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2012-03-29 11:25:00


New albums this week from Andrew Bird, Xiu Xiu, Bowerbirds, Ceremony and more

2012-03-08 09:02:00

Andrew Bird, "Break It Yourself": Andrew Bird is one of the great pop visionaries of the past decade.


Anti-Flag's 'The General Strike' delivers revolution

Anti-Flag's 'The General Strike' delivers revolution

2012-03-08 08:48:00

This week, Bruce Springsteen releases a new album that addresses the country's hard economic times. For the louder, faster, angrier version,


Local Scene: 03/08/12

Local Scene: 03/08/12

2012-03-08 00:01:00

The Composure is free once again to do its own thing.


Hot List: 03/08/12

Hot List: 03/08/12

2012-03-08 00:00:00

Pittsburgh Savoyards are offering Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance."


PSO tuba player Craig Knox gets his moment in the spotlight with Previn commission

PSO tuba player Craig Knox gets his moment in the spotlight with Previn commission

2012-03-08 00:00:00

You don't think of delicate dancing when the tuba is involved.


LA duo No Age brings the punk, the pop, the noise and everything in between

LA duo No Age brings the punk, the pop, the noise and everything in between

2012-03-08 00:00:00

When No Age turned up in 2008 the duo was heralded for a sound that was raw, noisy, arty, punk and gloriously lo-fi.


'Play On': an illustrated look at Pittsburgh Symphony's past and present

'Play On': an illustrated look at Pittsburgh Symphony's past and present

2012-03-07 12:36:00

The illustrious history of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is now an illustrated one.


Boss swings through expectations with 'Wrecking Ball'

2012-03-07 00:00:00

Bruce Springsteen seems to be at his best when things are at their very worst


Carlow's Women of Spirit Awards recipients announced

2012-03-06 08:07:00

The late Maggie Daley and cellist Anne Martindale Williams head Carlow University's 2012 Women of Spirit Awards recipients.


Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra plans free concert

2012-03-06 00:00:00

The Pittsburgh Symphony's second Music for the Spirit concert will take place at 7:30 p.m.


Stage AE adds 3 shows

2012-03-06 00:00:00

Stage AE has added punk and metal to its spring lineup.


Marilyn, Flogging Molly, Primus set for Stage AE

2012-03-05 16:04:00

Stage AE has added three shows to its spring/summer lineup: Marilyn Manson will play here for the first time in three years on May 5 with Th


The Next Page: The [French] horn rocks!

The Next Page: The [French] horn rocks!

2012-03-04 16:44:00

Heidi Opdyke offers a guided tour of the twists and turns of a musical world that is thriving in Pittsburgh.


Puscifer dazzles at the Byham

2012-03-03 00:00:00

Maynard James Keenan walked onto a blank stage Thursday night at the Byham in a long black leather coat and cowboy hat and proceeded


Program pays homage to Shultz

2012-03-03 00:00:00

OWENSBORO, Ky. -- The "godfather of bluegrass" has been dead for nearly 81 years.


Big Time Rush tour headed to Burgettstown

2012-03-03 00:00:00

Nickelodeon band Big Time Rush will bring its "Big Time Summer Tour" to the First Niagara Pavilion at 7 p.m. Aug.


Skilled soloist debuts as director

2012-03-03 00:00:00

In classical music terms, Nikolaj Znaider turned two decades younger right before our eyes.


CAPA band welcomes 'Josephine Baker'

CAPA band welcomes 'Josephine Baker'

2012-03-03 00:00:00

Josephine Baker probably never performed at the Crawford Grill in the Hill District (the stage was barely big enough for the musicians).


Big Time Rush coming to Pavilion

2012-03-02 15:09:00

Nickelodeon band Big Time Rush will bring will bring its "Big Time Summer Tour" to the First Niagara Pavilion at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 with special


Adam Brock eliminated from 'American Idol'

2012-03-02 14:53:00

Adam Brock, 27, was not among the top 10 vote-getters from earlier in the week, and was not one of the judges' three wild card choices.


