Friday, April 17, 2015

Primus brings the Chocolate Factory tour to Stage AE - photos - April 14, 2015

Primus at Stage AE 4/14/15
Les Claypool is as much a showman as he is a musician. Someone paid attention to every last detail, from the candy-themed stage props, to Claypool's Gene Wilder getup, to the Primus-themed chocolate bars for sale at the merch table. (I splurged and bought a $10 Pork Soda bar, which has pop rocks and bacon in it.)

The show was split into two sets: a "straight" set of Primus hits, filled with extended jams and solos, and a second set of the band's reimagined Willy Wonka soundtrack in its entirety. (The entire setlist, including the encore, can be found over at

Tickets cost close to $50 for this one, and I don't think anyone left for home feeling short-changed. You'll be hard pressed to find a power trio more compelling than Primus. 

Here are photos from the performance:

-- Brian Conway

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Protomartyr w/ The Gotobeds, Gooski's, April 8, 2015 - Photos and Concert Review

The Gotobeds. Gooski's. 4/8/2015. All photos: Brian Conway

Facebook said the show would start at 9.

"It's a weeknight," read the post. "I hate punk time so please show up early so we can start this shit earlier."

The band strolled in around 9:20, and hit the back room stage shortly before 10.

The more things change, the more they stay the same for The Gotobeds. Even though this was the band's first show since signing to Sub Pop, the guys played it cool. No one mentioned the new label or even alluded to any type of changes at all.

The set reminded me of Diarrhea Planet's set at Club Cafe last year.  Raucous, but not sloppy. Manic, but not unhinged. Sometimes, when Gavin, the bass player, would go to sing, the guitarist, Tom, would kick the mic stand to try to bust Gavin in the chops. They're having the time of their lives up there.  

There was a moment toward the end of the show, after the band knocked over all their equipment, when Eli and Cary embraced onstage, perhaps an acknowledgement of their success so far, and the promise of what's to come.

As for Protomartyr? Yeah, they're that good.



-- Brian Conway

Friday, April 10, 2015

Single Mothers at Club Cafe, with Killing Thing and Edhochuli - Photos - April 8, 2015

Raucous Canadian punk rockers Single Mothers played Club Cafe Wednesday night.  They were touring in support of their debut album, Negative Qualities, which was released last year on Hot Charity, an imprint of XL Recordings. They were supported by two Pittsburgh bands: Killing Thing and Edhochuli.  Thanks to Long Hong (instagram: @longqhong) for making it out to shoot the show for PMR.