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Critics' Picks: October 31 - November 6

Local shows by Pierce the Veil and Passion Pit, plus ADD Fest returns, the Duquesne University Percussion Ensemble welcomes a new director and Dean and Britta bring 13 Most Beautiful ... home to Pittsburgh

Passion Pit
Passion Pit


It's a tradition nearly as old as some of its attendees: ADD Fest is now in its 15th iteration (the 13th at the Mr. Roboto Project). Each year around this time, the show takes 10 local bands and allows them 10 minutes each to show what they've got. This year's participants: Microwaves (who it's hard to believe have never played ADD before), plus plenty of relative newcomers: Wise Up, Illegals, Night Breed, Liebstod, Snails, Pants, Crazy Scorpion Group, Hard Money and Radium Girls. Andy Mulkerin 7 p.m. 5106 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $5-10 suggested donation.


So far, 2012 has been a good year for Pierce the Veil. Fresh off the release of the band's critically acclaimed third album Collide With the Sky and a stint playing the main stage at Vans Warped Tour for the first time, the California natives launched an almost-sold-out headlining U.S. tour. The Fuentes brothers and company continue to make a name for their punk-influenced post-hardcore sound (with a little Spanish flair). Catch them if you can tonight at Mr. Small's; Sleeping With Sirens, Tonight Alive and Hands Like Houses open. Amanda Wishner  7 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. Sold out as of press time. 412-821-4447 or


Passion Pit is the product of a couple of college friends and one well-crafted Valentine's Day gift (which would later become the debut Chunk of Change EP). Since its formation, the five-piece has enjoyed more commercial success than most indie bands can ever dream of. Literally. After "Sleepyhead" found its way onto numerous advertising campaigns in 2008, the band has lent its danceable beats, distinctive vocals and addictive hooks to more than a few TV shows and ads, and topped U.S. charts. See Passion Pit tonight at Stage AE; Youngblood Hawke and Hollerado open. AW 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $27-29. 412-229-5483 or


If you attend tonight's premiere performance of this year's Duquesne University Percussion Ensemble, don't expect anything like Drumline. There'll be classic drum stuff, yes, but there will also be plenty of what some call "tuneful percussion" your marimbas, vibraphones and the like. Tonight's program, which introduces new director Eliseo Rael, includes compositions by Christopher Rouse, Jack Stamp and Pittsburgher Eric Moe, and the headlining piece is Dana Wilson's "Primal Worlds." AM 8 p.m. Third floor, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, Uptown. Free. All ages. 412-396-6080 or


[Note: This show, originally slated to take place at Carnegie Lecture Hall, is now taking place at the Warhol Museum.]

In 2008, as part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, Dean and Britta came to town to perform pieces they wrote (or rearranged) to fit with Andy Warhol's famous Screen Test videos. The Luna and Galaxie 500 alums then took the show on the road, playing in places like New York's Lincoln Center. Tonight, they bring it home to the Andy Warhol Museum to celebrate the 75th performance of 13 Most Beautiful ... AM 8 p.m. 237 Sandusky St., North Side $15-20. All ages. 412-237-8300 or

Eclipse at Carnegie Science Center
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Eclipse at Carnegie Science Center

By Mars Johnson