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Sunstar Music Festival

30 artists. 12 events. 4 days…It’s the Sunstar Music Festival at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. The festival, which celebrates the best of women music makers, runs from this Wednesday the 2nd through Saturday the 5th. Get ready for a full lineup of concerts, parties, talks and more.

“From Bhangra to Bluegrass and everything in between, SUNSTAR showcases the vibrancy and diversity of independent female artists. In addition to concerts and special events, the festival includes workshops for young women who are interested in the creative process of the performing arts.”

From the opening Sunstar Social to DJ Rekha to the Carolina Chocolate Drops, get all the info and event schedule here. Continue reading

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Deerhoof @ Altar Bar

It’s taken me a few days to post this, but if you missed the Deerhoof show at The Altar Bar last Saturday night, shame shame. Honestly one of the best intimate shows I’ve ever seen. They hadn’t played in Pittsburgh since they were at The Warhol in 2006 and they didn’t disappoint. And on a Pittsburgh note, locals Ennui were the first opening band and they blew me away. I hadn’t heard them before, but I can’t wait to see them again live. Continue reading

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Rated X II

What are you doing tomorrow night? How about heading over to the Warhol for another installment of the Music on the Edge series featuring clarinetist Jean Kopperud and percussionist Tom Kolor.

They’ll be performing “a concert of five premieres billed as Rated X II.The program will include Louis Karchin’s Evocations, John Aylward’s Twin Suspension, Mathew Rosenblum’s Throat, and Jeff Stadelman’s wills & wonts, and Yiorgos Vassilandonakis’ X-asti.”

Get all the info here, and get your tickets here. Continue reading

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Friday Night Musicals

If you’re looking to fill your Friday evening with music this week…you’re a very lucky person. There are two amazing musical acts coming to town and the only problem is that you can only pick one. I know…bummer.

First up is the amazing cellist Dave Eggar and his trio Deoro (which features Chuck Palmer on drums and bassist Tom Pirozzi) playing at The University of Pittsburgh’s Bellefield Hall at 8pm. All I can say is…wow, this guy is good. Oh…and the song ‘Itsbynne Reel’ from his Kingston Morning album has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement.
“Dave Eggar is well known to Pittsburgh audiences as the music director for Attack Theatre and has appeared worldwide as a solo cellist and pianist. A virtuoso of many musical styles, he has performed and recorded with artists in numerous genres including Evanescence, The Who, Michael Brecker, Josh Groban, Coldplay, Beyonce, Pearl Jam, Fall Out Boy, Dave Sanborn, Kathleen Battle, Ray Lamontagne, Roberta Flack, and many others.”

More info and tickets here.

Ever since I watched the documentary ‘Genghis Blues’ a few years ago I’ve been enthralled with Tuvan throat singing and the music of central Asia. Presented by Silk Screen, the world renown Huun Huur Tu bring their unique sound to the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh in Shadyside at 7:30pm.

“Huun Huur Tu come from the former Soviet Autonomous Republic of Tuva, a sparsely settled region of grasslands, boreal forests, and mountain ridges that lies 2,500 miles east of Moscow Russia, situated at the center of Asia, north of Mongolia. This indigenous music highlights rare instruments and preserves what is arguably some of the world’s oldest form of music making.” Continue reading

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New video from Lohio for their song Adelai from their Family Tree EP. I’m in love with their home page image (which is also the album cover), if you happen to click the link. Oh, and you can also buy the Family Tree EP right here.

The video was directed by Thom Glunt whose work we’ve featured before…most notably the ‘Let There be Horns’ video for RJD2. Continue reading

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Music On The Edge

Co-directed by Eric Moe and Mathew Rosenblum, Music on the Edge (MOTE) is a concert series run out of the University of Pittsburgh’s music department. They present about six concerts each year featuring visiting artists as well as the Music on the Edge Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Roger Zahab. The series is devoted to the performance of contemporary music by professional musicians. Recent concerts have featured Wu Man, the California EAR Unit, 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Moravec (Lehar Composer-in-Residence), and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

For the most up-to-date information visit their web site at http://www.music.pitt.edu

Tickets are available through ProArtsTickets by calling 412-394-3353 or visiting http://www.proartstickets.org.

