Music Reviews


 Funk bassist Bootsy Collins drops his tophat while performing with his Rubber Band Sunday night at Hartwood Acres.

Concert review: Bootsy Collins Rubber Band brings the funk

Bootsy’s Rubber Band is an offshoot of Parliament/Funkadelic and led by bassist William “Bootsy” Collins.

about 18 hours ago


 Fawzi Haimor rounded out his last season with the PSO with emotive yet controlled conducting.

Review: Selfies, stirring strains abound at PSO’s 'Classical BBQ' performance

The Sunday evening series at Heinz Hall is part of a push to engage new audiences.

about 16 hours ago


 Harry Styles of One Direction performs Sunday at Heinz Field.

One Direction didn't quite fill Heinz Field but it did fill young hearts

The show departed from the usual large-scale teen-pop affair with more low-key production, but it didn’t matter: The fans were ecstatic.

1 day ago


Blues Traveler jams freely at Stage AE

Veteran band mixes hits into lively, bluesy set.

2 days ago


Luke Bryan kicks up the dust at the Pavilion

Country star plays his own hits and even dips into Taylor Swift and Maroon 5.

2 days ago


 Randy Newman a good fit with the Pittsburgh Symphony in the final installment of the Thursday night Icons series.

Concert review: Randy Newman renews his friendship with Pittsburgh

Singer-songwriter-pianist-composer Randy Newman gave a magnificent performance Thursday night with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

3 days ago


 Rapper J. Cole, who headlined the First Niagara Pavilion on Thursday.

J. Cole highlights '2014 Forest Hills Drive' at Pavilion show

A master of story telling, J. Cole was able to keep the audience with him all night, as he performed 2014 Forest Hills Drive in full.

3 days ago


 Old Crow Medicine Show jamming at Stage AE.

Old Crow Medicine Show plays a humdinger at Stage AE

Nashville string band teams with outlaw Sturgill Simpson for night of authentic Southern music.

4 days ago


 Eddie Van Halen performs a solo as Van Halen performs Tuesday night at First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown.

Concert review: Classic Van Halen pounds out the hits for fans at First Niagara Pavilion

Van Halen -- guitarist Eddie Van Halen; his brother, Alex, the drummer; and Eddie’s son, Wolfgang, the bassist -- performed Tuesday night.

5 days ago


 Hozier was a crowd-pleaser at Stage AE on Tuesday.

Concert review: Hozier shows stunning range in Pittsburgh debut at Stage AE

Girls lined up all day to see Irish singer-songwriter go home happy.

5 days ago


 Brandon Flowers at Mr. Smalls on Tuesday.

Brandon Flowers proves star power at Mr. Smalls

Killers singer joined by dynamic backing band for solo show.

6 days ago


 Singer Brandi Carlile.

Concert review: Brandi Carlile creates an intimate vibe at Stage AE

Singer-songwriter shows a remarkable vocal range and gets everyone involved.

6 days ago


 Legendary blues icon Buddy Guy performs with his band at the Pittsburgh Blues Festival at Hartwood Acres.

Buddy Guy tears it up on Hartwood Acres lawn

The legendary bluesman poured a lifetime of experience into his Blues Fest show.

1 week ago


Review: A delightful 'Return Flight' from Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

PNME offered everything from table music to slam poetry at their Saturday night performance of ’Return Flight.’

1 week ago


 Diana McVey as the Countess Madeleine and Andrew Cummings as her brother, the Count, in "Capriccio."

Opera review: Opera Theater takes on 'Capriccio'

Opera Theater’s Summerfest brought this unique and entertaining work to life Saturday in the 20th Century Club’s Art Deco Theater.

1 week ago


Edgar Winter unleashes his monster at Station Square

The ’70s rocker comes out at night with show that includes “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride.”

1 week ago


Waka Flocka Flame makes a campaign stop at Altar Bar

Southern rapper and presidential candidate puts the party before the politics.

1 week ago


Rascal Flatts show lacks the personal touch

Country trio puts the emphasis on production at Pavilion show.

1 week ago


 Jazz pianist/singer Diana Krall for KRALL0723. credit: Bryan Adams

Concert review: Diana Krall moves from pop-rock to standards in Heinz Hall performance

The best number was the slightly funky treatment of Tom Waits’ “Temptation.”

1 week ago


 Kelly Clarkson performs at First Niagara Pavilion as part of her Piece by Piece tour on Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Kelly Clarkson pours emotion into Pavilion set

Singer does a fan-friendly show with requests and “open mic” segment.

2 weeks ago


Concert review: New Music Ensemble makes visceral impact with premieres

The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble performed works by David Stock, Roger Zahab, Dan Visconti and Steve Reich in “Premieres and Pulitzers.”

2 weeks ago


 Johnny Mathis was backed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Thursday night at Heniz Hall.

Concert review: Johnny Mathis, PSO live up to hype

Johnny Mathis doesn’t disappoint in his concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

2 weeks ago


 Christina Perri and Colbie Callait have teamed up for the Girls Night Out Tour.

Perri and Platten provide the energy for Girls Night Out

Christina Perri and opener Rachel Platten were energetic and on point, but Colbie Caillat struggled to keep up with their pace.

3 weeks ago


 Steve Miller takes the stage at Highmark Stadium with "Jungle Love."

Steve Miller Band christens Highmark Stadium in style

The classic rocker played the hits and the blues in the beautiful new concert space.

3 weeks ago


 Executive artistic director Kevin Noe and soprano Lindsay Kesselman in "The Gray Cat and the Flounder," performed this weekend by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble at City Theatre.

Review: Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble opens 40th season with touching rendition of 'Gray Cat and the Flounder'

The multilayered production cultivated an engaging musical experience at City Theatre.

3 weeks ago


 Classical guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas.

Quick Hits: Pablo Villegas accomplishes best in chamber music at Strayhorn Theater

Chamber Music Pittsburgh presented the guitarist as the final act of Just Summer 2015.

3 weeks ago


 Shania Twain brought her Rock the Country Tour to Consol Energy Center tonight.

Concert review: Shania Twain back in the saddle at Consol

Country-pop star Shania Twain’s Rock This Country farewell tour is heavy on flash.

3 weeks ago


 Mariel Loveland and Matthew Ferraro from Candy Hearts perform on the Kevin Says stage at the Vans Warped Tour 2015.

First Niagara Pavilion crowd gets Warped in the rain

Rain and mud rule the day at the 10-hour Vans Warped Tour on Thursday.

3 weeks ago


 Smokey Robinson with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra opened his concert at Heinz Hall with "Being with You" and "Second that Emotion."

Concert review: Smokey is silky smooth at Heinz Hall

Motown legend Smokey Robinson launches Icons series Thursday with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

3 weeks ago



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