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Alkaline Trio are melodic cult rockers hailing from Illinios. They are supporting their new album ‘Damnesia’ and headed to Pittsburgh this Tuesday on their 15th Anniversary tour. Opening the show will be the cool dudes in mewithoutyou and The Drowning Men.

As always, my awesome friends at Drusky Entertainment are offering up a pair of passes to the show. This is an all-ages event with doors at 6 p.m. and the music starting at 7. To enter, be the first person to email me at hughshows@comcast.net with the subject line ‘Alkaline Trio’ and the name of the person who will bring I.D. to will call the night of the show good for two passes in the message. Being that I am accepting the first entry, I’ll say that this contest will run about and hour or so, if that. The last time I did this it took twenty minutes to declare a winner. I will contact that person immediately and announce the winner in the comments of this post and on twitter. Next week starts a new contest and as always, good luck!

We’re going all ‘indie’ this week with the giveaway. Cut Copy are a synthpop band hailing from Australia. They are supporting their new album ‘Zonoscope’ and headed to Pittsburgh next month. Opening the show will be none other than local upstarts 1,2,3 Band (who will be featured in this Friday’s First/Last segment).

As always, my cool friends at Drusky Entertainment are offering up a pair of passes to the show. This is an all-ages event with doors at 6 p.m. and the music starting at 7. To enter, be the first person to email me at hughshows@comcast.net with the subject line ‘Cut Copy’ and the name of the person who will bring I.D. to will call the night of the show good for two passes in the message. Being that I am accepting the first entry, I’ll say that this contest will run about and hour or so, if that. I will contact that person immediately and announce the winner in the comments of this post and on twitter. Next week starts a new contest and as always, good luck!

To be honest, I couldn’t tell you one song from Ben Folds. I am so unfamiliar with the guy’s music, I couldn’t even hum a melody from him or his previous band Ben Folds Five. That’s not to say there aren’t others who could. I couldn’t believe how many people were at this show. What also amazed me is the reception he got when he took the stage. I am not exaggerating when I say it sounded like a Learjet taking off. Amazing. Setlist here. More photos here.

Let me start out by apologizing about these pictures. I was beyond thrilled to be able to shoot this show. I am by no means the punk aficionado, but the guy is a legend in my eyes and I was so psyched. Usually we photogs get three songs, no flash. No problem. I ask Rambo how many tunes I get in the pit? He’s counting…eh, five. FIVE?!? SWEET! I’m sure to get a bunch. The band comes out and …it’s darker than Brillobox. No kidding, I am trying all my tricks and nothing. Where’s the light, lighting guy? So I snap like crazy just to hopefully get a few and my camera bunks out because I am pushing it. Bummer. Not to be dismayed I still have THREE songs left and hopefully salvage something out of this night.

That being said, I think these pictures are AWESOME! I love them. What a character he was. I actually had the chance to meet him and he couldn’t have been nicer and funny and cool as I could have never imagined. I have met countless musicians over the years and he definitely ranks at the top as the sweetest of them. Kind of strange.

I also have to give a shout out to my man Joshua who, along with some other super gracious people who really take care of me in this city, allows me to actually live out a dream and I am sincerely and forever grateful for that. Merv’s review here. More photos here.