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  • Lez Zeppelin at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 11/17/2017 08:00 PM EST: 11/18/17

    Lez Zeppelin
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    11/17/2017 08:00 PM EST
    $23.00 - $40.00
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    Supporting Acts: Tommy Magik and the Wonderfulls, Blackbird Bullet

    Lez Zeppelin

    All Girls. All Zeppelin. Since forming in 2004, the New York City-based quartet has toured throughout the United States and Europe to become the first and foremost female rock act to pay homage to Led Zeppelin and to garner rave reviews across the board. Although, LEZ ZEPPELIN stays true to the musically audacious spirit of the original, delivering the legendary rock band's blistering arrangements and monstrous sound note-for-note at what often are sold-out frenzied shows around the world, the four women that make for the four essentially diverse elements of the band bring their own unique energy and passion to the music. Indeed, this may be the thing that serves most to set them apart. But then, there is also the seamless and strangely appropriate way in which LEZ ZEPPELIN inject their gender-bending performance into material that is often thought of as an historically male expression. For those who believe this to be the case, all that can be said is: times have changed. Live, the group takes its lead from what Led Zeppelin did in performance, seeking to create an intense experience from the in-the-moment interaction between all the players to both recount and reinvent the musical moment for the audience.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Crack The Sky at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 08/12/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 08/13/17

    Crack The Sky
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    08/12/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $25.00 - $29.00
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    Crack The Sky

    Since their debut album in 1975 (Rolling Stone's Debut Album of the Year) and through their 20+ albums to date, Crack The Sky continues to put on high level live performances, punctuated by extreme dynamics, quirky rhythms, dual guitar solos, and Palumbo's lyrical/satirical view of the world.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • The Australian Pink Floyd Show at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA on 08/01/2017 07:30 PM EDT: 08/1/17

    The Australian Pink Floyd Show
    The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA
    08/01/2017 07:30 PM EDT
    $39.00 - $59.00
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    The Australian Pink Floyd Show

    Get ready for an audiovisual extravaganza courteous of The Australian Pink Floyd Show. Featuring a million dollar light show, multiple inflatables and stunning laser effects, all coupled with note perfect renditions of Pink Floyd’s biggest hits. This show already seen by 4 million people is simply the best. Taking its tour title from “Set The Controls for the Heart Of the Sun” from the A Saucerful of Secrets album, The Australian Pink Floyd Show will be performing Pink Floyd classics such as “Another Brick In The Wall”, “Comfortably Numb” and “Wish You Were Here”, as well as a few surprise tracks. This tour is unique in that the audience are able to vote for the songs that they would like to hear live by visiting the band’s website and taking part in the online poll. The top songs will then be played each day. Lorelei McBroom will be appearing on this tour. Lorelei’s credentials are staggering; she toured with Pink Floyd on the “Momentary Lapse of Reason” and “Delicate Sound of Thunder” tours, appeared in the videos for “The Dogs of War,” “On The Turning Away” and the “Pink Floyd Live In Venice” TV broadcast. She also performed “The Great Gig in the Sky” with Pink Floyd, a song she will now perform with TAPFS. The Band: - The band formed in Adelaide, Australia in 1988 - The Australian pink Floyd show consists of Steve Mac, Jason Sawford, Colin Wilson, Dave Fowler, Alex McNamara, Paul Bonney, Mike Kidson, Lorelei McBroom, Lara Smiles, Emily Lynn - Personally asked by David Gilmour, singer of Pink Floyd, to play at his private 50th Birthday party - Nick Mason, drummer of Pink Floyd, recently told BBC Radio in an interview that the Australian Pink Floyd were “probably better than us” - Steve Mac, singer and guitarist of The Australian Pink Floyd, uses many of the same guitars and equipment that David Gilmour uses. - The Band rehearsed for one year for their first ever British gig in 1993.

    Venue Information
    The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA
    21 West Otterman Street
    Greensburg, PA 15601
    http://www.thepalacetheatre.org/

  • Love and Theft at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 07/27/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 07/28/17

    Love and Theft
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    07/27/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $19.00 - $35.00
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    Supporting Acts: Michael Christopher

    Love and Theft

    "We wanted to show a different side and make a record that sounds like us," Stephen Barker-Liles says of Love and Theft's boundary-pushing new album Whiskey On My Breath. "Country music has always been about honest performances and songs that mean something, and that's the kind of record that we wanted to make." "We're at a different place, in our music and in our lives, than we were when we made our earlier records, and we wanted this album to reflect that," agrees his longstanding musical partner Eric Gunderson. "We worked harder and more passionately on this record than anything we've ever done. The whole experience was refreshing and inspiring for us." Whiskey On My Breath—the duo's third album—marks a significant creative statement for the two singer-songwriter-guitarists, whose resume already includes a long series of career highlights. Having already established themselves as one of country's hottest young acts with such memorable hits as the #1 country smash "Angel Eyes" and the Top 10 hit "Runaway," and their widely acclaimed albums World Wide Open and Love and Theft, the ACM/CMA/CMT-nominated twosome take their music to the next level on Whiskey On My Breath. The new collection finds the pair stripping their sound down to its essence, with spare, largely acoustic arrangements that focus squarely on their impassioned performances and distinctive vocal chemistry. With Barker-Liles and Gunderson co-producing with longtime studio collaborator Josh Leo (known for his work with the likes of Alabama, Restless Heart and Lynyrd Skynyrd), Whiskey On My Breath showcases the emotional honesty of such self-penned new tunes as the introspective title track and the pointedly personal "Everybody Drives Drunk," along with such lighter-hearted new originals as "Easy," and "Anytime, Anywhere," which show Love and Theft's playful sense of humor to be fully intact. Other highlights include "Get Drunk and Make Friends," which the artists describe as the most honky-tonk song of their career, and "Wrong Baby Wrong," a barbed Barker-Liles cowrite originally recorded in 2009 by Martina McBride and now reworked in fine style by its co-author. Although it's a departure in many respects, Whiskey On My Breath won't come as that much of a surprise to Love and Theft's longtime fans, who'll recognize the commitment to high-energy performances and emotionally forthright songcraft that's been the foundation of Love and Theft's music from the start. Originally a trio that also included fellow singer-songwriter Brian Bandas, Love and Theft first galvanized fans in 2009 with the Top 10 hit "Runaway." That breakthrough success set the stage for their debut album World Wide Open, which also produced the hit single "Dancing In Circles." After a move from the Disney-affiliated Carolwood label to RCA, Stephen and Eric scored their first #1 single with "Angel Eyes," which was featured on Love and Theft's self-titled second album, along with the hits "Runnin' Out of Air" and "If You Ever Get Lonely." The longtime partners agree that their potent musical chemistry is a reflection of their personal rapport. "The thing about us," Eric asserts," is that we really are best friends, and that's helped to get us through the tougher times. At the same time, though, we're different enough personality-wise that the combination works. Stephen's naturally a more social person than I am, and I'm a little more introverted. He tends to see the best in every person and every situation, and I'm kind of the opposite. My songwriting's different from his, and when we're in the studio, his approach is different from mine. The way we play guitar is different. The way we arrange songs is different. But our differences come together to make something that each of us couldn't do on his own." The pair's second-nature chemistry led them both to agree that the occasion of their third album called for the bold musical statement that Whiskey On My Breath would ultimately become. "In some ways, we've played it safe in the past, and I think we're over that now," Stephen observes. "It's easy to fall into that when you're working in the Nashville system and trying to please everybody. But eventually you come around and realize that you need to be true to yourself. I don't mind that songs like 'Whiskey On My Breath' and 'Everybody Drives Drunk' may be a little controversial, because they're honest, and I think that they'll make people think about how they feel about life." "Those songs are both really personal for us," Eric notes. "They show a side of us that's legitimately us, and how we've grown up and matured in the time that we've been in this business. But there are plenty of songs on this album that are just good, fun songs, and that's still a side of us too." Indeed, Whiskey On My Breath makes it apparent how far the duo—who've both become husbands and fathers in the six years since they began their recording career—have traveled, and demonstrates that they're in for the long haul. "We feel more strongly about this record than anything we've ever done," Eric concludes. "Whatever happens, we've made a record that we both love and that we can both stand behind, and that's a great feeling."

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Tedeschi Trucks Band at Summer Concerts at Simsbury Meadows on 07/09/2017 06:00 PM EDT: 07/9/17

    Tedeschi Trucks Band
    Summer Concerts at Simsbury Meadows
    07/09/2017 06:00 PM EDT
    $32.00 - $98.00
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    Tedeschi Trucks Band

    Tedeschi Trucks Band is an 11-member collective that thrills audiences worldwide with its transcendent live performances and award-winning albums. Formed in 2010 by husband-and-wife Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, and featuring two harmony singers, a three-piece horn section, keyboards, bass and a pair of drummers, TTB disproves the adage "less is more" while building a devoted following of fans and critics alike. Just three years in, Tedeschi Trucks Band has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe, and Japan, headlining the venerable Newport Jazz Festival, co-headlining tours with B.B. King and The Black Crowes, and playing to packed houses in the world's most celebrated venues from Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Beacon Theatre to the Hollywood Bowl and Royal Albert Hall. TTB's debut release Revelator, produced at the couple's Swamp Raga home studio, earned both a Grammy and Blues Music Award while 2011's dynamic live follow-up, Everybody's Talkin', delivered a double-disc classic reminiscent of legendary concert recordings like Mad Dogs and Englishmen and The Allman Brothers Band's At Fillmore East. Currently the band is touring in support of its second studio effort, Made Up Mind, which entered the Billboard 200 at #11 and was hailed by Rolling Stone as "equal parts Stax and Muscle Shoals without dilution of either." Emerging as one of the most respected guitarists of his generation, Trucks led his own Derek Trucks Band for over 15 years prior to teaming with Tedeschi. Presently and for the past 13 years the Florida native also performs as a full member of The Allman Brothers Band and has toured with both Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana. Additionally as the youngest musician to make the list, the slide guitar wunderkind was voted #16 of the top 100 Guitarists of All Time (Rolling Stone - November 2011) by a panel of fellow musicians and industry experts. No stranger to center stage herself, singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi started playing in bands in her hometown of Boston at age 13. Her knack for combining American roots music, particularly electric blues, Southern soul, and gospel, with passionate, awe-inspiring vocal prowess has resulted in a prolific solo career full of award-winning records, six Grammy nominations, and a devoted following. Blessed with a voice that ranges from powerful R&B belters to gentle ballads, Tedeschi is a talented guitarist as well, her style alternately recalling post-war electric blues and Hendrix-inspired rock. Easily capable of shining as individuals, this ensemble of 11 is concerned more with the sound than the spotlight. Sharing a level of respect and camaraderie rarely found in rock and roll, Tedeschi Trucks Band has found a magical combination that delivers nightly an unforgettable, can't-miss concert experience, one the Boston Herald says, "booms like a soul thunderclap." For these musicians and their audiences, more is indeed more.

    Venue Information
    Summer Concerts at Simsbury Meadows
    22 Iron Horse Blvd
    Simsbury, CT 06070

  • Rumours - A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 07/01/2017 09:00 PM EDT: 07/2/17

    Rumours
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    07/01/2017 09:00 PM EDT
    $14.00 - $30.00
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    Rumours

    Rumours is the Southeast's premier Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Based in Atlanta, GA, Rumours captures the energy of Fleetwood Mac at the height of their career by blending perfect harmonies, precise instrumentation, and a visually engaging stage show. The six members of Rumours are professional musicians with experience across the spectrum of genre – folk, blues, country, rock, and everything in between. Rumours' diverse background, coupled with a professional approach to the craft, has propelled them to their status as one of the most highly regarded tribute bands in the country. Rumours has recreated the Mac experience for a loyal fan base across the eastern United States – selling out venues like The Georgia Theater in Athens, GA, and Daryl's House in Pawling, NY, and playing to packed House of Blues venues in Orlando, Myrtle Beach, and New Orleans. Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe in the ways of magic? Rumours does! Rumours is Mekenzie Jackson(lead vocals), Doug Easterly(lead and backing vocals, guitar and percussion), Alex Thrift(lead guitar), Adrienne Cottrell(keyboards, lead and backing vocals), Jerry Tew(bass) and Gabriel Pline(drums).

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • The Ghost Wolves at Brillobox on 06/20/2017 09:00 PM EDT: 06/21/17

    The Ghost Wolves
    Brillobox
    06/20/2017 09:00 PM EDT
    $10.00
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    Supporting Acts: Those Gorgeous Bastards, 13 SAINTS

    Venue Information
    Brillobox
    4104 Penn Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224

  • Jason Walker at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 06/16/2017 10:00 PM EDT: 06/17/17

    Jason Walker
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    06/16/2017 10:00 PM EDT
    $20.00
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    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • Michael Franti & Spearhead's LOVE OUT LOUD Tour at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 06/13/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 06/14/17

    Michael Franti & Spearhead
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    06/13/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $39.00 - $69.00
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    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Reverend Horton Heat at Reverb on 06/13/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 06/14/17

    Reverend Horton Heat
    Reverb
    06/13/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $23.00 - $25.00
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    Supporting Acts: Agent Orange, Flat Duo Jets

    Reverend Horton Heat

    Recently, the Reverend Horton Heat, aka Jim Heath, had something along the lines of what he calls an epiphany. He's a little tired of being taken so seriously-well, maybe not seriously, exactly, but you get the idea-and lately he's noticed that some of his funnier, country-tinged songs were his biggest crowd pleasers. Besides, being entertaining is what this is all about, right? So, ladies and gents, roll your smokes up in your sleeve and hold on to your cowboy hats, it's time to take a trip back to a time before slick, over-produced country became the norm-a time when outlaws wrote songs about being without a pot to piss in-or at least about psycho exboyfriends and deadbeat girlfriends that spend your paycheck faster than you can say Lone Star. Welcome to Laughin' and Cryin' with the Reverend Horton Heat a record full of country-heavy tunes about bad habits, well-meaning but clueless husbands, ever-expanding beer-guts and, well, Texas. It wouldn't be a Reverend Horton Heat record without a song or-in this case, two-about the Lone Star State. And, while Laughin' and Cryin' marks a detour from the hard driving punkabilly of the Rev's last record, 2004's Revival, this time tending toward honk, there's still some shit-kickers ["Death Metal Guys"] to let you know that Heath and crew still mean business. "I really wanted to capture the feelings of recordings of the late '50s, early '60s," Heath said of the songs on the new record. Exhibit A: Beer Holder, a honky-tonker about a guy who finds the table by his chair a bit too far of a stretch-so he opts for a new "beer holder," his growing gut. While this guy finds his solution genius, his woman thinks otherwise. "[The record is] kind of from a regular guy point of view," Heath said. "You know, I like to do stuff that's kind of tongue-in-cheek that makes fun of the good old boy thing as much as trying to glorify the country boy thing." Heath originally conceived the new record as the product of an alter ego, Harley Hog, a sort of "laughing and crying" singer.

