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Critics' Picks: June 27 - July 2

Local shows by Communist Daughter, Chevy Woods and Bear Hands, plus an album release from Instead of Sleeping


Instead of Sleeping has been on the Pittsburgh music scene since 2008; in that time, the four-piece indie-rock band has played with fun., The Dear Hunter, The Fall of Troy, Hawthorne Heights ... the list goes on. The band worked on its new album, Young Lungs, with producer Marc McClusky (Weezer, Bad Religion, Ludo), and the result is a crisp-sounding release that warrants at least one listen, if not more. The band plays Mr. Small's tonight with Paper States, Maid Myriad, Young Fox and Our Family Portrait. Zach Brendza 6:30 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $10. All ages. 412-821-4447 or


If you know the source of Communist Daughter's band name, you might be expecting some lo-fi, unconventional indie folk in the vein of Neutral Milk Hotel. But the St. Paul, Minn.-based band often holds down the more polished side of the genre, with whistles and hand-claps accenting simple, beautiful melodies. The main pair behind the band, husband-and-wife duo Johnny Solomon and Molly Moore, create quiet harmonies that could ease you to sleep — in a good way, of course. Tonight, they play Panza Gallery, in Millvale, on a tour that they say isn't so much about promoting a record, but more about finding good things to eat in different cities. Andy Mulkerin 8 p.m. 115 Sedgwick St., Millvale. $10 suggested donation. All ages. 412-821-0959 or

[RAP] + SAT., JUNE 28

Taylor Gang or Die: a mere slogan for some, a way of life for others. The mantra associated with Wiz Khalifa's hip-hop collective and label Taylor Gang has practically become a part of Pittsburgh vernacular. Chevy Woods, a Taylor Gang member who grew up in Hazelwood, has established himself as an artist after releasing mixtape after mixtape (Gangland 2 is his latest) and touring with Wiz. Set to release his debut EP on Taylor Gang Records, Woods is on the up and up; he plays Mr. Small's tonight with Boaz, Beedie, KH and TreeoO. ZB 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $15. All ages. 412-821-4447 or

[INDIE ROCK] Wed., July 2

In recent years, it feels like Brookyn is more or less a music factory that churns out band after band. That's the provenance of Bear Hands; the indie-electronic outfit has toured with Vampire Weekend, Passion Pit and MGMT, and fits into that niche of catchy indie rock, without losing its own identity. Distraction, the band's newest LP, is the release that might give Bear Hands the push necessary to enter the spotlight. The single "Giants," in fact, could be this summer's anthem. The band plays Cattivo tonight with Junior Prom and Total Slacker. ZB 7 p.m. 146 44th St., Lawrenceville. $12-14. All ages. 412-687-2157 or

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