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Critics’ Picks, April 14-20

Broken World Fest, plus performances by Lowdown Brass Band, Dawn of Midi, Kawehi and Raw Pony


Chicago’s Lowdown Brass Band clearly likes to have a good time. The band’s fusion of big band, swing and R&B has an indie-pop sensibility in its winking antiquity, and its tunes are fun and unpretentious. Though the band has been described as a hip-hop group or even a metal band (its token “metal” song, “Death Blow,” features some Randy Rhodes -style trumpet runs), it’s clear that these guys are a brass band, with maybe a little bit of Sinatra-style crooning. Tonight the ensemble plays at Brillobox with Pandemic Pete. Andrew Woehrel 9 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $10. 412-621-4900 or


Broken World Fest, a two-day festival happening at Spirit, features a lineup of pop-punk, emo and math-rock bands that would send anyone who loves yelping, Kinsella-esque vocals and tappy guitars into a tizzy. With appearances by bands like The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am Not Afraid to Die, Snowing, (who reunited for this festival,) Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate), Into It. Over It., and many more, it’s an emo-revival fan’s dream come true. Although these bands aren’t household names, the extremely tight, grassroots scene of young people who live and die for this music is almost frightening in its passion. This event is, in true DIY spirit, all ages. AW 4 p.m. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $35-60. 412-586-4441 or

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Dawn of Midi


It would be wrong to describe Brooklyn three-piece Dawn of Midi as an electronic act, because even though its sound resembles modern EDM, it’s played entirely on acoustic instruments (drums, upright bass and piano). The traditional jazz instrumentation combined with the serpentine and fluid rhythms of electronic music and African folk music makes Dawn of Midi unlike anything you’ve heard before, and its sound is hypnotic and addictive. Tonight the group performs at The Andy Warhol Museum. AW 8 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $12-15. 412-237-8300 or

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After grabbing attention with her cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box,” Kawehi developed a following for her versions of pop songs created with only her voice, keyboard and looping station. The Honolulu-born singer has now appeared in an Intel commercial which aired during the Super Bowl, and crowdfunded an album of original songs, including the single “Pop Song,” the video of which features Kawehi dancing in a frightening Donald Trump mask. Tonight Kawehi performs at the Pittsburgh Winery with special guest Two Tall Twins. AW 7 p.m. 2815 Penn Ave., Strip District. $15-20. 412-566-1000 or


Though you might not know it, Columbus, Ohio, is a town with a rich history of snotty garage-punk bands, and the four-piece Raw Pony is a fine example of that legacy. The band certainly sounds raw, with screeching, overdriven vocals that recall the late Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex, or Kathleen Hanna, and a messy rumble of guitars that brings to mind fellow Columbus bands like Times New Viking, or even The New Bomb Turks. Tonight, Raw Pony plays at Gooski’s, with Peace Talks and The S/cks. AW 9 p.m. 3117 Brereton St., Polish Hill. $5. 412-681-1658

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