Matt Mastricova Staffwriter

Class of 2014


  • Blind Pilot puts on sincere show

    Despite the fact that Blind Pilot has played in Pittsburgh multiple times in the past, last Friday marked the band’s first time playing at Mr. Small’s Theater in Millvale. An old church converted into a concert venue, it was the perfect space for the almost religious experience of a Blind Pilot concert.

    Pillbox | February 13, 2012
  • New album from of Montreal

    The last paradigm shift for the band of Montreal was signaled by the release of Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? in 2007. The album abandoned the escapist neo-psychedelia that had defined of Montreal’s early work in favor of deeply personal songs revolving around lead singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Barnes’ separation from his wife. These songs explore the less glamorous...

    Pillbox | February 6, 2012
  • John Green releases new book

    Even before it was released earlier this month, The Fault in Our Stars has promised to stand out from the rest of John Green’s bibliography. This is in no small part due to Green’s unprecedented decision to sign all 150,000 copies of the first printing of his fourth novel (fifth if you include Will Grayson, Will Grayso, which he co-wrote with writer David Levithan).

    Pillbox | January 23, 2012
  • Classes don’t need to stand divided

    Don Delillo is well known in the literary community for his parody of modern American culture. His debut novel, End Zone, served as a mirror for the American public to observe how the Cold War and the military industrial complex invaded every aspect of American life. The character Alan Zapalac noted that “I kept seeing the same word everywhere I was. Store windows. Leaflets in the streets. Adver...

    Forum | November 14, 2011
  • 999 tax plan does not solve economic problems

    While reading Kyle Henson’s article “Cain’s Simplified Tax Plan is Step in Right Direction,” I could not help but agree with the sentiment that our tax system is in need of a radical reform, especially given the economic decline over the past several years. But Herman Cain’s proposed tax plan is not this reform. In fact, the 999 plan would be detrimental to our progress as a nation.

    Forum | October 31, 2011