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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Listen Up! Dec. 13 Issue

Posted By on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 4:11 PM

PHOTO COURTESY OF SHERYL NIELDS
  • Photo courtesy of Sheryl Nields
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 Aimee Mann, Rachel Lynne, Slingshot Dakota, The Early Mays and more. Listen up.

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The Barr Brothers switch up its sound on tour for new album Queens of the Breakers

Posted By on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 3:54 PM

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  • Photo courtesy of Brigitte Henry
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I fell in love with The Barr Brothers self-titled debut while driving back from a long weekend of cross country skiing in Thomas, W. Va. I’d been out on mountain trails during the day and frequenting the regionally legendary folk venue, The Purple Fiddle, by night. The Barr Brothers' lo-fi, neo-folk sound provided the perfect soundtrack. It’s a wintry sound and reminiscent of Bon Iver, who I also adored. When I listen to it now, I can still feel the sting on my cheeks of the cold and see the low light flitting across the snow out the car window. It’s fair to say that this band has fit into a deeply sentimental part of my brain and that I went into the show with some high expectations — especially since I also adore their sophomore release Sleeping Operator just as fervently.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

MP3 Monday: Bindley Hardware Co.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 4:20 PM

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Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week it’s “Down the Run” by Bindley Hardware Co. It’s a treat for anyone who loves catchy harmonies, tasteful twang and cheeky warnings to stay out of trouble. Stream or download “Down the Run” for free below.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Listen Up! Dec. 6 Issue

Posted By on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 2:25 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 Louis Hayes, Wax Fang, Chris Brokaw, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and more.

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CMU takes art underground with audiovisual experience SubSurface

Posted By on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 1:19 PM

PHOTOS COURTESY OF M&C PHOTO, CMU
  • Photos courtesy of M&C Photo, CMU
On Dec. 2, a group of Carnegie Mellon University creatives shuttled a crowd of curious travelers from CMU's campus to a limestone mine for a subterranean exploration of sight and sound. The location had been turned into an underground storage facility, but for a night it was repurposed into a deep, winding gallery, a space through which light and sound travelled in interesting and unexpected ways.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

MP3 Monday: Anjroy

Posted By on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 1:27 PM

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Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s “Motion,” by Anjroy. Sugary synths and ear-worm vocal melodies make for a fun, easy listen. Stream or download “Motion” for free below and be sure to check out their just-released album Sonic Sea.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Local hardcore and metal pioneers Code Orange nominated for Grammy

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 11:48 AM

PHOTO COURTESY OF HANS CHRISTIAN TERSLIN
  • Photo courtesy of Hans Christian Terslin
To say that Pittsburgh's Code Orange is having a good year would be a criminal understatement.

Since we last spoke to the band's drummer/vocalist Jami Morgan, the group has graced the covers of Revolver and Kerrang!; have put out collaborative tracks with members of Megadeth; and had a hand in creating a ToonTrack Doom/Core midi pack. In addition to packing rooms on headlining tours, CO has performed in Europe, with System of a Down; supported Gojira on a full U.S. tour; and is currently on tour with hardcore legends Hatebreed.

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Code Orange's Forever landed on Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of the Year List, and the band performed "Bleeding in the Blur" live to open up WWE's highly anticipated NXT Takeover III: Brooklyn, in addition to performing Aleister Black's entrance music live. Code Orange is the first band to perform live at a WWE event.

If all of these impressive accolades were not enough, the band has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance for its titular track off 2017's Forever. This makes Code Orange the first rock band from Pittsburgh nominated for a Grammy, and arguably the first hardcore band nominated for a Grammy.

Anyone who has been paying attention to Code Orange since its inception in 2008 knows that this success is not a fluke. The band has been tirelessly hustling since day one to make moves and push musical boundaries, always pushing to be the best band possible. From playing shows at the original Mr. Roboto Project and 222 Ormsby and touring on high school breaks to easily selling out the Rex Theater on Jan. 13 this year, the band has been burning a clear path to success, a road lined with blood and sweat and fierce dedication.

This is Code Orange's world, after all. We're just living in it.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

MP3 Monday: Soft Gondola

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 3:48 PM

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  • Photo courtesy of Zack Eisenfeld
  • Daniella Trimble and Patrick Coyle of Soft Gondola

Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s “Six Eyes,” by Soft Gondola. It’s a dreamy, soft voyage, doused in reverb, and full of surreal, colorful lyrical imagery. Stream or download “Six Eyes” for free below. If you like what you hear, check out the rest of their recently released EP, Where I Go.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

MP3 Monday: Arlo Aldo

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 5:33 PM

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Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s new, unreleased music from the alt-folk ensemble Arlo Aldo. “Stay” has all the heartsick harmonies and smart guitar work you’d expect from this crew, but they take a more intimate and restrained approach here. Look out for this album, Two-Piece Promenade, on Future Oak Records in early 2018.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

ANTIfest takes over Mr. Smalls Funhouse and the Mr. Roboto Project Nov. 24 and 25 to celebrate 20 years of A-F Records

Posted By on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 3:44 PM

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  • Photo courtesy of YOSH
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ANTIfest is a two-day celebration and music festival featuring current musicians on Pittsburgh-based label A-F Records. It will also showcase several reuniting bands from the label’s history like Tabula Rasa, The Code and Ma Jolie. All the proceeds from the event will go to The Persad Center and Pittsburgh Action Against Rape.

A-F Records was founded in 1997 by the members of Anti-Flag. The band wanted to create a platform to spread the music of socially conscious and politically active punk bands. As the years have passed, the scope of genre and style has widened, but the mission of giving back remains the same.

CP sat down with label runner and ANTIfest organizer Chris Stowe in advance of the festival to talk about the history and potential future of ANTIfest and A-F Records.

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