Critics' Picks: Aug 4 - Aug 9 | Music | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

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The self-titled debut from Cult of Youth runs the gamut: classic country, Anglo neo-folk, sea shanty. But it's all underscored by a sinister post-industrial vibe that recalls Savage Republic. The band is headed up by Sean Ragon, who runs a tiny record shop in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, and used to play bass in the K Records/Sub Pop band Love As Laughter. Fans of everything from dark neo-folk in the vein of Current 93 to raucus, Pogues-like stuff should take note. The band plays the 31st Street Pub tonight; Zeitgeist and Presidio open. Andy Mulkerin 10 p.m. 3101 Penn Ave., Strip District. $7. 412-391-8334


It's not fair to pin one genre on the three-day Flood City Music Festival; the annual event used to be the Johnstown Folk Festival, but it's pretty diverse anymore. There's a certain skew toward roots and jam bands, but this year's lineup spans classic-rock legends (Gregg Allman, headlining Saturday), blues (Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Sunday) and R&B (JJ Grey & Mofro, Friday). The Hackensaw Boys play tonight as well as part of the day-one lineup; Pittsburgh bands on the bill include Boogie Hustlers and City Dwelling Nature Seekers. AM Gates at 4:30 p.m., music at 5:30, continues through Sunday. Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St., Johnstown. $10-20 per day, or $35 weekend pass. All ages. 814-539-1889 or


[LOCAL] + SUN., AUG. 7

The bands playing at Diesel won't really sound similar to one another -- it's not that kind of show. The common thread: They're all favored by the folks at, a local website started a year ago to mix original commentary with syndication of local music websites and media outlets. Tonight's show is a celebration of the site's first year, and features six local bands: Beyond Daylight, Fiveunder, Shirts vs. Skins, Crossing Boundaries, Pete Bush and the Hoi Polloi, and Fist Fight in the Parking Lot. AM 6 p.m. 1601 E. Carson St., South Side. $10-12. All ages. 412-431-8800

[PUNK] + TUE., AUG. 9

If you need a reminder of how old you're getting, here goes: Alkaline Trio is celebrating its 15th anniversary as a band this year. The slightly-more-complicated-than-pop-punk band has eight full-lengths to its name now (2001's From Here to Infirmary was its breakout); earlier this year it released Damnesia, a collection of stripped-down versions of some of its earlier tunes. The band plays Club Zoo tonight; Mewithoutyou and The Drowning Men open. AM 7 p.m. 1630 Smallman St., Strip District. $20-23. All ages. 412-201-1100 or

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