    Venue Information
    Reverb
    1402 N 9th St.
    Reading, PA 19604
    http://www.reverbconcerts.com/

  • Elvis Costello and The Imposters at Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh) on 06/13/2017 07:00 PM EDT: 06/13/17

    Elvis Costello and The Imposters
    Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh)
    06/13/2017 07:00 PM EDT
    $65.00 - $150.00
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    Elvis Costello and The Imposters

    Declan Patrick MacManus (born 25 August 1954), better known by his stage name Elvis Costello, is an English musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. He began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British punk and new wave movement of the mid-to-late 1970s.[6][7] His critically acclaimed debut album, My Aim Is True, was recorded in 1977. Shortly after recording it he formed the Attractions as his backing band. His second album, This Year's Model, was released in 1978, and was ranked number 11 by Rolling Stone on its list of the best albums from 1967–1987. His third album, Armed Forces, was released in 1979, and features his most successful single "Oliver's Army". His first three albums all appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Costello and the Attractions toured and recorded together for the better part of a decade, though differences between them caused a split by 1986. Much of Costello's work since has been as a solo artist, though reunions with members of the Attractions have been credited to the group over the years. Steeped in wordplay, the vocabulary of Costello's lyrics is broader than that of most popular songs. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; one critic described him as a "pop encyclopaedia", able to "reinvent the past in his own image".[8] He has won multiple awards in his career, including a Grammy Award, and has twice been nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male Singer.[9] In 2003, Costello and the Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[10] In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Costello number 80 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[11] Costello has also co-written several original songs for motion pictures, including "God Give Me Strength" from Grace of My Heart (1996, with Burt Bacharach) and "The Scarlet Tide" from Cold Mountain (2003, with T-Bone Burnett). For the latter, Costello was nominated (along with Burnett) for the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

    Venue Information
    Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh)
    600 Penn Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222

  • America at The Capitol Center - New Hampshire on 06/11/2017 07:30 PM EDT: 06/11/17

    America
    The Capitol Center - New Hampshire
    06/11/2017 07:30 PM EDT
    $49.50 - $64.50
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    America

    Grammy-winning rock group AMERICA is back! Led for over four decades by Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, some of their hits include "Horse With No Name", "Tin Man", "I Need You," "Ventura Highway," "Don't Cross The River," "Lonely People," and "Sister Golden Hair".

    Venue Information
    The Capitol Center - New Hampshire
    44 South Main St.
    Concord, NH 03301

  • Real Friends at Rex Theater on 06/07/2017 06:15 PM EDT: 06/7/17

    Real Friends
    Rex Theater
    06/07/2017 06:15 PM EDT
    $20.50 - $21.00
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    Supporting Acts: Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts, Broadside, Nothing, Nowhere

    Real Friends

    IT'S ABOUT THE COMMON REALIZATION THAT THINGS WON'T BE THE SAME AS THEY WERE DURING CHILDHOOD, AND THAT'S OKAY. IT'S A TIMELESS TALE WE'VE SEEN EVERYWHERE FROM CATCHER IN THE RYE TO DAZED AND CONFUSED, BUT IT'S SOMETHING EVERYBODY GOES THROUGH. SO THE TINLEY PARK, IL QUINTET—BRIAN BLAKE [DRUMS], KYLE FASEL [BASS GUITAR], DAVE KNOX [GUITAR], DAN LAMBTON [VOCALS], AND ERIC HAINES [GUITAR]—CHOSE TO PUT THIS JOURNEY ON TAPE. AS ALWAYS, THEIR HONESTY DROVE THE MUSIC. " WHEN YOU'RE YOUNGER, YOU HAVE A PICTURE PERFECT VISION IN YOUR HEAD ABOUT THE FUTURE," SAYS KYLE. " AS I GROW OLDER, I FIND THAT NOT TO BE TRUE. I DUG SO MUCH DEEPER LYRICALLY THIS TIME AROUND. I FOUND INSPIRATION THROUGH MY FAMILY. MY PARENTS TURNED OUT TO A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN I HAD IMAGINED WHEN I WAS A KID. THERE ARE SEVERAL MENTIONS OF THAT. IT'S REALLY ABOUT THE BATTLES IN MY HEAD EVERYDAY AND WORRYING ABOUT HOW OTHERS FEEL AROUND ME A LITTLE TOO MUCH. REGARDLESS OF ANY SAD AND NEGATIVE EVENTS IN MY LIFE THAT FUELED LYRICS, THEY ALL TURN TO POSITIVES WHEN THEY GIVE ME SOMETHING TO WRITE ABOUT. IT'S AN OUTLET FOR ME." COLORED BY BRUSHSTROKES OF PUNK, POP, AND EMO, THIS OUTLET IS A BIG REASON WHY THE GROUP BECAME ONE OF 2014'S BIGGEST BREAKOUT ACTS FOLLOWING THE RELEASE OF THEIR DEBUT, MAYBE THIS PLACE IS THE SAME AND WE'RE JUST CHANGING. IT BOWED AT #24 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200, MOVING OVER 10,300 COPIES FIRST-WEEK AND GARNERED A NOMINATION FOR "ALBUM OF THE YEAR" AT THE INAUGURAL "ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARDS," WHILE " I DON'T LOVE YOU ANYMORE" VIED FOR BEST SONG AND KYLE RECEIVED A NOD FOR " BEST BASSIST." ROCK SOUND PEGGED IT AT #10 ON THEIR " TOP 50 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR," AND ALTERNATIVE PRESS NAMED " LOOSE ENDS" ONE OF "THE 18 BEST SING ALONG MOMENTS OF 2014." MOREOVER, IT ATTRACTED PRAISE FROM FUSE TV, ULTIMATE GUITAR, AND MORE AS THE BAND EMBARKED ON THE VANS WARPED TOUR AND NUMEROUS HEADLINE RUNS. ALONG THE WAY, THEY COLLECTIVELY FOCUSED ON WHAT WOULD BECOME THEIR NEXT OFFERING. " FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS, WE WOULD DEMO SONGS, TAKE A BREAK, AND GO BACK ON THE ROAD," SAYS KYLE. "WE NEVER DID THAT BEFORE, AND IT WAS NICE BECAUSE WE HAD A BANK OF IDEAS TO DRAW FROM. THERE WAS ALSO NO PRESSURE, SINCE WE WERE JUST WRITING TOGETHER WHEN IT FELT RIGHT. THIS WAS A VERY COOL, LAIDBACK WRITING PROCESS." IN LATE 2015, THE BOYS TREADED NEW TERRITORY ONCE MORE BY RECORDING IN CALIFORNIA FOR THE FIRST TIME. TAPPING THE TALENTS OF TWO PRODUCERS, THEY CUT THREE SONGS WITH MIKE GREEN [PIERCE THE VEIL, ALL TIME LOW] AND NINE WITH STEVE EVETTS [THE WONDER YEARS, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN] IN HUNTINGTON BEACH. AS THEY EXPANDED THE SONIC PALETTE, THE LYRICAL VISION ALSO GREW. ANOTHER FIRST, DAN WOULD SPLIT WRITING DUTIES WITH KYLE, PENNING LYRICS TO FOUR SONGS. " I HAD A SURGE WHERE I HAD BEEN WRITING LYRICS," RECALLS DAN. " I WAS FEELING CREATIVE. I THOUGHT IT WOULD HELP VARY THE PERSPECTIVESIN THE MUSIC TO HAVE TWO PEOPLE LOOKING AT CERTAIN SITUATIONS." " IT WAS REALLY GREAT TO HAVE DAN'S HELP WITH LYRICS," ADDS KYLE. " I WAS IMPRESSED WITH A LOT OF HIS WORK. I THINK IT BLENDS WELL WITH MY LYRICS. I FELT LESS PRESSURE THIS TIME AROUND." THE FIRST SINGLE "COLDER QUICKER" HIGHLIGHTS DAN'S PERSPECTIVE. DRIVEN BY A KINETIC RIFF, RHYTHMIC SHUFFLE, AND SPIRITED HOOK, IT SEES THE FRONTMAN PONDER DEATH. " THERE WAS A POINT IN MY LIFE WHERE I WENT TO THREE WAKES AND A FUNERAL OVER A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME," HE SIGHS. " MY GRANDMOTHER WAS ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO PASSED AWAY. SHE ACTUALLY BOUGHT MY FIRST GUITAR FOR ME. FOR SO LONG, I THOUGHT SHE'D BE AROUND FOREVER. IT' S THE IDEA EVERYBODY IS HUMAN. NOBODY'S INVINCIBLE. WE ALL DEAL WITH THAT." THE AIRY GUITAR AND STARK VOCAL PAIRING OF " MOKENA" PROVES HAUNTINGLY GORGEOUS AS DAN GUTTURALLY CROONS, " I'M FUCKING UP AND GETTING OVER IT." " IT'S A DIFFERENT KIND OF BALLAD," EXPLAINS KYLE. " IT BLENDS A LOT OF PAST VIBES INTO ONE SONG. THE BEGINNING IS A TIMELINE OF MY LIFE. I MENTION ONE OF MY EARLIEST MEMORIES LYING ON MY FRONT LAWN HANGING OUT. THERE ARE MENTIONS OF SINGING SONGS AND HITTING ALL THE WRONG NOTES WHEN I SANG IN MY HIGH SCHOOL BAND. THEN, THERE'S MY GRADUATION. IT'S GROWING UP. I'M ADMITTING I'M OVER THIS STUFF FROM THE PAST. THE SONG DEFINES THE PLACE WE'RE AT." " STAY IN ONE PLACE" STANDS AT THE CROSSROADS OF A PROPULSIVE BEAT AND SIX-STRING GALLOP, WHILE " EMPTY PICTURE FRAMES," WITH ITS VIBRANT RECOLLECTIONS AND DISTORTED HUM, SPAWNS THE TITLE PHRASE, HOME INSIDE MY HEAD. MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT BECOMES WHAT KYLE DUBS AS " THERAPY." IT'S A SAFE HAVEN TO DEAL WITH STRESS, ANXIETY, THINKING TOO MUCH, AND WORRYING ABOUT EVERYTHING AROUND YOU. IT'S A CHANCE TO BE FREE FROM THAT. IT'S SOMETHING EVERYBODY CAN IDENTIFY WITH. " NO MATTER WHAT THE SUBJECT IS, THERE'S ALWAYS EMOTION IN OUR SONGS," DAN LEAVES OFF. " I JUST HOPE PEOPLE CAN CONNECT TO IT." " FOR OUR FANS, THE MAIN MESSAGE IS TO RELATE TO THE MUSIC AND GET SOMETHING OUT OF IT," AGREES KYLE. " WHEN WE STARTED THE BAND, THAT WAS THE COOLEST THING—SEEING HOW PEOPLE REACT. ANYTIME WE GET A LETTER FROM A FAN, A DRAWING, OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, IT'S THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD. THAT MEANS IT'S CONNECTING."

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://rex.greyareaprod.com/

  • Mr. Big at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 06/06/2017 07:00 PM EDT: 06/6/17

    Mr. Big
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    06/06/2017 07:00 PM EDT
    $28.00 - $45.00
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    Mr. Big

    Mr. Big are back with their first Studio album in 14 years by the original members. The new album entitled What If...was produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Rush, Iron Maiden). The album is set to be release in early 2011 on Frontiers Records and will be followed by a World Tour beginning in South America in March. What If... is the follow up to 2009's highly successful, Back To Budokan CD/DVD which marked the bands triumphant return to Japan with a sold out show at legendary Budokan! Formed in 1988, Mr. Big forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark "shredding" musicianship with awesome vocal harmonies. The original line-up – vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey. Mr. Big produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres – be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock. Their hits included "To Be With You" (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), "Wild World", Green-Tinted sixties Mind", "Just Take My Heart", and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy", "Addicted to that Rush", "Colorado Bulldog", and "Take Cover". Each of the members of Mr. Big is also a reputable virtuoso in the music industry. Billy Sheehan has won dozens of ʻBest Bass Playerʼ awards in numerous magazines, including an unprecedented 14 years in a row from Player Magazine, Japanʼs number-one music magazine.Paul Gilbert is recognized as one of the top guitarists of this generation. Aside from the tons of albums he released since his departure from Mr. Big, he frequently holds clinics and designs guitars for Ibanez. Pat Torpey has been conducting clinics for Tama drums and has been releasing instructional albums as well.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Sinbad at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 06/02/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 06/3/17

    Sinbad
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    06/02/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $36.00 - $56.00
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    Sinbad

    Actor and Comedian Sinbad arrived on the comedy scene with a " hit'em in the face" style of comedy that has kept audiences laughing in the aisles for over the past two decades. He freely admits that he doesn't knows any jokes, except for the ones that his dad told him "back in the day". Sinbad tells stories, and boy does he tell stories! The basis of his humor comes from everyone he's meets, everything he's seen, and everything he's done. Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time, Sinbad has built a loyal following by taking audiences' painful trials or embarassing tribulations of day-by-day life, throwing them back in their faces, and causing an uproar of comedic hysteria. He can also make it sound profound without being profane. Not that he's any kind of choirboy, but by being the son of a preacher man he decided to keep his comedy clean after his father attended one of his early performances. Up to that time he had been what he describes himself as "semi-dirty". Sinbad says that he learned that night that "funny is funny", and that masters of dirty comedy such as Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce could all work clean without losing a step. Sinbad is internationally known for his starring appearances in hit movies like "Jingle All the Way," playing opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger; "Houseguest" co-starring the late Phil Hartman, and let's not forget his film debut "Necessary Roughness", where he did none of his own stunts! He has starred in the television sitcom "A Different World" as well as his own series, "The Sinbad Show". Entertainment mogul Quincy Jones sought out Sinbad to host UPN's first late night talk show, "Vibe". He also recently appeared as a recurring guest star on the Showtime Original Series "Resurrection Blvd." Sinbad has even written a self-help book entitled "Sinbad's Guide to Life: (Because I Know Everything)". Sinbad has drawn legions of fans from his HBO highly-rated comedy specials; "Brain Damaged" (1991), "Afros & Bellbottoms" (1993), "Son of a Preacher Man" (1996), and "Nuthin But The Funk" (1998). His annual HBO music concert series (Oh! You didn't know he was musical?) "Sinbad's 70's Soul Music Festival" received the prestigious NAACP Image Award consecutively for two years as the "Most Outstanding Variety Series/Special". A one-time basketball standout for the University of Denver, Sinbad agrees that everything he needed to know for comedy, he learned from playing basketball. There are a number of things comedy and basketball have in common. One of the most important to Sinbad is "the competitive aspect that teaches you to never give up". Now there is one part of Sinbad's life that has been a well kept secret…he is a closet nerd. This comes in handy as a Master of Technology during private corporate engagements for clients such as: Intel Corporation, Breakaway Technologies, Apple and Microsoft as well as many others. As an intermediary to community focused technology solutions, Sinbad believes no one should be left behind in training and education. He has served as a spokesperson for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) encouraging minorities to pursue studies in science, math and engineering. In honor of his parents Donald & Louise Adkins, Sinbad has established an academic scholarship in their name at the esteemed Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Showing his appreciation for our armed servicemen, the comedian/actor has participated on USO tours and performed at the USO of Hampton Roads 2006 Patriotic Festival. Sinbad has appeared on the FX Television series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Also, his long awaited stand-up special aired on Comedy Central this past February. Most recently, Sinbad was seen in the third season of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice.

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Tom Papa at The Oaks Theater on 06/02/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 06/3/17

    Tom Papa
    The Oaks Theater
    06/02/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $30.00 - $35.00
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    Tom Papa

    With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa has found success in film, television and radio as well as on the live stage. Tom's second hour stand-up special, Tom Papa: Freaked Out, directed by Rob Zombie and named one of the 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2013 by Laughspin.com, is available as a download and on Netflix. Tom's first hour special, Tom Papa Live in New York City, premiered on Comedy Central in January of 2012 and is available as a download or on Netflix. Tom can be seen alongside Clive Owen in Steven Soderbergh's, The Knick, on Cinemax and he will be seen in the highly anticipated Chris Rock film, Top Five. In 2015, Tom will host the new FOX TV game show, Boom!. In 2013, Tom was seen alongside Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in the HBO film, Behind the Candelabra, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh, received rave reviews and won 11 Emmys. Tom was also seen in the hit Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer. Tom starred opposite Matt Damon in the Steven Soderbergh film, The Informant, and starred opposite Paul Giamatti in Rob Zombie's animated feature, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, as the voice of El Superbeasto. Tom has appeared in the films Analyze That, opposite Robert DeNiro, and Comedian; he had a voiceover role in the DreamWorks animated feature "Bee Movie" and also was a writer on the project. Tom is host of the hit SiriusXM show, Come to Papa, which airs on channel 99. The weekly, hour-long program features either extended interviews with comedians, including Mel Brooks, Ray Romano, Carl Reiner and Jerry Seinfeld, or features Tom hosting a live, scripted radio play featuring top comedians playing roles or performing all backed by a live band led by virtuoso jazz pianist, Helio Alves. Personally chosen by Jerry Seinfeld, Tom hosted the NBC series, The Marriage Ref, which ran for two seasons. Tom had a recurring role opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the CBS series, The New Adventures of Old Christine and starred in his own NBC series, Come to Papa. Tom is a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, and The Late Show with David Letterman. When not touring the country, Tom lives in New York and Los Angeles with his wife and family.

