The Beat: June's Best Concerts

Tegan and Sara, Titus Andronicus and Blitzen Trapper are coming to town.



 

Titus Andronicus

Carnegie Library Music Hall
June 5

Behold Titus Andronicus, that roving army of musicians that earns its ducats playing various assortments of musical genres falling beneath the vague umbrella of “indie.” The group has made its way east to conquer the Carnegie Library Music Hall.

[510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall; 412/368-5225, librarymusichall.com]

 

Tegan and Sara

Stage AE
June 19

Seems like only yesterday that Tegan and Sara signed on with Neil Young’s Vapor Records. With a trove of acclaimed releases as well as a long list of accomplishments, the duo is touring in support of its 2013 release “Heartthrob.”

[400 North Shore Drive, North Shore; 412/229-5483, promowestlive.com]

 

Resonance Works

New Hazlett Theater
June 7-8

In celebration of art and its most cherished muse — nature — Resonance Works concludes its first season with “Natural Frequency,” conducted by Artistic Director Maria Sensi Sellner. Music includes works by Debussy, Copeland, Barber and Carnegie Mellon University professor Nancy Galbraith, presented with projected photography by PM Art Director Chuck Beard. The Resonance Chamber Orchestra performs with local baritone Daniel Teadt.

[6 Allegheny Square East, North Side; 412/501-3330, resonanceworks.org] — Georgia Templeton

 

Gordon Lightfoot

The Palace Theatre
June 28

Canadian singer-songwriter and all-around living legend Gordon Lightfoot helped to define the ’60s folk-pop movement. Luminaries including Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and the Replacements have covered his songs.

[21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg; 724/836-8000, thepalacetheatre.org]

 

Blitzen Trapper

Club Café
June 8

Can’t get enough of Southern-fried rock? Head to the café to see Blitzen Trapper, which has all the fixin’s for denizens who wish the Mason-Dixon ran a little farther north.

[56-58 S. 12th St., South Side; 412/431-4950, clubcafelive.com]
 


Album Reviews


Butterbirds
Sweet Little Honey Nothin’

Butterbirds offers a nine-song discourse on bedroom baroque-pop with precocious girl/boy vocals. If circuitous melodies cloaked in lush harmonies with hardly any downers in sight is your thing, “Sweet Little Honey Nothin’” might be for you. Songs such as “EndlessBummer” and “Friends” toe the line between undergraduate hootenannies and unbridled journal entries. The record’s overall vibe gives the impression that somebody’s been sleeping with Danielson records under his or her pillow.

Bat Zuppel
Brain Eater

At first glance, the shrapnel bursts of vocals and ear-splitting guitar shrills of Bat Zuppel’s “Brain Eater” nod in the direction of grunge godfathers Mudhoney. If you peel back the layers, though, a few more bits of chicanery abound. “No One Cares” taps into some post-punk zeitgeist with a rhythm section that has all the flurry and verve of sibling rivals battling for attention that calls to mind Television Personalities. “Old Skool” features Damned-like sonic swells. There’s also a significant ’70s Aussie-punk feel permeating the record, specifically conjuring thoughts of Radio Birdman and generally of a post-apocalyptic meltdown — which, while not the ideal living situation, makes for an intriguing listen.

 

Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in October

Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in October

This month's best bets in The 'Burgh.
The 10 Brands That Built Pittsburgh

The 10 Brands That Built Pittsburgh

From glass and aluminum to ketchup and candy, Pittsburgh has made its mark, thanks in large part to the instantly recognizable brands that remain etched not merely on its buildings — but on its DNA. We look at 10 of those brands and explore how they helped to establish and define the Steel City.
Wheels Up? What's Next for PIT

Wheels Up? What's Next for PIT

Under a new CEO, Pittsburgh International Airport heads into its 25th year while attempting to woo flyers and flights and leave its empty, post-hub days behind.
Pittsburgh's Connection to an Out-of-This-World View of Space

Pittsburgh's Connection to an Out-of-This-World View of Space

Three men at NASA serve pivotal roles in maintaining the Hubble Space Telescope, which has been taking high-resolution photos of deep space form more than 25 years. And they're all from Pittsburgh.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The 412

See it Now: Trailer for Filmed-in-Pittsburgh “Fences”

See it Now: Trailer for Filmed-in-Pittsburgh “Fences”

Directed and starring Denzel Washington, the first big screen treatment of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play arrives in theaters on Christmas Day.
2016 Athena Award Winners Announced

2016 Athena Award Winners Announced

Named for the Greek goddess of strength and wisdom, the ATHENA Awards are unique among regional honors for professional women because of the focus on developing the next generation of leaders through mentorship.
Watch: Tributes and More For Golfing Great Arnold Palmer

Watch: Tributes and More For Golfing Great Arnold Palmer

The golf icon from Latrobe, Pa. died Sunday of complications from heart problems.
9 Things to Know About The North Park Water Tower

9 Things to Know About The North Park Water Tower

Thanks to Rick Sebak, we have some rare pictures of the view from the top.

