The Art of Listening

PSU kicks off 2014-2015 Solo & Chamber Music Series | Kelsea Renz Editor-in-Chief | Music is a language that has been around for as long as man can remember. It is woven throughout life, in small ways and big ways. To truly understand it, people must learn to listen. The Solo & Chamber Music Series, which features six artists throughout the year beginning Sept. 12, helps teach people to listen and learn from a live concert. This year’s series has a Canadian ensemble, a solo pianist, a women’s vocal ensemble, a vocal soloist, a string quartet, and a brass quintet with an accompanying organist. “We have students come in here from many different backgrounds and,…

Dizzying display of music

J. Fred Fox | reporter There was a dizzying display of music at Memorial Auditorium on Friday, March 1, featuring the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. Pitt State’s own Jazz I band opened the concert for hundreds of PSU students as well as hundreds more middle- and high-school students as well as many performers from the Pittsburg community. As part of PSU’s Jazz Festival, dozens of high-school and middle-school jazz groups from around the area performed throughout the day on PSU’s campus and at the auditorium. The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Band, one of the most recognized jazz groups in the world, consists of some astounding performers. That includes Frank Greene, the lead trumpet player for…

Pitt’s hottest music scene

Local bar showcases home-grown talent Nevin Jones | reporter Former firefighter Bobby Gardullo’s adoration of live music and entertainment has culminated in Pittsburg’s newest popular hangouts, JST Bobby G’s. “I was brought up with music,” said Gardullo. “I play keyboard, guitar and a little bass. I’ve always had music in my blood. My in-laws own Kutz Music, so everywhere we go there is music.” Gardullo has bartended for over 30 years and his love of music is something he has made sure to hold onto over the years. Now that he owns his own bar, this lifelong romance still very much alive. “I always said when I own a bar there are two things it…

Album Review: Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire (2012)

Album art from Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" (2012, RCA).

Keys returns to form, a little, with ‘Fire,’ 3/5 stars Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Writer Alicia Keys is nothing if not ever-evolving, especially in terms of genre. She’s hopped from neo-soul to mainstream R&B to top 40 pop in a ma cheap viagra tter of 10 years. Unfortunately, her music has gone downhill a bit since the days of “Songs in A Minor,” with the songs becoming more and more generic with every album. This isn’t the case with Keys’ latest effort, “Girl on Fire,” her most interesting album in almost a decade. The first half of “Girl on Fire” is probably some of Keys’ most fun music in a while. Most of the…

Album Review: Brandy – Two Eleven (2012)

"Two Eleven" by Brandy (2012).

3.5/5 stars Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Writer It’s easy to say, without exaggeration, that Brandy Norwood was hot stuff in the ‘90s. She was a multiplatinum-selling recording artist, with hits like “I Wanna Be Down” and “Top of the order cheap cialis online World.” She even had her own television sitcom. Unfortunately, her trademark mix of hip-hop and ‘90s teeny-bopper pop wasn’t able to survive the pop and R&B surge of the early 2000s; not to say she didn’t try. After a couple of lukewarm comeback efforts, Norwood returns with her sixth studio effort, “Two Eleven.” One has to commend Brandy for remaining committed to her own sound and not conforming to the current…

Album Review: Muse – The 2nd Law (2012)

"The 2nd Law," Muse (Warner Bros.)

Heavily influenced and subtle like an A-bomb, 4/5 stars Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Writer The word “epic” gets thrown around a lot these days, but after Muse’s sixth studio effort, there is no denying that the British alternative rockers’ LP is just that. The new album, “The 2nd Law,” might not be as straightforward thematically as their last release, “The Resistance” in 2006, but it is a similar, yet broader beast, with influences ranging from Queen to Bachman Turner Overdrive to Skrillex. The album is enormously filmic and large in scale. The first track, “Supremacy,” opens with a loud, floor-shaking percussion that slowly morphs into tightly wound militaristic drums that back frontman Matthew Bellamy’s…

Album Review: Green Day – ¡Uno! (2012)

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‘Poppy as hell, profane for no reason,’ 2.5/5 stars Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Writer Loud, angry and laced with pseudo-political commentary, Green Day has been a staple of modern punk since its breakthrough album, “Dookie,” in 1994. “¡Uno!,” the band’s ninth studio effort, manages to touch all of the familiar bases but miss the mark with each track. Gone is the fun of 2000’s “Warning” and the rock opera antics of “21st Century Breakdown” and the listener is left with a forced, empty-sounding collection of songs that leave so much to be desired that you have to wonder why they even bothered. The album opens with “Nuclear Family,” a raucous yet disposable track that…

Music Review: Dave Matthews Band – “Away From the World”

"Away From the World," Dave Matthews Band (RCA).

DMB’s fresh take on old sound Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Reporter Nearly four years after their last album was released, the Dave Matthews Band returns with their eighth studio offering. “Away From the World” boasts some of the bands most inventive tracks since their sophomore effort, “Crash.” The album is produced by Steve Lillywhite, and it is his first collaboration with the band since 1998. The album first two tracks, “Broken Things” and “Mercy,” wouldn’t sound out of place next to “Crash Into Me” or the big and brassy “Belly Belly Nice,” which has a nice fiddle solo by Boyd Tinsley. The midsection provides listeners with the one of the album’s best tracks, “Gaucho,”…