Concert Review: The Struts at The Altar Bar

May 21, 2016
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The Struts lit up Pittsburgh’s Altar bar at a sold out show on May 10th with their vibrant energy and flamboyant, glamorous style.  Hailing from Britain, they seem to be following in the footsteps of Queen with frontman Luke Spiller bringing to mind Freddie Mercury in both vocal capabilities and fashion sense.  However, they...

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Album Review: Heron Oblivion

April 30, 2016
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Album Review: Heron Oblivion

By: Christopher Schuler   Heron Oblivion was formed in 2013 by a quartet of psychedelic-rock veterans. Their debut album fuses the pastoral and melodic leanings of drummer and singer Meg Baird with the rest of the band’s more aggressive roots. The result is seven drawn-out, jammy songs that veer between airy guitar lines and...

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Concert Review: Yung Lean at the Altar Bar 3/18

April 30, 2016
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By: Donovan Powers   Of all the concerts I have been to during my time here at CMU, Yung Lean will have been by far one of the most memorable. Yung Lean, internet meme-personified cloud rapper from Sweden, graced us all with his presence at the Altar Bar as a part of a tour...

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Album Review: Is the Is Are

April 28, 2016
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Album Review: Is the Is Are

By: Christopher Schuler   Is the Is Are opens with “Out of Mind” and “Under the Sun,” two gorgeous, punky songs with shimmering guitars and undeniable basslines. I hated Diiv’s debut, but for about 7 minutes I was convinced they had made me a convert. Unfortunately, I still had 56 minutes to go. The...

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Despite Streaming’s Popularity, Staying Offline Might be an Artist’s Best Bet

April 28, 2016
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By: Christopher Schuler   Adele’s 25 broke a fifteen-year-old record for first week sales when it dropped last year, moving 3.4 million units. That week, it accounted for over 40% of all albums sold. It was the first album ever to sell more than a million units in multiple weeks, with 1.1 million sold...

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