England’s indie-rock Bloc Party still evolving after 17 years

England’s indie-rock Bloc Party still evolving after 17 years

“There isn’t a prescribed formula when it comes to making music.”

Boston-based band Quilt is informed by a wide-open musical approach

“There was no intention behind our music. We just wanted to be a band.”

Hip-hop artist Blak Rapp Madusa brings her mix of art and activism to Ladyfest Pittsburgh

Message-driven art always runs the risk of feeling flat, but Steel Waters Run Deep is gorgeous, tough, spiritual and overflowing with pain and love

A conversation with Gillian McCain, co-author of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored History of Punk

“I think it was just a time period that people were ready to talk.”

On its new record, Pittsburgh’s Come Holy Spirit provides catharsis for troubled hearts

This is music you can dance to. It’s also music you can cry to

For James McMurtry, making music is a Complicated Game

“I would come in, play a few tracks with vocal and guitar, and then I’d have to get in the van and go make some money.”

The Bad Plus takes the traditional piano trio configuration in adventurous directions

“We try to do it in a way that feels like this is our music, this is our time.”

On his new EP, Pittsburgh rapper Pk Delay refines his sound and his persona

“That’s my movement. I want to add a positive aspect to the music.”

Three decades in, Guided by Voices is a study in well-prepared spontaneity

“It’s 50 songs every night, and we go for it.”

Innovative composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith joins pianist Vijay Iyer at the 2016 Pittsburgh JazzLive International Jazz Festival

“Nowadays, I think it’s probably easier to look at the work and call it creative music.”

On her ethereal new record, Julianna Barwick checks a few items off her musical wishlist

The meanings of these songs remain ever inscrutable, even if the sounds become increasingly recognizable

More highlights of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International

Outside stages set up along Penn Avenue allow listeners to catch multiple performances all day

Pittsburgh’s The Gotobeds come out swinging on their Sub Pop debut

“And then all of a sudden we started to think, ‘Should we be giving a shit too?’”

On its second EP, Pittsburgh’s LoFi Delphi balances elaborate arrangements with strong hooks

“We have parts that are more complex. But we try really hard to write good pop songs.”

Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball aims to make show spaces safer

“There’s a lot less people coming up to us after shows saying they’re getting groped or kicked in face.”

As guitarist of the Mavericks, Eddie Perez lives out his rock-god dreams in an unlikely forum

“You wouldn’t think that an influence of Jimmy Page or Angus Young of AC/DC would fit into the Mavericks, but somehow it does.”


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