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Critics' Picks: March 13 - 19

A more refined St. Patty's Day show, plus local appearances by Tyler, the Creator; Perpetuum Jazzile; Trust; and Kate Nash


If you love your Irish heritage, but aren't such a big fan of glittery green clovers strewn, well, everywhere, check out the The Calm Before the Storm, Irish-born songwriter Mark Dignam's attempt to put on a more dignified celebration of Irish song and verse. Tonight's show at Club Café will feature songs written by the likes of Dominic Behan and W.B. Yeats, as well as performances by a bevy of local poets and musicians from many walks of life, such as Broken Fences, Josh Verbanets, Bruce Foley and Zoob. John Lavanga 8 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side. $10. 412-431-4950 or


Since riding a wave of shock, awe and outrage into the media spotlight, the members of rap collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All have established themselves as hip hop's favorite delinquents. Whether it's necrophilia in their rhymes or fights at concerts, their members seem to feed off of the controversy that they create on what seems like a weekly basis. This is especially true of the 21-year-old founder of the collective, Tyler, the Creator, who combines his deep, memorable voice with the sort of subject matter that's probably worthy of far more than the average parental-advisory warning. At Mr. Small's Theatre. JL 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. Sold out at press time. 412-821-4447 or


It's a far cry from "Do it, Rockapella!" — Perpetuum Jazzile, a young Slovenian group put together by a Swedish impresario, is one of the largest and best-known all-vocal groups in the world. With 35 members, the group makes music that's far more complex than your average barbershop quartet; it's something to be witnessed, and you can do just that tonight at the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead. Andy Mulkerin 7 p.m. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall. $20-25. All ages. 412-368-5225 or

Photo courtesy of Kristie Muller


Robert Alfons might be the face of Trust, but the male/female dynamic of the group's 2012 record TRST, established by the involvement of Austra's Maya Postepski, helped draw comparisons to fellow electro-goth Canadians Crystal Castles. Alfons' vocals bring to mind a down-down-tuned Ian Curtis, and Trust — appearing Tuesday at Brillobox — retains an agreeably cold, pulsating seediness. And though TRST is a superb late-night headphones listen, the ideal setting for this stuff is probably a dark club, packed with people who aren't afraid to dance. With Eraas and Ennui. Margaret Welsh 9 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $10-12. 412-621-4900 

[POP] + THU., MARCH 21

It's not just the Cockney accent that lends some punk cred to singer-songwriter Kate Nash; she's a pop singer, sure, but her music's got an edge, and she's become one of the anthemists for the new young feminist movement. (She premiered a video recently through Rookie magazine, natch.) Her latest, Girl Talk, came out last month; tonight, she plays Mr. Small's Theatre. Supercute! opens. AM 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $10. All ages. 412-821-4447 or

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