    Venue Information
    The Oaks Theater
    310 Allegheny River Blvd.
    Oakmont, PA 15139
    http://theoakstheater.com/

  • Hed PE at Rex Theater on 06/01/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 06/2/17

    Hed PE
    Rex Theater
    06/01/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $17.00 - $20.00
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    Supporting Acts: Motograter, Outlined in Blood, Skratch, Prime 8

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://rex.greyareaprod.com/

  • Com Truise / Clark at Rex Theater on 05/30/2017 08:30 PM EDT: 05/31/17

    Com Truise, clark
    Rex Theater
    05/30/2017 08:30 PM EDT
    $17.00 - $20.00
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    Supporting Acts: Roland Tings

    Com Truise

    Wave 1 is the first new transmission the world has received from producer Seth Haley since his gloriously futuristic debut album Galactic Melt. That album cataloged the genesis and evolution of Haley's alter ego Com Truise — the world's first synthetic/robotic astronaut, as Haley described him — and this EP continues the character's journey into the outer reaches of the musical multiverse. In the process, it also builds on Haley's signature production style, one that's rooted in classic sci-fi sounds and analogue textures but nevertheless manages to sound utterly contemporary. The EP takes its name from the newly discovered galaxy to which the intrepid astronaut's voyages take him, and there certainly seems to be a narrative structure to its sequencing. Opening track "Wasat" sets the scene, providing a brief, atmospheric prelude that quickly settles into an uptempo, hypercolor groove. "Mind" is an exercise in dramatic tension, its beats constantly threatening to explode into a full-fledged four-to-the-floor stomp, but never quite doing so. "Declination," which features guest vocals from Joel Ford (Airbird, Ejecta, Ford & Lopatin), glides into your headphones like a starship slipping down out of hyperspace — it's the EP's most melodic moment, and perhaps the most straightforwardly melodic tune in the Com Truise oeuvre to date. "Subsonic" is full of dramatic grandeur, marking the moment at which the EP's initial rush of energy subsides into the sort of dramatic, slow-building textures that should really be soundtracking the birth of new stars. The track evolves through several movements, and is full of evocative electronic textures (along with one hell of a squelchy bass sound). "Valis Called (Control)" maintains the reflective mood, while "Meserere Mei" is all fractured beats and jagged textures. The title track brings the record to a close with an air of serenity, the melody line drifting away into the distance on washes of sci-fi synth sounds. Haley described Galactic Melt as a "sort of film score…from the mind," and Wave 1 works the same way, evoking the latest stage in the intergalactic journey of Com Truise — and leaving you wondering what corner of the cosmos he'll visit next.

    clark
    "Music is like sculpture. It's like trying to capture a moment of ultimate momentum, and distill it forever". – Clark, August 2014 'Clark', boldly eponymous, is the Warp experimentalist's seventh album in 13 years? climaxing a narrative that commenced with 'Clarence Park', the first "Clark" attributed album 'Body Riddle', through the Yin and Yang of 'Turning Dragon' and 'Iradelphic', and finely honed through this year's 'Superscope' EP and visually intense Phosphor live show. This is where the sounds of the machine meet the sounds of the world. A protracted club experience distilled into a cinematic, immersive whole. Clark's chiseled vision of techno contextualized for a postrave environment the clean, cold edges of technology eroded over time to produce raw, fascinating new textures. These textures lay the foundations for a hugely kaleidoscopic listening experience filled with warmth. Memorable songwriting packed with melody and subtle, unpredictable shifts in mood? a finely balanced mix of electronic composition, heads down techno, human nature and the environment it was created in. "I wanted to let the weather in with this album", Clark explains. "It's outward looking, it's drenched in sounds of the outside world, sounds free from human intervention: branches crackling in the wind, storms brewing, the stillness of settling snow. It's all in there, amongst the moreish crunch of industrial machinery". These real world elements offer a sense of a meditation that beckons the listener to leave human desires behind. A detailed field recording of boots in snow creeps into an echo of piano house on 'Strength Through Fragility', swallowing up the melancholy of the melody rather ruthlessly, teasing these things out of the listener as the track progresses. The essence of the new being carved from an unheard ancientness appears throughout 'Clark', a tactile interaction between alien elements creating something that would not have otherwise existed. The machines hold their own against nature: 'Banjo' is a straight up MPC/synth funk jam played over three notes, the hypnotic arpeggios of 'Unfurla' are underpinned by a solid 4/4 kick drum, peakrave euphoria is captured in 'There's a Distance In You'. At its essence 'Grit In The Pearl' is more Berghain than Guggenheim a club banger, albeit in a parallel dimension filtered through the 'Clark' lens, lending new context to its spiralling rave chords. The theme of reduction, a sculpture of sound, wins out in the end. Closing beatless piece 'Everlane' is a cathartic conclusion to 'Clark', the elements ultimately refined into timeless, ethereal melodies echoing into the ages: "It straddles this fine line of being ultimate bliss and sadness at the same time. I find this emotional terrain compelling and keep on coming back to it. I need that epic sense of closure".

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://rex.greyareaprod.com/

  • OKILLY DOKILLY at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 05/30/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 05/31/17

    OKILLY DOKILLY
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    05/30/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $13.00 - $15.00
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    Supporting Acts: Beatallica, Dethlehem

    OKILLY DOKILLY
    Okilly Dokilly is the world's only Nedal band. Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, a majority of the band's lyrics are direct Ned quotes. The band's members include Head Ned, Red Ned, Thread Ned, Stead Ned and Bled Ned. Established in 2015, the band found success before ever playing their first show, becoming a viral phenomenon after releasing just a few press photos and a 4-song demo. Within 2 weeks, the band had nearly 30,000 Facebook fans and was featured by numerous publications including Billboard, Time, The Independent, BBC, Esquire, Vice and many more. Okilly Dokilly's live shows are high energy affairs that weave together comedy and brutality. Guttural screams and pounding drums provide a soundtrack for the pummeling of an inflatable donut as green sweaters and round glasses blur across the stage. As of early 2016, Okilly Dokilly has been steadily working on their debut record, which is projected to release later in the year.

    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • Jim Breuer at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 05/27/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 05/28/17

    Jim Breuer
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    05/27/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $27.00 - $47.00
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    Jim Breuer

    With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer remains one of today's top entertainers and continues to win over audiences with his off-the-wall humor and lovable personality. Named one of Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, Breuer is one of the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up. In addition to keeping busy on his current comedy tour, Breuer can be heard on his weekly Sirius/XM Radio show "Fridays with Breuer," featuring guests such as Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Dennis Leary, and Jeff Foxworthy. Even as a young student at Valley Stream Central High School in Long Island, NY, Breuer knew he wanted to be a stand-up comedian. After spending several years working comedy clubs across the country, Breuer settled in as a regular on the New York comedy club circuit. After being in New York for only seven months, Breuer landed a gig on the nationally syndicated show,"Uptown Comedy Club," where he spent two seasons. Later he appeared on ABC's "Home Improvement" starring funny man Tim Allen, before making his big break which came in 1995 when he joined the cast of NBC's legendary "Saturday Night Live." During his four years on "SNL," Breuer quickly became a fan-favorite for his original character "Goat Boy" and his dead-on impressions of actor Joe Pesci. Following his success on "SNL," Breuer starred alongside Dave Chappelle in the cult favorite film "Half Baked." He has since appeared in the popular films "Zookeeper," "Dick," "Titan A.E." and "Beer League." On the small screen, Breuer hosted MTV's popular "Beach House" and VH1's "Web Junk 20." His other television appearances include "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," and "The Marriage Ref." Breuer is also a frequent guest on the Howard Stern Show. In 2008, Breuer set out for his "Breuniversity Tour" with his 85-year-old father and a film crew. The footage that was captured blended together to create "The Jim Breuer Road Journals," which showcased what life is like on the road with a comedian and his father. Videos from that tour also sparked the making of his documentary "More Than Me," which was shown at the 2009 Montreal Film Festival. In July of 2009, Breuer's one-hour Comedy Central special "Let's Clear the Air" premiered with hilarious topics that included what "success" really is, his SNL days and life with his elderly parents, his wife and his three daughters. In 2011, Breuer embarked on a national tour with three of the country's top comedians, Dave Attell, Bill Burr, and Jim Norton, for "The Anti-Social Network" tour. That same year, Breuer's acclaimed autobiography, "I'm Not High: (But I've Got a Lot of Crazy Stories about Life as a Goat Boy, a Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior)," was released on paperback. In the memoir, Breuer sheds light on his early struggles, his rise to fame and the many lessons he's learned along in an extremely funny, yet personal and touching way that fans have never seen before. Most recently, Breuer taped his latest one hour comedy special "And Laughter for All" at the Gramercy Theatre in New York, New York.

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • As It Is at Rex Theater on 05/26/2017 07:00 PM EDT: 05/26/17

    As It Is
    Rex Theater
    05/26/2017 07:00 PM EDT
    $13.00 - $15.00
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    Supporting Acts: Roam, Grayscale

    As It Is

    The transatlantic pop-punk quintet hails from Brighton, UK consisting of Patty Walters (vocals), Benjamin Biss (vocals, guitar), Andy Westhead (guitar), Patrick Foley (drums), Alistair Testo (bass). The band has established a devout fan following with their heart-on-sleeve, honest and relatable lyrics, charged with pop-rock melodies. Managed by KMGMT (home of other Fearless acts such as Tonight Alive and The Summer Set), As It Is has molded their craft, steadily building their reputation as one of UK's brightest new names. "I haven't found a way yet of wording how surreal and wonderful it feels, signing to one of my favorite record labels. Fearless and their artists have played a huge role in my life, inspiring me massively, giving me something to aspire to reach," states lead singer Patty Walters. "To be able to say something as immense as 'My band was the first UK band that ever signed to Fearless Records,' is mind-blowing to me." Guitarist and vocalist Benjamin Biss adds, "One of the things I've always loved about Fearless is that they have a relatively small roster but I know every single one of those bands. Chances like this don't come around too often, especially for UK bands in a genre that is mainly dominated by American acts; so we want to help prove that the UK can hold their own in the scene." Next week, the band will go into the studio with producer James Paul Wisner (Paramore, Dashboard Confessional) to record their Fearless debut, to release in 2015. The new album will follow their latest release This Mind Of Mine, which was funded completely through their loyal fanbase.

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://rex.greyareaprod.com/

  • SayWeCanFly at Rex Theater on 05/25/2017 07:00 PM EDT: 05/25/17

    SayWeCanFly
    Rex Theater
    05/25/2017 07:00 PM EDT
    $15.00 - $25.00
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    SayWeCanFly
    SayWeCanFly is a one-man acoustic act from a small town in Ontario, Canada. Frontman Braden Barrie has devoted his teenage y ears to playing shows across Canada and the US, building his following and writing relatable music for his fan base. He shows listeners that no matter what struggles we face, we always have the power to make it through. Braden writes lyrics based around his strong belief that the world is falling away from love and emotional connection and wants to re-establish that bond between people through his art. "At the end of the day, we are all skin & bones with a beating heart, and that in itself should be enough to create a spark of love between everyone sharing this earth" Braden says. SayWeCanFly has been featured in Alternative Press Magazine, PureVolume, BryanStars YouTube Channel, and has also played dates of the Vans Warped Tour. Braden has been touring under the name SayWeCanFly for three years now, playing throughout North America. From humble DIY beginnings to quickly rising above many of those in the industry, SayWeCanFly represents the journey of turning a passion into a career.

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://rex.greyareaprod.com/

  • David Crosby and Friends at Flynn Theatre on 05/23/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 05/24/17

    David Crosby
    Flynn Theatre
    05/23/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $44.50 - $75.00
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    David Crosby

