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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Pittsburgh concerts


4/22 Kings of Leon & The Walkmen @ AJ Palumbo Center
There's a lot of good stuff going down in Pittsburgh this month, none better than the Followill brothers playing on the campus of Duquesne. Kings of Leon have been smoking lately, from earning high-profile festival gigs to winning a Grammy for "Sex on Fire." And while I think the Walkmen are massively overrated, they do bring a bit of star power to the opening act slot.

4/4 The Academy Is... @ Bigelow Boulevard/Pitt campus (free)
Emo-pop may not be everyone's bag, but the Academy Is... do it as well as anyone. I'm partial to the remix of "Black Mamba", though it's doubtful you'll hear that version live. They haven't achieved as much mainstream success as their homies Fall Out Boy and Gym Class Heroes, but the Academy Is... are still worth seeing. Especially when the show is free!

4/7 Andrew Bird @ Carnegie Music Hall (Oakland)
The first time I saw Andrew Bird live, he started whistling and I thought, Oh this is kinda cool. Then he whistled again in the next song. And the next one. By the end of the show I wanted to punch him in the face. Needless to say, I will not be attending this show. But if he's your cup of tea, by all means make your way to Oakland.

4/14 World/Inferno Friendship Society @ Mr. Small's
We've sung the praises of the World/Inferno Friendship Society before and even interviewed their fearsome leader, Jack Terricloth, months before the New York Times did. (That's right, we scooped the New York Times - we're not playing around here.) Their anarchist circus punk is entertaining stuff. Dresden Dolls drummer Brian Viglione is still along for the ride - yet another reason to check them out.

Others to keep in mind:
4/1 Blind Pilot @ Club Cafe
4/1 Black Label Society & Sevendust @ Club Zoo
4/3 Ray Lamontagne @ Palace Theatre
4/4 Freezepop @ Anime Convention/David L. Lawrence Convention Center
4/4 Gay Blades @ Modern Formations
4/6 Jon Lajoie @ Improv
4/6 Bitch & the Exciting Conclusion @ Shadow Lounge
4/7 k.d. lang @ Benedum Center
4/8 hed(pe) @ Diesel
4/10 HR (of Bad Brains) @ 31st Street Pub
4/11 Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ Brillobox
4/11 Charlie Musselwhite @ Rex Theatre
4/12 Cloud Cult/Margot & the Nuclear So & So's @ Mr. Small's
4/13 G. Love & Special Sauce @ Mr. Small's
4/16 Diplo @ Diesel
4/17 New Pornographers/Ted Leo & the Pharmacists @ CMU Lawn
4/18 Arlo Guthrie @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
4/19 Headlights @ Brillobox
4/21 Rachael Sage @ Club Cafe
4/22 Felice Brothers @ Mr. Small's
4/24 Buddy Guy @ Palace Theatre
4/28 Disturbed, Lacuna Coil & Killswitch Engage @ Petersen Events Center
4/29 Alkaline Trio & Saves the Day @ Club Zoo
4/29 Dr. Dog @ Mr. Small's
4/30 HorrorPops @ Diesel


Peck said...

CMU has outdone themselves with the New Pornographers/Ted Leo show.

Scott said...

Yeah for sure, great job by their concert folks...