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Critics' Picks: February 26 - March 4 

Dark Tranquility and Water Liars come to town, plus Global Beats celebrates Carnival, metal ladies convene at Mr. Small's, and a new Asian jazz-fusion group debuts


With all of Pittsburgh's storied jazz history, one project the city hasn't tackled is Asian jazz-fusion — until now, with the founding of the group Silk Sound. The ensemble was founded by Silk Screen Asian Arts and Cultural Organization founder (and WESA Sunday-night DJ) Harish Saluja, and is made up mostly of local jazz musicians. Tabla player Samir Chatterjee, who teaches at Pitt and has toured worldwide, feels that having an Asian jazz-fusion group is important: "Jazz has a history of borrowing elements from Asian musical traditions. It is time to take it one step further — adopting Asian modes [and] rhythmic ideas into jazz. Modern jazz does that a lot from Latin American and African music." The group makes its stage debut tonight at Pitt's Bellefield Hall. Kayla Copes 7 p.m. 315 S. Bellefield Ave., Oakland. $15-25. All ages.

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For 10 years now, Carla Leininger's Global Beats has been providing world-music events, from regular DJ parties to live shows by international recording artists. Tonight, the group celebrates with a Brazilian Carnival celebration called Arrastão da Alegria. New York-based American-and-Brazilian band Nation Beat plays (on its short pre-Carnival tour), and locals Timbeleza and DJ Carla Canarinho round out the night. It all happens at Roland's Seafood Grill in the Strip District. Andy Mulkerin 9 p.m. 1904 Penn Ave., Strip District. $15-20.

click to enlarge Second Empire at Mr. Smalls Theatre
  • Photo courtesy of Kaela Speicher


Several subgenres of metal are represented tonight at Mr. Small's Theatre, but the common denominator is women. The second-ever Female Voices of Metal Fest, hosted by Jayson Shell of the Internet-radio Women of Metal Show, runs the gamut from symphonic metal (Second Empire) to New Wave of British Heavy Metal (Lady Beast) and heavy prog (Lies, Inc.). Bros of metal, you'll get your chance again soon; tonight, it's strictly for the ladies. AM 6:30 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $10. All ages. 412-821-4447 or


Death-metal band Dark Tranquility was formed 25 years ago and shows no signs of slowing down. In 2013, the Swedish five-piece released a new studio album, Construct; it's the 10th from the pioneers, who hail from the melodic-death-metal capital of Gothenburg. Lead singer Mikael Stanne and guitarist Niklas Sundin have been at it since the band began, and they bring Dark Tranquility to Altar Bar tonight. KC 7 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave. Strip District. $18-50. All ages. 412-263-2877 or

click to enlarge Water Liars at Club Cafe
  • Photo courtesy of Maggie Huber


Water Liars started out 2014 with a bang by releasing its self-titled second studio album. The folk band is mainly made up of primary songwriters and players Justin Kinkel-Schuster and Andrew Bryant. Their music can be dark, and deals primarily with themes of childhood and lost love — and it exudes a Southern twang that reflects their hometowns in Arkansas and Mississippi, respectively. Check them out tonight at Club Café along with special guests, Paul Luc and Look Left. KC 8 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $8. 412-431-4950 or


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