Sweet Sweet Music

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 that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band would soon appear. At about 8:15 the first shouts of “BRUUUCE!” were heard as Springsteen and band to

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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 became a guitarist in its touring band in 2007. He returned to Kuroma in 2008. The band had a nice three-guitar sound with drums and

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

The Blues Orphans jamming at James Street gastropub & speakeasy.

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; John Lee Hoer worked at an auto factory.

In this great tradition comes Bob Gabig of

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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 my favorite rockers. While a young lad growing up in Pittsburgh, I heard “Heart of Gold,” “Old Man” and “After the Gold Rush” played in heavy radio rotation.

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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. I was worried that DeCarlo would be just a filler for the seemingly irreplaceable front man, Brad p, the original singer who committed suicide in 2007. DeCarlo matched

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Altar Bar Hosts Alternative Rock Roadshow with Headliner Filter


Richard Patrick, Lead Singer of 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 The Altar Bar, a Strip District Club housed in a former church, Filter played for than an hour, including tracks both new

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