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Critics' Picks, May 7-13

Concerts by Hakim Rasheed, Toro y Moi, Carlene Carter and The Body


Musician and producer Toro y Moi (a.k.a. Chaz Bundick) has traveled a bit, musically speaking, since his 2010 full-length, Causers of This. That record of laid-back synth-pop — and the dancier follow-up, Underneath the Pine — made Toro y Moi almost synonymous with chillwave, then the genre du jour. On his new record, What For?, he takes things in a considerably more rocking direction, while staying true to his loungy-electro roots. And judging from tracks like "Buffalo" and "Lilly," someone owes Steely Dan a big thank-you. Catch Toro y Moi tonight at Mr. Small's Theatre, with Vinyl Williams. 9 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $18-20. 412-821-4447 or

[R&B] + FRI., MAY 8

It's easy to imagine Hakim Rasheed singing in front of a panel of American Idol judges, the camera panning across their approving faces. "You're going to Hollywood!" OK, so maybe that particular scenario hasn't happened, but Pittsburgh-based soul singer Rasheed has made an impression on the local level, being voted Best Male Singer at the Pittsburgh Hip Hop Awards, and winning multiple talent competitions, including Pittsburgh's Got Talent. His self-released record, Souler Eclipse, is a slick collection of radio-ready R&B in the vein of Ne-Yo and Musiq Soulchild. He appears tonight at Club Café with Urban Ivory. 10:30 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $10. 412-431-4950 or

click to enlarge Carlene Carter - PHOTO COURTESY OF MARINA CHAVEZ
Photo courtesy of Marina Chavez
Carlene Carter


Carlene Carter bears a striking resemblance to her mother, June Carter Cash, in both her face and her voice — a fact she doesn't shy from on her 12th release, 2014's Carter Girl. Made in tribute to her family legacy, the album includes Carter Family classics, as well as original nods to Carter's roots (which she doesn't handle with too much reverence). While her name has, no doubt, helped her along over the years, Carter is an artist in her own right, with her own fascinating story to tell. Tonight she opens for another American-music heavyweight, John Mellencamp, at the Benedum Center. 7:30 p.m. 803 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $44.25-254.25. 412-456-6666 or

[METAL] + WED., MAY 13

A word of warning if you're going to see The Body at the 31st Street Pub tonight: Don't forget your earplugs. The Rhode Island-bred, Portland-based duo blends doom and black metal with experimental noise to create some of the loudest, most punishing sounds you'll ever have the pleasure of hearing. The Body will be joined by tourmates — and masters of brutality in their own right — Full of Hell. That grindcore outfit just released an intense collaborative album with Japanese noise artist Merzbow, and are planning something similar with the Body, sometime in the not-too-distant future. Get psyched. Anwar Sadat from Louisville and locals Microwaves will also appear. 9 p.m. 3101 Penn Ave., Strip District. $10. 412-391-8334 or

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