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Monday, January 8, 2018

MP3 Monday: Matt Aquiline and the Dead End Streets

Posted By on Mon, Jan 8, 2018 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 “Dead End Streets,” by Matt Aquiline and the Dead End Streets, a rock-tinged country song about turning off the GPS and learning to get by (and around) on your own. Stream or download “Dead End Streets” below.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

MP3 Monday: Slugss

Posted By on Mon, Jan 1, 2018 at 8:26 AM

Slugss - PHOTO COURTESY OF LUKAS READ
  • Photo courtesy of Lukas Read
  • Slugss

Happy New Year! This week's MP3 Monday is “Bone,” by Slugss. The dreamy track has a moody feel and tinges of psychedelic influence. It’s the kind of rock song you listen to on a long Greyhound voyage. Stream or download “Bone” below. 

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings laser-filled show to PPG Paints Arena

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 9:17 PM

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra at PPG Paints Arena on Fri., Dec. 22 - CP PHOTOS BY JAKE MYSLIWCZYK
  • CP photos by Jake Mysliwczyk
  • The Trans-Siberian Orchestra at PPG Paints Arena on Fri., Dec. 22
Lights, camera, action! The laser-filled Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert was one of our Critics' Picks for this week, with shows both this afternoon and evening at PPG Paints Arena. The popular group takes traditional Christmas tunes and amps them up with electric guitars, fog machines, violins and fire.

Check out Jake Mysliwczyk's photo highlights from one of today's colorful shows below.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Q&A: a chat with Slingshot Dakota's Carly Comando

Posted By on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 4:16 PM

PHOTO COURTESY OF EM DUBIN
  • Photo courtesy of Em Dubin
Slingshot Dakota is a powerful pop duo consisting of vocalist and keyboardist Carly Comando and vocalist and drummer Tom Patterson. The married couple makes exciting music that bursts with far more energy and sonic power than most would expect possible from a two-piece.

Prior to Slingshot Dakota's show at the Mr. Smalls Funhouse with Prawn, People Like You, Us and Us Only and Queen Moo on Tues. Dec. 19, the CP caught up with Comando via email to talk manifestation, cute dogs and how to genuinely support diversity in your own music community.



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MP3 Monday: Christmas with moon baby

Posted By on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 2:15 PM

PHOTO COURTESY OF AARON LABAKI
  • Photo courtesy of Aaron Labaki

Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s “I’m Beginning to Want to Just Say Fuck This,” by moon baby. It’s a fun play on an iconic holiday number, featuring delightfully frank lyrical content about the dumpster fire that has been 2017. Stream or download “I’m Beginning to Want to Just Say Fuck This” for free below. 

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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

The Barr Brothers - PHOTO COURTESY OF BRIGITTE HENRY
  • 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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  • Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
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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