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Layer Cake Festival is stacked with talent

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Layer-Cake-2016-2 2The Pittsburgh music scene isn’t just like a box of chocolates. It’s also like a layer cake, at least this weekend.

 

The second annual Layer Cake Music Festival, presented by Ziggy Sawdust Productions, goes right up against the Three Rivers Arts Festival with more than 170 regional and national acts, plus 40-some live painters and 20-plus performance artists. It spans Lawrenceville, Millvale and the North Side. A free shuttle service will be available to all who purchase a ticket for Saturday (only).

 

Ticket Prices:

1 venue, 1 day : $15 presale, $20 at the door (no shuttle included)

All venues, 2 days : $30 presale, $40 at the door (shuttle included)

Info at http://layercakefest.com/

 

JUNE 3 - SPIRIT HALL (upstairs)

*Ziggy Sawdust Productions Stage*

*Hosted by GENE STOVALL*

 

5:40 PM The Dovewires

6:20 PM Chris Vipond & The Stanley St. Band

7:00 PM For Dizzier Heights

7:40 PM Jeremy Caywood & The Way Of Life

8:20 PM Devin Moses & The Saved

9:00 PM MICHAEL MONSOUR stand up special

10:00 PM Roulette Waves

11:00 PM 28 North

12:00 AM  The Harlan Twins

 

JUNE 3 - SPIRIT LODGE (downstairs)

*Spirit First Friday Stage*

 

5:40 PM Judas Bull

6:20 PM Douglas and the Iron Lung

7:00 PM As Ladders

7:40 PM Essential Machine

 

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Dinosaur Jr. launching new album and tour

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dinoGreat news this morning for Dinosaur Jr. fans: Not only is there a new album on the way, but also an extended tour (that includes a date at Mr. Smalls on Oct. 9 -- tickets on sale at 10 a.m. June 3 at ticketweb.com; $25).

J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph, who reunited in 2005, will release "Give a Glimpse Of What Yer Not" on Aug. 5 on Jagjaguwar. As the label notes, the trio has now released more albums in the 21st Century than they did in the 20th.

Mascis, who last played here solo at Club Cafe in 2014,  wrote nine of the 11 songs, and Barlow (also of Sebadoh) wrote and sings the other two.

The band is previewing a song on "Later...with Jools Holland" tonight (May 23) and releasing the single "Tiny" on May 24.

GIVE A GLIMPSE OF WHAT YER NOT TRACKLISTING
1. Goin Down
2. Tiny
3. Be A Part
4. I Told Everyone
5. Love Is...
6. Good To Know
7. I Walk For Miles
8. Lost All Day
9. Knocked Around
10. Mirror
11. Left/Right

The news comes with a communique from Henry Rollins

DINOSAUR JR. TOUR DATES:

