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Critics' Picks, June 11-17

Concerts by Ozric Tentacles, Neko Case, Tim Kinsella and Twin Peaks

click to enlarge Ozric Tentacles - PHOTO COURTESY OF SCOTT ROBINSON
Photo courtesy of Scott Robinson
Ozric Tentacles


Ozric Tentacles performances are designed to be a sensory overload. Aside from the proggy voyage through the cosmos, the band brings along a wildly dynamic audio-visual show that looks like Windows Visualizer on PEDs. For more than 20 years, the Ozrics have endured under the umbrella of Ed Wynne, despite near-seismic lineup changes and no major-label backing. This year, the band returned with its first double album since 1990's sprawling breakthrough LP Erpland. The Ozrics perform at the Rex Theater tonight with Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. Shawn Cooke 8 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $15-20. 412-381-6811 or


What's left to say about Neko Case's voice? It has a face-melting strength and malleability, and it's the first quality of her music that people like to talk about. But for us to really care, she has to be singing about some interesting things, too. (Celine Dion also has an incredible voice.) On her excellent mouthful of a sixth album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Case explores a broad, open range of emotions, from missed connections ("Calling Cards") to witnessing child abuse at an airport ("Nearly Midnight, Honolulu") and gender-flipping badassery ("Man"). She performs a free show tonight at the Three Rivers Arts Festival's Dollar Bank Stage. Rhiannon Giddens, Benjamin Booker and more will perform throughout the week; see website for full schedule. SC 7:30 p.m. Point State Park. Free. 412-456-6666 or


Tim Kinsella can hardly sit still. This could describe both his prolific career with Owls, Joan of Arc and Cap'n Jazz and a recent music video for "Issues," which featured Kinsella dancing around in the nude. He's kept plenty busy this year during a residency with Joyful Noise Recordings — throughout the year, the label is shipping out a limited number of "subscriptions," which include four vinyl records' worth of new music (including two full-length albums), a new book and an art object. Tonight, he'll run through some of his residency work at Howlers Coyote Café with Jimmy Whispers and Boys. SC 9 p.m. 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. $10. 412-682-0320 or

click to enlarge Twin Peaks - PHOTO COURTESY OF POONEH GHANA
Photo courtesy of Pooneh Ghana
Twin Peaks

[ROCK] + WED., JUNE 17

Twin Peaks is steeped in nostalgia for a time before its members were born. The young Chicago rockers channel Iggy (Pop, not Azalea), Thin Lizzy and many more fuzzed-out, guitar-driven bands of the '70s. Last year's Wild Onion continued the trajectory of brisk, sun-drenched garage rock and power pop from the band's debut, Sunken. As its name and most recent album title suggest, it's mostly fun and games with Twin Peaks. The band takes Brillobox tonight with The Wire Riots and Dumplings. SC 9:30 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $8-10. 412-621-4900 or

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