Bullet for My Valentine Plays Stage AE; Louisville vs. Pitt (Wed., 2/24/16)

1) Bullet for My Valentine are from Bridgend, Wales, close enough to the Welsh capital of Cardiff to be considered part of Cardiff’s rich music scene. Cardiff boasts the oldest record store in the world, Spillers Records, and the list goes on and on of bands associated with the area: Stereophonics and Funeral for a Friend, just to name a few. The music scene there has shifted to the kind of heavy metal/hard rock style that Bullet for My Valentine exemplifies. The quartet’s debut, The Poison, was released in 2005 in the U.K. and, appropriately, on Valentine’s Day, 2006 in the States. The band’s American Invasion was swift. The Poison peaked at 128 on the Billboard 200—not bad for a debut—and a single from that album, “Tears Don’t Fall,” still holds the most YouTube hits for a Bullet for My Valentine song, over 76,000,000. They’ve released four more albums since, most recently 2015’s Venom. They are touring that album now, including a stop at Stage AE. Asking Alexandria and While She Sleeps open. Doors open 6:30 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (CM)

2) The Pitt men’s basketball team and coach Jamie Dixon are coming off a big road win against the Syracuse Orange this past Saturday and are trying to remain in the hunt for the NCAA tournament. A tough final stretch starts tonight with the Louisville Cardinals and Coach Rick Pitino in town. Hail to Pitt! 8 p.m. Petersen Events Center, 3719 Terrace St., Oakland.


3) How to Be Single – Dakota Johnson, last seen being whipped in 50 Shades of Grey, is a single woman in Manhattan living without a clue. She’s befriended by a co-worker, played by Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson, who teaches her the ins and outs of being a gal on the go in the Big Apple. The film is based on the 2009 novel by Liz Tuccillo who, maybe not surprisingly, worked on Sex and the City. Tuccillo, along with Greg Behrendt, were the co-authors of the award-winning He’s Just Not That Into You. All in all, we are in serious “chick-flick” territory. Christian Ditter directs and Leslie Mann co-stars. Check Fandango for screens and times. (TH)

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