Far from letting it be, this September offers plenty of revisions for Beatles fans young and old: the release of the Fab Four's long-overdue remastered catalog (for people who still buy music) and The Beatles: Rock Band (for people who "play" music), both out Sept. 9. Rather than strumming plastic controllers to get an idea of what it feels like to be Sir Paul, Pittsburgh cover band The Elliots -- a gang of local pros including guitarist Jon Bechtold, of the South Side's Pittsburgh Guitars -- have found a more direct way to get in on the action.
The Elliots, who perform mainly Beatles tunes along with a sprinkling of other classic rockers, spent the final week of August in Liverpool, England, for Beatle Week, where the band's schedule of nine shows included several dates at the legendary Cavern Club. After returning from its Pittsburgh Invasion, the band will perform from 4-6:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 12, at the Carnegie Arts & Heritage Festival in Carnegie, Pa. More info on the weekend-long bash, which features tons of local music and entertainment, can be found at www.carnegieartsandheritage.com.
For whatever evolutionary reason, humans seem to like -- and remember -- rhyme and alliteration. Perhaps our hunter-gatherer ancestors also needed to remember that "Third Thursdays" and "First Fridays" usually have lots going on. This one might take a little more work to get into your lizard brain: Fourth Saturdays at Lawrenceville's Remedy now feature the two-floor Sinferno event. The anything-goes night of vintage rock, goth and performance was dreamed up by Julie Devine of local band The Whips and the nearby Zombo Gallery.
After the recent show by The Breeders concluded at Diesel (a great nostalgic time, but over by 9:30 p.m., I kid you not), I headed to Remedy for Sinferno's debut. On the second floor, Gregg Kostelich of Get Hip Records was spinning 45s from his rare garage-rock collection, while DJ Radu played goth and glam upstairs, dubbed "The Hanging Garden." The combination made for a bizarre intermingling of crowds, but the chief weirdness factor came from an "erotic puppet show," which combined small-scale sets and puppets built in cabinet drawers with live music and narration. I'm still not really sure what to make of the whole thing, but perhaps that's its appeal.
The next Sinferno takes place Sept. 26 -- that's fourth Saturday, remember. Interested DJs, performers and odd ducks should contact Julie Devine via www.myspace.com/sinfernohanginggarden or firstname.lastname@example.org.