Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A night with PUP and Charly Bliss at Pittsburgh's Spirit

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 1:47 PM

PHOTO COURTESY OF AMANDA FOTES
  • Photo courtesy of Amanda Fotes

In the early 2010s, the term “pop punk” had essentially become a slur that any melodic punk band who were too cool for Warped Tour (i.e. anyone who cited Weezer over Blink-182 as an influence) attempted to avoid at all costs. For many reasons, the embarrassment was justified.


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Listen Up! June 21 Issue

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 12:48 PM

Xenia Rubinos - PHOTO COURTESY OF ANTI- RECORDS
  • Photo courtesy of ANTI- Records
  • Xenia Rubinos
Spooky! All the artists on this playlist just *happen* to be featured in tomorrow's issue. Hit play for music from Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, The Regrettes, Xenia Rubinos, BJ Barham and more. Due to this week's coverage of WYEP's Summer Music Festival on June 24, this playlist is funky as hell. Enjoy.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

MP3 Monday: LEFTFIELD

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 11:45 AM

PHOTO COURTESY OF KELLY CARTER
  • Photo courtesy of Kelly Carter
Each week, we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s new music from LEFTFIELD, the highly skilled MC/producer duo of Reason and DOC LVLY. “Agency,” featuring LKHD and Rhetorical Artz, serves as a good introduction to their earnest, old school mentality and crisp, smart production. The album is Learned Process. Go find it. Stream or download “Agency" below.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Listen Up! June 14 Issue

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 11:09 AM

Laura Mvula
  • Laura Mvula
Spooky! All the artists on this playlist just *happen* to be featured in tomorrow's issue. Hit play for music from Nicole Atkins, Odean Pope, NVSV, The Ghost Wolves, Maw Paw and more! Two more. 

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Monday, June 12, 2017

MP3 Monday: Glo Phase

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 11:40 AM

COVER ART BY PETE JOHNSON
  • Cover art by Pete Johnson
Each week, we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s “Tchoupitoulas,” from Glo Phase’s Halftone. That title (pronounced “chop-it-too-las”) references to a street in New Orleans, where much of the album was written over a month last winter. Words like hip hop, IDM and chillwave might work to describe it, but the album art (above) does it much better. Stream or download "Tchoupitoulas" below.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Nick Cave, the "deranged preacher," comes to Pittsburgh's Carnegie Music Hall on Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Cave, Bad Seeds
  • Cave, Bad Seeds

“I come from a different school of frontmen. Full-on attack,” Nick Cave says in a recent interview in GQ.

“It's an attack on your audience of some sort. It's just the way it's always been.”

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Pittsburgh's Devin Moses and the Saved just want to make you feel good

Posted By on Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 3:40 PM

PHOTO COURTESY OF BILLY ROWAN
  • Photo courtesy of Billy Rowan

The album art for Devin Moses and the Saved's album release show features a group drawing, like a psychedelic class photo, of people who have helped the band along the way. There’s people like Mary Jo Coll from Howlers, and the organizer of the Deutschtown Music Festival. Like any good class photo, there are also a bunch of misfits, like the model Iman, comedian Duncan Trussell, and the devil. And like their album art, The Saved is a hodgepodge of genre and inspiration.

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Listen Up! June 7 Issue

Posted By on Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 11:42 AM

PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY CAROLINE RUSSELL
  • Photo courtesy of Mary Caroline Russell
We've always wanted to insert little computer chips and speakers into City Paper, so that when you open it, music from artists featured in the paper plays while you read about them (like a big old greeting card). But that's just not realistic. This is the second-best thing: a Spotify playlist featuring music from tomorrow's issue. Listen up.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Three Days at the Nelsonville Music Festival

Posted By on Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 1:42 PM

Staff and organizers at Nelsonville Music Festival
  • Staff and organizers at Nelsonville Music Festival

I have a confession to make. Music festivals are kind of a nightmare to me. Major festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo and Firefly are expensive, require immense amounts of preparation, and are often populated by a crowd of thousands of cliques. Obviously special connections can be forged with camp neighbors and strangers, but in my experience at the last Firefly I attended, very few people were interested in any type of community building.

Nelsonville Music Festival is not that kind of festival.

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MP3 Monday: Host Skull

Posted By on Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 12:41 PM

The skulls (and heads) of Host Skull - PHOTO COURTESY OF JULI WERNER/DAVID BERNABO
  • Photo courtesy of Juli Werner/David Bernabo
  • The skulls (and heads) of Host Skull
Each week, we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s the latest from Host Skull, the duo of David Bernabo and Will Dyar. “Form Destroyer,” from their forthcoming Destruction (July 14), is typically heady stuff for these two, but as always, it’s an engaging and satisfying listen. Stay tuned for more on that album when it’s out. Stream or download it below.

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