Music Tracks: Live performances in-and-around the Pittsburgh area

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Playboi Carti

In a 2016 review, the New York Time’s Jon Caramanica described Playboi Carti as “almost an incidental rapper,” better at embodying the role of rapper than at actually rapping. As backhanded as that might sound, it seems to be meant as kind of a compliment, and goes a long way in explaining Carti’s appeal. The 21-year old ATL-born artist’s record Die Lit is a zeitgeist-y and hypnotic collection of minimalist mumble rap, as atmospheric as it is boldly and aggressively youthful. Hear for yourself (and maybe prove that you’re not too old) when Carti comes to Stage AE on Wednesday. Sheck Wes and Duwap Kaine open. 7 p.m., Aug. 8. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $29.50-35.

Earlier this summer, Pittsburgh’s own Black Moth Super Rainbow released Panic Blooms, its first full-length since 2012’s Cobra Juicy. As the title suggests, Panic Blooms is a record for the modern era (is it possible not to put out at least mildly apocalyptic records in 2018?), but long-time fans will likely also find a place of rest in BMSR’s distinctly exquisite electronic psychedelia: as frontman Thomas Fec (a.k.a. Tobacco) puts it in “Bad Fucking Times,” “Feels even better than depression.” The band appears Friday, Aug. 10 at Mr. Smalls Theatre along with the Stargazer Lilies and Air Credits. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $18-20.

Fans of David Bazan have been pretty well sated over the years, in terms of live performance. Fans of Pedro the Lion (a band which is essentially Bazan) have, on the other hand, been waiting for this day for some time. For many an angsty, lo-fi indie-rock-loving young evangelical, Pedro the Lion served as a gateway to questioning both God and His alleged blessing of America. Bazan — who chronicled his eventual loss of faith throughout his solo career – has said that resuscitating Pedro the Lion was the most natural way to regularly play in a band again. For those of us who still listen to Control on a weekly basis, that’s very good news. 8 p.m., Thu., Aug. 16. Mr. Smalls Theatre, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.  $20-35.

When it comes to punk cred, Teresa Suarez – better known as Teri Gender Bender—is legit. As a teenager growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, her band Le Butcherettes railed against the patriarchy using fake blood and, more infamously, a real pig’s head. Since then, Le Butcherettes – who opens for the Flaming Lips on Friday, Aug. 24 at Stage AE — has more-or-less hit the big time, or at least the medium-time. The band’s most recent record, the glammy, garage-y A Raw Youth, features an appearance by Iggy Pop and it’s hard to imagine a better match: Suarez possesses a similar swagger, and – despite some arena-ready polish – she, like Pop, remains firmly in touch with her roots. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $42.50-45.

For the second annual Rock Reggae & Relief festivals, organizers decided to raise money for a still-urgent cause: disaster aid for Puerto Rico, which is still ravaged from Hurricane Maria. The festival is also partnering with Asking for Change and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership with an aim to help support various homeless ministries. So feel good about that while you feel good about the lineup, which includes headliners G. Love and the Special Sauce and Donavon Frankenreiter, plus PASSAFIRE, Roots of Creation, The Flow Band, and more. Admission is free (there’s a suggested donation of $10) and VIP packages are available. Sat., Aug. 25. 242 Forbes Ave., Downtown.

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Expanded Listings

Ongoing: Backstage Bar at Theater Square. Live music Fridays. 5 p.m. performers vary.

Belvedere’s Ultra Dive. Coven Dark Dance Night. Blood Blush (nyc), Death Instinct, and Erica Scary. Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. $5.

Hip hop

Aug. 8:

Stage AE. Playboi Carti with Sheck West and Duwap Kaine. 7 p.m. $29.50.


Aug. 11:

Club Cafe. Suitcase Junket with Zak Trojano. 6 p.m. $12.

Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. The Charlie Daniels Band. 8 p.m. $69.75-$99.

Rex Theater. The Travelin’ McCourys. 8 p.m. $20-$25.

Aug. 12

The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls: Michigan Rattlers. 8 p.m. $10.


Aug. 8:

Club Cafe. Eric Sommer. 8 p.m. $10

Aug. 9:

Club Cafe. Jim Avett. 8 p.m $12.

Aug. 11
Club Cafe. Campdogzz with Derider and Vulfblitzer. 10:15 p.m. $8

Aug. 11:
Mr. Smalls Theater. Arcane Haven with Deathbed, 156/Silence and Onyx Eye. 7 p.m. $10.

Aug. 18:
Rex Theater. Summer of Screams Tour with Mushroomhead, The Browning, Psychostick, Kissing Candice, Unsaid Fate, Voodoo Terror Tribe, Shrouded in Neglect, East Koast Craziez. 4 p.m. $28-$30.

Hard Rock/Heavy Metal

Aug. 17:
Hard Rock Cafe. Soil with Paradigm, 9 stitch Method. 9:30 p.m. $12-14.

Jergels Rhythm Grille.  Dee Snider with Killcode, Chip and the Charge Ups. 6 p.m. $55.75-$79.75.

Punk/New Wave:

Aug. 14:
Mr. Smalls Theater. The Psychedelic Furs with Liz Brasher. 7 p.m. $32.50.

Aug. 26:
Rex Theater: Strung Out with After the Fall, MakeWar. 6 p.m. $18.50-$20.


Aug. 9:
Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. Safety Last. 8 p.m. $11-$25.

Aug. 10:
Club Cafe. Ferdinand the Bull. 6 p.m. $10.

Cattivo. Within the Ruins, PHINEAS and Great American Ghost. 5:30 p.m. $15-$17.

Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. The Fixx. 8 p.m. $23-$38.

Aug. 11:
Heinz Hall. Jeff Beck, Ann Wilson. 7 p.m.

Aug. 14:

Black Forge Coffee House. Rivals. 6 p.m. $10 p.m.

Aug. 16:

Stage AE. The Avett Brothers. 6:30 p.m. $47.50.


Sept. 14: John Oates with The Good Road Band. 7:30 p.m. Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland.


Aug. 23:

Rex Theater: Freddie McGregor with Chino McGregor, Truth & Rites. 7 p.m. $20-$25.


Aug. 18:

Club Cafe: American Cancer Society Benefit with Ray Powers, Brian Genovisi, Fetish Noir, Pal McGinty, Megan Pennington and Carrie Collins. 7 p.m. $15.

September 9:

St. Nicholas Church. River City Brass Band Concert. 3 p.m.

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