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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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