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Weekend Roundup Feb. 9th-11th

February 9th

 

Switch and Signal Skatepark opening

This Friday the wait is over. Switch & Signal Skatepark officially opens the doors at 5pm. We’ve been working hard the last few month and it’s finally time to cut the ribbon and open the park.
Admission is $12 (members $10) Waivers required for everyone. 18 and under must have a parent or legal guardian sign in person, No exceptions.

7518 Dickson Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Album Review: Super Fun Time Awesome Party Band’s “…And Out Come The Balloons,” out 2/3/18!

On a surprisingly welcome mild January afternoon I half-heatedly checked my mail seeking a package nearly three weeks overdue. It wasn’t there, but something else was. It was roughly record sized and the sender’s name mysterious if vaguely familiar. I tore open the box and out came the party!

I now have in my possession one copy of Super Fun Time Awesome Party Band‘s highly anticipated second effort “…And Out Come The Balloons!” Originally titled “Pinata,” other names had begun to be tossed around and the band took its fans’ input to heart, finally settling on the perfect play on the classic album by Rancid. With a slightly modified image of drummer Randall on the cover in place of Lars Frederiksen and vibrant and intricate artwork by singer/guitarist Polka Kapolka gracing the back, the record jacket explicitly tempts the listener with all of the fun that is about to begin once the needle is dropped. And mine is a gorgeous purple smoke colored pressing! There’s no telling what you may find when you open yours; the album itself could be any number of colors and designs from a random lottery of options, which is also fun. Collect them all! Trade with your friends!

 

 

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No One Expects The Punksburgh Inquisition: Marcus Crawford (Rocky Dennis Face)

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Today’s Inquisition focuses our prying eyes on the drummer behind the punk-rockin’ Rocky Dennis Face!

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There’s really a north versus south divide in our pizza selections: Interview with Standard Broadcast

I caught up with Standard Broadcast at their performance at Mr. Small’s Fun House AcoustiCafe. Standard Broadcast is a four piece band with a different sound by mixing cello in instead of a bass guitar. 


Nate–Piano/Vocals
Holly–Guitar
Leiland–Cello
Jeff–Drums

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Show I’m Looking Forward to in July

The universe must know that my birthday is in July, because there are SO MANY good shows this month. I attempted to follow the same format as my June post (5 shows plus a bonus out of town show); it did not end well. Even still, I had to make some tough decisions.

If you’ve ever seen Cumplete Basturds before, you know why I’m recommending this show; those guys are absolutely hilarious. Throw in Lansbury (featuring star drummer Tim Little) and Punksburgh favorites Crooked Cobras and you’re in for one hell of a night. But let’s be honest: a free show at my favorite bar on the night before the Fourth of July? You should be there already.

That is one hell of a lineup. If you’ve been following us you’ve likely seen the praise heaped upon the latter three bands, but Ft. Wayne’s Flamingo Nosebleed is also not to be missed. Make sure you also stop by Black Forge Coffee House beforehand to pregame with The Invalid People / Six Speed Kill / Wax Brain.

There are so many great choices for this night, but I had to give it to the guys in Punchline since they’re celebrating their 20th anniversary; stay tuned for our interview with them in a few days. If I weren’t going to this show I’d definitely be at the Homeless Gospel Choir / Early Riser show. Or celebrating Brendaʻs birthday with Old Game / The Park Plan at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern. Anyone got a spare Time-Turner lying around?

WHAT A FUCKING DAY. I would honestly be happy to attend either one of these shows, but because the first one is a MATINEE, it’s possible to hit up both. Stop by Spirit in the afternoon for some pizza, skateboarding, and Captain, We’re Sinking, who are touring in support of their new album. The evening continues with a rather intimate gathering at the Funhouse with Canadians The Flatliners and Pkew Pkew Pkew. We are going to shows before we go to shows?

I know that SOME PEOPLE are too cool for Warped Tour, but I am not one of them (unsurprisingly, there’s actually very little that I am too cool for). My goals for Warped are to eat a giant ice cream cone for lunch and to see as much of Save Ferris, Gwar, Barb Wire Dolls, Big D and the Kids Table, Eternal Boy, Street Dogs, War on Women, the Adolescents, the Alarm, Anti-Flag, the Ataris, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, and Sick of it All as possible.

Basically all my favorite bands are playing. Go. Word has it that The Danzas‘s set will feature a guest singer; I’m not gonna spoil it, but I’ve heard that she likes quirky dresses and runs a music blog. You’ll just have to check it out.

Come celebrate my birthday with me at this hella rad show! If you’re not familiar with Worriers, you should be; they were just signed by SideOneDummy and are definitely going places. With Aussie rockers Camp Cope and local grunge greats Hearken (starring local legend Donny Donovan) added in the mix, you definitely shouldn’t miss this show. But it’s my birthday, so you were gonna be there anyway, yeah? In case you were wondering, I like sour candy and anything that mixes chocolate with peanut butter.

It’s Lawn Care‘s album release show. That’s pretty much all you need to know! Old Game and Rue are icing on the cake. I had a ton of fun chatting with the Lawn Care guys recently, and their interview will be out as soon as I tackle transcribing Cameron’s half hour thesis on music genres. Show is only five bucks, but you get in free in when you preorder the album, so just go do that.

I absolutely adore Tegan and Sara; they absolutely blew me away when they were at Stage AE last year. Driving four hours round trip to see them? NOT A PROBLEM.

 

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