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Month: November 2017 (page 2 of 2)

No one expects the Punksburgh Inquisition: Jesse Ley (Delicious Pastries / City Steps / Mantiques)

Between being a member of a triad of bands and co-DJing the killer dance phenomenon known as “Strangeways,” chances are you’ve encountered today’s inquisition feature:  Jesse Ley.  Talented and charming, Jesse will rock a set on the drumkit and then have friendly chats with admiring audience members.  Staying busy with his myriad of projects, he’s pulling double duty this Friday at the Delicious Pastries‘ double a-sided single release show, where he’ll play percussion with the Pastries and then DJ for the “Strangeways” afterparty.  We at Punksburgh caught up with him to inquire about the following:

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Two Cents on Murder For Girls’ “All The Pretty Stars”

Blender analogies are lazy, so let’s find a way around them. While Murder For Girls always has traced its trajectory back to the Riot Grrl bands of the early ’90s, its new record – All The Pretty Stars, which the band will mark with a release show Saturday night – is a little bit more nuanced than that, borrowing from Babes In Toyland and early Hole (and, yes, Grrls like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile and Calamity Jane) as much as it does alt-rock icon Kim Deal and fellow Pittsburgh punks T-Tops. During the course of the record’s nine tracks, the listener is treated to full-throttled but melodic punk – the choruses of “Pleather” and closer “Rocker Chick Vibe” will dig their hooks deep into your cerebellum – but also songs like “Lucy,” whose verses exude a kind of pop-rock naivete. The record is far from three power chords and a cloud of dust.

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Weekend Roundup: 11/3 – 11/5

Lauren here with your weekend listing of shows. As always, we’ve got three days full of diverse shows featuring a solid mix of local and touring acts. Anyone who says that the Pittsburgh music scene is dead obviously has no clue. Make this the weekend that you leave your comfort zone and try something new… there’s so much talent in our city!

Note to bands: I compile this list from invites that I’m sent and events that pop up on Facebook. If you want to make sure your show is included on this list, drop us a line!

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Two Cents on CALYX’s “For To, Oh” EP

UntitledContrary to the imagination of its title, CALYX’s For To, Oh is not a testament to weed-fueled jam-band mythos or, this being Pittsburgh, a smoky-eyed homage to Wiz Khalifa. Instead, it’s a textured, even borderline-mathy, addition to this trio’s growing – and impressive – catalog. And it’s definitely worth the $2 download asking price.

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