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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 our whole lives, and Pittsburgh... Read More

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 I can think of two... Read More

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” for the first time and... Read More

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 little about himself and his... Read More

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 for much of her current... Read More

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 university. Traversari later became a... Read More

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 stage with a world-class symphony... Read More

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 in Kansas City to discuss... Read More

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 That Bass” highlights a diverse... Read More