Critics' Picks: Deerhoof, Jimmy Eat World, Black Milk and Dr. Dog | Music | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Critics' Picks: Deerhoof, Jimmy Eat World, Black Milk and Dr. Dog

Fri., Feb. 11 -- Hip Hop

Rising Detroit emcee and producer Black Milk is performing at Shadow Lounge with a band that includes vocalist and keyboardist AB and drummer Daru Jones. Jones, who originally hails from Detroit, is no stranger to Pittsburgh audiences, having provided drums for local acts including Eviction Notice, Sonji, and Shadow Lounge house band Hambone Jenkins. Also on the bill are Kid A, Buscrates, Divine Seven, Varsity Squad, Dos Noun and Mario Dones. Aaron Jentzen 10 p.m. (doors at 9 p.m.). 5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. $15 ($20 at the door). 18 and over. 412-363-8277


Sat., Feb. 12 -- Rock

Deerhoof vs. Evil is most certainly a Deerhoof album, but it's not a carbon copy of the records that endeared us to the San Francisco band in the early '00s. The loud, abrasive, distorted guitars appear, but not in the same quantity, and Satomi Matsuzaki's squeak-shriek-and-chatter vocals reveal a new nuance. The four-piece appears at Altar Bar with tourmates Ben Butler & Mousepad and local electronic/atmospheric faves Ennui. Andy Mulkerin 8:30 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $13. 412-263-2877 or


Mon., Feb. 14 -- Rock

Taking your valentine to see Jimmy Eat World: Genius move or relationship suicide? Tough call. The show opens on a melancholy, introspective note with singer-songwriter David Bazan, formerly of Pedro the Lion. While Jimmy Eat World has come a long way from its cathartic emo roots, the band's athems still tug the heartstrings. Basically, you're opening a can of worms ... on a day that's already an open can of worms about opening cans of worms. But the show at Club Zoo is an early one -- plenty of time after to pull yourself together for any remaining Valentine's Day plans. AJ 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.). 1630 Smallman St., Strip District. $27. All ages. 412-201-1100 or


Thu., Feb. 17 -- Rock

Philadelphia's Dr. Dog combines an old-time rock 'n' roll analog sound with some 21st-century intangibles. As the story goes, the band was "discovered" by My Morning Jacket's Jim James and rose to prominence touring with that band; now Dr. Dog, on ANTI- Records, is big enough to headline its own tours, thank you. The psyche-tinged rock band plays Mr. Small's Theatre with openers The Head and the Heart. AM 9 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $18. All ages. 412-821-4447 or

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