Two Gunns: Guitarist Steve Gunn finds joy in both collaboration and solo work

Two Gunns: Guitarist Steve Gunn finds joy in both collaboration and solo work

“We wanted to pare down and get back to a more simple style of touring.”

 

Critics' Picks, Jan. 19-25

Performances by Bad Case of Big Mouth, The Uptown Woods, Mathew Tembo and more

New Releases

Reviews of records by The Silver Thread, Bill Deasy and T-Tops

Destory All, the new CD from Pittsburgh Trio Strange Monsters, is full of character

“How would you feel if Optimus Prime was your older brother?”

Tribute album honors the legacy and music of Pittsburgh’s Anne Feeney while also offsetting medical costs

“It’s so beautiful what my friends got together to do for me.”

Pittsburgh’s Lyndsey Smith & Soul Distribution deliver a new EP

“Sometimes you have to lose control a little bit in order to find that order and find that place of peace.”

Code Orange continues its no-holds-barred takeover with local celebration of Forever

From nods to wrestling to carefully composed aggression, Jami Morgan talks about the inner workings of Code Orange

New Releases

Reviews of albums from Rainbow Kitten and Kyle Simpson Jazz Collective

Critics’ Picks, Jan. 12-18

Performances by Run the Jewels, Status Jackers, Teenage Halloween, Xeno & Oaklander and more

Members of the Pittsburgh music community reflect on the role of art and activism in the coming year

“We keep fighting because certain things have not changed.”

Brooklyn’s Big Thief houses heartbreak and self-loathing in cozy, familiar folk rock

“Real love makes your lungs black / Real love is a heart attack”

Pittsburgh hip-hop artist and music mentor, Shad Ali, takes on role of head instructor at CMU’s Arts Greenhouse

It’s a fusion of two things he loves: working with kids and making music

Critics’ Picks, Jan. 5-11

Performances by Galactic Empire, DOG, T-Tops, Reel Big Fish, Cherry Mellow and more

City Paper writers look back at music in 2016

The best (or at least most memorable) things we saw and heard this year

As Jack Swing, Pittsburgh musician Isaiah Ross heads out on his own

“I realized I was in that low space and I wanted to fight back and fight through it with my music.”

Critics’ Picks, Dec. 29-Jan. 4

Devon Goods, Rock Against Trump, and parties at Belvederes, Umami and Spirit

In the years after a big hit and a big miss, The Verve Pipe learns from its mistakes

“We had a three-month budget for $400,000; we took nine months and spent $1.2 million.”

Murrysville-born experimental musician Andrea Parkins approaches her work from a Rube Goldbergian perspective

“All of these things put together are moving something through time.”

Panic and paranoia get their day in the sun with String Machine’s debut

That parallel between his paranoia and external turmoil became the driving force for Threads

Critics’ Picks, Dec. 22-28

Performances by Hardo & Jimmy Wopo, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, River Oaks, Southside American, Honey and more

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