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Critics’ Picks, July 7-13

Performances by Culture Shock, John Carpenter, Hurray for the Riff Raff and the Biebs

[SKA] + SAT., JULY 9
Cattivo will host a blast from the ska-punk past, so grab your checkered shoes and witness Culture Shock live in action. Culture Shock released three records between 1986 and 1989 and, after a long break, reformed in 2012. The U.K.-based band was part of the Third Wave of ska and leaned hard into the fast-paced fusion of punk with reggae and ska sounds. Joining in on the fun is World/Inferno Friendship Society, an ever-rotating, horn-laden ensemble that performs a fusion of klezmer, soul, punk and jazz. Both groups are politically inclined and ready to party. Are you picking up picking up picking up what I’m putting down? Megan Fair 6:30 p.m. 146 44th St., Lawrenceville. $15. All ages. 412-687-2157 or

click to enlarge John Carpenter
John Carpenter
Tonight, the master of horror haunts the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. Film director John Carpenter, also responsible for scoring his films like Halloween and Prince of Darkness, is performing a retrospective of both older film scores, as well as new material. The show will feature guest musicians like his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson Daniel Davies. Sometimes campy and sometimes truly bone-chilling, the music of Carpenter covers a broad range. The comprehensive presentation of his work is sure to satisfy every fan with full-band versions of the very scores that haunt our nightmares and inspire our curiosity about the unusual. MF 7 p.m. 510 East 10th Ave, Munhall. $39.50-325. All ages. 412-368-5225 or

click to enlarge Alynda Segarra - PHOTO COURTESY OF SARRAH DANZINGER
Photo courtesy of Sarrah Danzinger
Alynda Segarra

Alynda Segarra’s project, Hurray for the Riff Raff, offers a bluesy Americana trip through heartbreak, folklore and empowerment. Forever burned into my brain is the promotional image of Segarra staring starkly into the camera in front of a chalkboard inscribed with names of notably bold women and the Audre Lorde quote, “Women are powerful and dangerous.” Segarra’s awareness of the plight of non-men shines from the group’s infectious, warm and beautiful music, and through songs like “The Body Electric.” Joining the festivities at Mr. Smalls Theatre is Daddy Long Legs, a fuzzed-out rockabilly band that’s bursting with spitfire. MF 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $15-17. All ages. 412-821-4447 or

[POP] + WED., JULY 13
Justin Bieber is taking his latest record on the road with the Purpose World Tour. “On My Mind” singer Moxie Raia, a new face in pop and R&B, will be kicking off the concert with her grooving, soulful vocals and smart beats. Also on this tour is Bieber’s pal Post Malone, whose radio hit “White Iverson” earned him notoriety on the pop circuit. His mellowed-out, bass-heavy tunes will be a warm-up for Biebs, whose latest record has garnered much buzz for addictive tracks like “Sorry” and “Love Yourself.” (I’m convinced anyone who says they hate “Sorry” is probably lying.) The event will surely be a spectacle of dancing, stripped-down acoustic renditions of normally highly produced tracks and general heartthrobbery. Bonus points if he sings his feature on Chance the Rapper’s “Juke Jam.” MF 7:30 pm. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. $48-369. 412-642-1800 or

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