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New music from Ken Karsh, There There, Candy Apple Blue and Call to Attraction


Ken Karsh
(Alanna Records)

The venerable local jazz guitarist burns it up on this new collection, mostly originals with a few covers ("My Girl," "Scarborough Fair") thrown in. While a lot of the tunes are downtempo, opener "Polkaboppin'" and "Down Pat" are upbeat pleasures. Good stuff.

— Andy Mulkerin

KEN KARSH CD RELEASE. 7:30 p.m. Fri., April 27. Red Ring, 1015 Forbes Ave., Uptown. 412-396-3550

There There
Work, Sex, Learning EP

Six songs of straightforward guitar rock from the locals. Influences range from a bit of Britpop to '90s guitar bands like Cracker. There There is at its best when it keeps the energy high, and even the hard rockers here could use a shot of caffeine, but it's a respectable first release for sure.

— Andy Mulkerin

THERE THERE CD RELEASE. 9 p.m. Sat., April 28. Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, 4412 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. 412-682-8611

Candy Apple Blue
Prone to Panic

Dramatic vocals and flashy, synthesized noise makes Prone to Panic come off as an avant-garde take on electropop. While the duo of Carly and Hoyt Emerick demonstrates an obvious awareness of a synthesizer's capabilities, their vocals, whiny at times, distract from some of their best dance beats and could use some polishing.

— Nicole Chynoweth

Call to Attraction
What Comes Next

Four slickly produced pop anthems from the locally based four-piece. The tunes range from pop-punk to what — if not for the nasal, Blink 182-inspired vocals — could basically be considered a country ballad ("I Feel Alive"). Well-crafted songs, if a bit melodramatic for my personal tastes at times.

— Andy Mulkerin

Flamingo Fest at the National Aviary
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Flamingo Fest at the National Aviary

By Mars Johnson