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Critics' Picks, April 20-26 

Check out performances this week by Tobin Sprout, Junius, InAeona, Gucci Mane, On the Water and more

[POST-METAL] + FRI., APRIL 21
Post-metal is a distinctly epic genre, and the larger-than-life sound it evokes will be on full display with Junius and InAeona tonight at Black Forge Coffee. Junius’ latest album, Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light, is a beautiful sonic adventure. The album was inspired by spiritual author and leader Elisabeth Haich’s autobiography Initiation, and reflects upon reincarnation, love and spirituality — a subtle sense of some divine presence underlie the tracks. InAeona’s dramatic flair and wailing vocals sit on an industrial musical bed. As the band screams itself into existence and clings to life at every sonic turn, there is something beautifully desperate at the heart of its music. Pittsburgh’s haunting darkwave duo Bring Her rounds it all out. Meg Fair 7:30 p.m. 1206 Arlington Ave., Allentown. $10. All ages. 412-291-8994

[INDIE ROCK] + FRI., APRIL 21
From his time with the legendary Guided By Voices to lesser known side-projects like eyesinweasel and Airport 5, to his latest solo release The Universe and Me, Tobin Sprout has always been a reliable source for smart, unfancy lo-fi songwriting. But if you’re expecting all fuzz and feedback, check out the new album’s title track for a surprisingly passive piano-driven pop song. Not only is Sprout a talented musician, he is also a children’s-book author and visual artist. Come check out whatever else he can do tonight at Brillobox. I’m sure he’ll keep surprising us. Alona Williams 9 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $14. 21-and-over. 412-692-4900 or www.brillobox.com

[FREAK FOLK] + MON., APRIL 24
Tonight, the Glitter Box Theater hosts artists ranging from avant-garde cello and piano to bizarro folk. On the Water creates folk that mesmerizes in arrangement, and completely consumes your attention with delicate harp, cello, upright bass and acoustic guitar. With a powerful control of dynamics, On the Water lulls you into peace before yanking you back with a sharp forte shift. The spooky street-folk locals Cousin Boneless bring a distinctly dramatic flair to playing music you’d hear bursting out of a divey, smoke-filled bar where everyone drinks whiskey straight and could hex you in a second. Serpentine brings its sigil-esque rock and emotive exorcism to the gig, while Valerie Kuehne and Dubravka Bencic provide the avant-garde piano and cello sounds. MF 8 p.m. 460 Melwood Ave., Oakland. $5-10. All ages. www.theglitterboxtheater.com

click to enlarge Gucci Mane - PHOTO COURTESY OF JONATHAN MANNION
  • Photo courtesy of Jonathan Mannion
  • Gucci Mane
[HIP HOP] + WED., APRIL 26
Let’s all give a round of applause to the guy who made it all worth it in 2016! Seeing Gucci Mane return — after more than two years in prison — was nothing short of a blessing. Mr. Guwop has been home for almost a year now, and has collaborated with Young Thug, Kodak, Quavo, Kanye, Travis Scott, Drake and many more. I know we’ve all been missing the East Atlanta Santa. He’ll be sharing his gifts, along with Dreezy and Playboi Carti, tonight at Stage AE. AW 6:30 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $42. 412-299-5483 or www.promowestlive.com





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