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Critics' Picks: December 1 - 7

Local shows by Raul Malo, Kyuss Lives! and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah; a homecoming for Parry Adams; and a screening of a film about KARP

[ROCK] + THU., DEC. 01

He croons love songs with the panache of Sinatra and rocks incendiary guitar solos with equal smoothness. Raul Malo, a first-generation Cuban American, has been making lovesick rock music coated in country twang and just a hint of Latino sexiness for more than two decades. He cut his songwriting and production teeth with the rockabilly band The Mavericks back in the early '90s, and since then has been working solo, blurring the edge where Miami-bred rock becomes hopelessly romantic Americana. Kate Magoc 7 p.m. Club Café, 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $39.50. 412-431-4950 or

[POP] + FRI., DEC. 2

Pittsburgh-area native and Point Park grad Parry Adams only recently began concentrating on life as a solo artist; she released her debut EP earlier this year after years of doing acting work. Puzzle Piece is a solid first effort, featuring upbeat (though sometimes bittersweet) pop tunes with a country twang. Adams, who lives in New York City now, plays a homecoming show -- her first Pittsburgh date since the EP dropped -- tonight at Club Café. Andy Mulkerin 10 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $10. 412-431-4950 or


Kyuss was one of the bands that put stoner rock on the map in the mainstream rock world. The California band broke up in the mid-'90s and eventually spun off Queens of the Stone Age; Josh Homme never returned to Kyuss, but John Garcia got the band back together last year under the name Kyuss Lives! That's the band that plays the Palace Theater in Greensburg tonight; The Sword and Black Cobra open. AM 7 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. $25-30. All ages. 724-836-8000 or



Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has been marked as a band that's interesting mostly because of its story. The band found success via the Internet -- not terribly novel these days, but back in the mid-'00s, such territory was mostly uncharted. The members recorded their self-titled first album DIY-style, and as it pushed its way into the ears of indie aficionados, it paved the way for the proliferation of homegrown indie rock via the Interwebs. Fresh off the release of its third album, Hysterical, the band is here to prove that its music is more than just an interesting story. Waters opens. KM 8 p.m., Mr. Small's Theater, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $17. 412-821-4447 or



The punk band KARP emerged from the Pacific Northwest in the '90s, during the reign of Olympian behemoths like Bikini Kill and the more established Beat Happening. KARP never reached those levels of fame, but the band's name is like a shibboleth for DIY punk fans of a certain age. William Badgley (of the Bellingham, Wash., band Federation X) made a documentary on the three-piece, and brings it to ModernFormations Gallery tonight. After Kill All Redneck Pricks: KARP Lives! 1990-1998 screens, Badgley answers audience questions, so bring your KARP curiosity. AM 8 p.m. 4919 Penn Ave., Garfield. $6. All ages. 412-362-0274 or

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