Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ticket Giveaway - Other Lives - 12.3.12 - Brillobox - Show Preview - Concert Preview

The blog has been slowly treading along the last few months. We just completed our 65+ hour work weeks this past Saturday. Now we are venturing into vacation time with a trip overseas and a couple of stops at some festivals. Thanks to our friends, we will be reporting on a couple of these shows from Brussels, Amsterdam and Paris. Be on the lookout. In the meantime, Other Lives will be appearing at Brillobox next Monday, 12.3.

Other Lives was last here back in February touring behind their second LP Tamer Animals. This time they are promoting their new EP Mind The Gap. If you missed them earlier this year, they are a band to catch live. Their sound, energy and overall presence demonstrates why they opened for Radiohead and Bon Iver. We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual just email us at with your name to enter. 

From our previous interview with the band: 

Stillwater, Oklahoma is rarely heard from on the national music scene. It is home to the invention of both the parking meter and the drive-in car hop restaurant. Jesse feels like their location has not hindered the success of the band. Instead, it has been central to the band’s sound and tempo.

“I think that it's taken a long time, but because of the isolation it's allowed us to really work without being rushed. We've spent basically the last ten years hiding away and writing music, I think that kind of isolation allows you to get to know yourself. It gives the band a chance to breathe and grow.”

When the band comes to Pittsburgh, they will be the headlining act, something which the band approaches differently from opening.

“As an opener you kind of play your 'best stuff', you are really physically working to win over the crowd. As a headliner, maybe some of the people are already with you, it gives you a little bit more of a confidence that you have some good will there right off the bat. One of the biggest things is knowing how to not just play a tune, but to create excitement and a dynamic in a live setting.”

The show begins at 9:30 with doors at 9. Tickets are $12 and can be found here

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ticket Giveaway - Martha Wainwright - Mr Smalls - 11.20.12 - Show Preview - Concert Preview

Martha Wainwright will be appearing at Mr Smalls this Tuesday, 11.20. She is touring behind her new LP released this passed October entitled Come Home to Mama. This is her first album of own songs in over four years. She has quite the pedigree as she is the daughter of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and the sister of singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. She recorded this album after the death of her mother (who the album is dedicated to) and birth of her own child. Her first single 'Proserpina' was actually written by her late mother. We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual just email us at with your name to enter. 

From her press:

Produced by Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono), and written by Martha Wainwright, Come Home To Mama (MapleMusic Recordings) is an emotional roller coaster that dazzles throughout. Recorded earlier this year in New York City, mostly at Sean Lennon’s home studio, Come Home To Mama has the passionate angst of her 2005 self-titled debut coupled with the twisted pop of 2008′s I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too.

In the past, Wainwright worked with husband Brad Albetta, but this time out chose Honda to add a feminine touch. Honda’s husband, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, provides the musical thread throughout this captivating disc. Guest musicians on the new album include Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), keyboards; Brad Albetta, bass and drummer Jim White (Dirty Three).

“Making this record was a totally different experience,” Wainwright says. “Yuka’s approach was very open. Sometimes I would just demo the song, singing in the closet which served as the vocal booth, then she would build the track around that. In other instances we would jam with a few musicians and try to get a live take.”
“This record is a culmination of my life experiences so far. Everything changed for me a couple years ago and this record is a representation of that and a return to the reason I started writing songs,” she adds. “I can’t wait to hit the road with my family and new band in tow.”

Show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are $13 and can be found here. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Show Announcement - Black Moth Super Rainbow - Mr Smalls - 11.10.12 - Show Preview

Pittsburgh's very own Black Moth Super Rainbow will be releasing a new album, their first in over three years. This is their fifth proper LP, entitled Cobra Juicy, released by the band's own label Rad Cult Label. The record was funded by donations from fans, family and individuals in the amount of over $125k via Kickstarter. This will be their album release show for our fare city. The first time I saw these guys was opening for Apples in Stereo way back in February of 2007. I was clueless to who they were at that time, but did they put on a performance. I picked up their album that evening and have been a fan since.

From their press:

There nearly wasn't a new Black Moth record at all. In hindsight, 2009's Eating Us seemed too soft, too '70s. Tobacco felt he'd lost control of his main project's sound and so focused on "solo" work. But while crafting 2010's depraved beat beast Maniac Meat, he found himself writing more freely, rediscovering the sickly sour to Black Moth's sweet. Then he realized, fuck it, this thing is his baby anyhow. He cleaned house on the live band—now Seven Fields of Aphelion, Iffernaut, Ryan Graveface and Bullsmear—and got to work, alone, on a brand new BMSR album. Then he threw that one away and made Cobra Juicy.

