Critics’ Picks, Aug. 13-19 | Music | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Critics’ Picks, Aug. 13-19 

Concerts by Frankie Cosmos, Overly Polite Tornadoes, The Jaguar Club and Worriers


It’s pretty common for the children of celebrities to go into the music business, and often these careers feel like the ill-advised vanity projects of entitled youngsters. Not so with Greta Klein, daughter of Kevin Klein and Phoebe Cates, and the force behind the band Frankie Cosmos. The K Records-loving singer-songwriter has a stunning musical drive: There are dozens of full collections of lo-fi bedroom recordings on her bandcamp page — a dizzying output from someone who is barely in her 20s. To narrow it down, listen to the sweet, smart and melancholy Zentropy. Then see Frankie Cosmos with buzz band Girlpool and locals Fun Home and CALYX tonight at The Mr. Roboto Project. Margaret Welsh 7 p.m. 5106 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $10. All ages.

click to enlarge Overly Polite Tornadoes - PHOTO COURTESY OF APRIL ZIMONT
  • Photo courtesy of April Zimont
  • Overly Polite Tornadoes


Kalamazoo, Mich., the hometown of Overly Polite Tornadoes, has a name as catchy as the band’s. Married couple Mark Andrew Morris and Holly Klutts-Morris make bedroom loop-pop with subtle vocals, full arrangements and double-helix-like harmonies. They’re also members of the band Glowfriends, who are in the same shoegazing genre. This year’s When You Wake Up follows the band’s seven-song EP, Almost, and those records have shown OPT to be a solid sonic wingman — this is music you can just hang out with, knowing it’s always up for a party. See for yourself when the duo plays Club Café along with The Velcro Shoes, Claire With the Turban and Street Pigeons. Caleb Murphy 10:15 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $7. 412-431-4950 or


After five years on synth-pop rumspringa as the side-project Medals, The Jaguar Club is back with the original moniker, an expanded lineup and a new EP, Close. The Boston/Brooklyn band got older in that time (we all did), but luckily didn’t age out of the cheeky, concise pop work that drove its early records. It’s just slightly dancier now (thank you, Medals). The songs on Close are easy on the ears, but feel implacably subversive — sort of like a cleaner Sunset Rubdown, or Chappo with a little more dirt in it. The Jaguar Club will be joined tonight at Howlers by Anello and Incredible Change. Alex Gordon 9 p.m. 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. $5. 412-682-0320 or

click to enlarge Worriers - PHOTO COURTESY OF MARS GANITO
  • Photo courtesy of Mars Ganito
  • Worriers

[PUNK] + SUN., AUG 16

 Worriers get a lot of love for their social commentary and political edge, particularly titles like “Yes All Cops” and “They/Them/Theirs” from their debut LP, Imaginary Life (produced by Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!). But Lauren Denitzio’s frill-less punk band, playing The Mr. Roboto Project tonight, also thrives in less heady realms. Worriers can do more with four chords and three minutes than most of their pop-punk contemporaries, and credit there goes to Denitzio’s powerful voice and deceptively laid-back delivery. Locals The Lopez, Roulette Waves and Chattel Tail also perform. AG 7 p.m. 5106 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $5. All ages.


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