André Costello and the Cool Minors
On the border of folk and rock, many of André Costello’s songs dance between the upbeat and the melancholy, often landing on both at once. The Pittsburgh artist isn’t so much a storyteller as picture-painter in his songwriting, calling to mind Wilco and My Morning Jacket in his chords and lyrics, and Leslie Feist and Neil Young in his vocal textures. (Painting pictures isn’t so unfamiliar to Costello, a graphic designer by trade.) Costello started The Cool Minors as a solo project, with its first album issued in 2011. André Costello and the Cool Minors have found local airplay up and down the dial — from adult-alternative station WYEP to alt-rock radio at WXDX, and a live performance on Pittsburgh’s longtime rock mainstay WDVE. Costello has shared the stage with bands like Atlas Sound, David Wax Museum and Kelley Deal’s R. Ring, and has been a featured guest at events like Pittsburgh DJ Randy Baumann’s Thunderbird Ramble and WYEP’s Holiday Hootenanny.