Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Listen Up: Playlist of artists in this week's CP

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM

If you missed its debut last week, Listen Up! Is a feature in which I make a Spotify playlist of artists either mentioned in this week's CP or who are having shows in town this week that are listed in our concert listings. It's informative to you; it's a challenge to me to make a cohesive playlist from what I'm given. Before you notice at least one glaring omission, I should point out that we can obviously only work with artists who are currently on Spotify — that unfortunately rules out this week's cover boy, Tairey, but you should read Michael Crandle's profile of him anyway.

This week's weirdest transition may be from "We Dem Boyz" to a reggae-inspired track by jazz quintet Paul Giallorenzo's GitGo. Hey! I swear it works!

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New show announcements this week: Foo Fighters, alt-J, more

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 10:35 AM

  • Photo courtesy of Brantley Gutierrez
  • Foo Fighters

Tuesday afternoon is when I usually fill you in on some new concerts that have been announced recently, but alas, I was off exploring the Pennsylvania countryside in the snow yesterday, so a little catch-up is in order.

The biggest concert announcement of the past few days: Foo Fighters, coming to First Niagara Pavilion Aug. 25, 2015. The opener for that part of the tour will be Royal Blood, who play Altar Bar on Dec. 3, if you wanna get a taste of that early.

While we're on the topic of rock bands that were big in the '90s, Bush plays Stage AE on Feb. 17; tickets are $32.50-35 and go on sale this Friday. On Feb. 28, indie-folk group The Lone Bellow plays AE (in its club configuration); $16-18, on sale Friday as well.

At the Benedum Center, alt-J plays a show April 2; tickets ($35-49.50) go on sale this Friday.

Dweezil Zappa will be in town with his Zappa Plays Zappa show Sun., April 5, at Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead; tickets (ranging from $22.50 up to $69.50) go on sale this Friday.

Erin McKeown plays Club Cafe Jan. 29 ($14, on sale this Friday).

And alt-country/blues guy J.J. Grey brings his band Mofro to Mr. Small's on Wed., Feb. 25; $22-25, on sale Friday.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

MP3 Monday: Wreck Loose

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Wreck Loose: Only You
  • Photo Courtesy of Noah Purdy

We hope this catchy track brightens up your dark, rainy Monday. It's called "Only You," and is a b-side off of Wreck Loose's new single, "Feed Me," released just last week.

To download, right-click here and choose "save link as"

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Chuck Prophet comes to Club Cafe tomorrow night

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM

  • Photo Courtesy of Keith Corcoran

Chuck Prophet will be making a stop at Club Café to promote his new (and 12th) solo album, Night Surfer, which features former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck as well as Prairie Prince, drummer of The Tubes.

Prophet began is career straight out of high school in the ‘80s with the psychedelic group, Green on Red. After the band dissolved in 1990, he started his solo career with album Brother Aldo. Prophet became known for his gritty representations of reality through his American rock. Since then, his songs have been covered by the likes of Kelly Willis and Boz Skaggs. He now continues to perform as a solo artist and with his band, Mission Express.

Prophet plays Club Café tomorrow, Sat., Nov. 16. Doors open at 6:00; tickets are $20.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Listen Up: Stream artists from this week's issue on Spotify

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Was a time when we put together a feature on FFW>> called Stream This Ish -- it allowed you to stream songs from different artists mentioned in the week's issue, by putting widgets from their Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages all together in one spot. Guess what? That took a lot of time to put together!

But, what doesn't take that long to put together is a Spotify playlist. So if you use Spotify (AND HOPEFULLY YOU ALSO BUY CDS OR LPS OR DOWNLOADS FROM ARTISTS SO THEY DON'T GO BROKE), you're in luck. In this new FFW>> feature, I'll be curating weekly Spotify playlists consisting of artists who are either featured in the week's paper, or are in town and didn't get a mention in the section.

I'll play a little fast and loose — for example, this week's Renegades of Rhythm tour stop gets three tracks on the list: one from DJ Shadow, one from Cut Chemist, and one from Afrika Bambaataa, who isn't on the tour but is its impetus. (Also, obviously, only artists whose work is on Spotify can make it onto the list. Sorry, Taylor.)

