If you don't have plans tonight, do your ears a favor and catch The Low Anthem tonight at Club Café. Last time they came through, I interviewed the band's Ben Knox Miller and caught the show -- both deceptively simple and simply stunning. Calling them an Americana group is only part of the picture.
We hear there are still tickets available; for more info, visit Club Café's Web site.
What this post IS about is: Liverball. They were an early-to-mid-'90s punk band from around these parts who recorded some tunes then peaced; last year, the band re-formed with a new rhythm section (the bass position had been rotating during the band's tenure, and original drummer Mike Grimes passed away).
A few weeks ago they released a full-length that comprises songs from two early-'90s recording sessions. This week's MP3 Monday track is from that album, which benefits a memorial fund for the late drummer Grimes. Details on where you can purchase the album are available on the band's Myspace page.
Download and enjoy!
Voting just closed today for the fourth installment of the Pittsburgh Hip Hop Awards. Presented by 360 Entertainment, the awards ceremony and party takes place at the Downtown Hilton this Sat., Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. Red carpet starts at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $20 in advance.
The main performance is by a reunited X-Clan, featuring Pittsburgh activist Paradise Gray. Also performing: Jasiri X, Boaz, Common Wealth Family and others. Awards will be given out in some 35 categories, from recordings and performers to models and clothing stores.
Okay, here's the deal: instead of staying in all weekend because there could be some snow, you're going to take this opportunity to show just how tough you are, and get out to as many shows and dance parties as possible. Here's a sample agenda, gleaned from the things that I, for one reason or another, couldn't get into Short List this week --
Start off soft with some wine and cheese at Unblurred, the first Fridays art crawl on Penn Avenue in Bloomfield and Garfield. Then walk a few blocks over to Howlers in Bloomfield to check out local rockers Altaic (recently written up by the esteemed Manny Theiner), Onodrim (in the interest of full disclosure, this is my former bandmate's new awesome epic rock band) and Twin Towers (some longtime Pittsburgh weirdo rockers). Then back to Penn, to Envy, where my buddies Intense Andy and JordanK are spinning rock and powerpop for your enjoyment in an event recently rechristened as Radio Ready.
Cross a bridge or two and end up on the South Side, where you'll be greeted at the Rex Theatre by a conglomeration of amazing young Pittsburgh rock bands: Donora, Gramsci Melodic, Satin Gum, and Vesta. Then cap the night off with a trip to the New Amsterdam, where the Spoilers crew cooks up another Love Is Wet dance party. This one features a special guest, Sleazy McQueen, along with residents Nikkels, Lauren G and Tom Cox, plus projections by Tom McConnell.
Get up, crawl into some decent clothes, and head for Borders Eastside, where the WYEP Alternative Souper Bowl pits Meeting of Important People, Ernie Hawkins, and Boca Chica against one another in competition for the Lombardi Trophy of charitable giving. Or something. Just go. It's at noon and will be fun.
This week's MP3 Monday is a pleasant little joint courtesy Melissa St. Pierre, local-via-Brooklyn-via-Massachussetts prepared pianist. Her first solo LP, Specimens, was released on the Radium imprint of Table of the Elements; this track, recorded more recently, is from the yet-to-be-released Anthophagyphilia.
Without further ado, eh: Generative Aural Leading, A Waltz.
PS -- Melissa figures into a larger story on local expeimental musician ladies, being penned at this moment by my colleague Aaron von Jentzen, which will be the main feature of the February 10 issue of CP. Don't forget to pick that up and check it out. Pick this week's up too, in the meantime, because you'll need something to read between now and then.