"We're really trying to instill core life skills with music as a vehicle."
Onstage at the New Bohemian — a church-turned-venue/tattoo shop in the North Side — a band called the Funktion launches into a familiar cover. "There is a house in New Orleans / they caaallllll the rising sun."
A pro's tips on how to handle your first studio session
Your band has written, arranged and rehearsed a new collection of songs that are now ready to record. What next?
"Try to find your own story, and be as true and bold as you can possibly be in telling it."
Sitting down to write a song can be a daunting process, so City Paper asked four local musicians to share their songwriting advice and their own experiences with the craft. I draw inspiration from other people's work, usually a sentence or passage from a book, or someone else's song or lyric that has affected me in some way.
"I wasn't in the parking lot more than five minutes before I was somewhere else."
Editor's Note: Johnstown-based singer-songwriter Matt Miller — who performs under the moniker "The One and Only Matt Miller" — makes lo-fi and warmly experimental music that wouldn't sound out of place on the Elephant 6 roster. He recently joined fellow Johnstown act Stage Hands for a three-week Southern tour, and was kind enough to give us his unique take of life on the road.
You can tell a lot about a person by the music they listen to, though it's probably not fair to judge the content of one's soul simply by a playlist. After all, who hasn't downloaded "Livin' la Vida Loca" because it kept running through one's brain at 2 a.m.?
"I do admit to a major love affair with sad songs."
It's only natural to throw yourself into your work. So as we were working on this week's CP Music Issue and prying into the musical tastes of others, we started wondering what our coworkers were quietly listening to at their desks all day.
These kids are rock stars
Video by Ashley Murray For the first time ever, City Paper set out to produce four different covers for one weekly issue.
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"It's an unfair burden to say Port Authority should eat the cost of that free fare."
When Port Authority announced at its March board meeting that it had reached a $1.2 million deal to keep the T’s North Side station free of charge, it came with a glaring omission. There was no announcement of a deal to keep fares free at Allegheny Station — the final stop on the North Shore Connector — which have been underwritten for the past three years by the Steelers and Rivers Casino.
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