Critics' Picks: October 30 - November 5 

Local shows by BEACH, Luke Temple and Church of Misery, plus the Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle releases its annual compilation


Calliope, Pittsburgh's folk-music society, fills a number of roles in the local music community: Beyond booking national acts and holding classes, Calliope sponsors the Songwriters Circle, a weekly open stage at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern. Each year around this time, the group puts out a compilation of tunes written by its members; tonight at Calliope's Roots Cellar (at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts), it's celebrating this year's Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle CD Release. The album includes the likes of Sue Gartland and Steve Gallo, and was produced, as it has been in the past, by Regent Square's Doug Wilkin. Andy Mulkerin 6 p.m. 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. $7. All ages. 412-361-1915 or www.calliopehouse.org

click to enlarge BEACH, Club Cafe
  • Photo courtesy of Crayola England

[POP] + FRI., NOV. 1

Queer singer and musician Bitch (Karen Mould) has changed up her sound on her latest project, BEACH, an indie-electro venture with fellow musician Alligator (Billie Jo Cavallaro). With Bitch on electric violin and vocals and Alligator making the beats, BEACH is playful, loud and unpredictable. The feminist, DIY aesthetic is still there, but the cleaner production and focus on electronic sounds takes this project up a notch. It will surely make a great live show tonight. Indie-folk singer Diana Chittester will open the early show at Club Café. Allison Cosby 7 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $10. 412-431-4950 or www.clubcafelive.com

click to enlarge Luke Temple, Brillobox


Known for his soothing falsetto vocals, Luke Temple — of indie-rock band Here We Go Magic — has been branching out on his own recently. With his solo project, Temple is experimenting with much funkier sounds, using only his voice, a drum machine, a bass guitar and a synth for his new solo LP Good Mood Fool, which was released earlier this month. It's a tasteful throwback to the '80s, with Temple's sweet voice at the forefront. Temple will perform tonight at Brillobox with special guest Haunt Pawson. AC 9 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $10-12. 412-621-4900 or www.brillobox.net


Church of Misery came up in the mid-'90s in Japan, one of the first doom-metal bands to come out of that country, and gained fame in the United States after its Southern Lord debut, Master of Brutality. This one's not for the faint of heart; the band likes its murderer imagery (many of its songs are named after serial killers and cult leaders), creepy samples and loud, stoner-y jams. The band plays the 31st Street Pub this evening along with Bloody Hammers, Against the Grain and Pentacost. AM 9 p.m. 3101 Penn Ave., Strip District. $10-12. 412-391-8334 or www.31stpub.com


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