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Critics’ Picks, Sept. 10-16

Concerts by The Internet, Weekend Nachos, Thurston Moore and Ky-Mani Marley

 [PUNK]  + FRI., SEPT. 11

The hardcore sub-genre known as “powerviolence” is a distressing name for an extremely harsh and aggressive style of thrash. And despite its innocuous name, Chicago’s Weekend Nachos is a prime example of some of the fastest and briefest punk rock around. However, the band still has a good sense of humor: On Record Store Day earlier this year, it released a 7-inch record of Weezer covers — played just like Weezer. The member’s no-nonsense take on extreme music is refreshing in a world of po-faced, corpse-painted metal dudes taking themselves too seriously. Tonight at The Shop, Weekend Nachos is supported by Concealed Blade, Radium Girls, Honeymoon and more. Andrew Woehrel 7:30 p.m. 4314 Main St., Bloomfield. $8. 412-951-0622

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The Internet


Syd tha Kid, the primary force and voice behind the electro-soul group The Internet — performing tonight with Mars Jackson and Isaiah Small at Mr. Small’s Theatre — has all the swagger you would expect from a former member of Odd Future. As a producer/DJ in that always-controversial, now disbanded hip-hop collective, Syd usually got less attention than Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. But here, she (along with Matt Martians) gets the spotlight, and thank God. The Internet’s third release, Ego Death, will likely rank near the top of many a year-end list, for the same reason another Odd Future associate, Frank Ocean, won the hearts of critics back in 2012: It’s makeout music for the thinking millennial.  Margaret Welsh 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $18-20. 412-821-4447 or

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(the) Thurston Mo0re Baand


Since his split from Kim Gordon (yeah, not ready to move past that), Thurston Moore has become a notorious figure to those who consider themselves Team Kim. But that doesn’t change the reach of Moore’s influence as a member of Sonic Youth. The music he’s put out on his own is of a mellower sort than, say, Daydream Nation (the same could be said of latter-day Sonic Youth records), but the foundation of dissonant noise remains. If you’re ready to forgive, go see (the) Thurston Mo0re Baand (spelling and syntax at the request of the artist) tonight at Club Café. Clay Rendering will also perform.  MW 8 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $30. 412-431-4950 or

[REGGAE]  + WED., SEPT. 16

The second-youngest of reggae legend Bob Marley’s 11 children, Ky-Mani Marley performs tonight at Mr. Small’s Theatre with Truth & Rites and Funkle Aaron Project. It can’t be easy for one of Bob Marley’s sons to develop a musical identity that is not totally overshadowed by his father: Ky-Mani’s first album, 1996’s Like Father, Like Son, consisted entirely of covers of his father’s songs. He’s since moved away from Bob’s influence and developed a style of his own, which takes a more brooding and introspective contrast to his father’s more positive vibes. While Bob is remembered as one of the defining singer-songwriters of reggae music, Ky-Mani is trying to secure his place as a hip-hop, R&B and dancehall artist in his own right. AW 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $22. 412-821-4447 or

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