Sign Up for the 412 e-Newsletter

 

Our daily e-newsletter is curated by the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine and is designed to give you the very best Pittsburgh has to offer -- delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign me up!
* Email
 First Name
 Last Name
  * = Required Field
 
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in October

Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in October

This month's best bets in The 'Burgh.
The 10 Brands That Built Pittsburgh

The 10 Brands That Built Pittsburgh

From glass and aluminum to ketchup and candy, Pittsburgh has made its mark, thanks in large part to the instantly recognizable brands that remain etched not merely on its buildings — but on its DNA. We look at 10 of those brands and explore how they helped to establish and define the Steel City.
Wheels Up? What's Next for PIT

Wheels Up? What's Next for PIT

Under a new CEO, Pittsburgh International Airport heads into its 25th year while attempting to woo flyers and flights and leave its empty, post-hub days behind.
Pittsburgh's Connection to an Out-of-This-World View of Space

Pittsburgh's Connection to an Out-of-This-World View of Space

Three men at NASA serve pivotal roles in maintaining the Hubble Space Telescope, which has been taking high-resolution photos of deep space form more than 25 years. And they're all from Pittsburgh.
Dish Review: Bar Marco's Turnaround

Dish Review: Bar Marco's Turnaround

The Strip District eatery overcomes tumult and once again is one of Pittsburgh’s finest restaurants.
Talk of The Tahn: Weird Things We Do that Make Pittsburgh Wonderful

Talk of The Tahn: Weird Things We Do that Make Pittsburgh Wonderful

The things that are best about us? They’re not things. They’re ways.
Edit Module

Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


See it Now: Trailer for Filmed-in-Pittsburgh “Fences”

See it Now: Trailer for Filmed-in-Pittsburgh “Fences”

Directed and starring Denzel Washington, the first big screen treatment of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play arrives in theaters on Christmas Day.

Comments


Pittsburgh, only cooler
PittGirl: How You Should Grade A Squishy Tongue

PittGirl: How You Should Grade A Squishy Tongue

Kennywood Park opens soon and new this season is the return of the famed whale at the entrance of Noah’s Ark. In the name of science, PittGirl paid an early visit to test the squishiness quotient of the whale's all-important tongue.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Dinette's Sonja Finn to Helm New Restaurant at Carnegie Museums in Oakland

Dinette's Sonja Finn to Helm New Restaurant at Carnegie Museums in Oakland

Finn and chef de cuisine Becca Hegarty to bring salads, sandwiches, house-baked bread, wine and more to the refurbished Café Carnegie.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
6 Best Restaurants for College Students in Pittsburgh

6 Best Restaurants for College Students in Pittsburgh

Easy access from universities, wallet-friendly prices and really good food make these our favorite choices for the university set.

Comments


Drinks With Some Spirits at Harmony Inn

Drinks With Some Spirits at Harmony Inn

The historic (and purportedly haunted) Harmony Inn is a fine stop for drinks and food.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Pens Look Back and Ahead to Cap ‘Summer of Stan’

Pens Look Back and Ahead to Cap ‘Summer of Stan’

The puck drops for the opening of training camp on Friday, and once that happens the Penguins must transition from “champions” into “defending champions.”

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
Work It

Work It

A new handbag from Sandra Cadavid’s is perfect for work — or play.

Comments


Sean Collier's Popcorn for Dinner

The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
If All Remakes Were as Good as Magnificent Seven, We'd Really Love Remakes

If All Remakes Were as Good as Magnificent Seven, We'd Really Love Remakes

Reviews of the "Magnificent Seven" remake and "Storks," plus local movie news and notes.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
A Laid-Back Love: Kelly McHolme and Bob Stasa

A Laid-Back Love: Kelly McHolme and Bob Stasa

This Pittsburgh couple wanted their guests to be just as content as they were at their wedding.

Comments


The latest tips and trends to refresh your home.
This Weekend: Annual Wilkinsburg House & Garden Tour

This Weekend: Annual Wilkinsburg House & Garden Tour

Also: If you’re looking to redo a room to invite relaxation, PPG Paints promises a wide variety of soothing colors for 2017.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
Duquesne University Inaugurates New President with Deep Pittsburgh Roots

Duquesne University Inaugurates New President with Deep Pittsburgh Roots

Ken Gormley began his new tenure by delivering good news to University employees.

Comments