Famed drummer/composer Stewart Copeland comes to town to premiere his Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra-commissioned orchestral work, <i>Tyrant’s Crush</i>

Famed drummer/composer Stewart Copeland comes to town to premiere his Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra-commissioned orchestral work, Tyrant’s Crush

“I’ve discovered that the orchestra can do all kinds of very cool stuff.”

The Cactus Blossoms’ fresh sound is planted in classic country

“People might not believe it, but we’re really not nostalgic.”

Saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett lends his distinct style to the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

“Mingus said, ‘How do you do that?’ I said, ‘I worked on it! It’s very difficult.’”

After tours with Riff Raff and Mac Miller, DJ Afterthought is making his mark in the Pittsburgh hip-hop scene

“The DJ’s voice got smaller and smaller to the point where most DJs are comfortable being that guy in the back, just playing music. For me, it’s more personal.”

Montreal’s Young Galaxy aims to hold on to youthful idealism

Lyrically, Falsework’s existential musings seem to contemplate the trade-off inherent to creative pursuits, elevating the songs beyond the realm of mere pop

A conversation with Ryan Bingham

“I really don’t think you can make anybody happy unless you’re happy yourself.”

With a new record, Columbus, Ohio’s Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons expand their vision

“Our shows have been more exciting and more people have been coming out, which has been wonderful.”

For Baltimore’s rootsy singer-songwriter Stephen Lee, emo isn’t a bad word

“A lot of that genre is — instead of writing these grand stories — writing about the themes and ethics in your own life.”

Scott Stapp breaks free of his own prison

“It’s been overwhelming. There’s been a tremendous outpour of support.”

Torres on psychopathy, Jesus Christ and why Sharon Van Etten is the best

“I find it so easy to share with strangers it’s unbelievable.”

In its second year, the Strip District Music Festival offers a massive lineup of local musicians and other performers

“I thought we would be successful if we got 2,000 people tops. We got at least 8,000 people.”

This year’s Strip District Music Festival will highlight hip-hop artists from around the city

“When you’re up-and-coming you have to be hitting them from every angle.”

With a new record and a tour with metal heavyweights Lamb of God and Anthrax, Deafheaven is ready to prove itself to skeptics

That break from convention has caused a passionate and not insignificant sect of the metal community to turn on Deafheaven and tag it as not metal enough

Career saxophonist and Bruce Springsteen band member Eddie Manion celebrates a new solo record at the Strand Theater

“I thought, ‘I don’t have a record that shows the way I sound on some of these standards.’”

Our writers offer music-related predictions, recommendations and wishes for 2016

Earlier shows, more all-ages venues and a Wu Tang Album Generator app

The year in music: Pittsburgh and beyond

Hits and misses of 2015, as compiled by our music writers

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