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Critics' Picks: January 2 - 8 

Local shows by Jessica Hernandez, Saviours and Arabesque Winds, plus Rock 'n' Bowl

[INDIE ROCK] + FRI., JAN. 4

You'd be forgiven for mistaking "Young, Dumb and Drunk," the first single from Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, for a Beach House tune: Hernandez's voice dips and soars not unlike Victoria Legrande's, and the song has a meditative stillness about it. It's a beauty that defies its title (which sounds more like an afterthought track from a pop-punk band). Detroit's Hernandez — who has plenty more upbeat, soulful stuff, too — signed to Blue Note in 2012, and we're currently awaiting her first album on the venerable label. Tonight, she plays at Howlers; Low Man opens. Andy Mulkerin 9 p.m. 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. $6. 412-682-0320 or www.howlerscoyotecafe.com

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRISTIAN RAVEL
  • Photo courtesy of Christian Ravel

[STONER METAL] + FRI., JAN. 4

Over the past eight years, Saviours has come to be known as one of the louder, more brutal bands to ply the trade of stoner riffage. The band's most recent release was Death's Procession, issued by Kemado in late 2011; there are some Motörhead comparisons to be had there. Right now, Saviours is on tour with Mondo Generator, the band that's headed up by infamous former Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri. Tonight, they play the 31st Street Pub; Wino (from Saint Vitus) is on the bill as well. AM 10 p.m. 3101 Penn Ave., Strip District. $12-15. 412-391-8334 or www.31stpub.com

PHOTO COURTESY OF KATE LEMMON
  • Photo courtesy of Kate Lemmon

[CHAMBER MUSIC] + SUN., JAN. 6

Alia Musica is a small local treasure: The organization puts on concerts featuring new compositions, often by Pittsburgh composers. Tonight, Alia hosts a touring act, Arabesque Winds, a wind quintet that's gotten rave reviews from the likes of i Washington Post, and which features some local talent, including flutist Deidre Huckabay and oboist Liz Spector Callahan. Also playing: the all-local Freya String Quartet. AM 7 p.m. James Laughlin Music Hall, Chatham University, Woodland Road, Shadyside. 412-361-0194 or www.alia-musica.org

[BOWLING] + WED., JAN. 9

With the holidays over, you might be starting to feel a little stir-crazy — and touring season isn't exactly in full swing for national bands. So there's never been a better time to catch up with Rock 'n' Bowl at Arsenal Lanes, eh? It happens every Wednesday, and is perfect for those with short attention spans (and those who want a distraction from how awful their bowling is). Tonight's lineup: Dewey Marquee and Ivory Weeds, a couple of solo acts that rep the Monalloh Foundry collective. Rock, bowl, have fun — just spare them the tortured bowling-alley gig puns, OK? AM 9 p.m. 212 44th St., Lawrenceville. $8 includes bowling. 412-683-5992 or www.arsenalbowl.com 

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