Opener "Windshield Smasher" lays down the difference with a hefty thud. The grinding electric guitar and smacking drumbeat play like de-glammed arena metal before the gooped-up electronics arrive. It’s a more aggressively skewed pop, instantly followed by the drop-top drift of "Like a Sundae," whose melted melodies ride atop a sturdy bed of modern blips and bloops. "Hairspray Heart" is another early highlight, boasting a thickly Rick Rubinesque beat while Tobacco wickedly chants, "I can hypnotize you." Later, "Gangs in the Garden" splices '80s robo-pop with DFA dance for more beautifully upbeat violence.

There are quieter moments too, but Cobra Juicy lets them live in their own time. "Psychic Love Damage" takes its name from the scrapped album and—along with its neighbor "We Burn," combines rattling slide guitar with cascades of crystal synth and bit-damaged MPC drums. The aptly named "Dreamsicle Bomb" is glassy and gorgeous, its reverbed notes and shuffling drums eventually clarifying in a bassy breakdown suggestive of Matthew Dear's productions. "Smash all the mailboxes and headlights," Tobacco whispers in a snakelike sibilance, while "Spraypaint" is surprisingly sweet— a love song Black Moth style.

Show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are only $14 and can be found here

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Show Announcement - Sleigh Bells - 11.10.12 - CMU - Show Preview

Just a quick show announcement as I was just informed of this today. Sleigh Bells will be performing next Saturday at CMU's annual Fall Festival. Quite the booking compared to recent years for the student run activities board. The show will be performed in Wiegand Gym within the University Center. I really would prefer Rangos Ballroom, but hopefully SB will know how to play a very echo filled gym. If you were at their sold out Mr Smalls appearance this past July, you know the band puts on a sweat fueled dance party.

This concert is free to all CMU students and a measly $10 for non. It will surely sellout again, so make sure to get your ticket soon. One hope for me is that they aren't able to setup that horrible light show they have. I whined about it here. It really gets old when you can't make out people onstage and are constantly blinded...but that's just me.

More information about the show can be found here.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Ticket Giveaway - Bassnectar & Passion Pit - 11.5 - 11.6 - Stage AE - Show Preview - Concert Preview

My apologies for getting behind on posts, giveaways and previews and interviews. Been extra busy these past few months and have been seriously slacking. So, I am doubling up on this with two great shows appearing back to back with our friends at Stage AE. We have ticket giveaways for both usual, just email us with your name to Winners will be selected at random.

Bassnectar has unleashed yet another brain-rattling release. His latest 6-track EP Freestyle, which features four originals and two remixes, is everything you would expect from mega-producer Lorin Ashton and more. Following the release of his 10th studio album Vava Voom, earlier this year, Freestyle is the newest of many EPs available for purchase on his record label Amorphous Music and iTunes.

The EP as a whole encompasses many of the dominant styles of today’s EDM scene. The title track opens the EP with tasty 808s and the aggressive, in-your-face lyrics of young hip-hop artist Angel Haze. Bassnectar cakes it all with his signature dubstep sound to remind you that you’re listening to the Bass King. Simply put, it’s his latest take on trap music.

Passion Pit really doesn't need much introduction. Running high off their latest release Gossamer, the band is expanding their sound and making waves with sold out shows across the country. From their press:

The band's first full-length studio album, Manners, was released in 2009. The song "Let Your Love Grow Tall" was featured in the TV series Ugly Betty. The album's second single, "To Kingdom Come," was used in the Rhapsody commercial for its iPhone application. The song "Moth's Wings" was used in the CW teen drama Gossip Girl and in the closing credits of HBO's Big Love.

Gossamer, which was released on Columbia Records, debuted at #4 on the Billboard top 200 and immediately earned rave reviews from the New York Times, The Guardian, Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone magazine.

"We did the vast majority of the vocals for the record with the Copperhead," continued Chris Zane. "It has a super-natural and very pleasant curve to it. Warm, but clear — not jumpy or spiky, just very smooth. It sounds like the way you want a vocal to sound without having to do anything to it. I’ve been using it ever since Gossamer on a bunch of records, with great results every time."

Both shows begin at 8p and doors at 7p. Tickets can be found here