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Walking in Pittsburgh

Just in time for today’s Steelers game is ‘Walking in Pittsburgh’ from Pittsburgh based singer-songwriter and recent Carnegie Mellon grad Tim Ruff. It’s just what I needed to start my day before donning my Steelers gear and getting ready for … Continue reading

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The $25 Music Festival (Yes $25)

In this economy we’re all looking for good deals and ways to save money. If you spend $25 on just one frivolous purchase this year it has to be the $25 3-day pass (yes a 3-day pass) to the Flood City Music Festival in Johnstown, PA. The 3 day music festival (featuring acts whose single show prices can be as or more expensive than the cost of attending this festival) takes place this Friday the 6th through Sunday the 8th. It’s well worth the 60 mile drive from Pittsburgh just to attend one of the 3 days.

Check out some of the headlining artists: Los Lobos, Robert Cray Band, Galactic feat/ Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne (playing 2 days!), Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, Los Straitjackets and much more!

Get more info, tickets and performance schedules here!

*Online ticket sales have ceased, but you can still get tickets at the gate. There are also other VIP ticket packages available.

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KISS @ Mellon Arena

The one and only KISS circus tent plopped down again at Mellon Arena last night. It was my second KISS show, the first being the Farewell Tour almost 10 years ago. I still can’t figure out where they get all that confetti from. From their eponymous debut album to the just-released Sonic Boom album (which I honestly can’t believe is #2 on the Billboard charts), they played a great mix of new and old. And while Paul Stanley usually likes to talk in between songs, I (along with at least half the crowd, judging from the booing) really didn’t appreciate the unsolicited Wal-Mart advertising. You see, Wal-Mart is the exclusive distributor for the new album. And while it’s just a fact of life that KISS is a marketing machine, I really don’t want to hear about Wal-Mart in the middle of a show. But nonetheless,great show, great music and a great time!

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Rusted Review

Rusted Root opened for the Dead on the late Jerry Garcia’s final tour, and When I Woke, with its impressive percussion, endearing flute solos and gibberish vocal rave-ups, made the top 40 in early 1995. Former Talking Head Jerry Harrison skillfully produced 1996’s Remember, which also cracked the top 40, but Rusted Root’s unique tribal rhythms and jam-rock grooves slowly turned into streamlined hippie pop. Sadly for Pittsburgh natives, Rusted Root failed to become the first-ever mega-successful rock band from the Steel City; and, other than math-rock deities Don Caballero, no Pittsburgh act hit the big time between Rusted Root and newcomer Girl Talk. Continue reading

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Misfits Sunday

While I’ve been a Misfits fan for years, for some odd reason I’ve never been able to get to a show. Sad. Truly sad. I know (Although I did catch a spectacularly intimate acoustic performance with ex-lead singer Michael Graves last year at The Smiling Moose). But fortunately I finally got to my first Misfits show this past Sunday at The Altar Bar in the Strip, and it was everything I expected. And there was no mistaking this show was in PGH either, as it seemed almost like a Steelers victory afterparty with the jerseys in the crowd. Continue reading

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Mr. Smalls Funhouse

It seems as of late that Mr. Smalls Funhouse has become the new Metropol. And while admittedly I’ve never been there (due to their location and that weird “not crossing rivers to hang out in other neighborhoods”  PGH phenomenon) I … Continue reading

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Cardboard Heaven

Over the last few months, local director Thom Glunt’s construction of a giant cardboard city had been getting much local attention from numerous sources such as the City Paper and local blogs. Now with recent release of the video for “Brittney Lane Don’t Care” by local artists Meeting of Important People, the video is garnering national attention. Continue reading

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Break On Through

I was Googling Pittsburgh today when I decided to see what the first hit would be in Google Shopping. It just so happened to be the CD for the “The Doors Live in Pittsburgh 1970″. I had never seen this album … Continue reading

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Os Mutantes Are Here!

While I was hoping to get to the Yonder Mountain show tomorrow night at Mr. Smalls in Millvale but probably won’t, I am definitely going to try and get to the Os Mutantes show this Friday night. Touring North America … Continue reading

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