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Critics' Picks: December 4 - 10

Local shows by Elan Trotman and Steve Winwood; a couple bands with Pittsburgh ties — Zombi and !!! — come home; and a "calendar comp" is released

[PUNK] + FRI., DEC. 6

Surely it's something you've thought of many times: There are so many wall calendars out there with pictures of, like, Kate Upton, but why are there none with Submachine? Lucky for you, local punk-scene figure Ryan Warmbrodt has got your hookup — the 2014 Pittsburgh Calendar Comp. There's a calendar (each month features a photo of a band, like The Legendary Hucklebucks), and a vinyl compilation, with a song from each band. The calendar gets a boost this weekend with three release shows. Andy Mulkerin 9 p.m. Howlers, 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield (Submachine, Thunder Vest, The Cheats, The Beagle Brothers). $5. 412-682-0322. Also: 9 p.m. Sat., Dec. 7 at Hambone's, 4207 Butler St., Lawrenceville (The Legendary Hucklebucks, Homeless Gospel Choir, Bottle Rat, Latecomer). $5. 412-681-4318. And: 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 8. 222 Ormsby St., Mount Oliver (Edhochuli, Bastard Bearded Irishmen, Dead Batteries, Crooked Cobras). $5. All ages.

click to enlarge Zombi at Carnegie music hall of Homestead, with Goblin
Photo courtesy of Shawn Brackbill


It's been two years since space -rock duo Zombi played Pittsburgh, but the partly locally based group — Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra — is back on tour this month. Zombi experiments with looping to make heavily layered tracks, and the tour coincides with a reissue of three of its out-of-print EPs. In recent years, the duo has been busy managing the limited-run cassette label VCO Recordings, scoring films and working on solo music. (Moore's solo album Pangaea Ultima was released earlier this year.) Zombi will be playing at Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead with Italian prog-rock group Goblin, best known for its work with film soundtracks (including 1977 horror film Suspiria). Allison Cosby 8 p.m. 510 E. 10th St., Munhall. $28-30. All ages. 412-368-5225 or

[ROCK] + FRI., DEC. 6

Steve Winwood was only 17 when he had his first hit with the Spencer Davis Group ("Keep on Running"). It was an early start to what would be a monumental career for that unforgettable voice, including his collaboration with Clapton in Blind Faith, stardom with Traffic and solo success with — face it, sort of cheesy-good — '80s hits like "Higher Love" and "Back in the High Life Again." He plays the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland tonight; Michael Bernard Fitzgerald opens. AM 7 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $57-80. All ages.

[JAZZ] + SUN., DEC. 8

If sax is your jam, Latitude 40 is the place to be tonight: Two internationally known axe men are playing a holiday show for smooth-jazz lovers. Elan Trotman has toured with the likes of Michael McDonald, and Marcus Anderson plays with Prince himself (in addition to Sheila E. and plenty of others). They team up with a few local ensembles — the Shady Side Academy Jazz Ensemble, Midnight Snack Trio and South Fayette Jazz Band — for tonight's gig. AM 6 p.m. 200 Quinn Drive, Robinson. $40 includes dinner. All ages. 412-693-5555 or

[DANCE] + WED., DEC. 11

Sacramento-based dance-punk band !!! (most commonly pronounced "chk-chk-chk") has traded its unpredictable, politically charged dance music for a cleaner, more disco-focused sound on its fifth full-length album THR!!!ER, which was released in April. The group (which features local drummer Paul Quattrone, of Shockwave Riderz) is hard to classify and even harder to search on Google, but easy to dance to, and its all-ages show tonight at Altar Bar is sure to brighten up your week. AC 8 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $13.50-15. 412-206-9719 or

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