Davy Jones' amiable manner resonated with fans

Davy Jones' amiable manner resonated with fans

2012-03-02 00:00:00

"I'm Davy's dad. Davy will be out here in a minute."


Feedback: 03/01/12

2012-03-01 12:34:00

Oscar show a winner This year's Oscar performance was the best I have seen in many years.


Davy Jones: An appreciation

Davy Jones: An appreciation

2012-03-01 12:14:00

Davy Jones, who died Wednesday of a heart attack at 66, looked and sounded remarkably like his old self on the group's 45th anniversary tour


For the Record: Dr. Dog

2012-03-01 12:00:00

"I've thrown everything at the wall, but nothing will stick," Scott McMicken sings on "Do the Trick."


Platters begin countdown to end of Roots series

Platters begin countdown to end of Roots series

2012-03-01 11:57:00

Henry DeLuca says when he started his Roots of Rock and Roll series in 1980 at the late Syria Mosque, "I was wondering if I could get to Vol


Local Scene: Wiz Khalifa buzz builds for 'Taylor Allderdice'

Local Scene: Wiz Khalifa buzz builds for 'Taylor Allderdice'

2012-03-01 11:49:00

The hype for "Taylor Allderdice" is building, with Wiz Khalifa even making a trip back to his old school on Tuesday.


Hotlist: 03/01/12

Hotlist: 03/01/12

2012-03-01 00:00:00

ALL WEEKEND Stars of Steel City Con Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Anthony Daniels (C-3P0) will be among an eclectic group


Puscifer to play at the Byham

Puscifer to play at the Byham

2012-03-01 00:00:00

Maynard James Keenan is a guy juggling three bands -- and a wine bottle. A whole winery of them actually.


Phish returning to First Niagara Pavilion

2012-02-29 14:26:00

Phish will return to the First Niagara Pavilion for the first time in three years on June 23, two weeks after the Vermont jam band headlines


Pittsburgh Symphony's New York concert earns praise

2012-02-29 12:18:00

In a positive review by The New York Times on Monday, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra essentially got a second opinion of the orchestra un


JACK Quartet succeeds in an edgy experiment

2012-02-27 11:29:00

Midway through the past century, you'd often hear music written by living composers called "experimental."


George Strait to replay Kansas City concert

2012-02-27 10:55:00

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Country music star George Strait says he'll play in Kansas City next week to make up for a weekend concert he cut short


George Strait to replay Kansas City concert

2012-02-27 00:00:00

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Country music star George Strait says he'll play in Kansas City next week to make up for a weekend concert he cut short


PSO plans fall tour of Europe

2012-02-26 00:01:00

A prestigious weeklong residency at Vienna's famed Musikverein is the featured stop in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's fall tour.


Cybertainment: Global jukebox is coming

2012-02-26 00:00:00

Starting in the 1930s, Alan Lomax traveled extensively, recording music in the Deep South, the Caribbean, Britain, Ireland and elsewhere. Ov


Imani Winds bridges traditions and connects

Imani Winds bridges traditions and connects

2012-02-26 00:00:00

In the bios of high-profile music groups, there is often a disclaimer, or even a command, at the end to "please destroy previously dated mat


'American Idol' puts Adam Brock of Washington, Pa., in top 24

'American Idol' puts Adam Brock of Washington, Pa., in top 24

2012-02-24 14:42:00

Amid the glitz of Hollywood and Vegas, a creative arts director from "Little Washington" sung his way onto the main stage of "American Idol.


Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks coming to town

2012-02-24 08:49:00

Rock legends Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks will bring their "Heart & Soul Tour" to Consol Energy Center at 7:30 p.m. July 28.


Local Scene: Metal meltdown this weekend

2012-02-23 12:45:00

Metal meltdown Saturday is shaping up as a hot metal day in the old Steel City.


