By Margaret Welsh
Pittsburgh Current Music Editor
If you haven’t yet checked out the Government Center, the newest addition to Pittsburgh’s collection of fine record stores, this Tuesday, June 11, is the perfect opportunity. Salt Lake City duo It Foot, It Ears will be stopping by to play some freaky minimalist noise-pop jams. You’ll also hear some folky queer-core punk from Baltimore’s Chaz Monroe, electro-pop from Pittsburgh’s Sneeze Awfull, and “guitar dance music” from Ideas for Advertisements, plus a performance by arts trio Post Vivo. Swing by, enjoy the tunes and browse for some new additions to your record collection. 7 p.m. 519 East Ohio St., North Side. $5-10. www.facebook.com/thegovtcenter
Roots music can feel like a crowded genre, but Kaia Katar stands out. It’s partly her voice, which is at once understated and assured, intimate and a little wobbly in the best way. But the Canadian singer-songwriter-banjo player is also a skilled storyteller. Her 2018 record, Grenades, was inspired by her father, who immigrated to Canada from Grenada, after the U.S. invaded the country in 1983. It’s a moving listen, and – while Katar’s songwriting style is informed by her time studying Appalachian folk music in West Virginia – the fact that she cites Joni Mitchell and Solange as major influences is not surprising. Katar performs Wednesday, June 12 as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival. 7:30 p.m. Dollar Bank Main Stage at Point State Park. Free. www.traf.trustarts.org.
Referencing another artist in your band name is always a little risky – how heavily do you want the shadow of a cultural icon to loom? But Night Moves, from Minneapolis, does right by the specter of Seger with its big, heartland-style psych-rock. There are modern details that bring to mind artists like electro-pop artist John Maus, but the band counts Brian Wilson, Todd Rundgren and Nicks/Buckingham as key influences. Night Moves’ new record, Can You Really Find Me, comes out June 28; in the meantime, see the band at Brillobox on June 16. Chantillion and Kowloon Corp open. 8 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $12-15. www.brilloboxpgh.com
[[Photo courtesy of Elise Tyler]]
Krimewatch has ranked amongst contemporary hardcore’s best-loved acts for some time now, thanks to its modern reworking of early ’80s New York hardcore. It’s stark, angry and full of catchy, lurching breakdowns. But vocalist Rhylli Ogiura also draws inspiration from rappers like Lil Kim, Nas and Missy Elliot, and carries herself with hip-hop swagger as she rocks the mic in both English and Japanese. “What’s fulfilling about Krimewatch to me,” she told Revolver Magazine last year, “is being able to share my experience as an Asian woman with others and show the world that hardcore — or anything really — isn’t something that’s exclusively for one type of person.” See the band when it comes to the Shop, Friday, June 21. Peace Talks and Medium Ugly open. 8 p.m. 3520 Charlotte St., Lawrecenville. $10. www.facebook.com/CruelNoiseRecords
Like Earth (the planet), Earth (the band) has been around for quite a while. Since forming in Olympia, Washington in 1989, the minimalist psychedelic doom outfit has featured a rotating cast of musicians. But for its ninth studio record, Full Upon Her Burning Lips, founder and guitarist Dylan Carlson and long-time drummer Adrienne Davies decided to focus on their musical relationship. “It was time to show what Earth can do with its core elements,” Carlson told the website Echoes and Dust. “We had been doing a lot of playing and writing … just the two of us. So when it came time to do the album I figured, ‘Let’s just do that!’” Moving (slightly) away from the plush jazz-rock sounds of the band’s recent offerings, Full Upon Her Burning Lips is about stripped down as Earth gets. The record rightfully highlights Davies’ meticulous timekeeping as she keeps the band’s signature meditative tempos locked in solid. She is, quite honestly, a marvel to see live: don’t miss your chance when Earth comes to Spirit on Friday, June 21. Helms Alee opens. 7 p.m. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $15. www.spiritpgh.com