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Monday, June 20, 2016

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 4:02 PM

The beginning of the end is upon us: Today Altar Bar announced the first round of shows for its "Farewell & 10 Year Anniversary Series."

Metalcore outfit August Burns Red will play two nights at the converted church venue, July 25 and 26.

Local acts Greywalker (July 25) and Arcane Haven (July 26) will serve as support. Tickets for those shows go on sale June 22 at noon. Well-loved Pittsburgh-based pop punk band Punchline will play 37 Everywhere in its entirety July 29 with support yet to be announced.

"We're considering the whole remaining schedule at Altar Bar the Farewell Series but are adding a handful of very special performances," Says Drusky vice president/partner Josh Bakaitus. "We're hustling to get as many awesome shows booked as possible within a short period of time."

After a 10-year run, Altar Bar will close it's doors as a music venue at the end of July, with a new tenant lease starting Aug. 1. More concert announcements are still to come for the farewell concert series: you can keep track of them at Drusky's website

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Following a "Blind Faith" promotion earlier this month - where music fans could buy festival passes without knowing who exactly they'd be seeing - Thrival Innovation + Music Festival has announced some of the performers appearing at this year's event, happening Sept. 20-24. 

More acts will be added to the schedule in the coming months, but headliners include electropop band Chvrches; electronic music elder-statesmen Thievery Corporation; long-standing indie-rockers Metric, funk ensemble Lettuce, indie-dance group Rumblebucket; Sir the Baptist, who irreverently blends gospel, r&b and club music; cheery pop band Wild Child; and locally-based singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale. Early Bird tickets are currently available.

Launched by Pittsburgh non-profit Thrill Mill in 2013, Thrival also features a series of innovation-focused programs on a variety of themes, which this year will include  AuthentiCity, The Ripple Effect and Lost and Found.

Learn more at Thrival's website, and checkout our coverage of the 2015 festival. 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 5:12 PM

The winter portion of the Warhol's Sound Series is well underway (the next is Ekmeles on Jan. 30), but it is, of course, never too early to start talking about spring. Most, but not all of these are actually taking place at the Warhol: check out the museum website for more information.
click to enlarge Songhoy Blues
Songhoy Blues

On March 17, that portion of the season opens with Drag City supergroup Rangda, featuring Sir Richard Bishop,  Ben Chasny and Chris Corsano ($12-15). On March 19, composer Tristan Perich and pianist Vicky Chow will perform the composition "Surface Image" ($12-15, on sale now).  Icelandic label The Bedroom Community brings its 10 Year Anniversary: Whale Watching on March 31, featuring artists Nico Muhly, Ben Frost, Sam Amidon and Valgeir Sigurðsson ($15-20, on sale now). French new music collective Ensemble Linea performs on April 2 ($10-20, on sale now). Son Lux plays on April 9 ($12-15). West African “desert blues” band Songhoy Blues comes to town April 12 ($12-15). Dawn of Midi will play music inspired by North and West African folk traditions on April 16 ($12-15). Julian Lage, who was the subject of the documentary Jules at Eight, brings his trio on May 3 ($12-15). And finally, auto-visual group Cineshape performs on May 4 ($10-15).

ORieL & The Revoluters, Ras Maisha, Truth & RitesJoe Bischoff and others join together at Altar Bar for Drusky's Reggae Fusion Fest. That's happening Feb. 6 ($18-22, on sale now).

Shalerpalooza 2016 is happening at Mr. Small's Theatre on Feb. 20. The lineup features Sidetracked, Trashbag Parachse, Offkilter, Remains Of This, Act 80's, Tobacco Road, Villain, DJ Monsoon, DJ Remus, TEEOOH and more ($8-10, on sale now).

Also at Mr. Small's: Youtube stars Trevor Moran & Ricky Dillon on March 3 ($29.50, on sale now); The Joy Formidable and Everything Everything on April 10 ($20-22, on sale Friday); Issues, Crown The Empire, One OK Rock and Night Verses on April 16 ($23-25, on sale Friday); and Savages on May 17 ($20-22, on sale Friday).

On March 19 at Club Cafe, Joe Grushecky and Eddie Manion celebrate the release of Grushecky's new solo record ($15-20, on sale Friday). Also at Club Cafe, Pure Bathing Culture and Pillar Point on April 3 ($10, on sale Friday); Erin McKeown on April 8 ($14-16, on sale now). And on May 7, THE SHOW plays an acoustic set at 6:30 p.m., followed by a plugged-in set at 10:15 p.m. ($7-10, on sale now).