Weekend Guide, Feb. 23-26, 2012

2012-02-23 12:35:00

Weekend Guide, Feb. 23-26, 2012


Hotlist: 02/23/12

2012-02-23 00:01:00

ALL WEEKEND 'Elephant Man' live Set in Victorian England, "The Elephant Man" tells the true story of John Merrick, treated first as a


PSO's Mahler wins award

2012-02-22 00:01:00

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has won a 2012 International Classical Music Award in the symphony category


Madonna to play Consol Center Nov. 6

2012-02-22 00:00:00

At last, Madonna has re-discovered Pittsburgh on the map. The Material Girl will make her first appearance here in 27 years on Nov.


Madonna schedules Nov. 6 performance at Consol

Madonna schedules Nov. 6 performance at Consol

2012-02-21 11:54:00

Madonna's World Tour 2012 has expanded to include a Nov. 6 date at the Consol Energy Center.


Rob Zombie, Megadeth return to Stage AE

2012-02-21 11:30:00

Rob Zombie will darken the door at Stage AE for the second straight year on May 16, this time with Megadeth and Lacuna Coil.


Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra heading to NYC

2012-02-19 00:00:00

Before the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra plays Carnegie Hall in May 2014, it will make a New York appearance next Sunday at Avery Fisher


2Do: 02/19/12

2012-02-19 00:00:00

Carnegie Museums of Art and of Natural History, Oakland, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


PSO takes hard look at turmoil, both environmental and human

PSO takes hard look at turmoil, both environmental and human

2012-02-18 11:56:00

Pathos, pathetique, patetichesky. These words suffused a disturbingly dark concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Friday night. This w


'The Waffle Wopp': Teens use hip-hop as a tool to learn

'The Waffle Wopp': Teens use hip-hop as a tool to learn

2012-02-17 10:50:00

Every other Saturday, a group of local high school kids connects with a diverse community audience. The bridge that gets them there is hip-h


Violinist Nikolaj Znaider to solo with and conduct PSO

2012-02-17 10:36:00

Concert violinist Nikolaj Znaider says soloists' formula for success is simple: "We have to be so convinced in that moment about the music t


Anastasio, PSO redefine classical rock

Anastasio, PSO redefine classical rock

2012-02-16 15:31:00

When you see the billing of [Rock Star X] with the such-and-such symphony, the expectation is that the highly trained conservatory


Local Scene 02/16: Dethlehem catches Brutalitus, Mr. Roboto book parties and more

Local Scene 02/16: Dethlehem catches Brutalitus, Mr. Roboto book parties and more

2012-02-16 13:42:00

A new metal chapter Dethlehem, the city's premier medieval metal band, doesn't just change singers. It's far more elaborate than that.


For the Record: Various Artists, 'The Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings Volume II'

2012-02-16 12:13:00

Since he died in 2002, the musical legacy of Waylon Jennings hasn't received nearly the attention it merits.


Hot List: 02/16/12

2012-02-16 00:01:00

ALL WEEKEND Monsters of the midway The clean sheet of ice gets covered up and the Consol Energy Center gets down and dirty this


Synthesis concert will range from Crusaders to Stevie Wonder

Synthesis concert will range from Crusaders to Stevie Wonder

2012-02-16 00:00:00

Alex Bugnon admits that he's coming to Pittsburgh for "an adventure."


Beach Boys, DMB concerts on the way

2012-02-16 00:00:00

The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour -- the first with leader Brian Wilson in two decades -- will stop at the Benedum Center at 8 p.m. May 1


Fresh from 'The Voice,' Dia Frampton is out with her debut solo album

Fresh from 'The Voice,' Dia Frampton is out with her debut solo album

2012-02-16 00:00:00

Whereas "American Idol" sets it sights on untapped, undiscovered talent, "The Voice" is more open to letting anyone in the door.


Trey Anastasio and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra redefine classical rock

2012-02-15 12:19:00

When you see the billing of [Rock Star X] with the such-and-such symphony, the expectation is that the highly trained conservatory musicians


Whitney Houston memorial planned here

2012-02-15 12:17:00

When she learned of Whitney Houston's untimely death, Bethany Criswell turned to her husband, funeral director Roland Criswell, and said the


Stage AE adds Avetts, Heart to its lineup

2012-02-15 12:14:00

The Avett Brothers, who played a sold-out show last spring during the premiere season of Stage AE Outdoors, will return to the venue at 7 p.


