“This mentality of making something sound vintage or old, I just don’t get it.”
“Music absolutely saved me.”
Josh Groban was bullied as a kid. He describes his younger self as shy and sensitive, very unlike the Groban we know now, the multi-platinum-selling artist who belts some of the most powerful ballads in the modern operatic world and makes cameos in shows like The Office and Parks & Recreation.
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Performances by Femi Kuti and the Positive Force, Esmé Patterson, See Through Dresses, Young Thug, Slipknot and Marilyn Manson
[AFROBEAT] + THU., JULY 28
Femi Kuti and the Positive Force will fill the Rex Theater with funk-drenched Afrobeat, intended to get you grooving. Kuti is a multi-instrumentalist (and son of the legendary Fela Kuti) with major chops on the saxophone, trumpet and keyboard.
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“I’m trying to find the next Foo Fighters, the band that’s going to sell out arenas.”
With his label, SuperMonkey Recording Company, Christian Groblewski aims to do for Pittsburgh what Sub Pop did for Seattle. “I’m a child of the ’90s, I was influenced by the grunge scene,” he says, sitting behind the desk in SuperMonkey headquarters, an Allentown storefront which — thanks to a grant from the neighborhood nonprofit Hilltop Alliance — will eventually open to the public as a record store.
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Reviews of records by Nik Sea and Paul Labrise
Living on the Outside
www.facebook.com/NikSeaOfficial Nik Sea’s Living on the Outside is a solid, grooving rock effort, offering funk-fused music that leans into pop sensibilities, while still incorporating some moments of grit and edge underneath messages of love and lust.
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