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Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore

By Margaret Welsh
Pittsburgh Current Music Editor



On Saturday, March 14, Pittsburgh’s Merce Lemon celebrates the re-release of her first two recordings: both are included on a new cassette, Ride Every Sound, put out by Crafted Sounds. For Lemon, going back to those songs feels strange. “It’s hard for me to listen to now,” she told the Current’s Justin Vellucci last month. “You feel how much you’ve grown since then.” We can probably all relate to that feeling, but for those of us who didn’t have to personally live it, Lemon’s gentle, lo-fi recordings are a treasure. Vulnerable yet confident, Ride Every Sound’s visceral chronicle of early adulthood haunts and enchants. As Crafted Sounds’ Conner Murray put it, “Where does she go from here? The sky is the limit.” Read more of Vellucci’s interview with Lemon on our website, and then head to Babyland for the gig. Totally Miguel and Silver Car Crash open. 8 p.m. 460 Melwood Ave., Oakland. $7-10.



Friendships with some higher-profile leftist podcasts helped the hosts of Street Fight Radio grow their listenership into something that allows the Columbus, Ohio-based duo to make something like a real living. But “Murder” Brian Quinby and Brett Payne have been doing this longer than most of their peers, having first launched the self-described “#1 Anarcho-comedy radio show on any station across the nation” in 2011. With their strong regional accents, hilarious personal stories, “street-level news,” and sharp political analysis, Quinby and Payne offer a uniquely palatable radical leftist perspective. Before their first Pittsburgh appearance in 2017, Quinby described it to me as “just two cool Joes, yellin’ at the government.” More than that, though, Street Fight is all about solidarity. On Wednesday, March 18, they bring their live show to Club Cafe. 6:30 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $15.



Watererer, the latest musical endeavor captained by artistic jack-of-all-trades Dave Bernabo, releases its debut record, To Finding Out, on Friday, March 20 at the Government Center with Sneeze awfull and Astroturf Noise. Put out on Ongoing Box, the imprint umbrella under which all of Bernabo’s projects (and some of his friends’ projects) are gathered, the record carefully blends a noisey, field-sound aesthetic with rich instrumental arrangements. The record features a number of collaborators, including PJ Roduta and Matt Aelmore of Host Skull (another Bernabo project), Nadine Sherman of NAT 28, and Ben Barson of the Afro Yaquii Collective, among others. Reminiscent of experimental post-rock bands like Joan of Arc and low-key jazz-indie-rockers like Karate, To Finding Out  is both curious and comforting. 8 p.m. 519 E. Ohio St., North Side. $7.



Mandy Moore always carried the most indie-rock cred of late-’90s/early aughts pop stars. With that in mind, the ’70s a.m. radio-chill of new record, Silver Landings — her first in 11 years — feels like a natural (if perhaps long-awaited) progression. Free from a creativity-stifling and soul-crushing marriage, it’s good to see Moore back and making music on her own terms. On Friday, March 20, Moore launches her tour at the Benedum Center. She’ll be joined by Syria-born, LA-based singer-songerwriter Bedouine, who’s dreamy Laurel Canyon retro-folk sound goes hand-in-hand with Moore’s new work. 8 p.m. 803 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $29.50-99.50.

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