John Petrucelli’s Presence coming to Pittsburgh 12/7

photo: Renee Rosensteel

WHO: John Petrucelli

WHAT: Presence, part of the CSA Performance Series TICKETS:

WHEN: December 7 at 8PM

The CSA series continues in December with John Petrucelli’s Presence, the crossroads where jazz, classical, and electronic music meet. Presence is a unique musical meditation on place, space, and the human condition. John Petrucelli’s latest compositional endeavor combines three different musical genres into one original performance featuring a jazz quintet, a string quartet, and electronics.

Described by All About Jazz as “a musician with a burning desire to explore,” John Petrucelli is an award-winning saxophonist and composer who has performed alongside internationally renowned artists such as Terence Blanchard, Geri Allen, and Victor Lewis. John received critical acclaim for his debut album The Way. John’s performances present an enthralling amalgam of technique, formal and rhythmic invention.

“Our CSA provides the resources and support emerging artists need to create professional caliber work,” says René Conrad, Executive Director of the New Hazlett Theater. “On the surface, it may seem like a regular subscription series, but underneath it is so much more. A share in the CSA doesn’t just pay for a seat at a show, it directly contributes to the production of amazing new art.”

This year, the New Hazlett Theater CSA Performance Series is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, which has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country.

MEATWOUND: Corrosive Tampa Outfit Completes Magic Bullet Records-Bound Second LP, Largo; Trailer Video + Live Footage Posted

Magic Bullet Records confirms the impending May release of Largo, the pummeling new full-length by Tampa, Florida‘s corrosive quartet, MEATWOUND, issuing a trailer and more on the LP.
After a successful run in support of their critically-acclaimed Addio debut, MEATWOUND has returned with seven more songs of ungodly sonic devastation with Largo. While a lot of the scuzzy, surging groove of the debut album can be found intact on Largo, the band has pressed down on the accelerator a bit, resulting in faster and more violent-sounding results this time around. The aural attack has once again been captured by Dan Byers at Rock Garden Studio, just south of Largo, Florida, with mastering by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound. As with the debut, the visuals have once again been executed by former Florida Man Chris Norris, aka Steak Mtn.
Scope the trailer previewing a bit of Largo‘s gnarled audio and more RIGHT HERE.
Several Largo tracks were recently used to assault a Florida house-show crowd; watch the entire set HERE.
Largo will be issued through Magic Bullet Records on purple vinyl LP and digital platforms; official audio samples, preorders and more will be leaked in the days ahead. MEATWOUND is currently booking tour dates in support of the album, and a video for the album’s “Pigs” is also under construction.
Digital preorders are live HERE; vinyl preorders will be released shortly.
Largo Track Listing:
1. Haunted House
2. Pigs
3. Jungle Heart
4. Reproduction Blues
5. Middle Earth
6. Mambo
7. Largo
Largo is the second LP offering from Tampa’s MEATWOUND, the outfit’s depraved cast comprised of punk/hardcore scene veterans collectively hailing from the likes of Combatwoundedveteran, Holy Mountain, Headless Dogs, Primate Research, and others. Their Addio debut took home the “Best Heavy” trophy from Creative Loafing’s 2015 Critic’s Choice Awards, and was described in Decibel Magazine‘s review as, “a bassheavy, guitar-chaotic, drum-puncturing, vocal-strained noise-rock thing of beauty. Six tracks of ’90s worship that have plucked juicy bits from all over to create a lovely smorgasbord of punk, hardcore and pigfuck: the Jesus Lizard groove in ‘I Am Transgressor’; the cement mixer riffing in ‘Meat Pack’ reminiscent of Coalesce; the feedback breakdowns that drive a lot like Jehu; and even a few spazzy interludes that show the lineage back to the No Idea roster from yesteryear.”
Ari Barros – guitar/choke selector
Dan Shook – vocals/master race traitor
Mariano Iglesias – bass/vocals/life force swindler
Leo Suarez – drums/organ trafficking

