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Jerry's Records NOT closing!

Written by Scott Mervis on .

jerryweberJerry Weber/ Larry Roberts photoWith the news of the Other Music Record Shop in the East Village of New York City closing in June, I'm reminded of a conversation I had in the hallway of Jerry's Records in Squirrel Hill on Saturday.

"Scotty!," Jerry Weber yelled to me from his crowded perch at the register. "Tell the people, put it on your web site: We're not closing!"

"Jerry," I said. "We don't usually run news of stores NOT closing. What would I do: run a headline: 'Jerry's NOT closing'?"

"Yeah!," he said. "Since that story ran, I've had no less than a hundred calls asking if we're closing."

That story was the April 26 news that Jerry's was selling its collection of nearly 700,000 singles to a German buyer. He made it clear in the story that the singles were not a hot commodity here among people who don't have jukeboxes (which is a lot) and that he wanted to make more room for vinyl in the store, but that was not the message people took away from it.

A weeks before that, on Record Store Day, Jerry's gave away nearly 50,000 records (a drop in the bucket) to clear stock from the Bargain Basement, which he does plan to close by the end of the year.

That aside, the simple message from Jerry Weber is: Stay calm, vinyl junkies, the world is not ending.

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Slayer coming to Stage AE with Anthrax, Death Angel

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slayer photo by andrew stuartSlayer: Tom Araya, Gary Holt, Paul Bostaph, and Kerry King

Slayer, which headlined the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Burgettstown last summer, will go back indoors for a club show at Stage AE on Sept. 15 with Anthrax and Death Angel.

Tickets are $39.50 advance/$42 day of show and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 13 at all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. The Slayer Fan Club Presale starts Tuesday, May 10 at http://slatanicwehrmacht.com

Slayer is still touring behind last year's "Repentless," the first album made without guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died in 2013 and was replaced by Gary Holt of Exodus. Tom Araya and Kerry King were also joined by Paul Bostaph, replacing Dave Lombardo.

The tour starts in Cleveland on Sept. 9.

Slayer's Kerry King stated, "It’s always super fun for us to tour with Anthrax. Frank [Bello] is one of my best friends in the biz!! Put that together with Death Angel, and fans will probably see the best package this year. See you there!"

"We are very excited to tour again with our fellow Kings Slayer on a thrash/metal extravaganza," said Anthrax's Charlie Benante. "Two of the Big Four - now that's a night of metal for all the Kings and Queens!"

 

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Surprise! Lauryn Hill to play Munhall on Wednesday

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LaurynThis is very short notice, but Lauryn Hill will play her first Pittsburgh show in 17 years at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall in Munhall at 8 p.m. May 11.

Tickets range from $55 to $100 and are on sale now at Ticketfly.com, Librarymusichall.com, or by calling 1-877-4-FLY-TIX.

The soulful singer/rapper from New Jersey is beloved for her work with hip-hop superstars The Fugees and on her five-time Grammy-winning 1998 album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill." Since then, she has only released her MTV Unplugged and a few sporadic singles, and she has rarely toured.

She performed at the Star Lake Amphitheater in 1999 to great reviews and a turnout of under 5,500. This long-awaited return is announced with six days notice but should have no trouble selling out.

The few recent shows she's done have featured a mix of new and old solo songs, Fugees faves and a sprinkling of Bob Marley covers.

Promoter Brian Drusky said Friday, "The agent just hit me up yesterday about it and asked if I wanted to do it. Worked really quick through it and today it's on sale." He said the only other show that he's done with this short of a lead time was Dave Chappelle 18 months ago.

 

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Jasiri X receiving doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary

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Jasiri-X-6You can call him Dr. X.

Pittsburgh rapper/activist Jasiri X will be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the Chicago Theological Seminary on May 13 at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

The degree is given to those who embodied the seminary's core value of “transformative leadership toward greater justice and mercy in church and society.”

Jasiri, whose real name is Jasiri Oronde Smith, is a political rapper, founder of 1Hood and an activist who travels across the country doing seminars and reporting from hot spots like Ferguson, Mo., and Occupy New York. He is being honored for shaping hip-hop in a positive light and working for social justice in the community.

On Friday he will be joined by colleagues including African-American feminist, theologian, and author Dr. Jacquelyn Grant.

"It is an extremely humbling experience to be honored in a similar fashion as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who also received his honorary doctorate from the Chicago Theological Seminary,” Jasiri said in a statement. “The CTS bestowing their highest honor, Doctor of Letters is a spiritual confirmation, of sorts, that in my efforts, I am doing something right."

 

 

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Cineshape opens the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

The Pittsburgh Festival of New Music is coming back.

The last installment, in 2014, was a highlight of the musical year, and this one has some intriguing offerings on tap. I'll be writing a full article about the festivities next week, ahead of a flash mob performance of Stravinsky's "The Firebird" in Market Square (!), but there is one event happening before the others that I wanted to highlight here:

At 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the festival teams up with Music on the Edge, Pitt's Office of the Provost and Humanities Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum to present Cineshape, part of the museum's Sound Series.

Cineshape is a project between composer/pianist Amy Williams, a member of the Pitt faculty, and video artist Aaron Henderson. It also features several musicians who specialize in the performance of new music, including the JACK Quartet, flutist Lindsey Goodman and percussionist Scott Christian. Ms. Williams has been working on the project with the support of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Cineshape is also featured in Pitt's Year of the Humanities.

From the press release:

"Cineshape is an innovative collaborative performance made up of five compositions by Williams, each inspired by an existing film, and five new video pieces inspired by the original music. Williams invented the word, Cineshape, back in 2003 when she wrote the first piece in the series (now there's an app to add a 'shape overlay or mask to a video for social networks'— which didn't exist in 2003!). The word refers to musical compositions that draw structural inspiration from films."

Tickets are $15 in advance, $10 for students, and $5 more at the door. You can get them at the Warhol's website. Enjoy!

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