    Possibly more than anyone on the planet, David Crosby has lived a life that is emblematic of his generation's dizzying journey -- an agrarian ride through exhilarating highs and soul crushing lows on the paths of creative expression, political activism, personal growth and spiritual self-discovery. And yet amazingly, Crosby continues in perfect step with our times: healthy, sober and as productive as ever, he heads into the new millennium with a host of fresh creative projects and a successful new band, CPR, an aggregation that in itself is small miracle of creative synchronicity that grew out of the musician's chance reunion with his 30 year-old biological son. A founding member of two seminal rock bands, Crosby is a two-time inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. When the singer/songwriter stepped onstage in front of some 500,000 music- and life-celebrating - fans at Woodstock in 1969 as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young -- Crosby both shared and contributed to what many see as the generation's defining moment. In the three decades that followed, he enjoyed stunning artistic and financial success, collecting multiple gold and platinum records while continuing to be an artistic firebrand with over a dozen albums by Crosby, Stills and Nash (and sometimes Young), solo projects and duet albums with fellow band member Graham Nash. But long before Woodstock, Crosby had already made his mark on rock music and the culture that spawned it. The son of Academy Award-winning cinematographer Floyd Crosby ("High Noon", "Tabu", among others), the performer grew up in Santa Barbara, and then migrated south to Los Angeles during the folk music revival of the early 60's. During this period he also traveled extensively throughout the United States as a solo singer/songwriter, honing his craft alongside such luminaries as Fred Neil, Cass Elliot, Bob Dylan and many others, performing dates at college hootenannies and smoke-filled coffeehouses. After a brief stint (with his late brother, Chip) in Les Baxter's Balladeers, Crosby returned to L.A. in 1963, eventually joining forces with fellow musicians Roger (formerly Jim) McGuinn, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, and Michael Clarke as the Byrds -- a ground-breaking band that virtually gave birth to the Folk/Rock genre, possibly the most important wave in pop music during the mid-60's. The group's distinctive sound blended the melodic strength and sweetness of folk music with the energy and drive of amplified rock, propelled by McGuinn's 12-string electric guitar and Crosby's ethereal harmonies. Beginning with a effulgent interpretation of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" - an international Top-ten it which combined the best elements of The Beatles and Dylan - continuing with classic material such as Clark's "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better", a re-working of Pete Seeger's "Turn, Turn, Turn" and culminating with the progressive psychedelic classic "Eight Miles High," (co-written by Crosby) the Byrds perfectly conveyed the mix of social irony, youthful optimism and free expression that characterized the still-dawning "youth counterculture." Following Gene Clark's departure in mid-1966, Crosby was given more room to express himself as a songwriter, and took great advantage of the creative space, delivering such visionary compositions as "What's Happening?!?!", "Renaissance Fair", "Tribal Gathering" and "Everybody's Been Burned". These songs brought forth a wellspring of musical ideas and moods that began to define Crosby's sense of progressive style, a style that continues to this very day. Utilizing open guitar tunings, extraordinary chord progressions and occasional Jazz-inspired melodic flavors – as well as intelligent, penetrating lyrics which mirrored the mood of the day, it was often the case that many of Crosby's songs that stood out on such Byrds albums as Younger Than Yesterday and Notorious Byrd Brothers. Crosby's musical and personal idealism often found him clashing with the other members of The Byrds, and by autumn of 1967 he was unceremoniously fired from the band. Immediately after this, on a trip to Florida, he purchased a sixty-foot wooden schooner, "The Mayan," that the sea-loving artist still sails today. On this trip he also met Joni Mitchell, and wasting neither time nor talent, Crosby went to work producing the debut album that introduced the world to this extraordinary genius singer and songwriter. In fact, Mitchell was just one in a long line of talented artists -- including Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Jackson Browne, and Phil Collins -- whose careers have been graced through the years by Crosby's support, participation and encouragement. Meanwhile in 1968, Crosby had begun writing songs with Stephen Stills, at the time partnered with Neil Young in Buffalo Springfield. The pair knew they had struck musical gold when they invited singer-songwriter Graham Nash, from the British band the Hollies, to add his voice to theirs on two songs, "Helplessly Hoping" and "You Don't Have To Cry." In Crosby's words, "When we heard Nash put on that third harmony, I thought I was gonna die.... It was about the rightist thing I ever heard." In 1969 the trio released their debut album, Crosby, Stills and Nash. The group's unprecedented sound, superb musicianship and collection of enduring original songs, including Crosby's near-Elizabethan "Guinevere," and the Aquarian anthem, "Wooden Ships" (co-authored by Crosby, Stills and the Airplane's Paul Kantner) sent the album straight to number one on the charts. That summer, Neil Young joined the congregation, and the Woodstock performance cemented their identity as an iconic presence in rock music, and thirty years of successful tours and albums have repeatedly reaffirmed that fact. In 1970, Crosby also released his solo debut, …If I Could Only Remember My Name, a record that is still considered one of the greatest albums of the 1970's. Although overflowing with sterling guest performances by Neil Young, Graham Nash as well as members of Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead and Santana, the innovative album clearly illustrated how much Crosby had grown as a truly original and imaginative musician. Aside from this landmark project, Crosby also paired up with Graham Nash in between CSNY albums and tours, and throughout the 1970's the duo cut several excellent albums, including the critically acclaimed Wind On The Water, among others. But the astonishing numbers of creative highs in Crosby's life have been offset by an equally mind-boggling share of personal challenges and disasters. Drugs and alcohol were an omnipresent part of the music scene, and for Crosby, success led to increasingly destructive habits, and eventual alienation from most of his friends and fellow musicians. As the 1980's began he found himself in the grips of a serious drug abuse problem. He had found lasting romance with Jan Dance, who worked at Criteria Studios in Florida; but the couple's bond couldn't compensate for the downward addictive spiral of their lives. The crash came in 1985, when a drug-related arrest in Dallas a few years earlier resulted in a prison term for Crosby. He spent a year in Texas jails before the court overturned his conviction on appeal, and he was set free. In that time both Crosby and Dance had undergone detoxification and the first steps toward recovery. After the musician's release the two were married, beginning a happy life together that continues to flourish today. Yet, in spite of his hard-won personal transformation and renewed productivity, Crosby endured a new series of personal disasters in the 1990's. These included a serious motorcycle accident, financial woes due to criminal mishandling of his business affairs, and severe earthquake damage to his lovingly restored home, followed by its loss through foreclosure. By far the worst news, however, was the threat to his life the musician faced as his liver, damaged by years of substance abuse and a previously undiagnosed case of Hepatitis "C," went into rapid deterioration. By 1995 Crosby was hospitalized, facing certain death in a very short time unless he received a liver transplant. In a series of events worthy of Charles Dickens, an organ donor miraculously became available and the musician's life was saved by a successful transplant; almost simultaneously, 30 year-old professional composer and keyboardist James Raymond discovered through a birth record search that Crosby was his biological father; the two met, and not only got along, but formed a personal and musical connection that eventually led to their teaming with guitarist Jeff Pevar in the new band, christened CPR. Crosby told BAM magazine at the time, "The kind of telepathic interchange that takes place between these guys is the kind of thing that I have with Nash. It's astounding." In this same short season of miracles, Crosby and his wife gave birth to a son, Django, and James and Stacia Raymond presented Crosby with a new granddaughter, Grace. Today, Crosby continues to tour and record with CPR, who have so far released three critically lauded albums, CPR, CPR Live at the Wiltern, and 2001's Just Like Gravity, which appeared on several 'Top-Ten albums of the year' polls, including the venerable rock magazine, 'Crawdaddy!'. In addition, a lifetime of blissfully dedicated and committed work for the environment, free speech, human rights and other causes inspired the artist to write a book documenting the activism and social awareness of contemporary musical artists. Titled Stand and Be Counted, the book was being made into a series of television documentaries, with Crosby selecting the subjects from among his friends and doing many of the interviews. Aside from all of this activity, David Crosby didn't ignore his "day job" with CSNY, and the legendary quartet conducted two monumentally artistic and financially successful U.S. tours between 2000 and 2002, as well as recording and releasing the acclaimed Looking Forward on Warner Bros. Records, which featured Crosby's song, "Stand And Be Counted" as a sort of musical centerpiece. With a new family, a successful new band and quite literally a new lease on life, David Crosby is a genuinely happy man whose passion and artistry continues to touch and inspire us all. Bryan Alsop

    Venue Information
    Flynn Theatre
    153 Main Street
    Burlington, VT 05401

  • Balance & Composure at Rex Theater on 05/21/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 05/22/17

    Balance & Composure
    Rex Theater
    05/21/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $15.00 - $17.00
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    Supporting Acts: Queen Of Jeans

    Balance & Composure

    According to Balance and Composure, they can be loud, quiet and everything in between. A pretty apt description in a nutshell. Once you get down to an intricate school of thought, the lyricism of singer Jon Simmons shows things in a different light. Having all met in the Philadelphia suburb of Doylestown, PA through mutual projects during their high school years, Balance and Composure was formed. A sonic assault melding influences such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Neutral Milk Hotel and Nirvana, their 2011, critically heralded debut album, Separation, adhered to the band's namesake. A cohesive listen of anthemic and melodic guitar blitzes with poignant lyricism, rhythmic thrusts and an abrasive pop knack in its overall deliverance, Separation helped establish Balance and Composure as one of underground rock's most promising newcomers. Following their debut, Balance and Composure toured continuously over the next several years with the likes of Circa Survive, La Dispute, Touche Amore and Title Fight. In the Spring of 2013, the band embarked on their first ever U.S. headlining tour with the recently reunited The Jealous Sound as support. After selling out venues in Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and New York, it was clear their popularity was at an all time high. Picking up where Separation left off, Balance and Composure return once again to push the boundaries of their music with driving riffs and intensely passionate vocals on the band's long-awaited second studio album, The Things We Think We're Missing. It's the type of record that makes listeners pause and reflect, evoking moments of happiness and sadness over the course of thirteen songs.

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://rex.greyareaprod.com/

  • KICK - The INXS Experience with Ridgemont High at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 05/20/2017 10:00 PM EDT: 05/21/17

    KICK - The INXS Experience
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    05/20/2017 10:00 PM EDT
    $12.00 - $14.00
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    Supporting Acts: Ridgemont High

    KICK - The INXS Experience

    ICK- The INXS Experience has beautifully managed to capture the spirit of INXS in both its sound and live performance. The focus has been on faithfully recreating the music in its most powerful sense, an in-the-pocket bottom end from bass player, Don Leslie and drummer, Johnny Dee, a brilliant combination of piano and synth by Mark Goodnough; the signature guitar tones produced by guitarists, Todd King and Jason Taylor; the saxophone by area favorite, Evan Jacobi; and the spot-on lead vocals by Cory Massi, all lend to a powerful high-energy show that is guaranteed to have the entire venue singing and dancing to every song- all night long! The band hears it, time and time again: "This was like seeing INXS all over again, I'm their biggest fan." "That was such an awesome surprise; I'd almost forgotten how much I love INXS!" "I came thinking I would only know a couple of songs, but I knew every single one- and the words, too." "Cory Massi is Michael Hutchence 2.0, fabulous!" KICK- The INXS Experience will take you back. It will reignite your passion for INXS. It will introduce you to music that is still as fresh today as the day it was written; Original Sin to Elegantly Wasted and everything in between!

    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • The Orwells at Rex Theater on 05/20/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 05/21/17

    The Orwells
    Rex Theater
    05/20/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $19.00 - $21.00
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    Supporting Acts: The Walters

    The Orwells

    "I'm not that old but I'm getting pretty wise" -- a sentiment within the early seconds of The Orwells' new album, Disgraceland, that pretty much sums up the eleven tracks that follow it. Two years have passed since the band emerged from their boring Chicago suburb as five high schoolers hellbent on reminding the world that American rock & roll is still alive. A lot has happened since then for The Orwells. They've slain and sweated on audiences around the world, recorded with their favorite contemporary producers, shared the stage with childhood heroes, raked in accolades from distinguished publications and even had David Letterman begging them for more. And now, as they release their irresistibly raucous yet masterfully architected Disgraceland on Canvasback Music, The Orwells are getting pretty wise. The story of Disgraceland -- recorded last fall at studios in London, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Woodstock, NY -- is the story of The Orwells escaping the confines of their hometown and of their own expectations for themselves. Back when they made their 2012 debut album, Remember When, they were recording by themselves in guitarist Matt O'Keefe's parents' basement. O'Keefe, bassist Grant Brinner, his brother, drummer Henry Brinner, guitarist Dominic Corso and his cousin, singer Mario Cuomo, had been playing together since 9th grade. "We were hoping eventually something would happen and it would become serious," says O'Keefe. "We were like, 'We love writing songs, so let's just keep doing it.' When we were writing those early songs, the goal was just to make all the other bands in our high school jealous." Maybe one day, they thought, they'd get to be as beloved as their heroes The Black Lips. "You make good music, say what you wanna say and have a good time -- that was what we were shooting for," O'Keefe continues. "But now that we're a little older, the goal is bringing rock & roll back to everybody's car speakers. Sometimes you get afraid to go to the highest point you can, at the price of being called sell-outs or whatever. But we say fuck that, if we can get every single kid playing rock and roll music in their parents' car stereos, that's what we wanna do." Though they eventually teamed with producers Dave Sitek (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Santigold, TV On the Radio), Chris Coady (Smith Westerns, Beach House) and Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys), they started writing the new album before the first one was even released. "We were still in high school when we wrote the early songs for this album," says O'Keefe. "So we expected that we would be handing the first few songs we were making out on a CD to kids in the hallways, just like we had before. But as time went on and we got signed to Canvasback, we figured this might be the last album we write while still living in Elmhurst. We wanted to capture what the last 18-20 years of our lives were like, in this anywhere USA suburb." Songs like "Dirty Sheets," "Southern Comfort" and "Let It Burn" detail debauched nights, sloppy hook-ups and the kind of trouble you let yourself get into when you're bored, broke and barely legal. Recorded in Los Angeles with Sitek last summer, "Who Needs You?" was actually written back in October 2011. Says O'Keefe: "It was the day Obama announced we'd be pulling all of the troops out of Iraq, and we thought, 'let's write a kind of 60's Vietnam thing' celebrating these kids coming home. As it developed, in my basement writing it, the song became more like, 'it's fucked up that we were there in the first place,' and it was basically a bunch of ignorant teenagers trying to comment on something political." Released as a single last fall, the tune earned praise from the Chicago Sun-Times, which described it as "ring[ing] with big, chiming guitars, a giant stomping beat straight out of Motown and Cuomo, bellowing societal disgust through a microphone that sounds like it is plugged into a muddy lake bottom: 'You better save the country/you better pass the flask/you better join the army/I say no thank you dear old Uncle Sam!'" Cuomo says that songs like the Jim Abbiss-produced "Dirty Sheets" and album-closer "North Ave" are "pretty autobiographical," detailing "feelings bundled up from high school shit." Writing about those experiences, he says, is his way of burying them. The rest of The Orwells -- all a year younger than the singer -- had been playing together for awhile when they finally got Cuomo to join them. "Mario was always that kid all of us knew about," says Grant. "Not just because he was cousins with Dominic, either. He was that one dude a grade above us who would flick off a teacher or that kind of thing. You'd always hear stories about something crazy that Mario had done. He was definitely that kid everyone knew about and either hated or loved." Up until that point, Cuomo had been singing along to CDs in his room, "trying to hit notes and shit." He cites frontmen like Glenn Danzig and Odd Future's Tyler, The Creator, as inspiration, as well as Iggy Pop's menacing, self-destructive presence. Though The Orwells' live show has become the stuff of legend in the past year, inspiring Consequence Of Sound to write, "frontman Mario Cuomo has tapped into something special, carnal, and almost evil," Cuomo admits that it took him a minute to unleash his own inner wildman on stage: "I was super uncomfortable just standing there and it made me feel really bad and not satisfied with shows, using a mike stand and being boring," he says. "Little by little as I started moving around more, it started feeling better. It took maybe 50 shows to really get it down and get super comfortable and know what I was doing. I still don't know but kind of." Doing whatever comes naturally seems to be paying off for The Orwells. Their television appearances on Later With Jools Holland and The Late Show With David Letterman in the past year gave audiences around the world a taste of what concertgoers have seen during the band's recent tours with Arctic Monkeys, FIDLAR and Palma Violets. Footage of the performances instantly made the rounds. "I thought we did it right," says Cuomo. "I fucked up a bunch, but in retrospect, it's how rock music should be played: No matter what venue and where you are and who you're playing for, it's not going to be perfect. Even if you're on TV, it's ok to fuck it up sometimes." "The Orwells tap into [a] primal energy… in which youthful abandon and sloppiness are touchstones — and know their way around a nuttily repetitive hook." – SPIN "The best new live band in America" – NME "...a mixture of back-breaking intensity, youthful tomfoolery and the utterly unhinged... With their brattish sensibility and near endless displays of energy, The Orwells seem to tap into that perennial youthful outcast in all of us – the kid who is forever being dragged to detention on reputation alone." –Clash Music

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://rex.greyareaprod.com/

  • Remember Jones - Back to Black at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 05/19/2017 09:30 PM EDT: 05/20/17

    Remember Jones
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    05/19/2017 09:30 PM EDT
    $15.00 - $20.00
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    Remember Jones
    Remember Jones is a one-of-a-kind soul/pop singer, storyteller and bandleader with a throwback vibe and authentic energy that bring audiences to another time and place. Collaboratively supported by a double-digit sized band centrally from Asbury Park, NJ where they have a stronghold on it's large, thriving music scene, he has packed popular venues such as THE STONE PONY, ASBURY LANES, THE SAINT, CONVENTION HALL and THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE. He has been awarded TOP VOCALIST in the Asbury Park Music Awards, directed and debuted as HEDWIG in HEDWIG IN THE ANGRY INCH for Asbury Park's first long-running theatrical production, and has produced, music directed, and supported many local acts, rock musicals, and touring bands (most recently a string of sold-out dates with Buster Poindexter). The band's DEBUT ALBUM, "Ladies and Gentlemen, Remember Jones!", available via CDBaby, iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, and other outlets, was created after raising close to $19,000 through nearly 300 small donations via Indiegogo, and created in front of a live studio audience with a 25-piece band. It was released in May 2016 at Asbury Park's Convention Hall, the first independent local band to play this venue in many, many years. POPDOSE calls the album "...uncanny magic... remarkable vocalist... Remember Jones is heading for big things." He fronts a tribute project "back to BACK TO BLACK", a recreation of the entire AMY WINEHOUSE album with an orchestra of 15-25 musicians that has SOLD-OUT 3 times in Asbury Park, as well as a tour of the show packing venues in Brooklyn, Detroit, Louisville, Nashville, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and more, including a sold-out show at LINCOLN HALL in Chicago that was streamed live by AUDIOTREE. He has SOLD-OUT a theater re-creation of JOE COCKER's MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN with a 20-piece band and was the first ever to present and sing R. KELLY's TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET LIVE alongside a 20-piece orchestra. His work with GRAMMY-nominated guitar legend and songwriter GARY LUCAS will lead to upcoming recordings of unreleased JEFF BUCKLEY material, following a successful string of dates recreating the entire GRACE album this past summer (Lucas co-wrote "Grace" and "Mojo Pin"). A recording session with Daytrotter will be released February 2017. Remember Jones - Let 'em Look (video of single from debut album, Ladies and Gentlemen, Remember Jones!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAh5a16zPXs Remember Jones - AUDIOTREE LIVE soul cover of The Smashing Pumpkins' Bullet with Butterfly Wings : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPr-NiDJNRE "Fiercely passionate frontman... one for the ages... holds the audience in the palm of his hand..." - Live For Live Music "...truly captivates audiences every time he performs..." - BroadwayWorld.com "New Jersey's most ambitious song interpreter..." - Jay Lustig, NJArts "Anna Mae Bullock took the stage as Tina Turner, Farrokh Bulsara began performing as Freddie Mercury, Stefani Germanotta adopted her Lady Gaga persona... Like those artists, Remember Jones isn't just a singer. He's a showman." - The Star Ledger "Soul sensation Remember Jones is an expert at making the past present, bringing history to life with soulful sound and funky fury." - Alex Biese, The Asbury Park Press "A singer blessed with an amazing instrument and an uncanny ability to interpret the music of others so that the material becomes unmistakably his own, Remember Jones is at the vanguard of the rebirth of soul music as an immersive experience that begs to be felt as well as heard." - KEF Audio

    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • Windhand at Cattivo on 05/18/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 05/19/17

    Windhand
    Cattivo
    05/18/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $12.00 - $14.00
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    Supporting Acts: Satan's Satyrs, Molasses Barge

    Windhand

    Founded in 2009 in Richmond VA, Windhand is a stoner, doom metal band made up of Aschiah Bogdan, Parker Chandler, Dorthia Cottrell, Garrett Morris, and Ryan Wolfe. They have been compared to Electric Wizard, Blood Ceremony, the Devil's Blood, and Black Sabbath. In March 2012, Windhand released their self-titled debut which quickly became an underground hit, selling out of multiple vinyl presses in a matter of months. It was recorded and mixed at the Dark Room by Garrett Morris and mastered at Slipped Disc Audio by Bill McElroy in 2011. After a steady touring schedule, the band collaborated with Richmond brethren Cough on a split entitled "Reflections of the Negative" due out on Relapse Records in April 2013. Windhand officially signed to Relapse Records in March 2013 and released their highly anticipated album "Soma" in September 2013 to brilliant reviews.