Bethel woman wins 'Idol' party, singer

2012-02-15 00:01:00

Bethel woman wins 'Idol' party, singer James Durbin didn't win "American Idol" last season, which set the tone for a Q92.9 (WLTJ-FM)


Remembering Whitney Houston's concerts in Pittsburgh

Remembering Whitney Houston's concerts in Pittsburgh

2012-02-14 12:01:00

The Whitney Houston that most Pittsburghers knew was the Whitney who paraded across the screen -- on MTV, movies and awards shows -- or thro


Avett Brothers, Heart added to Stage AE lineup

2012-02-14 11:44:00

The Avett Brothers, who played a sold-out show last spring during the premiere season of Stage AE's outdoor concerts, will return to the ven


'From the Top' radio show to tape in Oakland

'From the Top' radio show to tape in Oakland

2012-02-14 00:00:00

The radio show, "From the Top," takes its name from music rehearsals, as in "Let's take it from the top."


YouTube winning pianist, Aleksandr Voinov, to play at teen concert

2012-02-14 00:00:00

When young Aleksandr Voinov of Franklin Park sits on the piano bench for his "From the Top" performance tonight at Carnegie Music Hall


Honeck agrees to contract extension with PSO

2012-02-13 16:14:00

Conductor Manfred Honeck has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him on the podium of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra through th


54th Grammy Award winners

54th Grammy Award winners

2012-02-13 07:09:00

Winners in highlighted categories at the 2012 Grammy Awards


Adele took it all home on Grammy night

Adele took it all home on Grammy night

2012-02-13 01:24:00

From the moment the nominations were announced, the 54th Grammy Awards had an air of predictability.


Investigators seek answers in Houston's death

2012-02-13 00:38:00

LOS ANGELES -- Investigators worked Sunday to piece together what killed Whitney Houston as the music industry's biggest names


Friends remember Whitney Houston at Grammy Awards ceremony

2012-02-13 00:34:00

Whitney Houston's death at 48 on Saturday permeated every moment of the 2012 Grammy Awards, from tears on the red carpet to the prayer that


Glamour girls on the red carpet at the Grammys

Glamour girls on the red carpet at the Grammys

2012-02-13 00:30:00

The occasional bizarre outfit marched down the red carpet of the Grammy Awards Sunday night, but the glamour girls were out in force on a ni


Music never stopped during Grammy broadcast

Music never stopped during Grammy broadcast

2012-02-13 00:21:00

With only nine actual awards given out during the broadcast, there was ample time for the stars to show their stuff.


Composer Steven Stucky's new piece will honor Rachel Carson's work

Composer Steven Stucky's new piece will honor Rachel Carson's work

2012-02-12 21:37:00

Silence has a special place in music. Rests are just as important as notes whether in complex rhythms, grand pauses or syncopation. John Cag


Dionne Warwick's Greensburg concert postponed

2012-02-12 18:23:00

Dionne Warwick's Greensburg concert postponed


2Do: 02/12/12

2Do: 02/12/12

2012-02-12 15:40:00

In celebration of Black History Month, 10 screen prints and collages by Romare Bearden are being exhibited at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sa


Whitney Houston, pop diva for two decades, dies at 48

2012-02-12 15:33:00

Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a


Political playlists: What messages do presidential campaign songs send?

2012-02-12 15:18:00

So is Mitt Romney going after the angry Toby Keith fan? Is Barack Obama looking for the edgy-yet-mellow independent voter, grooving to Al Gr


Pittsburgh Opera plans wicked season

Pittsburgh Opera plans wicked season

2012-02-12 14:49:00

Four tales with a touch of evil make up the Pittsburgh Opera's 2012-13 season, announced today. The mainstage season at the Benedum Center i


Houston recalled as happy in days before death

Houston recalled as happy in days before death

2012-02-12 14:19:00

LOS ANGELES -- Whitney Houston's last days were spent surrounded by family, catching up with old friends and doing a bit of what she was bes


