Thursday, February 4, 2010
Okay, here's the deal: instead of staying in all weekend because there could be some snow, you're going to take this opportunity to show just how tough you are, and get out to as many shows and dance parties as possible. Here's a sample agenda, gleaned from the things that I, for one reason or another, couldn't get into Short List this week --
Start off soft with some wine and cheese at Unblurred, the first Fridays art crawl on Penn Avenue in Bloomfield and Garfield. Then walk a few blocks over to Howlers in Bloomfield to check out local rockers Altaic (recently written up by the esteemed Manny Theiner), Onodrim (in the interest of full disclosure, this is my former bandmate's new awesome epic rock band) and Twin Towers (some longtime Pittsburgh weirdo rockers). Then back to Penn, to Envy, where my buddies Intense Andy and JordanK are spinning rock and powerpop for your enjoyment in an event recently rechristened as Radio Ready.
Cross a bridge or two and end up on the South Side, where you'll be greeted at the Rex Theatre by a conglomeration of amazing young Pittsburgh rock bands: Donora, Gramsci Melodic, Satin Gum, and Vesta. Then cap the night off with a trip to the New Amsterdam, where the Spoilers crew cooks up another Love Is Wet dance party. This one features a special guest, Sleazy McQueen, along with residents Nikkels, Lauren G and Tom Cox, plus projections by Tom McConnell.
Get up, crawl into some decent clothes, and head for Borders Eastside, where the WYEP Alternative Souper Bowl pits Meeting of Important People, Ernie Hawkins, and Boca Chica against one another in competition for the Lombardi Trophy of charitable giving. Or something. Just go. It's at noon and will be fun.