    Venue Information
    Cattivo
    146 44th Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15201
    http://www.cattivopgh.com

  • Sebastian Maniscalo: "Why Would You Do That" Tour at Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh) on 05/18/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 05/19/17

    Sebastian Maniscalo
    Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh)
    05/18/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $44.00 - $254.25
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    Sebastian Maniscalo

    Saying what we're all thinking has always been Sebastian Maniscalco's specialty. Except when he says it, it's a whole lot funnier. In his standup special "Aren't You Embarrassed?", which debuted on Showtime in November 2014, the sophisticated comedian with the chiseled cheekbones gives us a hilarious reality check of the world we all find ourselves living in. Continuing to bring his witheringly sarcastic and exasperated take on modern behavior and etiquette in his second Showtime special in two years, Sebastian takes on everything from selfies that he calls "lonelies" ("Do you know how alone you have to be to have 838 photos of yourself in your bathroom?") to online restaurant reviews ("Who's got the time to write an 18 page essay on asparagus?") to airport check-ins ("I'm taking out a boot…a sock…a toothpaste…does anyone know what two pounds is?"). The special has already spawned the Twitter hash tag #Aren'tYouEmbarrassed, with thousands of followers donating their take via social media on the absurdities of everyday life in the year 2014. Taping the special "Aren't You Embarrassed?" in Chicago was a homecoming of sorts for the self-proclaimed 'half-Sicilian, half-Italian' who grew up in the middle class suburbs of Chicago ("The world doesn't match my upbringing"). Priding himself on a work ethic his father instilled in him when he began working at the age of 8, Sebastian made his first dime as an altar boy at funerals during his lunch break to contribute to the family. Still sporting his Chicago accent despite leaving the Windy City in the early 2000's to follow his dream in Los Angeles, Sebastian began paying his comedy dues by night playing his brand of comedy in bars and bowling alleys while working as a waiter at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. He eventually broke into the national spotlight with a 20-city tour in support of his one-hour Comedy Central DVD Special. Yet, it wasn't until Sebastian captured the attention of award-winning actor and entertainer Vince Vaughn who selected him to be one of four featured comedians in the critically acclaimed film "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show" that his comedy career began to explode. Since then, the 2014 American Comedy Award nominee for Best Club Comedian has established an avid fan following via national late night television appearances on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson", "Lopez Tonight", "Conan" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". Sebastian is also a popular guest on such ground-breaking podcasts as "WTF with Marc Maron" in addition to starring in his own wildly popular "The Pete and Sebastian Show" podcast every Friday night. If that wasn't enough, Sebastian is currently writing a pilot for NBC alongside Austen Earl and Greg Garcia. Still enjoying the honeymoon phase with new wife and renowned L.A. based artist Lana Gomez, Sebastian continues to develop new material at frequent shows at the Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard. Sebastian also routinely devotes time to The COMMIT Foundation, which creates serendipity for veterans by fostering mentorship, extending professional networks, and promoting familiar camaraderie for our country's military. At the moment, Sebastian says he finds himself 'happier than ever'…and he ain't embarrassed one bit.

    Venue Information
    Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh)
    600 Penn Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222

  • XEB - original members perform entire debut album "Third Eye Blind" w/ special guest Brad Ray at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 05/18/2017 07:30 PM EDT: 05/18/17

    XEB
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    05/18/2017 07:30 PM EDT
    $15.00 - $65.00
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    Supporting Acts: Brad Ray

    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • Oceano at Cattivo on 05/16/2017 06:00 PM EDT: 05/16/17

    Oceano
    Cattivo
    05/16/2017 06:00 PM EDT
    $15.00
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    Supporting Acts: Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, No Zodiac, Deathbed

    Oceano

    Conceived in 2006, this talented young band comprises of former members of several Chicago metal outfits, and together are rapidly becoming one of the standouts of the Chicago extreme metal scene. Describing themselves as one of the angriest bands on Earth, OCEANO channel this through their music, creating in the process some of the heaviest, most guttural and all-out brutal music to be found anywhere. Having already completed numerous successful tours playing with the likes of Hatebreed and Suffocation, OCEANO are constantly growing in popularity and with a record deal under their belts, are now ready to spread their path of destruction far and wide, and will be soon levelling a town near you."

    Venue Information
    Cattivo
    146 44th Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15201
    http://www.cattivopgh.com

  • Jimmy Eat World at Mainstage Morgantown on 05/15/2017 08:30 PM EDT: 05/16/17

    Jimmy Eat World
    Mainstage Morgantown
    05/15/2017 08:30 PM EDT
    $35.00
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    Supporting Acts: Beach Slang

    Jimmy Eat World

    Invented, the sixth full-length album by Jimmy Eat World, contains the signature big hooks and sing-along melodies for which the band has become famous. Fans of the band's older hits like "The Middle," "Sweetness," and "Pain" will find lots to grab onto…and those same fans will be happy to learn that Mark Trombino, who served as a producer on the band's first three albums Static Prevails, Clarity and Bleed American, is again at the helm for Invented. While the music is "classic Jimmy Eat World," the lyrics come from a completely different place than ever before. Jim Adkins, the band's primary lyricist, credits this new lyrical direction to an exercise he created for himself as the band was putting the finishing touches on their previous album, Chase This Light. At the time, Adkinshad recently discovered two books -- Cindy Sherman's "Completely Untitled Film Still" series and Hannah Starkey's "Photographs 1997-2007" and became taken with the creation of his own back stories for each photo. "I would take about ten minutes and blast through every aspect of the scene that came to me. Who was this particular character and who were the people in her life? How did she end up in this scene?" Adkins says, "It was intended to be a writing exercise -- much like an exercise lots of people employ every day called 'object writing.' The point wasn't to get material for Jimmy Eat World songs, it was only to get my brain in a mindset for working. Eventually, though, ideas developed in those sessions did start creeping into songs. The album title 'Invented' refers to a song which I feel sums up the mood here," Adkins adds, "but could also be taken more literally as this album is the deepest into character writing we have tried so far." The reconnection with producer Mark Trombino occurred in San Diego during the band's sold-out national tour commemorating the 10-year anniversary for the album Clarity. Jimmy Eat World got their start in 1994 and has gained a reputation for being a band of great perseverance and hard work. Since the 1999 release of their breakthrough debut album Clarity, they've sold millions of records, have had numerous top ten singles at Modern Rock Radio, appeared on Saturday Night Live and have toured with Foo Fighters, Green Day and Weezer. Jimmy Eat World will be on the road for the next year plus in support of Invented.

    Venue Information
    Mainstage Morgantown
    444 Chestnut Street
    Morgantown, WV 26505

  • STP2 at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 05/13/2017 10:00 PM EDT: 05/14/17

    STP2
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    05/13/2017 10:00 PM EDT
    $15.00
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    Supporting Acts: Bleach Fuzz

    STP2

    Stone Temple Pilots are argueably one of the best bands to come out of the 90’s. With hit’s like “Plush”, “Interstate Love Song”, “Big Empty”, “Dead and Bloated” and many more radio staples you cant get out of your head. For us in STP2, they have created the soundtrack to our lives. In 2015 lead singer and rock icon Scott Weiland sadly passed away. While STP was auditioning singers in 2016, our very own Mick Blankenship tried out. Receiving thousands of views on youtube, and raving reviews of his Scott Weiland sound alike voice. This spawned the idea between a few friends to pay tribute to a band they could no longer see in person. Stone Temple Pilots with Scott Weiland. The goal in STP2 is to re create the magic and spirit that STP had with Weiland. When you come to see STP2 we aim for it to not only look and sound like STP, but FEEL like you are seeing the greatness that was classic STP. With sold out shows at legendary venues, and fans all over the world, STP2 deliver’s just that. We look forward to working together on giving your venue the best STP experience possible and keeping the Spirit of Weiland alive!

    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • Phil Vassar at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 05/13/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 05/14/17

    Phil Vassar
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    05/13/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $32.00 - $45.00
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    Phil Vassar

    Phil Vassar is a hit song-writing and accolade-receiving machine. Best known for the chart toppers "In A Real Love" and "Just Another Day In Paradise," Phil Vassar also hit the top ten with "Carlene," "Last Day Of My Life," "American Child," "Six-Pack Summer," "That's When I Love You" and "Love Is A Beautiful Thing." Other artists have also taken his songs to number one, including "My Next Thirty Years" by Tim McGraw, "She's Right On The Money" by Alan Jackson, Jo Dee Messina's "Bye, Bye" and "I'm Alright." David Nail had a hit with "The Sound Of A Million Dreams" and Billboard named it the number one song in their Top 10 Country Songs Of 2012. Billboard Country Songwriter Of The Year Phil Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics with infectious melodies. Don't miss his second appearance with full band in Sellersville! ========================= Traveling to see the show? Don't want to drive home after? The Washington House Hotel right next door to ST94 is now open! Make an event of your trip here by staying in one of our newly renovated rooms or suites and enjoying continental breakfast the next morning. Click here for info and reservations.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Laura Marling at Rex Theater on 05/11/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 05/12/17

    Laura Marling
    Rex Theater
    05/11/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $25.00 - $30.00
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    Supporting Acts: Valley Queen

    Laura Marling

    "I've always been told that I'm an old soul. And I'm not. I just have a deep voice and a stern face. I am actually young. I hadn't had chance to stop and think about that before." In 2015, Laura Marling came off the road after touring her hugely successful fourth album Once I Was an Eagle, and immediately set about recording its successor , Short Movie "I literally rolled out of the van and into the studio — a decision made by my own stubbornness," she recalls. "And then I just stopped cold turkey." Marling's fifth album, Short Movie, was the result of an extended period of stopping and thinking. "I realised that I hadn't been in a place for longer than two or three weeks since I was 16," she explains. "I thought 'I wonder what will happen if I try and root myself somewhere?' Look back over the past eight years." Shelving the album she had written and begun, she gave herself six months away from anything related to music, to explore and learn new skills, to try other kinds of writing, other ways of thinking. "It was definitely good for me," she says. "But it was also absolutely horrible and I'll never do that again." Uncertain whether she wanted to continue songwriting she had redirected her energy into poetry, only to have her application (under a pseudonym) to study at a writing centre in upstate New York turned down. "I think," she says, "it was the first time anybody's ever said no to me." And so Marling returned to Los Angeles, where she has lived for the past few years, and sought new direction. "LA is literally the worst place to not have a job," she says. "It's so drifty anyway. It's the kind of place where you can either skim the surface, go with the tide or be dragged down to the stagnant waters. And you don't want to fall through the cracks here, I guess. Not that you're in danger of doing that if you're somewhat sane, but I felt really on the edge of sanity." Exploring the worlds of mysticism, yoga and psychedelics, she began to feel the isolation of her city, to notice "people talking about good vibrations in a concrete jungle", the people on the street who "just seem to let the light come in a bit too much to close it off again. And you can't look at them without knowing that you're capable of doing that too." The days began to blend together. "Everything, every day seemed really banal," she remembers. "If I was in France we would have called it 'an existential crisis' and got on with it. But here they treat negativity like it's something infectious." Slowly out of the "chaos" of that time Marling began to find a kind of order. She enrolled on several online courses to study literary criticism, immersed herself in the writing of Rilke, Chris Kraus and Jodorowsky. "I got really obsessed with getting educated," she explains. "And then I realized it's not actually about being educated it's about being wise." Her intention was to "take the mysticism of songwriting and tame it in a way. Or take control of it. I wanted some whipping into shape. And I think that by whatever means I have done that. And that's why I think this crop of songs is different." These songs are different — in mood and sound and temperament. They reflect a time of great exploration for Marling, and so encompass doubt, magic, hope, humanity, salvation, rage, peace, place and being alone. 2016 has seen Laura step back from her prolific album making of the past 10 years and instead she has embarked on a year of side projects- details of which will be announced shortly. In September she will take to the road on a solo tour of North West America in the spirit of a good old fashioned road trip.

