Critics' Picks for March 25-April 1 | Music | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper


For the fourth annual CureRock benefit concert, show organizers have booked its most high-profile performer yet — Florida-based singer-songwriter Matt Hires. Proceeds from the event go to efforts to fight pediatric and adolescent/young adult (AYA) cancer, and you can choose to either purchase your own ticket or a donation ticket which goes to a childhood cancer patient. Hires will be joined by locals Andre Costello and the Cool Minors and Brooke Annibale at the Hard Rock Café. Shawn Cooke 7 p.m. 230 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $25 and up. 21 and over. 412-481-7625 or

[AMERICANA] + Fri., March 27

Gary Antol, guitarist/singer/mandolin player of The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers, started playing guitar at age 5, and those years of experience shine through. Rounded out by fiddler Libby Eddy, Mitch Hall on the banjo and Ed Croft on upright bass, these locals (formerly The Weedrags) play Americana and revival bluegrass like they've been at it for a century; though if they had, they probably wouldn't sound this jubilantly youthful and even, dare I say, modern. Hear for yourself when they play the Thunderbird Café tonight, with Grand Ole Ditch. Margaret Welsh 9 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $8-10. 412-682-0177 or


The Hoteliers' Home, Like Noplace Is There is sort of like the good kid, m.A.A.d. city of emo — both are misleadingly catchy records with deep regret, grief and haunting introspection. Home catapulted the band into the music world's consciousness and led to a whole bunch of touring, including two previous Pittsburgh stops. As Home passes its one-year mark, this could be the last time to see that excellent record performed locally for a while. The Hoteliers open for Title Fight, who released the great Hyperview last month, and La Dispute at the Altar Bar. SC 8 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $20.50. 412-263-2877 or

[FOLK] + Wed., April 1

Johanna Warren's new record, nūmūn — out this May — is dedicated to something near and dear to the Oregon-based singer-songwriter's heart: the moon. As she puts it, "I am restoring balance to my body and making peace with the cycles of all natural things ... by collectively cultivating her, may we restore balance to our world." That may sound a bit ... um ... Pacific Northwest-y, but Warren's ethereal open-tuned folk has gained heft since 2013's Fates. Her eyes are turned toward the sky, but her roots run deep. Tonight she plays City Grows Garden Center with Adron, Donny, Huntress Thompson and Lea Marra. MW 7 p.m. 5208 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $5. 412-781-2082

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