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Monday, February 19, 2018

MP3 Monday: Night Night Boy

Posted By on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 1:28 PM

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Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week it’s “Heart of Stone” by Night Night Boy. This brief power pop jammer has everything — catchy hooks, a ripping guitar solo and a bouncy chorus to sing along to at the top of your lungs.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Palm's Eve Alpert on Philadelphia, working slowly and making weird pop music

Posted By on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 11:58 AM

Palm - PHOTO COURTESY OF DYLAN PEARCE
  • Photo courtesy of Dylan Pearce
  • Palm


When City Paper recently called Eve Alpert, she was pulled over on the side of the road to talk on the phone “without being a distracted driver!” The guitarist and vocalist of pysch-pop band Palm was en route to vacuum the van before their latest tour.

In the following forty minutes, we chatted about Palm's latest record Rock Island, making pop music that's also weird and writing music patiently and slowly. 


Rock Island, the latest Palm record, came out Feb. 9. How does it feel to finally have that body of work out in the open?

It feels longer, maybe because the stream came out a week ago. This is the most excited we’ve been about a release and about the music and recording that we’ve ever been. I’m really happy and very happy with the music.


This is the first time we felt very confident about all the songs we wrote, and we’ve really focused on making a cohesive, unified record. With all our previous releases, they were just the songs we had at the time, so making the songs feel cohesive and whole was always an afterthought, but this time it was an intentional act from the first song we wrote. It was also the first time we’ve had a lot of time to record.


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Listen Up! Feb. 14 Issue

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 3:26 PM

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What the future sounds like: a playlist featuring all of the artists in the music section of tomorrow's issue. In it, we're covering stories from Mars Jackson, Andre Costello and the Cool Minors, moon baby, Spish and more.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

MP3 Monday: Distant Futures

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 12:01 PM

PHOTO COURTESY OF NICK SEYLER
  • Photo courtesy of Nick Seyler

Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s the dynamic, jangly rock tune, “Post Office,” by Distant Futures. It’s a sentimental jaunt about love found and lost, served with a hint of Brit-rock sensibilities.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Listen Up! Feb. 7 Issue

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 2:26 PM

moon baby (in red) poses with drag queens at Blue Moon, where they regularly perform - CP PHOTO BY JOHN COLOMBO
  • CP photo by John Colombo
  • moon baby (in red) poses with drag queens at Blue Moon, where they regularly perform
What the future sounds like: a playlist featuring all of the artists in the music section of tomorrow's issue. In it, we're covering stories from moon baby, The Spinners, Edhochuli and more.

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Review: Noah Gundersen at the Rex Theater, Sat., Feb. 3

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 10:56 AM

Noah Gundersen performs solo at the Rex Theater - CP PHOTOS BY EMILY BENNETT
  • CP photos by Emily Bennett
  • Noah Gundersen performs solo at the Rex Theater

How does that old phrase go again? The one about meeting your heroes? Oh, right. NEVER DO IT. EVER.


I once heard about a writer who was completely elated to meet Ellen DeGeneres. During the interview, Ellen didn’t even smile. That’s enough to scar you for one whole lifetime. I think I speak for all of us here in saying that I imagine Ellen smiling even as she’s cleaning out the garbage disposal.

Just like all those other sayings go, sometimes you simply can’t help yourself. It's easy to imagine that once you meet said hero, you’ll become best friends, and go explore cities and eat ice cream together in the style of an '80s-movie montage, while “We're Going to Be Friends” by the White Stripes plays tenderly in the background.

This is why I had to meet Noah Gundersen. Imagine all the ice-cream cones.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

MP3 Monday: Shay Park

Posted By on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 6:04 PM

Shay Park - PHOTO COURTESY OF NICK SEYLER
  • Photo courtesy of Nick Seyler
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Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s Shay Park’s “To Love Me.” It’s a pop ditty, full of longing, with a melody you’ll find yourself humming for weeks. Let it soundtrack the bus ride to your first date with a new crush. Stream or download “To Love Me” below.




To download "To Love Me," right-click here and select "save link as."


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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Listen Up! Jan. 31 Issue

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Noah Gundersen - PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARLIE SHUCK
  • Photo courtesy of Charlie Shuck
  • Noah Gundersen
What the future sounds like: a playlist featuring all of the artists in the music section of tomorrow's issue. In it, we're covering stories from Noah Gundersen, Oso Oso, Chris Farren, Blue Soul Ten and more.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

MP3 Monday: Mars Jackson

Posted By on Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 5:43 PM

Mars Jackson
  • Mars Jackson

Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s “Heart Dance,” by Mars Jackson, produced by NICE REC and Grand Ear. Mars Jackson’s delightfully dreamy R&B/pop track will have you moving your feet and falling in love on the dance floor. Stream or download “Heart Dance” for free below.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review: St. Vincent at Stage AE Jan. 9th

Posted By on Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 4:30 PM

CP PHOTOS BY MEG FAIR
  • CP photos by Meg Fair

On an only mildly chilly night in Pittsburgh, a small crowd gathered early at Stage AE for the VIP experience pre-doors. The feeling in the group was one of nervous excitement and uncertainty about what to expect upon entering the nearly empty venue.


Around 5:30 p.m., about three dozen of us were brought into the venue to play the signature St. Vincent guitar, pose at her bright pink press podium from the album artwork, and explore the merch table without a crowd. But most importantly, this VIP experience included an acoustic performance (“Laughing With A Mouth of Blood” and “Prince Johnny”) and a half hour or so of discussion.


I don’t call it a Q&A because it wasn’t like a press conference. She asked as many questions of us, if not more, than were asked of her, and the questions ranged from serious to silly. I took off my journalist cap and asked her what her favorite holiday is (“Halloween, I guess. Or, no! A nice Easter, actually.”) I won’t say much more on it, just that it was an absolute privilege to engage with such an empathetic, funny and brilliant artist. If you have a strict, "Don’t meet your hero" rule, she’s one artist worth breaking it for.

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