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://rex.greyareaprod.com/

  • Big Smo at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 05/11/2017 07:00 PM EDT: 05/11/17

    Big Smo
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    05/11/2017 07:00 PM EDT
    $19.99 - $30.00
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    Supporting Acts: East Coast Turnaround

    Big Smo

    "You can tell when something's real," says the man known simply as Big Smo. "You can tell when it's true. And I think what's made us successful and gotten us this far is that we're just real people, down-home country folk who really love to make music, and people see that." That success has been as hard won as it is impressive. What began as two friends—Smo and Orig the DJ—experimenting with samples, beats and lyrics in a makeshift home studio has turned into four independent CDs and hundreds of tour stops before over-the-top crowds from mud parks in Florida to night clubs in Vegas. He and his band—Orig, vocalists Alexander King and Haden Carpenter, guitarist Travis Tidwell, bassist Eric Flores and drummer Ryan Peel—have opened for Brantley Gilbert, appeared at 2012′s Bamajam on a bill with Kid Rock and Jamey Johnson, and rocked the crowd at 2013′s CMA Music Fest in Nashville. Perhaps most impressive, though, has been the phenomenal success of their breakthrough indy hit, "Kickin' It In Tennessee." Its video, a slice of real life shot on a shoestring at Big Smo's 32-acre Middle Tennessee farm, has earned well over five million YouTube hits. Now, with the release of his major-label debut, Kuntry Livin', the man known as the Boss of the Sticks is poised to take it all up a very big notch. It was that homegrown video, "Kickin' It," that turned the tide, bringing Big Smo to the attention of Warner Bros. senior vice president and head of radio promotion Chris Stacey. "The moment I saw Big Smo on YouTube," says Stacey, "I knew he was something special. I grew up loving rap music and loving country music, and Big Smo is the first artist that I have ever seen that seamlessly combines the two. Big Smo is for the kids with the jacked-up trucks and camo hats that love Jason Aldean and Brantley Glibert—but also bump Lil Wayne." Big Smo's growing legion of fans would agree. His is the story of a country boy catching fire in a digital age, where musical cross-pollination is everywhere, where Nelly teams up with Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line, and Ludacris joins forces with Jason Aldean, who's "Dirt Road Anthem" was the best-selling country song of the year. Big Smo's rise has been fueled by high energy and relatable lyrics, a band with the ability to rock a crowd, and the studio savvy to capture that lightning in a bottle. Big Smo owns that place where country, Southern rock and hip hop come together, where the beat rocks the story and the story rocks the beat. An early review put it this way: "If Kid Rock and Run D.M.C. had a love child, he would be named Big Smo." The added reach and clout of the label deal comes with something Big Smo values even more—freedom to do it his way. "The most important thing," he says, "is that when we went from being independent artists to being on a label, we didn't want to lose control of who we are. That's why the label called us—because of who we are, not because of what somebody made us. They said, 'We'll let you drive. We like the way you steer.' I was like, 'Cool. I won't let you down.'" Produced by Jon Conner and Orig, Kuntry Livin' sums up everything that has brought Big Smo to the forefront. The beats are pulse-pounding, the vocals passionate, the guitars electrifying, and the subject matter—well, that's pure back-country reality. It includes the boots-on blue-collar anthem "Workin'," the country-as-cornbread celebration of roots, "Who I'll Be," the work-hard-play-hard life sketch, "Down in the Backwoods," and the love-gone-wrong tale, "Cover My Eyes." Working with Big Smo on individual tracks are producer extraordinaire Michael Knox (Jason Aldean), songwriters Casey Beathard, Rhett Akins and Jim Beavers, singers Josh Thompson and Shelly Fairchild, and musicians including Charlie Worsham, Jimmy Stewart, David Yudkin and Lynyrd Skynyrd's Peter Keys. Big Smo's story begins on the farm he grew up on—the farm that is still home. His first memory, in fact, is "sitting on the tractor with my father. I can still remember the smell of the fresh cut hay and how blue the sky was. I had a great life as a child and as a teenager. I had hard-working grandparents and even harder-working parents that had great family values. My father taught me everything it was to be a man and he became not only the best father to have but my best friend." He played drums and keyboards as a boy, took up trumpet in middle school and was part of the drum line in high school. "I was always into music," he says, "and on the side I was always writing, whether it was a short story or these crazy movie ideas." He began writing poetry in high school, "expressing the side of me I didn't really want to share with everyone else. It was where I could put down how I felt inside. My thoughts, my feelings, my emotions, they would explode onto the paper." As with so many of his generation, he heard music from both sides of the fence, rural and urban, country ("with an outlaw vibe") and hip-hop, and both stirred his soul, as did the Southern and classic rock he heard as a teenager. "When I listen to the music we make today," he says, "I see all those things in everything we make. The elements are all there and it's working. People love it because they can relate to it." Not long after he got out of high school he met Ray Riddle, who was just learning to be a DJ and who would become Orig the DJ. "He had this Technics turntable." says Smo, "and he was learning how to sample pieces out of a record. I thought, 'That's so cool.' I really dug this kid, his enthusiasm and where his heart was when it came to music. It was like watching an artist paint a picture." Soon, they were writing together, learning every aspect of the process from the ground up. They played an early song for some friends, who loved it, then started the long process of gathering and mastering equipment and writing and performing original songs. "To this day," he says, "Orig and I are in the studio working late all the time and we're still as tight as ever. Our moms look at both of us as sons." The two began making the one-hour journey north to Nashville, paying for the chance to play in tiny clubs–Kung Fu Coffee was the first–and giving away CDs they made at home and labeled with Sharpies. "People got into what we were doing and before long we had our first paid gig," he says. "I'll never forget it. We piled our equipment in the car and drove to Georgia and we got there and they gave us three hundred bucks and a case of water. We were like, 'What? All we did was show up and they haven't even seen us yet!" Soon they were taking what they'd learned and the contacts they'd made and putting on shows of their own, with Orig as DJ and Big Smo as host. They learned Photoshop and other programs and designed their own flyers. They began producing their own CDs, which got increasingly sophisticated, and began touring all over the southern U.S., booking their own shows and traveling in a converted church bus. They learned everything they could about the possibilities inherent in the Internet, and were off and running. "YouTube became the place for seeing what was happening," he says. "That opened the window for independent artists to share with the same amount of people that you had to wait on MTV or CMT or BET for in the past. This was your 'reach out and touch somebody' opportunity." They took full advantage, and that road, of course, led to Warner Music Nashville, where the back woods met the power of full-scale national promotion. At bottom, though, is the same wide-ranging love of music and the same bootstrap mentality. "We were raised on Waylon and Willie, Johnny Cash and Jerry Reed," he says, "and we were raised on the Beastie Boys and Dirty South, so it's not a surprise that's who we've become. And that's the place a whole lot of fans are, loving not just country but hip-hop as well. They're country people who love to party and have a good time, and love that hip-hop beat and that country story telling. I've always followed my heart about the music, and it's connecting to a lot of people. "I wouldn't trade away anything about the way we did it, because we learned it from the bottom up," he says. "We paid our dues. I enjoy knowing that's where we started and here's where we are today." All of it comes together on stage, which is where Big Smo says he is most at home. "It's the best feeling I've come across in my life," he says. "When you're on stage and your fans are in the crowd and they're singing along and they know the songs and you're there to give them the best you are, it's an exchange of love and enjoyment you just can't beat. No matter how chill I am backstage, when I hear 'Dueling Banjos,' it's like a light switch. I'm like, 'It's time.' I just go out there and unleash whatever that week held for me, taking all my emotions and fueling them into my show." It's an approach that has thrilled countless fans who have followed Big Smo from the Internet to some of the music world's most exciting live shows, creating back-and-forth energy he is as excited about taking forward as his fans are. "I could play a show every night for the rest of my life," he says, "and I'd be the happiest man on earth."

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Machine Gun Kelly at Reverb on 05/10/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 05/11/17

    Machine Gun Kelly
    Reverb
    05/10/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $30.00 - $35.00
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    Machine Gun Kelly

    Like the Gladiators during the Roman Empire, Machine Gun Kelly burst onto the Music Scene with a lifetime's worth of Determination, Engaging sense of Theatre, Passion for all forms of Art and Strength in 2004. "Lace up," is on repeat throughout his daily regime, serving as a constant reminder to all those in his circle that one must always be ready for the day and whatever obstacles may come to bear. It is this strength from him that appeals to the young legion of fans as showcased by his chosen beats, awakening musical rhythms and creatively crafted lyrics. It is his Daring and Perseverance which will draw in the older audiences as 2015 promises to give a peak into MGK's World through his Artistic Impressions. Penning rhymes about everything from family struggles to relationships to addiction, Kelly as an artist embodies Every Generation's relentless perseverance toward creating a BETTER path towards the future with some call good-old fashioned grit….From the bottom Up! In the latter part of 2014/early 2015, Machine Gun Kelly quietly recorded his sophomore album GENERAL ADMISSION. "I trust myself alot more on this album," he says. "Every song was created from the ground up. The last album was mostly me with a pile of beats, writing rhymes. This record is really instrumental and completely built around my different personal experiences." On January 5th, 2015, Machine Gun Kelly dropped his Homage to Cleveland entitled "Til I Die" which debuted on the ITunes Hip-Hop/Rap Sales Chart in the Top Ten with the corresponding video attracting half a million views within the first 3 days. His follow up Mix Release for his fans only was released through MGK's Instagram and SnapChat called "Against The World" featuring a sample of artist Sia's older tunes. The first official single for the next album continues to showcase the ever-evolving man that MGK has become. Incorporating his experiences, traveling and interest in World Affairs and the State of Humanity across the Oceans, he has created the perfect Anthem for today's Societal Issues with the simply title "A Little More." Vocalizing his views on everything from Political Wars to Teen Bullying while staying true to his constant thematic scheme of staying true to oneself and believing in all possibilities, this single is fast becoming what looks to be Kelly's most successful record to date and a true milestone moment for his career. Though Machine Gun Kelly calls Cleveland home, he was Born Colson Baker in Houston, Texas. Baker lived in close to a dozen places as a child, traveling state-side as well as Internationally. Though life was hard adjusting to such constant turmoil, MGK learned quite a bit and began cultivating skills needed to be comfortable in any environment. By the time he finally settled in Denver, Colorado, it was just him and father as his parents marriage failed.. It was here in the Rocky Mountains of America that bands like Anti-Flag, the Casualties, Limp Bizkit and the Deftones opened up Kelly's mind with wondrous possibilities as these artists came to make up the soundtrack to Kelly's Life, While watching tons of MTV and creating stunt antics with friends while watching MTV's "Jackass", Kelly and friends began to channel their energy into a Garage Band called the Dumb Bunny Trio with Kelly on guitar and vocals. In seventh grade, Kelly found solace in rhyming after watching DMX's "We Right Here" video. "DMX is a huge influence on me because neither of us have siblings, we had to fight a lot of dark shit by ourselves," says Kelly. Although not considered popular, the lanky kid was good at rhyming and battling his middle school challengers. "I used to stand out because I was tall and I couldn't really fight back," says Kelly. Utilizing his talent for engaging his enemies and a cunning stride, Kelly was able to turn the tables on his detractors and "…I started fighting people with my words instead." Having enjoyed a few years of reprieve from the traveling, it was while attending Denver's Thomas Jefferson High School that Kelly's father moved to Kuwait for work with Kelly staying in Cleveland. As Life threw him this new curveball, he soon began experimenting with drugs while simultaneously recording the first demo tape. "It was terrible, but I thought it was cool," he says with a smile. Later on Kelly also moved to Kuwait for some time, but the pair returned stateside in 2004 and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. While attending Shaker Heights High, Kelly convinced a local shop owner (doubling as an MC manager) to take him under his wing and MGK was born. "I got the name Machine Gun Kelly because of my rapid-fire delivery when I was 15 and started doing shows," says Kelly. Nicknamed MGK by his fans, the MC released his first mixtape Stamp of Approval in 2006 and built a local fan base performing at Cleveland venues like Hi-Fi. But it was a trip to New York's famed Apollo Theater in 2009 that really gave him his start. "We drove straight from Ohio and stood in line for ten hours," recalls Kelly. "I got booed as soon as I walked on the Apollo stage and then I won … twice." The unabashed and energetic gladiator Kelly became the first rapper in history to win the Apollo's talent show. The win for Machine Gun Kelly and the lesson in perseverance was not lost. Shortly after, he dropped his next Mixtape "100 Words And Running" the young marketing-visionary created his own high school promotional tour to run concurrently. While the MC's catchphrase, "Lace up," (which started as a simple musical interlude) became a call to arms for his growing fan base, their fearless leader was still continuing his life lesions while working a full-time job and honing his craft performing late nights. After graduating high school, Kelly's life took a new turn as he welcomed his newborn daughter to the world which gave the rapper a new infusion of energy and propelled him to earn a nod for Best Midwest Artist at the 2010 Underground Music Awards. That same year, his "Alice in Wonderland" video won Best Music Video at the 2010 Ohio Hip-Hop Awards. Just as his star began to rise, Kelly suffered a new and alarming setback. A polyp had developed on his vocal chord. This setback kept him offstage and out of the studio for six months as Kelly worked off the polyp himself via his willpower at enforcing a strict regiment of tireless vocal exercises. As Kelly recalls, "That was one of the most depressing periods of my life." With the release of Kelly's Lace Up mixtape, the fighter emerged victorious with a new lease on Life and a large and completely-engaged national audience. In 2011, the Ohio rapper secured a record deal with Jimmy Iovine's Interscope Records through Diddy's Bad Boy Records imprint. That year, his tracks "Invincible" and "Wild Boy" featuring Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame, opened the door to more exposure for MGK as "Invincible" was selected to score a spot for HTC's television commercial for its' new 'Rezound Beats By Dre' cell phone and MTV selected MGK to win it's Hottest Breakthrough MC Award of 2011. "Wild Boy" would go on to be certified Platinum and "Invincible" would be certified at Gold becoming the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers themes song for the 2012-2013 season. In 2012, Kelly released his first official album via Bad Boy/ Interscope entitled Lace Up to more success and praise. Lace Up debuted at number two on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and MTV awarded MGK its' Breaking Woodie Award for 2012. That year, MGK also garnered an MTV European Music Award for Next Artist to Go Global and four Ohio Hip-Hop Awards. His hard work, tireless dedication and unwavering commitment to his craft were gaining steam and full-blown recognition throughout the world. In 2013, the accolades continued as MGK won MTV's fan-selected Woodie of the Year Award. His tour schedule included opening for Tech N9Ne on his historic marathon Hostile Takeover Tour where they criss-crossed the United States performing ninety cities in ninety-nine days, Warped Tour, Rick Ross's MMG Tour with Meek Mill and Wale and finally his own headlining Lace Up Tour hitting Europe and Canada. Now his diverse musical background coupled with his new world influences were starting to culminate in MGK garnering an authentically original voice in both the Hip-Hop & Rock worlds. In fact, the ability to seamlessly blend Hip-Hop and Rock genres has become Machine Gun Kelly's signature style with numerous Punk and Rap Influences detected amongst the startling beats and prose. "My punk influences blend into my raps and a lot of it is in my raspy, grungy voice," Kelly says. "Punk also gave me a different writing style, I use more words and it taught me to put my views into my subject matter. Living life and doing what you have to keep moving forward." 2014 showed Machine Gun Kelly and his devoted fans (both old and new) what the pursuit of the American Dream is truly all about. Touting fan-favorite multi-platinum band LimpBizkit as his 'first album' purchased, Kelly wrapped up the opening spot on their American Tour running throughout the heartland of America through the end of October 2014….just in time to promote his Acting Debut. "I am living proof that if you continue to go after what you want and put in the work, you can obtain your dream. You have to visualize your goal and put in the hard work to make it happen." In other words, like all champion fighters, you have to "Lace Up" and put on the gloves to get the Win. In November 2014, Colson "MGK" Baker made his feature film debut on the big screen in Relativity Films musical-themed drama BEYOND THE LIGHTS directed by auteur Gina Prince-Bythewood. The film would debut in the Top Ten at the Box Office. "It's a great role with a few amazing scenes," comments Kelly. "I was comfortable working with Gina because I trusted her vision and I knew she wouldn't yell 'cut' unless she got what she wanted," says Kelly, "It was an organic experience." Throughout the next two years Baker would continue his foray into multiple sides of the Industry which has paid off with a stellar 2016 year. 2016 kicked off with MGK's walking the London Men's Fashion Week Runway for Joshua Kane/BeSpoke and landed him smack in the middle of the Fashion World with him signing to Donna Management (U.K.) and Wilhelmina agencies for Fashion Representation and upping the ante creatively with designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Armani, John Varvatos and Diesel to name a few. "I've always been aware of style and working with such amazing designers is another way of showcasing my creative side. I love working directly with the Fashion Houses and picking out pieces for everything from my Musical Performances to a Red Carpet premiere," he says. Hand-picked by famed writer/director Cameron Crowe (with JJ Abrams producing) for a series regular role in the WBTV/Showtime Series ROADIES, Colson stars opposite Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino and Imogen Poots in the Dramedy ensemble playing the role of "Wes" – a Roadie with a knack for making the best "Wespressos" on the road. Continuing to creatively spread his wings and expand his range in the Film Business, Colson Baker has a precedent setting four films out in 2016. The Dimensions' horror film VIRAL (directed by budding Producers Ariel Schuman and Henry Joost of MTV's "Catfish" fame) is currently in theatres and released VOD. The long-awaited sequel to the cult-hit SLC PUNK entitled PUNK IS DEAD (directed by James Merendino) debuted at the Cannes Film Festival Marketplace in May and just recently debuted on NETFLIX. Hitting theatres in the same week are NERVE co-starring Dave Franco and Emma Watson and THE LAND with Baker performing opposite Erykah Badu and making his debut as an Executive Producer. August 2016 also saw the release of two new music singles as Colson prepares to refocus on Music kicking off with a European Tour followed closely by a Winter Tour throughout the U.S. With a plethora of past heart-breaking experiences combined with many new exciting adventures crafting his journey along the way, MGK 's brain remains focused on using all of his enthusiasm and will power to slowly and wisely conquering his ever-evolving and growing goals. "I started all of this from the bottom," he states. "I always encourage the youth to better themselves by learning from what life gives you and trying new things. Whoever you are, you can accomplish anything that you put your heart and mind into. Just don't ever stop believing and never quit. And while you're at it, make sure to live life with a fun soundtrack." Lace up …

    Venue Information
    Reverb
    1402 N 9th St.
    Reading, PA 19604
    http://www.reverbconcerts.com/

  • Richie Kotzen at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 05/09/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 05/10/17

    Richie Kotzen
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    05/09/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $15.00 - $17.00
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    Supporting Acts: Big Atlantic, Grandadchilds

    Richie Kotzen

    When RICHIE KOTZEN plays, you know it's him. The guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter, and member of The Winery Dogs possesses an inimitable style that's both instantly recognizable and immediately striking. After releasing the retrospective THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN on Loud & Proud Records in 2014, KOTZEN returned to the studio for his 20th solo album in 2015, CANNIBALS which quickly reached #1 on Amazon's New Rock Releases chart. "I'm thrilled with the reception I've received so far on this record, and am very much looking forward to performing this material live."

