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Critics' Picks: June 1-8

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Belvedere’s Ultra-Dive is back, after having been shut down by a fire. The recently re-opened bar is the spot for its devoted patrons, and is also a place full of surprises. For example, its first show back will showcase the larger-than-life Mongolian band Tengger Cavalry. The Cavalry fuses elements of metal, folk and new wave to create a purely original sound the band defines as “nomadic folk metal.” Tengger Cavalry performing at Belvedere’s means a chance to experience a unique glimpse into nomadic Mongolian folk tradition while enjoying some brews at your favorite dive. For fans of: Mongolian throat singing, horse-head fiddles and head-banging. Meg Fair 8 p.m. 4026 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $10. 412-687-2555 or


The annual Three Rivers Arts Festival pulls in a wide variety of musical performers. One performance not to be missed is tonight’s appearance of Ibeyi, an experimental and soulful duo of French-Cuban background. The twins of Ibeyi create music that is eerie and beautiful, and features lyrics performed in Yoruba, a gorgeous Nigerian language that sounds absolutely magnificent paired with Ibeyi’s music. It will surely sound doubly stunning when experienced outdoors at Point State Park. MF 7:30 p.m. 101 Commonwealth Place, Downtown. Free. All ages. 412-456-6666 or

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I recommend doing some stretches and finding your perfect dancing shoes, because M83 is playing at Stage AE. While many are familiar with M83 for its indie hit “Midnight City,” the band has also earned a Grammy nod and put out a body of work that ranges from haunting to sublime to just fun. The band’s heart and brain, Alex Gonzalez, has recently released a new record, Junk, that takes the ’80s-pop influence heard on earlier albums and amplifies it approximately 1,000 times. “Do It, Try It” and “Bibi the Dog” are prime examples of M83’s imaginative and endearing pop sound. MF 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $32.50. 412-229-5483 or

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Legendary metal act Hatebreed recently released a new record, The Concrete Confessional. Fast, brutal metal with incredibly raw lyrics have earned Hatebreed a legion of devoted fans. The band will be performing at Mr. Smalls tonight, and you can expect to see lots of dudes getting way into the music and buying merch that doesn’t come in a size smaller than large. (I’ve been looking for a Hatebreed basketball jersey for years and can’t find anything smaller than a 2XL.) If there aren’t hella circle pits and the most magnificent headbanging I’ve seen to date, I’ll be shocked. MF 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $25. All ages. 412-821-4447 or


Motion City Soundtrack has embarked on a farewell tour. It lands at Mr. Smalls tonight and the sold-out show will be an emotional send-off for one of pop rock’s most underrated bands. Catchy licks, incredible musicianship, charmingly emotive lyrics and honest, entertaining performances have earned this band a steadfast group of fans both young and old. Panic Stations is its most recent record, but fans can surely expect to hear all the hits. Bring your own kazoo for “Her Words Destroyed My Planet,” tissues for “Hold Me Down” and confetti for the joyous performance of “Everything Is Alright.” Try not to get too deep into your feels. MF 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. Sold out. All ages. 412-821-4447 or

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