Local bands gear up for Maximum Who-Phoria 

Few would pass up the opportunity to see Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend square off with whatever session pros they have onstage, and they still consider themselves The Who, as evidenced by 2006's Endless Wire album under that name. But it's not really the same thing, now is it? At this weekend's local tribute extravaganza, Maximum Who-Phoria, you're guaranteed exactly zero original Who members, but quite likely some of the same primal guitar-smashing, drum-detonating energy of the progenitors.

The show takes place at 9 p.m. Sat., Jan. 17, at Howler's Coyote Café in Bloomfield. The dozen or so participating bands/performers are (big breath): Amoeba Knievel, eD fROM oHIO, The Four Roses, The Gothees, Devilish Merry, Moonlight Motel, The Angry Francis and Derica, as well as other locals in more purpose-built bands. The cover is $5, or $3 with two non-perishable food donations. (Heinz products couldn't be more appropriate.)


It's that time of year again: The third annual Pittsburgh Hip Hop Awards kick off with an evening-long extravaganza on Sun., Feb. 9 at the Downtown Hilton. We're telling you now so you can place your votes in more than 35 categories between now and noon, Feb. 7 at www.pittsburghhiphopawards.com. (Nominations closed Jan. 10.) Although a bit oversold as "the biggest music industry event on the East Coast" (CMJ, anyone?), it's a huge night out for Pittsburgh's hip-hop performers and fans alike.


Times have changed since young bands squirreled away paper-route money for cassette 4-tracks, but as long as there's high school, there will be bands like Call to Attraction, and audiences who love them. The local pop-punk band combines the genre's trademark nasal vocals, along with four-part harmonies, major-key hooks and occasional flurries of lead-guitar prowess and rhythmic breakdowns. Its CD, Something Like This ..., includes plenty of upbeat jams (like the opener "Caught Me Dreaming") along with the occasional sensitive ballad ("Shine to Me"). It's pretty smokin' for a local release, especially one recorded and produced by an 18-year-old, the band's main songwriter and vocalist Ryan Wood.

The band's all-ages release show is Sat., Jan. 17 at the Rex Theatre with RC Static, Chances Are High, Your Life & Mine and For the Record.



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