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Critics' Picks: April 2 - 8

Local shows from Phantogram, Great Caesar, Pegboard Nerds and Harrison Hudson


Indie-pop duo Phantogram has had a busy 2014 so far, largely stemming from the release of the band's second studio album, Voices. The pair, originally called Charlie Everywhere, has been making moves in the hip-hop scene as well: Big Boi, of Outkast, has become one of their frequent working partners. Most recently Big Boi released a song featuring the duo called "Lanes," which was a mash-up of their previous collaboration "Lines" with A-ha's '80s hit "Take on Me." Even if you don't think you know the band, you probably have heard it — it's had music featured in several TV shows, including Law & Order: SVU, Shameless, Teen Wolf and The Originals. Phantogram plays tonight at Stage AE along with guest Jagwar Ma. Kayla Copes 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $22.50. All ages. 412-229-5483 or


Great Caesar is a chamber-pop outfit from Brooklyn, but its biggest impact so far may be from a video, not a song. "Don't Ask Me Why," a tune off the band's self-titled EP from last fall, got the video treatment after a Kickstarter campaign last year, and went viral early this year because of its take on relationships, connecting LGBT rights with the fight for civil rights for people of color, and lauding universal love. The band plays a headlining show tonight at the Pittsburgh Winery; read an interview with them on our music blog, FFW>>, at Andy Mulkerin 8:30 p.m. 2815 Penn Ave., Strip District. $15. 412-566-1000 or


Pegboard Nerds have been making waves across the United States this year. The duo — the name of which was constructed from an anagram of the members' names — is very much inspired by video-game sounds mixed with electronic dance music. The headlining tour the two are currently on takes them a long way from their homeland of Norway; if 8-bit dance music is up your alley, check them out tonight at the Rex Theater. KC 9 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $15. 412-381-6811 or


On first glance, you might assume that Harrison Hudson was one person — but in fact it's a two-piece band, one member of which is named Harrison Hudson. Following? Regardless, the Nashville band has a pop-rock appeal, though in its song "Hard to Say" you can hear some electronic influences seeping through. The latest album is Curious, released last fall; check the group out tonight at The Smiling Moose along with guests Addison Steele and Thrift. KC 6:30 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $10. All ages. 412-431-4668 or

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