When people look back at the Pittsburgh music scene in the '00s, one of the lasting memories will be the show Friday at the Amphitheater at Station Square.
We can't say it encompassed the full range of Pittsburgh music (no punk, no metal), but it came pretty close with, the heavy math-rock of Don Caballero, the exotic indie-rock of Centipede E'est, the '80s girl-pop of Donora, the hilarious rap-rock of Grand Buffet, the mainstream hip-hop of Wiz Khalifa and, topping it off, the city's biggest export, Girl Talk, turning the crowd of 4,500 into a bouncing party mob with his blizzard of samples.
Judging by the reaction, most clearly came for the two guys without the instruments. Khalifa had them from the minute he hit the stage imploring the college-age fans to get their hands up, and then Girl Talk turned the place into a mini Times Square on New Year's Eve with streams of toilet paper, balloon drop and ecstatic dance mix.
I'm still trying to come to grips with the Modey Lemon not getting that same response. Obviously, noise-rock isn't exactly the popular taste, but the Modey set was mind-blowingly heavy and hypnotic - like Blue Cheer, The Who and Sonic Youth in a blender - watching Paul Quattrone play drums is my favorite local music experience.
Centipede's set will be talked about for a long time, partly because of the antics of Jim Lingo, who knocked apples into the crowd with a baseball bat and then proceeded to toss various items. He was greeted Pittsburgh's Finest after the set. If you see "FREE LINGO" T-shirts, you'll know why.