across the river from the hard-partying country fans, a different crowd...

Royal Blood at Stage AE: How can two people make so much noise?

Mike Kerr, lead vocalist and bassist of the British rock group, Royal Blood, performs at Pittsburgh’s Stage AE May 31. (Photo by Jane Millard | Staff Photographer)

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

June 6, 2018

Two men from Brighton, England, stood on the indoor stage at Stage AE in Pittsburgh’s North Side on the evening of May 31. One of them had a broken foot and the other couldn’t move from the stool he was sitting on. But these two people managed to get a crowd of hundreds of people jumping, screa...

Lawrenceville Art Crawl leaves visitors in awe

Christan Miller, owner of Eclipse Tattoo in Springdale, sits outside the Ravenwood Collective on Butler Street with her artwork on display at the 2018 Lawrenceville Art Crawl. (Photo by Jon Kunitsky | Staff Writer)

By Jon Kunitsky | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2018

Betsy Lewis, Emmy Brown and Emily Richards walked down Butler Street amid sun-showers and humidity Saturday afternoon. As rising juniors at Pitt majoring in microbiology, neuroscience and physics, respectively, they ventured out of Oakland to admire local art displayed along the sidewalks of Lawrence...

Free for students: Art, exercise, buses and more!

Graphic by Christian Snyder | Editor-in-Chief

By The Pitt News Staff

May 30, 2018

One of the best perks of being a student at Pitt is the Panther Card. In addition to all of the traditional purposes a student ID serves, like holding dining passes, granting access to dorms and registering for on-campus events, a Panther Card can be a ticket to a new world of entertainment for stude...

Shawn Mendes moves toward maturity in third album

(Photo via Island Records)

By Shahum Ajmal | Contributing Editor

May 29, 2018

When Vine was still popular in 2013, Shawn Mendes only needed six seconds of camera time to become an overnight internet sensation. Mendes, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter, shared a video of him singing  “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Bieber on the popular video-sharing social media app. The short video quick...

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