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Critics' Picks: April 24 - 30

Local shows by Wussy, Tech N9ne and Twin Tigers, plus a benefit for local guitarist Dave Iglar


In a world where the term "indie" has largely lost its meaning, Cincinnati's Wussy remains a shining example of what indie rock once was. The four-piece is critically acclaimed but not exactly a household name; its fuzzy guitar-rock and slightly awkward, untrained vocals hearken back to the lo-fi early years of indie as exemplified by Homestead Records in the '80s. Tonight, the band plays Brillobox with Sun Ray, Shining Light and Robin Vote. Andy Mulkerin 9:30 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $10. 412-621-4900 or


Since 1999, rapid-fire rapper Tech N9ne has been putting out solo albums showcasing his distinct, complex rhyme schemes coupled with the sort of infectious, digital production work that characterized the popular hip hop of the early '00s. The Kansas City native's delivery is often referred to as "chopper"-style rap, but it's not the speedy delivery or the complex rhymes that have listeners reeling; it's the ease with which he pulls it off. It's easy to picture him lounging in a recliner, reciting bar after bar of verse lackadaisically. Tonight, he plays Stage AE with Brotha Lynch Hung. John Lavanga 6:30 p.m. 400 N. Shore Drive, North Side. $22. All ages. 412-229-5483 or


For three decades, Dave Iglar has been a local-music fixture; the blues and rock guitarist has played with the band Force Field, in a duo with Shari Richards, and more recently with his own eponymous band. He's also recently undergone surgery and radiation treatment for cancer; tonight, his band and some other local staples play a benefit to help defray the costs of treatment. It's called Dave-Aid, and includes a buffet dinner, raffle and more. Pete Hewlett and Scott Anderson, Miss Freddye, Bill Ali, Eugene Morgan and members of theCAUSE all play as well. AM 4 p.m. Joey D's Bar and Grille, 2801 Freeport Road, Harmar. $15-20. All ages.


Athens, Ga., has long been the epicenter of a highly successful indie-rock scene, and fuzz-rock-influenced four-piece Twin Tigers exemplifies this perfectly. The band, which began when guitarist Matthew Rain and bassist Aimee Morris began writing and recording music sessions in a basement, utilizes reverb-heavy, layered guitar work and disarmingly soothing vocals to move somewhere between the deeply emotional and the vaguely psychedelic. It's also a style that translates well onstage, where they've become well known for great live performances. At Brillobox with Imperial Railway and Young Brokaw. JL 9:30 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $8. 412-621-4900 or

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