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Critics’ Picks, June 23-29

Performances by Worriers, Eternal Sleep, The Clarks, Miramar and the divine Dolly Parton

[PUNK] + THU., JUNE 23

Worriers is comprised of political punk rockers, socially conscious riff creators. The band uses its music to address social ailments like police brutality and transphobic attitudes, and they package those themes into addictive punk tunes. Joining Worriers tonight at Sonny’s Tavern is Mikey Erg, performing with a full band, as well as the chaotic grungy outfit Mannequin Pussy. Pinning the show together are snotty rock locals The Lopez. The show is a free event at Sonny’s to celebrate nine years of gig-bookin’ by Don’t Let the Scene Go Down On Me!, one of Pittsburgh’s busiest DIY promotions groups. Meg Fair 9:30 p.m. 630 S. Millvale Ave., Bloomfield. Free. 412-683-5844 


You’ve seen plenty of hardcore dudes™  wearing Nails shirts, but tonight, at Cattivo, you can see the actual iconic power-violence band IRL with local metal liaison Eternal Sleep as well as Full of Hell and God’s Hate. The tour stop also serves as a record-release show for Eternal Sleep, whose latest effort, The Emptiness Of, is a thrashing and brutal 27 minutes of riffing and skull-cracking breakdowns. Eternal Sleep is currently one of Steel City HxC’s most noteworthy exports, and this release just proves the band is heavier than a dump truck full of bricks, metaphorically speaking. MF 7 p.m. 146 44th St., Lawrenceville. All ages. Sold out. 412-687-2157 or

[ROCK] + SAT., JUNE 25

The Clarks have woven their catchy rock tunes into the fabric of Pittsburgh, garnering love and support from the local population. In the 30 years since the band’s formation at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, The Clarks have played on Letterman and released more than a dozen records. To celebrate years of entertaining both yinzers and rock fans across the country, the band is performing at Stage AE, with Jim Donovan and the Sun King Warriors, a relatively new effort for the founding member of Rusted Root. Expect a nice evening of solid rootsy rock and distinctly Pixburgh singalongs. MF 6 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $25-28. 412-229-5483 or

click to enlarge Miramar - PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS SMITH
Photo courtesy of Chris Smith


Tonight, Shadyside Nursery hosts Weather Permitting, a BYOB-friendly, food-truck-filled celebration of summer. Get yourself an orange-basil ice pop from Stickler’s food truck and dance along to Miramar and Pennsylvania Dirt. Miramar is a Puerto Rican band that creates wonderful boleros tunes: Its latest effort is a tribute to Sylvia Rexach, the founder of Puerto Rico’s first all-women boleros combo. Feel the drama, the longing and the love gently embroidered into Rexach’s work, accented by Rei Alvarez and Laura Ann Singh’s refined vocals. Experience it all while surrounded by people and plants. MF 5 p.m. 510 Maryland Ave., Shadyside. $10 for adults (kids free). All ages. 412-363-5845 or


There is a reason that Dolly Parton is one of the most honored female country performers of all time. Could it be her amazing voice? Vivacious, loving personality? Enthralling tunes that tell great stories? Perhaps her own rustic-rags-to-sparkly-country-star-riches story? Whatever draws you to the iconic performer, it’s been a long time coming for those hoping to see her perform. The Dolly Pure & Simple Tour — her first comprehensive U.S. tour in 25 years — will roll into town and land at Consol Energy Center. Whether you’re hoping to hear the poppy working-woman anthem “9 to 5” or classic-country hit “Coat of Many Colors,” Dolly’s got something for you. MF 8 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. $39.50-140. 412-642-1800 or

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