Anna Walsh Contributing Editor
Julia Holter releases Ekstasis
When Julia Holter released her album Tragedy last year, it quickly received plenty of critical acclaim: National Public Radio named it one of the top 10 “outer sound” albums of 2011 while FACT magazine ranked it at No. 13 on its list of best albums of the year. The album, which centers around Euripides’ play Hippolytus, combines psychedelic soundscapes with Holter’s echoing vocals and a multit...Pillbox | March 5, 2012
Allen Stone. Stage AE. 7 p.m.
Allen Stone is a singer-songwriter from Chewelah, Wash., who incorporates classic soul, pop hooks, and R&B beats into his music. His self-titled, self-released sophomore album, which came out last October, peaked at the No. 2 spot on the R&B/Soul charts on iTunes.
TUESDAY2.14.12Pillbox | February 13, 2012
Local writers spin dark stories
When one thinks of the noir genre, it’s usually in the context of cinema. Black and white film, dramatic close shots, and a lone man walking away in the rain come to mind. Akashic Books breaks away from this medium, however, with its series of noir short story collections, each set in a specific city. One of the latest installments in this series is Pittsburgh Noir, a collection of short, Pittsb...Pillbox | February 6, 2012
Pennsylvania introduces abortion legislation
In the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the House Bill 1077 — also referred to as the Women’s Right to Know Act — has been making headway since its introduction last October and has 112 co-sponsors. Although the bill claims to be for women’s rights, the actual details of the bill imply the opposite.Forum | January 30, 2012
Panera Bread’s racist, sexist practices warrant boycott
Many of you have probably gone to a Panera Bread in Pittsburgh — and why not? It has plenty of delicious and relatively inexpensive options for food. If you pay attention to the girls waiting on you at the registers, though, you might notice some trends: first, they’re all girls between the ages of 16 and 24. Second, with rare exception, they’re all white.Forum | December 5, 2011