Kurt Baker Combo in Pittsburgh on March 27

A master of hooks and melody, Kurt Baker’s music embodies a feel-good spirit wrapped in a punk rock sheen inspired by music of decades past. In support of its most recent release, In Orbit (via Steven Van Zandt‘s  Wicked Cool Records), Spain-based Kurt Baker Combo is coming to the U.S.
After releasing several records with The Leftovers, the Maine native struck out solo and released three full-length albums, along with a prolific output of B-sides and covers, touring with the likes of The Offspring and Tommy Stinson. He soon caught the attention of noted tastemakerSteven Van Zandt, guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, radio host of Little Steven’s Underground Garage, and proprietor of Wicked Cool Records–not to mention Silvio on The Sopranos

Sinkane @ClubCafe Tonight 2/21

More Dates Added To Headlining World Tour, Including Festival Performances At Primavera Sound, 6Music, Mountain Jam, and End of the Road, Following “Joyous” (Brooklyn Vegan) Sold-Out Show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom
Listen to Roosevelt’s “Telephone” Remix:
Sold-Out Show at London’s The Dome on March 29
Sinkane at Bowery Ballroom show, credit: Beth Shorr
Today Sinkane shared a new remix of his latest single “Telephone” by City Slang records labelmate Roosevelt and confirmed the band will make their network TV debut on Conan March 6th, performing “U’Huh” from the acclaimed new album Life & Livin’ It out now (City Slang). Sinkane’s Ahmed Gallab says, “Roosevelt’s “Telephone” remix blew my mind. I’m a serious fan of space disco jams. You can get lost in this remix. It has peaks and valleys. Takes you to outer space and brings you back home safe and sound. It’s the most exciting journey you’ll go on this year!” Listen to “Telephone (Roosevelt Remix)” here:
Sinkane —  the New York-based project of multi-instrumentalist and producer Ahmed Gallab, featuring Ish Montgomery (bass), Jason Trammell (drums), Jonny Lam (guitar), and now joined by Amanda Khiri (vocals) and Elenna Canlas (keys and vocals) — also added more North American dates to their full-band headlining world tour, following a “joyous” (Brooklyn Vegan) sold-out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. The band is confirmed for a sold-out show at London’s The Dome (3/29) and festival performances at Primavera Sound, 6Music, Mountain Jam, End of the Road, and more (full routing below).
Life & Livin’ It has earned widespread acclaim, including from The Guardian, New York Magazine Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, FADER, NPR, Pitchfork, Magnet Magazine, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and more. The “Telephone (Roosevelt Remix)” follows the videos for the singles “U’Huh” (NPR Music premiere, also featured as the lead track on All Things Considered’s round-up of “2017’s Best Music”) and “Telephone” (FADER premiere, also featured on FADER’s ‘13 Songs You Need In Your Life‘ and on ELLE Magazine’s ‘Best New Songs of February‘). See below for what press is saying about Life & Livin’ It.
Recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, Texas, and once again produced by Gallab with lyrics and help from longtime collaborator Greg Lofaro, Life & Livin’ It draws from the best elements of Sinkane’s previous records: the slinky funk and soul grooves are there, so are the sparkling melodies with roots in sub-Saharan Africa. With basic tracking played together live, the fun and immediacy of Sinkane’s live show is a central feeling of the recordings. The four core members of Sinkane sang and play additional parts on every song, with Trammell contributing lyrics to “Theme from Life & Livin’ It,” and Lam helping with arrangements. Daptone recording artists Antibalas contributed horns.
Life & Livin’ It is the follow-up to Sinkane’s acclaimed 2015 album Mean Love,’ for which the band played 166 shows in 20 countries, and Gallab’s time leading The Atomic Bomb! Band – the highly celebrated 15-piece outfit that played the music of the late Nigerian electro-funk maestro William Onyeabor.
True to its name, Life & Livin’ It is an album about all kinds of experiences. When Ahmed Gallab sings, he sounds unafraid yet vulnerable. But while he once sang of feeling like he was on the planet Mars, Ahmed is now firmly grounded on Earth. He’s no longer searching for his home – he has created a home for himself. There’s a party there, and Life & Livin’ It is playing on the stereo. You are invited.
Buy Life & Livin’ It:
Hi-res artwork, photos: LINK
Praise for Life & Livin’ It:
“May this be the album that gives you life.” – The Guardian, 4/5 stars
“2017’s Best Music” – NPR
“The best Sinkane album… a breezy thrill” – Stereogum, ‘Album of the Week’
“Thoroughly enjoyable” – New York Magazine Vulture
