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Critics' Picks: June 5 - 11

Local shows by Bob Mould and Death Grips, plus Patrick Joseph returns to his hometown, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros open the Three Rivers Arts Festival


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros slightly predated the current explosion of foot-stompin', "HEY!"-yellin' folk acts with 17 people apiece; the band's catchy-as-hell single "Home" came out in 2009, though it didn't hit the big time in the U.S. until 2011, when it was suddenly in every TV commercial ever. It's probably safe to say that that song paved the way for a lot of the Lumineers and Phillip Phillips success we've seen lately, not to mention Of Monsters and Men, the Icelandic group that has at least two songs that sound exactly like "Home." See the originals tonight, kicking off the Three Rivers Arts Festival's concert series, which runs through next weekend. Andy Mulkerin 7:30 p.m. Point State Park, Downtown. Free. All ages.


It's been five years since Patrick Joseph left town for Los Angeles to pursue his music there; since then, he's put out a full-length and gotten a number of cable-TV and movie placements. The accolades continue to pile up for the moody singer-songwriter, who brings to mind the quiet side of '90s Britpop. Tonight, he returns to his hometown with his band, playing at Hard Rock Café. Mikey Yurick and Paul Luc open. AM 9:30 p.m. 230 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $7. 412-481-7625 or 


Since the cataclysmic demise of storied punk band Hüsker Dü, guitarist Bob Mould has transformed from the hard-drinking punk god he was into someone just as interesting, but slightly unexpected. He's come out of the closet, been a part of another band (Sugar), worked as a script writer for professional wrestling, and put out a number of solo albums. (Few reflect the aimless rage of the Hüsker Dü days, but he manages to avoid the singer-songwriter label that becomes a pitfall for many punk rockers after their glory days.) He'll be playing in Pittsburgh for the first time in nearly a decade at Hartwood Acres tonight. John Lavanga 7:30 p.m. Middle Road, Indiana Township. Free. All ages. 412-767-9200


Originally hailing from Sacramento, Death Grips is a hip-hop group whose frenetic, thundering style can't be easily classified. Their music hits hard, with a blend of powerful, rapid-fire synth, dark electronic backing music, heavy percussion and rapper MC Ride's deep voice delivering verses with an edge that is borderline combative. Most importantly, the group carries a feeling of irreverence, as if the members know all of hip hop's rules and break them anyway. This attitude has certainly been seen in its business relationships, too: After a dispute with label Epic, the band self-released its second album, No Love Deep Web, complete with an obscene image on the album cover. Rollins would be proud. Death Grips play Altar Bar tonight with Ratking. JL 8 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District. $18-$20. All ages. 412-206-9719 or 

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