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Critcs’ Picks, Jan. 28-Feb. 3

Concerts by T-Wayne, Ekmeles, Nathan Carterette and Givers

[RAP] + THU., JAN. 28

Texan rapper T-Wayne, whose real name is Tyshon Dwayne Nobles, didn’t intend for his stage name to resemble an amalgamation of his contemporaries T-Pain and Lil Wayne. But it’s clear upon listening to his 2015 single “Nasty Freestyle” that he would welcome the comparison. (Nobles subsequently invented a new pseudonym, Rickey Wayne, to separate himself from his influences.) T-Wayne’s trap beats, frequently auto-tuned vocals and relaxed, staccato flow place him squarely in the current zeitgeist of rap, along with influences like Young Thug and even Drake. You can see T-Wayne tonight at Altar Bar, with support from Rejjie Snow, Rich the Kid, Tk N Cash and more. Andrew Woehrel 6 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $15. 412-206-9719 or

[VOCAL] + SAT., JAN. 30

The term a capella can elicit groans from certain music fans — and not without good reason, especially if memories of childhood viewings of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? and cheesy college co-ed vocal groups spring to mind. But maybe it’s time to reconsider that aversion. Music on the Edge partners with The Andy Warhol Museum to present tonight’s performance by Ekmeles, an ensemble of young vocalists based in New York. Ekmeles is vocal music at its best, with a repertoire including interpretations of obscure medieval texts, experimental and minimalist compositions, German avant-garde madrigals and more. AW 8 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $10-20. 412-237-8300 or

click to enlarge Nathan Carterette - PHOTO COURTESY OF MINGZHE WANG
Photo courtesy of Mingzhe Wang
Nathan Carterette


Even though everything he wrote was for God, you don’t have to be a Christian, or religious at all, to appreciate the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, who was unquestionably one of the greatest and perhaps the most influential composer in the history of Western music. Tonight, young pianist Nathan Carterette performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations in the sanctuary of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Carterette is an extremely accomplished performer and interpreter who was played all over the world. But we don’t have to travel all the way to Munich to see him play Baroque classics — we can see him right here in his hometown of Pittsburgh. AW 3 p.m. 5121 Westminster Place, Shadyside. $10-15. 412-682-4300 or

click to enlarge Givers - PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID BLACK
Photo courtesy of David Black

[POP] + TUE., FEB. 2

Givers, of Lafayette, La., don’t necessarily sound like they were born on the bayou, even though the group consists of Louisianans who fled New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Givers sound more like Brooklyn hipsters combining Afro-pop and zydeco with big-budget pop. They’re clearly influenced by New Yorkers like Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors and even Talking Heads, and one could imagine the roots of the band’s sound going back as far as Paul Simon’s Graceland. Vocalists Tiffany Lamson and Taylor Guarisco’s affected patois may be an acquired taste for some listeners, but dreadlocked hackeysackers and electro-dance fans alike will find something to love in Givers’ tropical beat. Tonight, Givers play at Cattivo, with special guest Doe Paoro. AW 7 p.m. 146 44th St., Lawrenceville. $13.50-15. 412-687-2157 or

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