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Friday, May 25, 2018

Five Questions with Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 4:27 PM

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The Dirty Projectors, fronted by David Longstreth, have been an influential outfit since its formation in 2002. CP hopped on the phone to chat with Longstreth before the band's show in Pittsburgh at Mr. Smalls on May 29.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

MP3 Monday: Mike Hitt

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 2:52 PM

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  • Mike Hitt

Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free, and this week it’s “Eulogy,” Mike Hitt’s first track after a three-year hiatus as he built up his own MCM Studios. “Eulogy” may be a song about reflection at the end of life, but its release is a rebirth for Hitt. Stream or download “Eulogy” for free below. 


To download "Eulogy," right-click here and select "save link as." Or check out the video below.


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Monday, May 14, 2018

MP3 Monday: André Costello and the Cool Minors

Posted By on Mon, May 14, 2018 at 4:29 PM

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Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free, and this week it’s “Kinda (Makes You Feel Good)” by André Costello and the Cool Minors. The grooving indie rock track is the perfect soundtrack to the birth of summer. Stream or download “Kinda (Makes You Feel Good)” and blast it as you bike alongside the river and let the sunshine wash over you.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Pittsburghers celebrate May Day with Pittonkatonk festival

Posted By on Mon, May 7, 2018 at 1:25 PM

Pittonkatonk in Schenley Park on Sat., May 5, 2018 - CP PHOTOS BY ANNIE BREWER
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  • Pittonkatonk in Schenley Park on Sat., May 5, 2018
Schenley Park was full of brass bands, potluck meals and music lovers over the weekend for the annual Pittonkatonk festival. Summer photo intern Annie Brewer was there to capture the scene on Saturday afternoon.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Wonder Years is a fan's band

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2018 at 2:49 PM

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The Wonder Years is a fan’s band. The Philly-by-Lancaster, alt-rock-by-pop-punk troupe has been overlooked and misunderstood by rock critics since the early 2010s, when its members were singing about the decline of the American dream, cultural anxiety and mental health struggles with what now appears to be sonic and lyrical prescience. It wasn’t, though. The Wonder Years has always been a group that simply makes the music it wants to hear and plays it for whoever’s interested in showing up.


As one of the most nuanced and musically capable pop-punk bands of all time, it’s really easy to devise this narrative that The Wonder Years probably felt underemployed on Warped Tour or ill-fitted for the 2010’s wave of male-centric, melodramatic pop punk that the band came up in. Even at its most straightforwardly New Found Glory-esque (their 2009 breakout The Upsides), the members of The Wonder Years were on a different plane than their tour buddies in The Story So Far, Four Year Strong and Man Overboard. To this day, frontman Dan Campbell has only written one salty song about an ex-girlfriend, and it’s loaded with self-deprecation and tongue-in-cheek charm that many of The Wonder Years' most popular peers never quite achieved.


But Campbell emphasizes during his phone conversation with Pittsburgh City Paper that comparing his band to others is pointless and unproductive. He never felt like The Wonder Years was misplaced, and he genuinely doesn’t care who he plays with, because to him, it’s all about the audience. He treasures his fans and is thrilled to be performing for anyone who’s excited about his music, regardless of whether the tour package makes sense according to arbitrary and, in his mind, constricting genre guidelines.


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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Jeff Rosenstock performs at Spirit Hall on Wed., May 2

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2018 at 2:31 PM

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It's been over a year since the Pittsburgh City Paper last chatted with Jeff Rosenstock. Since our last chat, he's begun scoring Cartoon Network animated series Craig of the Creek, been touring endlessly and released a new record called Post-. CP connected on the phone with Rosenstock to chat about his busy schedule, maybe chilling out at some point, and writing music for TV.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

MP3 Monday: Pop Thief

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 2:14 PM

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Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free, and this week it’s “Etch” by Pop Thief, a meandering psychedelic hip-hop track about a person’s first LSD trip. The rapid-fire verses dissolve into dreamy, flowing choruses before giving way to a dark prog-rock instrumental finale. Stream or download “Etch” for free below.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Live Nation offering $20 tickets to more than 30 shows this summer as part of National Concert Week, including Willie Nelson's Outlaw Music Fest

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 2:46 PM

Willie Nelson headlines the Outlaw Music Festival in September at KeyBank Pavilion - PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMES MINCHIN
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  • Willie Nelson headlines the Outlaw Music Festival in September at KeyBank Pavilion

For fans of live music, summer is a particularly big season. In addition to the dozens of local acts performing around the city, it's also the best opportunity to catch your favorite national touring acts. The downside, however, is that things can get costly in a hurry.

On Monday, Live Nation announced that in celebration of next week's arrival of National Concert Week, fans will be able to 
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  • Kevin Hart plays PPG Paints Arena Nov. 23
buy $20 tickets for a limited time for more than 30 concerts, ranging from the Outlaw Music Festival with Willie Nelson at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown to comedian Kevin Hart at PPG Paints Arena in November.

The $20 tickets will go on sale at 8 a.m. on Mon. April 30 and will remain available until 11:59 p.m. on Tue., May 8. More information can be found online here. Tickets can also be purchased through the Live Nation app.

Other shows of interest include Marilyn Manson's return to the area following his show in Pittsburgh last November when he was injured after falling off the stage at Stage AE.

Plus Vans Warped Tour, Maroon 5, Counting Crows, Weezer, Chris Brown, Miranda Lambert, Five Finger Death Punch and more. The complete list of shows is available after the jump.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mikey Felice memorial to take place Thu., April 26 at Belvedere's

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 3:47 PM

Mikey "Tha Pants" Felice with his list of lucky happenings - PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS GOODMAN
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  • Mikey "Tha Pants" Felice with his list of lucky happenings
Mikey "Tha Pants" Felice, a stalwart in the Pittsburgh punk community, passed away at age 36 on April 15. Felice founded and ran Rally Ally, a music venue in Latrobe, Pa., with his best friend Chris Goodman. Rally Ally hosted bands like Caustic Christ, Every Time I Die, Crucial Unit and more. After Rally Ally closed, he continued to book shows around Pittsburgh, particularly at Belvedere's in Lawrenceville. He booked bands like Toxic Holocaust, Resistant Culture and The Vibrators among countless others, and he was known for his distinct flyers. He was a welcoming figure and taught many of Pittsburgh's punks about the music and culture that became their life.

To celebrate his legacy, friends and family will host an event on Thu., April 26 at Belvedere's with punk bands Cultivator, Submachine and Bitrot, followed by a punk-rock dance party DJed by John Villegas of Cruel Noise Records. The show costs "5 filthy american dollars" and all proceeds go to the Felice family to cover his funeral expenses. Donations to the Felice family can also be made through GoFundMe.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

MP3 Monday: Kahone Concept

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 4:12 PM

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  • Kahone Concept

Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free, and this week it’s “Windup” by Kahone Concept. “Windup” is a shiny pop number with layers of synthesizers to float beneath the tenor vocals. Stream or download “Windup” for free below.

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