Vol. 24, No. 12
The Gotobeds reap success with managed expectations
Maybe it all comes down to getting into the rock game for the right reasons.
By Margaret Welsh
Music Issue 2014: Backstage Pass
A look behind the curtain at the inner workings of the local music scene
By Andy Mulkerin
To Pay or Not to Pay
How do local bands get on bills — and how do they get paid?
By Rebecca Nuttall
Notes on Location
Local musicians sound off on why they live where they do
Musings on Pittsburgh as a music town from those who moved here from elsewhere — or moved away
"Ten years from now, they'll be competing for the exact same gigs, because Pittsburghers don't like to pay a cover charge. There's a disparity there that needs to be addressed."
Leading Pittsburghers recall their first experiences making music
"Who wants to play ‘Surrey With a Fringe on Top'?"
By Alex Zimmerman
Sour Notes: When school funding is slashed, music education often suffers
"Research shows that students who are exposed to music education do better in other subjects."
Wigle Whiskey seeks to re-establish Pittsburgh's historic role in the liquor trade
By Abby Mendelson
This Cranberry restaurant features the cuisine of Nepal, fare influenced by neighboring India and China
By Angelique Bamberg and Jason Roth
Juice Up 412 is bringing healthful juicing to new markets
"It's a no-brainer that we want to give people healthy alternatives"
Stay Tuned Distillery produces gin with local roots
"I'm sure I could create a gin like Bombay, but then what's the point of that?"
By Hal B. Klein
Vegan offerings a welcome surprise on Piper's Pub menu
"We don't just slap a salad and some steamed veggies on a plate and call it vegan."
By Jessica Server
At Wood Street, Erwin Redl's light-based installations range from calm to capricious
Their manufactured energy is seemingly at one with the organic forms with which they share space
By Lissa Brennan
The War on Drugs' timelessness is a product of calculated precision
"I can record in my house in this weird little analog world, and get a really subtle beauty going, but then I can also just say, ‘Let's just do one more bridge.'"
By Ian Thomas
Shelf Life String Band issues new album of cityfied bluegrass
Another Evening is a concept record detailing one insane night out
By Nick Keppler
New Bums offer dynamic debut
The songs mostly feel like works in progress, like the two are still sizing each other up
The Winter Brave enjoys a trip to Austin
"It was a golden opportunity; you can't just let that go to waste."
By Julia Cook
Critics' Picks: March 19 - 25
Local shows by Mutual Benefit, Snarky Puppy, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Rory Block
Grouplove returns with new album, pumped-up live show
"We were much tighter as a unit, so we wanted to capture the live energy that we bring onstage."
Tribes at City Theatre
There are about four plays going on inside, and if one doesn't hold your interest, another will
By Ted Hoover
An Iliad at the Public Theater
An Iliad harnesses a power greater than any amount of CGI, FX and other techno gimmicks: the human imagination
By Michelle Pilecki
Back from a successful New York show, Texture offers new work at the New Hazlett
"This time I just wanted to make something cool from the sounds I was hearing in the music."
By Steve Sucato
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson's new film has all the symptoms of a director imitating himself, and possibly even putting us on
By Harry Kloman
The eighth annual Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival opens with a new bio-doc about Lech Walesa
More than a dozen films that feature work screen through April 5
By Al Hoff
Muppets Most Wanted
This sequel finds the Muppets inadvertently caught up in a heist
Need for Speed
Car-fu and wisecracking can't save this film adpated from a videogame
Rob Delaney will give you more than pork chops
"People at large are not the morons that A&E or Bravo or E! or CBS would have you believe."
Lynn Cullen Live 03/19/14
Audio & Video Archive
Lynn Cullen Live 03/20/14
Lynn Cullen Live 03/21/14
Lynn Cullen Live 03/24/14
Lynn Cullen Live 03/25/14
No Place Like Home
Pittsburgh at risk of losing control of more than its police
By Chris Potter
There's no way to prevent Pokémon fetishists or foot fetishists or clown fetishists from happening.
Short List: March 19 - 27
A new baseball-themed Teenie Harris photo exhibit; Pittsburgh Batman on stage; the Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo; a Twin Peaks marathon; and more.
Chatham Baroque: Capriccio Stravagante - Imaginative String Music from the 16th and 17th Centuries
Hicks Memorial Chapel
Sat., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
Audio & Video Archive
More Lynn Cullen Live
Steve Zappala, son of Allegheny County DA, is running for state House District 21
By Ryan Deto
Pittsburgh gets its own holiday earworm with "Black and Gold Christmas"
By Lisa Cunningham
Workers at LGBTQ service center Persad vote to unionize with United Steelworkers
A Pittsburgh holiday treat benefits Childrens Hospital for nearly 50 years
By Maggie Weaver