A tragic passing can rattle a community — even more so when it's the violent death of two well-regarded community members. In the case of Sarah and Susan Wolfe, many in the arts community have rallied together to preserve their memory.
On Feb. 6, the Wolfe sisters were murdered in their East Liberty home. But one piece of good that has come out of their deaths is WolfePack Goods, a group of artists that has created charity artwork of limited-edition t-shirts, visual art, ceramics and more. Artists and artist groups involved include Commonwealth Press, Alternate Histories, Redraven studios and more.
WolfePack Goods will launch tonight with an Art & Rock Show at Commonwealth Press Warehouse, located at 2315 Wharton St. in South Side. The event will feature artwork, food trucks, print demos and live music from The Electrocats and The Fabulous Falcons, two bands from the Girls Rock! Pittsburgh program.
The artwork sold at the event and from WolfePack Goods' website honor the Wolfe sisters interests and will benefit Girls Rock! Pittsburgh, an empowerment program for young females that uses making music as a tool to teach valuable skills and life lessons. The money raised will go toward establishing the Sarah & Susan Wolfe Scholarship Fund.
The Wolfe sisters were active in the Riot Grrrl scene of the '90s and 2000s. The movement was concerned with and promoted female empowerment, much like Girls Rock! Pittsburgh.
Music SPACE, an eclectic new monthly series, begins tomorrow at the Downtown gallery.
Tomorrow's concert features nostalgic indie rockers Wreck Loose and atmospheric synth wizard Troxum. Upcoming acts include singer-songwriter Morgan Erina, and Silencio, a collective of musicians who recreate Angelo Badalamenti’s classic noir-jazz soundtracks for various David Lynch films.
The series was organized by Amy Staggs of Wood Street Galleries (which administratively includes SPACE) in collaboration with co-curator Andy Mulkerin, who is CP's music editor. According to Staggs, the goal of the series is to extend “SPACE’s programming in a way that would not only feature stellar, interesting local music, but complement the curated visual exhibitions.” Concert-goers are encouraged to browse Psychic Panic, the gallery’s summer exhibit, which will be open during each of the shows.
Music SPACE will be held at SPACE (812 Liberty Ave.) on the last Friday of each month.
Tickets are $5 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 8:30. For more information, call 412-325-7723.
Welcome back music aficionados!
This week's MP3 Monday comes from a new Pittsburgh project from a veteran of the local scene. Chip DiMonick, of the band of the same name, and Jenn Neish make up Londona, self-described as "pop rock" band. The band released a self-titled EP, their first release, earlier this month.
Check out "Touch Me in My Dreams" the first single from the new album, below.
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Man Forever is basically a man and his drums. Plus a few members when he's on tour.
John Colpitts performs under the monicker Man Forever, although you may know him as Kid Millions, drummer of Brooklyn krautrock band Oneida. Colpitts will be joined by percussionist group TIGUE (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic, and Carson Moody) in performing as Man Forever this tour.
Oneida and Man Forever are similar in their exhaustive track lengths and scarce use of vocals. Besides that, they could not be more different.
Oneida uses guitar, bass, drums, synth, organs and electronic effects to create a spacey, avant-garde style. Man Forever relies on drums and percussion instuments to create its sound. Man Forever's lastest release, Ryonen, came out in April. For the album, Colpitts pared with percussion quartet So Percussion, touted as the United States' premiere contemporary percussion ensemble.
The result is two 10+ minute pieces, "The Clear Realization" and "Ryonen," with driving drums that range from low to loud on the sound spectrum, with some effects and angelic sounding vocals interspersed throughout the over 30 minute album.
The band will play The Shop Saturday night with Dirty Faces and Bloated Sluts. 4312 Main St., Bloomfield. $5.
This Saturday a free jazz and blues festival will take hold of Indiana, Pa., with talent ranging from veteran artists Poogie Bell, Sonny Landreth and Sean Jones to a dad jazz group and high school jazz bands.
The 2014 Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival will be held at IRMC Park in downtown Indiana, located at 7th and Philadelphia Street. The one-day festival will start ay 10:30 a.m. with a performance by Indiana's Dad Band, a quintet covering the likes of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Count Basie and conclude with jazz headliner Poogie Bell Band with special guest Sean Jones at 9 p.m.
