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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds coming in June

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The Andy Warhol Museum continues to go where other promoters fear to tread, this time presenting the long-awaited Pittsburgh return of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

The dark Australian rockers will visit the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on June 8. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at ticketmaster.com.

In September, the band issued a haunting 16th album, "Skeleton Tree," released in the wake of Cave's 15-year-old son's death from an accidental fall from a cliff.

The show, co-promoted with his exclusive promoter, Goldenvoice, which also produces Coachella and Desert Trip, is the band's first appearance here since playing an early set at Lollapalooza in 1994. The lineup will be Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Thomas Wydler, Jim Sclavunos, Conway Savage, George Vjestica and Larry Mullins.

 

 

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Third Eye Blind, Struts will play The X's Kickass Christmas show

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Third Eye Blind will headline the 105.9 The X Kickass Christmas show at Stage AE on Sunday, Dec. 11.

The alt-rock band from San Francisco had a run of hits in the late-'90s that included "Semi-Charmed Life," "Jumper" and "How's It Going to Be."

Also on the bill will be British garage-rockers The Struts (who played Altar Bar earlier this year), Holy White Hounds and Daily Grind. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at ticketmaster.com.

 

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Union rocker Mike Stout keeps up the fight on 20th album

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Mike Stout PhotoPittsburgh rocker Mike Stout keeps churning them out, now releasing his 20th CD, “Blue And Green in Black And White.”


Stout, a union leader dubbed the World’s Grievance Man who specializes in songs of political and social justice songs, covers a wide range of topics here and all the genre bases, from bluegrass to rock, with blues, country and Irish in between.


"One Big Union" is a Celtic-style rally anthem, the folky “Terry Greenwood” salutes a farmer/truck-driver-turned-anti-fracking activist, rocker “Stand Up –The Water’s Running Out” is a warning about diminishing resources, “Under the Table” is a jazz vamp about underpaid, overworked employees and “Kidney Stone Blues” is a more personal take on a painful spell.

 

One song, “Keep ‘Em Safe and Alive,” was commissioned by Operating Engineers Local 66 and the Allegheny Labor Council to focus on the safety of road construction workers.


The 13-song album was recorded with a band of veteran Pittsburgh musicians including Jim Dougherty, Bob Banerjee, Joe Munroe, Corey Congilio Kevin McDonald and Tom Valentine at Red Medicine Recording Studio, Wilkins Audio and Soundscape Studio.

 

The Mike Stout & the Human Union CD Release Party release show, sponsored by the Union Edge labor talk radio show, is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Letter Carriers Branch 84 Union Hall, 841 California Ave., North Side, Admission is $20; www.theunionedge.com/events; 724-787-5890


The CD is available for at:

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blue-green-in-black-white/id1157731794

CDBaby:  https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mikestout2

It is available for streaming on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/album/6MxPnOqEcNMNgO1tynN8Wx

 

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Pittsburgh band Carousel calls it quits

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CAROUSEL2-1Jim Wilson, Matt Goldsborough, Dave Wheeler and Jake Leger.

 

Pittsburgh has lost one of its best and most-traveled hard rock/metal bands. 

Carousel, which released the excellent second album "2113" last September on the prestigious NYC label Tee Pee Records (Sleep, Witch, Graveyard) and toured internationally, announced Monday that it is disbanding.

Frontman Dave Wheeler posted on Facebook, "Hello fans and friends... It's difficult to make this post but the time has come for carousel to call it quits. It's been a hell of a ride but frequent lineup changes and other unfortunate events have necessitated this decision. Thanks to anyone who supported us over the years. We're still humbled by the fact that anyone gave a crap about us or our music and we're truly grateful to our label Tee Pee Records for taking a chance on us. Jim and Dave will carry on with their other band Outsideinside. We leave you with a clip of Jeweler's Daughter live in Bilbao, Spain from our last tour. Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It's been a dream come true."

Carousel, which formed in 2012 with members from 70,000 BC, Magic Wolf, The Karl Hendricks Trio and Mary Celeste, was divided between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia when it replaced departing guitarist Chris Tritschler with the Philly-based Matt Goldsborough from '70s metal pioneers Pentagram. Also, soon after the album was released last year, Carousel abruptly parted ways with enthusiastic drummer/founding member Jake Leger.

As noted, Wheeler and bassist Jim Wilson will continue in Outsideinside. Wheeler and Goldsborough could not be reached for further comment early Tuesday.

Updated on Wednesday, Sept. 7: 

Dave Wheeler tells us when Goldsborough left the band after the last tour, "It was just getting harder to keep a lineup together. We ended up getting fill-ins on drums and guitar for our last tour but that's not sustainable... Also, one of those guys was from Boston and one was from New York. We thought about getting a band together made of just Pittsburgh heads but the thought of teaching another lineup these songs was really unappealing. I guess we could have taken a break and seen if we wanted to continue later but I thought it would be best to make a clean break. That way we can all move ahead with other things."

 

 

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Zara Larsson will headline free Nightmare on Hellsworth show

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NOH--Zara Larrson Approval LargeNightmare on Hellsworth, a free outdoor Halloween event sponsored by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh and Kiss 96.1 FM., will return to Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside on Oct. 7 with Swedish sensation Zara Larsson.

The singer-songwriter, working in the electropop vein of Lorde and Robyn, broke internationally last year with the singles "Lush Life" and “Never Forget You,” and she just released the new song "Ain't My Fault."

The party runs from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on Ellsworth Avenue at Maryland. It is free but those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Costumes are encouraged. Additional performers will be announced soon.

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