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Critics’ Picks, June 16-22 

Performances by Barbara Blue, Master P, Adia Victoria, Tunji Ige and Sleep


Barbara Blue is the queen of Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn., where folks can hear her spectacularly soulful voice every night at Silky O’Sullivan’s. Not only has she performed gritty blues Monday through Friday for 19 years, but she has co-written songs and recorded her work at historic studios like Royal Studios. While she might reign over Beale Street, her roots are here in Pittsburgh, where she’ll return to perform at The Oaks Theater with Nashville R&B-meets-rock-meets-poetry artist Bill Toms and Hard Rain. Megan Fair 7:30 p.m. 310 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont. $20-25. All ages. 412-828-6322 or

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Master P is a producer, rapper and actor. He’s been performing for more than two decades, and Forbes estimated in 2013 that he’s got about $350 million to his name, no biggie. Thanks to 412Entertainment and Major Move Productions, the We Want Master P tour will be taking over Altar Bar. Sure to be on display are old-school hits like “Make ’Em Say Ugh” and “Mr. Ice Cream Man,” as well as his latest single, “Middle Finga.” You’ll get to witness hip-hop royalty at a local venue, which is pretty cool. MF 9 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $40-65. 412-263-2877 or

click to enlarge Adia Victoria
  • Adia Victoria

It will be a howlin’ shame if you miss Adia Victoria performing her haunting country rock at Brillobox. Victoria’s record, Beyond the Bloodhounds, twists and turns as her distinct voice croons for an escape from the racism of the South and weaves dark, paranoid tales. With a gift for storytelling and a distinctive voice, Adia Victoria presents socially conscious rock with Southern blues roots while she and her band shred the blues like nobody’s business. Filling out the bill are local dancy alt-rockers Robin Vote and dreamy folk artist Llore. Drink some whiskey and be swept away by the intrigue. MF 9 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $10. 412-621-4900 or

click to enlarge Tunji Ige - PHOTO COURTESY OF  MATT VACANTE
  • Photo courtesy of  Matt Vacante
  • Tunji Ige


On his record Missed Calls, Philadelphia’s Tunji Ige blends the best of what’s hype in hip hop right now into something distinctly Ige. Bubbling with the potential to blow up, Ige’s tunes are catchy, compelling and well produced. Touring with Tunji Ige is Michael Christmas, a fun, clever rapper from Boston who loads his music with pop-culture references and a carefree attitude. MF 8 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $12-14. 412-263-2877 or


Whenever I describe Sleep as stoner metal, I feel like I’m doing the members a disservice. Yes, it’s stoner metal, but it’s also doom metal. It’s also a wall of sound that makes you feel like you’re floating away into a fuzzy oblivion. Sleep is bringing its distinct music to Mr. Smalls in what is sure to be a transformative event. Joining the legendary act is Windhand, a doom-metal band from Virginia that balances grimy riffs with Dorthia Cottrell’s mesmerizing vocals. Don’t forget to pack some snacks for the car. MF 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. Sold out. All ages. 412-821-4447 or

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