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Heading to Pittsburgh’s Skull Fest? Our guide has got you covered

Heading to Pittsburgh’s Skull Fest? Our guide has got you covered

Bring a bunch of earplugs for you and your forgetful friends. Punks don’t let punks get tinnitus!

Blød Maud belies its own apparent nonchalance with a haunting, hook-filled EP

“It’s like a kid where, if you tell them to do something, they won’t do it.”

Soccer Mommy shoots and scores with new release, Collection; plays Pittsburgh Aug. 19

“If it’s scary, it usually turns out pretty good.”

In its third year, 1Hood Day brings art, activism, Freeway and Beanie Sigel to Spirit

Other performers include Jasiri X, Idasa Tariq and Blak Rapp M.A.D.U.S.A.

Todd Rundgren has spent 40 years on the path less travelled and has no intention of taking a detour now

“I realized I couldn’t justify my existence if I was just going to imitate the things that other people were doing.”

Yes pleases fans old and new on its current tour

“You have to kind of balance it out with the old and the new.”

Crack the Sky: Variety for the albums, familiar songs for the shows

“I try to change things with every album.”

Rozwell Kid: a not-so-serious band that boasts a very serious sound

“We try to go with the flow, see where the fickle compass of creativity points us.”

Laura Stevenson hits Pittsburgh with a new record and maybe even Jeff Rosenstock on guitar

“It’s very cool to close out that record cycle with a tour with him.”

Pittsburgh’s Beagle Brothers go electric for new record and push for national recognition

“In a lot of ways I feel like it’s our first record.”

Musicians and other artists face an even harder road if ACA is repealed

“I can’t make art if I’m dead.”

Melvins’ Death is here, and Love is coming soon

“I’m a Groucho Marxist: I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.”

Hurray for the Riff Raff brings its critically acclaimed, politically-minded new album to Mr. Smalls on July 31

On The Navigator, Alydna Segarra focuses on her own experiences growing up as a queer Puerto Rican woman in New York City

Faith No More’s Chuck Mosley returns to Pittsburgh for first time in two decades

“They were coming out faster than I could learn how to play them.”

With Retrovirus, no-wave legend Lydia Lunch brings an overview of her musical catalog to Pittsburgh

“I play it with such incredible musicians, who bring new life to these songs which, to me, are perverse and pertinent and kind of fun.”

Spoon brings its winning new album, Hot Thoughts, to Pittsburgh’s Stage AE on July 26

How do you recreate songs this ambitious on a budgeted lineup?

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