Three Must See December Concerts

December 4th, 2015 by Ryan Sundling

Here at SkyVue, we’re here to offer residents the best overall experience of any apartments in Pittsburgh. Our top tier amenities and stylish designs are part of it, but we think our attentive resident services are where we truly rise above. Part of that is keeping you posted on exceptional events around town. If you’re anything like us, catching amazing musicians when they stop in Pittsburgh is a favorite way to spend an evening. So we’ve put together our top picks from the Post Gazette’s list of December’s Hottest Concerts in Pittsburgh. Enjoy!

1. Todd Rundgren, Dec. 7

If you’ve listened to the classic rock station for more than a couple hours, chances are you’ve heard a song Todd Rundgren has performed or produced. He’s behind hit albums by The Band, Badfinger, Grand Funk Railroad, New York Dolls, Hall & Oates, and Meat Loaf. And his hit singles include Hello It’s Me, I Saw the Light, and Bang the Drum All Day, which has been on heavy rotation since the early 80s. As for what to expect from his Pittsburgh show, fans will get a mix of recent material, songs from his popular 70s band, Utopia, and all of his greatest hits. (Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead, 8 p.m., $35-$65;

2. Dec. 8: The Sword

The Sword first gained notoriety touring with Metallica and then for their unique brand of “doom” metal that for many seemed a bit more approachable than most metal. The Sword’s fifth album, High Country, released this August, marked a sonic shift for the Austin-based rockers that saw them transcend the metal genre and make an all around awesome rock record.  The new album came with more Southern boogie to the sound, drawing comparisons to ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy, and Led Zeppelin, according to the Post-gazette. In their bio, frontman John Cronise says, “High Country has moments of darkness and thoughtfulness. But at the end of the day I want to put smiles on people’s faces.” (Mr. Smalls, 9 p.m. $18-$20;

3. Dec. 12: Joanna Newsom

If you don’t know much about Newsom, The Post-Gazette put it well by saying, “The one-and-only Joanna Newsom straddles the indie and classical worlds, performing in a manner that would not have been out of place in the Renaissance era.” Her lyrics and melodies are timeless yet modern, and her unique vocals can be delicate and powerful in the span of seconds. And what popular musicians can you think of who can play hauntingly beautiful accompaniments on the piano, harpsichord, and the harp? Again, the Post-Gazette aptly sums things up, saying, “Newsome appeals to listeners looking for something nuanced, poetic, and way out on the edge of anything resembling mainstream.” (Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, 8 p.m. $29-$49;

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