Matt Siffert

Class of 2009


  • Turntables and a glockenspiel?

    For weeks, I had been waiting to ask the guys in Blackalicious one question: “What do you think of modern hip-hop, and how do you see yourselves fitting into this structure?” Talking to the kings of underground hip-hop, I expected — and wanted — Blackalicious MC Gift of Gab and producer Chief Xcel to bash the shameless antics of modern hip-hop, claiming Blackalicious itself to be an alternative to...

    Pillbox | November 13, 2006
  • Disco hip-hop and a master whistler

    Coming off a successful fall concert in 2005 with Talib Kweli and J-Live, AB Concerts signed Phantom Planet and The Secret Machines to co-headline its spring concert. But with a sudden strike of bad weather that forced a last-minute move into the Wiegand Gym, attendance was poor, and the university’s response lackluster. Add on a funding cut from the Carnegie Mellon administration, and all of a su...

    Pillbox | November 6, 2006
  • Three bands, two concerts, one week


    Pillbox | October 16, 2006
  • Ian MacKaye does the unexpected with The Evens

    The scene was quite strange as I walked into Rangos Ballroom on Friday night: a baritone guitar and a minimal drum set and two lamps made from microphone stands on either side of the stage. This was definitely not the Ian MacKaye I had expected to see.

    Pillbox | October 9, 2006
  • Béla Fleck and the Flecktones play Pittsburgh

    Matt’s Big 3

    What I Liked: The Individual Musicianship

    Pillbox | September 18, 2006

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