And looking ahead to what will likely be one of the bigger shows of the summer (among those of us who aren't sure if we're too old to be considered millennials or not) Brand New and Modest Mouse will be making a stop at Stage AE on July 5 ($49.99-60, on sale Friday).

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 9:49 AM

Perhaps you've noticed that it's a slow season for concert announcements —maybe because concert announcements are as susceptible to Seasonal Affect Disorder as anyone else.  In any case, here are a few things to look forward to!

DJ Afterthought performs with SCR, PK Delay, Ryan Bronson, Fly High Ent, Rizzo Blaze and Grizzy Yano at Club Cafe on Feb. 5 ($10, on sale now). Also coming to Club Cafe: Seratones with Coastal Remedy and JontiTrot on Feb. 13 (free!); The Real New Fall, The Pressure  and Love Dumpster on Feb. 19 ($7, on sale Friday); Red Room Effect and Absolution Key on Feb. 20 ($10, on sale Friday); The Billy Price Band on March 3 ($15, on sale Friday); Dressy Bessy on March 8 ($10, on sale Friday); California Guitar Trio on March 10 ($20, on sale Friday); Bill Toms and Hard Rain on April 2 ($12-15, on sale now); and Laura Stevenson on April 5 ($12-15, on sale Friday).

On March 25, TOBACCO appears at Spirit ($15-17, on sale now).

Say Anything, mewithoutYou, Teen Suicide and Museum Mouth play Stage AE on May 11 ($19.50-23, on sale Friday).

Hip-hop artist/internet personality Skate Maloley brings his first national tour to Mr. Small's Theatre on Feb. 19 ($25, on sale now). Also at Mr. Small's: RJD2 on Feb. 27 ($20-22, on sale now); Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors's album release show on March 12 ($15-25, on sale now); The Wonder Years on April 5 ($20-23, on sale Friday); Miike Snow on May 27 ($20-23, on sale Friday); and Hatebreed with DevilDriver and Act Of Defiance on June 7 ($25, on sale Friday).

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 3:57 PM

Still looking for a special gift for that special parent/sibling/partner/music editor? How about tickets to see Bone Thugs-n-Harmony? The group will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Tha Crossroads at Mr. Small's Theatre on Feb. 23 ($30-35, on sale Friday).

Also coming to Mr. Small's:  Where's The Band? ft. Chris Conley of Saves The Day, Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids and Andy Jackson of Hot Rod Circuit on Feb. 24 ($16-20, on sale Thursday); and Carly Rae Jepsen on March 18 ($25, on sale now).

Astronauts, Etc and Harriet Brown play Brillobox on March 29 ($10-12, on sale Friday).

Automagik comes to Club Cafe on Jan. 9 ($7, on sale now). Also at Club Cafe: Fetish Noir with The Headway Trio on Jan 22 ($7, on sale now); Cranberry Sanders with The Kyle Lawson Trio on Jan. 29 ($7, on sale now);Sugar Daddy and the Big Boned Girls on Feb. 14 ($15, on sale now); TEEN on Feb. 18 ($10-12, on sale Friday); The Weeks on Feb. 26 ($10-12, on sale now); Shearwater on March 16 ($15, on sale Wednesday); and Restorations with Creepoid and The Dirty Nil on April 6 ($12, on sale Thursday).

Titus Andronicus will be joined by Craig Finn at Cattivo on March 20 ($16-18, on sale Friday).

Guttermouth plays the Smiling Moose on Jan. 20 ($15, on sale now). Black Breath will be there on Feb. 7 ($12, on sale Friday).

Reel Big Fish, my college roommate's favorite band, will be at Altar Bar on Feb. 8 ($25-30, on sale now). Also coming to Altar Bar: The Queers on Feb. 16 ($13-15, on sale now); TAAKEVattnet Viskar and Dreadeth on Feb. 24 ($18-20, on sale Friday); O-Town (!) on April 5 ($27-30, on sale now); and Blue October on May 19 ($29.99 - 33, on sale Jan 8).

