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Critics' Picks, June 18-24

Shows by Metric, The Temptations, Hugh Cornwell, and the Stars at Riverview Jazz Series


At first, the Metric were shocked to be opening for Imagine Dragons. Even though the Canadian darlings have been successful (mostly in their home country), their towering synth-pop still seems modest compared to the band that nearly blew up the Grammy stage with Kendrick Lamar. But Metric's Emily Haines has come a long way from where most of us were introduced to her —the muffled, vulnerable performance on Broken Social Scene's "Anthems of a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl." Now more extroverted and confident, Haines and her band have raked in the Juno Awards and enjoyed a few alt-radio hits. Think of tonight's show at Consol Energy Center as an advance victory lap for the band's forthcoming Pagans in Vegas. Shawn Cooke 7 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. $28-56.75. 412-642-1800 or

[JAZZ] + SAT., JUNE 20

Although Three Rivers Arts Fest always seems to dominate the outdoor concert landscape, another worthy summer music series also kicked off earlier this month. Every Saturday of summer (except for July 4), Riverview Park hosts a show in Citiparks' Stars at Riverview Jazz Series. This week's featured performer is Yoko Suzuki, an accomplished alto-saxophonist who teaches several jazz history and performance courses at Pitt. Other upcoming performers include Roger Humphries, Kenia, Thomas Wendt and more. SC 7 p.m. Riverview Park. Free. 412-255-2493 or

[SOUL] + SUN., JUNE 21

Otis Williams, the last surviving member of The Temptations, would prefer to be a supporting actor or manager rather than a full-fledged frontman. But then again, The Temptations were always kind of a democracy, with each of its five members fully equipped for lead-vocal duties. (It was David Ruffin who took the lead on the group's biggest hits, including "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg.") Williams solidified the current lineup in 2007 with the addition of Bruce Williamson, and The Temptations have toured their standards around the country ever since. Tonight, the group stops at the Palace Theatre. SC 7 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. $38-93. 724-836-8000 or

click to enlarge Hugh Cornwell - PHOTO COURTESY OF KEVIN NIXON
Photo courtesy of Kevin Nixon
Hugh Cornwell

[ROCK] + WED., JUNE 24

When Hugh Cornwell decided it was time to walk away from The Stranglers, it wasn't because he had enough of brawling with punk legends (The Clash, The Ramones, Sex Pistols), a band-wide-bout with heroin or altercations with police; he just thought the band had drained its creative well. Over the past 25 years, Cornwell has maintained a new career that's even eclipsed his initial run with The Stranglers. He's still riding the wave of 2012's chugging Totem & Taboo, so we can expect to hear plenty of that tonight, when Cornwell performs at 31st Street Pub with Continental and Bryan McQuaid. SC 9 p.m. 3101 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville. $10-12. 412-391-8334 or

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