Music Reviews


 Rainer Honeck, the brother of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra music director Manfred Honeck, played Britten's Violin Concerto  during the weekend concerts.

Concert review: A Honeck flavored program

Manfred Honeck was joined by his brother, Rainer, concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic, for Friday night’s Pittsburgh Symphony concert.

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 Primus frontman Les Claypool performs with the band Nov. 8 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta.

‘Chocolate Factory’ tour is Primus at its imaginative best

Frontman Les Claypool has said he was obsessed with the 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” which was came out when he was 7

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Rosanne Cash takes fans on a rich journey

Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal’s journey took pause at the Byham and those fortunate enough to attend experienced music in its purest form.

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 Justin Hayward, Graeme Edge and John Lodge of The Moody Blues.

Music review: Moody Blues fills Heinz Hall with majestic sound

This is a remarkably well-maintained band, starting with 68-year-old frontman Justin Hayward.

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 Neil Diamond, 74, opens at the Consol Energy Center with "I'm a Believer."

Concert review: Neil Diamond still a force at Consol

Mr. Diamond is a crowd-pleaser and he delivered just about every hit people would want to hear just the way they want to hear them.

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 Donnie Iris sings "Love Is Like A Rock" at Pittsburgh Rockin' Reunion at the Benedum Center, which brought together Lou Christie, Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners, The Marcels, Chuck Blasco's Vogues and Jimmie Ross and The Jaggerz.

Review: Pittsburgh Rockin' Reunion a fitting homage to two decades of music

Lou Christie and Donnie Iris headlined the show Saturday at the Benedum.

2 weeks ago


 Joe Newman, of the English indie rock band Alt-J, performs to a sold-out crowd at the Benedum Thursday.

Music review: Static Alt-J more an aural than visual treat

The band reproduced the songs almost flawlessly, and there's a lot to them: lyrical piano passages, gloomy synths, and angular guitar riffs.

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 Lead singer Colin Meloy and drummer John Moen of indie rockers the Decemberists returned to the Benedum Center, Downtown, Tuesday.

Music review: Decemberists play a whale of a show at the Benedum

Portland, Ore., indie band, led by Colin Meloy, is a powerful force in first concert here in four years.

2 weeks ago


Concert review: PSO horn players give concert some needed oomph

The Pittsburgh Symphony concert featured four horns on Schumann’s “Konzertstuck” and the local debut of conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada.

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 Barry Manilow sings "Could It Be Magic" on Thursday night at Consol Energy Center.

Review: Barry Manilow takes a stroll down memory lane

Opening the night with “It’s a Miracle,” the hits came one after another as the consummate showman showed that at 71, he’s still got it.

3 weeks ago


 From final dress rehearsal of Carmen at Pittsburgh Opera.   Micaela (Jasmine Muhammad) comes to Seville looking for her fiance Don Jose, but must fend off a group of admiring soldiers, including an overly friendly Morales (Alex DeSocio).

Opera review: Pittsburgh Opera's 'Carmen' effective without flash

With artful singing from guest vocalists and resident artists, this staging presented new insights into “Carmen’s” timeless themes.

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