This week in CP:
—Local bands Red Western and Grand Piano team up for a split vinyl LP.
—Brooke Annibale comes home for the release of her new EP, Words in your Eyes .
—Write ups of hip-hop phenom A$AP Rocky and the glam-rock inspiration for Deathfix's new album in our Critics' Picks.
Just a quick heads-up: The folks from the SUNSTAR Festival let me know today that Jeri Lynn Johnson, who was to be the main speaker on tonight's panel discussion kicking off the festival, has been ill this week and won't be able to make the event. The discussion at the Alloy Studios will go on with the local participants, and the rest of the festival will go on as planned.
Thanks to photographer Ryan Smith for these shots of the Feb. 24 Man Man/Murder by Death show, with opener Damion Suomi, at Mr. Small's:
Man Man and Murder by Death at Mr Smalls
Tonight, the local music-culture community gets a new resource as the Center for Iranian Music opens at Carnegie Mellon University. The Center, headed up by CMU professor Reza Vali, will serve as part of the College of Fine Arts, promoting the study of Iranian music at the university and establishing a library of work related to Iranian music. Tonight's event, at the Kresge Theater in the College of Fine Arts building, is a concert tribute to Dariush Saghafi, an Iranian musician and member of the advisory board of the CFIM. The concert is $10 for students and $20 for the rest of us; more info here.
Here's a heads-up for you: The going-to-SXSW train bestows us with a bunch of weirdness tonight at Gooski's, where Guardian Alien — the ex-Liturgy outfit that features some unconventional, Eastern-inspired sounds — teams up with longtime spaz-jazz group Zs. I wrote a critic's pick on Guardian Alien last time the Thrill Jockey band came through town, last summer, and earlier last year our Mike Shanley wrote up Diamond Terrifier, who's part of Zs.
Tonight's show also features Gangwish and Wiretappers. It starts at 9 p.m. and costs 5 bones.
What's up, everybody? It was a crazy weekend for Pittsburgh, what with the mayor making a big announcement about re-election and strangely awesome minimalist Arnold Dreyblatt coming to town on Saturday. As always, we'll try to keep you up to date on all the latest happenings with our blogs. Enough about us, though. It's time for MP3 Monday.
This week's artist is local indie electronic musician Good Jeans, who blends his voice with synth and beats for some unexpected results. Stream or Download it below!
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This week in CP:
— Jessica Numsuwankijkul of Heliotropes goes On the Record to talk about Crackerbarrel, Touring, and Twin Peaks.
—A look at Shiny Toy Guns, perplexing minimalist Arnold Dreyblatt, and frat-boy favorite Hoodie Allen in our Critics' Picks.