Aly Spaltro, AKA Lady Lamb the Beekeeper has an impressive story. She honed her musical talents over a period of five years in Maine where she’d practice at a video store she worked at every night after she closed down the shop – “Each night, after locking up, she’d walk past Drama and Horror, pull out her music gear from behind a wall of movies, and write and record songs until morning broke. She did this every day, drawing strength from the monotony of her routine.” Now, with a record deal from Ba Da Bing and the recording of her debut album, Ripley Pine, under her belt, Spaltro is in the midst of a world tour of sorts. She kicked things off May 9 with dates in North America through mid-May before she takes off to Europe and then returns to this side of the world to end her summer in Raliegh with a string of dates at the Hopscotch Music Fest.
Now that season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race is in the books and Pittsburgh has built quite the reputation in the drag world for producing killer queens, it’s time to celebrate and bring the hard-hitting talent viewers have grown to love to our sassy city. Jinkx Monsoon was here last week and many other Drag Race alumni have passed through town in recent months to toast with Sharon Needles and Alaska Thunderfuck as they revel in all the success the show has brought them. It’s important to recognize, however, all of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into drag and what it represents. These two ferocious personalities lead real lives and face real issues.
The first giveaway we’re hosting for the string of Mr. Smalls 10-Year Anniversary shows is none other than 90s alt rockers The Dandy Warhols. They amassed a large following in 2001 when their single “Bohemian Like You” was featured in a Vodafone ad. They’ll be hitting Pittsburgh May 28 to kick off their “Thirteen Tales” tour, a celebration of the 13th anniversary of the release of Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia. Their 13th anniversary expanded edition drops June 11th on Capitol Records. The original album has been remastered and includes a second CD of bonus tracks. A limited edition deluxe vinyl box set will also be available via their website.
The Hello, Harto! Tour Show, AKA the My Drunk Kitchen tour, is coming to Pittsburgh May 15. Unless you’re a serious follower of the YouTube sensation, you would’ve probably had no idea, but that’s what we’re here for. We’re uncertain if you can still register to attend the meetup and we also have no idea where this event is taking place, but what we do know is that it will be legit, awesome and drunken. We’ve seen no advertisements in Pittsburgh for this, so those of you in the know will be feeling extra exclusive when you attend next Wednesday.
That glorious time of year is upon us. Spring has sprung, it’s starting to get warmer, the days are longer, and everyone is gearing up for another legendary summer of music, friends and parties. A lot of Pittsburgh folks kick off their Summer by traveling to Detroit every year Memorial Day Weekend for their epic Movement Electronic Music Festival. You won’t hear us say epic too often, but the term is more than applicable here. Thousands of folks come together in Detroit’s Hart Plaza to celebrate a genre of music deeply rooted in the city’s culture. Catering to a variety of fans, the highly-anticipated lineup announcement usually comes in late winter and the gradual buildup to festival weekend makes most attendees burst at the seams with anticipation. While many consider Detroit to be a blighted rust belt city, it’s experiencing a similar renaissance to Pittsburgh, and this festival is certainly one aspect of Detroit’s renewal that we embrace whole-heartedly. Whether you’re a veteran or Movement is new to you, let’s explore this year’s changes and spill the beans on who we’re most excited to see. We also have details on how you can get in on the action without even leaving Pittsburgh.