Between The Buried and Me and The Contortionist at Rex Theater

BTBAM, The Contortionist, and Nick Johnston stopped at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh on their most recent tour. The following lineup was a “progressive” powerhouse.

Nick Johnston was on before the main acts came on. My favorite part about going into this show was the fact I didn’t hear his studio releases prior. I love being surprised and that’s exactly what happened. Nick put on such a fantastic half-hour set. It felt so much shorter than half an hour. I hope to see him again on tour soon!


Up next was The Contortionist. Being formed by in 2007 and hailing Indianapolis, Indiana, this progressive band has been making their stride for over a decade. Releasing four albums and a mass of EPs, their discography offers a selection for everyone. Half of the list were songs from their most recent album “Clairvoyant”. Then the latter was from their previous works. The overall set moved at a delightful pace.


Last but not least, Between The Buried and Me. Another band native to the USA, BTBAM are based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Starting out in 2000, the band has seen many lineup changes but still has continued on strong with two of the original members Rogers (lead vocals/keyboard) and Waggoner (lead guitar/backing vocals). The setlist mainly compromised of songs from both “The Parallax II: Future Sequence” and “Automata II”.  Though the set was made up of twelve songs, the beautiful attribute that has made progressive bands different from the rest is that their songs are quite longer than the normal song. 



All and in all, the artists and bands did a magnificent job. Its been quite a while since I’ve been to a prog show, and I was not disappointed!