Can I put together decent playlists weekly using ONLY artists coming to town and local artists? Can I order them so that they make sense and aren't painfully jarring? Will you actually listen? All of these questions are yet to be answered! But let's give it a try!

Here goes:

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New shows coming to town include Murder By Death, Aesop Rock

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Each week around this time, the new concert announcements start to pile up — so here's a rundown of some of the more exciting recently revealed upcoming local shows, from Aesop Rock at Altar to a Donora listening party at Club Cafe.

Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Downtown
Sarah McLachlan, Wed., March 11 (on sale this Friday)

Altar Bar (1620 Penn Ave., Strip District)
Mushroomhead, Sat., Jan. 10 ($21-23, on sale this Saturday)
Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic, Thu., Feb. 12 ($20-23, on sale this Friday)

Murder By Death
  • Photo courtesy of Greg Whitaker
  • Murder By Death

Mr. Small's Theatre (400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale):
Motion City Soundtrack, Sat., Jan. 24 ($25, on sale this Friday)
Machine Head, Sat., Feb. 7 ($25-27, on sale this Friday)
Murder By Death with O'Death, Tue., Feb. 24
moe., Sun., March 15

Club Cafe (56 S. 12th St., South Side)
Donora Ha Ha, Heart listening party, Sat., Dec. 6 ($10-12, on sale now)
Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, Tue., Dec. 9 ($10-12, on sale now)
Kat Edmondson, Sun., Feb. 22 ($30, on sale this Friday)

Stage AE (400 North Shore Drive, North Side)
Gaelic Storm, Thu., Feb. 19 ($22-25, on sale this Friday)

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Pittsburgh Pearl Jam tribute act on AXS TV series tonight

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Local Pearl Jam fans have long had a solution when they needed a fix — Ten, a Pearl Jam tribute that tours nationally and internationally, but rose up through the ranks here in Pittsburgh. The locally based band gets a big boost tonight when it appears live on AXS TV's program World's Greatest Tribute Bands.

Ten will play live at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles for the broadcast, which airs tonight at 10 p.m. on AXS. AXS is available to local Verizon FIOS users at channel 569, and via DIRECTV (340) and Dish Network (167).

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Monday, November 10, 2014

The Voice season 4 runner-up Michelle Chamuel visits Pittsburgh tomorrow

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 1:38 PM


After taking home second place in Season 4 of The Voice, Michelle Chamuel has released her first single called “Face the Fire,” a synth-pop tune featuring her soulful vocals. Chamuel studied performing arts technology at University of Michigan before joining the band My Dear Disco in 2007, later renamed Ella Riot. In 2011, the band called it quits and Chamuel went searching for other musical outlets. She got picked up in 2013 at an audition for The Voice by singing a rendition of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” that impressed judges Usher, Adam Levine and Shakira. Later, she found herself on Team Usher and went on to impress the crowds with her powerful voice and truthful personality.

Now, post-competition, Chamuel has truly returned to her alias “the Reverb Junkie,” and is producing new pop-electro sounds. You can hear some of her new tracks Tuesday, Nov. 11 at The Club at Stage AE as part of her month-long Turn It Up Tour.

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MP3 Monday: Heather Kropf

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 10:33 AM

  • Photo Courtesy of Ashley Dru

Hey folks, this week's MP3 Monday is brought to us courtesy of the Calliope Pittsburgh Folk Music Society's Songwriters Circle. The society will be hosting a CD release event November 14 at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts to celebrate its tenth annual compilation CD of local singer-songwriters. This MP3 Monday features one of the talented artists who contributed to the compilation: Heather Kropf. The track, "This is How the Time Goes," showcases her tender, lyrically centered music.

To download, right-click here and choose "save link as"

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Duquesne University celebrates 200th birthday of saxophone inventor

Posted By on Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Are you passionate about the saxophone? On Sat., Nov. 8, Duquesne University will be hosting a 200th birthday celebration for Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the instrument. The music school will be hosting performances, master classes, and an Adolphe Sax exhibit on loan from the Embassy of Belgium. The closing concert will feature an appearance from jazz saxophonist Dick Oatts.

All saxophonists and fans of the instrument are welcome to the day-long event; cost is a suggested $10 donation.

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