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Critics’ Picks, June 25-July 1 

Concerts by Tanlines, Eve 6, DMX and Purple

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Although Tanlines is cited as a Brooklyn-based project in damn-near everything written about it, the band’s frontman, Eric Emm, has serious roots in Pittsburgh’s math-rock history. In the past few years, Emm, like Battles’ Ian Williams, has found continued success after an earlier stint with Don Caballero. With Tanlines, Emm has followed Williams in taking on a wholly maximalist approach — the project just shies away from Battles’ zany left turns and technical shock-and-awe in favor of straightforward synth pop. But as the band’s breakthrough LP, Mixed Emotions, and this year’s Highlights suggest, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to the tried and true. Tanlines performs at Mr. Small’s tonight with support from Mas Ysa. Shawn Cooke 9 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $15. 412-821-4447 or


A lot has changed since the reign of Eve 6, but the memory lives on. Just in the past year, one of the band’s signature songs has been re-appropriated into the decade’s best Spoon song and the best Pixar movie in forever. Tonight, the California alt-rockers behind hits like "Here’s to the Night" and "Inside Out" take the South Park Amphitheatre as part of the free Allegheny County Summer Concert Series. It’s harder than ever to exist as a revived ’90s act, but if nobody’s throwing bread at you, then something’s going right. SC Brownsville Road and McCorkle Road, South Park. Free. 412-350-2528 or

[RAP] + SAT., JUNE 27

Does the fact that DMX is performing at a mid-sized venue like Mr. Small’s say more about his career trajectory or the genre at large? It’s a shame, but our culture throws some of the most successful rappers ever to the curb before they turn 50, while filling up arenas for aging rock stars on the brink of death. To call DMX "successful" would be a pretty gross understatement, since ... And Then There Was X has outsold anything Kanye West has released and comes within an inch of Jay Z’s best-selling LP. If nothing else, take advantage of the chance to see a former superstar in such intimate quarters tonight. SC 7 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $35-40. 412-821-4447 or

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Consider what a Kid Rock comparison sounds like in 2015: In many circles, he’s become a punchline after he created one of the all-time-worst mashups (which was also his biggest hit). But Kid Rock (who also plays Pittsburgh this week) began his career with unbridled, Southern-flavored energy to go with his hard blend of rap-rock. There was a real danger to his music, and much of the same could be said of Texas’ Purple. The band’s first album, (409), rarely shifts out of sixth gear — it’s a speedy collection of pummeling punk-flavored rock, with a heavy dose of the talk-rap cadence that Kid helped popularize so long ago. Purple plays The Smiling Moose tonight with support from The Gentlemen and Huzzah. SC 7 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. $10. 412-431-4668 or


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