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Rock, pop, jazz and other good vibrations

Bruce Springsteen’s Consol Concert is a Tour de Force

When the Boss comes to town, you can feel the energy building up long before show time. Such was the case at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday night. As the light techs climbed their rope ladders and ascended high into the rigging above the stage, and as people filed to their seats, it grew evident…

MGMT Electrifies Pittsburgh

Progressive pop/rock band MGMT‘s nearly sold-out Monday night show at Stage AE was replete with cool lighting effects, somewhat psycheic videos and spacey and industrial-sounding song intros and exits. Getting the crowd warmed up was Kuroma, a Southern power pop band led by Hank Sullivant. After releasing Kuroma’s debut album Paris, Sullivant was recruited by MGMT and…

The Blues Orphans jamming at James Street gastropub & speakeasy.|Hill Jordan (foreground) and Dr. Nelson Harrison (background) playing some brass notes.

New Blues Done the Old Way: Blues Orphans Host CD Release Party

At its inception, blues was a folk music, performed by working-class nonprofessional musicians who picked up a guitar after coming home and taking off their muddied overalls. Most major artists of the genre worked blue-collar jobs for years before they reached any measure of success. Muddy Waters drove a truck; Howlin’ Wolf was a cropper;…

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals Light Up the Night.

Grace Potter knows what Pittsburghers want, and she’s determined to give it to them.

My My, Hey Hey – Neil Young and Crazy Horse Sure Can Play

Neil Young and Crazy Horse to the Petersen Events Center by storm in their concert Tuesday night. Young and Crazy Horse played a tight, twelve song set that left the diverse crowd well-satisfied. The majority of the songs were from Young’s soon to be released album, Psycheic Pill, which he recorded with Crazy Horse. Young has always been one of…

Boston Soars at Stage AE

When Boston to to Stage AE Friday night, the first riff of the anthem “Rock and Roll Band” made me wish I was on the rock scene in the 70’s. Boston, a band that first garnered success in the 1970’s with its self-titled, debut album, came to town with a new up, including a new singer, Tommy DeCarlo.…

|Menew band jamming.||

Altar Bar Hosts Alternative Rock Roadshow with Headliner Filter

  Richard Patrick, lead singer and founding member of the alternative rock band Filter, made it clear that he came to The Altar Bar  to have fun, whether it be by mocking hair metal bands, rejecting the thought of xylophones in popular music or by singing while hidden in a wall. On Sunday night at…

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