“The impression of an artist in absolute control and in full bloom.” – The Wall Street Journal
“As danceable as it is creative” – Entertainment Weekly
“The highlife bluster and catchy hooks of ‘Life & Livin’ It’ are sweet as taffy, like a bright sunburst of positivity that could melt ice.” – Pitchfork
“Uplifting, multifaceted grooves… unrestrained by genre and geography” – Magnet Magazine
“Songs that groove and provoke thought in equal measure… ‘Life and Livin’ It’ brims with musical and lyrical vitality.” – Washington Post
“As effortless as it is fantastically hooky.” – Boston Globe
“A throwback that also sounds very in the now” – Brooklyn Vegan
“A refreshing reminder that prayer needn’t be passive if we’re doing it right, and that in these uncertain times, putting good vibes into the air qualifies as a subversive act.” – NY Observer
“An inspired return that fuses a universal outlook with highly individual songwriting… Each song feels more muscular, the interplay between instruments more assured, more confident.” – Clash, 8/10 stars
“An elegantly executed pop album about determination, self-preservation, and positivity in the face of adversity… a weapon of hope, addressing his Western audiences while making a solid attempt to infiltrate the cultural bubble of Sudan.” – Okayafrica
“Ahmed Gallab has crafted nine tracks that celebrate the type of warmth and spirit that we could all do with a little more of.” – Drowned In Sound
Sinkane 2017 World Tour:
2/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe (
2/22 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement (
2/23 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (
2/24 – Dearborn, MI @ Arab American National Museum (
2/28 – Seattle, WA @ The Tractor (
3/01 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios(
3/03 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent (
3/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater (
3/05 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar(
3/11 – Adelaide, AU @ Botanic Park for WOMADelaide (
3/12 – Adelaide, AU @ Botanic Park for WOMADelaide (
3/17 – New Plymouth, NZ @ WOMAD NZ (
3/18 – New Plymouth, NZ @ WOMAD NZ (
3/23 – Birmingham,UK @ Hare & Hounds (
3/24 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House (
3/25 – Glasgow, UK @ 6Fest
3/27 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen (
3/29 – London, UK @ The Dome SOLD-OUT
3/30 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere (
4/01 – Amsterdam, NL @ Sugar Factory (
4/02 – Berlin, DE @ Volksbuhne Theatre (
4/03 – Cologne, DE @ Gebaude 9 (
4/04 – Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof (
4/05 – Munich, DE @ Kammerspiele (Kammer 2)(
4/06 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F (
4/07 – Milan, IT @ Biko Club  (
4/08 – Roma, IT @ Auditorium Parco della Musica (
4/19 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry (
4/20 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings (
4/22 – Miami, FL@ TransAtlantic Festival (
4/23 – Orlando, FL @ The Social (
4/25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl (
4/26 – Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge (
4/27 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa (
4/28 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (
4/29 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger (
4/30 – Austin, TX @ Empire Garage (
5/01 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues – Cambridge Room (
5/02 – Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz Chicken Shack (
5/03 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt  (
5/05 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall w/ Twiddle (
5/27 – Neustrelitz, DE @ Immergut Festival   (
6/02 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival (
6/03 – London, UK @ Field Day (
6/15 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival (
6/16 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival (
7/29 – Dortmund, DE @ Juicy Beats Festival (
8/05 – Diepholz, DE @ Appletree Garden Festival (
8/06 – Luxembourg, LX @ Food for your Senses Fest (
8/31- 9/3 – Larmer Tree, UK @ End of the Road (
Sinkane on the Web:
City Slang on the Web:

Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-In Tour- Heinz Hall March 26 (pre-sale code)

Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Cultural Trust PresentKathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-In Tour
Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh)
Sunday, March 26, 2017
7:30 PM
We are proud to support Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, who are presenting Kathy Griffin at the Benedum Center on March 26th!

Use the code “DRUSKY” tomorrow, Tuesday, January 24th at 11AM at, to unlock the exclusive presale for tickets!