Wednesday, November 27, 2013
What happened to Rusted Root? They never went away, that's what the fuck happened. Despite my pleas, my groveling, my ongoing negotiations with Lucifer, they remain intact playing their own brand of uninspired shitty world flavored music for Pittsburghers who want to wear stupid shawls and floppy hats in the serene environments of county parks and feel like hippies.
I know. I know. I'm a yinzer, too. And as a yinzer, I should be proud of anything Pittsburgh related that has reached the level of success that Rusted Root has. Hell, they have a platinum record. Platinum. Donnie Iris ain't got one. When was the last time Norm Nardini was on the charts? Gene the Werewolf? I should be on internet message boards trolling Dave Matthews fans because Rusted Root, being from Pittsburgh, is obviously better.
I don't, and I'm not proud, and if Rusted Root played in my back yard I'd call the police and have them arrested for disturbing the peace. Call me a xenophobe, but I don't much care for world music. When I listen to WYEP in my car, I've nearly caused massive accidents when the DJ spins some insipid, African or Latin inspired slop performed by some white guy who was raised in the upper middle class. Fuck that mess. I like my music American, British, and sometimes Swedish. I even have a little love in my heart for our brothers to the north.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Despite being a born and raised Pittsburgher, I owe a lot to the Midwest--enough to potentially “boast” that I am a bi-product of the Rubber City (Akron, Ohio, for the uninitiated). I think if you’ve swum in any of the four western Great Lakes, have run through an Indiana cornfield, or eaten a Skyline chili dog, you have experienced a good amount of that part of the country to appreciate its rustic charm and simple beauty. If not, you have a chance to see two Midwestern acts at Garfield Artworks on November 20th: Advance Base and Saintseneca. If that sounds scary, don’t worry, PA-native Vikesh Kapoor will be there to comfort you with reassurance that you’re still technically in the Northeast.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
This Saturday at The Shop in Bloomfield, psychedelic garage-rocking stoners Shaky Shrines will be playing an album release for their first full-length record, Mausoleum. What, you haven't heard of Shaky Shrines? Actually, that's a likely possibility, seeing as the band has only been in the public eye for a few months now. They've been working on their sound and their songs far longer than that, but they did one of the most unlikely things that a local band can do: they came prepared. Instead of hobbling along, playing some shows here and there, trying to get their demo done, the quintet had enough material recorded to release three albums since they strutted onto the Pittsburgh scene this summer. Three albums since June: an EP, the companion B-sides collection and now, a full-length LP. And I can only assume there's more where that all came from.
Better than that, they all rock. It would be one thing for a bunch of bozos to throw down a boatload garbage tracks and think themselves prolific. But Shaky Shrines is the real deal. Even City Paper says so. And this Saturday is your chance to catch them alongside Outsideinside, the side project of Carousel's Dave Wheeler, and DJ sets from KMFD (Keith DeVries, formerly of Holy Daze, currently the host of WRCT's "The Singularity"). It's a night of psychedelic rock and roll on All Soul's Day--what more could you want? A costume party you say? They've got you covered: admission is only $5 if you come in your Halloween digs.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
In Jewish culture, the Sabbath falls on a Saturday because it's the seventh day of the week--the day, according to the creation story, that god rested. It's only because of Easter Sunday being such a holy day that Christianity celebrates the Sabbath on a Sunday (well, that and to annoy the Jews, probably). The point is, Sunday, being the first day of the week (not that seventh) is when, again according to Judeo-Christian the creation story, god separated the Dark from the Light. And in that moment, there at the beginning of time, he created Portland, OR sludge metal band, The Body, and separated them eternally from the rest of existence, forever cursing them to walk the earth trailing darkness in their wake.
Or so I can only assume.
Because these guys are brutal. Apocalyptic-level brutal. And they're coming to The Shop on (you guessed it!) Sunday, October 27th. It's only on this day that they can cross over into our world, so don't miss your chance to see them play with locals Wrought Iron and Resin, or you'll be the laughingstock of the shadowlands.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
What're you doing on Tuesday night? If you're like me, you're masturbating, eating a whole pizza, and watching Cheers reruns. Then maybe masturbating again because, let's face it, Kirstie Alley was friggin' way hot in the 1980s. I'd let Rebecca Howe manage my bar any day, all day. The loner/pervert lifestyle isn't for everyone though. If you're so inclined, and I really think you should be, you should go out and see some live music at the 31st Street Pub. The Spits, Useless Eaters, and local groups Porno Tongue and Activations are all playing, so what are you waiting for?
Monday, September 30, 2013
Jaggerbush. Jagoff. Jag. The Jaggerz.
The Jaggerz were a Pittsburgh based R&B band who, in their salad days, dressed in matching tuxedos and performed synchronized dance steps like The Temptations. The difference was that The Jaggerz were a bunch of white guys from Pittsburgh. Also, The Jaggerz had something The Temptations didn't. They had a young firebrand singer named Dominic Ierace. Motown, I see your David Ruffin and I raise you one Donnie Fucking Iris.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
09.29 / Doors 8p / $6
Pittsburgh's a relatively small town, all things considered. I challenge you to go to a bar and not run into someone you know. Actually, that's too easy. I challenge you to go to a bar and not run into someone you or one of your close friends has banged. It's just how living in a small, tightly-knit city is. And that's great for some things (like booty calls), but for music, it can be a problem. Until Stage AE went up a few years ago, many large indie and medium popular musical acts skipped right over Pittsburgh simply because there wasn't a venue that fit their needs. So, after living here for so long and being passed over so many times, it always still kinda blows my mind when a band, no matter their size, comes all the way from another country and stops in this little town we call home.
This Sunday, it's No Monster Club that will be hitting Bloomfield art space The Shop, a long way from their home in Dublin, Ireland. Joining them will be Boston band, The Ukiah Drag, and locals, No Time. No Monster Club's own Paddy Hanna will also be performing a solo set to start off the show, so get there early to double your dose of international indie rocking--you can always use a little more here in Pittsburgh.