Thu. June 2 - Lyon, FR @ Le Transbordeur
Fri. June 3 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival
Sat. June 4 - Nimes, FR @ This Is Not A Love Song Festival
Sun. June 5 - Mannheim, DE @ Maifield Derby
Tue. June 7 - Leipzig, DE @ Taubchenthal
Wed. June 8 - Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music Hall
Thu. June 9 - Basel, SW @ Kaserne Basel
Fri. June 10 - Porto, PO @ Primavera Sound Porto
Sat. June 11 - BErn, SW @ Dachstock
Mon. June 13 - Erlangen, DE @ E-Werk
Wed. June 15 - Courtrai, BE @ De Kreun
Thu. June 16 - Sint-Niklaas, BE @ De Casino
Fri. June 17 - Dulsburg, DE @ Traumzeit Festival
Sat. June 18 - Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
Sun. June 19 - Gaou Island, FR @ Pointu Festival
Tue. June 21 - Milan, IT @ Carroponte
Wed. June 22 - San Gemini, IT @ Campo Della Giostra
Thu. June 23 - Padova, IT @ Parco della Musica
Fri. June 24 - Zagreb, HR @ Culture Factory
Thu. July 14 - Providence, RI @ The Met
Fri. July 15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Coney Island Amphitheater w/ Jane's Addiction
Sat. July 16 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage w/ Jane's Addiction
Sun. July 17 - Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre w/ Jane's Addiction
Tue. July 19 - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion w/ Jane's Addiction
Wed. July 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore w/ Jane's Addiction
Fri. July 22 - Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre w/ Jane's Addiction
Sat. July 23 - Cleveland, OH @ Jacob's Pavilion w/ Jane's Addiction
Sun. July 25 - Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward
Mon. July 25 - Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre - Murat Theatre w/ Jane's Addiction
Fri. Aug. 12 - Sun. Aug 14 - Atlanta, GA @ Wrecking Ball Festival
Sat. Aug. 20 - Tokyo, JP @ Hostess Club All-Nighter
Wed. Sept. 7 - New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
Thu. Sept. 8 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Fri. Sept. 9 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
Sat. Sept. 10 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Sun. Sept. 11 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
Tue. Sept. 13 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
Wed. Sept. 14 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina's Uptown
Thu. Sept. 15 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Fri. Sept. 16 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live
Sat. Sept. 17 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Mon. Sept. 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
Tue. Sept. 20 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
Thu. Sept. 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Fri. Sept. 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Sat. Sept. 24 - Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet's (Desert Stars Festival)
Mon. Sept. 26 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Tue. Sept. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Wed. Sept. 28 -San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Thu. Sept. 29 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Fri. Sept. 30 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Sat. Oct. 1 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Mon. Oct. 3 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Tue. Oct. 4 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Wed. Oct. 5 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Fri. Oct. 7 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sat. Oct. 8 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
Sun. Oct. 9 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre
Sat. Oct. 29 - Groningen, NL @ Vera
Sun. Oct. 30 - Luxembourg, LU @ Den Atelier
Mon. Oct. 31 - Paris, FR @ Elysée Montmartre
Tue. Nov. 1 - Brussels, BE @ AB
Fri. Nov. 4 - Kiel, DE @ Rollingstone Weekender
Sat. Nov. 5 - Malmo, SE @ Kb
Sun. Nov. 6 - Oslo, NO @ Vulkan
Tue. Nov. 8 - Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Medis
Wed. Nov. 9 - Copenhagen, DK @ Amager Bio
Thu. Nov. 10 - Aarhus, DK @ VoxHall
Fri. Nov. 11 - Berlin, DE @ Astra
Sat. Nov. 12 - Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who?
Mon. Nov. 14 - Bristol, UK @ Motion
Tue. Nov. 15 - Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street
Thu. Nov. 17 - Glasgow, UK @ ABC1
Fri. Nov. 18 - London, UK @ Forum
Sat. Nov. 19 - Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall

 

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Wiz Khalifa wins two Billboard Music Awards, gives classy speech

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WizbillboardFrom Wiz Khalifa Twitter pageAfter having to settle for nominations for the Grammy and Golden Globe awards, and being snubbed by the Oscars, Wiz Khalifa won two Billboard Music Awards Sunday night for  “See You Again,” his collaboration with Charlie Puth on "Fast & Furious 7" soundtrack.

The rap ballad, a tribute to the late Paul Walker, won Top Rap Song over Drake's "Hotline Bling," among others, and Top Hot 100 Song over Adele's "Hello," two songs by the Weeknd and one by Fetty Wap.

Accepting the Top Hot 100 Song award, Khalifa, in a white suit and shades, said, "First off, shout-out to all the other artists in the category, because I love those songs. Shout-out to everybody here because you worked really hard to be here. And the fans, thank you, guys. Shout-out everybody at Universal, Atlantic, my management, Taylor Gang, 'Smack,' my family. My mom is here right now, my dad, my son Bash (I know you at home watching right now) and thank God, and, just peace and love, everybody, I love y'all. Thank you."

Adele won for Top Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album.

"See You Again," released in March 2015, was a No. 1 hit for 12 weeks and the first hip-hop songs to surpass one billion views on YouTube. It is currently at 1.748 billion.

The Billboard Music Awards, unlike the others, which are decided by voting, are "based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound."

