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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cruel Noise Records' John Villegas on cassettes and Record Store Day's shortcomings

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 9:47 AM

John Villegas at his music store Cruel Noise Records in Polish Hill. - CP PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS
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  • John Villegas at his music store Cruel Noise Records in Polish Hill.
Record Store Day takes place on April 21. The idea of the event is that labels come out with a list of rare releases, new releases or re-releases and sell those records in independent stores around the country.

The problem is that, to be a part of those RSD specific releases, you have to pay in. Additionally, the mediums in which we consume music vary, and some other options can be more accessible and affordable. John Villegas of Cruel Noise Records, in Polish Hill, chatted with City Paper about his shop's relationship to RSD and what he sees trending in the store.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

MP3 Monday: The Lampshades

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 3:17 PM

PHOTO COURTESY OF SHAUNA MILLER
  • Photo courtesy of Shauna Miller

Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free, and this week we’re also premiering a music video to go along with it. The song is “Always On” by The Lampshades, an acoustic number filled with melancholic, dreamy harmonies about fearing loneliness and falling into bad romantic habits as a result. Watch the meandering, warm video (featuring empty mall footage) and stream or download “Always On” for free below.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

MP3 Monday: Through Binoculars

Posted By on Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 11:22 AM

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Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s “Marlayna / One More Day,” by Through Binoculars. It’s a beachy folk number full of choral harmonies and longing. Stream or download “Marlayna / One More Day” for free below.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Concert photos: Pink plays sold-out show at PPG Paints Arena

Posted By on Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 11:15 AM

P!nk at PPG Paints Arena on Sat., April 7 - CP PHOTOS BY JAKE MYSLIWCZYK
  • CP photos by Jake Mysliwczyk
  • P!nk at PPG Paints Arena on Sat., April 7
P!nk brought her Beautiful Trauma Tour to PPG Paints Arena last night, blowing up the stage with an elaborate set that included a dazzling light show and the singer swinging on a giant chandelier. Can you tell our photo intern Jake Mysliwczyk had a blast shooting these photos from the sold-out show?

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Monday, April 2, 2018

MP3 Monday: Jack Swing

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 1:58 PM

Jack Swing - 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 “Take the Night,” by Jack Swing, a catchy rock jam with delicious riffs. The distorted guitars and groovy guitar hook, paired with expressive vocals, will have you dancing the night away. Stream or download “Take The Night” for free below, and check out the underdog-story music video, directed by Caleb Christopher Porto. 


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Monday, March 26, 2018

MP3 Monday: Clara Kent

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 2:39 PM

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Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s “Clarity,” by Clara Kent. The track is a smooth R&B number that details the struggles of a workaholic. The soulful hook calls for clarity, and to be present and honest with oneself.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

MP3 Monday: Venus In Furs

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 11:12 AM

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Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s “Gary,” by Venus in Furs. The grimy, synth-tinged alternative-rock number oozes longing. It would sound at home in a neon-lit warehouse club full of sweaty bodies.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

MP3 Monday: Rave Ami

Posted By on Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 12:31 PM

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Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s “Blue Narcissus,” by Rave Ami, formerly Honey. The new track is a bouncy, fuzzy rock track, with catchy melodies and melancholy lyrics — just the warped juxtaposition that makes Rave Ami shine.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

MP3 Monday: Rabid Pigs

Posted By on Mon, Mar 5, 2018 at 12:22 PM

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Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s “No Escape,” by the straight-edge, power-violence act, Rabid Pigs. It’s an aggressive number that brings the slow, beat-down punishment, before briefly giving way to a punk sprint.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Pittsburgh Music Ecosystem Project Town Hall Meeting raises more questions than answers

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 3:31 PM

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“We’re not expecting to walk out with any answers,” Abby Goldstein said on Tue., Feb. 27, from the stage of the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, in East Liberty. “We’re gathering input.” The general manager of 91.3 WYEP-FM, Goldstein was there to moderate the Pittsburgh Music Ecosystem Project Town Hall Meeting, a mouthful of a title for an effort geared toward strengthening the Pittsburgh music scene.

The event served as the next step following a joint effort by WYEP, the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, fueled by a $30,000 grant from Heinz Endowments. Five panelists, all with some connection to Pittsburgh music, spoke candidly with Goldstein and fielded questions from the audience.

The panel consisted of: Emily Plazek, CEO of MIC (Music Industry Connected); Charles “Poogie” Bell, Grammy-award winning jazz drummer, producer and composer; Liz Berlin, of Rusted Root and co-owner of Mr. Smalls Theatre, among other things; Thomas Agnew, editor in chief of JENESIS magazine and co-founder of BOOM Concepts, a community organization that works with artists and musicians; and Dave Wheeler, guitarist/vocalist of Outsideinside and Carousel.

Audience members were encouraged to submit questions to the panelists. Volunteers handed out blue index cards at the entrance to jot them down. In a savvy technological move, the meeting was hooked up to the sli.do app, allowing the chance to inquire that way, take a couple surveys, or — as many did — to simply vent. The submitted text was then projected onto screens above both sides of the stage.

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