Critics' Picks: January 20 - 25 | Music | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Critics' Picks: January 20 - 25

Local shows by Mind Fish, The Weber Brothers, Names Divine and Bleached.

Photo courtesy of Sara Daniels


With a name like Mind Fish, you can figure a band doesn't take itself too seriously. But the Toledo, Ohio-based power-pop outfit has more than a sense of humor; it's got hooks out the wazoo, plus some killer vocals. Fans of '90s alt-rock would do well to check the four-piece out tonight at Thunderbird Café; it'll give you a few reasons to stick around for the whole set. With locals Sleepy V and White Like Fire. Andy Mulkerin 9 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $5. 412-682-0177 or

[ROCK] + SAT., JAN. 21

The Weber Brothers — Ryan and Sam — cut their teeth playing with Ronnie Hawkins, the old-time rockabilly legend. Maybe that's why their band (rounded out by keyboardist Shai Peer and drummer Emmett van Etten) makes such a convincing case for old-time rock 'n' roll. Honky tonk and rockabilly rear their heads on the group's latest, Left Right Left Right, but a certain pop sensibility ties it all together. Tonight they play the late show at Thunderbird Café. AM 10 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $5. 412-682-0177 or



Chicago's Names Divine has had a few lineup changes in its day, as is wont to happen when you've got up to 14 people in your band. Right now, the group is nine members, at least seven of whom it's currently touring with, and it's all weird: Centered around the vocals of Kendra Calhoun and Ike Floor, the group makes droney, complex, dark music that mixes American blues and Eastern folk influences. It plays tonight at Garfield Artworks; Ursa Major, members of Ike, and Trogpite all open. AM 8 p.m. 4931 Penn Ave., Garfield. $5. All ages. 412-361-2262 or


[PUNK] + WED., JAN. 25

A few years back, sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin tore it up in the teen garage-punk band Mika Miko, known for frenetic live shows in which they sang into a microphone disguised as a telephone. Now they head up Bleached, a three-piece that's got the same unpolished punk sound and simplicity, but is a little more jangly pop, a little less screaming. Tonight the band makes its Pittsburgh debut at Gooski's; New Yorkers Amen Dunes play as well, along with locals Zeitgeist. AM 9 p.m. 3117 Brereton St., Polish Hill. $7. 412-681-1658

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