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Re: “Rex Theater: Uplifting the South Side community

Great article Jordan! How polarizing your tastes are!

Posted by Joe Frat on 11/15/2018 at 8:14 PM

Re: “What is state of all-ages concerts in Pittsburgh?

"you can't make a show all ages when less than 2% of the potential audience is under 21", is what that sentence should have said - thanks!

Posted by Manny Theiner on 09/20/2018 at 11:07 AM

Re: “What is state of all-ages concerts in Pittsburgh?

Every now and then a terrible article comes out about all-ages shows in the City Paper or Pitt News, etc, and this is the latest iteration. Eli Enis did not do adequate research, and the editor did not help shepherd his results towards comprehensively factual reporting, either. Its premise, that all ages shows are on "shaky ground" in Pittsburgh, is totally incorrect. There are more all-ages venues now in Pittsburgh than there have been for a while. The article's print version mentions only seven in a red-colored side bar: Roboto, Stage AE, Rex, PPG Arena, KeyBank Pavilion, Smalls/Funhouse, and Smiling Moose, but there are many more: Spirit (sometimes), Glitterbox, Black Forge, Carnegie Museum Hall/Lecture Hall, Warhol Museum, City of Asylum, 3577 Studios, Fallout Shelter, Carnegie Hall of Homestead, and at least a couple more I don't care to mention by name. None limit attendance by age. Even Hambone's (being a restaurant) is all-ages with accompanying parent. And of course there are tons of house shows which is where the hippest kids seem to go anyway.

The article also fails to address the main problem with making many shows all ages here: the under-21 audience is drastically underinformed about music. They just don't know about anything other than a few 'herd-instinct' bands. Making a show all ages costs extra money in terms of security and room dividers because of PA alcohol laws which forbid the kind of 18+ wristbanding that OH and WV allow (in PA there's no such thing as a 18+ show). Only one local venue takes advantage of the 'chaperone rule' venue (I won't say which) - the others are too afraid to do so because of potential huge fines if they get the procedure wrong.

And you can't make a show all ages when less than 2% of the potential audience is over-21, because that tiny number can't justify the extra costs. I have a show tonight where one person complained on the Facebook event about it not being all ages. When you stack that up against the 150 people who are over 21 going to that show, that one person doesn't measure up. I remember doing a show for Swans at the Rex - 400 people attended, and less than 10 of them were under 21. Only *certain* shows need to be all ages - the ones that have clearly 25% or more under-21 component, where the draw more than covers the extra costs. And those shows are almost always still all-ages.

Hence, there are no issues or problems with any of this, unless the problem is with PA's antiquated and arcane alcohol laws. Simply implementing the same wristbanding that OH and WV have would solve this, but is that ever going to happen in Harrisburg? Some energetic young legislator would have to make it his or her personal crusade, or the status quo will never be changed.

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Posted by Manny Theiner on 09/04/2018 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Olympus Mons release second album — 10 years after forming

Years later I remember editing photos listing to the band trying to get the right hook, the right rythm. I was in the studio next door. They let me use their gear for shoots, and were well, totally cool with random girls running up and down the halls when they practiced. If you had to have a rock band as your neighbor, well they were the best. I hope if work and circumstance allows they reunite, or at least play together again. Wesconi.

Posted by Wesley S Conners on 07/25/2018 at 8:43 PM

Re: “The Prince Project strives to take fans back to the 1980s

Thank you for the amazing article!

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Posted by Michael C Lesko on 07/11/2018 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Goest Ryder seeks to inspire with his own story of resilience

City Paper is now just a vehicle for the fundamentalist, fascist agenda of Daryl Metcalfe. BOYCOTT PGH PAPER!

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Posted by Boycott PGH City Paper on 05/17/2018 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Starship Mantis celebrates Trapped in the 9th Dimension at Spirit, Sat., May 19

City Paper is now just a vehicle for the fundamentalist, fascist agenda of Daryl Metcalfe. BOYCOTT!

Posted by Boycott PGH City Paper on 05/17/2018 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Neon Swing X-Perience celebrates 20 years of music at the Hard Rock, Fri., April 13

Congrats guys ! Wish she would have mentioned the high school was Greensburg Central Catholic ...still following your progress after all these years

Posted by Suzanne Kirshner Messner on 04/11/2018 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Wild Pink perform at Club Café on Sun., Feb. 25


Posted by Mike Haord on 02/22/2018 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Wu-Tang's RZA found his second chance in Steubenville

