Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

THE HOT LIST [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

THE HOT LIST [Derived Headline]

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RANT and roll

The fourth annual RANT (Rock All Night Tour) takes over Lawrenceville, expanding to three days with more than 200 bands playing 30-some venues.

The free festival kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday in Arsenal Park with Nameless in August, PAINT31, Nightly Standard and Solarburn, and then ends back in Arsenal Park at noon with Timbeleeza, Egomyth, SwaggBoyReek and more.

On Saturday, it fills such clubs as Belvedere's, Cattivo and Spirit with The Big Bend (left), Chrome Moses, Semi-Supervillains, Submachine, Wreck Loose, The 9th Ward, Morgan Erina, Balloon Ride Fantasy, Those Gorgeous Bastards and much more. There is also a youth stage for high school and younger bands and a busking zone.

The full schedule is available at


Farm Show

The Butler Farm Show rolls through the weekend with fun foods, animal exhibits, midway rides and grandstand action.

The weekend highlights are figure 8 races (8 p.m. Thursday), World's Largest Demolition Derby (8 p.m. Friday) and road semi and tri-axle truck pull (7:30 p.m. Saturday).

Admission is $8. The Farm Show grounds are on Route 68, three miles west of Butler. Information: 724-482-4000 or


Washington Fair opens

The Washington County Agricultural Fair gets underway Saturday and runs through Aug. 20.

This weekend's attractions include the fair queen contest and professional rodeo (7 p.m. Saturday) and the side by side/four-wheel drive quads (7 p.m. Sunday).

Admission is $10. Take I-79 south to exit 41 (Racetrack Road) to the fairgrounds in Arden. Information: 724-225-7718 or


EPMD live

Multiple Choice Events, a new series from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, begins with the Hip-Hop Edition at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Downtown.

It will feature rap group EPMD (Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith), celebrating the 30th anniversary of debut album "Strictly Business," listed by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest albums of all time. Opening acts include DJ Selecta, Track Meet Cypher featuring Reason, EOS, Moemaw Naedon and Cobe1.

You can attend the EPMD show at 8 p.m. or the 21-and-over dance battle after-party at 9 p.m. or just hit the Food Truck Roundup.

Tickets are $25, $5 for just the after-party and food trucks;


Danish metal

Volbeat, a Danish hard rock band with a rockabilly twist, headlines Stage AE with Killswitch Engage and Black Wizard.

Formed in 2001, the band debuted in 2005 with "The Strength/The Sound/The Songs" and has taken off in recent years, having toured with the Metallica and Nightwish. The band earned a Grammy nomination for "Room 24," a song off 2013's "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies."

The band's sixth album, "Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie," debuted at No. 4 on the charts when it dropped in June.

Frontman Michael Poulson recently told Billboard that he grew up with his parents playing Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Chuck Berry, and one of his sister's boyfriends turned him on to Dio, Black Sabbath, etc. "If you analyze the Volbeat style, you can definitely hear that mixture of the old school heavy metal and '50s rock music."

Doors are at 6 p.m. Tickets are $44.75;


Bacon Bros. at Jergel's

The Bacon Brothers tour hits Jergel's, Marshall, giving people an up-close look at actor Kevin Bacon, along with his brother Michael.

They've been playing music together since they were kids and have been making records in the folk-rock/country rock vein and touring between Kevin's movie career and Michael's work as a film and TV composer.

"It's really just a combination of the music we grew up with, the music we like," Kevin told the PG. "We tend to write the songs and see what the song sounds like based on the song itself rather than trying to come up with a sound for the band, per se. …

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