Cybertainment: Entries sought for music video remix contest

2012-02-12 00:00:00

Mashup artists are invited to show their editing skills to the world in the global Mishmash music video remix competition sponsored by Getty


A singular voice in bluegrass: Ralph Stanley

A singular voice in bluegrass: Ralph Stanley

2012-02-12 00:00:00

Ralph Stanley has already won three Grammys, and tonight he goes for his fourth. But there are a lot of other great talents bidding for best


Whitney Houston, pop diva for two decades, dies at 48

2012-02-11 22:56:00

Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tu


Chris Brown to remain on probation

Chris Brown to remain on probation

2012-02-11 00:00:00

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Brown has been getting attention for all the right reasons lately, but a judge said Thursday that he should continue


Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert tips the scales

2012-02-11 00:00:00

An orchestra might just be the most scalable of all arts organizations.


Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum among those set for 2012 Megaticket

Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum among those set for 2012 Megaticket

2012-02-10 00:00:00

Live Nation has announced the four shows that will make up the 2012 Baierl Toyota Country Megaticket at the First Niagara Pavilion.


PSO Concerto Competition seeks soloist

2012-02-10 00:00:00

Tune your strings, warm up your chops and turn on your camera: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is taking video submissions for a


Mac Miller nominated for mtvU Woodie Awards

2012-02-10 00:00:00

Mac Miller is up for two honors at the 2012 mtvU Woodie Awards, one of which will pit him against hip-hop legends Jay-Z & Kanye West.


March 3 PSO recital canceled for slow sales

2012-02-10 00:00:00

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra cancelled the Pinchas Zukerman and Angela Cheng recital "due to slow ticket sales," it announced today.


Soulful British singer Adele had better clear some space for all of her Grammys

Soulful British singer Adele had better clear some space for all of her Grammys

2012-02-09 00:00:00

Here in the highly opinionated 21st century, we find ourselves in a divisive mood about so many things -- the economy, taxes, health care,


Philly indie rockers Ursa Major find a home in the town of Doo-Wop

Philly indie rockers Ursa Major find a home in the town of Doo-Wop

2012-02-09 00:00:00

Everyone's complaining about how Pittsburgh has a dearth of young people.


Biggest nights at the Grammys

Biggest nights at the Grammys

2012-02-09 00:00:00

1981 Golden-voiced newcomer Christopher Cross became the only artist to sweep the general field, winning Record of the Year ("Sailing"),


For the Record: Van Halen

For the Record: Van Halen

2012-02-09 00:00:00

Van Halen diehards had to be pinching themselves -- with their fingers firmly crossed -- in anticipation of this one.


Blind Pilot rises with the 'Tide'

Blind Pilot rises with the 'Tide'

2012-02-09 00:00:00

Blind Pilot created a buzz in 2008 when it launched a tour of the West Coast on bicycle, lugging the equipment around on custom trailers.


Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 2012-2013 season balances new/standard repertoire

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 2012-2013 season balances new/standard repertoire

2012-02-09 00:00:00

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's 2012-13 season will balance war horses and dark horses.


Let's Learn From the Past: Jazz in Pittsburgh

2012-02-09 00:00:00

In recent years, several music acts who originated in the Pittsburgh area have burst onto the national scene, including Christina Aguilera,


Pittsburgh Symphony taking YouTube submissions

2012-02-09 00:00:00

Tune your strings, warm up your chops and turn on your camera: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is taking video submissions for a


Adele: Even rappers and metalheads dig her

2012-02-09 00:00:00

Is it true that Adele's appeal crosses all boundaries? We thought we'd ask some Pittsburgh musicians of different stripes.


Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 2012-13 season

2012-02-09 00:00:00

2012-13 BNY MELLON GRAND CLASSICS CONCERTS Sept. 21-23: Manfred Honeck, conductor; Thomas Hampson, baritone.


Hot List: 02/09/12

Hot List: 02/09/12

2012-02-09 00:00:00

ALL WEEKEND 'Hattie' on the Horizon New Horizon Theater's "Hi Hat Hattie"


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