Matt Siffert

Class of 2009


  • Intensity equals success

    I wish I could start my article on Coldplay by talking about how much I know about music, and how Coldplay is a generic rock band that has somehow made it big through good looks and major-label support. But as Coldplay’s “Swallowed in the Sea” eases its way through my fluffy headphones, I slowly come to the realization that I can’t trash them. I smile wide as I catch myself trying to find somethin...

    Pillbox | March 27, 2006
  • Wiz Khalifa’s ego soldiers on

    Pittsburgh needs a music scene. Not just a “music scene” in the sense that touring bands grace Pittsburgh with their honorary presence, but also a “music scene” in the sense that the city can become a breeding ground for up-and-coming artists. Although the city is overflowing with creativity and talent, few artists become successful outside of the city limits — if they even make it that far.

    Pillbox | February 27, 2006
  • Far from sibling rivalry

    Web Update

    It’s a cold Wednesday night and I’m standing in an old church. I’m staring at a childishly cute girl while screaming fans cheer her on and grungy punk music blares through the speakers. Nope, I wasn’t doing whatever deranged activity you think I was doing: I was seeing The Fiery Furnaces at Mr. Small’s Theatre.

    Pillbox | February 27, 2006
  • Headhunters headline at Mr. Small’s

    I’m standing in a smoky Pittsburgh rock venue with my eyes fixed on the stage. One of the biggest groups in jazz — The Headhunters — is sitting up there, ready to play what will be a mind-blowing, ass-shaking set of funk, jazz, and African music. There’s just one problem: the percussionist is blowing on a beer bottle. Unlike your average physics teacher who blows random pitches on a glass bottle d...

    Pillbox | January 30, 2006
  • Exit Coldplay, enter Paris Hilton

    The year 2005 was quite a good one for music. Coldplay released the lush X & Y, with biggest-band-in-the-world written all over it. Kanye West dropped Late Registration, an over-the-top, self-indulgent, yet somehow musically sophisticated record. Late Registration encapsulated the highs and lows of the savior of what I like to call “hip-pop” music. Smaller groups like Arcade Fire and Clap Your Han...

    Pillbox | January 23, 2006

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