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Critics' Picks: October 28 - November 3 

Local shows by Kvelertak, We Were Lovers, Remix Artists' Collective, A Winged Victory for the Sullen and Medeski, Martin & Wood

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[METAL] + FRI., OCT. 28

Kvelertak borrows liberally from black metal -- much to the chagrin of many genre purists. But in their hearts, the members of the Norwegian sextet, appearing tonight at Belvedere's, are rock 'n' rollers, with more in common with Mötörhead than Burzum. The band's self-titled full-length, which came out last year and went gold this summer, is teeming with deliriously catchy, breakneck party metal about Norse mythology and Viking folklore. Its name translates to "stranglehold," but Kvelertak isn't fooling anyone with that mean exterior; these guys are nothing but a good time. With Skeletonwitch, Zoroaster, October, Liquified Guts. Margaret Welsh 8 p.m. 4016 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $12. 412-687-2555

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[INDIE POP] + MON., OCT. 31

It's been a couple of years since We Were Lovers last made it to Pittsburgh. (And who can blame them? It's a little bit of a trip from their Saskatchewan home base.) Now pared down and operating as a two-piece -- Ash Lamothe and Elsa Gebremichael -- the band is getting ready to release a full-length early next year. All signs point to it being shiny, '80s-influenced pop with irresistible hooks. If you ask nicely, they'll probably play a track or two from it tonight at Belvedere's. With Ike, Rivka. Andy Mulkerin 9 p.m. 4016 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $5. 412-687-2555

 

[DANCE] + MON., OCT. 31

The Remix Artists' Collective (RAC) remixes others' work, but its music isn't exactly like the usual dance-club stuff you're used to, with driving drumbeats. RAC has worked with tracks by plenty of popular indie and pop artists -- Tokyo Police Club, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Tegan & Sara -- creating stark and very different versions of their music. Tonight, the traveling DJs of the collective, Andre Allen Anjos and Karl Kling, appear as part of CMU's Halloween dance party. AM 8 p.m. Rangos Ballroom, University Center, Carnegie Mellon campus, Oakland. Free for CMU students; non-students $10. www.activitiesboard.org

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[AVANT-GARDE] + WED., NOV. 2

Since 2004, the Andy Warhol Museum's ongoing Sound Series has brought a wide range of avant-garde acts to Pittsburgh. The programming has always been boundary-pushing, with a multitude of genres represented. Tonight, in collaboration with the Carnegie Museum, the Warhol presents the classical ambient exploration of Kranky recording artists A Winged Victory for the Sullen, the first installment of the new collaboration between Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid) and composer Dustin O'Halloran. Together, they use organic instruments to assemble hauntingly melodic soundscapes. Kate Magoc 8 p.m., Carnegie Museum of Art Hall of Sculpture, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $12-$15. All ages. 412-237-8300 or www.warhol.org

 

[JAZZ] + THU., NOV. 3

Funk jammers and jazz classicists Medeski, Martin & Wood have been fusing rootsy and experimental components into avant-groove for nearly two decades. The Brooklyn trio's sound has a backbone banded with hip hop and jazz flavors and fleshed out with a heavy dose of Blue Note-label influences. They've got the elasticity and fervor to match Phish, but a classically trained skill set that allows standards to work their way into the sonic tapestry they construct on stage. KM 8 p.m. Mr. Small's Theater, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $25. All ages. 412-821-4447 or www.mrsmalls.com

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