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Cassettes make a comeback in local music scene

Connor Murray, a sophomore marketing and information system major, founded and runs the Pittsburgh-based, independently run label Crafted Sounds. (Photo by Kyleen Considine | Senior Staff Photographer)

By Zachary Donovan | Staff Writer

March 27, 2018

Popular trends tend to reappear every so often — and in the music world, this is especially true. Genres give way to post-genres, subgenres and genre fusion, and popular tropes of the past seem to pop up 20 years later with little explanation. This trend has taken shape recently in the form of cassette rele...

Zaki defies genre in debut of self-titled album

 “Zaki” was the first album released by the band Zaki and consists of seven original tracks. (Photo courtesy of Jack Stauber)

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

March 13, 2018

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 ...

Erika Strassburger wins District 8 special election

Erika Strassburger talks to reporters after greeting friends, family and staff at her victory party after winning Tuesday's special election (Photo by Christian Snyder | Multimedia Editor)

By Christian Snyder, Multimedia Editor

March 7, 2018

Independent candidate Erika Strassburger will succeed Dan Gilman on Pittsburgh City Council after District 8 voters handed her a decisive victory Tuesday. Strassburger finished with 64 percent of the vote, more than double her closest opponent, Democratic nominee and East Liberty restaurant owner Sonja Finn, who finished with 28 percent. ...

The Naughties focus on the fans

The Naughties perform at Oakland bars twice a month. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Wehner)

By Caroline Bourque and Prachi Patel | Pitt News Staff

January 19, 2018

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

Indie-pop quartet Soda Club performed in chilly temperatures at the Mr. Roboto Project Saturday evening. (Photo courtesy of Nick Seyler)

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

January 9, 2018

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...

When environmental groups overstep, progress halts

Ginger Brooks Takahashi (right) protested during the Lawrenceville Steel Foundry Public Hearing Monday night at Arsenal Middle School. (Photo by Aaron Schoen | Staff Photographer)

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

December 6, 2017

The auditorium of Arsenal Middle School contained an eclectic mix of people Monday night. In the middle aisle, a sharply dressed younger crowd in scarves and thick-rimmed glasses conversed with representatives from environmental groups such as PennEnvironment and Lawrenceville United. Meanwhile, gruff, blue-...

Editorial: Safe roads require more than just bike lanes

The City of Pittsburgh added bike lanes on parts of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard on Aug. 15. (Photo by Kyleen Considine | Visual Editor)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 28, 2017

From the lack of parking in front of the Cathedral, a safer Bigelow Boulevard crosswalk or the freshly painted white and yellow lines — the new bike lanes are pretty hard to miss. The City of Pittsburgh opened the lanes Aug. 15 on portions of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard — a much-needed development as Oakland is the city’s second most-biked neighborhood, after Downtown. The lanes...

Pittsburgh goes green, despite what you might’ve heard

(Amanda Nichols | Staff Illustrator)

By Levko Karmazyn | For The Pitt News

August 21, 2017

When President Donald Trump decided to pull out of the Paris climate agreements, he said that he was elected to represent the people of Pittsburgh, not Paris — a statement that was met with fiery outlash from important figures such as Mayor Bill Peduto, who said that Pittsburgh will in fact continue to abide by the Paris agreements....

Traditional treats trump trends

(Illustration by Jordan Mondell | Contributing Editor)

By Jordan Mondell | Contributing Editor

July 19, 2017

It's a sweltering Friday evening in Oakland as I sit on my porch. I'm craving something sweet, creamy and icy. I pull up Google and dig into my recent searches — yes, this is a weekly occurrence — for "ice cream near me." The options abound. I could pay $8 for a fancy, not-so-fantastic double chocolate ...

What to do this summer: local events

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By TPN Staff

May 29, 2017

June 9 through 11: Steel City Comic Con — Special Horror Fan Edition at Monroeville Convention Center 10 and 11: Pridefest in Downtown 11: EQT Equality March in Downtown 16: Urban Garden Party at the Mattress Factory 16 through 18: 4th River Music Collective at OWL Hollow 17: Adventure Hunt P...

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