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Critics' Picks: March 29 - April 3

Local shows by Genticorum, J*DaVeY, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Balaclavas and Cloud Nothings


If it's come into vogue to refer to music with roots in the American folk tradition as "Americana," can we call Genticorum's music "Canadiana"? Do everyone a favor and don't actually ask the Quebecois trio that question when they play as part of the Calliope series tonight at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. The Juno-nominated group makes French-language music incorporating fiddles and accordions, putting a Canadian twist on the jig-and-reel set. Andy Mulkerin 7:30 p.m. 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. $10-15. All ages. 412-361-1915 or

[POP] + THU., MARCH 29

J*DaVeY isn't necessarily a household name, but those who know the pop duo are often rabid about them. Frontwoman Jack Davey (real name: Briana Cartwright) drapes her sultry, often soft vocals over beats produced by bandmate Brook D'Leau. The pair's latest album, New Designer Drug, came out late last year; tonight the duo plays Shadow Lounge in support of it. AM 9 p.m. 5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. $10-15. 18 and over. 412-363-8277 or


Arleigh Kincheloe's voice has enough might to make a grown man tremble, so when her eight Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds bandmates join her onstage, they can deliver an earthquake of a live performance. The music of the rock-and-soul assemblage features a grit reminiscent of Janis Joplin and a groove comparable to that of Aretha Franklin. They perform at the Rex Theater tonight with special guest Jones For Revival. Nicole Chynoweth 9 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $12. 412-381-6811 or



Houston's Balaclavas polishes up the old post-punk/no-wave sound (think The Fall, DNA) on its latest EP, Second Sight, released this week on Dull Knife. The echo-y trip (which follows up 2011's fuzzed-out Snake People) starts with a couple of upright-marching punk tunes and finishes out with the slithery "Moon Roof," an amalgamation of wandering guitar licks, reverberating vocals and samples. The band plays The Shop tonight; Kim Phuc and Gangwish open. AM 8 p.m. 4314 Main St., Bloomfield. $6. All ages. 412-951-0622


In 2009, David Baldi began utilizing his parents' basement for musical purposes, transforming it into a makeshift recording studio where he pieced together the melodies and harmonies of what eventually became Cloud Nothings. His fuzzy indie-pop creation has evolved from a one-man show into a full band featuring T.J. Duke, Jayson Gerycz and Joe Boyer. The band's latest release, Attack on Memory, reveals impressive technical and stylistic growth. Check the band out, along with A Classic Education and Pet Clinic, at Brillobox tonight. NC 9:30 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $8. 412-621-4900 or