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Critics' Picks for March 19-25

Shows by Blue Öyster Cult and BOYTOY, plus local musicians help fight hunger and pay tribute to Lou Reed

click to enlarge Steve Bodner
Photo by Heather Mull
Steve Bodner


Today, Pittsburgh Musicians for Hunger Relief puts on two events to promote its new song and video, "The Lights on Grant." And, by extension, it will help promote the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and national anti-poverty organization WhyHunger. The video — which features scenic shots of the city, and music written by PMHR founder Steve Bodner of the Damaged Pies — will premiere at the City-County Building at noon. The day will also be proclaimed WhyHunger Day by the mayor's office. Then later, at Club Café, Pittsburgh music heavyweights Norm Nardini, Slim Forsythe & his Payday Loaners and The Damaged Pies will join forces for a benefit concert. You can buy your own copy of the DVD at either event, and rest assured that all of your money will help get food into hungry bellies. Margaret Welsh Video: Noon, 414 Grant St, Downtown. Concert: 6:30 p.m. Club Café, 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $8. 412-431-4950 or


It's been nearly 40 years since Blue Öyster Cult was at the height of its powers — which seems like an eternity to sustain relevance. But once your hit "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" has been immortalized by decades of classic-rock radio play and Will Ferrell's bare midriff, people don't forget about you easily. Blue Öyster Cult hardly maintained a steady lineup over the years — its "former members" space on Wikipedia jumps down the page to a 17-person list — but for the current tour, two of the principal members, Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser and Eric Bloom, lead a newer crew of rockers. The band plays the Palace Theatre tonight. Shawn Cooke 8 p.m. 21 West Otterman St., Greensburg. $38-82. All ages. 724-836-8000 or


After his death in 2013, a Lou Reed tribute show takes on a whole new weight. Instead of just giving fans a cheaper and semi-authentic alternative to the rare tour stop, A Pittsburgh Tribute to Lou Reed is now the closest thing we can get to a Lou Reed show in the city, or anywhere. Local artists Michael Nolan, Bill Nunz, Bettie Rage, Maura Mullen, Todd Porter and others will pay homage at Club Café tonight. SC 8 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $5. 412-431-4950 or

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Photo courtesy of Jesse Untracht-Oakner


If Best Coast ate its Wheaties, it might sound something like BOYTOY. The Brooklyn trio writes songs fit for the garage of a beach house — albeit one that's always throwing keggers with the punks down the street. Last year's eponymous debut EP featured some sunny melodies from Saara Untracht-Oakner and Glenn Van Dyke's fuzzy guitars and smooth vocal delivery. Much like Mikal Cronin's great MCII, it's garage rock stripped of its urgency, and BOYTOY seems completely fine with takin' it easy. The band plays Carnegie Mellon's Underground tonight. SC 7 p.m. 1060 Morewood Ave., North Oakland. Free. All ages.

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