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Rusted Root will headline the Allegheny County Music Festival

By Rege Behe
A few years ago, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Judge Max Baer was worried that the viability of the Allegheny County Music Festival was at risk. The …

Classics radio still has a home on Western Pennsylvania dials

By Patrick Cloonan
Some oldies fans get their fix from XM radio stations or internet streaming music like Pandora. But since WJAS (1320 AM) was sold and switched from “nostalgia” programming to talk earlier this month, fans have been searching for a new …

Kings of Leon cancels Pittsburgh concert

By Tribune-Review
The Kings of Leon show scheduled for Aug. 29 at First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown has been cancelled. On Aug. 26, the band announced that …

Review: Def Leppard, KISS provide electrifying show in Pittsburgh stop

By Kellie Gormly
KISS and Def Leppard gave electrifying performances Sunday night at First Niagara Pavilion, as the legendary bands took fans through the rock and roll of …

Beyonce, Miley stand out at MTV Video Music Awards

By The Associated Press
Bow down: Beyonce was the reigning queen of Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. The diva closed the awards show with an epic nearly 20-minute performance. …

New Kensington rapper’s ‘Johnny’ speaks of need to leave gangster life

By Kellie B. Gormly
The song “Johnny,” a rap piece full of offensive language and expletives, is not what it appears to be, says New Kensington rapper Joshua Broadnax, …

Country-rock duo Corbin/Hanner ending performance career

By Rex Rutkoski
Dave Hanner says he and Bob Corbin, his musical partner and friend since seventh grade, thought they were “going to sneak out quietly” when their …

Brecker, Warfield offer a brassy ‘Trumpet Story’

By Tribune-Review
‘Trumpet Story’ The Bill Warfield Big Band featuring Randy Brecker  (Planet Arts Network) Trumpeter Randy Brecker is indeed the story behind this album. It has …

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to honor Lorin Maazel

By Tribune-Review
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will honor former music director Lorin Maazel at the upcoming season’s first series of concerts Sept. 19 to 21. Maazel, who …

Stage AE ranked in Billboard’s top 25 most popular clubs

By Tribune-Review
It’s been almost four years since Stage AE opened on the North Shore, and if a new ranking from Billboard is any indication, the theater/club/concert …

Lady Antebellum continues to push for that big sound

By Kellie B. Gormly
If you like Lady Antebellum’s hit “Bartender,” just wait until you get the new “747” album, set to release Sept. 30, says Dave Haywood, one-third …

Kiss’ makeup has changed, but their impact remains strong

By Alan Sculley
Earlier this year, Kiss received a big dose of vindication when the original edition of the band — singer-guitarist Paul Stanley, bassist-singer Gene Simmons, guitarist …

Southside Johnny among free acts at Arts on the Allegheny

By Joyce Hanz
A free Arts on the Allegheny performance Aug. 23 at the John P. Murtha Amphitheater in Kittanning will showcase legendary New Jersey-based band Southside Johnny …

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra makes ‘great strides’ financially, audit shows

By Bill Zlatos
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has begun to dig itself out of a financial hole, said a financial analyst who reviewed its 2013 audit. The symphony’s net assets climbed $23.6 million in 2013. A change in its pension obligations accounts for …

Photo gallery: Drake, Lil Wayne bring battle tour to First Niagara

By Jack Fordyce
Hip Hop heavyweights Drake and Lil Wayne are co-headlining a Street Fighter video game-themed summer tour that allows fans to determine who opens and who …

Duet for life: Allegheny Township’s Suzy and Byron draw strength from music ministry

By Jake Flannick
Suzy Chertik had long aspired to sing. But even after vowing at a retreat years ago to pursue her musical ambition, she made little progress, …

Michael Cera releases album he calls ‘honest’

By The Associated Press
Michael Cera released an indie folk album last week — quietly, in a way almost as unassuming as the actor himself. “I would record a lot of the songs in the middle of the night, just at home. I never …

VIA Festival expanding into new genres

By Michael Machosky
The VIA Festival has been one of the most consistently amazing and ambitiously programmed music festivals in the world since it began. Now, in its fifth year, the Pittsburgh-based music and new media festival is taking big steps in some …

Yanni’s latest effort was years in the making

By Mark Kanny
Yanni returns to Pittsburgh on Aug. 16 as part of his World Tour 2014, which will take him to more than 20 countries. Yanni was …

Nathanson says current music is truer reflection

By Alan Sculley
Before he got married, Matt Nathanson had one true love — music. “Really, I’m a slave to music,” Nathanson says. “Like, music is the only …