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Critics' Picks: April 5 - 12

Local shows by Honeyhoney, The Two Man Gentleman Band, a couple of famous offspring (Anoushka Shankar and Chuchito Valdes), plus a CD release from The Whiskey Holler



Last year Honeyhoney released its second record, Billy Jack, to much acclaim; the California duo executes classic-sounding country tunes without coming off as stale or ironic. Singer Suzanne Santo drapes her beautiful vocals over a framework of banjo, guitar and fiddle as provided by Santo and her bandmate Ben Jaffe. Tonight the duo plays Club Café; Zombie Bait opens. Andy Mulkerin 7 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $10. 412-431-4950 or


The latest from locals The Whiskey Holler, HiveSongs, is a five-song EP that ranges from rootsy to downright spacey. The four-piece rock outfit has a knack for catchy hooks and classic song-forms, with just the right amount of weirdness to keep it interesting. Tonight the band releases the new EP with a CD-release show at Howlers; Meeting of Important People and Dazzletine play as well. AM 9 p.m. 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. $5. 412-682-0320 or

[JAZZ] + TUE., APR. 10

As the son of Chucho Valdés and grandson of Bebo Valdés — both well-known Cuban pianists and bandleaders — it is no surprise that Chuchito Valdés knows a thing or two about rhythm. By marrying the sounds of his smooth piano skills with in-your-face brass instruments and exotic percussion, Valdés creates exhilarating music. With a powerhouse ensemble, he tours all over the world sharing his Afro-Cuban style, and his talent has earned him praise as one of today's best Latin jazz pianists. He performs tonight at the Cabaret at Theater Square. Nicole Chynoweth 8 p.m. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. $30.75. All ages. 412-456-6666


Last time The Two Man Gentleman Band was in Pittsburgh, one of the gentlemen, Andy Bean, told CP that, despite the band's early propensity for songs about U.S. presidents, they'd rather write songs about wanting to party with girls. The duo's latest, Two at a Time, is accomplishing just that: It's populated with songs like "Panama City Beach," "Pool Party" and "Let's Get Happy Together." If your jam is old-timey jazz and western swing, your summer jam may be on this record. The band plays tonight with City Dwelling Nature Seekers at the 31st Street Pub. AM 9:30 p.m. 3101 Penn Ave., Strip District. $8-10. 412-391-8334 or


Classical Indian music and flamenco intertwine on sitarist Anoushka Shankar's latest release, Traveller. The daughter of Ravi Shankar, Anoushka has been studying music since she was 9 years old. Her compositions are strongly influenced by her ethnic background and employ both traditional and modern elements. Her soft voice and command of the sitar shine on the new album, which she is currently on tour promoting. Shankar takes the stage at the Byham Theater tonight. NC 7:30 p.m. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $23-38. All ages. 412-456-6666

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