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Critics' Picks: June 1 - 6

Local shows by Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Cult, Battles, Rhett Miller and Man Forever


On their own, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are venerable blues powerhouses. So when they came together off-stage via nuptials — and onstage with the Tedeschi Trucks Band — it was bound to be a fruitful marriage. (The band's first album, Revelator, won a Grammy this year.) The group combines Tedeschi's soulful, gospel-style voice and rootsy guitar with Trucks' legendary slide-guitar chops (once featured in the Allman Brothers Band). The 11-piece recently put out a two-disc live album, Everybody's Talkin', named for the Nilsson song covered therein. Check them out tonight at Stage AE. Lauren Daley 6:30 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $20-95. All ages. 412-229-5483 or

click to enlarge The Cult - PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL LAVINE
Photo courtesy of Michael Lavine
The Cult


Long-running British rock act The Cult, led by Ian Astbury, recently released its long-anticipated new album, Choice of Weapon. Serving as a follow-up to 2007's Born Into This, the new record brings the band's signature sound to the forefront, offering up its goth-tinged post-punk mayhem. Also of note: current drummer John Tempesta, who has mastered the kit with Exodus, White Zombie and Helmet. The band performs indoors at Stage AE tonight with support from Florida punks Against Me! and Los Angeles-based rock band The Icarus Line. Gregg Harrington 6 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh. $28-30. All ages. 412-229-5483 or


Battles mastermind Ian Williams is no stranger to the Steel City. Born in Johnstown, he joined local math-rock legends Don Caballero as second guitarist in 1992 and stayed on until his 2000 departure for New York City. Once in the Big Apple, Williams brought together the experimental and synth-laden Battles in 2002. The group met with critical acclaim for its 2011 release Gloss Drop, which included guest spots from Gary Numan and Blonde Redhead vocalist Kazu Makino. Battles plays Mr. Small's Theater tonight. GH NOTE: After press time, this show was cancelled due to personal reasons within the Battles camp. According to Opus One Productions, refunds are available at point of purchase.

click to enlarge Rhett Miller - PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK SELIGER
Photo courtesy of Mark Seliger
Rhett Miller


Rhett Miller is best known as the dreamy frontman of Old 97's, the long-running and well-received alt-country outfit. While Old 97's has been around nearly two decades, Miller's current solo career has existed half as long, starting in earnest with 2002's The Instigator. His latest is The Dreamer, a record that's ready for summer, and that drops this week. Tonight he plays Club Café with backing band The Serial Lady Killers; The Spring Standards open. Andy Mulkerin 7 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $20. 412-431-4950 or 

click to enlarge Man Forever - PHOTO COURTESY OF JOSHUA BRIGHT
Photo courtesy of Joshua Bright
Man Forever


Think more Steve Reich, less hippie drum circle: Man Forever, the latest solo-ish project from Oneida's Kid Millions, centers on percussion, but in a droney, nearly mathematical way. Rolls that go on forever, shifting shape; a bit of repetive guitar and organ here and there. He brings the noise to Gooski's tonight with some local notables sitting in; Raw Blow and Dean Cercone open. AM 10 p.m. 3117 Brereton St., Polish Hill. $5. 412-681-1658

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