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Critics' Picks: July 11 - 15

Local shows by Pentimento and Deltron 3030, plus a local showcase put together by Jazz Garcelle, and two festivals: Women of Metal Fest and Vans Warped Tour


Buffalo's Pentimento and Baltimore's Have Mercy have a few things in common: Besides being on tour and having four members in their respective wolf packs, both bands are about to be huge in the indie and pop-punk scene. Pentimento has an edgier, punk-rock feel (think Polar Bear Club) while Have Mercy has a cleaner, sweeter sound (i.e., Transit). Having both released debut LPs in 2013, the bands are quickly climbing the ranks. The two bands play the Smiling Moose tonight with Gates, Music From Another Room and Shirts vs. Skins. Zach Brendza 6 p.m. 1306 E Carson St., South Side. $12. All ages. 412-431-4668 or


It's only been a few months since Sardonyx Productions' last Women of Metal Fest, but the latest edition — tonight at the Rex Theater — is anticipated to be bigger and better. While the spring edition was largely locals, the summer version has A Sound of Thunder (from the D.C. area), Beyond Eden (from Eastern Pennsylvania) and others from beyond. If you purchase your ticket in advance, you can also hit the reception the night before the show. Andy Mulkerin 2 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $10-12. All ages. 412-381-6811 or

click to enlarge Jazz Garcelle at Club Café
Photo courtesy of Will Stotler

[R&B] + SAT., JULY 12

Her name is Jazz, but her quarry is soul: Jazz Garcelle, a Pittsburgh-based R&B/soul singer, headlines Club Café tonight with a few of her local friends. Garcelle, currently at work on her debut album, has grown comfortable on the local stage over the past couple of years, and is using tonight's show to showcase some of the other talent she's found around her: singer Belove Sanaa and spoken-word artist Crystal Noel. AM 6 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $8. 412-431-4950 or


Hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 has two LPs and one EP — not an exhaustive amount of material, but volume becomes insignificant when you create "the greatest rap record of all time." That's what member Dan The Automator thinks of 2013's Event 2, the group's latest full-length, though the jury is still deliberating on its place in rap history. When the stars align and Deltron assembles, magic happens. Or something like that. The group plays Altar Bar tonight with Kid Koala and Fortified PhonetX. ZB 8 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave, Strip District. $18-$20. All ages. 412-263-2877 or

[ROCK] + TUE., JULY 15

In its last year of teenagery, Vans Warped Tour is on the road once again, two years away from hitting the bars without a fake ID (unlike much of its audience). Nineteen years and the festival and proud papa/creator Kevin Lyman (who went on to coordinate Mayhem Festival and the Taste of Chaos tour) show no sign of slowing down. The premier playground for indie, pop-punk, screamo and hardcore will be situated on 10 stages with around 100 bands. Should you go, you'd be wise to check out Every Time I Die, Saves The Day, Real Friends and Bad Rabbits. The festival will be held at First Niagara Pavilion today. ZB 11 a.m. 665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown. $48.50. All ages. 724-947-7400

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