What To Do In Pittsburgh This Weekend (08-09-10 November 2012)

Hello, friends. I hope you’re having a good week, and I hope you have a great weekend. If you don’t already have plans, there are all kinds of HUGE events going on over the next few days (including Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) and I bet you’d be really sad if you were to miss out on any of these things!

Say, hypothetically, if your sister-in-law was getting married this weekend, and even though your wife isn’t in the wedding itself, she’s still in charge of handling all the decorating and stuff — and so that means you got yourself volunteered to help with stuff too, which is going to basically occupy every waking moment of the next three days. Even though nobody really is excited about any of it because, hypothetically, everyone thinks that your sister-in-law is marrying the most worthless piece of shit who ever lived. If you found yourself stuck in a situation like that, I’d feel really bad for you because you’d be missing out on some serious awesomeness. Hypothetically.




Dethklok, Machine Head, All that Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder


at Stage AE

400 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh (North Shore)


Thursday 08 November 2012 | 6:00pm | $35 (general admission)

In case you hadn’t heard yet, this is the tour that’s been stirring up some controversy due to the fact that one of the bands, Machine Head, has been barred from performing at two of the scheduled venues, the House of Blues locations in Orlando and Anaheim. Not coincidentally, both of those facilities happen to be on Disney turf. The corporate giant has had issues with Machine Head in the past, citing the band’s “violent imagery” and “inflammatory lyrics” — but incomprehensibly, there seems to be no problem with Dethklok performing.

Although admittedly they are technically a cartoon band, which should be right up Disney’s alley, their show Metalocalypse features more casualties per half-hour episode (on average) than any war movie I’ve ever seen. Plus I can’t understand why the creaters of The Little Mermaid aren’t throwing a fit about a band who have a song called about mermaid murder (“Murmaider”).

But, all that aside, you can catch both bands tonight at Stage AE, along with All that Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder. (Oh and by the way, while we’re on the subject of “violent imagery,” TBDM are named after an actual — and very grisly — murder case. But whatever.)

You can buy tickets to the show here, then RSVP here and here.



Drusky Entertainment Presents:

Deicide, Liquified Guts, Invader, Irukandji


at the Altar Bar

1620 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh (Strip District)


Friday 09 November 2012 | 8:30pm (7:30 doors) | $19.50 ADV, $22 at door | ALL AGES

I really don’t know for sure — maybe someone who’s a bit more knowledgeable on the subject could help me out — but when they quit using a church as a church, there’s some process of de-consecration they go through, right? Before they get used for some other purpose? Like, for example, a bar-slash-concert venue?

I sure hope so, because I’m afraid Floridian death metal icons Deicide walking through the doors of a non-de-consecrated church could have serious consequences. Like the sort of world-obliterating chain of events they were trying to prevent in the movie Dogma.

Even if it doesn’t end up erasing all of existence, though, it still looks like a show you won’t want to miss. Including local death metal acts Liquified Guts and Irukandji, and local metal/hardcore band Invader.

More information at the Drusky calendar; grab your tickets here; then RSVP here and here.



Drusky Entertainment and Backstage Guitars Present:

The Sixth Annual Sincerity Fest


at the Springdale VFD

845 Lincoln Avenue, Springdale PA (just north of Plum Boro)


Saturday 10 November 2012 | 12 noon | FREE | ALL AGES


With Sincerity Fest entering its sixth year, the concept and ethics remain the same. We strive to introduce a new generation of kids into a world mostly forgotten by today’s hardcore scene.

It’s not every day that you can encounter a sense of community in a firehall. It’s even moreso rare to find bands conveying ideas and emotions in the year 2012. Sincerity Fest strives to rekindle the spirit of hardcore past within a younger generation who is well represented in the line-up and crowd themselves.

Typically taking place in the summer, this year’s fest was moved to Saturday, November 10th in order to facilitate the album release show for Pittsburgh natives Code Orange Kids‘ debut album, Love Is Love // Return To Dust on Deathwish Inc.

As always, the fest is free of charge and is sponsored by Drusky Entertainment and Backstage Guitars. A fully vegan menu is also provided at minimal cost. Music starts at noon sharp at the Springdale VFD.

Bands scheduled to perform include:
Code Orange Kids
Hollow Earth
Steel Nation
Full of Hell
Unit 731
Complete Failure
Pity Sex
Wrong Answer
We the Gathered
Another Mistake
Steel City Firm
Pray for Teeth
No Reason to Live

RSVP at the Facebook event page here.


Artwork by Chris Smith (burzum.deviantart.com)


Allure of the Earth Productions Presents:

A Special Co-Headlining Show with Vektor and Cattle Decapitation

also featuring Invader and Old Man of the Mountain


at the Mr. Roboto Project

5106 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh (Bloomfield)


Saturday 10 November 2012 | 7:00pm | $12 | ALL AGES

Speaking of tours that have generated a lot of controversy! Vegan grindcore band Cattle Decapitation were just dropped from supporting Six Feet Under‘s current tour, due to some sort of a dispute between Travis Ryan and SFU’s Chris Barnes. That drama is continuing to unfold in the news, and “he said / he said”-style details are continuing to emerge, but meanwhile CatDecap have hurriedly booked a series of replacement shows. See the full list of last-minute tour dates here.

Anyway, one of the shows the band was able to snag was the already-scheduled gig at Mr. Roboto on Saturday night with sci-fi thrashers Vektor. What was already promising to be an incredible evening (including another appearance by Pittsburgh’s Invader, and introducing “neo-crust” act Old Man of the Mountain) has now had the bar raised just that much higher.

Pre-sale tickets are extremely limited, and last I heard there were only about ten remaining, so get them right now! Otherwise, make sure to get to the show EARLY, because I guarantee this is going to fill up. RSVP here.



Johnny Foreigner

with Nervous Passenger, Legs Like Tree Trunks, Low Man, Unraveler


at The Green House

165 Greenfield Avenue, Pittsburgh (Greenfield)


Saturday 10 November 2012 | 9:00pm

Birmingham (UK) noise-pop trio Johnny Foreigner is currently in the midst of a North American tour called Johnny Foreigner vs. the Atlantic. Full details and list of dates can be found here.

This Saturday, one of those stops will be at a house party in Greenfield, featuring Chicago’s Nervous Passenger, and local support by Legs Like Tree Trunks, Low Man, and Unraveler.

You can get more details on this specific show, and RSVP, here.


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