Critics' Picks: April 26 - 28 

Local appearances by Squeeze, Heather Bond, The Wombats and Sharon Van Etten, plus a homecoming show for Dream Job


Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook's musical synergy has survived 35 years, and the two founding members of English new-wave wonder Squeeze continue to impress crowds worldwide. Despite numerous line-up changes and break-ups since its inception, the group became a staple of U.K. pop and garnered notoriety in the United States, especially for the hit "Tempted," in 1981. With Stephen "Lord" Large on keyboards, and Simon Hanson on drums, Squeeze performs with fellow U.K. rockers English Beat at Carnegie Library of Homestead Music Hall tonight. Nicole Chynoweth 7:30 p.m. 510 E. 10th Ave., Homestead. $37-65. All ages. 412-368-5225 or www.librarymusichall.com


After a March mini-tour through the Midwest, Dream Job is back for its first local show in months. The local trio — Barrett Black, Ricardo Iamuuri and David Neuhart — combines soulful vocals (think old soul crooners, or TV on the Radio) with poppy, and sometimes even folky, constructions. The band plays with locals The Hawkeyes and Brett Staggs tonight at Thunderbird Café. Andy Mulkerin 9 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $5. 412-682-0177 or www.thunderbirdcafe.net

[POP] + FRI., APRIL 27

South Side boutique Decade Pittsburgh offers its customers a sizable array of name-brand clothing lines, but the store apparently also doubles as a concert venue. This Friday, Nashville's Heather Bond, Banks Nelson and Shelly Fraley and Pittsburgh native Kevin Garrett will invade the selling floor and set up for an evening of folk-rock and piano-pop performances. Expect to hear a bounty of melodic acoustic guitar from Nelson and Garrett, while Bond and Fraley deliver punchy piano chord progressions. NC 7 p.m. 1407 E. Carson St., South Side. $10. All ages. 412-720-1677 or www.decadepittsburgh.com



Liverpudlians The Wombats broke in the United States in the late 2000s after a few years of creating dance-floor movers in the U.K. Sometimes poignant, often goofy, the band brings a British sensibility to the table with lines like "It's hard to smile / When you're as flattened as a pancake." Sometimes synth-y, sometimes anthemic, usually a little cheeky and owing something of a debt to Jarvis Cocker, the band plays Stage AE tonight, touring on the back of its latest single, "Jump Into the Fog." AM 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $12-14. All ages. 412-229-5483 or www.stageae.com

  • Photo courtesy of Dusdin Condron


Last year's Epic was a breakout record for Sharon Van Etten; her new album, Tramp, rocks a little harder at times without losing the emotional force of her plaintive vocals and deeply personal lyrics. (Fans of the saddest parts of Neil Young's catalog should be drawn in immediately.) Tonight, she returns to town for a show at the Carnegie Lecture Hall, in Oakland; another huge talent who had a big 2011, Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, brings her solo project, Flock of Dimes, along. A.M. 8 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $12-15. All ages. 412-237-8300 or www.warhol.org


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