    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • The Cult at College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT on 05/07/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 05/8/17

    The Cult
    College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
    05/07/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $39.50 - $49.50
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    The Cult

    When The Cult were preparing to hit the stage at Coachella in 2014, few were expecting the fury that the band delivered. As the festival goers milled about, packing in the field in front of the stage, Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy were building up to a crescendo, of which, when the smoke cleared, Rolling Stone would hail as "the Messianic moment of Coachella". Critics have hailed the band as incendiary, ground-breaking, and transcendent, but the band themselves choose to look forward… and in a lot of ways, prefer to be seen as survivors… marginalized and vulgarized, much in the same way their song subjects have been. And it was on the ride home from this performance in the desert that the roots of their tenth album Hidden City began to take root. And it was then that the Astbury realized he was ready to begin putting together the final chapter of a trilogy – one that hadn't been not, until then, fully realized… one that, with the release of Hidden City in early 2016 would complete a circle that had been forming a long time before… one that, when complete, would encompass their acknowledgement of the global community within a metaphor for our spiritual lives, our intimate interior lives... one that spoke for those with voices who are not heard… those who live in outside of the public eye, within the "Hidden City." Hidden City isn't an album as much as it's an environment… a world of layers that, when peeled away, you begin to discover the wild spaces that The Cult inhabits. "I find today's gurus are trying to peddle some cure, product or insight as if it's a new phenomenon," Astbury explains. "My place is to respond, not react, to observe, participate and share through words and music. There is no higher authority than the heart." It is this intense internalization of concepts and invented realms that builds Hidden City - its framework built of tightly woven stories of experience and visions with underlying themes of redemption and rebirth, and its façade - The Cult's visceral and textured music. More specifically, the name "Hidden City" stems from the Spanish phrase "La Ciudad Oculta" which is essentially a ghetto in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There is unfathomable poverty in the hidden city, a town the Argentine government turns a blind eye towards while highlighting the cosmopolitan and European flair of the more proper sections of the city. They "hide" the evidence of the deep social inequalities present in Argentine society. "Hidden city" became the perfect metaphor for revolt of the self and soul, and the framework for Cult's third record of three in nine years, aptly titled Hidden City. The closing chapter on the album trilogy the band had built with 2007's Born Into This ("The Fall") and 2012's Choice of Weapon ("Dark Night of the Soul") preceding it, 2016's Hidden City ("Rebirth") features Astbury's signature baritone and blood-soaked lyrics paired with Duffy's smouldering, textured guitar tones, creating a musical environment that is fearless and peerless. It is within this archetype that their music takes shape and learns to breathe. Produced by Bob Rock and written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy the team has collaborated on what has turned out to be the brutal and beautiful masterpiece Hidden City. As you descend into their world, The Cult ask but one thing: Defend the beauty of Hidden City.

    Venue Information
    College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
    238 College Street
    New Haven, CT 06510
    http://www.collegestreetmusichall.com

  • Raffi - 40 years of Singable Songs at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 05/07/2017 01:00 PM EDT: 05/7/17

    Raffi
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    05/07/2017 01:00 PM EDT
    $22.12 - $67.00
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    Raffi

    For nearly four decades, children's troubadour and independent-label pioneer Raffi has been the world's best-selling and most influential children's entertainer, delighting successive generations of kids—and their parents—with his playful, exuberant personality and his irresistibly infectious songs. In addition to delivering numerous gold and platinum albums and performing countless sold-out concerts, Raffi has also emerged as a respected advocate on behalf of children, lending his voice, insight and experience to a number of crucial issues. Love Bug, Raffi's first album of children's songs in twelve years, marks a welcome return for the artist. The effortlessly engaging 16-song collection embodies all of the qualities that have already established Raffi as a beloved and trusted icon for young listeners. "I see this album as a celebration of the real world, in response to the digital overreach that now touches every aspect of our lives," Raffi says. "I think that these songs are rich in themes and styles and rhythms, but the main thing is that it's filled with joy. Essentially, this is an album about love in the real world. When I hear this album, I hear myself strong and smiling." Raffi recorded much of Love Bug in his own living room, accompanied by an extended family of musicians whose talent and sensitivity on a wide range of instruments lends added warmth and uplift to the artist's new songs of love ("Love Bug," "Seeing the Heart"), nature ("In the Real World," "Blue White Planet"), play ("Free to Play," "To the Park"), chores ("Mama Loves It"), teamwork ("On Hockey Days"), social responsibility ("Magic Wand") and the need to slow down and catch one's breath amidst the accelerated pace of modern life ("Cool Down Reggae"). Other album highlights include Raffi's tributes to a pair of recently-departed heroes: folk music iconoclast and children's-music pioneer Pete Seeger, whose spirit animates the upbeat instrumental "Pete's Banjo," and human-rights icon Nelson Mandela, whose achievements are celebrated on the poignant "Turn This World Around." Elsewhere on Love Bug, Raffi delivers a rollicking reading of the Woody Guthrie classic "This Land Is Your Land," Love Bug's only non-original composition. "I had a lot of fun putting the album together," Raffi notes, "and I put a lot of thought into assembling and sequencing this group of songs. It had been a while since I'd made an album, but once I felt that inner spark telling me that it was time for a new CD, I'm amazed at how smoothly it went." Although Love Bug is his first children's album since 2002's Let's Play, Raffi has been remarkably active and productive over the past several years. He has devoted much of his time and energy to the his vision of Child Honouring, an original holistic philosophy for creating a humane and sustainable world by addressing the universal needs of children and a unifying ethic for restoring human and natural communities. The philosophy's principles were outlined in the 2006 book Child Honouring: How to Turn This World Around, a groundbreaking anthology which Raffi co-edited. A Covenant for Honouring Children has been widely circulated in child development, education, ecological economics and environmental health circles, and Raffi has given talks on the subject in settings as diverse as the New York Academy of Medicine, Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the World Bank, and Harvard University. In 2013, after learning about the online extortion that led to the suicide of Vancouver teenager Amanda Todd, Raffi was inspired to write his widely acclaimed book Lightweb/Darkweb: Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before it Re-Forms Us. The book addresses the myriad concerns posed by the internet in relation to young children's developmental needs. "For me, to be a children's advocate in this day and age, and not comment on social media, I wouldn't be doing my job properly," Raffi states, adding, "I'm a tech enthusiast myself, and I've kept up with the times, in terms of how I record and the freedom that the online and digital worlds give me. But with all tech events, the challenge is to keep your humanity in the forefront. "InfoTech is changing childhood and changing parenting, and parents are now raising children in two different worlds, the real world and the virtual world. Many parents don't understand that this tech isn't good for children in their early years. We adults are custodians of a real world that children growing up today may not know or remember. Zero to six is a formative time for children. What's forming is how it feels to be human, and we need to give those kids the chance for real-world textures and rhythms to be imprinted in their growing brains. So I think that the best thing I can do, coming out with a new CD at this time, is to add a fresh voice to that dialogue." Raffi's commitment to treating his young fans with respect is an enduring thread that runs through his long and storied career. Born in Cairo, Egypt into an artistically inclined family of Armenian descent, Raffi Cavoukian moved with his family to Canada at the age of ten. By the mid-'70s, he was a young singer-songwriter performing in the folk clubs and coffeehouses of his adopted hometown of Toronto, when he was invited to sing for children in a classroom setting. Raffi's uncanny ability to connect with young listeners led to him launching his own label, Troubadour, and recording his first children's album, Singable Songs For The Very Young, in 1976 with borrowed funds and in Daniel Lanois' small basement recording studio. Picked up for distribution by A&M, the album struck a responsive chord with children, parents and educators, setting in motion a career that would soon set records and break down boundaries, rescuing children's music from bargain-bin pricing and sub-par production values. Within a few months, Raffi was selling out theater-sized venues and winning widespread acclaim as a new kind of children's performer. A series of bestselling albums and concert DVDs—including such popular Gold and Platinum-selling titles as Baby Beluga, Rise and Shine, Raffi's Christmas Album, One Light One Sun, Everything Grows, Bananaphone, Raffi Radio and the all-star Country Goes Raffi, which found such noted country acts as Alison Krauss, Marty Stuart and Asleep At The Wheel performing Raffi songs—followed, selling over 15 million copies in the U.S. and Canada. Meanwhile, his beautifully illustrated Songs to Read book series has sold more than three million copies. As a longstanding advocate for a child's right to live free of commercial exploitation, Raffi has refused all commercial endorsement offers, and he has never directly advertised or marketed his music to children. He turned down a proposal to make a film based on his beloved classic "Baby Beluga" because the film and various related products would be marketed directly to children. "I learned early on to have respect for the child as a whole person, and the word 'respect' has been the guiding core value throughout my entire career," he explains. "When you respect your audience, you don't exploit them, and that makes it easy to say no to commercial ventures that would not be respectful of the child. If you're clear about what your values are, then it doesn't take time to say no or yes." In the 1980s, Raffi's growing awareness of pressing ecological issues influenced him to become an active and passionate advocate for environmental causes, and he has continued to address those concerns in numerous songs, most notably on his landmark 1990 album Evergreen Everblue, which earned praise from the United Nations and has been widely recognized as a valuable resource in environmental education for children. In 1999, Raffi published The Life of A Children's Troubadour, a startlingly forthright autobiography that encompassed the artist's personal and professional experiences as well as the development of his philosophy. While remaining a passionate advocate for children, he expanded his creative horizons with a pair of adult-oriented albums: Resisto Dancing in 2006 and Communionin 2009. In 2010, after many years of reflection and advocacy, Raffi founded the Centre for Child Honouring on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. A recipient of the Order of Canada and the United Nations' Earth Achievement Award, Raffi also holds four honorary degrees including Doctor of Music, from the University of Victoria, and Doctor of Letters, from the University of British Columbia. He is associated with many NGOs, including the Center for Partnership Studies, the Darwin Project Council, and the Children's Environmental Health Center in New York. Now, as millions of former kids who grew up with his songs—whom the artist has dubbed "Beluga grads"—sing those songs to their own children, Raffi is enjoying his current return to recording and live performance, with a series of eagerly awaited concerts throughout North America. And he promises that it won't be another twelve years before his next children's album. "I'm having as much fun making music now as I ever have, and I want to record an album a year now, forever," he enthuses. "I'm feeling unrestrained and I'm really feeling the joy of it, and that's a nice feeling. The five-year-old in me is alive and well, and the class clown in me is having a great time."

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Say Ahh (A Tribute to Poison) at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 05/06/2017 10:30 PM EDT: 05/7/17

    Say Ahh (A Tribute to Poison)
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    05/06/2017 10:30 PM EDT
    $7.00
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    Supporting Acts: Dying Breed

    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • Flint Eastwood at Smiling Moose - Upstairs on 05/06/2017 07:00 PM EDT: 05/6/17

    Flint Eastwood
    Smiling Moose - Upstairs
    05/06/2017 07:00 PM EDT
    $10.00
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    Supporting Acts: Michigander, Cape Cod

    Venue Information
    Smiling Moose - Upstairs
    1306 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://www.smiling-moose.com/

  • The Lacs at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 05/05/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 05/6/17

    The Lacs
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    05/05/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $20.00 - $40.00
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    Supporting Acts: Paul Benson

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • NF - Therapy Session Tour 2017 at Rex Theater on 05/04/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 05/5/17

    NF
    Rex Theater
    05/04/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $25.00 - $75.00
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    NF

    “I’m back - did anyone miss me?/They say the second record can be tricky…” - NF, “Intro 2” “I like to be a little mysterious, so the music tells my story,” explains Nathan Feuerstein, better known by his initials, NF - the name under which he’s become known as one of the most exciting new rap/alternative artists working today. The story that NF captures in his music proves deeply personal and compelling; that’s why he titled his second album Therapy Session, released on April 22, 2016 by Capitol Music Group. Following on the success of NF’s 2015 Capitol debut Mansion, Therapy Session has taken the 25-year-old Michigan-raised MC to new heights. Mansion would go on to exceed 53 million streams thanks to singles like “Wake Up”; its powerful anthem “Intro” would also feature in the season finale promo campaign of Empire. In its first week of release, Therapy Session, however, would enter the Billboard album charts at number 12, cementing that NF was an artist to be reckoned with - on his way to superstar status of his own making. The furious, complex flow and gritty revelations of epic album opener “Intro 2” (“You call it music - I call her my therapist/She keep on tellin' I have been carrying way too much baggage/I need to take care of it/I know she's right, but man it's embarrassing/Music has raised me more than my parents did”) reveal NF’s lyrical origins. “I came listening to battle rap,” he explains. “I studied the Smack DVDs obsessively.” But elsewhere - from the acoustic guitars and sung hooks of “Oh Lord” to the moving, soulful melodies permeating songs like “I Just Wanna Know” and “How Could You Leave Us” - Therapy Session reveals NF’s growing musical maturity. “When I was younger, all I listened to was hip-hop,” he explains. “Now I listen to everything from Ed Sheeran and Adele to film soundtracks. Wherever the beat comes from, it pulls out whatever’s inside of me.” NF has come a long way from his humble origins filled with small-town tragedy. Hailing from Gladwin, Michigan - “a town with three lights and no city” he notes on “Intro 2” - NF grew up in a home broken by drugs and violence. His mother addicted to pills, her boyfriend physically abusive, young Nathan found solace in music at twelve years old. Sitting in his parents’ van, he’d write songs for hours, recording freestyle raps on a karaoke machine. Just as Nas inspired the young Marshall Mathers’ style, NF was first inspired by the music of Eminem. He identified with him instantly: like him, Eminem was a Caucasian MC and hip-hop fanatic from his home state, with rhymes that ruthlessly explored his troubled family relationships. “Eminem made me feel something I couldn’t describe,” he explains. “He created a lane of honesty that was so intense, so vulgar, so compelling, saying things I’d never said or thought before. I had a lot of anger, and through him, I learned to express myself.” From there, NF pushed himself to explore different rap styles (he cites Kendrick, Kanye, Drake, Royce da 5’9” and Slaughtahouse among his current favorites), driving him to find his own voice. “I’d been so heavily influenced by Em,” NF says, “But artists that don’t grow out of that don’t go anywhere. Ultimately, I came to understand that what Eminem stood for above all else was ‘be yourself.’” NF threw himself into a music career. However, having signed a dead-end deal to a small label that was going nowhere and barely supporting himself as an electrician, things changed in 2014 when he found himself in the studio with Grand Rapids, Michigan-based producer Tommee Profitt (who, along with David Garcia, would go on to produce all of NF’s major-label releases). That session produced the emotional, gripping track “Wake Up”: it was the song that provided the artistic breakthrough NF had been waiting for, and drew the attention of Capitol Records, leading to a recording contract. “‘Wake Up’ was the start of where I’m at now,” he explains. After signing with Capitol, NF turned again Garcia and Profitt to create Mansion. “The title is a metaphor,” he says. “Each song is a different room in my mind - and then it goes downstairs to a dark place even I was surprised I could talk about.” The success of that album pushed NF’s ambition: he began recording Therapy Session just a week after Mansion’s release. “Therapy Session was literally like a book, bringing together the chapters of where my life was at,” he says. “It was me maturing, asking ‘Why did this happen?’ The album was the answer to those questions.” True to its title, Therapy Session found NF fearlessly exploring his trust issues, unhealthy relationships, and his uneasy relationship to success. Its core, however, lay in the pain NF felt in the wake of learning his mother had died of a drug overdose. “Songs like ‘How Could You Leave Us’ deal with my mother’s death very honestly and specifically,” he says. “When that happened, all these feelings starting coming out in the rhymes. It was emotional, but in a different way.” Therapy Session also found NF taking his lyrical gifts to their fullest extent - sometimes creating six different flow patterns in the same song. It also clearly defined who he was as an artist: in the title track, he states “this isn’t music for people who sit in the pews and pray in churches.” Before Therapy Session, NF had been pigeonholed as a Christian music artist. “I’m a Christian, but I don’t make Christian music,” he says. “You’re not going to reach everyone with just one point of view.” Like, say, Rakim’s open embrace of Islam, or Drake’s Jewish background, NF claims his faith is just one part of his complex identity. “I write about things I’m actually dealing with,” NF says. “You don’t have to be Christian to relate to them.” “There’s something about music that’s believable,” he continues. “Feeling those emotions in music what inspired me to do this - to try to be an artist and make this my life. I have a real passion for this; I’m not satisfied just being okay. I like to challenge people because I like to be challenged. Put me in a room with any rapper, and I’ll hold my own and just be myself. I’m here.”

