Monday, January 30, 2017

MP3 Monday: Choo Jackson

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 11:16 AM

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This week's MP3 Monday is the opening track from Choo Jackson's latest, Choo, Where U Goin'? If you don't know Choo, "Camo" is a good introduction to his introspective, sardonic lyricism. This album is a beast. Start with streaming/downloading "Camo" right here, then check out his earlier output on his Soundcloud and keep an eye on him in 2017.


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Listen Up! Jan. 25

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 12:13 PM

Every Wednesday, we make a Spotify playlist containing tracks from artists mentioned in the current music section. Listen while reading the stories in this week's paper for a fully immersive experience.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

MP3 Monday: DK Anderson's Cypher

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 1:56 PM

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This week's MP3 Monday is a slow-burning jazz track from DK Anderson's Cypher. "Double Vision" is a good intro to the moody, abstract and unrushed style of his latest release, 8th Window, recorded at Mr. Smalls. It's a fantastic record, mixing challenging originals with covers including Jimi Hendrix and the Mario Bros. theme. No joke. Stream or download "Double Vision" below and keep up to date with their goings-on at their website.




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Thursday, January 19, 2017

On the first day of Donald Trump’s presidency, Pittsburgh Aquarian artists will gather for Aquapolypse Now!

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 10:47 AM

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January 21 marks Donald Trump’s first official day in office. It’s also a day where people around the country will act in protest against his administration.

That date has always held significance for VIA co-founder Lauren Goshinski — it’s her birthday. And this year felt like an opportunity to throw a different kind of party. Women (and men) who weren’t able to make it to Washington, D.C., for the Women's March on Washinton could still join in a similar spirit, for what Goshinski has dubbed Aquapolypse Now! or, the #millionwomanmoshpit. For the event, Goshinski set about assembling a large and diverse lineup of locally based, activism-minded artists, many of whom, like her, happened to be Aquariuses.

“Aquariuses [are] rebellious … they’re revolutionary,” Goshinski says over the phone
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. “I think a lot of the people who are participating have a mad-scientist quality to them: Even in their art practice or their unique outlook on the world, they’re chance-takers.”

In addition to collaborative performances by Slowdanger and Jean Paul Weaver, Anqwenique Wingfield and Julie Mallis, plus DJ sets and visuals by a variety of others, artists Michael David Battle and Joy KMT will present a “holy oils bar.” Because this is a time where, Battle says, when “folks [are] yearning to feel protected,” they will also create a prayerful meditation space.

Admittedly, things haven’t gone totally as planned: The original headliners, Princess Nokia and Moor Mother, both had to cancel last minute. That’s a bummer, Goshinski acknowledges later, via text, but “I’m still very glad and grateful that everyone involved cares most about this being an event to let loose together in solidarity.” And in that spirit, Aquapolypse Now! is now the after-party for the Our Feminism Must Be Intersectional Rally/March, which begins at 11 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 21, in East Liberty. (Proceeds from Aquapolypse Now! go to Planned Parenthood.)

Goshinski notes that, in addition to solidarity, the event offers an opportunity to witness the breadth of artistic talent the city has to offer. Something that, right now, it especially important. She says, “I can say everybody in this group shares some belief that you have to fully express — or try to fully express — who you are on this day.”

AQUAPOLYPSE NOW! 9 p.m. Sat., Jan. 21. Cattivo, 146 44th St., Lawrenceville. $5-15, sliding scale. 412-687-2157 or www.cattivopgh.com


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Listen Up! Jan. 18

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 2:35 PM

Every Wednesday, we make a Spotify playlist containing tracks from artists mentioned in the current music section. Listen while reading the stories in this week's paper for a fully immersive experience.


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Monday, January 16, 2017

MP3 Monday: Ancient History

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 4:50 PM

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This week's MP3 Monday is the slow-burning "Pico and Grand" from Ancient History's sophomore record, Good Friend Electrical. If you're unfamiliar with Ancient History but have an appetite for reverb, warmth, fuzz and intelligently-layered guitars, this album is not to be missed. Stream or download "Pico and Grand" below.



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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Listen Up! Jan. 11

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 1:34 AM

Every Wednesday, we make a Spotify playlist containing tracks from artists mentioned in the current music section. It can be a little jarring (Code Orange and Anne Feeney aren't likely on many playlists together) but that's because we try to cover a lot of ground in our music section. It's a good thing. Listen while reading the stories in this week's paper for a fully immersive experience.


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Monday, January 9, 2017

MP3 Monday: Violet Rose

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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This week's MP3 Monday is Violet Rose's "Repeat," a cool, sleekly produced pop song that's hard to shake. Rose is relocating to Los Angeles at some point in 2017, but you can still catch her last show as a Pittsburgh resident at Brillobox on Jan. 12. Stream or download "Repeat" below.


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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Listen Up! Jan. 4

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 3:44 PM

Every Wednesday, we make a Spotify playlist containing tracks from artists mentioned in the current music section. Listen while reading the stories in this week's paper for a fully immersive experience.


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Monday, January 2, 2017

MP3 Monday: Aquarocket

Posted By on Mon, Jan 2, 2017 at 9:51 AM

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Happy New Year! Our first MP3 Monday of 2017 comes from post-grunge alt-rockers Aquarocket. Stream or download the band’s new single, "Pearl Moon" — which the band premiered on New Years Eve — for free, below.


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