Critics' Pick: Valley Queen at Brillobox | Music | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper


It’s surprisingly satisfying when a band’s name matches its sound. A band called Valley Queen seems like it would have a laid-back, West Coast sound in the vein of Fleetwood Mac, and it does! In March, the Los Angeles-based group released its debut EP, Destroyer, a minimalist album characterized by mellow, melancholy songwriting. Frontwoman Natalie Carol anchors its sound with her clear, strong voice and lyrics playing on the mythology of California, like “Out in California / Where no one ever dies / Or admits to growing older.” Valley Queen plays Brillobox tonight with local jazz-pop group Badluxe, fresh off the July release of its first EP, Ribcage Xylophone.

8 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $10. 21+. 412-621-4900 or

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