Both as a member of Animal Collective and as the solo artist, Panda Bear, Noah Lennox spent the aughts helping redefine the aesthetics and methodology of experimental and independent music. With work ranging from splayed but lyrical noise, florid acoustic arrangements, and guitar-centric psychedelia, he and his bandmates have covered a vast musical territory that blurs the line between pop and experimentalism. But while Panda Bear and Animal Collective have garnered acclaim with each successive sonic venture, their music really started to take hold when they began working with electronics. In 2007, Lennox released the milestone Person Pitch, a mélange of loopy samples, ethereal textures, and dubby echoesall bound together by his soulful tenor. Hailed by many as an instant classic, the album’s influence was almost immediately recognizable. He continued work with Animal Collective, releasing another landmark album Merriweather Post Pavilion in 2009. facebook.com/PandaBearMusic | Purchase Tickets Online | 866-468-3401 | Reserve Balcony | Local Outlets
91.3 WYEP presents Justin Townes Earle with special guests American Aquarium, Essential Machine
After two and a half years, Justin Townes Earle will release his fifth studio album (and first ever on Vagrant Records). Entitled Single Mothers, the record will be released nationwide on September 9th, 2014 and Justin will be on the road in the US throughout September and early October. Single Mothers is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana.
The Harlan Twins with Satin Gum, Kid Durango - Partial proceeds benefits the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center
Any Pittsburgh-based rocker is likely familiar with the Harlan Twins by now. The band not only strikes a balance between yinzer-americana and anthemic 1970’s rock n’ roll, but they’re also an party-hearty group that’ll get you dancing or, if anything, encourage some whiskey-influenced head nodding.
Satin Gum is an American power pop/alternative rock band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania consisting of songwriter Brian Spekis (Vocals, Guitar), Jonathan Gunnell (Guitar, Backing Vocals), Travis Craig (Bass), and Dan Vavro (Drums, Backing Vocals).
Kid Durango is a five piece band from Pittsburgh playing next level grunge with a sour punk aftertaste. Harlan Twins | Purchase Tickets Online | 866-468-3401 | Reserve Balcony
Pomplamoose with special guests Danielle Ate The Sandwich, John Schroeder
Pioneering the style of “VideoSongs” on YouTube, Pomplamoose is a San Francisco-based indie-pop-rock-duo comprised of Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn. With the debut of their online presence in summer 2008, Pomplamoose (a derivation of the French word for grapefruit, pamplemousse) has garnered a significant fan following ever since. Often compared to artists like The Bird and The Bee, Feist and Regina Spektor, they quickly became renowned for their split-screen video-editing that deliberately features every instrument used in the recording process. In 2010, they released their first viral VideoSong, a cover of Beyoncé’s Single Ladies, followed by a national Hyundai holiday ad campaign and two sold-out nationwide tours. Pomplamoose took a break from the band in 2011 to focus on their solo careers. In 2013, the artists reunited to begin creating new material for Pomplamoose Season 2. This next stage of Pomplamoose promises to stay true to the band’s homegrown roots while incorporating new visual elements and a more electronic sound. Veering away from the traditional model, Pomplamoose remains unsigned to this day, successfully making a living from album sales, licensing deals, touring, and the enthusiastic support of their fans. pomplamoose.com | Purchase Tickets Online | 866-468-3401 | Reserve Balcony | Local Outlets
POSTPONED TO OCT 13 - OK Go [all 9/21 tix honored]
Of all the superlatives ever thrown at OK Go, “world’s most creative band” might fit best. Theirs is a project of the modern age, defined by vision as opposed to boundaries. It starts with a growing canon of infectious songs (the band’s fourth album is forthcoming), and explodes out from there into a million creative endeavors: their videos are art projects that the whole world sees; their live shows are immersive and surprising; their free time is invested in apps and op-eds and a host of other experiments that all fall under fun, ambitious, or just really cool to try. okgo.net | Purchase Tickets Online | 866-468-3401
Creative.Life.Support Revival Series presents: A Dual CD Release with Phat Man Dee and Tommy Amoeba
With special guests Liz Berlin, Lilith Deville, Middle Children, Pittsburgh Complaints N'At Choir, Gena. Phat Man Dee and Tommy Amoeba married amidst headlining parades and festivities 12 years ago and have been making sweet music ever since. He’s got a rock and roll band, Amoeba Knievel, known for their songs about science fiction, replete with literary references & cartoonesque shenanigans and she’s got a cabaret jazz band, the Cultural District, known for their multi lingual and risqué harmonic celebrations, which feature some of Pittsburgh’s finest jazz musicians
St. Lucia: The Night Comes Again Tour with special guest Joywave
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Jean-Philip Grobler grew up performing with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School, learning everything from Bach to minimalist opera. St. Lucia was born out of a moment in early 2010 when Grobler was looking to the past for inspiration. Growing frustrated with a rock project that was starting to feel forced, he delved back into the music that had first inspired him: Fleetwood Mac, Peter Gabriel, Madonna and other songs from his youth.
91.3 WYEP presents The Afghan Whigs with special guest Joseph Arthur
"Do to the Beast" is the first new album by The Afghan Whigs in over a decade and a half. Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1988, the band has long stood out from its peers, with their savage, rapturous blend of hard rock, classic soul, and frontman Greg Dulli's searing obsessions. The new album serves as both a homecoming -- it marks their return to Sub Pop, for whom the Whigs were the first signing from outside the label's Northwest base -- and a glimpse into the future of one of the most acclaimed bands of the past thirty years. theafghanwhigs.com | Purchase Tickets Online | 866-468-3401 | Reserve Balcony | Local Outlets