Wow! This article tells what a brotha missed out on after leaving Pittsburgh to serve in the Navy in 1990.
Pittsburg plays an incredible roll in the history of Hip Hop.
I was hanging wit Joe-T and Sam around 1989 up to 1990.
Mine and Joe Ts fam was in a relationship so we all met off of that back then.
I was a local party Dj in Wilkinsburg and Homewood in Pittsburgh. Started making beats in the basement with my partner Slo Mo, Kobe and Grand Whiz. We wanted to get pick up by our neighborhood group The Sinisters Of Sound but they was busy getting it in. So me and Slo was working on our craft in the basement. We had so much unheard stuff and was passing tapes and Joe and Sam check us out and was like get in the show we doing at the park in Makeesport. We was like bet. Sam was also opening a studio in the suburbs and we took our recording gear out when it was still under construction just for the hell of it.
Some of Sam s fam stopped past and we was playing this beat and Chris was like I want to use that beat and we was like hell yea. I remember hanging with Sam and had just got this fly as kitted Volvo back then. He had a SP1200 and he had this crazy video camera. He was shooting something crazy with Slick Rick music behind it.
Joe T was one of the illest artist on the block back then. Sadly he had to do some time. I saw Joe last when I came home from boot camp. He told me Sam was in New York wit K Solo. I remember seeing the video Cant Hold it Back on MTV when I was stationed in Washington State. I was like Hell Yea!
All the historical stuff that whet down back then I wish I could have been around for it. I lost contact with Joe and Sam while I was in the military. I got out in 2010 and had talked with Sam briefly in 2007 and 2010 and Sam gave me Joes number we talked last in 2016.
I never stopped doing beats till this day and have recorded with undiscovered artist during my travels.
Wu-Tang RZA is defiantly one of my favorites. Hip Hop Industry needs to look deeply into Pittsburgh artist we can change the game.

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Posted by digdus36 on 12/03/2017 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Wu-Tang's RZA found his second chance in Steubenville

The Rise of the Wu Tang and the wars of 97 would be a bigger movie than NWAs Straight Outta Compton It's still ride West side but RIP Wise and peace to the WU. #Cappspeel the Killaville 740 all day

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Posted by KenKen Brown on 11/30/2017 at 7:26 PM
Posted by Maggie Meskey on 11/22/2017 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Council declares Oct. 18 DJ Appreciation Day

The free tattoo give away is noon-7pm at Low Card tattoo


The music starts at The Goldmark at 8pm and goes until 2am

Line up for the dj appreciation day @ The Goldmark on 10/18

Thanks everyone, this should be a killer night for all of us!

8 Dj Cake
8.5 Ez lou
9 Juan Diego
9.5 Kelly Carter
10 Strobe
10.5 MadMike
11 Bill bara
11.5 Dj Kb
12 Digital dave
12.5 Dj Chevy
1 Nugget
1.5 Selecta

At 10pm the city councilman will be presenting us with the proclamation naming it dj appreciation day

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Posted by T.j. Harris on 10/11/2017 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Life in Balance releases Om to Ohm on Koch Records

Life in Balance: Om to Ohm CD, I like the artwork used on the cover. Is the artwork copyrighted? If so, how do I get permission to use it on a tee-shirt for my personal use. I'm not interested in mass production or financial gain. Please let me know.

Posted by Hoseaj on 06/24/2017 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Brother Ali accentuates the positive, but keeps it real

1997 album???

Posted by Al on 05/31/2017 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Todd Rundgren discusses his new record, artistic freedom, and his distaste for willful ignorance

Loved you till you put your crazy ideas out. Stay with singing about electrified fairies and leave the thinking to people that haven't spent their life on drugs.

Posted by Kyle Shepard on 05/27/2017 at 11:24 PM

Re: “At Pittsburgh’s Accessible Recording in Oakland, owner Madeleine Campbell takes the name to heart

It's refreshing to see a studio owner that understands the importance of acoustic treatment (the red absorbers on the walls) when mixing and mastering. I've seen too many photos of studios stocked with expensive equipment, but lots of hard reflective surfaces. When I see a lot of fancy equipment in a concrete room, I think that is someone with more money than brains. Kudos to someone who actually understands what she's doing.

Posted by John Neumann on 05/19/2017 at 6:07 AM

Re: “Wu-Tang's RZA found his second chance in Steubenville

2013 I moved back to Weirton wv from Maryland
N my cousin will who is from Maryland also
Who lives in Steubenville we were in a store
And I have a Wu tattoo on my hand like Method man n I guess this woman heard me say something about wutang n she said rza is my son in law I was like wooooooooooow that's big to me because I'm a huge fan even till this day so that was an honor to me n my cousin toya haper is cool with 4th so hopefully I'll get to meet killar army
Wu-Tang for life o.d.b we miss you

Posted by Harold Copper on 04/30/2017 at 3:08 AM

Re: “Through music, education and business, indie-rock legend Karl Hendricks left his mark on Pittsburgh’s music scene

Sorry to hear that Karl is gone. - Jesse Salter

Posted by Jesse Salter on 02/26/2017 at 4:58 PM

Re: “A new Pittsburgh tape label Crafted Sounds highlights local bands for a cause

Very cool article....Have a Nice Day!!!!

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Posted by Fan on 02/08/2017 at 12:05 PM

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