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 4:59 PM

Just a smattering of announcements today, check em aht!
click to enlarge Julia Holter
Julia Holter

On Dec. 28 at the Smiling Moose, Rage Against the Machine cover band RATM2, Through These Walls and Shad Ali play a benefit for American veteran volunteers in Iraq and Syria. Also coming to the Smiling Moose: rapper Whitney Peyton on Jan. 7 ($10-12, on sale now); Toronto rock band Grounders on Jan. 14 ($10, on sale now); Hail The SunMakari, Scene Stage The World, The Scarlet Son and False Accusations on Jan. 19 ($10-12, on sale now); and electro-metal outfit Exotype on Jan. 21($10-12, on sale now). 

Wild Child plays the Rex Theater on Jan. 14 ($13-15, on sale now). 

Aptly-named Led Zeppelin cover band Led Zeppelin 2 plays Altar Bar Feb. 20  ($15-20, on sale Friday). 

Elle King (who i did not realize was Rob Schneider's daughter until right this minute)comes to Mr. Small's Theatre on April 4 ($18-20, on sale Friday). Ra Ra Riot will appear at Mr. Small's April 12 ($17-20, on sale Friday).

Smooth Hound Smith plays Club Cafe on Feb. 3 ($8-10, on sale Friday). Also at Club Cafe: Lionize on Feb. 11 ($10-12, on sale Friday); Andy Frasco & the U.N. on Feb. 24 ($8-10, on sale now); El Ten Eleven on Feb. 25 ($12-14, on sale Friday); and Julia Holter — one of my personal faves — on Feb. 27 ($15, on sale Friday).

One more note: Garland Jeffreys' Club Cafe show has been rescheduled from Dec. 4 to April 1. All tickets will be honored, no joke. 

UPDATE: I neglected to  mention that BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND will bring The River Tour 2016 to the Consol Energy Center, Sat. Jan. 16. Ticket for that show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 10:41 AM

A couple big-ish announcements from Stage AE this week, at least if you're a fan of music of the Americana persuasion: on Feb. 27, Kacey Musgraves brings her Country & Western Rhinestone Revue to town ($30-35, on sale Dec. 11). And on May 12, The Avett Brothers will make a stop at that North Side venue ($45, on sale Fri.)

Coming to Club CafeRachel Whitcomb and Ferdinand The Bull on Jan. 8 ($8, on sale Friday); The Telephone Line on Jan. 22 ($5, on sale Friday); The Dovewires on Jan. 30 ($5, on sale Friday); Dylan LeBlanc on Feb. 9 ($10, on sale Friday); Buckwheat Zydeco on Feb. 28 ($27-30, on sale Friday); Bell Witch and Wreckmeister Harmonies on March 1 ($10-12, on sale Friday); Nicholas David on March 2 ($15-18, on sale Friday); We Banjo 3 on March 9 ($20, on sale Friday); Skinny Lister with Beans On Toast on March 26 ($12-15, on sale tomorrow.); and Chris Smither ($23-25, on sale Friday).

Post-rock band Caspian comes to Cattivo Feb. 9 ($15, on sale Friday), and another band named after a physical place, Honduras, plays Spirit on Jan. 13 ($8-10, on sale now)


On Jan. 28, T-Wayne and Tk N Cash bring the Young Hustle Tour to Altar Bar ($15, on sale Friday). And for something fairly different, Stryper plays Altar Bar on June 16 ($29-31, on sale Dec. 16).


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 5:15 PM

The concert schedule may be a bit slow for the next few weeks, but its not too early to start thinking about next year! 

The Warhol announced its Winter Sound Series lineup. It includes composer GABI (check out the video below) on Jan. 15 ($12-15);  vocal ensemble Ekmeles on Jan. 30 ($10-20); locals The Red Western on Feb. 6 ($8-10), Disappears, who will be performing David Bowie's Low, on Feb. 23 ($12-15); trombonist George Lewis on Feb. 27 ($10-20); and cello/percussion duo New Morse Code along with vocalist Jamie Jordan on March 5 ($10-20). Tickets for all shows are on sale now.


September's postponed X Ambassadors show has been moved from Mr. Small's to Stage AE, and will happen on Jan. 28 ($17-20, all tickets to the Mr. Small's show will be honored). On March 17, Stage AE hosts the Happy Camper Tour feat. Hoodie AllenSuperDuperKyle, Black Bear and more ($25, on sale Friday). 

Jukebox The Ghost plays Mr. Small's on March 5 ($17-20, on sale Friday). Also at Mr. Smalls: Start Making Sense and HmfO (Talking Heads and Hall and Oats tributes, respectively) on March 19 ($15-17, on sale now); Thao & the Get Down Stay Down and Saintseneca on April 8 ($16-18, on sale Friday).