Poogie Bell is a famous jazz drummer who has worked with Marcus Miller, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, Victor Wooten and the list goes on. The Pittsburgh drummer is also a producer, composer and arranger. Joining Bell on stage will be Sean Jones, a highly respected trumpeter and former lead trumpeter for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which was directed by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.
Blues headliner Sonny Landreth will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. The slide guitar playing Landreth was name Instrumentalist of the Year by The American Music Association. His last two albums. 2008's From The Reach and 2012's Elemnetal Journey, charted at Nos. 1 and 4, respectively, on the Billboard Blues Album Chart.
Well, May is coming to an end.
Pretty soon it will be summer. Nothing goes better with summer time than some frosty beverages, lawn chairs and summer jams. That's where Nevada Color comes in. The indie rockers just released the physical version of their new LP, Adventures, on May 6, and are releasing it digitally in three parts. Nevada Color is embarking on a month-long tour throughout May.
Check out the song "1962," from the band's new album, below.
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This Sunday, UK band Fear of Men will play Pittsburgh for the first time. With their soothing yet upbeat blend of indie rock, the Brighton band is not one to be missed.
The band is a trio at times and a four-(wo)man force at others. Singer/guitarist Jess Weiss, guitarist Daniel Falvey and drummer/keyboardist Michael Miles make up the studio lineup, recording and writing their material. For live shows, they add bassist Becky Wilkie.
Fear of Man's debut album Loom, released in April, is proof of the band's current success in the United States, having already played SXSW in 2013 and 2014. The album showcases Weiss's distinct voice, similar to Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino and Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield, and the grasping nature of the band's catchy and enticing sound. The song "Waterfall" from Loom shows just that.
The band will play Club Cafe Sunday night with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and Ablebody. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $12. 412-431-4950
A few months back, you might remember reading about Sunburst School of Music, Alex Stanton's then-budding music-instruction school. Stanton had just released an album with his current band, Townsppl, as well.
Tomorrow (Sat., May 10), Stanton and Sunburst are celebrating their grand opening. The school, on Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill, is already open, and representatives say it's already taken on over a hundred students. At tomorrow's event, students will perform, as will instructors (including Stanton and My Cardboard Spaceship Adventure's Mikey Meiers, among others).
The even takes place from 3 p.m.-7 p.m.; it starts with a performance from the Sunburst Rocks Band and continues with performances by other students, some as young as 6. At 6 p.m., the Sunburst 7 Band — that's the instructors — will play a set of its own, featuring songs written by students.
Sunburst is located at 5843 Forbes Ave., on the second floor. More info: 412-475-8280
A few weeks ago, we featured a review on a new-ish band called City Love Story; it's actually the same folks who used to be in Rising Regina, but they took another direction and, with it, a new name. It's all on the up-and-up, I think, and you can judge for yourself below by streaming a tune, "I'm Waiting," from the band's new album.
City Love Story is also looking for votes as an entrant in this year's Hard Rock Rising contest, so if you like, give 'em a vote.
If you like thinking and talking about music just as much as you like listening to it, there are two events happening in town tonight that might appeal.
Early on, at Brillobox in Bloomfield, Listening Spaces and Pandemic are presenting Music and Labor: A Public Roundtable, to commemorate May Day, the worker's holiday. Participating will be Montreal's Boogat, and Pittsburgh Caleb Gamble, Edgar Um Bucholtz, Herman Pearl, Kathy Newman and Roger Humphries. That discussion starts at 5 p.m. and runs until 6:30; afterward, Boogat will perform, along with DJ Pandemic Pete. The event is free.
Then from 7-10 p.m. at Alloy Studios in East Liberty, lauded rapper Pharoahe Monch will have a one-on-one with Pittsburgh's Jasiri X, as part of the Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Collective's ongoing discussion series. According to R.A.R.E. Nation, which combined forces with Jasiri X's 1Hood to put the series on, Monch will discuss "his career, music catalogue, process and the state of hip hop and the world. [His new album] PTSD weaves many stories together including drug addiction, government surveillance, and gang violence." Admission is $5.