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Musicians get involved in politics during the presidential election

| October 31, 2016 | 0 Comments
Musicians get involved in politics during the presidential election

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Music doesn’t exist without politics for the drummer of Pittsburgh-based punk-rock group Anti-Flag, who goes by the name Pat Thetic. The band has been playing politically charged music around the world for more than 25 years. Their music draws uniquely on sociological and political issues. “We’ve lived here […]

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Smokey Bellows plays ‘heavy, weird rock-n-roll blues’

| October 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
Smokey Bellows plays ‘heavy, weird rock-n-roll blues’

By Andrew Henderson, Point Park News Service: Nick Bigatel is the front man of Smokey Bellows, a electro-country band that was formerly known as Dick Whiskey & the Bottle Openers. The band has gained some attraction from the Pittsburgh music scene as it recently signed with First Flight Records and released a first official album, […]

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Local band, The SpacePimps, turns to fans for funding

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Local band, The SpacePimps, turns to fans for funding

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Rishi Bahl, vocalist and lead guitar player of the Pittsburgh based band, The SpacePimps, can pinpoint at least two or three times he was ready to call it quits since the band began in 2003. “I couldn’t exactly pinpoint a specific great moment (being in a band), but […]

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Pioneer Records’ first recording artist follows her dreams

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Pioneer Records’ first recording artist follows her dreams

By Mackenzie Sugrue, Point Park News Service: On a family vacation in the Outer Banks in North Carolina, Hannah Jenkins at age 9 shyly declined all offers of those trying to get her to participate in karaoke night — until her mother offered her a $20 incentive. In front of 200 strangers, Jenkins sang “Don’t Cry Out Loud” […]

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Q&A: Beyond the music with saxophonist Darryl Leeper

| October 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Q&A: Beyond the music with saxophonist Darryl Leeper

By Alicia Green, Point Park News Service: Walk through Market Square on any given day and you might see Darryl Leeper, 60, a North Side native, playing various tunes on his saxophone with passion. Occasionally, he stops between songs to take breaks, but he’s always right back at it. Leeper recently agreed to share a […]

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Q&A: ‘Gotham Pop’ artist follows her dreams to L.A.

| October 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Q&A: ‘Gotham Pop’ artist follows her dreams to L.A.

By Madison Taylor, Point Park News Service: When Monica Khan was just a child, she frequently visited her grandmother in Wilkinsburg. During her visits, she quickly fell in love with her grandmother’s Bollywood music records, singing to them on a daily basis. Although she didn’t know it back then, Khan credits those old Bollywood tunes […]

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Q&A: Music guru opens up about entertaining

| October 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Q&A: Music guru opens up about entertaining

By Mia Rupani, Point Park News Service: Ed Traversari’s passion for music began in high school when he was a drummer in a local band. Working towards a degree in business at Robert Morris University, Traversari was the president of the Student Activities Committee, where he was in charge of planning concerts held at the […]

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Symphony program puts students in charge

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Symphony program puts students in charge

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Katie Morrow received the opportunity of a lifetime as a high school sophomore: playing on stage with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall in Downtown, Pittsburgh. “It was a very surreal moment,” said Morrow now a senior cello player at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. “Just being on the […]

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Pierce the Veil bassist promises energy, fun in current tour

| February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Pierce the Veil bassist promises energy, fun in current tour

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: After spending most of 2014 writing and recording its new album, alternative rock band Pierce the Veil brought “The World Tour” to Pittsburgh for two shows, with Sleeping With Sirens, Feb. 10-11 at Stage AE, North Shore. Pierce the Veil’s bassist Jaime Preciado called in from the band’s tour stop […]

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Music videos raise new body image debate

| November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Music videos raise new body image debate

By Keontá Bender, Point Park News Service: In Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” the rapper and her cast are constantly shaking their butts to the beat of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” Another big hit, “Booty,” depicts Jennifer Lopez revealing all of her curves in various scenes, covered in oil and water. Singer Megan Trainor’s  “All About […]

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