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Critics’ Picks, Dec. 10-16

Concerts by Joanna Newsom, Timbeleza, the 14th Annual Pittsburgh Holiday Doo-Wop Concert and a DVD release party for Yinzer Fest 2015


The 31st St. Pub closed its doors forever earlier this year, but for those who remember the grimy watering hole fondly, a Canada-based production company called “Punk Rick's Videos” is releasing Yinzer Fest 2015. The DVD features performances from several Pub mainstays including The Cheats, Thunder Vest, The Legendary Hucklebucks, Volcano Dogs and more. Tonight at Sinners and Saints Tattoo Shop, you can pick up a copy of the DVD, enjoy a drink from a keg of Stoney's beer, help yourself to some free food and maybe grab a door prize or two. Admission to this event is free, so why not? Andrew Woehrel 7 p.m. 252 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside. 412-345-0189 or 

click to enlarge Timbeleza - PHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL BELLON
Photo courtesy of Daniel Bellon

[SAMBA] + SAT., DEC. 12

Timbeleza, Pittsburgh’s samba (or more specifically, batucada) group has been raising money for a two-week trip to Brazil to study under master percussionists and visit famous samba schools. Tonight's event at Spirit is a celebration of the end of its Indiegogo fundraising campaign. Dubbed “Timbelectro,” this electro-dance party combines DJs Kerem, 7UP and Strobe playing electronic dance music with live performances by members of Timbeleza and 3rd Street Belly Dance. AW 9 p.m. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $10. 412-586-4441 or

click to enlarge Joanna Newsom - PHOTO COURTESY OF ANNABEL MEHRAN
Photo courtesy of Annabel Mehran
Joanna Newsom


It’s no surprise that Joanna Newsom’s new album, Divers, is showing up on almost everyone’s year-end lists: She could probably spit in a record sleeve to similar results (not that she ever would, she’s a class act!). Regardless, accolades are well deserved. Many have described Divers — her first full-length since 2010’s ambitious Have One on Me — as the singer/songwriter/harpist’s most accessible release. That’s probably because, unlike Have One on Me, none of the songs are longer than seven minutes, and it was released on one LP rather than three. Newsom’s warble and pitch may still be an acquired taste for some, but she’s come a long way from the freak folk of her early career. With Divers, she approaches Kate Bush territory. Is there higher praise than that? Tonight, Newsom plays at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead, her first Pittsburgh appearance in years. Margaret Welsh 8 p.m. 510 E. 10th St., Munhall. $29-49. 412-368-5225 or

[DOO WOP] + WED., DEC. 16

This year, the 14th Annual Pittsburgh Holiday Doo-Wop Concert is headlined by Mary Wilson of the classic ’60s girl-group The Supremes. Although she didn’t achieve such high-profile fame as lead singer Diana Ross, Wilson was the longest-lasting original member of The Supremes; after Florence Ballard was ousted from the group in 1967 and Ross left in 1970, Wilson remained in The Supremes until the group's dissolution in 1977. Post-Supremes, Wilson has enjoyed a solo career and written two bestselling autobiographies. Tonight’s show at Heinz Hall also features Lenny Welch, The Original Tymes, Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles, and more. AW 7:30 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $32.50-99.50. 412-392-4900 or

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