Young Galaxy comes to Brillobox Feb. 4 ($12, on sale Friday).

Ali Spagnola, who semi-recently moved from Pittsburgh to LA, brings her Power Hour musical drinking game back to Club Cafe on Dec. 22. She'll appear with the Nerd Herders. ($12, on sale now). Also coming to Club Cafe: Demos Papadimas and His Band on Dec. 30 ($10, on sale now); Scott and Rosanna on Jan. 15 ($8, on sale now); Julien Baker on Jan. 19 ($10, on sale Friday); Mass Gothic on Feb. 23 ($8-10, on sale Friday); 
HoneyHoney on March 5 ($12-15, on sale Friday); Rob Crowe's Gloomy Place on March 13 ($12, on sale Friday); Penny and Sparrow on April 27 ($12, on sale Friday).

A few dates at Altar bar: G-Herbo will be there on Dec. 9 ($13-15, on sale now); Islander and Heartist play Dec. 13 ($13, on sale now); Primal Fear and Lura Turilli's Rhapsody co-headline a show at Altar Bar on April 29 ($25, on sale Nov. 30).

At the Smiling Moose: Child Bite and Against the Grain on Feb. 13 ($10, on sale now).




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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 5:15 PM

It's Tuesday, which means its time to get out your calendars and make note of a  few recently announced concerts:

click to enlarge Coheed and Cambria
Coheed and Cambria

Coheed and Cambria, Glassjaw and Silver Snakes play Stage AE on March 1 ($28.50-30, on sale Friday). Looking further ahead, Twenty One Pilots will be at Stage AE on June 1 ($39.50, on sale Friday)

On Nov. 13, Creative.Life.Support Revival Series along with TransPride Pgh, Lazlo Productions & Benedict Productions presents 13 Howls ft. Jude Benedict & the Last Drop, Lyndsey Smith & Soul Distribution, The Elemental and more. That's at Mr. Small's Theatre (Free for those 21 and older  $2 for those under 21).

Also at Mr. Small's: Graveyard and Spiders on Jan. 26 ($16-18, on sale now) and Marianas Trench and Secret Someones on Feb. 6 ($20-22, on sale Friday).

Coming to Club CafeLadies Drink Free with Sacre'funk on Dec. 5 ($10, on sale Friday); and  MaryLeigh Roohan on Dec. 8 ($8-10, on sale now).

Joe Satriani, a favorite of guitar-loving dads everywhere, plays Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on April 12 ($55-325, on sale Friday). 

Local rapper Chevy Woods performs at Altar Bar on Nov. 27 ($18-20, on sale Friday). Also at Altar Bar, Anders Osborne with Amy Helm and Handsome Strangers on Feb. 28 ($20-23, on sale Nov. 6); and Junior BoysJessy Lanza and Borys on April 4 ($15-18, on sale now).

Scott Kelly of Neurosis and Bruce Lamont of Yakuza play the Smiling Moose on Nov. 21 ($12, on sale now).

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 6:53 PM

It's time again for some concert announcements. Some are a little fresher than others, but you'll find they're ALL quite thrilling. Without further ado...

King Diamond returns to Stage AE on Nov. 23 to play the record Abigail in full. Electric Citizen opens ($27-30, on sale now). 

Also at Stage AE: Dr. Dog on March 16 ($23-25, on sale Friday).

All That Remains, Devour The Day, Audiotopsy and Sons Of Texas come to Mr. Small's Theatre on Dec. 18 ($22-25, on sale Friday).

Coming to Club Cafe: Wolves In Sheep's Clothing and Coastal Remedy on Nov. 20 ($7, on sale now); Brooke Annibale and Cold Weather on Dec. 5 ($12, on sale now); Gabe Dixon and Leigh Nash on Dec. 9 ($16-18, on sale now); Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers on Dec. 12 ($15-20, on sale now); and Noam Pikelny on Feb. 16 ($18-20, on sale Friday).

DeicideSeason Of Suffering, Post Mortal Possession and Grisly Amputation play Altar Bar on Dec. 7 ($20, on sale Friday). Scott Stapp makes an appearance at Altar Bar on Jan. 27 ($26-28, on sale Friday).

Night Riots and Instead of Sleeping will be at the Smiling Moose on Nov. 27 ($10-12, on sale now).

And get ready for your holiday dreams to come true: Rob Thomas, Nate Ruess, George Ezra and Elle King will be at the Petersen Events Center on Dec. 7 ($39-59).

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