 

 

 

 

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Those Gorgeous Bastards play it 'Cheap, Fast, and Pretty'

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bastardsTaking cues from the New York Dolls, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, The Cramps and other glam-punks from the glory days, These Gorgeous Bastards will unveil “Cheap, Fast, and Pretty,” a loud, brash debut EP tonight (May 20) at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern.


The Pittsburgh band, formed in 2013, is fronted by singer-guitarist Reverend Rocky Turbeaux, who previously played in Renegade Revival, The Enemy Zero and The Seeders. He also a former comedian, which helps explain the oversized personality to go with the fat, chugging riffs.


RockyI knew when I put this band together that I wanted a full-on style-and-makeup glam band, " Turbeaux says. "All of our songs are about booze, women, money, and death. All the best parts of life. When we get together we play the music we wanna drink to."

 

He’s joined by bassist Smooth Greg Damjanovic (Rainstation Zero), guitarist Dashing Davey Child (City Child, Black Diamond, and Rue the day) and drummer Handsome Rob Marsili (Slingshot Genius).


“It’s not rocket science, it’s not brain surgery,” the bassist says of the band’s bigger-than-life approach on songs like “Big Gun” and “Sober When I’m Dead.” “It’s rock ’n roll. It’s just about having fun, no pressure and finding a song, a line, a hook that people identify with.”

 

Preferably somewhere sleazy.

 

"I think my ultimate goal," Turbeaux says, "is to have my music played in strip clubs.

The show is at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern with The Lunatics and Alter the Design at 10 p.m. May 20.

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Belvederes Ultra-Dive ready to show off new look

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belviesphoto of revonation from Belvie's FB pagWelcome back, Belvie’s!

 

One of Butler Street's premier hangouts, Belvederes-Ultra-Dive, will formally reboot tonight with a Grand Opening Party featuring dance tunes by DJs Hank D, Jx4 and Get Weird DUO Cucitroa and Dizcrepncy.

 

Belvederes -- a Lawrenceville hub over the past decade for punk, indie and metal bands and ‘80s/’90s dance nights -- closed in late December 2014 after damage from a 4:30 a.m. kitchen fire.

Initially, they expected to be down for just a few months. It’s taken 16. But until the Belvies' regulars dirty it up, it will be less of a dive. Among the upgrades: three new pool tables, a new hand-built back bar, higher ceilings, a capacity jump a little over 200 to 320, and, for you people who like to breathe, “the smoke eaters are actually plugged in so there’s that (aka less stank)."

"It is a smoking bar, however nowhere close to before," says Joy Toujours, party manager at Belvies. "At the end of old Belv nights you could see a cloud halfway to the ground. With the new system it was clear as can be when we turned on lights last night. [The club has had a soft opening.] And my clothes don't even smellvederes!!!"

The first live show will be of the Mongolian folk-metal fiddle and throat-singing variety with Tengger Cavalry on June 3 ($10 at the door).

 

 “We will be doing live shows again and already have some nice shows booked but not until June,” said a Facebook post. “We feel we are better at dancing so we will be continuing a strong DJ lineup but will still do live music mixed in also. Our capacity is up quite a bit so thats a thing too.”

 Here is the schedule for the first week:

 Friday, May 20: Grand Opening Party with DJs Hank D, Jx4 and Get Weird DUO Cucitroa and Dizcrepncy.

 Saturday, May 21: The Return of ’90s Nite with Sean MC + DJ Thermos

 Sunday, May 22: Eclectic Funk with Brotha Free

 Monday, May 23: Safety Pins and Razor Blades with DJ 1984 (jimmy)

 Tuesday, May 24: Karaoke with T$

 Wednesday, May 25: CLOSED for Private Thingy

 Thursday, May 26: First Official 80s NIGHT NEONEONEON with h8su2

 Friday, May 27: PoP RockS (innocent pleasures from TayTay to MIA w Djs NICE REC and killjoy)

 Saturday, May 28: 10 YEAR anny DOWN AND DERBY w Djs Jx4 + Nugget

 Belvederes is at 4016 Butler St. in Lawrenceville https://www.facebook.com/Belvederes-Ultra-Dive-132230170129935/timeline

 

 

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