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Zaki defies genre in debut of self-titled album

Zaki defies genre in debut of self-titled album

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

Jesse Descutner, a 2016 Pitt graduate, heard the environmental term “urban heat island” in an undergraduate urban studies class and immediately thought it would be a good name for his band. In that same class, Descutner, a guitarist, met bassist Sean O’Connor, a 2017 Pitt graduate. The two ...

Battle for the band: students trade pop for performance at Hofbrauhaus College Night

Battle for the band: students trade pop for performance at Hofbrauhaus College Night

By Siddhi Shockey | Staff Writer

February 1, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Music

In the great beer hall at Hofbrauhaus every Thursday night, college students dance under the warm light of chandeliers to authentic live music — partaking in a beloved College Night tradition. But when Pitt senior accounting and business information systems major Derek Arnold walked into College ...

The Naughties focus on the fans

The Naughties focus on the fans

By Caroline Bourque and Prachi Patel | Pitt News Staff

January 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

The audience at a typical Naughties show can expect anything from bass player Jad Hilal’s usual joke segment to a patriotic onstage reading of the Constitution — backed by red, white and blue stage lights. Lead vocalist and guitar player Jesse Wehner, a Pitt senior and economics major, said th...

Soda Club creates their own genre

Soda Club creates their own genre

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

January 9, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

Jarrett Krause opened the doors to his classroom at Beth Shalom Early Learning Center in Squirrel Hill Friday morning. His prekindergarten students drew colorful, scribbly pictures and asked him about his long, curly hair. One day later, the 2015 Pitt alumnus was tossing that same curly hair onst...

Riding the party wave with Surf Bored

Riding the party wave with Surf Bored

By Luke Stambaugh / Staff Writer

September 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

In an Oakland basement adorned with Christmas lights, a two-person “mosh-pop” outfit jams in front of a sweaty crowd of college students. The crowd moshes to the fast-paced, resounding tunes as the guitarist wipes beads of sweat from his forehead. Surf Bored, a prominent Do-It-Yourself band...

Column: Tired of house parties? Try house shows instead

Column: Tired of house parties? Try house shows instead

By Christian Snyder, Columnist

May 30, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There were too many people, the music was too loud, the cooler was empty and it smelled like sweat. I think that might describe every party I attended my first year of college. No matter where it was or who was there, I have no fond memories of piling into someone’s basement with what seemed lik...

Moving on: O’Hara says goodbye to Pitt

Moving on: O’Hara says goodbye to Pitt

By Jack Mulligan / For The Pitt News

May 23, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Pitt said goodbye to a musical fixture in South Oakland as O’Hara ended their set with a cover of The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” to a boisterous crowd the Friday before spring graduation. From their start in a basement on Parkview Ave. to their final show April 28 at Mr. Smalls Theatre, O...

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


Filed under Culture, Music, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

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...

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