Local Scene: Wiz Khalifa buzz builds for 'Taylor Allderdice'


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The hype for "Taylor Allderdice" is building, with Wiz Khalifa even making a trip back to his old school on Tuesday.

Sporting a very "Thriller" jacket, the Allderdice grad visited his Squirrel Hill high school two weeks prior to the release of his much-anticipated mixtape, "Taylor Allderdice." He jumped on Twitter soon after to tweet a photo of himself with some "Real Taylors" (here via Instagram).

The night before, on Monday, Khalifa was at Jungle City Studios in New York with some official Taylors -- Chevy Woods, Mac Miller, Juicy J, the Rostrum Records crew and more -- for a "TA" listening party.

AllHipHop.com reported that the mixtape features contributions from Woods, Juicy, Lola Luv, Smoke DZA and Wiz's girlfriend Amber Rose, with production from Cardo, Sledgren, Spaceghostpurrp, Lex Luger, Harry Fraud and Rob Halladay.

The website noted that "Overall, 'Taylor Allderdice' sounds like a true return to form for the Pittsburgh lyricist," who recently told Rolling Stone that he ventured a bit too far in the pop direction with his major-label debut, "Rolling Papers."

Khalifa created a mix up over his mixtape Friday when he tweeted "Taylor Allderdice Release Date. Tomorrow." Fans lit up Twitter thinking the mixtape was coming the next day rather than the release date for the mixtape.


Host Skull on Penn

• Indie-rock adventurer Host Skull -- Pittsburgh multi-instrumentalist David Bernabo and Santa Fe, N.M., drummer Will Dyar -- takes the lid off its first art installation, "Inhabit Host Skull," at 707 Penn Gallery at 7 p.m. Friday.

The piece, running through April 15, is described as one that "invites the viewer to shape a constantly shifting sound environment, leaving a mark that mutates with each generation."

Host Skull will play two sets on opening night and keep the music going:

March 9: Host Skull with The Pillow Project dance company and writer-artist Justin Hopper.

March 16: Host Skull with jazz improvisors Le Rex.

March 23: Acoustic duo Pairdown with Jeff Berman/Bernabo/Gia Cacalano

April 7: Artist-musician Matt Wellins with Dock Ellis Perforated Head Society film screenings.

Details: www.hostskull.com.


Bank night

• Title Town takes the party to the Bank on Saturday night.

DJ J. Malls and DJ Riel (from Steel City Soul Club) spin an evening of funk and soul in the rarely used third-floor ballroom of the old Arsenal Bank building, which has a view of the city.

It begins at 9 p.m. at 4300 Butler St., Lawrenceville. It is for 21 and over. Admission is $5, with bar proceeds benefiting Bike Pittsburgh.


GBV tribute

• You may have heard some buzz about a local Guided By Voices tribute in the works. The Official Ironmen Rally -- taking a song title from the band's essential 1996 album "Under the Bushes, Under the Stars" -- will feature the Weird Paul Rock Band, House of Assassins, Trashed Aircraft, The Red Western, Horse Garbage, Marvin Dioxide and more. It's March 24 at the Thunderbird Cafe, Lawrenceville. The $5 cover will benefit BRICKS for Young Adults.

--Scott Mervis: smervis@post-gazette.com; 412-263-2576; Twitter: @scottmervis_pg; blog: www.post-gazette.com/popnoise


First Published March 1, 2012 5:00 AM


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