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://rex.greyareaprod.com/

  • Luke Pell at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 05/04/2017 07:00 PM EDT: 05/4/17

    Luke Pell
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    05/04/2017 07:00 PM EDT
    $16.00 - $36.00
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    Supporting Acts: Nathan King

    Luke Pell

    Known for capturing hearts across America on Season 12 of ABC's hit television series The Bachelorette, country singer-songwriter Luke Pell was riding horses before he could even walk while growing up deep in the heart of Texas in the small town of Burnet. By age 12, Pell was spending his summers breaking horses, hell-bent on becoming a professional horse trainer until he graduated high school and accepted a football scholarship to The United States Military Academy at West Point in 2003. During his time in college, Pell found an escape from the stress and demands of everyday life in his guitar. After graduating and serving in the Army for five years, Pell came to the realization that his true passion was in songwriting. Now, Pell finds himself in Nashville chasing his dream while networking with publishing companies and established songwriters, including country music superstar Cole Swindell, Josh Hoge, Brandon Kinney, Ash Bowers, and more.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Coco Montoya at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 05/03/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 05/4/17

    Coco Montoya
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    05/03/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $15.00 - $19.00
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    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Hi-Rez at Rex Theater on 05/01/2017 07:30 PM EDT: 05/1/17

    Hi-Rez
    Rex Theater
    05/01/2017 07:30 PM EDT
    $15.00 - $18.00
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    Supporting Acts: Justin Stone, Emilio Rojas, Tristin Dare

    Hi-Rez
    21 Year old human being....

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://rex.greyareaprod.com/

  • Norwegian Arms at Brillobox on 04/30/2017 09:00 PM EDT: 05/1/17

    Norwegian Arms
    Brillobox
    04/30/2017 09:00 PM EDT
    $10.00
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    Supporting Acts: Laser Background, Zaki

    Norwegian Arms

    The term 'Norwegian Arms', according to front-person and sole founding member Keith Birthday, describes the act of "grabbing slivers of fleeting moments across the globe, but in a self deprecating way." Throughout the band's existence, Birthday has done just that. The band's debut record Wolf Like a Stray Dog captured a year of frozen solitude spent in the Siberian Taiga. Snapshots of intimate personal experiences mixed with stories of secret cities and musings on language and culture. Where Wolf focused on a specific feeling attached to a singular place, Norwegian Arms' new album Girard Freeloader (out 1/20 on Mutual Crush) applies this concept to the entire world, with songs taking inspiration from the jungles of Peru, the forests of Washington state, and Keith Birthday's native Philadelphia. Keith (also known in more professional circles as Brendan M) uses these places as jumping off points to ruminate about the complications of living in this modern world through the eyes of a "Freeloader", the listless narrator who is searching simultaneously for a cup of coffee and his own deepest feelings. "West Queens Street West" turns a weekend trip to Toronto into thoughts about traveling as a break from the monotony of everyday Internet-centric life. "East Hollywood" finds Birthday considering how distance and growth changes relationships over time while visiting friends in California. But the place that seemingly influences Girard Freeloader the most is the city of Philadelphia, where Keith found himself suddenly still after his long Russian sojourn, and where the record takes its name. Whether he's talking about modern American colonialism as a traveling ESL teacher through an the lens of sucking up the last limited natural resources from a dying planet on "Resource Sucker", feeling himself atrophy on "Visons of my Father," or fantasizing about finding a better life in the Pyrenees mountains on "How We Move", the feeling of returning to a familiar place after a long and affecting journey looms large over Girard Freeloader. The record was chiefly recorded by José Díaz Rohena at The Unknown, Phil Elverum's studio in Anacortes, Washington and completed in Philadelphia and Birthday's new home of New York. The music communicates a growth from the last album as well, a more cinematic and extended scope, with more room for contemplation than the previous record's two minute punk-influenced blasts. Girard Freeloader feels like D'Angelo-influenced digital soul with the synthesizer drive of The Silver Apples and the groovy poly-rhythms of Tuareg guitarists, all culled from Birthday's mind and the childhood mandolin on which he writes songs with a signature unorthodox finger-driven playing style. While Birthday was recording, he took a break to visit Bowman's Bay, a secluded beach on the outskirts of Anacortes. There he found inspiration for the lyrics for "Make The Rules", the closing track to the album: "I can almost taste it, feet behind in the nectar line. Is it the only thing that binds? String of eternity? And isn't it amazing, the breadth of the sea, the lines in the leaves? Just over the bay I can see it." Girard Freeloader is an album about contemplation and striving for self-betterment in the terrifying world in which we live. Maybe, if we all connect deeper with the places we hold dear, we can attain it. As Birthday expresses, "I've come a long way, but it's everything that I know."

    Venue Information
    Brillobox
    4104 Penn Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224

  • Garry Tallent (of The E Street Band) at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 04/30/2017 08:00 PM EDT: 05/1/17

    Garry Tallent
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    04/30/2017 08:00 PM EDT
    $15.00 - $17.00
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    Garry Tallent

    In addition to occupying the bass position with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band since the beginning, Garry Tallent has also produced and played with countless other artists over the years. Born on October 27, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, Tallent and his family eventually relocated to Neptune City, New Jersey. Inspired by such bassists as Motown Legend James Jamerson, Booker T & the MG's Donald "Duck" Dunn, and the Beatles' Paul McCartney, Tallent took up the instrument himself. By the late '60's, Tallent befriended two future major players in the New Jersey bar band scene - Johnny Lyon (aka Southside Johnny) and Springsteen - and soon after began playing alongside the latter. Subsequently, Tallent's bass playing could be heard on nearly every single Springsteen album from 1973 through 1987 - 1973's Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ and the Wild, the Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle, 1975's Born to Run, 1978's Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1980's the River, 1984's Born in the USA, 1985's Live: 1975-1985, and 1987's Tunnel of Love. Since the early '80s, Tallent played with and produced other artists (including Gary US Bond's 1981 comeback album, Dedication), and when Springsteen decided to take a break from the E Street Band by the down of the '90s, Tallent kept himself busy by continuing to work with others. Throughout the decade, Tallent's production/session resume expanded rapidly, including work with Sonny Burgess, Julian Dawson, The Delevantes, Steve Earle, Steve Forbert, the Hoopsnakes, Evan Johns & His H-Bombs, Robert Earl Keen Jr., Greg Trooper, and his old pal Southside Johnny, among others. During this time, Tallent relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where he opened his own recording studio, Moon Dog, in addition to co-forming a record label, the D'Ville Record Group. But the decade also saw Tallent appear on Springsteen's 1995 release, the Ghost of Tom Joad, which lead to a full-on Springsteen/E Street Band reunion by the end of the decade - resulting in further sold out tours and the group's first studio album in 15 years, 2002's the Rising.

    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • Barenaked Ladies at Flynn Theatre on 04/29/2017 07:30 PM EDT: 04/29/17

    Barenaked Ladies
    Flynn Theatre
    04/29/2017 07:30 PM EDT
    $39.50 - $59.50
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    Barenaked Ladies

    Among the truths we hold to be self-evident are these: Canadian bands can play their asses off, and they can also bring the funny. No outfit hailing from north of the border embodies these paired virtues more engagingly than the Barenaked Ladies, whose fusion of hooks and yuks has resulted in more than 14 million albums sold, as well as putting myriad fannies in the seats of concert halls and amphitheaters around the world. On the occasion of the band’s 25th anniversary, BNL—Ed Robertson (guitar/vocals), Jim Creeggan (bass/vocals), Kevin Hearn (keyboard/guitar/vocals) and Tyler Stewart (drums/vocals)—are celebrating with new album GRINNING STREAK. The album, the band's twelfth, is their first in partnership with Vanguard Records after self-releasing their last four efforts. According to the affable and articulate Robertson, the decision was a no-brainer. “We’ve done the major label thing, we’ve done the other extreme, and it was gratifying that Vanguard was interested in working with the band,” he says. “We like to go with enthusiasm—it’s that simple. We know what we’re capable of, but to have someone working for you and excited about it is really cool.” The album picks up steam via its hyper-hooky 1st single “Boomerang,” produced by Gavin Brown (The Tragically Hip, Metric), who handled 11 of GRINNING STREAK’s 15 tracks. Another session with Toronto's Howie Beck (Feist, Walk of The Earth) yielded four album tracks: the buoyant “Who Knew,” the wistful “Smile,” the swirling “Off His Head” and the chugging “Best Damn Friend.” Rounding out the sessions is a Mark Endert (Maroon 5, Train) super-pop re-mix of "Boomerang." Returning to Toronto in mid-March, the band banged out remainder of the songs with Brown. These remarkably productive final sessions yielded several stone-cold killers, paced by the quintessentially catchy “Odds Are,” which marries a wicked-clever mathematical premise to a chorus hook that elevates with such thrust that it practically leaves a vapor trail. BNL go EDM, so to speak, on “Limits,” as Robertson climbs atop an earth-shaking electro-groove to deliver a cautionary tale about the risks inherent in impulsively exceeding the metaphorical speed limit, while “Did I Say That Out Loud?” is a blast of romantic ardor fueled by “alcohol or alchemy” that clocks in at a pulse-racing 2:27. All three are worthy additions to a canon already bursting at the seams with brainy, big-hearted classics. Indeed, the whole of GRINNING STREAK unfolds with the signature blend of immediacy, tunefulness and witty sophistication that made such BNL hits as “Pinch Me, “Brian Wilson,” “If I Had $1,000,000” and the chart-topping “One Week” modern-day classics. “Pop is a form that I love—it can be high-energy and intricate,” says Robertson of the genre the band has championed throughout the last quarter century. “When I think of pop music, I think of the Cars and Squeeze—interesting melodic rock is what I gravitate to and what I’m always striving for. I want guitar-heavy pop/rock that’s intelligent, evocative and thought-provoking. I want it to be singable and relatable, and I want there to be other layers in there for the people who want to go deeper—because not everybody does. I’ve heard so many times, ‘I love you guys ’cause your songs are just fun and easygoing.’ And I’m like, ‘I’m glad you enjoy them, but there’s a dark underbelly that you haven’t mined.’” Indeed, there’s much more to the Barenaked Ladies than initially meets the ear. Suck on the candy-coated surfaces of Robertson’s songs long enough and you never know what you’ll encounter in their “emotional centers,” as Robertson puts it. He wrestled with the songs for the new album over an extended period as he plumbed the depths of his psyche in search of just those emotional centers. As the ideas steeped in his mind, Robertson experienced periods of stress, though not to the degree he’d endured while writing the material for the band’s previous studio album, 2010’s All in Good Time. That one was their first project following the departure of Steven Page, who’d founded the band with Robertson in 1988, reconfiguring the BNL as a four-piece. “This is the second record since all of that turmoil,” Robertson notes, “but it’s still a part of what we’re going through and informs who we are. On the last record, there were some songs that were directly about the band split, but this record is much more about the emotional rebuilding after that process. Looking back on the maelstrom of all that upheaval, I wanted to convey a sense of hope, reconciliation and healing with these songs. ‘Off His Head,’ for example, is about pushing through difficulty. There’s a double chorus at the end that I flipped, because I didn’t want it to end with, ‘Wishing you were dead.’ That’s part of being exasperated and at your wit’s end. But what I like about this song is that it says you just do it. You think it’s hopeless, but there’s a reason you’re pushing through it. The song says you can let all these things ruin you, or you can take it on the chin and stand up again.” “Boomerang” metaphorically examines the aftermath of a breakup, but on a deeper level it recounts an impassioned interior dialogue.“It’s a really personal song that says, ‘You can be done with me, but I’m not done with you,’” Robertson explains. “For me, it’s about feeling relevant—because, as I started to approach this record, there was a period where I felt like I didn’t know what to say and I didn’t know who cared. But then I realized, y’know, I care. I like what I do, I’m a good songwriter and I’m gonna write—I’m gonna express things. So that song is about getting your confidence back—or, as one of my colleagues would say, getting your swagger back.” On the heels of the album’s release, the Barenaked Ladies will embark on the latest iteration of the summer tours that formed such a big part of their enduring appeal. For this year’s trek, which they’ve dubbed “Last Summer on Earth 2013,” BNL are bringing along their pals and fellow pop/rock mainstays Guster and the Ben Folds Five. The tour, which hits 30 amphitheaters and arenas, kicks off June17 at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas and concludes July 30 at Celebrate Brooklyn in the borough’s Prospect Park. It includes dates at such picturesque venues as Denver’s Red Rocks (6/19), the Santa Barbara Bowl (6/22), L.A.’s Greek Theatre (6/23), the Bangor (Maine) Waterfront (7/21) and Lennox, Mass.’ Tanglewood (7/23). “We built our career playing summer outdoor shows,” Robertson points out. “To be out there with a couple of other great bands bringing a lot of music to people—hey, it’s a nice way to spend the summer. After we put together the ‘Last Summer on Earth” tour last year, tongue firmly in cheek referencing the Mayan calendar, we thought it would be funny to just keep the ‘Last Summer on Earth’ thing going. Let’s enjoy ourselves. Let’s live like it is the last summer on earth. [Insert requisite rim shot here.] Let’s party like it’s 1999.” - See more at: http://druskyentertainment.com/calendar_show.php?id=2018#sthash.bRGl2mT2.dpuf

    Venue Information
    Flynn Theatre
    153 Main Street
    Burlington, VT 05401